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Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
The Body Shop: Global Health and Beauty Haven in Zamalek
We were ecstatic to discover that this renowned global body care brand had opened on the streets of Zamalek. The Body Shop has now graced this cosy neighbourhood with its presence, bringing us colourful and delicious ranges of makeup, body lotions, perfumes, massage oils and scents, along with a variety of accessories that loyal customers have been hanging onto for years.
As soon as you enter the small shop on 26th of July Street, you’ll be taken in by the fruity aromas filling up the place - a common trait of all Body Shop branches. On the right side, there’s the makeup section that includes all the necessary makeup tools for around 75LE, and makeup such as lipsticks, glosses, shadows and blushes for between 75LE and 200LE.
The Body Shop branch stocks Natrulift and Nutriganics day and night facial care range, which includes masks, firming serum, day and night creams for 120LE to 290LE. You can also pick up the Tea Tree and Vitamin E lines, which include facial wipes (70LE), blemish fade lotions and shower gels for between 70LE to 120LE.
The Body Shop’s ever-popular body care line consists of body butter, shower gels and lotions that come in scents such as sweet lemon, lychee blossom and grapefruit for between 60LE and 130LE. The same range is also available in bathroom soaps (30LE) and lip glosses (50LE). The store has also three different ranges of deodorant sticks (80LE) with refill bottles (65LE).
The Body Shop offers different lines of perfumes with matching body butters and lotions at 250LE, such as Love Etc, which is currently available at the Zamalek branch. There are also refreshing room and linen sprays in different scents (90LE) and diffusers with their respective oil scents (45LE).
Some of the accessories available on the side include exfoliating gloves (45LE) and body polisher towels (45LE). For hair, The Body Shop has a new hair care line of shampoos and conditioners called Rainforest, which uses oils and extracts such as white nettle and bilberry extract (60LE).
And for that relaxation and pampering time we all need; pick between the different jars of scrubs, lotions and shower gels from the Spa Wisdom line that combine different ingredients from across the globe (90LE to 235LE). And definitely don’t forget to grab an item from the famous peppermint cooling line for feet that includes gel, salts, lotions and a spray (between 60LE and 100LE).
Last but not least for the gentlemen, The Body Shop has a small but tempting men’s collection of aftershaves, shower gels, face washes, body lotions and deodorants such as white musk and kristna lines (between 80LE to 200LE).
Although shopping has the magical ability to elevate the spirit, there’s something special about shopping for cosmetics and beauty products; the thrill of a simple lipstick or foundation transforming your look outweighs that of a new outfit which, unlike cosmetics, won’t be worn every day.
As glorious as it is to shop for cosmetics, spending a fortune is inevitable; when quality is indispensable, it’s better to endanger a bank account than putting health at stake. However, some brands manage to balance the equation by offering good quality products with decent prices, and Yves Rocher happens to be one of them.
Located next to US Polo in Mall of Arabia, the small shop boasts a collection of nature-inspired beauty products; from scented creams and anti-aging products, to makeup and fragrances. Starting with the makeup stand, Yves Rocher has all the items needed to make a decent makeup kit. Available in different tones, we tried the Zero Defaut creamy foundation (271LE), whose smooth texture gives full coverage without the dreaded cakey effect.
Of the same smooth texture, Yves Rocher has two lines of lipsticks, which share almost the same nude tones but differ in finishes. The first is reasonably priced (130LE), however, it has a slightly outdated shimmer that makes it almost impossible to wear these days, while the considerably more wearable second line, which boasts an almost-matte finish, costs a dear 190LE.
Since winter time demands well-moisturised skin, we shuffled through the stand where scented creams are on display along other complementary products like shower gels (400ml – 113LE). Yves Rocher has the usual fruity scents, like berries and coconut (50ml – 44LE), but those who are not into sugary scents will find Hydra Vegetal (119LE); a good option with an equally fresh scent – especially as it can be used as a facial cream.
But not everything at Yves Rocher follows the same good value-for-money; we noticed that the brand’s perfumes are a little overpriced. A 50ml-bottle of perfume, for example, starts from 375LE, and goes up to a hefty 575LE.
Apart from the expensive perfumes, though, Yves Rocher’s prices across their makeup, hand creams and moisturisers are actually quite reasonable if compared to other brands of the same calibre – making it one of those places where you enter looking for a certain item, but walk out of with a handful of products.