Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser

The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser, 200ml, CAD$14.00
The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser, 200ml, CAD$14.00

Since I have pledged to be cruelty free on PETA, I have rediscovered some of the brands I didn’t always use before. The Body Shop, for example. I like their campaigns (just wish they didn’t sell to L’Oreal, one of the worst animal testing offenders) and what they stand for, but I rarely really used their products until very recently.

My skin is very dry and dehydrated at this time of the year. My skin loves cleansing milk and cleansing creams – they don’t strip the moisture from my skin and leave it soft and supple after rinsing. At $14.00, you can’t ask for more than this.

The texture of this Vitamin E Cream Cleanser, however, is less like a cream, but more like a cleansing milk or lotion. It isn’t thick like some of the cleansing creams (e.g. IOPE, Charmzone) that I had used, and not as emollient either. I preferred it like this because it’s very milky but doesn’t leave a greasy finish. I do double cleansing nonetheless, so in case anything leaves a residue it will be washed off by the foam cleanser.

This doesn’t leave any sticky or oily residue actually. Rather, it rinses off without feeling my skin was covered in gunk. It does a good job of getting rid of regular makeup*. It hydrates and doesn’t dry out my skin.

My only gripe, if any, is the fragrance. It isn’t unpleasant, but it’s there. I can best describe it as a ‘tea rose’ fragrance – something that my very picky little daughter seems to enjoy! She usually hates anything that smells but somehow she took to this scent. I personally prefer most things fragrance free, but on a cleanser (or mask, scrub, or things that aren’t meant to stay on your skin for long) I don’t mind. It would have been better without for some truly sensitive skin.

At this price and being so nourishing, I think this is a good product. Will definitely repurchase!

Rating: 4 stars out of 5. (1 star taken off because of added fragrance)


Water, Octyl Palmitate, Isohexadecane, Sorbitol, Dimethicone, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol.

*This isn’t meant to remove waterproof mascara or regular mascara by the way – it will sting your eyes as it stung mine, so keep this away from your eyes if you have sensitive eyes.

2 comments on Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser

  1. vivienne
    January 3, 2012 at 8:20 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi, wish you have a wonderful new year.

    This cream cleanser sounds interesting, do you know if this cleanser can take off make up like foundation? I recently realised that my face is darker than my entire body especially my hands and arms and I slather sunscreen on my face and neck every single day. I’m not sure what is the cause though but I heard from somewhere that cleansing oil makes your skin turn yellowish 🙁 I guess i’ll look for water based make up remover or anything that is non oil based to see if that is the cause.

    • Joseibi
      January 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm (5 years ago)

      Dear vivienne,

      Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

      This cream cleanser DOES remove foundation. I wear Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer plus loose powder and this one removes it all without drying out my skin. BUT it will stink your eyes – it isn’t meant to be used to remove eye makeup so you will need to use an eye makeup remover.

      Some cleansing oils contain harsh emulsifiers (so they mix with water they rinse off better) so some people may react to those emulsifiers. I haven’t heard about skin turning yellow from using cleansing oil, but as I become older (I turned 36 a few months ago) I do find that I need to use more gentle cleansers or my skin will really suffer.


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