Surprisingly, I haven't done that much shopping this weekend...yet (it's still not quite over), but I will report back to you if I do!
One store or company that I do highly recommend checking out is The Body Shop. Why? Because not only do I really loveeeeee their mango body butter (if you have dry skin or winters get really cold in your area, you need to try this!), but they frequently offer great deals. I feel like as a company, they really do value customers and want you to try their products! Hence all the great deals. =)
For instance, I know they have had at least two Groupon deals within the past year. I missed the first one but was able to snag the last one, which was $20 for $40 worth of products, yippie! The only condition was that I had to use it in store, so I decided to use it about two weeks ago when The Body Shop had this promotion:
Side note: I know it seems cruel for me to post about a sale that's been long over...but guess what? They had an even better Black Friday sale, $30 for any 3 products! I believe this will also be the deal for Cyber Monday, plus free shipping. They also had a $25 Mistletote Bag with $120 worth of products for Black Friday, not sure if that's still being offered but you would have to check stores since it sold out online (the store I visited last night still had it). Today's deal is $30 for any 3 bath and/or body products.
About the bag
(info taken from the website and Facebook page)
Support The Body Shop's Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People campaign partners by adding the Joy bag For Life when you shop! For each bag purchased, $2 will be contributed to support their campaign partners.Here's what I put in my bag:
This reusable Community Fair Trade bag is made by Teddy Exports in southern India. Our trade with them provides employment for over 400 people in a good working environment. It has also helped to fund the Teddy schools and support HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives across local communities. To find out more about our values, visit our Values & Campaigns section.
I absolutely love the Mango Body Butter and cannot sing its praises enough (although, I wish The Body Shop would make another fruity scented body butter for dry/very dry skin, even if it's just strawberry mango or pineapple mango). It's sooo moisturizing and absorbs quickly, plus it smells yummy.
The Spa Wisdom™ Japan Yuzu & Rice Body Milk is not an absolute MUST HAVE for me, but more of a treat and something that I'd only get if it's on sale. Its retail price is $22, which to me, is too expensive for something as light as this. It's a lotion that's so light-weight that it comes out in a spray. What drew me to it was its scent, which is sort of perfume-y and flowery yet powdery and "ricey" at the same time. It's a bit strong at first but subdues to a clean and fresh fragrance. I do wish The Body Shop would make this in something more moisturizing, like a body butter.
Because of the promotions at the time, I also signed up for the Love Your Body membership. With the 30% discount versus the membership's additional 20% discount (which is not the same as 50% total discount, but slightly less) plus the $10 membership fee, the total difference for my purchase was about $2. Plus I'd saved $20 through Groupon, score! Altogether I spent about $27, wheeeeee! (The total for the regular priced body items would have been $58, before tax.)
The bag also came with coupons for a free gift (no purchase necessary, in stores only) each of the following six consecutive weeks. So far I've received the first two and they have been nice! Generous, full-sized products, nicer than what I would have expected. But, I'll wait to show you when I've received all six. =)
You can sign up for email notifications of sales and promotions through the website, or "Like" The Body Shop's Facebook page to keep up to date.
I hope you're all enjoying your wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!