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The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Concentrate


The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Concentrate

The Drops of Youth is one of The Body Shop’s bestsellers. The line of products use “plant stem cells” as their main anti-aging secret.

Product Claims:

“Target the first signs of ageing with our youth-enhancing concentrate. This refreshing gel-like serum is infused with three plant stem cells, and leaves skin feeling instantly smoother and replenished with moisture. Skin unveils a healthy luminousity and a youthful bounce.” – The Body Shop Website.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzyl Alcohol, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Adenosine, Parfum/Fragrance, Linalool, Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Malva Sylvestris Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract/Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Extract/Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Limonene, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.

Price: $54 (approximately N20,000)

Size: 50ml


Body Shop’s Drops of Youth line of products uses “plant stem cells” (Edelweiss Plant Cells, Sea Holly Plant Cells & Criste Marine Plant Cells) as their main anti-aging “secret”. The most popular in this line is the Youth Concentrate.

Firstly, my main concern with this product is that Alcohol Denat is the ingredient with the 2nd highest concentration. Although alcohol in some skincare products can help enhance penetration, too much of it can dry your skin, cause erosion of the skin’s barrier and is not great for sensitive skin. Secondly, plant stem cells do not work on human skin….unless your skin is trying to grow some stems/leaves/fruit. All they will do is work as antioxidants at best. Thirdly, the 3 plant stem cells that are mentioned in the claims as the active ingredients are present at very low concentrations — in lower concentrations than the fragrance ingredients; so you can imagine how little of the active ingredients are in this product.

Think of plant stem cells like plant extracts with antioxidant benefit, nothing more—and in the case of this product there’s not much in here anyway. Fourthly, there are so many fragrance ingredients in this product, if you have sensitive skin, I will advice you to stay well away from it.

What you will get from this product is pretty much hydration because of the levels of Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate. That’s it! If you ask me, it’s a waste of money.

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