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The product I am reviewing is the Strawberry Body Polish from The Body Shop. This is an exfoliating, foaming gel that gently buffs away dead skin cells to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. The gel contains walnut shell and kiwi seeds to gently exfoliate your skin. It also contains Community Trade honey to moisturise the skin. This product is for use on the body and must not be used on the face. As well as exfoliating and polishing skin this gel also leaves a sweet strawberry scent on the skin. I have used the Strawberry Shower Gel/Cream before and loved the sweet strawberry scent to the product so I thought I would give this a try. I also noticed that there were some good reviews about this product on The Body Shop website as well and as I had a money off voucher for use on the website I thought I would treat myself. The product comes in a plastic tube which stands on its plastic lid which simply flips open to reveal the hole in which the product dispenses. On the front of the body it states what the product is and it also states what the product does. On the back of the tube it tells you a bit about the product and lists the ingredients. This information is in different languages. It also states that the product is not tested on animals. The tube is a clear colour so you can clearly see the product in the tube which is a light red colour. You can also see the exfoliating bits in the product as well some of which are dark and large and other bits which are smaller and a light colour.
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I purchased this from The Body Shop website. This product is available to purchase in 2 different sizes so I have listed the price for both sizes. I purchased the 200ml tube of the Body Polish.
75ml - £5.00
200ml - £10.00
Other products in the Strawberry range includes:
* Body Mist
* Eau De Toilette
* Lip Gloss
* Shower Gel/Cream
* Lip Balm
* Stick Lip Balm
* Cleanse Gel
* Beautifying Oil
* Strawberry Puree Body Lotion
* Body Butter
Using the Product
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The lid to the product was easy to flip open even with wet hands. Before dispensing some of the product I smelt it first. The product smelt delicious and smelt really sweet and just how I imagined it to smell. I wasn't really sure whether to use the body polish with a bath lily or just use my hands. As I couldn't decide I would try it with both. I squeezed the tube to release some of the gel onto the bath lily. The gel is a light red colour and you can see dark coloured bits in the gel as it dispenses. I started rubbing the bath lily across my body and the gel started to foam up creating a lovely lather which felt extremely soft against my skin. I could also smell the sweet strawberry scent of the product as well. I loved the feel of the rich lather on my body but as I used the product with a bath lily I couldn't really feel the bits in the gel exfoliating my skin. Next time I used the body polish I dispensed a small amount onto my fingertips and rubbed it in circular motions onto my skin. The gel didn't foam up at all when using my fingers to rub the gel over my skin; how-ever I could feel the seeds and other bits in the gel exfoliating my skin. I personally felt as though the product worked a lot more when rubbing it onto my skin with my fingers as this is when I can feel the seeds against my skin. I tend to use the bath lily with the gel all over my body and then dispense a small amount of the product onto my fingertips and work onto problem areas which are dry such as my knees and elbows and any other dry patches I might have on my body (avoiding the face area). When using the bath lily to lather up the gel it rinses off really easily under the shower, how-ever when rubbing the gel into my skin with my fingers I tend to rub my skin under the water in order to rinse the gel off. I got out the bath and patted my skin dry. I was pleased that my skin felt really soft and smooth and there was a slight strawberry scent to my skin as well which was nice.
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I was looking forwards to using this product after reading many good reviews about the product and I also loved the Strawberry shower gel in this range so I was expecting this product to be good. The gel is really easy to use whether you use a bath lily or your fingers to rub it into your skin. I love the way the product lathers up when using a bath lily and creates a lovely rich foam which feels luxuriously soft against my skin. The gel smells lovely and leaves my skin feeling really soft and smooth with a nice light scent. In terms of value I think the product is reasonable, how-ever I wouldn't buy the product again as I do prefer something that feels slightly rougher so I know that it's doing a really good job at exfoliating. I think there are better exfoliating scrubs and products out there to use but this does leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. If you like the Strawberry range from The Body Shop then I would recommend this.
(review also on ciao)
I received this in a Body Shop gift set along with several other strawberry scented products. Strawberry Body Polish aims to gently exfoliate using walnut shell and kiwi seeds, plus cleanse and moisturise with honey.
This can be purchased from the Body Shop for £10 for 200ml of product, or £5 for 75ml. The container has a flip top lid which is secure, yet easy to open. The tube is colourless, allowing you to see the polish and its particles.
