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I was given a tub of Body Shop's Spa Wisdom African Spa Salt Scrub (now that's a mouthful!) as a present. I don't know about you, but I love Body Shop products, and when I'm lucky enough to find one in my stocking, I really look forward to a little Body Shop pamper session away from the kids and the reality of everyday life.
The Body Shops' African Spa Salt Scrub comes in very luxurious packaging. It is in a 350ml glass jar with a metal clamp. The jar is perfect for recycling into a special storage container once the product has finished.
When opening the lid, you are greeted with the smell of the sea. Having never been to Africa I'm not sure whether it smells authentically like African sea, but it's not far off British sea. The smell is subtle and salty. It's not a smell I'm massively keen on for the bathroom but it is not in any way unpleasant.
To use the scrub, you scoop out several finger fulls of the scrub. It is soft to the touch and not overly firm so fairly easy to extract. The texture has a very light grain to it which is the 'scrub'. To use the product, you apply the scrub to your skin and then gently massage it into your skin using circular motions. You should feel the grains exfoliating the skin.
The product is designed to cleanse, exfoliate and revitalise the skin to leave it feeling silky-soft and smooth. The reason I use a scrub is particularly for the exfoliating properties and I was very disappointed with this version. The grains were so minute, that the scrub hardly exfoliated at all. I like a scrub to contain grains that resemble something like sand or granulated sugar to give the skin a good workout. The grains in this product were finer than caster sugar and pretty ineffectual. That said, the product did leave my skin soft and smooth courtesy of the beeswax contained within the product.
I have to say that despite my skin feeling soft and smooth, I was not impressed enough with the product to recommend it to anyone. At £14.00 a pop, this is not a budget product and there are far superior products out there for less money. Having said that, if you have received one of these in your stocking, do not despair, as the scrub is a decent little soap for your skin that moisturises well and the jar that is left is devine.
I had received a pack of The Body Shop's Africa Spa products as a gift some time ago but have only recently gotten around to trying them out. One of the items I received was this Spa Wisdom Africa Spa Salt Scrub. I don't know why I waited so long as this is now one of my favourite products from the Body Shop.
This salt scrub comes in a very nice-looking glass jar that I'm definitely going to wash out and reuse when I'm done with the scrub as it's such nice quality. When you open the jar you can smell the scrub inside which is creamy and sweet and smells like home-baking. It's a very relaxing scent and immediately puts a smile on my face each time I use it.
To use the scrub, you just scoop some out onto your hands and, after washing your body with soap, you rub it all over your skin, especially on dry areas. Another great way to use this is to wear a pair of those scratchy exfoliating gloves when you rub this in.
I actually think it works much better with exfoliating gloves because the exfoliation power of the scrub alone is not that high. It's quite oily instead of being grainy which is great for my dry skin, but it needs a little extra help to exfoliate well and a pair of these gloves can provide this. Unfortunately you'd have to buy the gloves separately because they don't come with this scrub, but the Body Shop do sell them.
One great thing about this scrub is that it doesn't sting when you use it like other salt scrubs can. I've used salt scrubs in the past that seem to find every little nick or cut in my skin I didn't know I had and end up stinging like anything. This stuff doesn't do that, thank goodness. Perhaps it doesn't contain as much salt as other scrubs do.
After I've used this my skin is soft and smooth and smells lovely and sugary. The effect lasts quite well and even allows me to skip my all-over moisturiser that I usually have to put on after a bath or shower.
I used rather a lot of this in the bath last night! I am on a mission to use up my Body Shop products (from my brief period as a home sales rep) as I have had them all nearly a year and they are taking over my bathroom!
As most of them didn't cost me anything I might as well be generous with them and use plenty, so I had a very luxurious and indulgent bath...
An expensive, posh looking glass jar with clip down lid holds an impressive 350ml of this body scrub, from The Body Shop's Spa Wisdom range. It looks very smart on my windowsill and just opening the fancy container I feel I am anticipating a treat!
It contains salt, obviously, but also beeswax and shea butter, which sounds rich and pampering already.
There is no real scent to this product, which I find a little dissapointing as I like the fact that Body Shop's products usually have a strong fruity or floral fragrance. However, it is just a scrub so I suppose it doesn't need to smell of anything.
