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I saw this when it was £10 in The Body Shop for 150ml and just couldn't justify spending that much. I haven't got a huge amount of spare money and I certainly couldn't justify spending it on a product which I hadn't already tried and tested. Some time later the body shop were having a sale and selling off some of their Spa Wisdom range cheaply and I bought this for £3.
The product comes in a clear plastic bottle in quite mature packaging, typical of the spa range, which makes it appear even classier than the other body shop products. The bottle has a screw on and off lid, and I am not sure how secure this is, so I wouldnt chance leaving it upside down or anything where a leak could be an issue. The lid is screwed off to reveal a small hole. This makes dispensing the product much easier as you don't get too much out in one go and it can be easily controlled. To be honest you dont need that much product to go round.
This is an all rounder product and can be applied to hair or skin, or put in your bath. I put it on my split ends before bed, when I know I am going to wash my hair in the morning. It is no good otherwise as you do wake up looking like a grease ball! Once you hair is washed you get noticeable better results, with softer silkier hair and it feels like quite a natural effect too.
I also apply it to my skin. I have very sensitive dry skin and use this as moisturiser. It works well with my eczema, and it nourishes my dry skin. I find it a bit nicer than baby oil as it is thinner and soaks into the skin much easier, making you less likely to get it on your clothes or any household items whilst you are waiting for it to soak in!
At £3 I would definitely recommend this product.
==The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Monoi Miracle Oil==
I never really go into the Body Shop as when I do I end up spending vast amount sof money and also being accosted by the staff that work in their. Now I know they like to be helpful and a lot of the time maybe people want their advice on things but on the whole having them abruptly ask me what I am looking for puts me off somewhat.
This time however I gave in and asked the lady in there wheat she would recommend and this was the product she suggested for me. The Spa Wisdom Monoi Miracle Oil costs £10 for a 150 ml bottle of the product. This is not overly expensive for an item from the Body Shop but for oil I thought it was a little on the pricey side. I usually tend to buy the Johnson's baby oil and smother that on my body when getting out of the shower so I was a little dubious about spending five time the amount on a smaller bottle.
However the lady in the shop told me that this oil has a multi purpose in the way that you can not only use it on your skin to soften and nourish it but also use it on your hair to get a deeper nourishment there as well and as a massage oil if himself were ever that obliging.
The bottle in which the oil comes in is decorated rather plainly and there is really nothing overly special about it. The design I have is slightly different to the one that is shown on the picture here but only in as much as the colour of the label is now a turquoise colour rather than plain. The cap on the bottle is a screw one and this I find a little annoying as I feel a flip lid would have been far better for doing back up when you have oil ridden hands.
The smell of the oil is not something I would particular go for either it has a slightly musky aroma to it which just reminds me of old things and there is no lightness or sweetness to it. After the initial musk aroma has worn off I can just about get a hint of the coconut oil which is contained in the ingredients both still I feel the smell is not overly appealing for me.
The main way I have used the product is both in the bath and to rub on to my skin after having a shower and I must say that the results are rather pleasing. The oil is light and silky and really makes my skin feel like it has been to the spa! It leaves my skin thoroughly nourished and feeling great. The smell from the product is not overly strong so because I am not a big fan of it this is a good thing.
On the whole though although I felt this product was good to my skin, I still feel that the results and the general use did not differ that much for the standard oil which I use from Johnson's. For £10 I felt it was something of a treat and to try it out but I can't say that I would buy it again. I don't think I would really recommend it and would probably say to any friends that I used it and it was "all right" but nothing more.
So because of this I feel that a 3 out of 5 star rating is fair.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
The Body Shop Monoi oil has an rrp of £10 but has recenelty been put in the sale for £3 as I believe it is getting discontinued for the new Spa range.
The oil itself has a multitude of uses: it can be put directly onto your skin and used as a massage oil, you can add a few drops to your bath which makes your skin feel silky soft and you can add it to the ends of your hair before you sleep (use an old pillow case) which will help repair the ends and add that needed moisture.
It has a lovely yet unusual scent. I have tried it in the bath and I really enjoyed it. I felt like I was bathing in silk. It is very light weight so it does not leave your skin feeling greasy at all. I have also tried it on my hair and the ends did feel silky soft and moisturised the next morning.
Overall a great multi-purpose product that has great moisturising and smoothing properties that will leave you smelling great all day.
From: The Body Shop
For: Indulgent bath oil, hair treatment, massage oil and body moisturiser, all in one!
The packaging is quite plain and simple, very clean looking and high quality as you expect from the Body Shop. It's a clear plastic bottle, so you can always see at a glance how much you have left, with a screw on lid which fastens nice and tight. It has a small hole in the top to dispense a small amount at a time rather than being open-necked.
The oil is quite thin textured and so not greasy feeling, and if you apply it the skin it sinks in almost immediately, leaving it with a slight sheen but no residue or greasy feeling. The scent is absolutely divine, but very hard to describe. It's floral but very fresh and not too sweet or girly, and it smells almost good enough to eat even though it's not a foodie smell!
