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This Limited Edition Bodycare Range is Berry Nice – Denise Li

Denise tends to stay away from anything berry scented because she thinks they smell artificial. So which beauty brand swayed her to falling in love with its Blueberry range?

What are some of your favourite scents? For stuff I’m going to be using on my skin, I tend to gravitate towards citrus-y scents such as lemon and yuzu for their energising properties.

I do, however, tend to stay away from anything berry-scented. Since I was a kid, I found the sickly-sweet scent of berry-flavoured anything (other than the real thing or in its jam form) rather nauseating, whether in toothpastes or sweets. I learnt quickly to associate berry-flavoured things with being artificial.

So when I was given The Body Shop’s special edition Blueberry range to try, I didn’t think that I was going to take to it. I love blueberries, and I load up on them whenever I feel that my health needs a much-needed boost. After all, just a handful of them is supposed to help you meet your daily fibre requirement. They’re also full of antioxidants, and help reduce cancer risk and heart disease in women.

Okay, it’s not like I believe I can reap the health benefits of blueberries from slathering products made from them on my body. But The Body Shop’s Blueberry range does contain Blueberry Seed Oil – this ingredient is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids to provide long-lasting moisture and nourishment for your skin.

Anyway, after having tried the whole range, I’m happy to report that the scent of the product – because, let’s be honest, we’re swayed by how our products smell before anything else! – is quite close to the real thing. Not artificial at all, nor too sweet. Here are three of my favourite products from the range.

Blueberry Body Scrub-Gelee, $30.90

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Out of all the products in the range, I thought this one smelled most like the fruit. When you open the tub, you’ll first notice its viscous texture.

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Ta-dah! Looks exactly like blueberry jam doesn’t it? The granules look quite sparse and dispersed though, so I wondered how it well it would perform its task of exfoliation. After using it, my body felt soft and smooth to the touch, and didn’t leave my skin overly dry like some harsher, denser scrubs do. As its so gentle on the skin, I’m very tempted to use this more than the requisite once a week.

Blueberry Body Lotion, $19.90

blueberry-body-lotionWhile I appreciate The Body Shop’s Body Butters when I am in a drier climate, I still gravitate towards lotions in Singapore’s weather because they are more lightweight. When I use this after bathing with the Shower Gel, $19.90, I find that the uplifting scent actually lasts for hours on my skin.

Sponge, $9.90

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I’m going to stock up on this while they’re still available. Why? Because I want to slip them into birthday packages for friends. I mean, it will put a smile on the face of even among the grumpiest of them all.

Besides the three products I’ve highlighted here, The Body Shop Blueberry range also includes a Lip Butter, $10.90, Body Butter, $30.90, and Shower Gel, $12.90.

For a full listing of The Body Shop Stores in Singapore, click on this link

The Body Shop Blueberry range is now available at all The Body Shop stores islandwide. This range was given to Material World for review purposes, all opinions are the author’s own.

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.

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