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The first thing that attracted me to The Raspberry Kiss shower wash was the lovely bubbly pink colour which stood out on the shelf and drew me in for a closer look. The product is in an clear squeezy bottle with a black flip cap at the bottom so the lovely pink colour is the shower wash itself. The brand is Treacle Moon which is not one I had previously heard of but after a quick smell of the product in the shop, it found its way into my shopping basket.
Most of the front of the bottle is taken up by a somewhat meaningless quote: "I think this must be love... she smiled at her secret, put the letter in an envelope and enclosed a daisy chain from the meadow where she sat." I suppose people will either find this a cute touch or an irritating marketing gimmick. The only thing that annoyed me is that underneath the words Shower Wash it says (in very tiny writing) "with a little bit of scrub". So I actually bought this product by accident, thinking it was a simple shower wash or gel and didn't notice this really small footnote saying that it was a scrub. If the irrelevant quote was written smaller and the actual product description was made bigger then I feel that I wouldn't have bought the wrong product!
I am not a particular fan of body scrubs as sometimes it just reminds me of being at the beach and having sand everywhere. Or it reminds me of the horrible liquid soap they had at my infant school which felt like it had grit in it! Anyway, seeing as I had bought it, I obviously tried it out anyway. I am pleased to say that I quite like it. The smell is a nice fruity raspberry which I really like. It has a nice gel-like consistency without being too gloopy. The thing I was most pleased about is that the little exfoliating scrub bits are not small and round like in a lot of scrubs but they are bigger and more irregularly shaped so they don't feel like grit at all! They are whitish in colour and remind me a lot of those little sugar crystals you can get to put on top of cupcake icing for a decoration.
This shower wash is made in the UK and is not tested on animals. It comes in 175ml bottles and can be purchased in Tescos for around £2. There is also a bath and shower gel available in the same range (!) and a body butter too. So if you like your body scrubs the this is a nice one to try out. In summary, this is a nice smelling product with decent-sized scrub particles, I just wish it was made a bit clearer on the packaging what it is so I could have been more aware of what I was buying. So on that basis I give it 4 stars.
I absolutely love my bath and shower products and cannot get enough of them. One brand which I had never tried before was Treacle Moon, nor had I ever heard of it before. I got a couple of Treacle Moon products as gifts so I have no idea where they can be purchased from nor how much they cost. However, as far as I can see from looking online, this brand is available from Tesco and products cost roughly £2.
One product that I received as a gift was the Treacle Moon Raspberry Kiss Body Scrub. The body scrub comes in a clear plastic tube which has a black flip cap at the bottom. On the tube is black text which gives the name and brand of the product, along with a cute little quote which says; "I think this must be love... She smiled at her secret, put the letter in an envelope and enclosed a daisy chain from the meadow where she sat." There is a quote like this on each Treacle Moon product and it's an aspect of the packaging that I love. It's girly and a bit silly but it gives the tube a little something extra.
Inside the tube is 225ml of bright pink body scrub. The product looks amazing inside the tube and if I had seen this on a shelf, I would have wanted to buy it because it does look extremely tempting. Once in the bath or shower, you can squeeze this out straight onto your skin. I have tried it with a fluff ball although it didn't work very well. The body scrub strangely doesn't smell of real raspberries (probably because no real ones are used) but instead smells of a fake raspberry which was still nice enough. The scent is very sweet and quickly fills the bathroom.
The body scrub, along with the bright pink liquid/ cream has tiny black dots in it which are what scrubs your skin. By smoothing the cream onto my skin in circular motions, I could feel it begin to work and slightly scratch at my skin. However, my skin wasn't left red at all and it did feel much smoother after use. I really like how this body scrub makes my skin feel after use and think it's one of the best I have used recently.
My only real negative points about this body scrub are the lack of real fruit ingredients and how it leaves the bath after use. The tiny black bits stayed on the bottom of my bath after I had used this product and it took me some wiping and rinsing to get rid of them all. This will be a bit of a pain if I intend to use this every single day.
