The rose is often associated with England, and the Body Shopâ€™s new range plays on thatâ€”though to be inclusive, itâ€™s dubbed the British Rose range, with a full line of body care and cosmetics that plays on the love of a rosy scent.
The roses are grown in Herefordshire, without the use of chemicals. The whole process respects the biodiversity of the area and the balance of nature, providing a home for the mammals and insects, especially bees, there.
Weâ€™ve sampled the Instant Glow body butter (NZ$36Â·95), which is silky smooth to apply, and quickly absorbed to start doing its job. Thereâ€™s no stickiness, and has promises 24 hoursâ€™ moisturizing. We love the scent, which is more noticeable in the container, and subtler after application.
The second Instant Glow product weâ€™ve tested, the Body Essence (NZ$45), is a body lotion thatâ€™s light, also quickly absorbed, feels nice on the skin, and gives it a subtle shimmer. The shower gel (NZ$16Â·50) is soap-free and the scent is more noticeableâ€”which makes the showering experience quite a delight!
Thereâ€™s also an eau de toilette (NZ$39Â·95), bath foam (NZ$29Â·95), hand cream (NZ$23Â·95) and exfoliating soap (NZ$15) which we didnâ€™t test.
In the make-up range, the Body Shop offers nine shades for the British Rose Lip & Cheek Stains. We checked out Pink Hibiscus and Deep Berry, both of which give 12 hours of hydration with a blend of Community Trade honey and organic alÅ“ vera, retailing at NZ$35Â·50 each. They are gorgeous shades that suit different skin tones, and are right on trend. Thereâ€™s only a single shade for the British Rose nail colourâ€”a mid-pinkâ€”giving a nice finish for only NZ$12Â·95.
The remaining item in the range which we didnâ€™t check out is the eye and cheek palette, retailing for NZ$59Â·50, with a variety of shades suiting casual and formal looks.
For Mothersâ€™ Day, the Body Shop has three gift packs: the British Rose Treats at NZ$30, with the shower gel, body butter and a Mini Bath, in Lily in Pink; the Essential Gift Collection (NZ$82), with the shower gel, vitamin E moisture cream, body butter and hand cream; and the Deluxe Gift Collection (NZ$152), with shower gel, vitamin E moisture cream, body butter, Body Essence and eau de toilette.
The British Rose range hits stores in New Zealand on April 18.