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The one thing that I rarely buy is a body scrub/buffer/polish. In this weather I know that I should take better care of my skin by buffing off the drudgy old skin cells and to moisturise my skin to keep it in tip-top condition however I've never been one to enjoy a long beautifying routine and slapping on lotions and potions and to faff about with myself, especially now in this colder weather! There doesn't seem to be anything much worse that applying a moisturiser and either flapping about whilst waiting for it to dry or to have to dress on damp skin so although I do own nice beauty products I only use them very occasionally which means my bathroom and bedroom are full up of allsorts of beauty products that I really should get using!
My obsession has got worse over the years with all things beauty particularly recently! One of my friends has her own little business, selling from home beauty stuff and talk about getting stuff cheap! This only cost me 50p brand new and never used and I couldn't resist the bargain whether I needed it or not!
However it is something that I'm very glad that I purchased and do use regularly even if it just on dry areas of my skin and to target certain areas though I have buffed up my whole body....that's how much I like it!
This product comes in an orange coloured plastic tube that you can see though and squeeze easily and it has a flip top lid concealing a small hold to the bottom of it and on the front of it, all in whte writing we are clearly told that it is The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish 'Gentle daily exfoliation and cleansing with zesty satsuma' and there is a little information given in foreign languages, there is a small photograph of satsuma and the size is stated which is 200ml (6.75 US FL OZ). This is the only size that I have seen this available to purchase in by the way in store or online (I did look online and instore since I purchased this) and then on the back of the tube we are told how to use it, the ingredients are given (we are told that this is not tested on animals), we were told from once we open it up to use it up within 12 months and contact details for The Body Shop are given. Its a nice enough tube this one, not heavy and easy to squeeze and contains as much information as you could possibly need to make an informed choice as to whether you want to use it or not!
Using this is surprisingly easy. I have in the past used other body scrubs have been bein thick and/or gloopy and hard to rub over my skin usually accumulating in thick lumps in the bottom of my bath and hard to rinse away, scratched my skin or even brought me out in a rash or haven't left a nice smell behind them or made any difference to the overall feeling of my skin leaving me wondering why I wasted my money on the product or wasted my precious time!
This one though is not only simple to use, its also cost effective in the long run because a little of it really does go a long way, smells sublime on the skin for many hours after using it, makes me feel really deep down clean and rejuvenated but really has been kind to my sensitive skin and left it feeling smooth, supple and brighter than prior to using it!
So this is a gel like product and a light peachy colour with lots of dark reddish coloured pieces of abrasive walnut shell and loofah. Because its a gel all it takes is a small squeeze of the tube and the instructions tell us to use a walnut sized amount however I have found that, that depends on how much of my body I am using it on.
So me, well I wash my body first as this is not a shower gel or soap or a deep down cleansing product as such. I use either a very light scented product to wash myself clean with first or something unscented as this is a very highly fragranced product so I wouldn't want to confuse scents.
The scent of this really is kind of Christmassy to me and that of really natural, zesty satsumas. The scent is distinctly of satsumas, prior to opening it and using it I did think this would be more of an orange scent and maybe a bit fake however this is sweeter than an orange scent and simply really true to what satsumas smell like and in a really natural way indeed and in my opinion this is suitable for both men and women to use providing of course you don't mind fruity fragranced products but I do really like it as its such a fresh and clean scent! Maybe I wouldn't use this on a big night out along with a dash of posh perfume so I simply use this in the day (its great to use in the morning to wake you up!) or last thing at night and before I go to bed!
So as I have mentioned using this is a really simply process. After washing I apply a small amount to my hands and concentrate on where I have dry or tight skin which tends to be my feet, my knees and my elbows. please take note that this is not recommended for facial use and I will come on to why in just a moment! Also I did use this once with a net style body washer and not only did I find that I ended up using way more product that usual but that the 'bits' got stuck in it so I really don't advise that at all and I prefer using my hands!
So being gel like and not a thick gel this melts onto damp skin and as I circulate it on my skin it foams up a little so I can see where I've been and that tells me that I have adequately massaged it. It doesn't feel 'scrubby' though you can feel the bits of walnut and loofah that this contains. I don't feel pain but my skin refreshed and of course that wonderful aroma is released!
Although this feels slightly greasy in use it rinses off really easily taking all the bits it contains with it. I don't have to wash it off with my hands and get into a mess just water on it takes all traces of it away....well not all traces as mentioned earlier the scent is left lingering cleanly for hours and hours and my skin....is left feeling deep down clean and really smooth!
Since using this product once a week on my legs I have found that I have less ingrown hairs which I do suffer with due to shaving often which means my legs look brighter and feel smoother in general and I have no more hairs that I can see parked under my skin making it look like I've missed some and I must admit I have tried and successfully in the past to poke them out with a needle and that can be a painful and time consuming process let alone very unhygienic and something that I don't recommend so using this body polish has stopped me feeling like I have to do that!
Another reason this is a great product is if you use fake tan! This buffs up the skin nicely and the times I have used fake tan after using this I have felt I have actually ended up using less fake tan product, that it doesn't cake on and looks far more natural! Add to that if you do use a body lotion or cream, again I find that I use less of it as I have a smooth canvas to work on and my skin doesn't feel the need to drink copious amounts of it up!
