“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Body Scrub / Subcategory: Oil / Scrub / What it does: Exfoliates, „
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I shall blame my best friend for my blossoming Body Shop addiction. Skipping lectures and going for a shopping trip was her idea, as was going for "only a quick" look into Body Shop. Two store cards, several bags heavier and a lot of money lighter we left 30min later. Not that we bought four shower gels each plus lip balms and various things that I did not even know what they were good for. Somehow I ended up with the Moroccan Black Olive & Argan Oil Scrub. With twelve pounds for only 200ml it is ridiculously priced but somehow we managed to get most of the stuff we bought half price. Still, six pounds is more than I would ever spend again on such a tiny amount of body scrub even if it contains olives which are my favourite thing on earth.
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The Moroccan Black Olive & Argan Oil Scrub looks very fancy in the little jar that reminds me of the ones my nan used to use to make preserves in. It is easy to open and better than a squeeze bottle as it is easier to get the right amount. The texture is a bit too sticky and oily for me, almost syrupy and gooey. With it being a body scrub I expected it to be fairly grainy but it is surprisingly smooth and the scrubby bits are quite unintrusive. I would go as far as saying that they are too unintrusive as I did not feel enough scrub. Although there is a light exfoliating effect I expected and would have liked it to be stronger. I don´t use body scrubs often but if I use them then I want them to get rid of as much dead skin as possible. With the smooth texture I would say that the Moroccan Black Olive & Argan Oil Scrub is a product that can and should be used regularly without worrying about damaging your skin. As most Body Shop products it is aimed at sensitive skin so I guess what I dislike is actually a good thing for most people.
However, for me it would simply be too expensive to use regularly. If it had a very nice exfoliating effect I could justify spending that much money and only using it occasionally. Certainly not an everyday product if you live on a student budget. Body Shop offers a wide range of other body scrubs that are much cheaper and more effective. This one here seems to be a luxury product that is more of a treat than anything else.
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After slightly letting me down when it came to the exfoliating effect all my hopes were on the scent. Morocco, olives, citrus - can´t get any better for me really. I don`t really know what I expected and to be honest, it rather sounds like something I would eat than smear all over my body. The subtle scent of spices and citrus is quite nice. It is something I would buy as a room perfume but not necessarily I need in my toiletries box. Overall, it is rather unintrusive though and certainly not overpowering.
This here is one Body Shop product that I won't be buying again in the future. It is advertised as a body scrub but so fine that it rather resembles a face scrub. The small jar size led me to believe that little product would be enough but I did need a substantial amount for an effective peeling. So that is a so-so for effectiveness and a clear no for value for money. This leaves me with a pretty looking jar and a nice scent. Not enough to justify buying the Moroccan Black Olive & Argan Oil Scrub again. However, it does look quite cool and I could imagine it to make a nice present for someone with very sensitive skin.
I haven't really shopped in The Body Shop since I was a teenager but before Christmas they were doing some fantastic deals which quite frankly it would have been rude not to take advantage of. I managed to get a few things for presents and then decided to treat myself to their Spa Wisdom Morocco Body Scrub and Body Soufflé (well it was free!). This review discusses the Black Olive and Argan Oil Scrub
About the product
This product comes in a 200ml glass jar. It is only a small jar but it is nice and has one of those metal flip catch lids which is different. I like the design of the jar although I do find that you cannot do the lid up when you have a handful of the product and therefore you have to be careful that the jar doesn't fill with water while you are showering. The lid is purple as is the decoration on the glass. On the bottom of the jar is a peel-off label under which is a full list of ingredients - I won't list them all as there about 50 but it does contain organic olive oil.
The product is described by The Body Shop as a 'luxurious scrub inspired by the traditional hamman
bathing rituals of Morocco. It claims to exfoliate, stimulate skin microcirculation and leave skin feeling soft and smooth.
The texture of the scrub reminds me of treacle only it is not sticky. You do not need to use much to cover your whole body and you can really feel the exfoliation when you are rubbing it in to your skin. after the shower my skin really does feel silky smooth and lovely.
The smell is, in my opinion, really gorgeous and does smell luxurious to me. To me it is quite a citrusy scent which I really like. After the shower the smell definitely lingers in my bathroom which, living with 2 men, is no bad thing! When I have used this product I do not apply perfume as I like to make the most of the scent which is definitely noticeable (but in no way overpowering) for a few hours after use - however it sadly does not last all day.
I really like this product - it feel nice to apply and leaves your skin silky soft. The scent is really nice too and for me it is a little bit of luxury. I was lucky enough to get this product for free on an offer when buying some other items but it is currently for sale at The Body Shop online and instore for £12.00. Personally I would never spend that much on an exfoliant for myself but it is gorgeous and would make a lovely present especially if you can get it on some kind of offer. I do not use this every day as it is far too expensive for me to replace but whenever I feel like pampering myself or giving myself a little boost I reach for this. It is a shame that the scent does not last longer although this can be enhanced by following up with the body soufflé. I would recommend this product if you can afford it.
*Tip - after using this product my shower looks like I have just got back from the beach - the exfoliant parts tend to stay in the bottom of the shower so make sure you rinse the shower after use*