SKIN | The Body Shop Seaweed range

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Balancing Toner and Oil-Control Gel Cream

I’m always on the hunt for skincare for oily skin that doesn’t consist of stripping foaming cleansers, alcohol-based toners and instantly-evaporating “balancing” gel moisturisers. And who does it well? Duh, The Body Shop.

These two items joined the overflowing basket of skincare that is my life when I went along to the opening of The Body Shop’s new Queensgate store a few weeks ago. The store’s flash, but it’s the products that matter, and the Seaweed range is pretty dope.

There’s a cleansing gel in the range, but I’m a heavy duty cream cleanser gal, so I left that on the shelf (although I’ve got my eye on TBS’s cream cleanser in their aloe range, and yes we’re on such informal terms that I can use the acronym now #skincarebffs).

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Balancing Toner*, $25.50

This is an alcohol-free toner, which is awesome to find in an oil-balancing range. Too often brands use alcohol in formulas like this because it can be anti-bacterial, degreases instantly and evaporates quickly, changing how your skin feels—so you feel like it’s doing something. Alcohol is really drying and can compromise your skin’s natural protective barrier, however, so it’s not a miracle ingredient.

I’m not completely against alcohol in skincare (plus, there are a ton of different types of alcohol in skincare, many of which are beneficial!) but when you see it near the top of the list in a toner, you probably want to avoid it.

BUT! This toner doesn’t have alcohol in it. So forget everything I just said. Instead it has seaweed and cucumber extracts, which are probably nice for the skin, and more importantly, it’s rich in glycerin. Glycerin is a hydrating ingredient—uncommon to find in skincare for oily skin, but essential. After all, a lot of oily skin types are also dehydrated.

I like to run a quick cotton pad or two of this toner over my skin after cleansing and before moisturising, on days that I’m not using an acid toner. (Side note: I’m testing The Ordinary‘s glycolic toner at the moment, and spoilers, I like it!)

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Control Gel Cream*, $30.75

I rate gel creams. You could argue they’re just gels re-packaged in a tub so people feel like they’re richer than just a gel moisturiser, and you might be right, but they have a texture that works for moisturising my skin, so I like them.

This formula is rich in glycerin and also contains some oils, something which is again, fairly uncommon in skincare ranges targeted for oily skin. But, again, an oil on oily skin isn’t problematic by default. I mean, I don’t put straight oil on my face all the time because I know my skin doesn’t jive with it, but oils in a gel formula are fine.

Plus, this gel cream is comfortable, absorbs quickly, and works nicely under makeup. Sweet!

Have you tried The Body Shop Seaweed skincare range? What should I try next?

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  • I haven’t tried these from The Body Shop yet but they sound amazing! I have combination skin so these products seem to fit. Thank you for sharing! x (ps I replied to your comment on my blog).

    Cherries & Perfume ♡

  • Yiotou_La

    Every time I see a post on the Body Shop products I wish we had one here, there are so many products I want to try but I only get to do it when traveling!! xx


  • I have a love and hate relationship with the Body Shop, i know shoker. I find that some of their products are good but for the scents just is too overpowering for my sensitive skin. I do like their cleansing balm so much, i keep on purchasing it. But I feel that the toners and moisturizers are disliked by my skin. Anyways i also have oily skin and is always on a hunt for none alcoholic toners that are not too scented, and I have to say its always hard to find reliable products.


    • I can imagine the scents in their body products would be a lot for sensitive skin to handle. So far the face products I’ve used aren’t too strongly scented, though! The cleansing balm is just incredible, I agree!

  • I definitely found that I was dehydrating my skin with products designed for oily skin so it’s nice to find a range which caters to both dehydrated and oily skin. I like the sound of that gel cream!

    The Makeup Directory

    • It’s a shame there’s so much of that out there, and so many people don’t understand that skincare for oily skin doesn’t have to be that way!

  • I haven’t tried this range as I have dry skin, but both of these products sound fantastic for those with oily skin, especially the gel cream! I like their body mists and bath products too 🙂 x

    Velvet Blush

    • Their body mists are such classics! I remember having them when I was a young teenager.

  • Nina

    I like that this toner doesn’t have alcohol in it. Since I have dry, sensitive skin, I always avoid skincare products that contain alcohol.

    Nina’s Style Blog

  • This sounds really good. I don’t think we have the Seaweed range in the UK. x

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I really liked the sound of the seaweed – so I clicked on this post!
    Bring on the alcohol free Toner. My skin can’t handle alcohol in my Toner!
    Set to Glow

  • Dianne Childs

    I love the sound of the Seaweed Balancing Toner. I use The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner but it can be a little strong. I must try their Seaweed range!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • Definitely check out the Seaweed one – maybe you could use it on alternate days or something?