The Body Shop Neroli Jasmin Body Lotion - review


I was lucky enough for a friend to pass this product on to me: she'd just come back from overseas and had a few travel-sized body products that she wasn't going to use, so I happily snapped those up because I'm low on body products and I'm always up for trying something new.

I've had some good luck with body products from The Body Shop in the past - they're not hugely expensive and come in a range of beautiful scents - and while I'd normally pick a cream or body butter over a lotion because I prefer heavier products on my dry skin, I was more than happy to try something from the lotion range because I've never used one from The Body Shop before.

As predicted, it doesn't have enough punch for my dry skin, but I've enjoyed using it and I'm sure it would provide more than enough hydration for those with normal or oily skin.

The Body Shop claims/product details:
  • A moisturising body lotion that leaves the skin smooth, supple and subtly scented 
  • The fragrance is a captivating blend of jasmine with touches of warm vanilla, orchid, sandalwood and neroli
  • Lightweight hydration 
  • Leaves skin feeling softer and smoother 
  • RRP $17.95 for 200ml or $4.95 for 60ml


This is a lightweight lotion with a sweet, floral scent that I don't mind but it's not one I would have chosen for myself because I tend to prefer something less floral and with a little more complexity.

The texture is quite thin and runny, which is a good thing in one sense because a little goes a long way so it's good value on that front because the bottle takes a while to get through, but a bad thing in another sense because I think the texture contributes to the fact that it's not hydrating enough for my dry skin.

Having said this, the product does provide some moisture and it doesn't leave my skin feeling uncomfortable. It's just that I'm a hard test-subject because I need something richer and I suspect that The Body Shop's lotions weren't designed for those with my skin type anyway.

Despite the fact that it spreads and absorbs well so you don't need to use too much each time, I personally think that it's not worth the price tag and you can find something just as good (if not better) in the chemist or supermarket for a fraction of the price.

I would also recommend MOR body products over those from The Body Shop because they're generally in a similar price range and I think that MOR products are better overall. See eg my recent review of the MOR Candied Vanilla Hand & Body Lotion, which I've seen priced at $15 for 350ml - almost twice the size of this lotion and a few bucks cheaper - and let's face it, the packaging just looks more luxe and feels more special.

On the product claims, this does provide lightweight hydration and it does leave skin feeling subtly fragranced, softer and smoother, but as mentioned, I reckon it's better for those who don't have dry skin and need something more nourishing.

In sum, I would skip this particular product from The Body Shop and spend your pennies elsewhere. It's ok but it's overpriced for what it is.

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