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Brand: The Body Shop / Scrub / Type: Body Scrub / What it does: Repairs, Smoothes, Restores, Exfoliates / Quality Standard: Organic

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      18.01.2013 09:42
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      I'd highly recommend it for anyone with very dry skin!

      ~ INFO & PRODUCT DETAILS.. ~

      I adore using fruit-scented bath and skin care products and have thoroughly enjoyed trying out many of these types of products from my much-loved ranges at The Body Shop over the years. I do enjoy using body scrub products in the bath too, and this review focuses on my experiences of using "The Body Shop's Mango Body Scrub."

      The product is, I believe, only available to buy in one size of tub which is a very generous 200ml in size. I believe I paid around £6 for this tub as part of a promotional offer, which I think offers great value for money, especially as you only need to use a small amount of scrub with each use so the tub lasts for months on end. The normal price is more expensive at £12.50 and you can purchase the item in branches of The Body Shop, or online at their website at www.thebodyshop.co.uk, where postage costs usually apply.

      It might be worth noting that there is a small selection of co-ordinating toiletries in The Body Shop's "Mango" range, and these include a fragranced Body Butter, as well as a scented Bath and Shower Gel.

      * The Body Shop is against animal testing of any kind. *



      ~ MY EXPERIENCES.. ~

      I was drawn to this particular Body Scrub for two reasons; firstly, I adore mango and find the scent to be wonderfully refreshing and really rather uplifting, truth be told. Secondly, I suffer from troublesome skin that will become very dry, with small 'rough' patches that appear on my upper arms. These are unsightly at best, but will often become very red and sore if they are allowed to become drier than usual. I was drawn to the statement on the lid of the Mango Body Scrub that informed me the product was suitable for "Very Dry Skin" which struck a chord with me given the problems I suffer from in terms of my own skin, and I couldn't wait to try it out.

      The packaging for the Mango Body Scrub is pretty standard with a product like this one, in my experience, comprising of a large circular tub that is made of see through plastic on the bottom, through which I can easily see the thick scrub contained inside. There is a circular lid on top of the tub and this is made of robust plastic in a bright shade of yellow, with an attractive image of mango appearing on the top. I find the lid screws off the bottom of the tub very easily, and I have had no issues with doing this for myself, even though I suffer with limited mobility in my hands.

      The scrub itself is what I would describe as being a 'Sugar Scrub' or at least, that is how it looks. The base of the scrub is basically a very dense 'paste' type substance, but with an abundance of sugar-like crystals contained within. These can be difficult to notice at first glance, but when the scrub paste is scooped from the plastic tub there is really no mistaking their presence as the paste feels rather crystallised in its texture. The bright yellow colour of the Mango Body Scrub is extremely attractive and it looks very inviting, in my opinion.

      The gorgeous smell of fruity mango is surprisingly strong. This first makes its appearance early on, and is so strong that it is noticeable even as the plastic lid is removed from the large tub. Scooping a small amount of the Body Scrub from the tub allows the scent to become thicker, and this really develops as the scrub is smoothened over my skin. I find that the smell is extremely mouth-watering and is absolutely reminiscent of the gorgeous, juicy aroma of fresh mango - so much so that you could really be forgiven for assuming that fresh mangos were nearby! I find there is nothing 'synthetic' about the fragrance either, which has been the case with other mango-scented body products that I have used before. Some of these felt far too 'perfumed' to be as robust as I would like, and this felt very disappointing. The Body Shop Mango Scrub, in comparison, feels only fruity and fragrant, whilst being extremely refreshing as I had hoped when I purchased the product. I thoroughly enjoyed using the scrub during the summer months last year as it felt so refreshing to use in the milder weather. I had been unsure of the product's versatility and found myself questioning its suitability for use during the colder winter months when they arrived. I can honestly say however, that the fresh, fruity scent of zesty mango that is present throughout the scrub's use, has a wonderful 'uplifting' quality to it that brings a little sunshine during the bleak winter months. There is nothing about the product's scent that I find off-putting or negative in the slightest, and quite the opposite has proven to be true.

      Using the Mango Scrub has proven to be very easy, which is ideal for me as I don't like too much 'faffing' about when I am trying to enjoy a relaxing bath. All I need to do is scoop a small amount of the scrub from the plastic tub and smooth it over the skin. Now, I find that the areas that are most problematic for me are around my knees in addition to all of the skin around my elbows, and right up to my shoulders - so, the whole of my upper arms really. These are the areas that cause the most problems for me, so are where I concentrate the use of scrub-based products during my showering/bathing routine.

      I find that I only need to dip one fingertip into the tub and this will provide enough of the scrub product that is required to effectively 'smooth' over one arm - any more than this just feels like a bit of a waste. I then tend to smooth the scrub over the skin's surface, taking my time to concentrate on those problematic areas at my elbows and knees by using gentle 'circular' motions to allow the scrub's crystals to work their magic. I find a little GENTLE pressure goes a long way here, as this allows the scrub to really penetrate the skin's surface, but I do take care not to be overly harsh with any scrub product, particularly as my skin is extremely sensitive and will 'flare' easily in protest if I am aggressive during my application technique with such products.

      What I have found with the Mango Scrub is that there is a smooth 'oily' essence to be found within the confines of the product's 'body' which at first appears to be purely paste-like in its consistency. This means that when the scrub is 'agitated' on the skin's surface, the process of smoothing the scrub over the skin will allow the oil contained within it to escape, allowing for a deep moisturisation process to take place. At first, the feeling of a light oil 'slick' being left on my skin after rinsing the scrub off took a little getting used to, as I will admit I am not the biggest fan of oil-type products being used on my skin.