The polish is just like shower gel; with a medium, syrup like consistency. The product is easily squeezed out, and immediately after opening the cap, the strong strawberry smell is detected. Like with other BS products in the range, the fragrance is quite strong, but not synthetic in any way.
With every dosage, plenty of walnut shell and kiwi seeds are dispersed in the gel, which lathers up lightly on the skin. The exfoliants are not harsh or scratchy on my skin, but can definitely be felt. The scrub can be used solely as an exfoliator, or used as a 2in1 body wash + exfoliator. I find that the product cleanses the skin well, and can just use this on my limbs - but I like to use other shower gels for sensitive areas of the body.
The scrub washes off easily and does not leave any scum or residue in the shower. One thing I have noticed is that my skin feels a little dry after using this and I feel I need to moisturise - despite containing honey. Therefore I don't think this will be suited for all skin types such as dry or sensitive. Once moisturised, my skin does feel smoother and brighter, with the dead skin cells removed from the surface.
Overall, this is a decent scrub, but it makes my skin feel a little dry and it is slightly more expensive than other scrubs. Due to these reasons I won't be buying this, and will award 3 stars.
As part of a Christmas present in 2011 I received a tube of The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish. I received the 200ml size that currently retails for £10; it also comes in 75ml size for £5. I have not used this body scrub with any regularity but as I am getting towards the end of the tub I thought I would review it.
The tube is typical of most Body Shop products in that it is a clear plastic tube with a flip lid on the bottom. The labelling on the front is minimal and also in French, the label contains a picture of some very nice looking strawberries. The back label tells me that the shower scrub contains walnut shell and kiwi seeds to gently exfoliate and Community Fair Trade honey to moisturise, I am also told that this is not facial use and that Body Shop is against animal testing. The list of ingredients is quite extensive and can be found on the Body Shop website.
The Body Polish is a vibrant red colour and contains some visibly large black flecks that I think are kiwi seeds and some smaller pale red flecks that I would think are ground walnut shell. For a long time I actually thought the black flecks were strawberry seeds till I read the labelling.
The Body Polish smells quite nice although it does not make me think of fresh strawberries, it smells more like strawberry chup a chups. The consistency of the Body Scrub is just right in that it is not too runny (like shower milk) nor to thick (hair gel) when squeezing it out it makes me think of Hartley's squeezy jam. When in use I can feel the different sized scrubby bits in the Polish, I feel as though the smaller particles are actually cleansing my skin and removing dead skin cells, but the larger kiwi seeds don't seem to do anything, but they do look nice.
The Body Polish creates a nice creamy lather that is not overly frothy. The lather smooths over my skin in nice contrast to the scrubby bits. The Body Polish rinses away fully and when dry my skin feels soft and has a slight hint of strawberry scent, the scent smell more natural when on skin than it does in the tube, my skin does feel in need of moisturising but that is only to be expected with an exfoliating product and complementary products are available within the same range. The product is labelled as being suitable for everyday use but I think that if I used this everyday my skin would become very dry.
All things considered I like the scent, the lather is nice and creamy and the exfoliating particles feel nice and natural unlike some products I have used where I end up feeling like I have rolled in sand, the packaging is good and the flip lid on the bottom ensures no product will go to waste.
Although I am happy with The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish it is not a product I use with any regularity and I would not purchase it for myself. I think the £10 price tag is very excessive and would much rather have 5 bottles of Radox shower products than this one product from The Body Shop.
Thank you for reading.
This is a strawberry-scented body polish (i.e. scrub) from The Body Shop, priced at £5.00 for 75ml or £10.00 for 200 ml. It comes in a squeezy plastic tube with a flip-top and can be bought either in-store or online. The polish is red in colour and is the consistency of a thick gel, with strawberry seeds (not sure if they are real) suspended throughout the gel.
My experience of this polish hasn't been terrible - there's nothing awful about it, but I wouldn't buy it again. It does seem to be difficult for manufacturers to create a synthetic strawberry smell which doesn't smell synthetic, but the scent of this reminded me of a medicine my mum used to give me when I was little and had a temperature. It's quite a sickly-sweet smell to my nose.