In general this has got rid of my dry/tight skin issues and easily. I actually enjoy using this. For full body or large areas of skin application I do use this in the shower just so I can make sure its fully rinsed off but if Im doing smaller areas like just my knees or feet I happily use and successfully rinse it off in the bath.
I feel confident recommending this product wholeheartedly to you. I feels its worth the money completely and even though I have had a couple of full body applications from this and used it to target specific areas like feet and so on (As well as my thighs and bum to try break down cellulite, which I didn't find it to help with to be honest though the areas did look smoother to be fair1) I still have well over half a tube left!
Only available from The Body shop, either online or in the shops themselves at £5.00 for a tube (worth it totally!) though do look out for it on some sort of offer because once you try it you may end up an addict like me!
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I got this body polish for free after signing up to The Body Shops rewards card. I initially did not intend on getting the card but because I am a student I got it for free (if you are not a student it only costs £5 for a year, so it is worth it if you shop there frequently as you get 10% of each purchase along with many other rewards).
Now I was not expecting that much from this product purely because of the flavour of the body polish. But let me tell you, it does not smell like any other citrus flavoured product out there. It is sweet and actually smells of the real fruit rather than the artificial and manufactured version of it.
The bottle that this product is in is really small. If this was a scrub for the face then the size would be justifiable but because it is for the body not so much, because after a couple of uses it would be finished! And at £5.00 a bottle it is not exactly cheap to re-purchase time and time again.
The actual body polish has a gel like consistency with small beads that you rub into your skin which will enable it to remove any dead skin cells to leave a smooth finish. I think this product works great, I use it on my legs and they have never looked better. It is really gentle on the skin which is great if you have sensitive skin.
I'm currently using The Body Shop's Satsuma Body Polish. It comes in a 200ml tube, and it retails for £10.
The satsuma body polish is a gorgeous vibrant sunny orange coloured body polish. It's a thick gel type consistency with the little scrubbing bits suspended in the gel. It smells absolutely divine, as soon as I flip open the tube I can smell the intense and zesty satsuma fragrance. It's a really natural satsuma fragrance, it doesn't smell artificial or synthetic at all. I absolutely love the smell of this, it has a really refreshing and citrussy zesty satsuma fragrance, it smells almost edible.
I do only need to use a small amount of this body polish in the shower as a little bit of this really does go a long way. It feels really gentle on my skin, and it doesn't feel like it's scratching my skin at all, just polishing it. I suspect though that if I had particularly dry and flaky skin that it may not be 'scrubby' enough, as it is though it's fine for my pretty normal skin. It seems to 'polish up' my skin, and take away that dull look that my skin can sometimes take on, I'd go so far as to say it makes my skin glow and definitely look much healthier. It leaves my skin soft, smooth and glowing, and wonderfully fragranced with the divine satsuma scent.
This is quick and easy to use in the shower, the body polish massages into my skin really easily and gently, and the little scrubbing bits feel like they're doing some work. I find that it actually lathers up a little bit too in the shower too. It rinses off really easily under the shower, which I like. I hate the body scrubs that don't rinse off all that well and leave behind lots of the little harsh scrubbing bits so that you end up towelling them into your skin, or massaging them into your skin along with your body lotion. This is perfect though, all of the little bits rinse off completely. Because I layer this with both the satsuma shower gel and the satsuma puree body lotion I find that the divine satsuma fragrance will linger on my skin for most of the day.
The body polish comes in a clear tube with a flip top lid. I like that the tube is clear so that I can see how much of the body polish is left. The tube stands on it's lid so that the remaining body polish settles at the lid end, and it's easy to squeeze out without having to shake and bang the tube.
I really like this body polish, it seems perfect for summer months with it's gorgeous satsuma fragrance, and it works especially well with the other products in the Body Shop's satsuma range. I'll definitely buy it again. I do think that it's slightly overpriced though, hence the 4 stars rather than 5.
Not content with my Lush collection, I've been buying quite a few toiletries from The Body Shop recently. An advantage to this is that The Body Shop often has special offers on, which Lush rarely does, so I can obtain the products much more cheaply. Having previously tried and enjoyed some items from the Satsuma range, I got hold of a small tube of the Satsuma Body Polish.
Unlike most of the Body Shop body scrubs, which come in tubs, both the Strawberry and the Satsuma ranges have body polishes which come in tubes. Just going by the name, I get the impression that polishes are less harsh on the skin than scrubs. The Satsuma tube is clear in colour, showcasing the attractive orange product inside. It has a label with the name of the product and a picture of some satsumas. The tube has a secure flip-top lid (or base) which means it is easy to get the product out. It's also easy to see how much you've got left.
The delicious scent is produced by orange oil and satsuma juice, both of which are included in this product. The exfoliation is created by crushed walnut shells and loofah particles. In addition, the body polish contains Community Fair Trade honey, supplied by Bezamar in South Oromia state, Ethiopia. Here, the beekeepers use traditional methods to help keep bees healthy and deter logging in the area.
I use this scrub a couple of times a week in the shower. Only a small amount of the scrub is needed. I squeeze it out of the tube and apply it to my skin. It's quite thick so it doesn't run out of my hands and down the plughole, which is always a good thing! When it is being rubbed on the skin it lathers up, so it doubles up as a proper body wash, so you don't have to go over the same areas of your skin with your shower gel!
