CSSB: Bodycare

Favourite Store: Bodycare

I love this shop. It’s possibly the one remaining chain store in the world which doesn’t have a website, but that’s part of the charm for me. I have to actually go into town, have a rummage, read the packaging and choose what I want there rather than slobbing in the comfort of my own armchair with a laptop.

Bodycare is a bit like the economy version of Superdrug, only without the pharmacy bit. I bet your town has one, they all look the same. Big black and white sign outside, huge clear glass windows and the walls are stacked up to the ceiling with all sorts of colourful bottles. Anything to do with haircare and hair styles, skin care and makeup, teeth hygeine, nail maintenance and varnish, deodorant, basic medicine, sanitary products or perfumes can be found in this shop for very, very cheap prices.

Things I regularly pick up from here include the Alberto Balsam shampoo and conditioner, Sure deodorants, Impulse body sprays, lynx shower gel and spray (for hubby), sponges, flannels, cotton wool, sanitary stuff and condoms (seriously – cheapest I have ever found Durex on sale!), but I do love to have a good search around and occasionally pick up other things. They’re my go-to place for tights, I sometimes get my hair dye there and they’re good for gift sets of what my teenage friends and I used to call ‘smellies’ in the run up to Christmas time.

The only thing I have found that Bodycare isn’t worth shopping at for is makeup. By and large I find it pretty cheap and nasty to be honest – the eye-shadow rubs off quickly, the face powder all looks orange, the mascara comes out clumpy and the lipsticks are guaranteed to smudge within a few nanoseconds of application. I guess it’s not bad for pre-teens with a bit of pocket money wanting to buy bits and pieces to experiment with at sleep overs, but this stuff shouldn’t be taken seriously by anyone who wants to actually look presentable rather than like a cheap clown.

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CSSB: Alberto Balsam BARGAIN ALERT

Look what I found in Asda, just after I had vowed to stock up on this product!

Alberto Balsam - 4 for £3

Alberto Balsam – 4 for £3

Mix and match any four Alberto Balsam products for £3 – a princely sum of 75p per bottle. Two shampoos and two conditioners now stashed in my cupboard 🙂

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CSSB: Favourite Product -Impulse Spray

Body spray was one of the things I tried to economise on when I hit money troubles in my mid twenties. I bought cheap ones from pound shops, supermarket own brands, even the economy brands. I ended up smelling like a chemical factory and feeling about as comfortable as if I’d been doused in the contents of one.  Also, they had a tendency to run out quickly and leak over my fingers when I tried to spray them (ew) and if that wasn’t bad enough, they also stained my clothes.

So I had to think smart rather than thinking cheap.

I love these:

Impulse Tease

Impulse Body Spray - True Love

The impulse sprays are, simply, better than much of the other stuff on the market. They are reliably available, smell genuinely pleasant and are sold in a range of scents from the fresh and fruity to the mild and musky. Charlie‘s not bad, neither is Exclamation! but the smell of those reminds me of the girls’ changing rooms at high school after PE, so I tend to avoid them for personal preference.

Thing is, if you just pick them up in the supermarket, they can be expensive.

A quick look on mysupermarket.co.uk reveals a price range from £1 to £2, so depending where you shop you could end up paying twice as much. I have seen them sold for as much as £2.59 in some places with extra for delivery (they are on a sale price at the moment, but with delivery that’s still an expensive deal!)

But if you head to your town centre high street, you’re much more likely to be able to pick them up cheaply. Check in Home Bargains, B&M and even in Poundworld for much more reliable pricing and availability.

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to go for the cheaper option product wise, but it does pay to do your homework and shop around!

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