Seeing The Body Shop Carrot Cream brought back a flood of memories. When I was studying in the UK, oh years and years ago, I picked up most of my very basic skincare at The Body Shop. It was fairly affordable, even for a student.
My mainstay back then was the Vitamin E cream. It was light and comfortable for my skin. But when winter came around and the heating came on, I remember my skin feeling tight and dry. I wandered in one day to the nearest Body Shop store (conveniently located just around the corner from my student residence), and exiting with a jar of orange Carrot Cream.
The Carrot Cream was recommended to me then, as a heavier alternative for a moisturizer, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
So, when I saw the new The Body Shop Carrot Cream, I came over all nostalgic
The Body Shop Carrot Cream Nature Rich Daily Moisturiser – putting wonky carrots to good use
What it is is basic – a moisturizer. Granted, it is a fairly rich moisturiser, but not uncomfortably so.
But what is interesting is that The Body Shop says that it is enriched with carrots made from wonky carrots. Now this is very interesting, as I was watching a programme on Netflix not long ago, about food wastage in the UK.
One of the problems was vegetables, like carrots, that aren’t able to be sold to supermarkets, because they are irregularly shaped. While most of us are used to buying straight carrots, they don’t come that way naturally. Often, they grow a little wonky, and customers or supermarkets don’t like that, so it doesn’t sell. They are usually then destroyed, which is a huge waste of resources!
The Body Shop says that they use these wonky carrots in their Carrot Cream. Carrots are known to be nourishing and have antioxidant properties, though The Body Shop says that this makes for a rich, nourishing treat for your skin, protecting you skin against daily aggressors and revealing a healthy glow.
What I can say is this – The Body Shop Carrot Cream is a lovely moisturiser for drier skin!
Creamy yet lightweight texture feels comfortable
The original version of the Carrot Cream had a thick, fairly heavy texture that came in a tub. The new version comes in a tube, and is fairly lightweight in texture.
There is an orange tint to the cream, which surprised me at first. I mean, it’s been years since I last used it, and most creams these days come in white, so I wasn’t expecting a coloured cream LOL!
However, the light texture belies the weight of the cream on the skin, as I find that it makes a good moisturiser for drier skin types. I use it in the day and it isn’t oily (which is great for those who don’t like oil in their creams) and it sinks in very easily and quickly. Almost too quickly I feel!
That said, I like how it keeps my skin moisturised through the day, and sits well under the light makeup I now wear.
For night use however, I do find it a little lighter than I prefer. However, if you have slightly dry skin, or just feel that you need something heavier for the evening, then this is one you can consider.
What else does it do?
Well, nothing dramatic, if I’m to be honest LOL! :P
I like that it’s just a basic moisturiser, that works, that feels comfortable on skin, and that is something I find nostalgic to use. It works on my skin, keeping dryness at bay, and helping it stay comfortable through the heat we’ve been experiencing, and that is all I really seek in a cream.
I use it as the last step, after some hydrating serums or lotions, and always after a moisture sandwich, for optimum results. It works well, it keeps my skin hydrated and moisturized without being heavy or oily, and that is really all it needs to do! :)
I do have one point to note – the smell. It smells a little strange, like something organic. I can’t say if it smells of carrots, but it has that ‘green’ smell of vegetables, yet it doesn’t smell that fresh LOL! It has to be smelled to be believed, but it is a nice cream so I’m definitely finishing up this one!
IN A NUTSHELL
The Body Shop Carrot Cream is a nicely formulated, lightweight moisturizer that is light in texture, yet sinks nicely into skin to keep it hydrated and moisturized all day. I use it in the day, and I like it for the day, as I find it a little light for night use. However, for those with more oily or combination skin, this would work better for night use. If you’re in the market for something fairly basic, yet does the job well without feeling uncomfortable, and if you’re in the market for something that’s naturally formulated then this might be the cream to look at.
Lightweight texture feels comfortable on skin without feeling oily
Sinks in nicely on skin leaving it feeling nourished and moisturised
Might feel heavy on oily/combination skin types
Slightly odd scent
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone with drier skin who wants a lightweight but effective moisturiser for day and/or night
PRICE: RM77 | £14 for 50ml
WHERE TO BUY: The Body Shop stores or online
For those interested, this is the ingredients list for The Body Shop Carrot Cream.
INGREDIENTS: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aqua/Water/Eau, Arachidyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Phenoxyethanol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Carbomer, Sodium Gluconate, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract/Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Tocopherol, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Linalool, Citronellol, Eugenol, Citric Acid, Limonene, Citral, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77492/Iron Oxides, CI 77491/Iron Oxides.
Have you tried The Body Shop Carrot Cream? Did you use it in the past?
It was nice seeing something I enjoyed from the past return. It is a good cream, so it’s nice to have it back on shelves! :) Anyone else remember it?
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