The only slight negative about this scrub is that it isn't quite strong enough for me. It produces a gentle exfoliation, which for some people might be perfect. However I do prefer a stronger scrub, particularly on my legs as I use an epilator and a decent exfoliator is essential in order to avoid ingrowing hairs. This scrub doesn't quite cut it - it does make a difference to my skin, making it smoother and helping prevent those little bumps I can get on my arms - but it's not as effective as other Body Shop scrubs or Lush sugar scrubs.
I would like to give the product four stars, as it is good quality, lasts ages and smells lovely. It is reasonably effective and would suit someone wanting a gentle exfoliation - but it's not ideal for me.
At the moment I am currently working my through the various toiletries that I received for Christmas, one of these products that I am using at the moment is The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish, I have tried different products from The Body Shop in the past but this was a new one for me so I was keen to give it a go, the other thing that I was impressed with when it came to this product was that rather than it being either a shower gel or a body scrub like a lot of products this particular body polish is both of these in one so there is no need for separate products, it is all there in one bottle ready for you to use.
The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish comes in an orange coloured squeezy plastic bottle, there is no label, all of the information is printed directly onto the bottle. The Body Shop logo appears at the top of the bottle in white with the words "Satsuma Body Polish" written just below it again in white, there is a statement about the product just underneath this. All of this information is then repeated in a second language towards the bottom of the bottle, right at the base is a sections which is basically a close up of satsuma's. On the back of the bottle is all of the product information, this is written in white writing which stands out against the orange background of the bottle, this includes facts about the body polish, warnings and the ingredients, I was surprised to see that there were no directions for use as you get on the back of most products like this. All of the product information is repeated in several different languages. The bottle has a clear plastic flip lid which also doubles up as the base of the bottle allowing you to stand it up when not in use.
The Body Polish
The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish looks basically like a transparent dark orange shower gel with slightly darker flecks in it, it is the same consistency as shower gel and can easily be squeezed out of the tube. The first thing I noticed about this product was the fragrance, it smelt of fresh oranges, there was no false chemical fruity smell to it that you can get with some products that promise a fruity fragrance, this smelt exactly how I thought it would, the fragrance was not overpowering and was just the right strength, aswell as being extremely fresh. This product is described as being suitable for a gentle daily exfoliation and cleansing so in other words it is a cleansing and exfoliation product all in one meaning you can save time by not having to use seperate products, one to wash yourself with and the other to exfoliate, with this product you can do it all at the same time. The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish contains walnut shell and loofah, it is this that will gently exfoliate your skin, the other main ingredient is Community Trade Honey, although you cannot actually smell any honey in this product at all, the only thing you can smell are the satsuma's. To be honest, other than these facts there is not a huge amount about the product on the back of the packaging other than the fact that The Body Shop are against animal testing.
Directions for Use
As I have mentioned there are no directions for use for The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish on the back of the packaging which I have to admit did surprise me a little. However when I use this product I simply squeeze a small amount of the product onto my bath puff and then rub it over my skin so that the body polish both cleanses and exfoliates my skin at the same time, I then rinse with clean water. You could apply the product using a sponge or even your fingers depending on your preferences.
There are only a couple of warnings on the back of the packaging ad these state
* Do not use this product on the face
* Avoid contact with eyes, if this occurs rinse with clean water
I have never used this product on my face as I would be worried about the skin becoming scratched, whilst the exfoliates within the body polish are not too rough and sharp they could damaged the delicate skin on your face should not you risk using it on this area.
Price and Availability
Obviously the Satsuma Body Polish is only available from The Body Shop as it is on of their own brand products, the 200ml bottle is sold for £10.00, this is a little expensive compared to some body scrub products you can buy, but in my opinion it is worth the money. Not only do you get both a cleanser and exfoliate in one product it is also long lasting, I have found that you only need a small amount to create a decent lather and to spread over the whole of your body, so whilst it is a bit expensive to buy in the first place it does work out reasonably cheap due to the length of time each bottle lasts.
Since I have been using The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish I have been impressed with it, I was initially pleased with it due to the fact that it both cleanses and exfoliates at the same time without having to use a separate shower gel and body scrub which saves so much time being able to do everything at the same time, I also love the smell of this product, I find that The Body Shops fruity products all smell extremely fresh and good enough to eat, they smell exactly how you expect them to without any false or chemical smell to them and this product was no different. After using this product my skin feels extremely soft aswell as smelling clean and fresh, the satsuma fragrances lasts well on your skin and the exfoliating pieces within the product are just right, they are not so sharp that they scratch your skin, yet they are rough enough to feel like you are actually achieving something. The product does not make any promises to be suitable for sensitive skin, however I have had no problems with using it at all. This product is reasonably priced, it is a high quality product that does what it says it will aswell as being long lasting making it worth the money. Since trying this product I have been very pleased with it and will definlty be purchasing it again aswell as recommending it to anyone, if you currently use separate shower gels and body scrubs you should definilty give this product a go as it really works and saves messing around with separate products.
I am a bit lazy when it comes to doing extra stuff in the shower. I have a cupboard full of pamper products but no time to pamper unfortunately so Shower Time is a necessity for me and often just consists of the basic wash of the hair and body. I am trying to get into a habit where a few times a month I use a body scrub and face scrub and so far it is going alright.
I picked this product up a couple of months ago. I got an offer through O2 Priority moment - if you are on O2 and haven't checked this app or part of the O2 website out I would recommend. Some great offers to be found. Anyway I got £10 off when I spent £20 and I was needing some face wash and Lip balm so I kinda chose this to get up to the £20. I do like the Satsuma range and currently have the Bubble Bath and Body Mist.
