Body Shop in Karachi

body-shop.jpgThe aromatic wonders of The Body Shop are ready to tingle your senses with the arrival of the first Body Shop store opening at The Forum in Karachi very soon. It would be nice to walk into Forum and get massive dose of pleasantly smelling perfumes out to impress us all, I sincerely hope with time they don’t start putting agarbatti as their signature perfume oil….

Credit for the picture goes to Adil Siddiqui

39 Comments so far

  1. Moid (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 2:19 am

    y the hell would any man want to go into a body shop???

    The first time i went in there, i closed my nose with my hands. Hey, it is for women, ok?

  2. wasiq (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 2:42 am

    Oh great! Isn’t it just what our soul-less society needs the most….?

  3. Erum (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 6:11 am

    Wowowowow!!!!! finally!!!

    I’m so happy to hear this.. my friends in karachi have been waiting for this! now lets see how they price their products in the city.. Thanks for the info!

  4. Neena (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 7:32 am


    Anyone who is planning to start a business or work in Dubai, should read this. I am ashamed to see that this is happenning in a Muslim country.

  5. yoyo (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 8:22 am

    Dr Sahib..App ke ander ki AURAT jaag gai hai kiya?

    Khuda ko Manain…aur TAUBA KARAIN…LOL

  6. mufta (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 9:48 am

    The logo fo body shop looks pretty fake. I really doubt its an orignal Body Shop

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    Dr Sahib..App ke ander ki AURAT jaag gai hai kiya?


  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 10:03 am

    Neena quoting an Indian media?By the way it happens almost in every country i mean *worker abuse*

  9. Zain (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    Body shop?????????/ YUCK………… We need a GNC store in Karachi…. or Designer pro, Optimum or ProLab… Yeah yeah I know this stuff is available at different stores but a full toosh store would offer MORE!!!!!!!!!!

    Designer shit is good!!!!!!

  10. MK (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    in respose to neena, my cuz got offered a job at the end of last year at a big multinational company in dubai, and he still hasnt left pakistan. they keep promising him that his visa is being processed and that he will be called over soon. he quit his job hear in pakistan because when they offered him the job in dubai they said he would be in dubai within a month. these arab countries really do not care about workers, they dont care that other people have feelings, all the care about is making money. and companies holding onto their worker’s passports seems creepy too. you know dubai might have all these bright lights and big buildings but i think as a place to live it would not b all that great. with the south east asians that go there, even ones who are not doing manual labour but are working in banks and companies, live with like 3-4 other people in two bedroom flats. some are married and they might go back to their home country to spend eid with their families for a few days and then go back to dubai. and yes it really does make me angry that a muslim country is doing this. what the fuck do these countries know about islam, nothing, where the is the compassion and the humanity? it really makes me so angry. i am just sick and tired of people in this world not caring about the feelings of others.

  11. Erum (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    Zain: why is body shop yuck? didn’t get your point.. GNC etc. are not cosmetic/skin/hair care brands, they are health suppliments! Body shop is mainly for the women, no need to get upset. I think its a good move, its present in all major parts of the world and would bring in some investment to our country. Not to mention, would also create jobs. So lets appreciate it!

  12. Jay the big J (Jamash) (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 11:52 am

    Warning! Husbands are advised to lock away their Credit cards :P .

  13. Jahanzeb (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 12:11 pm

    Mufta, its an official store. Take a look at their web: on
    page 4

  14. Holy G-Force (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

    For the record: Agarbatti smells great.

  15. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 12:40 pm

    YOYO – you had me ROTFL after reading that comment. Tell you what, stink all it may – its far better to have a Body Shop stench in the mall then have to brave the odour’ful pathans (with due apologies) walking around.

    I would have to agree – Body Shop typically is too over powering to the testosterone hormone – STAY WAY men – and lock your credit cards – the bad thing is now all the “wives & GF’s” will expect you to go romancy on their Birthday bashes – *bummer – poor us men folk*

  16. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

    The first time i went in there, i closed my nose with my hands. Hey, it is for women, ok?

    Are you sure you didnt go to some Naswaar Shop?

  17. Fakhr (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

    Welcome to materialistic world!! and by the way if they are opening a shop here does not mean at all that this is foreign investment but rather foreign takeover ….. I rather like the topic Neena initiated … moderators bring this to main stream please! Thanks..

    FYI: Bodyshop was once really admired around the world due to movement against animal testing and other important charities and causes which really had build there brand….but they have recently sellout to major cosmetic company! Every one has a price!

  18. Zain (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    Erum: Are you Erum Khan from S’pore?

    And now on your post: Acha na, theek hai!! I am appreciating it.. I also want GNC etc to open their stores in Pakistan. There are a lot of guys need such stuff in here. The problem is that this stuff is available here but normally when we use one product and then go out to buy the 2nd container, they say its out of stock!!

    Having official stores would somehow solve this problem..

  19. al khan (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 9:08 pm

    TO NEENA –


  20. Erum (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

    Zain.. is that you? lol.. yeah its me erum khan. yeah now you’re right when you say you “also” want other brands to open up in Pakistan and you’re absolutely right about your point. I wonder why the men here are so against TBS opening in Pakistan. Their products are available at some stores in Karachi but are outdated/old and very pricy. And yes they’ve been bought over by another international brand which has its distrubution and sales setup in Pakistan. Maybe that’s the reason they’re opening stores in khi.

