The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Brightening Serum

The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Brightening Serum

The product: The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Brightening Serum

I can’t review this one for you. I’ll be right upfront about it: I would love to, because I think it’s going to have a huge pull as part of a range of Asian skincare products brought over to the North American market, but I can’t — it’s full of silicones.

So, instead, let me tell you a little bit about this one.

The Body Shop Moisture White serum

The Body Shop’s Moisture White Shiso range contains six products (including this brightening serum), all of which contain hand-harvested Community Fair Trade aloe vera gel from Guatemala. The serum is made to be invisible and non-sticky, suitable for all skin types, and features the skin-brightening shiso plant (perilla leaf extract), liquorice, and vitamin C to add radiance to the skin.

I’m not a fan of whitening products, and I’m a little saddened by the fact that The Body Shop is perpetuating the whiter-is-better stereotype. However, I also recognize that it’s something that’s becoming more & more common in today’s market, and I would rather see theNotice’s readers turned toward a gentle, community-oriented, FDA-approved serum than order something from Asia that they may not be able to read the packaging for — something I’m personally very wary of, myself!

The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso range

I’m not a fan of whitening itself, but whitening serums can be a great way to safely manage hyperpigmentation, too — so this could be a good option for you even if you aren’t looking to lighten your skintone. And, of course, it’s great to see the North American market extend past western ideals of beauty, even if I still hope for the day when everyone can be happy with their own skintone!

The Moisture White range was formulated in Japan, which I think is very cool — and I hear the Moisture White BB Serum Inside ($25 CAD, not available in the US) BB cream is very pale, which speaks to my inner (okay, outer) pale girl.

Availability: $36 USD/$36 CAN online & in-store at The Body Shop. The Moisture White range is available starting at $15 CAD.

The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso review overview

The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Brightening Serum ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipropylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, Batyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract.

The Body Shop whitening serum Asia

The Body Shop Moisture White™ Shiso Brightening Serum (30 ml/1 oz size)

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  • Larie

    I like products like this for combatting hyperpigmentation, not for their "whitening" properties, as it were. *shakes fist at parabens*
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    • amandarobots

      This is exactly how I feel, too.

    • Try Marcelle's! Marcelle, Marcelle, Marcelle! :D :P

      (this one)

      • Alison

        /hopeless Canadian product lemming

        • Order during one of their sales, silly! 40% off does a lot to ease the cost of shipping ;)

  • I wonder how whitening products differ from brightening products with things like Vitamin C. Both are marketed toward hyperpigmentation. I personally use Vitamin C skin care items and agree it's always better to stick with the gentle FDA approved products with information in languages we can understand :)
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    • Yes!! I don't like the way the industry markets products as whitening, but in my experience, all of the ones you can get here are actually just brightening — gentle & great for hyperpigmentation, without actually lightening your overall skintone.

      Which, I mean, is good and bad: good because it's not bleaching your skin, bad because they're not living up to their claims.

  • Sad to see that this is full of silicones as I'm personally all about brightening and whitening potions. How is the consistency of this product? Does it feel silicone-esque or is it more of a liquidy serum? I tan super easily and I prefer my paler winter skin but I've come to embrace my summer skin as well. I've definitely been seeing more whitening products in the Western market now and the Asian beauty influence is clearly at work. It's a bit scary how white some people would like to go but I see products like these are better for spot correcting and hyperpigmentation fading rather than full face bleachers :)
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    • I'm really glad to hear you've come to embrace your summer skin, Kar! This serum comes out like a thin, white moisturizer with quite a bit of fast-fading fragrance (I think it smells really good), and feels very liquidy as you work it into the skin. It's a little more plush (siliconey) than most fluid moisturizers, but the feeling goes away quickly and it sinks in without any stickiness — it's not heavy or slick in the way a silicone-based primer would be, for instance.

      Hope that answers your question! :)

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