“ Brand: Nirvana Spa / Type: Body Scrub / Subcategory: Souffle / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Exfoliates, „
Whilst browsing it up in Asda a few months ago with my Mum I wondered into the bath and beauty aisle. Now as I'm trying to save, save, save at the moment I don't tend to treat myself very much whether it's getting my hair coloured, nails done or even buy a nice bath product! I seem to be an own brand Queen! Anyway this caught my eye because of the nice packaging and the word 'Lemon' in bold as I looove the smell of lemons. There were 3 other varieties - Creme Brulee, Orange and Raspberry and they all smelt absolutely GORGEOUS. Seriously, even if you don't want to buy any, next time you're in Asda go and give them a sniff, they are sooooo good.
Anyway I gave the lemon on a sniff and the smell is so nice, really strong and lemony. My mum smelt it too and loved it and being a lovely mummy she decided to treat me too it. =)
When I got home I had a shower straight away (yes I was that desperate to try it out). The scrub itself is a pale lemon with a good consistency, not runny so that it falls of your hand. It has little specks of black in it which are the exfoliating aspect of it. It lathered up really nicely and the exfoliating beads weren't too rough on the skin.
When I got out of the shower my skin was left soft and smelling faintly of lemon.
A 225ml tube costs £2.95 from Asda.
Whilst spending some quality time in my second home (Asda) the other day, I happened upon the body care aisle, as I was looking for something to spice up my bathroom a bit. I'd been thinking of getting a body scrub for a while, since I was starting to feel the need for one and had left all mine at home. I'd been tempted by Lush's Buffy the Backside Slayer, but since I've recently spent most of my disposable income at Topshop (they had a 20% off student night that I just couldn't resist), I couldn't really bring myself to spend £7 on it, or however much it costs. That was why I was delighted when I found this N-spa lemon soufflé sitting on the shelf, as at only £3 for a tube and at buy 1 get one free, it was perfectly in my price range. Again the reviewer in me worked out that I could actually make back most of the cost of this purchase if I reviewed both tubes, so it was definitely worth the low price. I popped this lemon version as well as the raspberry one into my trolley and bought it.
The next time I had a shower I decided to try the lemon version, as I decided that its colour would match the rest of the things in my bathroom better than the raspberry one (my shampoo and soap are both a yellowy colour, and my next soap in line is pink, so that'll match the raspberry scrub). On using it, the first thing that I noticed was the deliciously sweet smell of lemons that emerged from it, which although wasn't exactly natural (because then of course it would have to smell sour) fortunately it was a pleasant smell, and was nothing like the scent of lemon cleaning products, which was something that I'd been worrying about. The scrub's appearance is the same out of the tube as in it: yellow and soufflé textured, with small black bits in it, which presumably are the bits that do all the exfoliating. The consistency was good, as it was thick enough to sit on my hand comfortably without being too runny and sliding off, but also wasn't so hard that it was difficult to rub into my skin.
Anyway, onto what really matters: whether it works or not. Fortunately, yes, it is a very good body scrub, and after only a couple of weeks of use my legs and bum feel a lot smoother, and are even slightly more moisturised as a result of using this soufflé. After around two weeks I've only used about a third of the product, so it looks like hopefully it should last me another month or so, which is fantastic for such a low price! I'm quite looking forward to using the raspberry one when it runs out and seeing if it works as well, and undoubtedly I'll try to review that once I've used it too.
If I've interested you in buying this, then you can buy it for £2.95 from Asda, though you might be lucky and find it in an offer like I did. They also do Raspberry, Vanilla and Orange flavours if they sound more appealing, as well as shower gels and bath soaks. As far as I know they're only available at Asda, but have a search about if you're not able to get them from that supermarket. I would strongly recommend this scrub, as it smells great, works well and is a fantastic price, and will definitely buy it again.
A while back now a range caught my eye whilst I was escaping the boredom of food shopping in Asda by making a (long) detour down the beauty aisle. It was a bubble bath that looked quite similar to the Philosophy ones, which even I will never be willing to spend so much money on something that just goes down the plug hole. This however was a mere £2 and I couldn't resist a smell and I absolutely fell in love.
Now at the time I was terminally poor. Yes, I mean poor to the extent where I didn't even have £2 to spare!
