Product Type: The Body Shop Bath / Shower
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A Light Scrub
The Body Shop Moringa Body Scrub
Member Name: Brooke3
The Body Shop Moringa Body Scrub
Advantages: Lovely smell, feels nice on skin, long lasting scent
Disadvantages: Not immediately effective.
I recently went on holiday to Cyprus and I bought a Body Shop Moringa gift set to take with me for me and my sisters to use. I chose moringa because the scent just seemed summery and I thought that it would be a lovely scent for our holiday. The gift set included a 100ml pot of moringa body scrub.
The main reason why I shop at the Body Shop is that I like their community trade programme and their attempts to make their products ethical. The Brazil nut oil used in this product was purchased from a co-operative in Peru and the Body Shop state that trade with this co-operative has helped to protect 3,000 hectares of rainforest. The co-operative use sustainable harvesting which supports indigenous species. The Body Shop have more information regarding their values and community fair trade on their website.
==What it is and what it claims to do==
This product is an exfoliating scrub that it supposed to leave skin feeling smooth and soft. The Body Shop claim that it removes dead skin cells and stimulates micro-circulation of skin. They recommend that it is used two or three times a week but I actually used it a bit more frequently than this when I was on holiday.
If I had to use one word to describe this product it would be light which may give the impression that it's ineffective, which is not the case at all. The first thing that I noticed with this scrub was the scent. I bought the gift set because I loved the scent of the moringa, it has a really fresh, clean scent but it is also really light and actually quite subtle, especially when it's on your skin. Although the scent is subtle I found with this product, and the other products in the range, that it is really long lasting. It just doesn't seem to fade which surprised me because some of the more overpowering scents don't last for that long and this scent is the complete opposite but takes ages to fade.
I also thought that the feel of this scrub was light too. I was convinced that it wasn't going to be a very good scrub because when I put my hand into it it almost felt smooth and I found that I really had to rub my hands together to feel the little bits in it that make it a scrub. I don't usually like the feel of scrubs on my skin, I use them because they leave my skin feeling nice, not because I actually enjoy using them. With this scrub I didn't mind the feel of it on my skin, perhaps because it does feel so light. I did find that I really had to rub this in well for it to actually exfoliate, which felt nice at the time but left me feeling like it wasn't going to work at all.
This isn't the most effective scrub that I have ever used, it certainly doesn't compare to some of the other scrubs that I've purchased from the Body Shop but it is still reasonably effective. I think this product is a really good one for long term use. The first time I used it I found that my skin was slightly less flaky but not completely smooth, then the second time I used it it was slightly better and by the third time it left my skin feeling perfectly smooth. At one point I was using it every day, occasionally missing out a day here and there but generally using it daily and my skin felt divine during this time. I'm sure some people are wondering why they would bother using a scrub that needs daily use when they could just use a more effective one that they only need to use two or three times a week. For me personally I hate the feel of most scrubs and with this one I can enjoy the actual experience of having the scrub on my skin while maintaining smooth skin.
I'm rating this product as four stars. The scent is lovely and long lasting but really quite subtle. The scrub doesn't feel too abrasive but also doesn't leave skin feeling completely smooth immediately. It did make my skin soft and smooth with long term use but for those wanting immediate results this is not the scrub you.
==Cost and Availability==
This scrub is available from the Body Shop for £12.50 for a 100ml tub. The tub lasted me for two weeks of almost daily use, with my sisters occasionally using some so it does last reasonably well.