Instructions say simply apply to wet skin, massage in circular motions and rinse (do not use on broken or freshly shaven skin). Unfortunately the instructions are under a small peel-off bit on the bottom of the container and I have only just found them. They're easy to miss and I had just assumed there weren't any when I used it, so made it up as I went along.
I scooped out a decent handful, it's very thick and gritty, giving the immediate impression of getting what you paid for unlike thin watery body scrubs.
Usually I apply body scrubs using wash mitts, to make the product go further and get an extra exfolitaing effect. This does not work with this scrub! Neither does using a shower puff, the product is very thick and sticky, probably due to the beeswax and will just clump up if you try to use anything other than your hands. I was a little dissapointed actually, it's not very easy to use and as you have to apply it with your hands it takes a while and you will end up using a lot of it.
Afterwards my skin does feel softer, but no more so than when I've used other body scrubs so I don't feel this product really earns its expensive looking packaging and pricetag. Overall I have to admit to feeling rather let down by it.
This is a perfect product to help prepare your skin for summer and remove all that dry skin that accumilates over the winter months leaving your skin smooth, soft, supple and revitalized.
What it does:
Using salts as the exfoliator, the Spa Wisdon African Spa Salt Scrub is from the most luxurious range that The Body Shop does. Its quality is similar to what you would get at an actual spa, paying to have someone else do it for you, and of course the price of the products they use. This is a do-it-youself spa treat.
As well as helping to remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth it also moisturises at the same time using two key ingredients, Beeswax and Shea Butter.
This is also a perfect product to use to prepare your skin for a fake tan, or a sun holiday as it prevents your tan from streaking from a fake tan, and your skin from peeling from a real tan.
How to use:
To use in the shower - It is best to have a shower as normal and then turn off the shower to use the scrub. If you leave the shower running then the water just rinses it all away before its had chance to do its job. Simply massage onto arms, legs and body for 2-3 minutes using either your hands or exfoliating gloves, turn the shower back on and rinse.
In the bath- same as above but stand up to use, or again the product will be rinsed away before it has had time to work.
The key ingredients:
Salt: This is the exfoliator that removes your dead skin. This product is not suitable though for people with broken skin, or problems such as eczema as the salt will only put you in pain and sting like crazy.
Shea Butter: This is a community traded ingredient that comes all the way from Ghana. Women in ghana have used Shea Butter for hundreds of years. They rub it onto their faces when going into the desert to prevent the sand from chapping their skin. The body shop work with the Tungteiya Shea Butter Association who employ around 400 women from 10 different villages to produce the shea butter for them. In return The body Shop pay them a fair wage, and have built water pipes, HIV centres (this is a huge problem in ghana), schools for the children and taught them about self esteem. So I dont think that Shea Butter coming from superdrug or boots has quite the same background and you are not helping as many people as you would if you bought this product. It is known worldwide as one of the best moisturisers on the planet.
Beeswax: This acts as a barrier to seal in the moisture on your skin. Again, this is community traded but this time from Zambia and they people who produce this are helped in the same way as those in ghana who produce the shea butter. Beeswax has been used for centuries by women and men in the tropical rainforests to protect and barrier their skin from the intense humidity. They use it to keep moisture out, The Body Shop use it to keep moisture in.
£14.00 for a 350ml pot. I thought at first that this was quite expensive, but i have had mine for over 12 months now and still have over half left. I use it twice a week too. You only need a small amount as a little bit goes along way so it is certainly worth the money.
It comes in an attractive container with a re-sealable air tight lid so it never goes off. This is a fantastic advantage on alot of other products as there is nothing worse than spending good money on something that you have to throw away 2 months later. As i say, i have had mine over a year and it still smells as strong as when i got it, and the quality has not reduced in any way.
This is a perfumed product and it is a floral fragrance, but it is not strong or over powering. In fact, to me it smells more of Shea Butter than anything, i find that the strongest ingedient.
The body shop also do a product called Spa Wisdom African Spa Rich Body Balm, which compliments this product greatly and adds that extra moisturisation to your skin.
The whole range used to be called African Spa up untill a couple of years ago when they changed it to Spa Wisdom. People still get a little confused on this as the salt scrub is the only product in the range that contains both titles.
To sum up - a highly recommended product that wont disappoint you.
This luxurious Body Salt Scrub effectively cleanses and exfoliates the skin / Salts gently exfoliate to revitalize dull skin and refine, leaving the skin soft and smooth / Fragranced with a subtle warm floral, fruity scent /