Ho Ho Ho, Have you been nice or naughty this year?
It’s appropriately less than 70 days to Christmas and Christmas are often associate with Santa Claus, X’mas decoration, gift giving and spending time with your love ones.. But do you know what’s the true meaning behind Christmas?
In the bible there’s this verse: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him – John 3:16-17 (NIV)
The celebration of Christmas is to commemorate God’s love for us by coming down to the earth as our Savior. Out of gratitude for what he has done, we remember his birth by gift-giving, spending time with love ones, worshipping him and spreading love and blessings to the less fortunate.
This Christmas, The Body Shop Foundation will contribute S$ 400,000 from gift sales to build 5 schools for kids with little access to education. Last week, I was invited to The Body Shop School Project to find out more about the community and how i can be part of this cause.
For over 20 years, The Body Shop (TBS) has been actively supporting education through the Community Fair Trade programme. As part of the programme, TBS has helped communities worldwide by giving their children a better future by lending a helping hand in the investment of school building and provision of teaching materials.
The Body Shop aim for this christmas would be to be more committed to education cause by helping to build five schools around the world in areas where TBS has Community Fair Trade partners. £200,000 (approximately S$395,215) from the sales of TBS Christmas gifts will be dedicated to achieve this goal.
We can play a part to give joy by buying a gift from The Body Shop. For every purchase, you will be helping to give the greatest gift of all to children in communities in Ghana, Honduras, Nepal and Northern and Southern India.
This year’s star Christmas Gift Set – The Gingerbread School House was designed and handmade by the artisans at Get Paper Industries, a traditional handmade paper products co-operative based in Kathmandu, Nepal. This gift embodies TBS Christmas project and is symbolic of how the Community Fair Trade is helping to give children a brighter future.
The Body Shop making a difference in Nepal with Get Paper Industries
This Christmas – Help give the joy of education to children living in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Get Paper Industries has been supplying TBS with handmade paper gift bags and boxes since 1989. Through long-term trade with The Body Shop, Get Paper Industries has been providing employment for up to 700 women and also help to provide education for both genders (approximately 60% of girls receive little or no education). The Anita Milan Academy was one of the first schools to be built-in and around the Kathmandu area through the support of Get Paper Industries. With your support this year, they want to build a new high school to educate children between the ages of 16-18 years.
The Body Shop making a difference in Southern India with Teddy Exports
This Christmas – Help build a special needs school for TBS very first Community Fair Trade supplier.
Based in Tamil Nadu, Teddy Exports was TBS very first Community Fair Trade supplier. Since 1987 they have been producing and supplying its wooden massagers, accessories and cosmetics bags.TBS’s Community Fair Trade partnership helps give secure employment (with equal pay and good working conditions) to over 400 skilled workers from 61 villages. There’s no discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, caste, disability or HIV status.
Thanks to the Community Fair Trade partnership, the Teddy Trust school was opened in 1994. The graduates now have the opportunity to follow aspiring careers including medicine and IT. Over 700 pupils attend the school including 50 children with learning disabilities. It’s the only school in Tamil Nadu to integrate children with special needs into mainstream education. This year, TBS will be helping Teddy Exports to build a Special Needs School for children with learning and physical disabilities. This new dedicated school will provide even more marginalized children access to much-needed support and education.
The Body Shop making a difference in Northen India with Tara Project
This Christmas – Help build a new, flexible education centre for over 150 children of the suppliers of one of TBS’s key accessories suppliers.
Tara Projects are an alternative trade organisation that supports numerous artisanal groups across Northern India. The Body Shop was Tara’s first major international customer to help them to gain experience of working with major overseas customers. Tara Projects supplies TBS Home Fragrance Soapstone Oil Burners since 1996. Tara pays fair wages, on time, and with regular orders provided to the producer groups each organization is able to earn a regular income and avoid exploitation by middlemen. This year, TBS will be helping Tara Projects to build a new learning centre in Agra to support the education of 150 children. The learning centre will offer flexible education for children who, due to their families’ economic circumstances often have to work to support their families.
The Body Shop making a difference in Honduras with Poligono Foundation
This Christmas – Give children of TBS Community Fair Trade loofah suppliers in Honduras a school at their doorstep
Poligono has a small manufacturing unit in western Honduras located in Santa Rosa de Copan. It was founded in 1993 to provide professional, technical and social training to young people from low-income families. TBS has been trading with Poligono since 1997 to provide the finest quality loofahs and loofah products. By making and exporting Loofah products to The Body Shop, vital employment opportunities have been created.This year, TBS aims to help build a new school for the children of 38 families in San Jose de la Llorona, Jigua, Copan, Honduras. There is currently no primary school in the village, and the children have to walk 5km each day to go to school.
The Body Shop making a difference in Ghana with Kuapa Kokoo
This Christmas – A new school for the children of the suppliers of TBS’s luxurious cocoa butter.
