Three great suggestions made it through to the final, from The Body Shop® customers in France, Sweden and the USA. Inspired by everything from childhood memories to daily rituals, their mouth-watering ideas made us want to turn their dreams into reality. Here, they tell us more about the meaning behind their winning scents…

Cécile Verin

A freelance sports journalist, Cécile, 35, lives and works not far from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. "I entered the competition for fun," she says. "I couldn't imagine my concept would be picked. I just described my ideal shower gel and was totally surprised when I found out I was a finalist."

Her prize-winning scent

"It's the scent of freshly prepared, rich, hot expresso. Soft, powerful and lightly musky. Coffee, and the smell of coffee, helps you wake up and awaken your senses, so the aroma sounded ideal for a shower gel you use in the morning to kickstart the day."

Stephie J Wilhelm

Stephie, 25, works in the USA in the finance department of a corporation, while studying for a degree in Business Administration. Stephie loves to "get creative with photography, graphic art, and clothing design". Her beauty philosophy? "True beauty is what you feel about yourself, not how you look to others."

Her prize-winning scent

"I love being able to share favourite past times - it allows everyone the chance to share a little piece of themselves. Spiced Pumpkin smells like the fresh pumpkin pie my Grandma used to make at the start of fall. That warming feeling of creamy pumpkin with a hint of spice brings a smile to your face."

Katarina Westman

Katarina, 44, is an economist and lives in Stockholm. A long-time fan of The Body Shop, Katarina likes the fact that "the company has a social conscience." Katarina enlisted her 12-year old daughter, Ellen, to help design her prize-winning shower gel.

Her prize-winning scent

"It has dreamy wild strawberries and fresh rhubarb. I was thinking of my childhood summers in the countryside. We would pick wild strawberries and drink rhubarb lemonade in the sun. It was paradise. I wanted a scent to remind me of that."

As part of their prize, our three finalists visited us in Sussex for a tour of Brighton - home of the first-ever branch of The Body Shop® - and a trip to the laboratory at The Body Shop HQ in Littlehampton to see their idea for a shower gel take shape.

Their day included a tour of The Body Shop's beehives and allotments (we practise our core values), and a lunch menu inspired by their prize-winning competition entries. After lunch the finalists watched in awe as their shower gels were whipped up in the lab, bottled and labelled, ready for each to take home. The finalists' verdict on their day? "Amazing!"

We launched our Create an Original competition in Autumn 2010, when we asked you, our customers, what scent you'd like to see as one of our iconic shower gels. With around 8,000 competition entries, it was a tough job choosing a shortlist, but we eventually whittled it down to three - Go Go Espresso, Rhubarb Fizz and Spiced Pumpkin! There had to be one winner and it was Spiced Pumpkin Bath & Shower Gel created by Stephie J Wilhelm from California, USA.

Spiced Pumpkin Bath & Shower Gel

This soap-free bath and shower gel leaves skin clean and subtly fragranced with the sweet and spicy scent of homemade pumpkin pie.
It's our first ever customer creation.

Spiced pumpkin scent
Bottle made from 100% recycled plastic

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