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The Body Shop Peptalk Lipsticks

I’ve been meaning to share about The Body Shop Peptalk Lipsticks since I discovered them last year. I’ve been quite impressed with the makeup range in general. They’ve got a great diverse choice of colours. They’re fun and nicely priced. It’s nice to have something like this on the high street, although of course I was gutted to see the recent troubles of The Body Shop, but glad that my local branch in Bromley is still staying open. The makeup range is not natural, although it does have some natural ingredients along with Fairtrade; I really like the ethics behind the brand.

I have fond memories of The Body Shop from my younger days – anyone else remember the dewberry and tangerine flavours?! Dame Anita Roddick was well ahead of the game when she opened the first store back in 1976. She was an activist and campaigned against so many environmental and ethical issues; when she sold The Body Shop in 2006 to L’Oreal, many of her fans were disappointed and betrayed I think. This led to many boycotting the shop.

In 2017 The Body Shop was sold to Natura and Co, a Brazilian global personal care company, which also happens to be the world’s largest Bcorp. The Body Shop went on to become Bcorp certified in 2019. I’m not sure when I rediscovered them exactly – I think it was their recycling programme a good few years back before Covid. I then started to notice they were changing their makeup packaging to become more easily recycled.

I also really liked their imagery. It was (and still is) real people with real skin – its the kind of stuff I’d like my daughter to aspire too – as opposed to a lot of the heavily retouched and ‘perfect’ images you might find in Boots for example. They also have a very in-depth sustainability report available on the website (its a little out of date but hoping it will be updated as soon as the business is back on track)

The Body Shop Peptalk Lipsticks

The Body Shop Peptalk Lipsticks

I first tried The Body Shop Peptalk Lipsticks last summer when I was on the hunt for a ‘green’ dupe of Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk for a client. They are not natural – 80% of ingredients are naturally derived (that can mean anything I know), however they are microplastic free and also refillable so ticking some good boxes. My client was having a zerowaste wedding so I felt this lipstick fitted in well.

I really like the texture and the colour choices – and their names! As a makeup artist having a refill is great for the kit. For regular use, the refillable case is very nice – although you don’t necessarily need it; you could also alternate the lipstick in it according to what you were wearing and wanted to take out with you for touch ups.

The Body Shop colours are not an exact match to Pillow Talk but pretty close. For my bride I mixed ‘Real You’ with ‘Make It Count’ but then gave her ‘Real You’ for her touch up kit.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk is very long lasting – apparently up to 10 hours (according to 20 people) – this will be due to the silicones and other microplastics.. The Body Shop doesn’t last as long as that (doesn’t have the microplastics) although has some good staying power; and of course the application makes such a difference. Taking the time to layer and blot in-between will give it more longevity than just whacking it on quickly. An old post here with some thoughts on silicone in makeup.

The Body Shop Peptalk lipstick refill is £12 and the case is £5. It is Vegan.

IngredientsRicinus Communis Seed Oil/Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire de candelilla, Alumina, Mica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Barium Sulfate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Silica, Aluminum Benzoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Dextrin Isostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid [+/-CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 15850/Red 7 Lake, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77491/Iron Oxides, CI 15850/Red 6, CI 73360/Red 30, CI 77492/Iron Oxides, CI 45410/Red 28 Lake, CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI 15985/Yellow 6, CI 45380/Red 22 Lake, CI 42090/Blue 1 Lake].

I also love their Freestyle Multi-tasking Colour – I’ve been using it as a blush but you can use it anywhere.

Have you tried it? Or will you give it a go – let me know in the comments!