In terms of its 'polishing' properties, it really isn't scrubby enough for me. It may suit people who don't want much exfoliation, but I don't feel like I've exfoliated at all when using this. The seeds also annoyed me, as several would fly out of the polish while I was applying it and end up round the bathroom to be found later on! I wasn't even that keen on the packaging - the gel is really thick and it takes a lot of squeezing to get out of the tube, which is not easy to do with wet hands in the shower. Now I'm near the end of the tube it's increasingly difficult to get any out at all (although there is plenty there to be had!) so the scissors will have to come out soon so I can get at the dregs. The tube is transparent, however, and I do appreciate this as it's helpful to be able to see how much product is left.
In conclusion, I wasn't impressed but judging by the other reviews here, I'm in the minority! Scent in particular is such a personal thing so I guess the best thing to do is to have a sniff in-store if you're in doubt over whether you'd like it.
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I just love The Body Shop and I am often visiting their store or website spending too much money on their products. Recently I saw a box set of different Body Shop items at a discounted price and just couldn't resist buying it especially as it contained some products I had been wanting to try for a while, one of which was this Strawberry Body Polish which I am reviewing today.
The Body Shops Strawberry Body Polish comes in a 75ml clear flexible plastic tube, which stands on its flip top lid. As the plastic is see-through the polish is visable inside and looks absolutely divine, it is of a light red colour with an array of large black exfoliating seeds mixed in. On the front of the bottle the Body Shop logo and product name are given in white lettering, it also states that this product is for "Gentle daily exfoliation and cleansing". At the bottom of the bottle there is a small picture of some juicy looking strawberries. I really like the look of the bottle not only does the contents look good enough to eat but it also has the added benefit of looking really cute and girlie in my bathroom. Usual information is given on the back including an ingredients list and a twelve month use by date symbol. General warnings are given such as keep out of eyes , it is also advised to avoid using the product on the face.
This is a really gentle exfoliant and one which is suitable for daily use. I tend to squirt a small amount onto my shower puff and simply wash my body using circular movements. For a deeper exfoliation I use bath gloves. I have experienced a scratchy feeling when using similar products, but this polish feels nice on the skin and gives a nice clean feeling. The smell is absolutely wonderful, it has a really nice sweet strawberry fragrance. It has quite a strong smell and this stays on the skin for sometime, which I love. I feel the polish works really well at removing any dead skin cells and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, soft and looking healthy. I have read that exfoliants can help tone the skin but unfortunately this isnt really something I have experienced whilst using this product. My 75ml tube lasted me a few weeks and I used it practically everyday.
To be honest, I don't think I have anything negative to say about this product and therefore have no problems recommending it to those looking for a mild everyday exfoliant. After using this product my skin was left feeling clean, smooth and smelling nice all day long. I would certainly buy it again and I would also be interested in trying other fragrances such as satsuma, cranberry, vanilla and ginger as they all sound pretty yummy.
This Strawberry Body Polish is available in most Body Shop stores and also on their website (online delivery charges may apply).
75ml - £5.00
200ml - £10.00
My sister is an absolute diamond! I have recently got a wee bit addicted to bodyshop goodies, mostly their strawberry body butter and made it pretty clear how much I wanted a new tub for christmas. So when I received an entire array of bodyshop strawberry goodies all neatly wrapped I couldn't wait to have a bath to use them all! First up for the trial was this Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish.
- Packaging -
The body polish comes in a clear, plastic tube and to my surprise it was really soft and flexible and easily squeezable even when full of polish. You are able to see all the product inside and it has a flip top lid which is at the bottom of the bottle so it's really easy to get some out as the bottle sits this way down!
- The Polish -
The strawberry body polish is a rather thick, red gel consistency but quite runny, more so than I expected but not necessarily bad. It has walnut shells and kiwi seeds for exfoliating and another surprise was actually that this smelt very strongly of kiwi with a more subtle strawberry undertone. This is still a nice smell as thankfully I don't mind kiwi's but those a bit averse to it may be put off a bit. The polish however is really easy to apply and I did so by squirting a small blob in the palm of my hand and liberally scrubbing it all over my body. I found it lathered up really well and I literally did only 3 squirts in my palm to be able to apply the polish all over.