      I was concerned about my skin feeling greasy or oily after use but this has not proven to be the case at all, mainly because the natural oils contained in the Mango Scrub are so light and delicate. Instead of leaving my skin feeling at all 'heavy' or 'slicked' it feels only smooth and surprisingly soft, with this result being evident before I am even finished bathing.

      I find that the application of a good-quality Body Butter product will really increase the moisturisation properties already obtained from the Mango Scrub at this stage, and I tend to apply this immediately after bathing, so as to ensure that none of the scrub's oils are allowed to dissipate or escape from my thirsty skin. In recent times, I have opted to apply the Mango Scrub's 'sister' product, namely The Body Shop's Mango Body Butter, and the use of both products combined has really proven to be a very enjoyable - and worthwhile - skincare experience. I have found that the Mango fragranced Body Butter matches the Body Scrub's gorgeous scent and allows this wonderful fragrance to become thicker, denser, and more robust - which is, of course, very welcome by yours truly, such is the glorious nature of this amazing scent. I find that 'layering' The Body Shop's fruit-scented products in this way is a sure-fire way to experience the glorious scents to their full extent and the scent of the Mango Scrub is no exception to this rule, flourishing beautifully alongside that of it's matching Butter. The scent of the Mango Scrub is evident on my skin for several hours following application when used by itself, but applying the Mango Butter on the skin's surface following bathing allows this scent to last even longer than this, with a delicate trace of it still being evident at night time even when it has been used during my morning bath time. I really like this aspect of the product as I am keen to experience the gorgeous scent as much - and for as long - as possible, so I am more than happy to have it whisper its fruity presence to me throughout the course of the day. I find that this helps create a sort of uplifting quality once again, and for me personally, this has proven very welcome on the cold and dark winter days.

      The benefits from using The Body Shop's Mango Body Scrub are evident from a mile off. Not only do I find the product is thoroughly enjoyable to use as part of my skin-care routine, but I find it works extremely well with 'calming' the troublesome dry skin which affects my upper arms. This area is not only completely refreshed and smoothened after use, but the rich oils contained in the scrub go a long way to 'starting off' the vast moisturisation levels that are needed to suitably 'quench' the thirsty, dry skin at these areas. With the skin feeling silky soft and slightly 'slicked' following the use of the product in the bathtub, I am able to capture this sensation completely and allow it to develop further by applying a good quality Body Butter to the areas immediately after use, which allows the skin to take on such a smooth, blemish-free appearance that the untrained eye might question whether there was any indication of dry, flaky skin present in the area to begin with. I can assure you that indeed there was, but these problems have been altogether removed - at least temporarily - by the use of the Mango Scrub, such is its richness and effectiveness at coping with such problems.

      I find too that these results are rather long-lasting, so I don't need to use the scrub every day, which suits me down to the ground as it saves me time - and of course, money - in the long run. I am able to achieve these near-miraculous results easily, even if the scrub is only used twice a week or so. I find the results after use will last for a good couple of days before I feel the need to carry out the process again. This result is extremely impressive as far as I am concerned, and it certainly knocks marks off of any rival scrubs that I have used in recent times that I felt needed to be used daily to achieve optimum results.

      As indicated previously, I find that a very small amount of scrub will go a surprisingly long way with this particular product, which is testament to me of its quality. It is true to say that the full price of the Mango Body Scrub is rather expensive, but when you consider that I have been using my current tub since June/July of last year this will perhaps make it feel rather more economical that first anticipated. True, I am nearing the end of my first tub now, but I have no complaints at all in terms of the product's price tag and feel it is truly worth every single penny.

      As with all products I have used from The Body Shop in the past, I have found there is no irritation or sensitivity to be found to my troublesome, sensitive skin from using the Mango Body Scrub - either during, or after use. Based on my experiences, and given the sensitivity of my own skin, I do recommend the product completely for those consumers who - like me - suffer with problematic skin that will flare easily due to its sensitive nature.

      For the reasons outlined in this review, I cannot recommend The Body Shop's Mango Body Scrub highly enough and it is a product that I have already repurchased for myself, based on my positive experiences and the tremendous impact that the product has had on my very dry skin.

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        20.01.2012 10:30
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        I will not be buying it again.

        Exfoliating the dead skin cells is extremely important for me as it helps to make my skin look fresher and feel smoother. I bought the Body Shop Mango Body Scrub amongst the other cosmetics from the range.

        It comes in a round, plastic tub which is quite see-through and the lid is orange. The lid also has a sticker with all the basic information whereas further info about the product is at the bottom of the tub. Overall, the pot is very robust, it doesn't slip out of my hands (even if they are wet because I'm in the shower), and it's easy to see how much of it there is left.

        The scrub itself has also orange colour. What really disappointed me here was the scent: it definitely smells different to the rest of the range; I find it hard to describe the scent but it isn't as sweet and authentic as the body butter. I simply found it a bit weird but fortunately, it isn't overly strong and disappeears fairly quickly. The promised ''exotic mango scent'' turned out to be slightly too exotic for me here!

        It has a very thick and rich texture (which means that I won't use too much of it in one go - definitely helps it go a longer way!). It very much felt for me like sugar mixed with some oil: it's a hard scrub. According to the producer, it effectively removes dead skin cells, stimulates cell microcirculation and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. I do feel it's an effective scrub, my skin felt smoother and softer after using it. It doesn't lather up very much (at least, I didn't manage to produce a lot of foam) but that doesn't stop it from working quite well. It doesn't feel too harsh on the skin but at the same time, I can feel it working. It is very easy to use: I just had to massage it onto my skin. I haven't noticed if my skin has been better moisturised because of this scrub though.

        Overall, this scrub has worked quite well but I don't really like the scent that much. The pot goes quite a long way and 200ml costs £12.50 and can be bought from the Body Shop, both in-store and online.

        Thank you for reading my review.