Since 1996, TBS has been buying cocoa beans from the Kuapa Kokoo Company in southern Ghana, a fair trade cooperative with over 78,000 small-scale farmers, to make gloriously rich cocoa butter found in many products including the Seasonal Special Edition Body Butters.
This year, TBS will be helping to build a new Junior High School, with 3 classroom blocks,in the village of Betenase in the Sefwi Wiawso District of the Western Region of Ghana. Currently the 120 children in the community have to walk a long way to the nearest school. The money made by the cooperative helps provide schools and village wells, in addition to a fair income, helping to build confidence and providing the community with a higher standard of living.
In Singapore, we are blessed and fortunate as many of us have the access to education so as to acquire knowledge & life skills.
Blessed to be a blessing, a group of beauty / lifestyle bloggers came together to rekindle wonderful memories of school days and also lend a helping hand to Body Shop school project.
A Child Without Education, is like a bird without wings – Tibetan Proverb
To play a part in giving joy to the children in communities in Ghana, Honduras, Nepal and Northern and Southern India, you can consider buying these Christmas gifts from The Body Shop. For every purchase, you will be contributing towards the ‘The Body Shop School Project‘. In this entry, i will be bringing you through the different product ranges specially made for Christmas in mind.. 🙂
I will start off with the Popular Seasonal Special-Editions Christmas Range first – Zingy Ginger Sparkle, Fruity Cranberry Joy and indulgent Vanilla Bliss ! Discover the goodness of ginger, cranberry and vanilla with Body Shop luxurious, special-edition collections. Something not to be missed, these decadent delights are bursting with natural ingredients, sumptuous textures and the gorgeous gourmand scents of the season.
Here’s Prefect Irene giving us a ‘crash course’ on telling more about the richness of vanilla. benefits of cranberries and goodness of ginger! Personally, i adore the ginger range as the scent just grows on me!
The highly popular seasonal holiday limited edition Cranberry Joy is much loved by many so grab it while stock lasts! The delectable Cranberry Joy collection will sweeten your senses and treat your body with truckloads of sweet indulgence. This luscious line-up of bath, body and home fragrance treats containing cranberry extract and a raft of skin-beneficial Community Fair Trade ingredients has a mouth-watering fruity fragrance.
Some products not be missed are:
Body Polish ($20.90) – Gentle, daily body exfoliator with a beautiful Cranberry Joy scent to achieve baby soft & smooth skin.
Shimmer Lotion ($21.90) – Light & moisturising body lotion gives skin a festive party shimmery sparkle and leaves it subtly scented with the fruity Cranberry Joy fragrance.
Shower Gel ($14.90)- Delicately fragranced, this fruity ittle shower number containing cranberry extract and Community Fair Trade honey, leaves skin cleansed and soft.
Body Polish ($20.90) – Be polished perfection with the gentle, daily body exfoliator with a beautiful Cranberry Joy scent.
Body Butter ($32.90) – Discover the joy of the legendary, rich and creamy Body Butter, now with a seasonal Cranberry Joy fragrance. Massage in for a whole day and night of hydration.
Pamper yourself and your love ones this christmas with wonderfully indulgent Vanilla Bliss range. Enriched with vanilla extract and a host of richly decadent Community Fair Trade ingredients, the lavish collection has a delicious gourmand fragrance. Time for some delicious me-time!
For a sensorial & top-to-toe experience, here are some products to indulge in:
Heart-Shaped Soap ($6.90) – The seasonally scented soap will add a touch of festive luxury to any bathroom.
Hand Wash ($14.90) & Hand Lotion ($21.90) – Hands-up if your hands are in need of some seasonal TLC! This matching festive Hand Wash and Lotion leaves skin feeling clean and soft and lightly scented
Body Butter ($32.90)- TBS best-selling Body Butter now has an exquisite Vanilla Bliss scent. Enjoy intense all-over-body moisturisation for up to 24 hours
Body Polish ($20.90)- Be a real smoothie with this daily exfoliator that polish skin to leave it super-soft
and lightly scented with the luscious Vanilla Bliss fragrance.
Indulge yourself, spice up and thrill your body with TBS ginger-infused special edition – Ginger Sparkle. With lavish textures and a warm yet sweet spicy fragrance, these indulgent goodies are a feast for the senses.
Body Polish ($20.90) – For velvety soft and smooth skin, this Gentle body exfoliator filled up with the zingy Ginger Sparkle scent and contains Community Fair Trade honey from Ethiopia will help you achieve it
Shower Gel ($14.90)- Bring some zing to shower time with this fabulously fragranced, soap-free cleansing gel containing ginger root extract and Community Fair Trade honey.
Hand Lotion ($21.90) & Hand Wash ($14.90)- Give hands a holiday treat as both products will work hand in hand to ensures skin feels clean and super-soft and smooth.
Body Butter ($32.90)- TBS iconic Body Butter is available with a festive Ginger Sparkle fragrance this christmas. Containing ginger root extract and Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana, it melts straight into skin, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and hydrated.
