UK-based skincare, cosmetics & fragrance line founded by Anita Roddick in 1976 (Roddick passed away in 2007). The company made a name for itself with its naturally based products and socially and environmentally progressive policies, including its stance against animal testing and commitment to reduce its environmental impact and foster community trade. After L'Oreal purchased the company in early 2006, many commentators were skeptical about how these ethical standards would be maintained under the new corporate leadership.
As of 2012, the company had approximately 2500 stores.
The Body Shop's best known fragrance is the ever-popular White Musk, introduced in 1981.
Recent fragrances from The Body Shop
2011: White Musk Libertine, Amber Oud
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Read Dame Anita Roddick (Obituary) at The Independent.