Used as a moisturiser this leaves the skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth and really well hydrated, but it doesn't give that heavy moisturised feel that creams and butters can give the skin. the scent stays subtly on the skin all day prompting people to constantly ask what scent you're wearing. Brilliant.
To use it as a hair treatment you can either leave it on for a few minutes before washing it out, as a pre wash treatment, or leave it on overnight for a more intensive treatment. I've used it both ways and find it works very well both ways, and to be honest I don't really notice much difference between leaving it on for a few minutes of for a full night, so it's not really worth leaving it on for longer. It leaves my hair silky smooth and soft, and looking really healthy and shiny. just be sure to avoid applying it at the roots as this will just make your hair greasy.
I've also used it in the bath, adding a few drops under a running tap, and as I'm not really a bubble bath kind of person I find this a really nice alternative as it doesn't bubble but leaves the water softer and conditions your skin really well as you bathe. Stepping out of the bath I'm left with silky smooth skin which feels hydrated and protected and is gorgeously scented.
All in all I think this is a fabulous multi-tasking product.
Thumbs up from me.
I suffer from eczema on the inside of my arms. For most the summer it isn't a problem and to an extent I can forget about it, only treating it occasionally and not suffering many flair ups, however come winter as the nights draw in and my arms see less of the sun the familiar red, inflamed bumps appear. The seem to worsen as soon as I shower of bathe, now I love baths so put up with the increased irritation even though I understand it does me no good at all.
I am not a regular Body Shop shopper but I was looking for a more natural bubble bath in the hope it would be less of an issue for my developing eczema. I asked for some help from one of the sales staff and she directed me towards the Spa Wisdom range. I assume the 'Spa' element is to lull you into purchasing the products as an indulgence, a treat and a good marketing strategy.
£9.75 for 150 ml, plainly decorated with only the Body Shop symbol and the product name in two languages, it states on the bottle that it is a bath, body and hair treatment with Monoi de Tahiti. The only additional explanation on the bottle is that it can be 'used as a moisturiser, massage oil, bath oil or be applied to the ends of your hair overnight.' I thought this was a simplistic explanation and had it not been for the demonstration provided by the sales staff I would not have given it another look.
The sales consultant dabbed some of the oil onto the back of my hand...oh my goodness the smell! Delicate and floral it transported me to sunnier climes and the faint hint of gardenias is so luscious I had practically handed my money over before she had put the lid on it! A distinctly feminine fragrance I was already imagining climbing into a gardenia fragranced bathtub! The oil itself rubbed into my skin easily and I was so pleased that I could still smell it hours afterwards.
**In the bath**
I added a good ten drops into my bath water as it was running and can safely smell it makes your plain bedtime smell divine. As it is an oil it sits on the top of your water and as you enter the water you feel it cling to your skin making it slippy, I noticed no irritation at all so was pleased with the effect. The oil seemed to cling to your skin meaning that even when I got out I was able to benefit from its moisturising properties, my skin felt soothed and the scent still lingered.
**As a moisturier/massage oil**
Sensuous! Apply direct to the skin The oil moves freely under the hands and is a good massage oil, as a moisturiser I am a little hesitant about directly applying anything that oily but well rubbed in it simply leaves behind a nice sheen and the smell. I would definitely state again this is a scent for the ladies so if your men are the lucky receivers of a massage make sure they shower before work!
**In the hair**
I'll be honest I am just not brave enough to try this! I am so happy with the products effect on my skin I almost don't want to chance it on the ends of my hair and would rather buy a conditioning treatment. I worry that putting oil in the hair (although it does state the ends only) will be difficult to wash out and make the rest of the hair too oily as well.
The devil in the details
I bought this oil in store and I think it massively undersells itself. I checked it out online as I wanted to know what Monoi de Tahiti was. Online the product is described by Body Shop as "the beautiful fragrance of Tahitian gardenia flowers with coconut oil for an exotic and floral scent and Community Trade babassu oil from Brazil." Now that sells it to me! Not the plain packaging and understated product explanation provided in store. The website also explains that the Monoi de Tahiti is the moisturising element of the product and that the bambassu oil helps 12 rural communities or women in Brazil earn an income and help protect the Amazon. As a consumer this is the stuff I want to know and I don't want to go on the internet to get it!
Strangely nowhere on the bottle does it explain exactly why it believe itself to be a miracle oil? Now call me a sceptic but surely the fact it has more than one use does not qualify its miracle mantle, crikey bubble wrap has more than one use but I wouldn't call it miraculous!
Aside from my rant I love this product, namely its scent which is addictive and unusual. Any product that can turn my normally uncomfortable bath time into a treat like this gets my thumbs up. I think if you were using for one bath a week it would last three months which isn't bad value either!
The Body Shop / A miracle oil for use in bath on body and as a hair treatment /