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          12.05.2011 01:18
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          A nice product from The Body Shop

          I have only recently started shopping in The Body Shop. The more products I buy the more hooked I seem to be getting. Walking into the Body Shop is like walking into a fruit and flower explosion. It smells just gorgeous. Among my last purchases was their Mango Body Scrub. I've read mixed reviews about this product but as I love the smell of their Mango range I decided to give it a try myself.

          I bought the 50ml pot for £5.00, its also available in a 200ml size for £12.50 which would be much better value but I didn't want to waste more than a fiver in case I didn't like it.
          The body scrub comes in a plastic pot, orangey/yellow in colour. It has a label stuck to the lid which is mainly orange in colour and shows a mango on the top. The words Mango Body Scrub are written in white letters along with the Body Shop logo. The lid also informs the customer that the scrub contains mango seed oil to moisturise very dry skin.
          The label on the top of the pot peels of to reveal a list of ingredients in several different languages but to be honest its so faint and tiny I struggled to read it. The body scrub contains exfoliating salt grains and organic sugar along with community trade organic Soya oil so I was expecting quite an oily scrub.

          On removing the lid the smell of the scrub is quite strong, fresh and very fruity, not obviously mango but very nice all the same. The scrub is orange in colour and has the appearance of honey that has gone slightly sugary. Its quite shiny which I assume is the oil.

          I scooped some out of the pot and massaged it into my legs, the granules were very evident and quite scratchy but as I massaged they all but disappeared leaving a slightly oily soapy appearance. I rinsed my legs with warm water and immediately could feel the difference. They were smooth, soft and looked so much better. I used this whilst in the bath and I could feel how soft my skin was before I got out.

          When I dried my legs they felt moisturised and smooth. The fragrance wasn't as strong but was still there. The appearance of my legs was so much better already. My legs had been wrapped in trousers and tights all winter and really were very dry in places. This had vastly improved after just one use. I felt my legs still needed moisturising and used a Body Shop mango moisturiser.

          I have been using this for weeks now and I love it. I use it 2 or 3 times a week and can see a huge improvement in my skin. I love the fact that this scrub is quite oily and the granules do disappear as you use the scrub.

          I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this Mango Body Scrub, its fast becoming one of my favourite products

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            23.03.2011 14:37
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            a great product if you can buy it on offer

            When I was last in the Body Shop I had an offer that allowed me to choose a free mini scrub or body butter if I spent over a certain amount of money, obviously I jumped at the chance! The scrub I chose was their mango body scrub, I chose this one quite simply because I love fruity scents and the tester for this smelt the best in my opinion.


            Packaging
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            This comes in a short, round tub. The tub itself is a clear plastic allowing you to see the product inside; the lid is a dark yellow/orange plastic.

            There isn't too much information on the side of the pot, it simply tells me that it's a body scrub and that the packaging is recyclable. There is also the shelf life, which is 12 months.

            There is a sticker on the lid with pictures of mango's on it. Again, it tells me that it is the mango body scrub from the body shop. It also tells me that it contains mango seed oil to moisturise very dry skin. The mini version contains 50ml. The label on the lid also peels back to tell me more about the product and to list ingredients.


            My Experience
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            On opening the pot you can immediately smell the product. It does smell of mangos but it is quite sweet. It's quite a fresh, natural scent but quite delicate, definitely more of a feminine then masculine scent.

            This is quite a hard scrub and as such is not recommended for use on the face but this is not a problem for me as I use a separate scrub for my face anyway. It contains both salt and sugar in order to exfoliate your skin. Simply skimming your fingers over the top will remove enough to do one part of my body (half a leg, arm etc.) It spreads across my skin easily and I use small circular motions to rub it in.

            I used to do this in the shower with the water running but the scrub seems to dissolve. Whilst this is useful as it is quite a harsh scrub, I found it dissolved too quickly which meant that I used more of the product then I needed to. So now I simply turn the water off before using it or use it in the bath and then rinse it off after. Using it like this hasn't affected the results except meaning I use less of it.

            Rinsing it off is easy, I simply turn the water on if in the shower or lay back in the bath. This is easier then most other scrubs I've used probably because it seems to dissolve. Once rinsed off it does seem to leave a slightly oily layer on my skin but this is easily removed by using shower gel or even without that it doesn't last too long anyway.

            After use my skin is incredibly soft and smoothed and very moisturised, I have been using it on my dry skin twice a week for around a month and in conjunction with a body butter it has completely cleared it up. The scent isn't very strong and so would easily be overpowered if you use a contrasting scented moisturiser or shower gel but with a complimentary one or without either the scent does linger gently on my skin for most the day but is only really noticeable when smelling my skin directly.

            I can see my small tub lasting around 2 months when used 2-3 times a week.


            Active Ingredients
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            This contains both salt and organic sugar to exfoliate the skin and mango kernal oil is included to moisturise your skin.


            Other Information
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            As far as I can see this is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

            This contains community trade organic soya oil and organic sugar. Community Trade is the Body Shops fair trade programme.


            Price, Availability and Recommendation
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            Being a Body Shop product this is only available from the Body Shop but can be bought online or in-store. It costs £5 for a 50ml tub or £12.50 for a 200ml tub.

            I probably won't be buying it again at full price but will definitely pick it up if I can get it on offer. Therefore I am also recommending it to you but only if you can find it in a sale. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

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              14.03.2011 16:32
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              A tropical scrub which will leave your skin soft and smooth

              I always think of The Body Shop as Lush's older, more mature sister but who is equally as fun. The aroma in the store is fresh and fruity without being as overpowering as the Lush store and while The Body Shop's packaging is eye catching and relevant, it is a little calmer and more sophisticated than its rivals. Both stores include a lot of natural ingredients in their products although The Body Shop seems to include a lot of chemicals than Lush which makes their products last longer but perhaps not as healthy for your skin.