I am a big fan of body scrubs as I believe that they really do rejuvenate my skin. However, I don't want to spend a huge amount. A 225 ml tube of Raspberry Kiss Body Scrub by Treacle Moon costs me £2.99 at my local Tesco. Although we are heading into autumn, I hoped that the aroma of juicy, succulent, fruity raspberries would help me to hold onto those memories of blue-skied summer days for a bit longer.
This body scrub comes in a transparent plastic tube, so you can see all its enticing pinkness oozing within. An advantage of transparent packaging is of course that you can see excactly how much product you have got left. The downside, for me, is that although the tube looks quite striking on the shelf when the product is full, It starts to look a bit untidy once the tube is half empty. As with all Treacle Moon products, there is a slightly mysterious but uplifting quote printed on the front of the tube. It says:
"I think this must be love.....
She smiled at her secret, put the letter in an envelope and enclosed a daisy chain from the meadow where she sat."
A cynic might say these little quotes are just gimmicky, but I find them rather charming. Love letters, secrets, daisy chains - what's not to like? It certainly puts me in a positive frame of mind and adds to the dreamy, surreal decadence that Treacle Moon products conjure up for me. The body scrub looks modern and stylish and I think it would make a great gift for a young person, especially for those who love pink. (If the colour therapists are to be believed, we should all be surrounding ourselves with pink products. It is believed that pink stimulates the adrenal glands, which control stress levels!)
Scrubbing up well
In the shower I squeezed the tube into the palm of my hand and the product swirled out, reminding me of a pink version of soft 'Whippy' ice cream, another image reminiscent of summer. It was the most fabulous, cheery pink colour and I wasn't sure whether I wanted to scrub my skin with it, eat it, or paint flamingos all over the shower walls with it! I could see little black beads amongst the pink. I'm not absolutely sure what these are made of, but they are presumably the 'scrubby' bits of the product.
I had expected a fruitier, sharper raspberry scent but this was quite a synthetic aroma, (perhaps not surprisingly as there didn't seem to be any actual raspberries in the ingredients) although it was not unpleasant. Think raspberry ripple ice cream, milkshakes, bonbons or Angel Delight and you will get the general idea. It was quite a subtle fragrance though, not overpowering. I just wished it had smelled a little more natural, refreshing and juicy.
I applied the product to my wet skin and massaged it in. I used firm circular movements around cellulite-prone areas in the hope of increasing my circulation and firming up my skin tone. The scrub had a very creamy, rich texture but the granules gave it a lightly abrasive quality that felt invigorating without being too scratchy. I hate body scrubs that don't have sufficient scrubbing power. In my opinion, this one got it just right. I felt as if it was sloughing off dead skin cells, but it wasn't making my skin sting at all.
The scrub seemed to be exfoliating and moisturising at the same time. I enjoyed the sensation of the body scrub and appreciated that it was 'scrubby' enough to tackle drier areas of skin, such as the soles of my feet, my heels, elbows, etc. It rinsed away very easily and did not leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy. On the contrary, it left my skin feeling fresh and really clean.
The scent did not linger on my skin, which didn't bother me too much, but if you particularly like the Raspberry Kiss fragrance there is a body butter in the range that you could apply after towelling dry.
A glowing report?
This body scrub does the job it is designed to do. It left my skin feeling invigorated, soft and cleansed. It produced the right amount of friction for me, but I don't have particularly sensitive skin. I wouldn't recommend using it after shaving or on any areas where you may have wounds, rashes, sunburn or any other skin sensitivity. The fragrance didn't quite live up to my expectations as it was too artificial and didn't have the fresh, fruity zing I was hoping for, but it still evoked memories of things I associated with summer and happy memories from childhood - raspberry ripple ice cream, milkshakes etc -- so I can't complain too much.
A few more natural ingredients would have been an improvement though as the ingredients list read a bit like a stocktake in a chemistry lab! The voluptuous texture of the scrub was wonderful. My skin does have quite a nice, healthy glow at the moment. In my opinion this body scrub has done a pretty good job of removing dead skin cells, leaving my looking more radiant. The cellulite situation seems to be under control too, so perhaps my vigorous use of this scrub has helped accelerate the elimination of toxins.
