We all know and love The Body Shop – their wonderful moisturisers, their makes, their gift sets. Now, to make things even better, they’ve launched their Play For Peace campaign this holiday season. Proceeds every purchase of The Body Shop’s seasonal gifts go towards helping Syrian refugee children heal from trauma.
To kick the campaign off, beauty bloggers, YouTube stars, Instagram influencers, and select media were invited to kick things off at COMA gallery in Rushcutters Bay.
The gallery was transformed into a magical playground of beauty and fun. My +1, Fab, and I didn’t know where to start. Should we get fairy floss? Visit the palm reader? Spin a giant wheel to get a prize? There was so much to do!
We started by lining up to get personalised body butter. Choosing from a bevvy of holiday scents, I went with Vanilla Chai and got ‘you’re such a peace’ and my name on the package. Fab celebrated Marriage Equality with a rainbow ‘love is love’ decal.
Then it was off the Advent Calendar. Huge boxes along one wall, all with numbers, and we got to pick whichever one we wanted. The only caveat? We had to perform something to get our pressie. I ended up posting a selfie, and helped a stranger get her gift by letting her give me a huge. Fun!
No matter where we turned, we were surrounded by mountains of The Body Shop’s amazing products. You really can’t go wrong this holiday season — there’s something for everyone. Almond hand & nail manicure cream in a cute little set that’s perfect for a Secret Santa. Or go all out with any of the Collection boxes — I walked away with the Green Tea collection after spinning a huge wheel. For all budgets and all tastes, you’re bound to be able to please someone over the holidays.
We wanted to get a photo with the super-chill Dachshund dog (who rotated between a hot dog costume and a ballerina skirt during the evening). But first: makeup. I didn’t know The Body Shop now does glitter; nor did I know they have super clever liquid liner-slash-star stamps. With glitter and stars on our cheeks, Fab and I were ready for our closeup.
The party showcased how much fun it is to play games, which ties in perfectly with The Body Shop’s partner this year. NGO International Alert run the Peace Play project for refugee children. Their recreational/creative activities help kids deal with trauma and understand their experiences of conflict. Each gift purchased from The Body Shop’s seasonal gift collections helps support the project in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. Best of all, we learned that The Body Shop in Australia are also donating to the very worthy Asylum Seekers Resource Centre right here.
There can’t be a worthier cause than helping refugee children this holiday season. When you’re thinking of what gifts to buy others (or yourself!), consider The Body Shop’s #PLAYFORPEACE campaign.
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Theresa can’t get enough of The Body Shop’s star stamp. Follow her on Instagram.
Visit The Body Shop or shop online at www.thebodyshop.com.au to contribute to their #PLAYFORPEACE campaign.
Visit www.international-alert.org for more.