The Body Shop Sensitive Skin Line: Did it Work for Me?

The Body Shop Aloe Vera Eye Cream Review for Sensitive Skin

Fragrance, colour and alcohol-free eye cream

While I was in The Body Shop checking out their makeup products, I mentioned to the SA that I can’t use the skincare products because I’m really sensitive to scented products. She told me that they had a small line of products for sensitive skin that were fragrance-free. I didn’t know that! I decided to try the Aloe Vera Eye Defense which is $19 CAD. The area around my eyes is extremely sensitive and I have had reactions to nearly every fragrance-free cream I’ve tried including Clinique. The one eye cream that doesn’t irritate my skin is the crazy pricey Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm ($80 CAD!), so I normally stick to my dermatologist recommended, water-based, unscentedΒ  Complex 15 and use it around my eyes as well my face.

Complex 15 Moisturizer

Complex 15 unscented moisturizer

The Aloe Vera Eye Defense is described by The Body Shop as:

“An ophthalmologically tested gel-crΓ¨me for the delicate skin around the eye. It is designed for skin that needs more gentle care. Fragrance, colour and alcohol-free. No added preservatives. Suitable for contact-lens wearers.”

It contains:
Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Water, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Betaine, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Panthenol, Glycerin, Myristamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, p-Anisic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Polygonum Fagopyrum (Buckwheat) Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract.

I used the Aloe Vera Eye Defense every evening for about a week and a half. Unfortunately the same thing began to happen to me that seems to happen with most eye creams that I try. The skin around my eyes got very irritated, bumpy, flaky, patchy and pink. So this sensitive skin formula just didn’t work out for me 😦 I’m not sure what ingredient might have caused the reaction.

On the plus side, I’m loving The Body Shop makeup products I got! I’m not sure I’ll be trying anymore of their skincare products for sensitive skin though.

If you have any recommendations for good fragrance-free skincare picks, please let me know!

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❀


Filed under Eyes, Face, Health & Skincare, Reviews

26 responses to “The Body Shop Sensitive Skin Line: Did it Work for Me?

  1. RLG

    I love La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra. It’s not an eye cream specifically, but I use it around my eyes, on eyelids, and all over my face. Love it! It softened and soothed my red, rough eyelids within a day.


  2. The scratch test never worked for me, either – said I was allergic to nearly everything, except for a few things that I was definitely allergic to in childhood!

    I would not have thought TBS would have fragrance-free anything!


  3. Since the body shop is known for how good everything smells, I would not think that they had fragrance free products either! Too bad Clinique irritates you. I’m a huge fan of Clinique for my sensitive skin.


  4. Most eye creams irritate my eyes as well. Then again, so do most eye makeup removers. It is really difficult if you don’t know which ingredients you are sensitive / allergic to.


  5. It’s awful when you have such allergic reactions to skincare! You should definitely go and have your allergies tested! It not a big deal, they’ll just take some blood and call you after some time! 😘 xx, Annie | Annie’s Beauty


  6. Too bad this didn’t work for you. I wonder what specific ingredient(s) could have been the culprit? I know that for myself, for some reason, my skin can’t tolerate natural oils like corn, macadamia, almond oils etc in products that I leave ON my face – I get loads of skin toned bumps all over. I can use these oils in cleaners or other items that don’t sit on the skin for too long. From the ingredient list of this eye defense – it could possibly be the sesame oil? It’s pretty high on the ingredient list.
    Check out this list:


    • Thank you for the list! That’s awesome. I definitely have had reactions to natural oils before. That’s a good point. And sometimes people will say, “but its natural fragrance”, but that doesn’t matter – I will still have a reaction. Natural doesn’t necessarily mean sensitive skin friendly!

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  7. Oh no 😦 So sorry it didn’t work out for you, sounds a pretty nasty reaction 😦 Pretty surprising considering it’s for sensitive skin too!! Glad you enjoy their makeup line though, I’m still yet to try it out!! πŸ™‚ Karen XXX


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