              Mango Body Scrub by The Body Shop is an exfoliant intended for very dry skin. The purpose of an exfoliant is to remove dead skin cells and reveal the fresh and glowing new layer of skin underneath. When your skin has been exfoliated well, it will be incredibly smooth and silky, with a very healthy appearance.

              This scrub is special because it is oil based and has a soft texture meaning it won't be harsh on your skin. The exfoliating action is carried out by salt grains and organic sugars within the formula.

              The addition of Mango seed, Soy oil, Sunflower seed oil and Almond oil means that your skin will be hydrated and restored to its former glory and will feel beautifully soft and supple. The oils also help to protect your skin from any further moisture loss so it actually protects your skin from future damage.

              Your skin is too delicate to be exfoliated every day, even by the most gentle of exfoliants. You are advised to use this one between two to three times a week to achieve the best results. When you are in the shower or bath, you need to apply the product to damp skin and massage the scrub in a circular motion. One of the best things about this product is that the salt grains actually dissolve when the job is done to prevent you from over using the scrub and damaging the skin. When you're finished, you rinse off the product.

              The added benefit of this massaging action is that it increases blood circulation and helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite. This means that not only with your skin be soft and smooth but it will be more toned and firm as well.

              The aroma of the product is intensely tropical and very refreshing. It does smell like you are rubbing a mango over your skin. And if you like this scent, there are other mango products available in the collection including Mango body butter and Mango body lotion.

              In order to purchase this product, you will need to spend around £5 for a tiny 50ml pot or around £12 for a 200ml pot which would be the cheaper option in the long run if you like the product. You can buy the product at a Body Shop store or online. Mango body scrub comes in a clear circular tub with a screw top lid so it's easy to access the product and there will no waste when you are coming to the end.

              All in all, I love this scrub. I have fairly sensitive skin but this product is gentle enough for me. It leaves my skin silky soft to the touch and incredibly smooth. I always moisturise after use as the exfoliating action can leave your skin a little dry.

              There's no mess to clear up afterwards either as some scrubs can leaves grains at the bottom of the bath or shower but the grains in this one simply dissolves. The smell is incredible and the scrub will leave you feeling fresh and clean. I would advise buying the bigger pot as it is long lasting. The smaller one disappears quickly and to buy 200ml worth of the little one will cost you around £20 instead of £12 for buying 200ml in the first place. If you like using scrubs and enjoy tropical scents, you'll love this product.

              Ingredients
              Octyl Palmitate (Emollient), Sucrose (Depilatory Agent), Sodium Chloride (Salt) (Viscosity Modifier), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Mangifera indica (Mango Seed Oil) (Emollient), Glycine soja (Soybean Oil) (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ricinus communis (Castor Oil) (Emollient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil) (Emollient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) (Sunscreen), Amyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Capsicum frutescens (Capsicum Extract) (Natural Additive), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Amylcinnamyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary Extract) (Natural Additive), Methyl 2-Octynoate (Fragrance Ingredient), Propylparaben (Preservative), Anisyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Farnesol (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 77891 (Colour), CI 19140 (Colour).

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              leaves skin looking smooth and soft

              My daughter bought me this tub before christmas as she knows I love mango's both to eat and in beauty products, shower gels and scrubs, it's one of the scents that I love and this one smells good enough to eat, but of course I wouldn't recommend you do that.

              You can buy this Mango body scrub at the body shop for £5 a tub, it is a 50ml tub and you can buy bigger tubs too if you like it.
              The tubs are see through and you can see the gel inside it has a nice pale orangey colour, not bright orange but pale almost like a pastle colour.

              It has a twist off lid, so if you have small chilren you may want to keep this out of their reach as it does smell like mango's and will make them sick not to mention they might like to play with it and waste it as my children have done in the past when they were little and got hold of the toothpaste one time.

              The sticker on top of the lid has Mangue exfoliant corporel written on it and mango body scrub, with a picture of a sliced mango in the middle of the sticker, it's easy to spot when you go in the shop and is usually always in stock as it's a popular selling product according to the staff in the shop, who advised my daughter on the product when she bought it .

              I have sensative skin and so am careful on which products I buy for myself and always ask my daughter to check with the staff of a shop if she's going to buy me something that goes on my skin as when something irritates as lots of things do I come out in blotches and a red rash, but this is alright for me and I have used it five or six times since it was bought for me.

              Once you have twisted off the lid the Mango scent hits your nose it smells delicious, the creamy scrub inside is rough with particles in it.
              It feels dry on the face if used without water and will make the face red, but if you wet your face first then get a little on a cloth and work it around the T-zone and problem area's of your face it will go on nicely.
              You can use this on other parts of the body too where there is rough skin and it will gentle remove the flakey and rough skin, leaving it smooth and soft. I have now been advised not to use it on the face as it is a body scrub, but for other parts of the body especially the feet and rough patches of skin this is great.
              It will leave your skin a little red for a few minutes after using so don't worry it soon fades.

              I like this boby scrub because of it's scent although it's not cheap to buy I will get another tub when this one is empty as I like the end results of the smooth skin when I have used it.
              I'm happy to recommend this one to you.

              Hi there just to update this review as it has had a few interesting dabates going on which is great as this is what Dooyou is all about, getting the facts and information out there for others to read.
              I took the tub of mango body scrub back into the body care shop this morning as i was in town and they checked the other tubs with me.
              There is a warning on the tubs not to use on the face but mine didn't have one on it and they apologised and said that there must have been a batch got through to the shops with the misprinted labels, they did say that it won't harm anyone using it on the face as i was watering it down on a cloth, but as it was a fault they gave me a full refund and a £30 gift voucher.
              So, I thought I'd let you know the outcome.

