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The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter – my honest review

Written by 24 January 2022

I’ve been using this for years to remove stubborn waterproof mascara easily, and pre-lockdown, when I actually left the house wearing foundation/concealer & blush.

For £11, you get 90ml – a flat inch about the size of your hand. It’s big and it lasts months and months – even years.

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter
They sell out fast so I usually buy in bulk

The Body Shop – who are they?

I absolutely love The Body Shop. From when I was younger loving White Musk sneaking into the local shop, having a spray then leaving thinking I was cool, to being obsessed with the body butters, to now, it’s where I go to buy makeup brushes, the occasional hair mask/shampoo and conditioner, plus this beauty – camomile cleansing butter.

The body shop camomile cleansing butter - It's vegan and cruelty-free!
The body shop camomile cleansing butter – It’s vegan and cruelty-free!

The Body Shop are are cruelty-free sustainable beauty brand, who focus on selling ethical, quality beauty products. They have a refill programme for hair products; they have Body Shop at home where people can work for them to host parties where they sell products as a self-employed employee; and half of the products are vegan.

I truly believe they are a wonderful company and will continue to support them by buying their products. Even visiting a shop, they have the most wonderful, friendly staff (big up to the Macclesfield branch).

Camomile cleansing butter – what is it and what does it do?

It’s for removing makeup and impurities from the skin. I use it to remove waterproof mascara each evening before bed, but it gets off everything – foundation, lipstick, blusher, eyebrow pencil – the lot. I personally use it with my Face Halo pad but you could use your fingers and a towel, or a flannel.

It’s thick and creamy so won’t drip initially, but it changes texture when you smooth it between your fingers and goes quite wet and oily so it’s easier to apply and rub in gently to your face. I’d almost say it melts into your skin and afterwards, it feels extremely clean and fresh.

This purifying cleanser also helps to stop those hidden nasties from clogging up your pores, and used on the reg will keep skin feeling refreshed and nourished. A lover for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers. Camomile extract from Norfolk, England. Cleanses your skin for that fresh-faced feeling. Gets rid of all that stubborn makeup and grime

From The Body Shop Camomile product page, at time of writing

I have sensitive / oily skin – will it be okay for me?

I have a very oily T zone and use it to take makeup off but sparingly – I wouldn’t use anything bigger than a pea-sized amount for my skin, excluding my eyes, to get makeup off. This amount would take off a medium layer of foundation, concealer and blush, then I’d use a bit more for my eye makeup.

It doesn’t cause any problems at all for my sensitive skin on either side of my nose.

They sell it in a 20ml so I’d try this size first to make sure you like it.

I have acne – will it be okay for me?

I’d go for the smaller pot first – 20ml for £5, until you decide if you like it or not. I have acne on my oily forehead around my period but I haven’t noticed this making any difference or making it worse. I tend to use tiny amounts anyway so you’d probably need to do the same and build up slowly.

How do you use it?

The Body Shop camomile cleansing butter with Face halo
I use The Body Shop camomile cleansing butter with Face Halo to take off my makeup at night

I use it with my Face Halo, which is a very soft reusable pad. When I take off my makeup, I rub the camomile into my skin, then eyes, then starting with my face, I rub in circles very softly to remove my foundation etc, then I use the other side of my Face Halo to take off my eye make up. Again, I do this very softly as the skin around the eyes is very thin and sensitive.

Following this I use cleanser to ensure every last bit of makeup is off my skin (I use CeraVe Foaming Cleanser – blog coming soon).

Body Shop Camomile Cleansing butter - pea size
I use slightly less than this amount on my whole face including my eyes when I’ve got mascara on
Body Shop Camomile Cleansing butter - when rubbed in
The texture changes when you rub it in – it’s oily and smooth – it smells lovely
Body Shop Camomile Cleansing butter - when rubbed in my face
Not a great pic I know, I was shattered – when rubbed into your skin, the camomile looks oily and starts to stir even the hardest of waterproof mascaras

Where can I buy it?

Buy it from thebodyshop.com where you can get 90ml for £11 or 20ml for £5. It’s free delivery over £25.

Discount codes

They normally run lots of discount codes throughout the year. Before buying, I’d suggest looking at their social medias or signing up to the newsletter to see what codes are live. Here are a couple I’ve used in the past:

  • 11859
  • 21393 for £10 off £45+ spend

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