- Results -
I was really impressed with this body polish as the seeds and shells were great exfoliants and I could properly feel them scrubbing at my skin! Not in a harsh or irritating way but a gentle scrub which was still efficient at removing lot's of dirt and grime from a hard days work lazing about in a onesie lol. I felt that my skin looked clearer, and softer and although a bit dried out (my skin always feels super dry after a long bath anyway) it left my skin feeling lovely. The polish also left my skin smelling absolutely AMAZING so combined with my after usage of the body shop brand strawberry body butter I got into bed smelling like a sensual strawberry bundle lol.
- Overall -
I really like this body polish from the body shop and it has now been added to my pretty lengthy list of products I am addicted to from this shop! It cleans skin well, leaves me smelling lovely and is a brilliant exfoliant. My sister bought me a large box set of goodies in which this 200ml tube came and she paid perhaps £20 altogether but I think on it's own it retails at £10. This does seem a bit steep and I would probably only buy this again on a discount (I recently got a 40% off discount code for the body shop from 02 priority moments so let's hope this comes back!). As lush as it is, this is more due to me having more important things to currently save for (i.e. a new car!) as I am trying to stick to a new financial plan for 2013 so I may have to wait until my birthday or wangle the other half to buy it for me! Nevertheless I'd totally recommend it :)
How did I come across to this body polish?
One day my partner said to me that O2 has some offers on body shops products. The offer was spend £20 and get £10 off. I didn't pay much attention to it. Few days later we went to town and I went in to the shop. I had a little one with me and he wasn't very happy toddler at that time so I just quickly grabbed few bits costing me over £20 so I could qualify for the offer. One of that was the strawberry body polish. I have been using body polish/scrub for years now.
What does it contains / smells / feels?
This is a gentle exfoliation containing strawberries. It contains crushed walnut shell, kiwi seeds and Community Trade honey to moisturise. As you know it smells of delicious strawberries. The smell is so lovely that I could eat it. I was pleased that after showering I could still smell strawberries and my skin was so soft.
What is the packing like?
It comes in see-through red plastic bottle with the picture of strawberries. The only think I don't like it's the lid. It's so hard to open it that I have to use my teeth. I supposed they did it to prevent leaking.
The body shop price for this 200ml bottle is £9 but I don't think I will be buying it for that price. I love it, but not that much. I do think its lot money for body polish. With my offer I paid only £3.50. BARGAIN
I would definitely recommend this product.
This is one of my favourite strawberry products from The Body Shop and one that is nice and works well on my skin. I absolutely love the strawberry scent at the body shop and its one of my favourite fruity smells. It is really strong and sweet and definitely smells like real strawberries which I love. In my opinion their strawberry smell is the best on the market today, no other strawberry smell from any other store comes close to this wonderfully fruity, intoxicating, authentic smell.
To look at this body polish you get the opinion just from the packaging and the look of the product itself that it is going to be really nice. The product comes in a see through tube with a flip cap lid at the top. This makes it quite easy to squeeze out the polish inside and onto your hands so you can smooth it over the bits you want to exfoliate.
The gel has a lovely deep red colour to it and when you first smooth it on the gel comes out with a bit of a red tint but washes clear once you wash off the suds. You can see the strawberry seeds in it and to me its just like rubbing real squashed strawberries all over your skin, very luxurious in my opinion. The Body Shop say this is an exfoliating gently foaming gel that will buff away dead skin cells to leave soft and smooth skin. Its not exactly like some other scrubs I have used which use big chunks of salt to really grind at your skin, its a lot gentler than that as its only a polish but I definitely find it leaves my skin nice and smooth and definitely very fragrant afterwards. After I get out of the bath or shower I can still smell the strawberry on my skin which is lovely, I then layer with the body butter and so have a wonderful strawberry smell with me all day.
The body polish costs £5 for 100ml which I think is good value and a Body Shop product I recommend.
In the post-Christmas sales I bought a toiletries bag from The Body Shop containing several products from the Strawberry range. Strawberries are my favourite fruit and I've had my eye on this range for a while.
One of the items included was a 200ml tube of Body Polish (also available separately for £9). Most ranges in The Body Shop include some sort of body scrub, but most are thick scrubs that come in tubs. The Strawberry scrub, however, is a 'polish' in a tube (the Satsuma range also comes with a polish rather than a scrub). My understanding is that the polishes are gentler on the skin than scrubs - whether this is a good or a bad thing largely depends on your preferences and skin type.