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                Use moisturiser afterwards!

                I love the body shop stuff and I am always trying new products of theirs when they go on special offer as I find their standard price a little high. luckily they regularly have special offers. I recieved this, the mango body butter and the mango lip butter in a home made gift set from someone for Christmas last year. Even though it was a gift I have seen it in the body shop, by itself for sale at £12.50 for 200ml. You can buy a smaller pot for £5 and that is 50ml.

                The body scrub comes in a round tub with a screw on and off lid. The packaging is quite fresh and funky, and very orange! You can do the lid up nicely to get a nice seal so it doesn't leak out again. It is a nightmare when products leak!

                The first thing that greats you is the fruity smell. Mango is quite distinctive, very exotic, summery and sweet. I think it is quite a divisive smell. I quite like it, but my Mum really hates it. She says it reminds her of cat wee!!!

                The scrub itself is pale orange in colour and has a very sandy uneven texture, it is full of bits. It is rough to the touch and rough to rub into your skin, but that is what I expect of a scrub. I use it for areas which get particularly greasy, to avoid spots, and areas where I need to keep the skin fresh and new (E.G. when you are trying to achieve a good tan).

                I run the product into my skin (not too hard or you might hurt yourself!) and then wash it off with a bit of a rub with a flannel. You have to be careful not to rub too hard as you can end up scraping too much skin off which is not pleasant.

                The scrub acts as a great exoliant, and did a great job to freshen up my skin. The properties of the scrub are meant to moisturise also. They did a bit, as in they didn't leave my skin squeeky dry like some soaps do, but I think if you use exfoliator in the some places they will end up dry due to the skin removal. To keeo your skin super soft I would recommend using a moisturiser after this, rather than relying on it to do the moisturisation.

                I *like* this product, but don't love it, which means it is certainly not worth the £12.50 price tub. It is great on special offer or as a gift though, I certainly don't turn my nose up at it!

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                I like to use a body scrub every other day in the winter and every day in the summer. The idea of having a tan disgusts me. Where other people see a nice, healthy glow I see damaged skin and premature ageing so as soon as the summer sun touches my skin my body scrub use doubles. When the body shop had an offer for buy one get one free on body scrubs I decided to buy their mango body scrub. I was already using the mango body butter which I love and thought it would be nice to use the matching body scrub. Putting my irrational fear of damaged and dead skin aside I do find that I need to use a body scrub regularly. I don't know if this is normal but if I don't use a body scrub or an alternative to exfoliate I find that my skin starts to flake off when I'm drying myself after a shower which is horrible.

                The Body Shop claim that their mango body scrub gently exfoliates the skin, helps protect the skin from moisture loss and leaves it non-greasy. I've found the Body Shop to be true to their word with this product. When I was using the body scrub I didn't actually feel like it was working that well because it felt gentle in comparison with other body scrubs. I'm sure for many people this will be a good thing, personally I like to feel like the product is working as I'm using it. The first time I used t I expected to find my skin flaking off as I dried myself but that didn't happen at all. Although it doesn't feel like it's working it really is. The entire time that I was using this product I had no problems with dry, flaky skin at all.

                The body shop recommend that you use this product two to three times a week and although I used it every day I did spend four days at a friends without it and had no problem with dry, flaky skin for the first three days so I do think that twice a week is enough. I've used body scrubs in the past where my skin has become flaky if I haven't used it every other day (admittedly much cheaper body scrubs than this one) so I'm impressed that you don't need to use this body scrub as frequently.

                When I was using the product it did feel a little bit oily but it washes off really well and doesn't leave me feeling at all greasy. Even before applying the body butter my skin felt quite soft and smooth. Unfortunately I found that the smell didn't really linger on my skin. I love the smell of the mango products, it's such a sweet scent and I would have really liked it if the scent had remained on my skin but it didn't.

                The Body Shop also claim that if you regularly exfoliate and massage your skin you can help tone and firm it. I'm a stone over weight, no about of massaging and exfoliating is going to help firm my skin. I haven't noticed any difference at all to how toned and firm I am.

                The downside to this product is the cost. I bought two body scrubs for the price of one and The Body Shop do frequently have sales and offers so if you do want to buy it and you're on a tight budget you should probably wait for another offer. When not on offer it costs £12.50 for a 200ml bottle. One tub of this lasted me two weeks but I was using it nearly every day, it would probably last about a month if you used it three times a week as recommended. I think this is quite expensive in comparison with other body scrubs but I did find it to be an effective scrub and if I could afford to I would probably use this product regularly.

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                  21.05.2010 17:05
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                  A very disappointing Body Shop scrub

                  This review looks at Body Shop's Mango Body Scrub. I particularly like Body Shop products as they are not tested on animals, so buy quite a few of their items.

                  The packaging for this product is particularly attractive as it comes in a bright orange container with a screw-topped lid and has the image of a mango on the label. The white Body Shop logo is located in the middle of the label, which states the product contains mango seed oil to moisturise. This product is best suited to those people who suffer with dry skin.

                  When unscrewing the lid, the product smells extremely fruity and is very natural smelling. It conjoured up thoughts of a bowl full of freshly cut mango fruits. The product is of a fairly thick consistency and you can feel the tiny exfoliating salt grains when applying to your skin.

                  Whilst researching this product on Body Shop's website, I've discovered that this scrub also contains organic sugar and Community Trade soya oil.

                  However, I was quite suprised that there are no directions on how to use this product. As you are able to peel back the label on the lid to reveal an inner label I though the directions would be hidden underneath, but it simply provides a list of ingredients in English and various other languages.

                  I find this product is best suited for using in the bath so your skin is damp. I grab a small amount of the scrub in my fingers and rub onto my skin in gentle circular movements. However, this product is extremely oily and whilst I can feel the tiny grains exfoliating my skin, I'm left with large patches of oil where I have rubbed.

