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The Body Shop Limited Edition Black Friday Pouch Review

The Body Shop is a popular environmentally and socially conscious beauty brand that you can find at retailers like Ulta. Every year they release a Black Friday limited edition bag– keep reading to see which products were featured in the 2020 version.

FYI – this kit is no longer available for purchase

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

About this box

The Box: The Body Shop Limited Edition Filled Pouch

The Cost: $15 ($36 value)

This kit includes:

  • Hemp Hand Protector 30ml
  • Tea Tree Facial Wash 60ml
  • Vitamin E Moisture Cream 15ml
  • Banana Shampoo 60ml
  • Banana Conditioner 60ml
  • Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask 15ml
  • Reusable cork toiletries bag

Ships to: The U.S for $6

The Body Shop Limited Edition Black Friday Pouch Review

Everything came packaged in this bag, and I love the festive holiday green print along with the natural cork that makes up the design. 

Attached to the zipper of the bag was this small paper providing additional details on the items in the pouch.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector, 1 oz – Retail Value $6.00

This is one of my favorite products from The Body Shop – it’s such a great hand cream! It’s thick and heavy, and it really feels like my hands are getting protected before I go out into the cold, harsh world. This doesn’t really have a scent, but it does have nourishing ingredients like hemp seed oil, glycerin, panthenol, and glycerin. Once it’s absorbed into my skin it doesn’t leave a greasy finish, either. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash, 2 oz – Retail Value $6.00

I’ve been dealing with a lot of congestion on my chin (thanks, maskne), so this tea tree cleanser arrived at a useful time. Tea tree is a natural purifier for oily and acne-prone skin, and that helps this cleanser to give you a squeaky clean feeling. It is too harsh and drying of a cleanser for my skin for me to use every day, but I do like reaching for it after a long day where I feel like my skin has sweat under my face mask for a while. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, 0.5 oz – Estimated Value $5.88 (buy the 1.7 oz version for $20.00)

This small jar of moisturizer is made with vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and raspberry seed oil add moisture to your skin and leave it smooth. I like this it felt hydrating without being heaving and absorbed quickly into my skin.

The Body Shop Banana Shampoo, 2 oz – Retail Value $6.00

You are either a fan of a banana scent or you aren’t – I haven’t met someone who was ambivalent towards the scent yet. I personally really enjoy the smell of banana products, especially because it usually smells like banana candy. Along with banana purée, this shampoo is also formulated with honey, so it adds a nice boost of moisture while cleaning your strands. Because my hair is very picky with shampoos I’ve been having my boyfriend use this shampoo so I can enjoy the benefits of smelling it without making my curls unhappy – it’s been a great system so far. 

The Body Shop Banana Conditioner, 2 oz – Retail Value $6.00

The match to the shampoo, this is more my style since my curls can take all of the conditioner (and then some). This isn’t heavy-duty enough for me to use regularly, but I still like the way it smells and that it doesn’t weigh my hair down. 

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, 0.5 oz – Retail Value $6.00

This mask is probably my favorite product from The Body Shop – it works great when my skin feels congested and I need to tackle clogged pores and excess oil. This is made with Himalayan bamboo charcoal, green tea, tea tree, kaolin, and Moroccan lava clay. It gives my skin that ~detoxed~ feeling when I wash it off, and while I’m wearing it, it feels tingly and cooling thanks to the menthol and tea tree in the formula. 


Verdict: This holiday pouch was a fun assortment of products from The Body Shop. They really touched on everything –skincare, hair care, and hand treatments were all packed in this affordable set, and the products were fun. While the holidays might be over, you can expect The Body Shop to release a curated holiday set every year – so if you liked this one, you can count on picking up another fun one next year. Value-wise, everything added up to $35.88, which just about meets the promised value of $36.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this kit if you order today? No, this is no longer available but all the products are available to purchase from The Body Shop.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $15 + $6, which means you’re paying approximately the following per item:

  • Hand cream: $3.51
  • Cleanser: $3.51
  • Moisture Cream: $3.44
  • Banana Shampoo: $3.51
  • Banana Conditioner: $3.51
  • Charcoal Mask: $3.51

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What do you think of the Limited Edition Body Shop Black Friday Pouch? Did you grab one?

Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes| 15 comments

Comments (15)

  1. TBS now has an MLM branch in the US so I won’t be buying anything from them. I don’t blame the reviewers for later reviews since I have packages still sitting that shipped in Nov.

  2. I also appreciate seeing the reviews, even if they are late….unless it is an item that is exclusive only to limited box. Seeing the reviews of certain products may entice me to purchase an item down the line, or sub to a box that carries it in the future.

    Also, it’s helpful to be able to look at what was included in a previous years’ boxes.

    Would it be helpful if the reviews were done earlier? Yes, of course (especially with non limited edition boxes). But a review being late certainly does not deem it useless.

  3. While I agree that the timing of this review is off, I still do want to see it because I always go back and look at previous months/years before making a purchase.
    And yes, I do think these limited grab bags are close to “sub” category and I do want to see them. Same for the limited Whole Foods beauty bags, lucky bags, mystery boxes etc.

    While we’re on the Body Shop Black Friday topic, boy have these special sets gone down hill for them! I remember when you’d get a proper tote bag (zipper, lining and all) filled with full sized products. I’d wait for the Black Friday deal anxiously every year. This is such a snooze fest

    • I was thinking the same thing. Those Black Friday totes used to be epic. The bags were great quality, too. I still have one I use all the time. I’m hoping this year’s sad little bag was a product of COVID difficulties and the big bags come back in the future.

  4. I would like to see spoilers and reviews for items which are still a available for purchase.

  5. I tried to buy this last month but the website kept glitching.

  6. Mallory, it does make sense but what your readers are telling you is that timely reviews are what they are wanting to see and you didn’t really address that. I agree with the other comments that something that is reviewed a month or two late is probably a ‘don’t care’ at that point in time. Past reviews are good, but current info would be even better. Thanks!

    • Agree with Esther! @Mallory it doesn’t make sense to post these reviews so late, when the items have long been out of stock/sold out.

  7. Great review! I read pretty much all of the product reviews. I don’t even get any subscriptions anymore, but I am always interested in new (to me) products.

  8. Um, yikes. Well, thank you for the review. I choose to be gracious and understand that shipping with the holidays and COVID has been crazy. Hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the USA and countless friends and families of those people are dealing with it.

    If you are not getting what you need from MSA, that is fine. There are so many sites and places to create your own space or add what you feel is missing here. I get what I need so I am here. It is difficult when things change in life, but that is an integral part of living.

    The last thing I noticed here is the bag print has christmas trees, monstera deliciosa, and cactus! so cute year round. Not sure I could accept banana hair stuff daily, but I would give it a try!

  9. I appreciate the reviews, even when they’re on items we can’t get anymore. When a new mystery bag or limited edition bag is available, the first thing I do is search to see if any prior bags were reviewed so I can get a sense of what types of items might be inside and whether the value was really there. If MSA will announce future bags for this brand, I think several of us will appreciate having these reviews to look back at, regardless of when they were published. Keep them coming!

  10. Here’s an idea. Just don’t review the backlog of random things from months ago. Start fresh and try to publish spoilers and reviews in a timely fashion. How does a body shop limited edition bag even fit into a subscription site?

    • I second this idea!! Reviewing one-offs from over 2 months ago that nobody can buy anymore seems like a waste to me. I do enjoy reading Jessica’s reviews but lately, the backlog is getting ridiculous.

      • I agree with hanna and BG. There have been a lot of late reviews that lately that seem pointless.

      • Hi there! Thank you both for your feedback. When new limited edition or mystery bags are announced, many readers use our past reviews to get a sense of what may be included, which helps them decide whether or not to purchase. Hope this helps!

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