The product is described as an exfoliating, foaming gel which gently buffs away dead skin cells to leave skin soft and smooth. It contains real strawberry juice to help create the scent, and Community Fair Trade honey to moisturise. This honey is produced via The Body Shop's Ethical Trade programme, ensuring the fair treatment of those who supply their products. The honey is supplied by Bezamar in South Oromia State, Ethiopia, in which beekeepers use traditional and sustainable methods. Crushed walnut shells and kiwi seeds give the skin a gentle exfoliation.
In the shower, the gel is easy to use as it has a flip-top base, so it stands upright on the side of the bath. Since you squeeze the product out at the bottom, it is much more likely that you will be able to use it all up as it naturally sinks to the bottom. I don't use a shower puff with this product, as it is an exfoliator designed to be applied directly to the skin. I squeeze some out and rub it over any areas I want to exfoliate: usually my legs and arms.
I found that the Satsuma body polish was a bit too gentle an exfoliator for me. The Strawberry one is better, mainly because of the larger walnut shell particles which provide an effective exfoliation. It is still gentle, but does a better job of getting rid of all the dead skin.
Some exfoliators don't cleanse at the same time, but this body polish foams up, meaning that I don't have to use shower gel when I am using this product, as it cleanses my body too.
I do find myself using quite a lot of this product at once. I think this is because it is more gentle than other body scrubs I've used, and therefore I need more to exfoliate properly.
Overall, this is a pleasant strawberry body polish that would appeal to someone who likes strawberry scents and who would like a gentle exfoliation. Personally, I prefer stronger body scrubs which I find are more effective on my skin. It's a good product, just not ideal for my needs.
I recently went on a pre-Christmas splurge to The Body Shop and came home with rather more than I had anticipated buying as Christmas gifts. I decided to keep the excess products and this was one of the items I ended up keeping for myself as it looked and smelled so good. It's the Strawberry Body Polish which has exfoliating and cleansing properties.
I love to shop at The Body Shop because when you go in to the store it smells so wonderful and every product looks colourful and high quality. This body polish looked fabulous in the store but when I got it home I was surprised by how small the tube is. It comes in a 75ml or 2.5 Fl. oz. tube which really almost looks like a mini tube compared to other similar body exfoliating products I've used. After searching online I see you can actually get this in a 200ml sized tube too though. The tube is soft and squishy and there is a flip top lid. You can sit the tube up on it's end if you want but it's not necessary since the prooduct inside is easy to dispense regardless of how you store it.
The tube is transparent plastic so you can see the body polish through it. the polish basically looks like strawberry gel and is a bright berry red colour with hard seed-like black flecks running through it. It looks like it would be lots of fun to use!
The body polish can only be used on the body and is not for facial use. I began to use this whilst taking a bath just like you'd use a shower gel. The body polish is gooey and sticky but easy to dispense either onto your hand or onto the area you wish to apply it. I reccomend putting it into your hand first since contact with water tends to make the blobs of body polish slide off your skin.
To use the body polish you just rub it into your skin. I thought the body polish would feel a bit grittier but infact it's quite soft with the seed pieces either too large and rounded or so small they are displaced by foam to really feel like they are able to exfoliate effectively. When you rub the gel turns into a flat white creamy lather and feels rather luxurious. It's easy to rinse this lather away.
The body polish is fragranced like strawberries and the ultra sweet and jam roly poly pudding scent is very charming and mouth watering. I do perhaps think that the scent would probably be better appreciated by teenagers and young people though - it's not a particularly refined or chic scent!
The brand state on their website and have some limited information printed on the tube itself that this product contains some special ingredients such as Strawberry juice Fair Trade honey from Zambia and crushed walnut shells and kiwi seeds as the exfoliating beads.
The body polish makes my skin feel reasonably soft but as for exfoliation I've used much better products. I quite often get dry skin on my shoulders and top of my arms and this body polish has not been effective in smoothing the flakiness away. I expected with the body polish, because of that term 'polish', that my skin would look brighter and better after use but to be honest I've noticed no change. The best thing about using the product, therefore, is the joy you get from the luxurious feel when applying as well as the cutesy fragrance.
At a price of £9 for the larger 200ml sized tube I would say this is a one off treat for me and I think it would make a pretty nice gift too.