                  Whilst I appreciate the oil is for moisturising, it feels horrible on my skin and I end up having to wash the area again, which is obviously defeating the object of using this scrub. On a positive note, I would state that my skin always feels extremely soft and silky smooth after I've used this scrub.

                  As the product is so oily, I find the base of the bath becomes extremely slippery and somewhat dangerous. As a result of the excessive amount of oil I end up with a rim of soap scrum around the whole of the bath. My reasons for taking a bath is to have some "me" time and to be able to relax, so the last thing I want to be doing is cleaning the bath as soon as I get out of it!!

                  As a rule, I'm normally a great fan of Body Shop products, but this one unfortunately, does not get my approval. I thought this product was excessively oily as it is specifically designed for very dry skin, so I tried one of their scrubs suitable for normal skin, but it was just as oily!!

                  In my opinion, Body Shop scrubs are over priced as a 50ml pot will cost you £5.00 with a 200ml pot setting you back £12.50. I personally would leave them on the shelf, as I don't feel they are worth the money.

                  Due to the excess oil and greasy feel of this product, together with the high price tag, I can only give this product 1 out of 5 dooyoo stars - very disappointing for the Body Shop!!

                  I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

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                    12.03.2010 00:05
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                    An average body scrub, with an iffy smell.

                    I received The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub as a present. Although I'm not too fond of this product I have been using it regularly for the past couple of weeks to give it a proper chance and to be able to review it fairly (I know, I'm such a commited/deranged Dooyooer!).

                    -Appearance-

                    The body scrub is an orange colour and has tiny visible grains of salt and sugar in. It has quite a thick and gloopy consistancy. It actually reminds me of icing or cake frosting and looks quite delicious! (although I'd advise against actually eating it!).

                    -Smell-

                    My one big problem with this body scrub is the smell. It does have a slight mango scent to it but overall I really dislike it. It smells quite off and reminds me of the smell of fruit when it's turning! Some smells just take some getting used to but after a couple of weeks I'm still not fond of it. This is such a disappointment to me as I love mango and I love fruity smelling products (plus the fact I love The Body Shop and had high hopes).

                    -Use-

                    The Body Shop states that the body scrub should be used in the bath or shower. I have tried both and have had the same effect with both (although if used in the bath the bottom of the bath will be all grainy by the time you've finished).

                    The Body Shop also state that the scrub should be used in circular motions all over your body. I tend to use my hands but exfoliating gloves and shower puffs are also an option.

                    The scrub is suitable for very dry skin, however I would describe my skin as just normal - not dry but not oily.

                    The scrub contains mango seed and soya oil which is supposed to 'leave the skin beautifully soft and supple'. It is quite oily when applied to the skin which might put some people off but I didn't mind as I was able to wash it straight off afterwards and my skin didn't appear to be oily after I was dry.

                    There were also lots of tiny grains of salt and sand which are supposed to help remove dead skin cells and boost circulation. I found the grains were actually quite hard and slightly abrasive which suprised me as the scrub is supposed to be for very dry skin. However the scrub didn't damage my skin and did actually appear to make my skin quite smooth afterwards.

                    I am informed by The Body Shop website that regular exfoliating and massaging with this product can help tone and firm the skin, but to be honest I haven't noticed any difference to the tone of my skin since using this scrub.

                    It wasn't a case of 'a little goes a long way' either - infact most of my 50ml tub has now vanished. I was suprised at how much I had to use to cover relatively small areas.

                    The overall outcome was okay. Apart from the smell (and the harshness of the grains) this product wasn't too bad really. My skin seemed soft and smooth after using the body scrub but not particularly any better than most other body scrubs I have previously used. I would describe the effects of The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub as a mix between quite good, okay and average.

                    One thing that is very apparent is that the smell lasts very long on your skin after you have used it. I can smell the scent of the body scrub on me for hours after I have used it. This would usually be a good thing but as I can't stand the smell it's not so good!

                    -Ethical values-

                    Like all Body Shop products, this body scrub is not tested on animals. It also uses community trade organic soya oil and organic sugar, which is good to know.

                    -Packaging-

                    The scrub comes in a transparent pot and has an orange screw on lid. There is a waterproof sticker on top of the lid (with a picture of juicy mangos on) that you can peel back to expose a list of ingredients. It's a very attractive looking tub and looks very nice sitting on my bathroom shelf!

                    -Cost and availability-

                    Body Shop Mango Body Scrub is only available from Body Shop stores or from thebodyshop.co.uk. The scrub comes in a 50ml tub for £5.00 or a 200ml tub for £12.50. In my opinion this is abit too steep and I wouldn't be prepared to pay this sort of money (not for this product anyway).

                    I'm torn between 2 and 3 stars but I'll go for 2 as I won't be buying this in future and can't really recommend it to anybody else.

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                      28.02.2010 13:10
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                      Leaves skin soft, moisturised and smelling wonderful

                      This is one of my favourite body shop products ever. The packaging has been updated so the picture shown is quite hold. It costs £12.50 for 200ml which may seem quite expensive however if you are a Body Shop Love Your Body Member (please read my other review for full benefits and details) you instantly get 10% off the price. If this still seems expensive be assured the body shop nearly always have promotions going to reduce for cost, for example in February 2010 (current promotion) there is a voucher available in store or online (code is available through moneySavingExpert.com or other sites) which gives you £5 discount when you spend £10, so this on top of your 10% discount means you only pay around £6.75, which is really good value considering the quality of the ingreidents.

