“Lavish, divine and delectable, each exquisite Bodyenrich product is designed to naturally nourish your skin, beauty and spirit.”
Do Bodyenrich live up to their statement?
I offered to do a review of Bodyenrich products because at a glance they ticked various boxes:
* NO SLS, SLES or other harsh Detergents
* NO Alcohol
* NO Colours
* NO Parabens & Chemical Preservatives
* NO Petrolatum
* NO Chemical Ingredients
The claim to be eco friendly, using only ethically sourced ingredients that are not tested on animals.
Founder and creator Dev Desai was born in Zambia but came to the UK in 1988 where he qualified as a Personal Trainer, Massage and Aromatherapist, and his experience and knowledge in the business as well as health sector lead to him to an appearance on ITV2’s ‘Models, Misfits and Mayhem’ as well as winning entrepeneur Theo Paphitis’ #SBS Twitter contest.
So let’s take a look…
There are some wonderful natural, skin nourishing ingredients in Bodyenrich’s formulas, including;
Aloe Vera, Chia Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Butter, Cucumber Seed Oil, Glycerine, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Kiwi Seed Oil, Lavandin Super Essential Oil, Olive Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Petitgrain Essential Oil, Rice Bran Oil. Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Watermelon Seed Oil.
However if you picked up a product and looked at the label without being skincare ‘literate’ you would be horrified at the chemical concoction in your hands…..because that’s the problem with ingredient names – there are ‘common’ ones, ‘latin’ ones, ‘chemical’ ones, ingredients known by coded numbers and letters…and none of it actually tells you in plain English what it is – natural, man-made, plant or chemical based, beneficial or harmful; how is the average person supposed to decode this?
Mentha X Piperita, Butyrospermum Parkii , Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Urea, Glycerine, Theobroma Cacao, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadenis, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Salvia Hispanica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Copernicia Cerifera , Tocopherol, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Mentha Arvensis, Piperita, Lavandula Hybrid, Limonene, Linalool , Geraniol, Citral
Now here’s the same ingredients list in ‘plain English’:
Peppermint essential oil, Shea butter, Natural emulsifier, Urea (natural moisturiser), Glycerine(natural humectant to hydrate skin), Cocoa butter, Oil derived skin lubricant, Aloe vera, Plant derived preservative, Naturally occurring preservative, Chia seed oil, Oil derived emulsifier, Carnauba Palm Wax, Vitamin E, Plant alcohol, Tree Bark derived exfoliant, Berry derived preservative, Cornmint oil, Peppermint, Lavender, Essential oil extracts, Geranium essential oil.
See what I mean?
If I had any advice for Bodyenrich it would be to simplify their packaging and ingredients lists to reflect the natural ethics of the company. So from now on I shall list the ingredients on the packaging along with my interpretation in brackets.
The Foot Cream was actually my favourite product. The smell was refreshing but not overwhelming, and a little went a long way. It sunk in really well to my parched and neglected Winter feet……whenever I can I like to put on a needy face and ask my husband for a foot rub……incidentally he also really liked using the cream for this purpose 😉
This is very rich (I loooovvveee coconut oil and products made with it) and therefore excellent for really dry skin, like everyone’s hands get in Winter. It sinks in well nevertheless. But it’s clearly not suitable for everyone, especially those with really sensitive skin; my 2 year old Bella got hold of the tub and ‘copied Mummy’ by rubbing some on her tummy after her bath, and she woke up with an itchy rash where the cream had been applied. Something in the ingredients (see towards the end of the review for my theories) is going to irritate some skins, and like with any new product, a patch test is always advisable.
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Cocos Nucifera (coconut), Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate (natural emulsifier), Sodium Hyaluronate (natural salt form of hyaluronic acid that retains moisture in the skin), Phenoxyethanol (non-paraben antibacterial preservative), Ethylhexylglygerin (non-paraben preservative derived from glycerine), Glycerine (natural humectant to hydrate skin), Theobroma Cacao (cocoa butter), Aloe Barbadensis (aloe vera), Sodium Benzoate (plant derived preservative), Potassium Sorbate (naturally occurring preservative), Glyceryl Stearate (oil derived skin lubricant), Cetearyl Alcohol (oil derived emulsifier), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba Palm Wax), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Benzyl Alcohol (plant derived alcohol), Salicylic Acid (anti-inflammatory exfoliant also known as beta hydroxy acid, from tree bark), Sorbic Acid (berry extract, preservative), Fragrance*, Benzyl Benzoate (solvent and preservative from essential oils), Coumarin (natural fragrance from essential oils)
Described as the ‘ultimate body wash gently fragranced with spicy top notes of cardamon and black pepper, leading to a rich woody middle accord of oudh, sandalwood, cedarwood, leather, patchouli and vetivert. All resting on a sensuous base of amber, tonka and vanilla’.