My love of the Body Shop is a theme which runs through a number of my reviews, this product being no exception to that rule. I was given a boxed gift set of the strawberry range earlier this year which included the shower gel, body butter and a shower puff and this product which was also included was the highlight of the gift set.
The Packaging ~
Unlike a number of other Body Shop products which come packaged in a tub or upright bottle, the Strawberry Body Polish comes packaged in a 200ml translucent plastic tube which stands on its flip top lid. The packaging is typical of the Body Shop being simple and stylish to look at; the bottle is simply illustrated with a plethora of red strawberries and a sprinkling of white text which stands out against the background colours of the contents.
The Product ~
The contents make the product stand out on any bathroom shelf being bright red in colour and mixed with a multitude of dark coloured flecks which look rather like strawberry seeds but are actually kiwi seeds. Upon flipping back the lid of the tube it is possible to squeeze the polish out and this comes out easily being rather gel like in consistency. It is the smell of this product which makes it so special, being highly strawberry scented and succulent in flavour this scent is mingled with the softer scent of the honey and leaves a lovely soft smell to the skin.
This product contains amongst other ingredients the following:
* Strawberry Juice
* Community Fair Trade Honey
* Crushed Walnut Seeds
* Kiwi Seeds
The purpose of this product is to exfoliate the skin by gently buffing the surface with the kiwi seeds and walnut seeds with the effect of polishing and smoothing the skin whilst the honey ingredient also helps to moisturise the skin.
Price and Availability ~
This body polish can be bought from the Body Shop as part of a gift set or on its own. A single tube of this polish will set you back £9.00 which, although slightly expensive will last and last.
To Apply ~
It is recommended that this body polish is applied during showering or bathing and is applied to damp skin in a circular motion and then rinsed thoroughly. The scrub reacts well with water and creates a lovely deep foam which means that a little can go quite a long way.
Unlike many other exfoliation products this polish is not recommended for the face and as it has quite a fine grainy consistency it is probably best suited to use on the limbs and abdominal area as it may not be hard enough to exfoliate tough skin on the bottom of feet. However, due to the honey content this body polish can be used daily.
The Results ~
I have been using this product for a good few months now and am only two thirds through. This product does indeed polish the skin by gently removing the surface, it also leaves a lovely clean feeling to the skin which is pleasantly moisturised and not too highly 'scrubbed'. I have used this product on my face (against recommendations) and have found it to be gentle enough to remove makeup and to leave the skin feeling fresh and can therefore report that this is a great product for the whole body.
Although I did not buy this product myself I will definitely be buying another tube when this one runs out and can also recommend this as a lovely gift for that somebody special. I have therefore scored it 5 stars out of 5.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review.
This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.
As I am sure you are aware, I adore beautiful toiletries and despite my vow not to buy anything new until my current supply is exhausted, the temptation is often too difficult to resist. My sister, who is a huge fan of The Body Shop recently handed me their Strawberry Body Polish and this review discusses my experience with using the product.
~~APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT~~
The product is provided within a transparent plastic container that sits on a flip top lid and I would describe the appearance of the packaging as considerably eye-catching, as it is vibrant as are the majority of The Body Shop products. The clear packaging enables me to witness the bright red contents together with the hundreds of small seeds, which are kiwi and crushed walnut shells. Whilst The Body Shop normally provides information advising of the skin types for which the product is suitable, there is no advice on the packaging or their website, so I am presuming that the polish is suited to all skin types.
~~MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE BODY POLISH~~
The lid easily flips open where I am immediately greeted with a sweet and very mouth watering aroma of strawberries, which whisks me back to my childhood when my grandfather would squirt thick strawberry sauce on my ice cream. If my memory serves me correctly the smell is identical and whilst I appreciate this is a body product and of course, is totally inedible it definitely smells delicious enough to eat. The good sized opening enables me to dispense a small amount of the polish onto my fingers and whilst it is of a fairly runny consistency it is easily applied to my skin and enables me to thoroughly exfoliate.
