For natural beauty products I count on two stores, their names so similar that folks looking for one might make the mistake of walking into the other. The Body Shop and Bath & Body Works are two separate stores with much in common. Both offer skin, body and hair care items made from pure, ultra indulgent ingredients. Both sell pretty gift sets – ideal for birthdays, special occasions and days when you just need to pamper yourself. And both give terrific discounts on spa and glamour products that are already reasonably priced – usually just when you need gifts for special occasions like Mother's Day.
Recently I received a thoughtful gift – The Body Shop's "Love Your Body" card. It comes with exclusive member-only benefits. On Thursday, the card's 10% discount increased to a whopping 25% [for one day only], so I ran in to stock up on my favorite product in the store, their Mononi Miracle Oil. It's a great after bath moisturizer and ends-of-hair treatment. I was given my membership card along with a gift certificate – the perfect combination to make someone feel like a VIP. The Body Shop also has top notch makeup. Rich in pigments, colors last all day.
At Bath & Body Works the inventory is enormous! Whether you buy fragrances, skin care, or accessories, you'll get excellent quality and value. There are literally 1001 gifts to choose - including their signature body sprays, lotions and shower gels, soft micro-terry loungewear, self-heating gloves and booties, plus blends of aromatherapy oils, shea butters and candles. Brand new this year is a lovely "garden in a pail.'' You can select a mix of snapdragon, petunia and marigold, or bring home indoor sunflowers, or choose parsley, basil and chives. You simply can't go wrong with either store for finding the perfect gift. And while you look, be sure to pick up a tiny indulgence for yourself.