                      The scrub is made up of loads of exfoliating salt grains and organic sugar. The addition of mango seed and soy oil leaves the skin beautifully soft and supple. Containing Community Trade organic soya oil and organic sugar. It is designed for very dry skin however I have normal skin and use this once a week so it doesn't make my skin too oily. If you have very dry skin I would suggest using every 3 days or so.

                      The product smells and looks like mango sorbet. It smells soooo delicious. To use just take a small ammount and massage onto skin in slow circular motions. This removes any dead skin cells, improves your blood circulation and refreshes your skin leaving it soft, moisutised and smelling divine.

                      I honestly don't understand how anyone can not love this product. The smell and texture are amazing, it works a treat and is full of mouisturing and many organic products.

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                        Too oily, not scrubby enough! Try harder bodyshop!

                        I was excited when i recieved this scrub for christmas, i love the body shop products and they usually deliver, but i have to say I was dissapointed with this scrub.

                        *Fragrance*
                        The fragrance is nice, a little overpowering when your using it but after you wash it off you are left with a subtle mango frangrance.

                        *Exfoliation*
                        I felt that this scrub didn't really exfoliate as well as other scrubs, the scrubby bits (lol) seemed to dissolve very quickly on the skin. The scrub itself is VERY greasy, i felt like a bird caught in a oilslick, this makes screwing the lid back on with your greasy hands very difficult (so the tub got water in) and also makes the shower slippery!

                        *Post scrub*
                        After my shower n' scrub, My skin felt soft but I feel that was more a result of the extreme greasy layer the scrub had left on it rather than the result of the exfoliation.

                        To conclude......this scrub wasn't for me. I ended up binning the tub because it got all watery and gross. Definately not suitable as a pre fake tan scrub, because you come out coated in oil.

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                        i think the Body Shop had the trainee product designer in when they did this!

                        OK, we all know and love the Body Shop ranges, and I generally think i know what to expect - yummy smelling, nature-based products which are lovely to use and great for your skin.

                        Err, not this one. I normally use a Garnier body exfoliant, and about a year ago when i was in the Body Shop i thought i'd give their version a try, expecting something similar but fruitier. The large, screw top tub is adorned by a picture of luscious mango, and i thought it'd be delicious.

                        On opening the tub in the shower, i thought it looked quite nice -a thick textured paste with plenty of scrubby bits. Turning the water off for a bit, i went for a pretty much top to toe application.

                        First observations: the mango smell was very artificial, nothing like as tasty as expected, and because the scrub is oil based, it smelled a bit like the oil was slightly rancid. So far, not good.

                        During the scrubbing process, i noticed that the exfoliating effect wasn' that great, because the "bits" are actually sugar which, of course, dissolves as you use it. Still, i hoped it'd been enough to smooth my skin and that the rest of the scrub would leave me well moisturised.

                        So, i started to rinse off. Nothing seemed to happen....my skin still felt thickly coated with oily gunk. So much so that i was "beading" all over in the shower - you know that look which your car has when it's just been waxed and then gets water on it?! That was me. My hands were coated with the stuff too, so i had to wash them twice with other shower gel just in order to turn the taps off...and then i slipped on some of the scrub that'd gone on the shower tray, and nearly broke my leg. By this point, i'm getting seriously grumpy.

                        Well, i thought maybe i should just get out of the shower and pat dry, maybe all the oil will sink in and i'll be deliciously soft in a few minutes. So i dried (as best i could with the towel sticking to me!!). And waited. And waited. There was no way i could have got dressed, my skin was totally sticky and disgusting to the touch.

                        In the end, to cut a long story short, i had to go back in the shower and scrub myself down about three times using other shower gel, before the vile stuff would come off enough that i could get dried and dressed.

                        The pot is still lurking evilly in the back of my shower, in case one day i find a use for becoming a human oil slick once again. I can't imagine what the Body Shop were thinking when they designed this product, but it's foul beyond measure. In case you hadn't realised by now, i'd suggest you give it a miss!! If i could give it no stars, i most certainly would.

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                          Send their rubbish back and you can fill the bathroom with more...

                          Most men are not avid present buyers and Dad, Little Brother and The Boyfriend are no exception. Last Christmas, I gave into pressure to make a list and duly listed everything I could possibly want.

                          Irritatingly, with Christmas and Birthday lists, your mind often goes blank at the crucial moment and you have to scrabble around to think of things you’d like. In the bathroom, I looked longingly at my make up and realised that there was no way I’d receive the right shade. Instead, I would be left with a cheaper alternative or the ‘nearest’ colour to neon orange. I needed something fool proof. At this point I stumbled across my Body Shop Body Butter and decided that it would be lovely to have the matching scrub.

                          The Boyfriend got the present right and The Body Shop got it very, very wrong.

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                          Dear Sir / Madam,

                          I am a big fan of your Body Butters, my favourite being Mango. As such, I recently asked for the matching Body Scrub as a present and my boyfriend purchased the 200ml version for me at a cost of £12.00. I am writing to tell you how disappointed we both were when I opened it.

                          This body scrub smells nothing like mango and the scent is more akin to rotten oranges. It had, before we even opened it, divided into scrub and half a pot of orange oil. Thinking that this was the way it was supposed to be, I used it in the shower. The sensation of using this is gluey, scratchy and very unpleasant. The worst part was that I just couldn’t rinse off the sticky sensation it left behind. The layer of grease this product left on my skin was enough that it needed to be scraped off more than washed.

                          This has only been used once due to its truly disgusting nature, which is upsetting for my boyfriend who thoughtfully went out and got it at my request. At first I thought that this was simply a bad pot, after all, natural ingredients may go rotten. Returning to the shop I discovered that the tester was in a similar state, so I think I’m safe to assume that this is commonplace.

                          This leaves us £12 out of pocket, with a huge tub of unusable gunk sat in the bathroom. I won’t be repurchasing and this will put me off trying any new Body Shop products in future. £12 is not a small amount of money to me and as such I would hesitate to spend it on something I might not like.

