I loooove body scrubs and I also love all of the goodies found in sea salt (check out my ‘Beauty of Sea Salts’ post here!), so when I ran out of my staple Pure Fiji Sugar Rub scrub, I decided to give this newbie a try. The Body Shop have recently revamped their ‘spa’ line of products and so many of them look fantastic (like the Japanese Camellia Cream and Hawaiian Kukui Cream, body body creams) but let’s get to this body scrub first!
The Dead Sea is highly mineralised and under warm water, the pores on our body are able to open up and soak up some of the minerals contained within the water or product. The water from the Dead Sea contains 26 essential minerals, which are vital for out bodies to function well (12 of which are unique to the Dead Sea and are not found in any other water source in the world!). Some of the most beneficial minerals found within Dead Sea salt is magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, boron, bromine, manganese and strontium (amongst many others). For our skin, these minerals are important for cell health and cell communication. It’s not surprising that in our busy daily lives, we are probably low in some of these minerals to begin with (70% of adults are magnesium deficient!), resulting in dry, inflamed and damaged skin. For this reason, I recommend using the body scrub in the bath, so when you wash it off, the salt can diffuse in the water and you can get all of the goodness out of it 🙂
What did I think of the scrub itself? The first thing you will notice is that it is quite perfumed. It’s a nice scent and it does smell like you are in a luxurious spa, but it is strong. I actually like that my bath towel smells like the scrub after I’ve lightly rinsed off and patted my skin dry! The scrub itself has an interesting texture, because the salt granules are mixed into a cream. I’ve never used a scrub of this sort before and as you can imagine, it is suuuuper hydrating as a result (mango seed oil is quite high in the ingredient list!). It leaves a delicious layer of oil on your skin, even after rinsing off. The salt granules are a mixture of smaller crystals and larger ones. If you have a cut on your body, the salt can make it sting a little, but it’s nothing major (it’s more of a tingling sensation rather than painful). I myself love a strong scrub, which is quite abrasive, while I think because this scrub is in a cream base, it is more gentle. To get more scrubbing action going, I tend to use more product so it hasn’t lasted me quite as long as I would have hoped. This takes me to the size of the scrub next, the tub is massive – but – it contains 350ml of product (and costs $42.95) while my Pure Fiji Sugar Rub contains 457ml (and comes in at $49.95). For me the Pure Fiji Sugar Rub does work out to be more economical (I use less scrub each ‘treatment’ because it’s more abrasive) but as I mentioned, if you have sensitive skin or just prefer gentler scrubs, this one would be heaven for you! It’s still a lovely scrub and my skin feels super smooth and hydrated after using it. So much so, that I don’t feel the need to moisturise afterwards. This would make a gorgeous gift for someone special, who could use some pampering action 🙂
Ingredients: Thylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Maris Sal (Abrasive), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Controlling Agent), Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil (Emollient), Silica [NANO]/Silica (Absorbent), Mangifera Indica Seed Oil/Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil (Emollient), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance Ingredient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Emollient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract/Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract (Astringent), Datem (Emollient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colorant).
Have you tried any of the Body Shop’s new products from their Spa of the World line? What is your current favourite scrub?
Catch ya next time beauties!