  21. Adnan Y. (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 12:53 am

    a) Men buy things for themselves from The Body Shop all the time. So don’t be silly.

    b) Three years ago I’d probably be going “Yay!” In light of its rather unethical actions, as well as the recent L’Oreal purchase, I’m not too glad. Part of the attraction of the Body Shop – for myself as well as others – was that if you were against animal-testing and against exploitation in general, The Body Shop was the way to go. Being ethical, being ‘green’ if you like, was made more fashionable thanks to Anita Roddick and the Body Shop.
    Over the years the cracks have begun to show, however, and perhaps BS wasn’t as green as we thought.

    But, that’s just me.

  22. Neena (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 6:04 am

    Neena quoting an Indian media?

    So What!!!

    Truth is truth isn’t it. Btw it’s all over the international media except Muslim countries media. The link I provided is the only in depth review with all the related links and this site is run by North Americans who happen to be Indian origin. Most of them are well educated going for their professional degrees such as MS and PhD’s, (who make me proud of my South Asian origin). FYI there is more Indians than any other nationality in Dubai and Middle East. So in Middle East we all are browns from South Asia regardless of our faith and country.

    By the way it happens almost in every country i mean *worker abuse*

    So they can get away with it because it happens every where. Don’t forget that most Muslims go to Dubai considering it’s an Islamic state so they’ll be treated fairly.

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  23. Zain (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 9:46 am


    Thats a touchy topic seriously. I have seen these workers with my own eyes and have seen how they live in such conditions. We cannot even imagine a one hour stay where they live and have been living for years and years.

    I heard from my friend in Dubai that recently a Pakistani taxi driver burnt himself down on the road as his mother was ill in Pakistan and they were not allowing him to go back to see her.

    My friend’s friend was murdered three years back in Dubai and not even a single line was printed in the newspapers and till today they have no clue what happened to him.

    I think now the international media is following the situation closely which is good. At least we are now able to see what actually happens in Dubai. These bastard Sheikhs should realize that its poor workers from South Asia who are actually behind building these monster concrete structures and its not only their f***kin money.

  24. Zain (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 10:33 am


    Mezba’s post is so true!

  25. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

    So What!!!
    Because I have visited that particular site a lot and this site never miss a chance to offend Pakistan and Islam.If you dont believe,check the archive of the mentioned site.But i didnt mean to refute worker abuse in Dubai and i was already aware of such things but as I said its not with Dubai only,it happens in Pakistan too and even more.

    Don’t forget that most Muslims go to Dubai considering it’s an Islamic state so they’ll be treated fairly.

    Now this is the funniest thing I have ever heard.Muslim/non-muslims ,they all go to earn Dirhams not coz its a muslim country.If this was the reason then you wouldn’t see more hindus and phillipinos than muslims from Pakistan and Bangladesh and by the way Dubai is the city of UAe as you know not a country itself and as a reader said,dubai can’t be declared a muslim city anyway so you should not expect them they would follow anything according to religion.

  26. RAJA KHAN (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

    Dubai sucks. Karachi rocks.full stop.

    So stay here in this beautiful city and forget false shit like Dubai.My cousin was off to dubai for work, i told him to stay in pakistan if he wants to live happily for rest of his life.If you wanna live like a dog then go to dubai and get work. Insaniyat naam ki koi cheez hi nahi hai.SHAME!

  27. RAJA KHAN (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

    btw…Its funny how the topic is about Body Shop and we are discussing

    Other health related stores like this should open in Pakistan,the more the better for our country.

  28. Syed (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

    wait for “bed, bath and beyond” , macys and different Spas to show up in pak like KFC and Mcdonalds.
    I would love to shop in big malls of karachi on my trip. would the massuce be hot desi girls in body shop? lol

  29. A (unregistered) on May 27th, 2006 @ 7:35 am

    Body shop’s in forum for a long time now. Did you just notice it?

  30. Concerned (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

    “I think its a good move, its present in all major parts of the world and would bring in some investment to our country. Not to mention, would also create jobs. So lets appreciate it!”

    Erum, Buying one store and hiring a couple of tellers does not mean investment and creating jobs. Every damn item will be imported and that means that we will be importing more consumer products which are only used by like 2% of the entire population of the country. It will eventually lead to a worsening trade deficit, though the impact wont be too big but my point is it is not good for Pakistan. It maybe good for the selected few, who any ways buy this crap when the go to Dubai or some thing. I just hope it does not catch on with the others.

  31. mufta (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 8:55 am

    my GNC has opened up a proper store in Islamabad…….

  32. mufta (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 8:58 am

    I have heard the rumor that IKEA is coming to Karachi as well. How true is that?

  33. Checkmate (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 10:09 am

    I wish IKEA would come to KHI. I would love to go shopping there.

  34. Zain (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

    @Mufta – Good man! I love GNC. Whats the price like?

  35. A (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    Body Shop as in full force? With their amazing range of cosmetics? Or is it the poor excuse of a Body Shop shelf at EBCO?
    I’d much rather a whole Body Shop outlet than pay through my nose to the snotty EBCO walas! bah!
    Update soonest.

  36. mufta (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    Checkmate…… The prices are on the same level as of other medical or super stores selling similar stuff, but at GNC the variety and range is extensive.

  37. Zain (unregistered) on May 31st, 2006 @ 10:47 am

    Hey Mufta, thats what we want i.e. the full range.. I hope they open a store in Karachi as well..

  38. Saad (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 6:06 pm

    I interviewed the Managing Director of the company, representing The Body Shop, he said nothing about giving anything to ‘our locals’ through that community-trading. A part from this, its really a big thing for all of us.

  39. ZKhan (unregistered) on June 14th, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

    Bringing foreign branded goods to Pakistan and opening a rented outlet for their sale is not investment. It is rather disvestment. We need investment in infra, power, utilities, housing and education..

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