I got this in the 75ml tube which cost £5. This also comes in a 200ml tube for £9 but I figured that it would probably take me long enough to use the 75ml. The tube looks the same as the picture on here. Nothing all too special to be honest but you know what the Body Shop packaging is like. It's alright though and easy to open even with wet hands.
When you open this you get the nice tang of Fresh oranges. It isn't too zesty smelling but it is fresh and fruity. The Gel is quite thick and it is easy to spot the little Grains mixed through this.
So just rub this over wet skin and wash off. I press quite hard when I am applying this and although I don't really have dry skin apart from my Elbows the whole body gets rubbed down with this. After this has been rinsed off my skin feels soft and smooth and the Satsuma scent does linger slightly which is nice.
To be fair this product isn't any different to any other Body scrub that I have used and I don't mean that in a negative way. It does it's job and is a nice scent and I would buy this again due to liking the scent and liking Body Shop products.
I like a lot of Body Shop products and this is one which I received as part of a gift set at Christmas.. I always have such a big stockpile of shower gels, scrubs etc that I don't get round to using them straight away. I saved this one for travel as my tube is a smallish 75 ml and as it is a body polish it serves as a two in one product, working as a shower gel and exfoliator. I. Am currently working at a summer camp for 2 weeks and I have been using it twice every day in the camp.
The Body Polish comes in a squeezy tube showing the bbright orange product within. It has typical Body Shop branding and it looks nice and fresh. It has a convenient flip top.
I like the satsuma scent as it is zingy and envigorating. I generally enjoy a lot of citrus scents and I don't find this too sweet. It is refreshing which I really appreciate as it is pretty hot here in the camp, at least 30 degrees c each day and when doing sport in this heat it is nice to have a body wash which feels very clean and fresh.
I use it on a shower puff and it creates plenty of foam and lather so a fairly small amount goes a long way. I will manage to get 2 weeks out of it using it at least twice a day.
The exfoliation is from bits of walnut shell. It feels quite gentle and not too harsh so it is fine for daily use. I usually prefer a coarser scrub but I do feel some skin smoothening effect from it.
Overall it is a nice product and definitely a handy two in one when travelling.
I suffer from dry skin from time to time, and also tend to get little hard pimple-type things on my skin, particularly on my upper arms and the tops of my legs, and dry skin around my ankles, on the tops of my feet and in between my toes.
A few years back the tops of my arms especially had become worse and quite unsightly, I had tried many exfoliating techniques - loofah, exfoliating mitts, and found them not only to be ineffective, but made the condition worse, as my skin became read and sore, and broke out in a rash. So I decided I needed a body scrub to try and tackle the problem, and headed to my favourite place, The Body Shop.
The Body Shop has many scrubs to choose from, and I as stood there confused, a lovely Body Shop assistant asked if I'd like some assistance. I explained the problem to her, and she suggested a Body Polish, instead of one the tubs of scrubs I had been looking at. She said it was very effective but not as harsh on the skin as some could be, and that combined with the fact it was about £3 cheaper than the scrubs, I went for the Satsuma one. (it is also available in Strawberry).
*The Price & availability*
Lets get the negative out of the way first. It is not cheap. a 200ml tube costs a whopping £9. This is quite a lot for scrub. there is also a smaller tube available, 75ml for £5.00, which is a handy size for travel but obviously it is more cost effective to buy the bigger size. As with all Body Shop products, it only available from their stores, website or through a rep at a Body Shop party. It is worth looking out for a promotion, the Satsuma range is on offer quite often, and I have been able to get it much cheaper on more than one occasion.
*The Packaging & Appearance*
The Body Polish comes in a 200ml clear tube with a flip lid at the bottom. It has the standard Body Shop label describing the product and has pictures of satsumas at bottom. The Polish itself is a dark orange coloured gel, with tiny granules through it.
*Using the Product*
The instructions for use as displayed on the product are 'Apply to damp skin in a circular motion, then rinse thoroughly. Use two to three times a week'. The gel came out of the tub easily and was thinner than I expected. The gorgeous smell hit me immediately, it is a fresh, fruity orange scent. I used this in the shower, applying it onto my hands then onto the problem areas as mentioned before. First my upper arms, in circular motion, and then my legs and finally my feet. The polish didn't lather but went white as it was worked into the skin. Care should be taken that all the gel is rinsed off afterwards, due to the tiny grains within the gel.
*So Did it Work?*
In a word, Yes. After the first use I saw a huge difference, and even more so after the second time. the little pimples and rough skin disappeared from my arms and legs, and my ankles and feet felt smooth and soft. Best of all, my skin did have any bad reactions, no rashes or sore skin this time! My skin was slightly red after coming out if the shower, but but by the time I'd dried off the redness was gone.
My skin continued to improve over the course of 2 weeks, using the gel every other day, and by the end of it I was left with soft, smooth even skin. The pimples and roughness had gone, the dry bits around my feet and ankles were soft and smooth, and skin had a lovely natural glow. I found it very effective.
This is one the most effective products I've ever bought. It cured my rough/dry/pimply skin, it is easy to use, the smell is fabulous, and I loved the way my skin felt after using it. And, although it is very expensive for what it is, I would go as far as to say - yes, it IS worth it. Ok, getting it on a special offer would be a bonus, obviously, but, this one of the few products I would be happy to pay the full price for. This Body Polish ticks all the boxes for me, and as a result, gets a full five Dooyoo stars. Highly recommended.