Shimmer Lotion ($21.90)- Sparkle this party season! This light, moisturising body lotion contains Community Fair Trade shea butter and gives skin a subtle veil of gorgeous shimmer. Beautiful!
During the event, we were also introduced to The Body Shop 2013 Winter Trend Special Edition Collection to help achieve the new winter trend look.
Honored to have renowned makeup artist, Peter Khor to share more about achieving the smokey festive party look by using products from the Winter Trend Special Edition Collection. For ladies with Light to Medium Skin Tones, it is recommended to make use of beautiful blend of warm, smoky brown eye hues teamed with a contrasting coral or crimson lip. For ladies with Medium to Dark Skin Tones, a fierce fusion of cool, smoky plum eye shades matched with a fresh pink or mauve pout will be suitable for you.
Introducing The Body Shop 2013 Winter Trend Special Edition Collection (From Clockwise direction)
4-Step Smoky Eye Palette in Smoky Brown / Icy Plum ($39.90)- This special edition eyeshadow palette contains step-by-step instructions and 2 brushes which makes usage easy to achieve timeless chic smoky eye with its fine, pigmented and velvety powder!
The Sparkler ($39.90) – This innovative special edition product will make shimmer application fuss free! Simply just press to spritz hair and body with a fine dusting of sparkles (in Gold or Boudoir Pink) infused with the delicate scent of japanese cherry blossom and illuminates skin with an enchanting shimmer.
Shimmer Bauble ($34.90) – A new SPECIAL EDITION product containing glimmering gold and light pink beads, it will give cheeks, temples and décolletage an entrancing radiant glow. Swirl, sweep and shimmer for a final flourish to your party look.
Slanted Kabuki Brush ($32.90)- The perfect partner for shimmer bauble, this clever kabuki brush has super-soft, synthetic hairs to give fine and even dusting of powder. The slanted design also allows you contour with ease.
New Colour Crush Lipstick ($22.90) available in 4 tones – New Sweet Coral, Scarlet Red Siren, New Peachy Pink and The Right Mauves. This all-new lip stick is enriched with moisturising CFT Marula oil for a creamy high impact colour. With 4 shades to choose from, you can give your lips a touch of frosty look, a deep berry kiss, a fresh flash of sparkling peach or old hollywood glamour.
All-In-One BB Cream ($32.90)- Available in 3 shades (00 or 01 02 or 03), the make-up and skincare in one BB cream will keep skin hydrated while it creates an even undetectable finish with its colour adapting function.
Besides make-up gifts and the Seasonal Special-Editions Christmas Ranges, you can choose from more Body shop extensive range of Christmas sets which consists of fragrances, skincare & bodycare products.
Here are some of the gift sets available for different ones and needs!
(Left) Mango Lip & Softening Gift Set – Butter up with mini pampering treats in the exotic scent of mango
(Right) Satsuma Shower & Moisture Set- Mini bathtime treats with favourite nutty flavours in a cute cracker
Shower time fun with luxurious toiletries (available in the nutty scent of shea or honey goodness! Buzzz!
The classic white musk products / gift sets! Do you know that White Musk is the first fragrance ever to pioneer the use of synthetic musk in replacement to real musk which is extracted from the civet deer using cruel and painful methods?
Moringa Shower, Scrub & Soften Luxury Gift- An indulgent bath and body gift with the delicate scent of moringa flower in a festive ribboned box.
All about Olives! Excellent remedy for very dry skin as it will turn skin silky smooth while protecting skin!
Excellent choices of gift sets for the ladies! Not only it looks good, it smells really divine as well!
Indulge your skin with The Body Shop Famous Body Butter! Make a difference in Ghana with Kuapa Kokoo with every purchase!
Chocolate & Nut Mini Body Butter Trio– A trio of Mini Body Butters in much-loved nutty flavours in a cute cracker.
Manicure and Moisture Duo – Nurtures nails as well as hands..
Escape to Japan with cherry blossom. This romantic, captivating blend of floral and hinoki wood accords was inspired by a spring day in Kyoto.
Body Butter Lollipop – With fruity, floral and nutty flavours, this fun gift is the perfect way to discover TBS iconic Body Butter.
Fruity Lip Balm- Get lippy with this collection of five juicy, moisturising lip balms. In a fun lollipop box, it’s a great stocking filler.
Bathtime accessories! Who can resist washing with the Reindeer and Gingerbread Man Sponge?
With the lovely and pretty ladies @ the event – Jacelyn, Nadia, Charlene & Michelle! Christmas came early for us as The Body Shop has pampered us with a generous amount of goodies! Thank you Body Shop for organizing such a meaningful event!
Whether you are preparing something special for your family members and friends or looking for a novelty treat to pamper yourself, there’s a gift at The Body Shop to suit every body. Best of all, by buying any of the christmas selection, you are showing your support to the Christmas Project and helping children around the world to gain better access to an education for a brighter, happier future.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this entry! 🙂
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