I'm Obsessed With Skincare, But This Unassuming £11 Product Is My Most Coveted

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with cleansing balms. I love the fact that they take off the day without even a hint of grief and that they hardly ever cause my sensitive skin to get red or irritated. I take great delight in the way that cleansing balms glide over my skin with ease, and I yearn for the luxe slip of a balm when I’m without one. To put it bluntly, I think cleansing balms should totally replace all other forms of makeup remover.

Needless to say, cleansing balms are something I feel quite passionately about, and the reason for this deep-rooted passion is down to one product in particular. If you were to look at my skincare shelves, you could expect to see an array of high-end, luxury products. From deeply hydrating La Mer face creams to ultra-brightening, gold-infused Révive face masks, there’s a huge amount of efficacious (but eye-wateringly expensive) luxury skincare products that I swear by. However, if you look closely enough, you might notice one remarkably unassuming product nestled in there. Housed in a plain, simple tin, The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is without a doubt my most coveted skincare product.


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No, it doesn’t look like much, and no, it doesn’t smell like a spa and no it absolutely does not promise to totally fix your every skin concern overnight. However, it does remove every last trace of dirt and makeup from your face with zero fuss. It also smells somewhat comforting and promises to totally change the way you approach your evening skincare routine due to how remarkably easy and fuss-free it is to use.

The state of my skin has been a real annoyance over the last few years—sometimes it would be plagued with spots, while a few weeks later, it would switch in a second and become insufferably dry. With some products only worsening the issue, this situation has made the process of selecting skincare a little difficult to say the least.

My only constant throughout the last four or so years has been The Body Shop cleansing butter. It doesn’t cause redness, it doesn’t egg on breakouts and it doesn’t leave skin with any potentially irritating film—it just does what it’s told. It takes my makeup off, provides a nice slip for a quick facial massage to get the circulation going and offers just the right level of hydration while calming any existing irritation with the help of chamomile. And did I mention it’s only £11?

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

Shop More of My Go-To Skincare Products From The Body Shop

1. Hemp Overnight Nourishing Rescue Mask

2. The Body Shop Oils of Life Twin-Ball Facial Massager

3. The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate

4. The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost Instant Smoother

5. The Body Shop Carrot Wash Energizing Face Cleanser

6. The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion

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Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous. Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics. While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best. When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.