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The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub (200ml)
I bought this body scrub a while ago when Body Shop having a sale (well when aren't they having a sale) and this 200ml body scrub was only £2!
- About the product
The body scrub comes in a plastic tub which has a screw lid and it contains 200ml or .69 oz of product. The scent is 'Spiced Vanilla' which is a limited edition Christmas scent from last year. The body scrub contains community fair trade cocoa butter and it also has vanilla extract, ground cocoa, Ground walnut and Brazil nut.
I did not smell this product before I bought it but as it was only £2 for a large 200ml tub I thought I would give it a go anyway. I love vanilla scented products and I thought this would smell really nice but the first time I was able to smell this product I didn't like the scent at all initially. The scent is does smell of vanilla and it smells nutty too but the vanilla smells really artificial. Also there is an overall musk y scent and a plastic scent to this product as well which makes it smell...strange. The scent is very unique which I did think it would be and I don't think I would have called this product 'spiced vanilla' as to me it doesn't really smell spicy. Overall, if I had a sniff of this product in the shop I probably wouldn't have bought it but it has grown on me and now I think it is an ok scent.
- Using the product
I usually use body scrubs in this shower but I find that with the body scrubs that are part body wash, part body scrub as this one seems to be then the scrub usually isn't very exfoliating. I find that this scrub isn't very exfoliating when used in the shower on wet skin and it can just slide off the skin too. So to get around this problem and waste I have been using this on dry skin before a shower. I apply a good amount of this product onto legs/arms before I go in the shower and I find that on dry skin this scrub is so much more exfoliating and it sticks to the skin so the grains in the scrub don't really go on the floor. The only thing I don't like about this product, as well as the scent, is the packaging - I hate body products that come in jars/tubs as when I scoop the product out to use it, the scrub gest under my nails.
I used this product in the shower once and the rest of the times I used this product it was on dry skin as it is really exfoliating that way - and it isn't too abrasive either. When used on dry skin the grains in this scrub really exfoliate the skin (it is not harsh though) and the creamy substance that the grains are suspended in becomes a kind of pre-shower skin moisturiser - as while the grains are exfoliating the skin, the cream part of the product sinks into the skin leaving my skin smooth and moisturised to an extent before having a shower. The scent doesn't transfer to the skin in part and when the skin is dry the artificial, nutty vanilla scent isn't really noticeable. Overall, a unusual scent and annoying packaging but the body scrub itself works really well when used on dry skin.
- Price and availability
I bought this product online from the body shop website for only £2 for 200ml in the sale a few months ago - this product isn't available on the body shop website any more but it can be purchased from ebay for under £10.
*Scent is ok but it is not a scent I would buy again
*Cheap when on sale/offer
*Works really well as a body scrub on dry skin - exfoliating, slightly moisturising and fairly gentle, in my opinion
*Scent is unusual and to me it smells really artificial - not for everyone
*Not widely available
Thank you for reading my review
I ordered quite a few things in the current Body Shop sale so I was excited to see the postman coming down the drive with a massive box of goodies for me the other day. This spiced vanilla body scrub was one of my sale purchases and I couldn't resist trying it out straight away even though I already have a couple of different scrubs on the go at the moment.
=== Scent ===
The spiced vanilla range is one that the Body Shop brought out a couple of years ago as seasonal Christmas items. I bought a number of spiced vanilla products in the sale and it is a scent which I really like. I generally find vanilla a very pleasant, neutral clean and smooth scent. This scrub has quite a classic vanilla scent, but the spice adds some warmth and a bit of a twist to it. It smells a bit like cakes and baking in my opinion, but it's not too sugary and girly. The scent is fairly strong but not overpowering. I can smell it really well and enjoy the fragrance of it while in the shower but it doesn't linger on the skin unless I layer it with the other spiced vanilla products, such as the shower gel, body lotion or body butter (all of which I have now!) When I use the full range you can definitely smell the vanilla scent for a few hours. This could potentially cause it to clash with a perfume, but as vanilla is a base note in so many perfumes a lot will smell fine with it. Anyway, just the scrub on its own is not strong enough to be noticeable on the skin throughout the day.
=== Consistency ===
So many scrubs have different consistencies and textures, and I have tried a few varieties of Body Shop scrubs which were nothing like each other, so I didn't know what to expect from this spiced vanilla one until I opened it.
It is nothing at all like the Body Shop cocoa butter scrub I recently reviewed. The spiced vanilla scrub looks much more liquid and sloppy. I would liken the consistency to something like Readybrek cereal with some bits in. It is creamy and buttery with fairly sparse grains. The tub tells us the scrub contains Community Fair Trade cocoa butter and I think there must be quite a generous amount of this ingredient. A quick look at the bottom of the tub told me it also includes brazil nut oil.
The scrubbing particles which are mixed into the liquid are in two different types. There are some larger, dark balls of ground cocoa as well as very small but coarse scrubby bits, which are walnut shell.
=== Using the scrub ===
As the scrub is very runny, I had to take some care when using it. It can easily run through your fingers and drip about, as it is a bit harder to control than a rougher and less creamy scrub. I rub this into my wet skin away from the running shower. I have quite a large 2 person shower so I can just stand on the other side, away from the water flow, but in a normal sized shower cubicle I think you would have to turn the water off, otherwise the scrub would just be rinsed off immediately.
It feels nice and relaxing to rub into the skin as it is very creamy and seems like a scrub and moisturiser in one, and the scent is quite calming. It feels quite mild and gentle, but the walnut shells do add some welcome coarseness and roughness to the scrub, which I really like, as I want to feel the scrub has done a thorough job of exfoliating.
It is very easy to rinse off afterwards.
My skin is left feeling really soft and smooth from this.
I am really pleased with this for the bargain price of £3! I would definitely recommend this as a good Body Shop sale buy if there are still some reduced ones available. As with most Body Shop products, even though I like the shop's natural ethos and lovely rich scents, I do feel reluctant to pay full price as I know that bargains are so often available there. I think full price is around £12, which is a little expensive. The tub contains 200 ml.
This is described as an exfoliating scrub with a hint of spice and extract of vanilla. With community trade cocoa butter. This body scrub came as part of a Christmas gift set and is a seasonal item. It was beautifully packaged in a box with a metal copper coloured lid with a filigree design - it's worth looking to see if they have similar sets available this year. The set came with a lip balm and body wash.
The scrub has a nice spiced vanilla smell. I found that I had to switch between products when I was using it as I became too accustomed to the smell. The consistency of the scrub is quite runny, more like a body wash and has to be scooped carefully out of the pot. The consistency can make it more difficult to apply if you use your hands but is OK when used with a shower puff or flannel. The 'scrub' comes from dark brown exfoliating beads. I found that the beads made it a very gentle scrub. My skin felt smooth and smelled nice after using it but I didn't get that new skin feeling that I have when I use a Body Shop sugar body scrub.