                          People are quick to dismiss things like this and simply change the brand rather than provide feedback. If reformulated, this has the opportunity to be a really nice product. I have enjoyed your products in the past and I hope that my feedback in this letter is useful.

                          Yours Sincerely,

                          Malibu Jenny

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                          Well, my feedback would have been useful had they bothered to read it. Instead, three weeks later they sent back a letter which I can only assume is standard and of a LOW standard at that.

                          Dear Malibu Jenny [not my real name, but then they spelt that wrong anyway],

                          Thank you for contacting us regarding The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub.

                          We were sorry to hear that you were unhappy with this product. At The Body Shop we want all of our customers to be delighted with our products and we are disappointed when this is not the case.

                          Price increases are never bought in without a lot of careful thought. We take many factors into account and try not to increase our prices unless we really have to. It’s also worth remembering that we use a high percentage of excellent base ingredients and a large selection of our ingredients are purchased from our Community Trade suppliers around the world. As you are probably aware our Body Butters contain many ingredients from Community Trade suppliers for example cocoa beans and shea from Ghana. We feel this is an excellent opportunity for customers to use their purchasing power to put money into communities where help is so desperately needed.

                          However high quality ingredients are also expensive to buy and unfortunately there are times when price increases have to be made.

                          We have enclosed a pre-paid label to enable you to return your unwanted product to us at Head Office. Once we have received it we will be happy to refund you with Gift Card [sic].

                          Customer feedback, both positive and negative, is very important to us and we thank you for taking the time to contact us. Your comments will be logged on our computer database to be forwarded to on to the relevant department in due course.

                          Thank you for your continued interest in The Body Shop and we look forward to seeing you in one of our stores soon.

                          Yours sincerely,

                          XXXXX XXXXXX

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                          So, not only did a large chunk of this letter lack the basic grammatical requirement of commas, it failed to address the problem in hand and the product mentioned was Body Butter, not the revolting scrub. Those ‘excellent base ingredients’ were wasted once they were mixed into this substandard product and my only continued interest was in getting my money back. It was necessary to take a stand for consumers everywhere. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

                          Dear XXXXXXX [ I spelt her name correctly],

                          While I am delighted to be returning this product, I am disappointed that you did not read my previous letter. It did not concern price increases, rather the nature of the product.

                          I enclose both a copy of my previous letter and the offending product.

                          Thank you for your kind offer of a gift card, I am glad to be getting some recompense for this horrible body scrub and all the trouble my boyfriend went to buy it for me. However, I would prefer it if you refunded the money spent as I no longer have any faith in Body Shop products and this body scrub is not fit for sale or purpose.

                          While I greatly appreciate your commendable ethics in sourcing ingredients from suppliers, this carries no weight unless you award equal respect to your customers.

                          I would remind you that the consumer rights act states that:

                          The law says that goods must be:
                           of satisfactory quality – goods must meet the standard that a reasonable person would regard as satisfactory, taking account of any description of the goods, the price and all other relevant circumstances.

                          I feel that in light of the reviews I have since read on this product and my personal experience of it, it does not in fact meet the standard that a reasonable person would regard as satisfactory. As I have enclosed evidence of this, I hope you will agree.

                          Please refund the £12.00 by cheque.


                          Yours Sincerely,


                          Malibu Jenny.

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                          To be honest, after a letter like that, I almost didn’t expect to hear back from them. So, I sent it recorded delivery. I felt 68p was worth it just to force them to respond and make sure that they didn’t get the crappy product AND my money.

                          Three weeks after they received it, I got my response.

                          Dear Malibu Jenny,

                          Thank you for your letter regarding The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub.

                          We were sorry to hear that you were unhappy with this product. At The Body Shop we want all of our customers to be delighted with our products and we are disappointed when this is not the case. [oooh, Déjà vu anyone?]

                          Unfortunately we are unable to refund by cheque, as we need a receipt showing that it was returned within 28 days. We have enclosed a gift card for the returned product, which we hope you will put towards a product from The Body Shop that you will enjoy using.

                          Customer feedback, both positive and negative, is very important to us and we thank you for taking the time to contact us. Your comments will be logged on our computer database to be forwarded to on to the relevant department in due course.

                          Thank you for your continued interest in The Body Shop and we look forward to seeing you in one of our stores soon.

                          Yours sincerely,

                          XXXXXXX XXXX

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                          Dear XXXXXX

                          I must inform you that you are on the wrong side of the law in this instance…..

                          BUT, we could go on like this forever. Why bother to continue when neither the products nor customer service are up to scratch? I feel I’ve done my bit, but if you too have misguidedly frittered away hard earned money in The Body Shop, send your defective items to;

                          The Body Shop UK & Republic of Ireland Region,
                          UK Customer Services Department,
                          FREEPOST SEA 1084,
                          Littlehampton,
                          West Sussex,
                          BN17 7BR.

                          And you can look forward to – yep – a gift card and a standard letter.

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                            23.01.2007 22:48

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                            A complete waste of money

                            As with the first reviewer, I was quite disapointed with this product.. I got it as part of a mango gift set which also included a shower gell and body butter. I really enjoyed those two products, but the scrub was pretty awful. I havent tried the other scrubs in the range, but frankly I wouldn't waste my money trying!

                            The scrub was quite unlike any I'd tried before. The smell was not great and the consistency far too thick. When applied to the skin, the 'scrubby' bits immediately dissolve in the water, and you're left with a really heavy greasy feeling. It certianly did not exfoliate!!

                            I certainly won't be trying this product again...

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                          Moisturizes the skin / Is very rich in essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin's moisture barrier, thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness / Also helps a group of around 500 farmers maintain their organic agriculture /