I was really hesitant to use The Body Shop online because I so love going into the store. The colours, textures, smells -- everything about the store is wonderful, as far as I’m concerned. But I needed to order some gifts for friends, and I didn’t have time to get to town. My closest Body Shop is about 25 miles away, so sometimes practicalities reign. The website disappointed me slightly. I was hoping to have the same or a similar feeling to what I have when I walk into the shop, but that was not the case. The colours, the greens and pastels, are similar, but the overwhelming displays and ranges of products that hit you in the store are not there on the homepage. Instead, you must select each range and delve further into the site to get images of desired products. This is a site you’ll enjoy if you know exactly what you want, but it’s not so good for first-time Body Shop shoppers. Luckily, I know the shop, and I know they do great gift sets. It’s the same online. There’s a section called “gifts” and you can pick your price range and select from a multitude of scents/creams/etc. I have two girlfriends who are turning 40 this year, so I picked out the Natrulift Skincare Kit as well as some bath goodies for them. Truth be told, I ordered one for myself too, and I love it. The ordering was easy, the shipping was only £3.49, and I got the purchase quickly and easily. The website is no substitute for the look and feel of the store, but it’s an easy alternative for those without time on their hands.