There's a feel-good factor to nominating a product from The Body Shop that goes beyond knowing that it has at least one breakout ingredient. Briefly, this was a brand that brought us natural ingredients from third world countries before anyone else had even thought about it. It was started by a husband and wife team and fronted by the charismatic and sometimes a bit nuts, Anita Roddick. It was also a brand that lost its way. As Body Shops seemed to pop up on every high street in Britain, it was with similar alacrity that the quality of the products seemed to decline.
I am surprised and pleased to notice that The Body Shop is no longer making products that would have Ms Roddick turning in her grave. It is back and it is better than ever. Moringa Body Scrub ($20)
is a great example. The Body Shop has honed in on a high performance, natural ingredient and leaving it to do what what it does best. In this case, cleanse.
Moringa seeds have been used for centuries in India to cleanse water of pollutants. This tree has been analyzed by chemists all over the world and there is no doubt that the damn thing works. I am only surprised that it doesn't come up in more shampoos and cleansers. And the more you find out about moringa, the more extraordinary it is. Moringa is the most nutritious plant known to man with with over 90 nutritional compounds including 46 antioxidants and 36 anti-inflammatories. It also has loads of zeatin, which helps promote small cell size, a key component to more youthful skin.
The Body Shop's Moringa Oil Scrub has two moringa-based ingredients and it also has some nice antioxidants in the form of grape seed and rice, moisturizing oils (brazil and sesame), while coconut and walnut shells do the job of scrubbing.
Ingredients in The Body Shop Moringa Oil Scrub
Water, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Cetearyl Alcohol, Honey, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil) Nut Oil, Lanolin Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Fragrance, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Moringa Pterygosperma Fruit Powder, Myristamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Powder, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Shell Powder, Phenethyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydroxycitronellal, Caramel, Yellow 5, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Yellow 5 Lake.