~Satsuma Body Polish~
Following on from my previous reviews about the Body Shop Satsuma shower gel, body butter and body lotion, I will be continuing the theme, and reviewing my last purchase, the Satsuma Body Polish now.
As you may already know, I tend to receive lots of premium range toiletries for birthdays, and Christmas's and special occasions in between, and with my birthday imminent, my beloved stash was running low. I had to find a suitable alternative, that as well as suiting my body, suited my purse too; and that was when I saw a promotion of buy 3, get two free in the Body Shop window display.
Seeing the shop was jam packed, I decided to go home and browse online. I found the website to be easy to navigate, bright and attractive. I found what I wanted within minutes, made my purchase and awaited delivery, which is free if you spend over £20. Bargain!
I eagerly opened my box when it arrived. It was packed only with items from the Satsuma range, as I love the smell of oranges, so I'd know I'd like it. Having shopped online, I wasn't too sure about the fragrances of the other ranges, so I went for the 'safe' option. Making the most of the promotion running at the time (buy three, get two free), I chose a selection of items, with the aim of layering, and so making the most of the lovely (I hoped) fragrance.
The body polish cost £5 and arrived as a 75ml tube. A 200ml tube would work out much better value at £9, but I had never tried this product before, and so only bought the small one.
The tube was clear plastic and shaped so it wouldn't slip out of your hands once they're wet. It is also really easy to see if the contents are about to run out. I hate it when you think there is more contained within than there really is, and you unexpectedly run out. The transparent white lid, opens with a flip top action quite easily, and fastens with a satisfying 'snap'.
There is a banner with unmistakeable juicy satsuma's running along the bottom, for easy identification. The text on the front of the tube is white, and is quite eye-catching upon first glance.
The list of ingredients on the reverse is quite extensive and can be found in full on the Body Shop website: bodyshop.co.uk so I won't bore you further. Just a quick note to say, that the 'Community Trade' notice also on the reverse, states that this product contains honey from Zambia.
With the body shop ethics of no animal testing, sourcing responsibly, and reducing environmental impact, I know that this and every other ingredient contained within will be done so with the upmost care and attention, to people, animals and the environment.
This body polish is stated as being gentle enough for daily exfoliation and cleansing, and a warning that this is not for facial use. If the product gets in your eyes, rinse with plenty of water.
Opening the tube, you are greeted with the aromatic scent of juicy oranges, a sweet fragrance which is a perfect addition to the rest of the range. This is a sweet orange; Zesty, uplifting and awakening.
It has minute particles contained within its gel consistency. These are varying in colour, some are light brown, and some are dark brown/almost black. The ingredients list on the back is no help in explaining what these are, but a look upon the website tells me they are loofah and crushed walnut shells.
Loofah has been used as a gentle exfoliant for millennia, but these particles are so tiny, I do believe that this product is indeed suitable for everyday use. They wouldn't be too scratchy to the skin in any way, and just slough the dead skin cells upon the surface, leaving lovely glowing, and renewed skin behind.
One thing that surprised me, as I haven't seen this before, is that the actual gel became creamy, and soapy, and just like a shower gel, but with a double action, cleanse AND polish in one. You would still need to use a separate product, such as a dedicated shower gel or body wash however, as this polish wouldn't be good in 'sensitive areas'.
With other body scrubs I've used in the past, you spend more time washing the particles off, than you spent actually using the product. Removal with this is easy. They just glide down your skin and into the shower. Cleaning the shower afterwards is easy too, as this product is not too grainy, nor too sticky.
This is everything I expect a good body polish to be; gentle, beautifully fragranced, and highly effective. What more could you ask for? Would I buy it again? - Well I already have one in unopened, and with another special offer running on the website, I'm off to stock up. :)
I hope you've enjoyed reading my review, and many thanks for taking the time to do so.
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It ain't cheap ...
I received this body polish as part of a satsuma gift set from the Body Shop. It comes in a squeezy tube - the one I have is 75ml which costs £5 if you pay full price in-store. You can also buy a 200ml tube for £9 (which is much better value in terms of quantity, but still on the pricey side!). It is also available in strawberry.
The polish is designed to cleanse the skin while softening and fragrancing.
Some of the key ingredients in the product are:
Orange essential oil - to uplift, refresh and energise the senses, and fragrance the product. Provides the naturally sweet citrus fragrance.
Satsuma juice - rich in vitamin c, this is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect and nourish the skin. It also scents and colours the product.
Crushed walnut shells and loofah particles - to gently exfoliate the skin.
Community Trade honey from Ethiopia
The packaging is very simple - a clear tube that sits on its lid, with a very simple design on the front - the Body Shop logo, some writing and a small graphic depicting some satsumas!
The tube has a flip-top lid and as you squeeze the tube you notice the product is incredibly thick and gel-like. It's quite a different texture to other products and is much thicker than shower gels or other gel-based products you may be familiar with. The orange gel is also full of little scrubby particles which you can see quite clearly.
Sweet and fruity
The orangey fragrance also hits you. To me, it is delicious - it's a really sweet and natural orange scent which I love. I find that some fruit-scented products tend to smell sickly and even artificial, but to me this is just perfect and if you're a fan or orange-scented products then I would definitely say you would like this, and other products in the Body Shop satsuma range.
