Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser - The Body Shop

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Alice Dunsmore
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The Body Shop was founded in 1976 with around 3000 stores across the world. As a B Corp, the business has committed to being a part of ‘Enrich not Exploit’, which focuses on ethical sourcing of ingredients and protecting people and the planet. They state to be forever against animal testing and trying to grow community trade. In 2019 they introduced a refill scheme, recycling programme and removed 21 tonnes of plastic from their Christmas gifts.

I do believe that The Body Shop has great intentions when considering their lack of animal testing and promoting social sustainability within their product manufacturing. I think as a company there is still work for them to do when it comes to environmental sustainability however. For example with the Vitamin C Moisturiser, there could be work surrounding the packaging to try to create a product which doesn’t have a plastic lid. 

What it's made of:


The only stated ingredient in the description of the product is the Vitamin C rich camu camu that comes from the Amazonian rainforest (Peru). This could add to deforestation within the Amazon plus it will have a large carbon footprint through the large distance that it’s been transported.

They state that all of their ingredients are natural ingredients, meaning that they come from plants and minerals via low-impact processing methods. They state very openly that they use Palm Oil in their products and in some of their products they use Lanolin (from sheep). These are controversial ingredients due to the deforestation associations with Palm Oil and movement of individuals to wanting vegan ingredients rather than those involved with animals in their cosmetics.

Underneath the product there is a list of ingredients for the product (which are below). The Body Shop doesn’t explain these ingredients properly, or state where these products come from. This reduces the transparency of the manufacturing process of the product.

This includes the ingredient of Malic Acid, which there is little research into. Though possible side effects include headaches and nausea. This product however is naturally occurring, so can be stated to be better for the environment rather than a chemically created product.

The Body Shop does have a refill packaging scheme but this does not involve the packaging for this specific product. Currently the refill scheme only surrounds products found in plastic bottles. This scheme is also only found in certain shops across the U.K. Currently 68% of the Body Shop’s packaging is recyclable, and they have committed to having all of their packaging being recyclable by 2025.

Aqua/Water (Solvent), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent), Glycerin (Humectant), Propanediol (Viscosity Modifier), Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (Viscosity Increasing Agent), Ethyl Macadamiate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Isostearyl Lactate (Emollient/Skin Conditioning Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance Ingredient), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (Humectant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Antioxidant), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract (Skin Conditioning Agent), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Malic Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 15510/Orange 4 (Colorant), CI 15985/Yellow 6 (Colorant).

How it's made:


There is no available information surrounding the manufacturing process of the product. This makes it difficult to assess the sustainable or lack of sustainable practice surrounding a product or business. This includes a lack of articles surrounding the Body Shop’s manufacturing process from newspapers or other media sources. 

Who makes it:


The Body Shop employs over 22,000 people across 66 countries in 3,000 stores. The Body Shop has committed to comply with the UK Modern Slavery Act for all of these employees. This is a great movement for a company to be a part of, however in their references to this act they do not have any specific examples of how they are trying to implement the act or even trying to go over and beyond the act to improve employees’ lives.

The Body Shop are large advocates for gender equality and believe in empowering women and girls. They hold yearly pushes for certain schemes and charities which have included helping girls have menstrual products. Another scheme the Body Shop have been involved in is ‘Plastics for Change’. This programme purchased recycled plastic from Bengaluru, India from the lowest members of the caste system. This bring money into their communities and gives employment to these people.