However a few weeks later and I was still thinking about this gorgeous smell and decided that's pretty amazing, even for me, so I went back to buy it. Whilst I was there I spotted also in the range they sold body scrubs in various flavours all of which had been reduced to £1. They are available in Vanilla Crème Brulee, Lemon Souflee, Rasberry Milkshake and Orange Smoothie. I chose the Lemon Souflee as I felt it would be perhaps a bit more invigorating and "wake me" up which is what I'm looking for in a shower, whereas for my bath I'd chose the truly indulgent Vanilla Crème Brulee (the bath and shower gels are the same 'flavours').
The Lemon Souflee scrub that I chose was a pale lemon pastel color, with little black dots of exfoliating granules in it.
Despite the cheap price I was expecting luxury goods. I'd heard of N Spa before, and seen their products and they seemed like they were a "spa" luxury range. I thought I was just getting a bargain. However, what I got was an average to low quality body scrub.
I guess recently I've become accustomed to high quality things. Scrubs made of salt or sugar that exfoliate the skin before desolving, and being within a mix of essential oils and butters to leave your skin coated in moisturising nourishing ingredients. I've also recently tried Porridge Soap exfloiator which is interesting in that it doesn't actually transfer any of the exfoliating oats onto your skin, they remain with in the soap bar whilst working there magic, and again leave a creamy moisturising residue on the skin to nourish and look after your newly exfoliated skin.
I'm not exactly sure what I expected here but I got none of that. The mystery black exfoliating particles, which I'm not sure what they are, scrub the skin yes. It does it's job in that it does exfoliate your skin no doubt. However they don't dissolve, and they are of course all over your body. I've tried to wash myself thoroughly, I mean really thoroughly after using this (especially once I was aware of this next problem) but no matter how long you rinse for and how hard you work to free yourself from these little black dots, rest assured there will be many still attached to your skin when you exit the shower. You may not notice unless you are moisturising but when it comes to that you will feel them all over you. It therefore is not good to use if you are going to be fake tanning or using a gradual tanning moisturiser.
Speaking of moisturising you will need to do it. This isn't full of moisturising ingredients that are good for your skin and will leave it already feeling moisturised, soft and supple. It's made of chemicals, none of which I'm sure are beneficial to the skin. It is I guess a very superficial product.
The smell is gorgeous, but not how I'd expected. I'd picked Lemon as I thought it would be quite uplifting, I'm not sure what it is but in the shower I like pick me up scents, not sweet scents. This is however sweeter than sweet. It is lovely, it smells like Lemon Meringue Pie and I can't help but love it even though it wasn't what I'd initially hoped for. I think, the bath gel of this scent would be quite lovely. The smell only was around for as long as actually using the product though and didn't linger on the skin or in the air in the bathroom.
The product got absolutely everywhere! I'm not really sure why but this was more so than with any other shower gel/exfoliator/shampoo/condtioner etc that I had used, I was trying to just get it on my body but it ended up mostly on the shower curtains. This may be partly to do with the fact that when I used this, the shower curtain became absolutely obsessed with me, clinging to me for dear life. I can't explain this, but it doesn't happen normally, but I was trying and failing to fight off the shower curtain throughout my whole shower whilst using this.
It is quite a runny consistency compared to good quality exfoliators, it is about the consistency of a regular shower gel.
The product is said to have; "A sunny blend of zesty lime, uplifting Sicilian lemon, and oranges". I'd have to disagree in that the oranges are nowhere to be smelt at all, and the lime if it is there is in a very mild key lime pie manner. There is nothing uplifting or zesty about this product. It's also been described as fruity and refreshing, which it really isn't. It's like washing in dessert, which is fine I guess, but isn't what it is advertised as.
The packaging is good. Looking like it could have stepped out of the Philosophy range it does look quite high quality in a fun way. Again though it just misses the mark. It has writing saying "Give a girl a lemon," said the wise man "and she will add some sugar and make you the sweetest of lemonade and should you bathe in the zest of this most playful of fruits then be prepared to emerge from the water unavoidably and deliciously edible". The problem with this being, it not highly witty or entertaining like the Anatomicals products, yet it's not serious, and when something isn't funny or serious what is it? Pointless? It also irks me a bit that it suggests again a zestyness that isn't there, and says you will emerge deliciously edible, when you don't even emerge with a scent, and the only thing you will taste of is chemicals, and god forbid you do let anyone think you are edible, as along side the bones, muscle and blood, they will get a mouth full of black grainy bits - not nice!