As this is so thick it's a little tricky to apply this to your skin and it takes a bit more effort than other products. Although this is designed to cleanse the skin, it doesn't feel like this to me - it doesn't lather up much at all and although it is supposed to be a foaming polish, I disagree and think it just sits on the skin without foaming or lathering. As for the scrubby bits, this isn't as rough as other scrubs I have used so I would say this is a very gentle exfoliator.
After washing this up my skin definitely feels smoother and of course that lovely scent lingers nicely. But it doesn't really leave my skin feeling as clean as I would like, and I feel like I need to use a shower gel after!
Overall, I am not sure of the point of this product! As a shower gel it doesn't feel like it cleans the skin, and as an exfoliator it feels too gentle! So overall I would rather stick to my proper, scrubby scrubs, and my separate shower gels. And, of course, for my satsuma fix, I can just use my satsuma shower gel and body butter! For the price, I am pretty underwhelmed by this one - although I simply can't fault that amazing fragrance, and for that it gets 2.5 stars - rounded up to 3.
This body polish from the body shop is awesome, it is fairly cheap, it smells lush, it is really fruity and wakes you up in the morning and it is one of the most effective body scrubs I've used for ages.
The body poilsh is basically a scrubbing, rough exfoliater. It is designed to clean out your pores and brush away any dead skin cells from the surface to make your skin look better and brighter and feel less dry and flakey.
I think the body polish is good for pretty much every day use where I use it in the shower but I think it would work in the bath but then the bath would need some cleaning, and I also have used it to ensure I have had a good exfoliate before I apply fake tan - don't want any orange hands elbows or knees!!
The polish has crushed up walnut shells in it which do all of the exfoliating. You can see these little bits in the gel and like I said, you can really feel them getting onto your skin and scrubbing it!! I kinda like the idea of the crushed shells as I can imagine that this means they are using up waste from the nut industry. I am probably wrong and I think it would decompose anyway but it is a nice, romantic idea for me there!
When you first open the bottle the first thing which hits you is the divine smell. It really is yummy and it reminds me of being in Florida in the summer time with all of the oranges and the orange juice for brerakfast... totally yummy-licious! The colour is also pretty bright. It is an orange gel sort of thing, (its pretty standard for this kind of thing!) and in the orning before uni itt really gives me a little burst and a promise that summer well and truley is on the way!
The official blurb of the product from the website is that it is:
"A gel-based, foaming polish loaded with exfoliating crushed walnut shells and loofah particles, the sensational Satsuma body polish leaves the skin soft, supple and delicately scented. Containing Community Traded organic honey."
I don't really think I can say it better than that other than endorse this review with a total reccomendation becuase if you like summery and lovely smelling body things, you'll love it!!
I only have a 75mml bottle of this at the moment which I as given as a gift but online this size is £4, but you can get a bigger one which is 200ml and it is £9, I don't think £4 is bad if you just want to try it!!
They also do a lot of other products like lip balms, moisturisers and soaps in the satsuma range which all smell as gorgeous as this one, they also do the body polish in strawberry which I can't wait to try!
I have always been a huge fan of the body shop, however I have not really used their products in that last few months as my secret body shop stash was pushed to the back of the bathroom cabinet, to make way for new products I have purchased over the last year.
After reading a review written by alyson29 on this body shop Satsuma body polish, I headed to my secret stash in the bathroom as I knew I had a brand new un-opened bottle of this body polish.
My skin is feeling very dry and bitty at the moment so after reading her review I thought this would help, so here I am going to review my first experience with this body polish.
ABOUT THE BODY SHOP
The body shop has been around for many years and has become a huge success in my opinion, as they never test their products on animals and they support many fair trade programmes.
These fair trade or community trade programmes are designed so that the Body shop are using the best quality ingredients and the small communities which provide these ingredients, are given a fair price for the product.
For this Satsuma body polish the body shop are using fair trade honey, which is produced in Zambia. The honey has been farmed to the highest standard and the people are paid a fair income to support the community and themselves.
Some may say the body shop are overpriced but when you look at what they give back to these small fair trade communities, then you can understand why the products are a little bit more expensive.
I personally don't mind paying a little bit more for the products if it helps some of the more deprived countries around the world.
THE SATSUMA BODY POLISH
This Body shop Satsuma body polish is designed to exfoliate and cleanse your skin, it can be used either in the bath of in the shower and can be applied on a daily basis if needed.
It is a jelly textured zesty Satsuma scented gel that contains walnut shells which are used to roughen and exfoliate any dead skin cells, which make your skin look dull and dry.
After it has removed the dead skin cells it then moisturises your skin effectively as it also contains the community trade honey, which it well known for its moisturising agents.
This body polish can only be used on your body and you should never
use it as a facial scrub, as I feel it would be far too harsh for the softer areas of your skin and would therefore give you very sore and irritated skin.
I have to say I am very impressed with this body polish so far, it seems to clean exfoliate my skin quickly basically this is a shower gel and body scrub in one. Which seem works perfectly for me as it will save me having to use a body scrub every week, and therefore it will both save me time and money in the long run.
I find the packaging design very good as usually this type of product comes in the round tubs the always collects water in them no matter how hard you try to keep it away from the water. Anyway this comes in a handy transparent tube with a flip top cap that allows you to store it up on its end, so this ensures you actually get to use every last drop of body polish.
