The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze range

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Rumour has it that The Body Shop is discontinuing their current bronzing range and replacing it with Honey Bronze, a brand new bronzing collection about to hit the shelves later this month.

honey bronze body shop
Bee beautiful with Honey Bronze!

The range is called ‘Honey Bronze’ as it owes quite a bit to the humble honey bee as most of the products make use of Community Fair Trade honey and beeswax. Both ingredients are mega-moisturising and help put an end to patchy, streaky colour. The collection consists of ye old pressed bronzing powder, bronzing gel, a ‘brilliance powder which is essentially an illuminating powder packaged in a ‘tube-brush’ plus a Honey Bronze lip nectar and Shimmering dry oil. (The latter is the ‘queen bee’ of the bunch and is currently sold out in the states. It’s light-weight, has a subtle honey scent and leaves skin with a subtle bronze glow that’s dry to the touch). 

We got two of the goodies to test; Honey Bronze bronzing gel for the face, R90, and Honey Bronze bronzing powder in Medium Matte (03), R165.

honey bronze gel bronzer
Bronzing beauties…

The gel is fabulous in that it creates a sheer veil of believable bronze that’s buildable. (This means that you can intensify your colour if you apply more of it and spread it out less evenly). I wore it on my face over a light moisturiser, but here’s a shot of it on my arm:

honey bronze gel swatch
I made a point of not spreading it out as much as you can to show you the contrast between my pale arm and the fabulous bronze tint.

Application was all too easy, I simply dotted it on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and spread it out using a foundation sponge. I looked healthy and tan, like I’d used a nice, mid-tone self-tan to my face, but didn’t have to stress about the commitment because removal is as simple as washing your face.

The bronzing powder is fab too. Just take a look at the pretty honeycomb pattern that’s been pressed into it:

honey bronze body shop
Divine, right?

I like that it doesn’t contain any shimmer, so the bronze hue it imparts is believable. On top of that, despite being ‘medium’, the colour isn’t ridiculously dark and, if it was summer time, I’d definitely be able to pull it off. (As a very fair person, I often battle to find bronzers that don’t look muddy or orange…) 

It looks really dark here for two reasons; a) ‘cos I’m super pale and b) I swiped it on nice and thick so you could really see it in the piccie. 

Keep an eye out for the Honey Bronze range in your nearest The Body Shop store as of the middle of this month. It’s just the thing to help you transition from a long, cold winter into spring.  

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Leigh van den Berg is a freelance beauty writer and avid blogger ( She's addicted to all things glossy and glam and currently has eight MAC lipglosses rolling around in her handbag.

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  1. biancadorp

    The Honey Bronze is the best drugstore bronzer there is if you ask me. It is perfectly matte so that you don’t look like a disco ball when warming up your face. I love that they provide shades for paler girls like me – finally I can also wear bronzer without looking like a Jersey Shore cast member! Thumbs up Body Shop, I’ll be repurchasing this all the time.

    4 years ago •

  1. margsc

    I was so excited about the dry oil – I put it on my “must have” list at Christmas – and my husband actually got it for me.
    it is lovely, I highly recommend it. It’s not for moisturising though, just for pretty.

    6 years ago •

  1. Candibabes

    The Body Shop Range has always been impressive, i love their products and this looks and sounds fabulous not to mention the added lovely scent of honey.This will definetly be added on my beauty list.

    6 years ago •

  1. Henke

    Body shop Body shop Body shop!!! That is why I asked for Body shop vouchers for Xmas and my birthday! Yay!

    7 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    I love Body Shop and have always wanted to try these. Now I know it will suit pale skin I am going to get some bronzing gel!

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    The Body shop is becoming my best to shop lately!

    7 years ago •

  1. Kersop

    Love body shop and what they stand for. You know that your are buying cruelty free make up.

    7 years ago •

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