Well about 3 weeks ago I signed up as a Body Shop @ Home Consultant, and tomorrow is my very first party. I’m really excited and nervous! I’ve never done party plan before but The Body Shop is an amazing company and when I was told about what they stand for and the amount of causes they support within our global community, I knew this was something I had to be a part of.
I’ve written up a bit of a guide for me to follow, to help me stay on track with what I’m telling everyone (!) because it’s my first time, but thankfully most of the guests are people I know anyway, so they’ll forgive me if I’m a little clueless!!!
The Body Shop, if you haven’t heard of it before, is a multi-national company with three ways to shop – in-store, online or at home via party plan. My sister-in-law had a party to start with, then my two cousins had parties each, as well as mum, and I just fell in love with the products over the course of those parties that I offered to host my own.
My sister-in-law decided she wanted to join as a consultant because she has her own salon and wanted to sell the products via the salon, and so I came along and sat in on her induction. And I was wowed. Because The Body Shop does so much for so many people.
Against Animal Testing - This is probably TBS’s main selling point; they don’t test on animals and the only animal-derived ingredients they use in any of their products is whey, from milk, and honey & beeswax. If it weren’t for those couple of things, all their products would be 100% vegan (but their Milk Bath powder is DIVINE, and honey & beeswax is just too good for your skin to pass up). They are continuing to fight the good fight against global powers like China who have laws requiring cosmetics to be tested on animals.
Defending Human Rights - TBS stands for human rights; through Children On The Edge (COTE), they have protected and created safe spaces for many children globally, including East Timorese children both living in and recovering from the recent unrest in their country. Their Tri-Massager is made by a company in India and 100% of the profits from the sale of them goes towards the above cause.
TBS has also supported the rescue of young women and children from the sex trafficking industry in various countries, and are continuing supporters of White Ribbon Day, creating awareness of domestic violence against women.
Activating Self Esteem - A huge message from TBS is about self-love and self-esteem – loving who you are, the way you are. Some years back, they released a campaign stating that “There are 3 billion women who don’t look like supermodels, and only 8 who do”. Basically, that women are holding themselves to such high standards that will never be reached, and to love yourself as you are. I think this is such an important message, particularly for us to pass onto our daughters for themselves, and to pass onto our sons to treat girls and women as the beautiful creatures they are.
Support Community Fair Trade – TBS sources their ingredients through fair trade agreements with small-scale farmers and villagers from around the globe. For example, the shea butter that features in many of TBS’s products is sourced through fair trade with women in Ghana, who produce the shea butter the same way it’s been done for generations. The tea tree oil is similarly sourced from farmers in Kenya; and the hemp seed oil from a small-scale farming co-op in Norfolk, England.
Protect The Planet - Finally, TBS believes in protecting our planet; after all, it’s the only one we’ve got. We reuse and recycle our marketing materials, use recycled materials where possible, and encourage customers to recycle their containers once all their product has been used. They have previously held campaigns about climate change, and continue to be an environmentally-savvy company.
So there you go – the 5 core values of The Body Shop, and the 5 reasons that lead me to being a “Body Shop Lady”. Their values align very closely to my own personal values and that struck a real chord with me – I knew I had to be a part of this amazing company.