For me the smell of this body polish is the best bit, as soon as you open the cap on the bottle you are hit with a very strong zesty orange smell.
This is very strong and can be over powering but fortunately this does not linger on your skin once you have wash the product off, because let's face it who really wants to smell like an orange.
This can either be used in a bath of shower, but I personally feel it works more effectively in the bath after experimenting in both the bath and shower. In the shower I found that I have to give my body a very quick scrub before the product was washed away with the falling water, however in the bath you could take the time to really scrub at the more affected areas of skin.
Instead of applying this directly to my skin, I found that it was much better applying the polish to a bath exfoliate flower and then rubbing it in circular motions all over my body. This was you save on product and the bath flower roughens and removes dead skin which has been loosened by the walnut shells in the polish.
You would think that the little pieces of walnut shell would scratch and irritate your skin as it is being rubbed around, but this is hardly noticeable and does not hurt in anyway. If you have really scrubbed at your skin, it will feel a little bit hot and very red in appearance but this will fade within half an hour.
Once you are happy that you have scrubbed enough of your body, you just rinse the product off with clean water and then dry your body fully before applying moisturiser to prolong the silky smoothness of your skin.
It is a simple as that to get glowing skin that looks and feels silky soft.
PRICE / AVAILABILITY
You can buy this Satsuma body polish from any Body Shop store of online at www.bodyshop.co.uk.
For this 200ml tube you can expect to pay £8.00, which in my opinion is worth every penny as it is a shower gel and body scrub combination. Therefore it will save you money in the long run.
You can also buy this Body polish in a strawberry flavour, which is one I will certainly be trying after this one has run out.
After using this Satsuma body polish for the last few days my skin feels noticeably softer and much smoother to touch, which was only obtainable when I have previously used all over body scrubs. So for me this gets the thumbs up as it works just as effectively as any, body scrub I have used in the past.
I feel the price is very reasonable for what you are actually getting within this body polish as it will save me buying separate, shower gels, moisturisers and lastly body scrubs.
I just want to say thanks to alyson29 for reminding me, that I actually had this little gem hidden in the bathroom and I also have to say that this is highly recommended by me as it seems to have really made a difference in the last few days.
I received this for christmas and am using it along with other body shop satsuma items.
In a squeezy tube with screw lid this is currently retailing at £4.00 for 75ml and £9.00 for 200ml online at the Body Shop and claims to leave your skin soft, supple and scented.
***main ingredients** as per the bodyshop website
orange essential oil - this claims to uplift, refresh and energise our senses whilst leaving a naturally sweet aroma
satsuma juice - packed with vitamin c which is an anti oxidant and claims to help protect and nourish the skin. Whilst this also adds to the fragrance, it is the cause of the orange colour of the polish
Crushed walnut shells and loofah particles - these are the ingredients that exfoliate the skin
Honey - purchased from Zambia this is found in remote tropical forests and farmers use traditional methods to get it.
**how to use**
Although the instructions state this can be used in the shower or the bath, I wouldn't want to use this in the bath and end up sitting amongst exfoliated skin! So I only use in the shower. When the skin is completely soaked, squeeze a small amount into your hand and then massage in a circular motion, onto the parts you wish to exfoliate - i tend to concentrate more on elbows and kneeS.
*does it work?**
This is far less harsh than my usual scrub and consequently I have found I can use it daily without feeling scratchy or drying out.
It has nice tangy, orange aroma but it is not too overpowering and doesn't linger for ages afterwards - it is enough to wake me up but it doesn't detract from any perfume you might want to wear. My skin certainly feels smoother and I would say it looks in better condition - more of a natural glow than before and less tired looking skin.
Worth using regularly
I was given a satsuma grift set last christmas and The Body Shop was one of the products in it.
You can buy it seperatly and would reccommed it. The price ranges from around, £4 for the 75 ml and £8 for the 200ml bottle.
The scent is strong but not so strong that its too powerful, its good to keep ypu wait up in a nice way in the mornings. If your anything like me in the mornings then you need all the help you can get.
And unlike some other exfoliaters you don't need to be scrubing for minites. can also be used everday as it it gentle enough, i would do this if you would like to have more effect.
This body scrub is formulated by a gel based loaded with foaming polish, with exfoliating walnut shells. leaving skin soft and supple.
For a little extra pampering you can use the satsuma body butter too. And don't worry you wont be walking round like a big orange!
Theirs nothing more i like then have a nice hot bath, and using the satsuma range, startin with the shower gel, body scub then the body butter.
After that i feel re-fresh, bright and nice and soft.....
Everyone that knows me knows that I love Body Shop products so they all thought that was the easiest way to shop for me when it came to Christmas and believe me you wont hear any complaints from me about it!
This is another of the genius gift ideas that I received on that day, Satsuma Body Polish.
Body polish is something I haven't tried before. I usually opt for shower gel and then exfoliate once a week. Ok that was a lie, once a week is stretching it a bit. We all do it don't we, mean to exfoliate once a week but then when you know you need to do it you're in a hurry, no time so you put it off. Then you soon turn around and think my skin feels awful and realise you haven't done it for three weeks or whatever. There is never enough time to do everything is there!
This product is a god send from that point of view and makes things a lot easier and there is no having to remember when to exfoliate any more, because I do it everyday instead!
Basically The Body Shops body polish is shower gel and body scrub combined but it is gentle enough to use every day. That means you have to spend no time on exfoliating any more!