I would advise that my body skin type can be described as normal, but I often suffer with dry patches on my knees, elbows and feet, so extra attention is given to these areas. The strawberry fragrance is evident for the entire time that I am using the product and whilst I am not normally a fan of sweet smelling bathing products I find this extremely favourable, particularly as it is genuine strawberry juice as opposed to an artificial fragrance. As I have previously used scrubs containing crushed walnut shells I was aware that they would not be harsh on my skin and would advise that in combination with the kiwi seeds they are very gentle. Consequently, this is a product that can be used on a daily basis. However, whilst the seeds are gentle I would advise that they deliver an abrasive effect and consequently, remove any loose skin particles leaving the surface of my skin feeling silky soft and smooth.
I tend to use body scrubs in the shower as opposed to the bath, as I dislike sitting amongst the scrubbing particles, which are often rather uncomfortable! I initially expected to experience a few difficulties in removing the seeds, but they were quickly rinsed away. I've used many scrubs in the past that leave an oily film on the surface of my skin, which is something I find unbearable. However, there is no oily or sticky residue remaining and my skin always feels perfectly soft, smooth and thoroughly cleansed. The beautiful strawberry fragrance lingers very gently on the surface of my skin for an hour or so afterwards, but I cannot admit to it being overpowering, as it is fairly subtle. In order to fully ascertain the effects of the product I omitted using moisturising creams or lotions for a period of one week and would advise that I did not experience any adverse effects such as dryness, which is due to the moisturising properties of the Community Trade honey. However, in my case, I feel it is necessary to apply a specific moisturiser, as I didn't feel that the polish was hydrating enough on its' own. Consequently, I can highly recommend The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish, but I have removed one star due to it not being fully moisturising.
~~INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION~~
I do not believe in copying lengthy lists of ingredients into my reviews and discuss those that I feel are of importance, such as the strawberry juice and Community Trade honey. If you require a full list they can be obtained from The Body Shop website. Whilst The Body Shop normally provide an image of when the polish should be used following open they have failed to include this information, which I find a little strange. They have also omitted to display the recycling symbol although I am able to confirm that the empty tube is suitable for recycling.
The polish is available either in store or online and is in two sizes; namely a 75 ml tube for £5 and a 200 ml tube, which I currently own, which costs £9, which I feel is a little excessive for a body scrub. However, if you own a Love My Body card you can reduce the cost by 10%.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I received this Strawberry Body Polish as a part of a fantastic Body Shop gift box for my last birthday. The polish is an exfoliating shower gel that gently buffs away dead skin cells with kiwi fruit seeds and crushed up bits of walnut shell in to give you really soft great smelling skin. I have the 200ml tube, it's made of a flexible clear plastic with flip cap lid so it's really easy to open and close.
The gel is a deep red colour and a quite thick gooey texture. It smells strongly of sweet strawberries and fills the bathroom with the aroma which is absolutely gorgeous, you will end up taking a minute or two just to really appreciate the scrumptious scent. The Body Polish keeps my skin moisturised which must be down to the fair trade honey it contains and natural moisturising fruit ingredients.
This gel is gentler than some other full on exfoliators and smells good enough to eat! A 75ml tube costs £5 and the 200ml is £9 and I would say it's well worth the price as it lasts for ages and really does make my skin soft, smooth and smelling lovely, it makes a great gift or treat. I have had the 200ml since Christmas using it 2 or 3 times a week and there is still two thirds left!
Highly recommend! I am very happy and impressed with this product, :) .
It was completely by chance that I bought this product. I was in the Body Shop browsing some other items, when the sales assistant must have sniffed out that I was a Body Shop virgin and jumped at the chance to try and sell me this body polish. She took me over to the demonstration stand, where she applied a small amount of the body polish on my hand, rubbed it a bit, and then washed it off. She then told me to feel my hand and did I notice how my hand felt softer? Well, no actually, I didn't. I have soft hands anyway so this particular marketing ploy was not what made me purchase this product. The real selling point for me was that it had been reduced to half of its normal price, and so I went forth and bought the product, much to the sales assistant's delight.
The body polish comes in a 200ml 'squeezy' bottle. It is transparent, and you are able to see the product inside the bottle, which does look very natural and appealing. However, something I am not particularly pleased about is that the very top of the bottle has been coloured red, which deceives you into thinking you are getting more product than is actually included in the bottle, as the actual product does not fill out the entire bottle.
The product was sold to me as something which is able to gently remove the dead skin cells off the body, due to the natural exfoliation properties within the bottle. However, if you read the bottle, it also claims to be a cleanser, and is suitable for daily use. In the shop, I was quite impressed with the scent of the product, smelling sweetly of strawberries. However, I do find that when the product is applied and rubbed on the body it is slightly too sickly sweet for my liking.
I don't use a shower puff or any other device to apply the product, as it exfoliates by itself. Therefore, I apply it with my hands over my body and rub gently. One of my main concerns with this product is how much is required in order to cover the whole body. I find I have to squeeze 3-4 handfuls in order to get a half decent coverage, which naturally uses up the product very quickly. I have used this product every day for 5 days, and it looks as though I am halfway through the bottle already! Perhaps this is simply due to the fact that I am using too much, or that I am not used to how body polishes work, but I would like my product to last longer. I haven't noticed any particular difference to my body due to the exfoliator getting to work, but as with my hands, I also have soft skin on my body. For all I know, it could be helping to get rid of those dead skin cells, but I can't really tell.
I know I wouldn't have bought this product at its full price, which was £9, but as it was reduced to £4.50 I decided to give it a go. However, this is still quite expensive compared to other products on the market. I think they may be discontinuing the line, which might explain why the product was half price, but I don't think I will be buying it again. The smell gets on my nerves after a while, and as I said, the amount that I have used so far makes me think that this product definitely does not give you value for money.
I am rating the product 3*, as I am not utterly disgusted by it, and I really like the ideas behind the Body Shop (i.e. against animal testing, buying Fair Trade products). I assume that it is due to the ingredients being Fair Trade that this product retails at £9. However, I do not think it is good value for money nor do I love it enough to see me buying it again in the future.
I have recently tried (and reviewed, of course!) the Body Shop satsuma body polish, The verdict was that it was nice ... but kind of pointless as it's not quite a shower gel but not quite a scrub! I then discovered the strawberry body polish languishing in the back of my bathroom cabinet which, like the satsuma version, had been part of a giftset I snapped up in the January sales. Always happy to try out a new Body Shop product - even if I had been a little bit indifferent to it's orange sibling - I decided to give it a whirl!
I have the 75ml gift size version of the shower scrub, which you can buy for £5. The full size version comes in at 200ml and costs £9. The only other polish available is the satsuma one, which comes in the same sizes and prices. The product promises to remove dead skin cells to reveal radiant skin.It contains crushed walnut shells, kiwi seeds and organic manuka honey.
Hey good looking
The body polish comes in a squeezy see-through plastic tube which sits on its flip-top lid. Inside you can see that the product is a deep and inviting shade of red with lots of very visible black dots. It really does look exactly like a strawberry puree should look, so it does definitely resemble the real thing.
Flipping back the lid, you can definitely smell the strawberry and it is a scent I love. It is a natural, fruity smell - not at all sickly or artificial as with some other strawberry products I've used. It's delicious and ideal for fans of fruity products! The body polish itself is a very thick gel-like consistency and a small squeeze also delivers a generous helping of the little black bits too.
Not so scrubby
Rubbing this into the skin I felt the same way as I did with the satsuma body polish - this is just like using a very thick shower gel and, despite the little particles, doesn't really deliver at all on the scrubby front. Although it is only intended to be a gentle exfoliator, I can't really see the point as it is too gentle to do anything in my opinion! The thick texture also means that I find it takes longer to run in than a normal shower gel, and it doesn't leave me feeling as clean as I would like afterwards, again because of the thick nature of the gel.
After using, I have to say this does leave skin feeling very soft - so maybe the little particles are doing something for my skin - however, I didn't find it dramatically more softening than other shower products I use which are bit-free! I also find the smell has pretty much disappeared once I've washed the product off my skin - sadly it doesn't really linger at all which is a shame as I think it's the real highlight of the product for me.
Overall, there is nothing really wrong with the product but I don't quite get the point of it. For me, it doesn't do that much more than any normal shower gel in terms of exfoliation, and I personally prefer something a bit rougher in the shower to have a proper scrub down! So for the price it really isn't worth it for me, and I certainly wouldn't purchase this. In fact, I think a fiver for s tube this small it pretty extortionate - there are much better products out there! If I wanted that lovely Body Shop strawberry hit, I think I would much prefer to use the shower gel itself or, even better, the body butter.
Contains organic honey and strawberry extract / 200mL /