Whilst I did love the smell of this and it was no doubt a bargain, with packaging and an image that suggests a far more luxury product than it is I wasn't really satisfied with it. It didn't really do anything for my skin, and the scent meant that I wasn't left feeling fresh and clean so much as I would have with a more powerful product. It's fine if you like this sort of thing, it's not a product you will hate, and it does smell nice. However I personally wouldn't buy it again. To be honest, if I was exfoliating I would be doing it for one of two reasons; either to prepare for fake tanning, or because my skin was dry and sluggish and needed the dead skin removing and the other skin nourishing and softening. Obviously it's not suitable for pre fake tanning due to it being virtually impossible to be grain free when you exit the shower, and needless to say it doesn't nourish or soften your skin, or give it that healthy glow that exfoliating can do. It fell short of the mark on almost all it was supposed to do. I don't hate it but I definitely wouldn't buy it again. The smell was nice though so perhaps it would be better buying this in the bath and shower gel variant.
I buy a lot of beauty products and I'm trying to just open one of each thing at a time, so my bathroom doesn't get too cluttered with half-used bottles. I am still half-way through a tube of Original Source scrub, so technically I shouldn't have opened this N-Spa Lemon Souffle Scrub just yet, but I justified it to myself by saying that the scent will match the Lush Lemslip butter cream I am currently using!
I had heard of and read about Nirvana Spa (more commonly known as N-Spa) products before, however I hadn't tried them. When I was in ASDA, I was looking through the range and was originally going to get one of their bath and shower gels, as the packaging looked just like the Philosophy ones I have been eyeing up, but can't quite bring myself to part with the cash for. I then decided to get a scrub instead as I have lots of Lush bath products that need to be used, so it would take me ages to get round to using a bath/shower gel. There are four fragrances of the scrub available -orange, raspberry, lemon and vanilla. I decided on the lemon, as I tend to love citrus scents, and I also liked it's cheery yellow colour.
The scrub comes in a clear tube through which you can see the yellow scrub and as I have said the design reminds me somewhat of premium brand Philosophy's packaging, having a little quote on the front, and the product name written in all black. The tube stands on it's lid, which has a flip top and the overall impression is good, but I don't think it looks anything special.
The scrub should be applied to clean, damp skin and gently massaged in before rinsing. As you squeeze the product out, you can smell the strong scent of lemons. The Nirvana Spa website tells me this product also contains lime and oranges which I was surprised about, as although the scrub is very citrussy, it also has a slightly creamy, sweet element to it, and isn't as sharp as you may imagine a scrub packed with so much citrus fruit might be.
You can see the little black grains in the scrub and I didn't think that there looked to be many in there. When you apply it to the skin though, you really can feel that it's full of grains and they feel quite rough on the skin. I must admit I prefer that as it makes me feel like it's working! It has quite a creamy texture to it, and creates a slight lather as you massage.
Once you're done, the scrub rinses away easily and the grains don't stick to you which is good as I find they can do with a lot of scrubs - although it's usually salt based ones.
The first time I used this I did use it in conjunction with my Lush Lemslip butter cream, which has a lot sharper scent than this one. I found that the lemon smell left on my skin was a bit overpowering - really a case of lemon overload! Bearing this in mind, the second time I used the scrub alone. I found that this left a lot more of a gentle scent on my skin, and because it's slightly sweet it reminded me of lemon meringue pie!
In terms of exfoliating I found this to be quite good. It did get rid of the dry patches of skin I often get and left my skin feeling smooth and soft without drying it out.
This product costs just £2.95 for a 225ml tube, which I think is quite good value for money. I bought mine from ASDA, but you can also buy it directly from N-Spa together with a lemon soufflé shower and bath gel for £7 - go to www.nirvanaspa.co.uk
Overall, this was a nice product - it has a lovely scent, and it does it's job of getting my skin soft and smooth, as well as being a great price. I know I haven't actually said anything negative about the product, but I still don't think I can give it five stars. There was just something missing - no wow factor about it, and there are lots of other scrubs around at a similar price that do just as good a job -nothing really made this one stand out. I would however consider buying it again, but would like to try the other fragrances in the range first - if you've read my reviews you will probably realise I hardly ever buy the same beauty product twice!
Give a girl a lemon, said the wise man and she will add some sugar and make you the sweetest of lemonade and should you bathe in the zest of this most playful of fruits then be prepared to emerge from the water unavoidably and deliciously edible /