The packaging makes it easy and convenient to use with a no mess less, hassle angle too. Body scrubs from The Body Shop come in screw top tubs that you have to scoop the scrub from which is then all under my nails and I then struggle getting the lid back on without getting water in it. This comes in a plastic squeezable tube with a flip top lid. The tube stands on the lid upside down so the body polish is always at the right end ready to use, so no shaking it about when it gets to the end and less waste.
The tube is orange coloured at the top but the rest is clear so you can see how much of the product is left. In design it is very simple which is good in a way because the product does the talking by showing through and it is a lovely bright orange colour with small dark flecks running through it.
With its simple white writing it shows the Body Shop logo, and says
Gentle daily exfoliation and cleansing with zesty satsuma.
It then says the same in French with a small picture of Satsuma's underneath.
The back of the tube has much more information in much smaller writing, in several languages it says
With walnut shell and loofah to gently exfoliate and community trade honey to moisturise. Not for facial use. If product gets in eyes, rinse with clean water.
AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING
SUPPORT COMMUNITY TRADE
A full list of ingredients is shown as well as the recyclable symbol, use within 12 months of opening symbol, type of plastic for recycling purposes, made in UK and company information.
This costs £8.00 for a 200ml tube, that is two pounds more than 250ml of shower gel costs in the same range.
I tend to use this with a bath lily, I always use one no matter what I use. I have tried using this without and have found the exfoliating to be more effective with the lily. A tiny amount goes a long way and so using a lily is a better way of doing it all round.
This doesn't feel overly scratchy so isn't anywhere near as harsh as using a body scrub, hence being able to use it daily. It doesn't leave my skin feeling at all sore or irritated.
I do have a small patch of eczema on my arm and have not found that this causes me any issues.
For obvious reasons this polish cannot be used on more delicate areas, for that I use a normal shower gel, I am sure I don't need to explain why using this would be a bad idea!
After my shower I always feel extra clean, I always use body butter or lotion after a shower especially after I use body scrub. With this I don't feel dry or like I have to use it but still do out of choice rather than necessity.
The bathroom gets left filled with the scent of satsuma, which I love. Our bathroom doesn't have a window just a fan and even though the fan gets left on for ages after the scent always stays and for a long time too.
The scent of this is strong, certainly stimulates the senses and I enjoy it. It does leave my skin slightly scented but not overly so, however, I wouldn't want to use a cream that smelled of this. I have sniffed at all the Body Shop offerings over the years and this is a scent I love but I never buy the satsuma range because it is so strong and I wouldn't want to smell of it. Using this is one thing, the scent is washed away in the most part but putting on a lotion or body butter the scent would be much stronger on the skin and that just isn't for me, I want to smell of gorgeous perfume not of satsuma.
My skin feels great for using this everyday, no more waiting till it gets bad again before making the time to use body scrub for me! That said I will probably use scrub every so often to keep my skin super soft and treat myself, it is nice to feel pampered every now and again.
I use an epilator as my choice of hair removal, as you may know this method can cause ingrown hairs and a good way to help try and prevent that is to exfoliate. I suffer with ingrown hairs every so often but have found that this is not as regular an occurrence now that I use this.
My other half even uses this sometimes, he likes the scent and finds that on these dark mornings it is a nice way to wake up. The bonus for me isn't just a gorgeous smelling guy but that I know he has used it and can point it out, where he can't hide the smell in the bathroom!
This really does save time and as you only use as much of it as you would shower gel it does save a little money as you don't use body scrub as well although it is slightly more expensive than shower gel to buy.
Just so you know your choices The Body Shop sell body polish in the following scents Satsuma and Strawberry. Not as many as I thought they would. They are both £8.00.
In the satsuma range they offer, soap £2.50, body butter £5.00 or £12.00, body lotion £8.00, limited edition scented candle £7.00, bath and shower gel £6.00, lip balm £4.00, home fragrance oil £3.50, perfume oil £6.50, as well as a few gifts which range in price.
The body shop doesn't test on animals, has their own version of fair trade which they call community trade (the honey in this product is from Zambia and has been farmed using traditional methods.) so this is also god for your conscience as well as your skin.
The Body Shop has a great website, so if you want to find out about this or other products, find out where your local store is or to purchase where I have convinced you then take a look www.thebodyshop.co.uk
I will buy body polish again but I'm not sure if it will be this scent straight away when there are so many others The Body Shop has to offer. I certainly wouldn't complain if it ends up in my stocking again next year though!
I have the Strawberry version in my The Body Shop At Home kit as I am a consultant and it is being eyed up by both me and my other half!
Has to be five stars, I can't fault it enough to take one away!
Here's a full list of ingredients for anyone who may be interested
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Acrylates Copolymer (Stabiliser), Cocamide DEA (Surfactant), Juglans regia (Walnut Shell Powder) (Exfoliant), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Mel (Honey (Mel)) (Natural Additive), Citrus nobilis (Mandarin Orange Oil) (Fragrance), Luffa cylindrica (Loofah) (Natural Additive), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) (Sunscreen), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Citrus reticulata (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Citrus dulcis (Orange Oil) (Fragrance/Essential Oil), Methylparaben (Preservative), Sodium Dehydroacetate (Preservative), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 15510 (Colour), CI 15985 (Colour).
This gel-based, foaming polish is loaded with exfoliating crushed walnut shells and loofah particles to renew the skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth /