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November 07, 2007 14:02 ET

Give More This Holiday Season: Find the Perfect Gift at The Body Shop and Help Support our 2007 Stop Violence in the Home Campaign

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 07, 2007) - This holiday season, give more than just the perfect gift. When you purchase The Body Shop Bag for Life ($5.00) you will make a positive impact on many lives across the country. The stylish, colorful, long-lasting bag is not only environmentally friendly but $2 of each bag sold will go to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

For the past five years The Body Shop has been committed to its partnership with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), supporting women and children affected by the issue with its Stop Violence in the Home campaign. Proceeds from the Bag for Life will support the expansion of the unique NCADV Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery (CRS) Program called FACE TO FACE. NCADV works in partnership with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) to assist survivors of domestic violence who cannot afford the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery needed to repair the injuries they have received from a spouse or intimate partner.

Unfortunately, up to 275 million children in the world are affected by domestic violence, while one in four women is a victim of domestic violence at some point in their lives. In the U.S. alone, up to three million children are living with domestic violence in their daily lives.-

"The holiday season is a time for families and friends to share their love for one another, yet for many in the U.S. this happy time will be clouded by violence and abuse. Domestic violence is an enormous problem, which should not be ignored during the holidays. Consumers can support this cause and help make a difference while they shop this holiday season," says Peter Ridler, President of The Body Shop.

In addition to supporting domestic violence victims here in the U.S., consumers who purchase the Bag for Life will help make a difference across the globe. Every time you use the Bag for Life instead of a plastic carrier bag, you will be helping to save the environment. The bag is sourced through The Body Shop Community Trade program, which ensures a fair deal for marginalized communities across the world.

With The Body Shop wide variety of gift-wrappings, there is no need to waste time wrapping presents. The Bag for Life is the perfect complement to any gift on your shopping list. If you are looking for a pouch with a little more sparkle, try the satin drawstring gift bag ($5.00). The drawstring bag comes in pink or red embroidered satin and can be used again by the gift recipient to hold bath products, jewelry -- the possibilities are endless. Americans spend an estimated $2.7 billion annually on ribbons, paper and bows -- almost all of these goods wind up in the trash. The satin drawstring bag is a great way to make any present special without harming the environment. Similar to the Bag for Life, five percent of the proceeds from the satin drawstring gift bags will go to the Stop Violence in the Home program.

If you like to create your own gift from start to finish, The Body Shop is offering a selection of gorgeous rich plum and red colored festive gift bags and boxes to beautifully package the gifts you've chosen from the vast array of products in store. With five percent of proceeds going to the NCADV, it's a wonderful way to design the perfect present while giving back this holiday. Prices for the Create Your Own bags range from $2.00 for a mini gift bag to $7.50 for a deluxe gift box.

Rita Smith, CEO of the NCADV, said today: "As we shop this holiday season for our friends and family, it is important to remember the millions of women and children who have been affected by domestic violence. The Body Shop Stop Violence in the Home campaign and their support of the FACE to FACE program helps women regain their confidence to face the world again and rebuild their lives, which in turn will also put a smile back on their childrens' faces."

Past NCADV projects supported by The Body Shop include:

-- The launch of a national Teacher Training campaign to address the most
effective ways to help protect children from the harmful effects of
domestic violence by training the people who interact with them on a daily

-- Publication of the National Directory, a unique publication, featuring
details on 16 program areas of the 2,001 domestic violence shelters in the
U.S. Thousands of domestic violence advocates and battered women use the
directory every day as a resource in finding shelters and services.

-- Support of the NCADV's Public Policy Office which provides information
to shelters, domestic violence programs, advocates, state and federal
legislators and the public on key domestic violence votes and actions.

Consumers can stop by The Body Shop or visit to find the Bag for Life, the satin drawstring gift bags or the Create Your Own bags and help support victims of domestic violence.

And there is more...

Need the perfect gift to go inside these gift bags? The Body Shop offers several products that make a perfect gift or stocking stuffer and support the Stop Violence in the Home campaign.

-- Now you can let your lips do the talking another way. Buy this
special edition pink Hi-Shine Lip Treatment ($11.50) from The Body Shop and
at least 75% of the proceeds will go to the National Coalition Against
Domestic Violence.

-- The Daisy Soap ($4.50) is back by popular demand. This lightly
scented, floral fragrance gently cleanses the skin with its rich, foamy
lather. The vegetable soap contains daisy extract and moisturizing
Community Trade shea butter from Ghana and $2.50 of the proceeds will go to
support domestic violence victims.

The Body Shop has raised more than $1 million for organizations tackling domestic violence across the world in recent years.

For further information and product photography please contact:

Stephanie Friess, Cohn & Wolfe, 212-798-9867 or

Shelley Simmons, The Body Shop Americas PR Director, Cell 646 373 3810 or


- Statistic taken from a joint report from UNICEF and The Body Shop called Behind Closed Doors, 2006

? 'Stop Violence in the Home' is a campaign by The Body Shop to raise awareness of the devastation domestic violence causes to families across the world.

? Community Trade is a special purchasing program created by The Body Shop, sourcing naturals and accessory items from marginalized communities across the world, ensuring suppliers get a fair deal.

? The Body Shop International Plc has over 2,200 stores in over 55 markets worldwide, with more than 340 stores in the U.S. A global retailer of high quality toiletries and cosmetics, we are also committed to environmental protection and respect for human rights. We develop trading relationships with communities in need; we are against animal testing in the cosmetics industry; and we encourage education, awareness and involvement among our staff and customers.

Three Great Ways to Shop

There are more than 340 retail stores of The Body Shop in the U.S. (see for locations or call our Care Center on 1-800-BODYSHOP/1-800-263-9746). You can also shop online at or host a Girls Nite Out with The Body Shop At Home, a home party concept that brings our products to your doorstep (see

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