This is indeed ‘luxuriously rich’ and creamy – it comes in a pot and is thick like body butter, so more suited to dry skins than more astringent gel washes and soaps that can dry out skin. The smell is fairly faint in my opinion – I’m a qualified aromatherapist and I couldn’t have guessed the smells included, but perhaps this is a good thing – there is such thing as too much of a good thing, including nice fragrances and essential oils. And although very creamy (think mashed avocado) it does wash off well and leaves skin soft.
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Glycerin(natural humectant to hydrate skin), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (coconut derived cleanser), Sorbitol (sugar alcohol), Disodium Laurel Sulfosuccinate (very mild cleanser), Sodium Chloride (table salt), Phenoxyethanol (non-paraben antibacterial preservative), Tetrasodium EDTA (preservative), Citrullus Vulgaris (watermelon seed oil), Fragrance*, Benzyl Benzoate(solvent and preservative from essential oils), Butylphenymethylpropional (synthetic fragrance), Coumarin (natural fragrance from essential oils), Limonene (essential oil extract), Linalool (essential oil extract), CI19140 (colouring), CI42090 (colouring), Methylisothzolinine( preservative)
This was a hit with the kids, no surprises since it’s a bright Barbie pink with an equally sweet smell reminiscent of strawberry Haribo. Like the Watermelon bodywash, the thick, creamy consistency is great on dry skin, and the grainy texture does a fairly good job at polishing away central heating induced flaky dry skin. It was a bit sickly for me, but it did the job and made bathing two wriggly children more fun.
Ingredients: Glycerin (natural humectant to hydrate skin), Aqua (water), Sorbitol (sugar alcohol), Sodium Cocoyl Lauroyl Isethionate (natural or chemical cleanser), Disodium Laurel Sulfosuccinate (very mild cleanser), Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil (solidified jojoba oil), Ultramarine Blue CI no. 770077 (colouring), CI14700 (colouring), CI17200 (colouring), Methylisothzolinine (preservative), Sodium Chloride (table salt), Fragrance*, Phenoxyethanol (non-paraben antibacterial preservative), Tetrasodium EDTA (preservative)
I’m pleased I was sent the Lime Pie version, as it makes a change from the cherry/strawberry/vanilla you usually get in lip products. It’s an odd one to report on – I both loved it and hated it!
As a lip gloss, yes it’s glossy, but I found it too greasy; the lovely glossy sheen, whilst not irritatingly sticky like some lip products, came off almost immediately, HOWEVER whilst it didn’t make a feature at any Christmas parties it did leave behind just enough oil to rehydrate and nourish my chapped lips, so all is not lost.
But here’s what I actually discovered (and what I’m using it for instead) – it’s the most fantastic nail and cuticle oil! I doubt Dev had this in mind when formulating it but it really should be touted as such. Nails and cuticles are a great indicator of health and can very easily become dry, chapped and peeling. Glossy Lips to the rescue! Just massage it in like you would any other nail/cuticle oil (and the small rollerball applicator makes it extremely handbag friendly too). Plus it smells nice and fresh, as you’d expect from a citrus scent.
Ingredients: Moringa Oleifera (Moringa seed oil), Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba seed oil), Bisabolol (chamomile), Fragrance*, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Caprylic Capric Triglyceride(coconut oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Oil), Benzyl Alcohol (plant derived alcohol), Benzyl Benzonate (solvent and preservative from essential oils), Benzyl Salicylate (essential oil extract), Citral (essential oil extract), Citronellol (essential oil extract), Eugenol (essential oil extract), Geraniol (geranium essential oil extract), Isougenol (essential oil extract), Limonene (essential oil extract), Linalool (essential oil extract)
* The fragrance oils used in some of the products are of UK Cosmetic Grade, manufactured in the UK and regulated by the international fragrance association and EU, created from a palate of essential oils ad natural aromatics. Dev added them to provide flexibility in fragrance since he feels essential oils in isolation can be limiting.
There are a few controversial ingredients in the formulas, namely Sodium Benzonat, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Tetrasodium EDTA, and Methylisothzolinine, all of which have suggested links to side effects (and possibly were the reason for Bella’s tummy rash), however all have been approved for use in cosmetics and skincare within dosage limits. For every ‘these will harm you’ study there is another that supports their use so until the scientific community agree then I can’t possibly comment, other than if you personally react to them then avoid using products which contain them. The confusing labels make Bodyenrich products look much more ‘chemically’ than they actually are, since many ‘chemicals’ are actually totally natural, even colours and preservatives.
I hope I’ve demystified some of the confusion that can surround what constitutes a ‘natural’ product, both in the case of Bodyenrich and other brands. And informed decision is what every consumer deserves and if it’s naturally based, eco friendly, ethical products you’re looking for without the added ‘junk’ then Bodyenrich don’t do a bad job.
For more information and where you’ll also find a contact form visit www.bodyenrich.co.uk