Fuji Green Tea Collection
The Body Shop’s Fuji Green Tea Collection, which consists of Body Butter, Body Sorbet, Body Wash, Body Scrub, and Eau de Cologne, was quite popular amongst beauty bloggers and customers a while back. I am undeniably pretty late to the party since this collection was launched around mid April in 2015!
But hey, better late than never right? So, lets crack on with this review…
Lets start with the Fuji Green Tea Body Butter –
Description & Performance: With a subtly refreshing green tea scent, this product is perfect for those of you who don’t like strong fragrances. As you can see, it comes packaged in a 200ml mint-coloured tub with a screw-on lid. Although almost every body butter by The Body Shop comes in a similar container, I’m personally not a big fan of these because in order to use the product one MUST dip their fingers in the tub. Now I don’t know about you lovelies, but getting cream under my nails makes me cringe. -___-
On a brighter note, the texture of the body butter is ahh-mazing, slightly on the thicker side but still oh-so good! Unlike other body butters this one does not make my skin feel greasy after use. Absorbs well into the skin leaving it instantly hydrated and revitalised.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Panthenol, Parfum/Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Linalool, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Geraniol, Citral, Coumarin, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Cl 19140/Yellow 5, Cl 42090/Blue 1.
Breakdown: Looking at the ingredients list we can clearly see the key components of the product are water, as well as natural humectants such as ‘Glycerin’ and ‘Panthenol’ and emollients like ‘Glycine Soja Oil,’ ‘Ethylhexyl Palmitate,’ Myristyl Myristate,’ Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil,’ ‘C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate,’ and ‘Caprylyl Glycol.’ A few of these are derived from plants such as Soybean Oil (Glycine Soja Oil), Brazil Nut Oil (Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil), and Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter). There are also emulsifiers present like ‘Glyceryl Stearate,’ Cetearyl Alcohol,’ and ‘PEG-100 Stearate.’ Although, it can be argued that ‘PEG-100 Stearate’ acts more like synthetic humectant than an emulsifier. A few preservatives (Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, and Potassium Sorbate) have also been used as well as fragrances (Parfum, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, and Coumarin). If you’re wondering what the rest of the ingredients are, they’re a mix of pH adjusters, colour pigments, and solvents (Sodium Hydroxide, Cl 19140/Yellow, and Limonene).
But, where is the Fuji Green Tea you ask?
It is there, probably just not in very high amounts, listed as ‘Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.’
Right, so after all that the conclusion is as follows:- the formulation of this body butter is fairly emollient-heavy, meaning it will indeed prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL), making it quite an effective cream in terms of keeping your skin hydrated. Perfect for those of you who suffer from a compromised skin barrier. As expected, the body butter is quite thick –but aren’t all body butters thick?– so if you have nothing against thickly formulated creams, this could be your next favourite!
Madame Beauté’s Top Tip: Apply generously to skin. Works exceptionally well after a shower/bath.
(Tried & tested)
Use sparingly during hot/humid weather due to such a which formulation.
Moving onto the Fuji Green Tea Body Sorbet –
Description & Performance: This product comes in a matte tube with a flip top plastic cap which not only appealing but is also quite functional. The texture of the sorbet, even though its gel-like, is light and fluffy –almost like a mousse– and once applied onto the skin, releases a cooling sensation which is perfect for hot/humid weather conditions. I loved the fact that it left my skin cool and hydrated for most of the day without leaving behind any sticky/oily residue. The smell is pleasantly refreshing, more so than the body butter! According to The Body Shop this product also contains fair trade honey from Ethiopia.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, PEG-8, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Isododecane, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Acrylates Crosspolymer-2, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Hydrogenated Methylpentadecene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Honey, Sesamum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Carbomer, Linalool, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzophenone-3, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Disodium EDTA, Silica, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Geraniol, Citral, Coumarin, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Cl 19140/Yellow 5, Cl 42090/Blue 1.
Breakdown: As we can see from the list above, most ingredients are the same as the ones used in the body butter, except for a few key ingredients that contribute to maintain the gel-like texture. These are called viscosity controlling agents and are present in the forms of ‘Silica,’ ‘Xanthin Gum,’ and ‘Hydrogenated Methylpentadecene.’ Also, just above the ingredients list in the picture, it can clearly be seen that the sorbet states it is ‘AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING’ which is always a plus point when it comes to skin care products.
Fuji Green Tea Body Wash –
Description & Performance: The body wash, packaged in a transparent plastic bottle, has a mild scent of Fuji Green Tea. Even though the fragrance is subtle, it is quite refreshing and soothing. The consistency of this body wash is runny and on the thinner side, however it does lather up nicely (especially with a loofah).
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Honey, Linalool, Limonene, Disodium EDTA, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Geraniol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Denatonium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
Breakdown: The ingredients list is seemingly becoming more and more familiar as we move on with this review. As you can see, most ingredients are once again quite similar to those used in the body butter and body sorbet such as fragrances, colour pigments, and preservatives.
‘Polysorbate 20,’ and ‘Polyglyceryl -2 Caprate,’ are examples of emulsifiers that we haven’t come across before. ‘Sodium Laureth Sulphate’ is a surfactant which is used as a foaming agent in most body washes that are SOAP FREE, much like this one.
By far one of the most invigorating body washes I’ve used! Leaves my skin feeling thoroughly cleansed and purified. The only negative point would be that the fragrance does not last too long unless followed by an application of body butter after the shower/bath.
Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub –
Description & Performance: Packaged in a jar with a screw-on lid, this clear gel comes packed with loads of white and green micro scrub beads. The beads are nice and round with an evenly smooth surface, (instead of having sharp and jagged-y edges) and thus very comfortable to use. I love how gentle it feels on my skin even as it exfoliates.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Cellulose Acetate, Polysorbate 20, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Honey, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Linalool, Jojoba Esters, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Benzophenone-3, Disodium EDTA, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Trideceth-6, Geraniol, Denatonium Benzoate, Citric Acid.
Breakdown: So, the ingredient list tells us that this a very simply formulated body scrub. The main ingredients used are water, natural humectants like ‘Glycerin’ and emulsifiers that also act as emollients such as ‘PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.’ The rest of the ingredients are a mixture of solvents, fragrances, polymers, and preservatives. (Limonene, Parfum, Cellulose Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, and Phenoxyethanol).
The scrub also contains fair trade honey from Ethiopia and of course the Fuji Green Tea from Japan comes from the ‘Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.’
After analysing the ingredients and having used the scrub several times, I have come to conclude that this is indeed a great moisturising product. After all, moisturising properties are the main thing to look for in scrubs as it aids in lessening the abrasion from using a physical scrub.
Fuji Green Tea Eau de Cologne –
Description & Performance: The Eau de Cologne from this range comes in a standard perfume spray bottle. With a light and crisp citrus-y scent, this could be used by both women and men. Unlike many other citrus based scents, this one most definitely does not overpower the sense. Lets just put it this way, -it’s safe enough to wear to work!
Ingredients: Alcohol Denat. (34.9%), Alcohol (33.7%), Aqua/Water/Eau, Parfum/Fragrance, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol, t-Butyl Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Denatonium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
Breakdown: Mainly comprised of water, alcohol, and fragrances (obviously!), along with a few preservatives and the Fuji Green Tea extract derived from ‘Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.’
The Big Question –
Is The Body Shop’s Fuji Green Tea Collection up to my standards and most importantly would I recommend it?
Based on my research and experience of the products, I most certainly would! All the products have been formulated well with appropriate ingredients, none that raise a red flag, and serve their purpose.