Sometimes I just use this product as a hand scrub as my hands do get very dry, which can look rather ageing. After using the scrub I find that my hand cream absorbs better and my hands definitely look less tired.
I think Raspberry Kiss Body Scrub is a good value product that really delivers. A massive plus for me is that Treacle Moon comes across as an ethically sound company, working closely with a charity called Khandel Lights, which helps disadvantaged families in Indian villages through sponsorship schemes and improvements in sanitation, healthcare, education etc. Treacle Moon products are not tested on animals and are suitable for vegetarians, which makes me more than happy to buy them.
I had an event to go to this weekend and wanted to make an effort with my appearance because I hadn't seen everyone for a while and was feeling a little nervous. Also, what girl doesn't enjoy making themselves look their best?!
One thing that I knew I definitely needed to do was apply some fake tan. I did have a natural tan which has remained since my holiday in May but of course I had the odd line and it was a little faded so I wanted to apply some just to give my skin an extra glow.
As I was staying at my parents for the week I decided it was easier to go and grab everything I had forgotten from Tesco rather than going all the way back home. I was looking for either a scrub or an exfoliating glove. Ideally I was after a scrub but money is exceptionally tight for me at the moment so I was willing to try whatever I thought would work which was priced reasonably.
Luckily for me, Tesco had the Treacle Moon range on a half price offer which included the Raspberry Kiss Body Scrub. I was pleased that these were on offer because I'd wanted to try the range for ages so I didn't think twice snapping up the scrub. The scrub was priced at £1.50 which was half price with it usually costing £2.99 in Tesco. It is also available on the Treacle Moon website for £3.03 + P+P.
The scrub comes in a plastic tube with a snap top lid on the bottom of it which allows you to store the scrub stood upside down making it easier to get all of the product out. The tube is clear which allows you to see the product inside. The scrub is a gorgeous deep pink colour and you can see lots of little bits in it which are part of the scrub process. The front of the tube has black writing on it. There are no pictures but I still found the packaging very attractive and enjoyed the very short story on the front.
To use the scrub I also bought an exfoliating sponge so I applied the scrub with this. I found the scrub really easy to use. I simply made the sponge wet, squeezed some of the scrub onto the sponge and applied to my skin. A little bit went a long way, the size of a 20p coin would easily scrub a leg or an arm and shoulder. The scrub lathered up really well and it was quick and easy to use. The smell was gorgeous - a lovely raspberry scent which was zingy but also creamy. I really loved the aroma it provided and this hung around in the bathroom for an hour and on my skin for a few hours which was nice.
I am so lazy when it comes to taking care of my skin and I dread to think when the last time I exfoliated my skin was - we are talking multiple months here! Therefore I was sceptical that this wouldn't cure all my problems in just one go. However, I was so pleased with the results. All of my skin was soft, smooth, supple and felt nourished. I have extremely dry and rough skin on my feet and after applying this scrub to them I was amazed with the results - no, they aren't cured but they feel much softer and they look visibly better.
I used the scrub again the following day when removing the fake tan I had applied. I don't usually do this but wanted the tan to be very even with no streaks so thought this would allow me to get every bit off of my skin. Again, I was very pleased with the results and I was left with an even and streak free tan.
Also in the raspberry kiss range are a shower wash, body butter and bath and shower gel. These range in price from £1.99 to £4.05 which I think are very reasonable prices.
I love this scrub. It is very simple to use and I think that now I have found this then my skincare regime may step up a little. It smells gorgeous, is quick, easy and comfortable to use and provides long lasting results. I used this 6 days ago now and still my skin looks good.
My mother bought this for me as a little gift as every time she sees me she likes to treat me, I need a face scrub as I couldn't afford any of my usual St Ives at the time so she bought me an alternative that she had previously used which was this!
It has a delightful and inviting pink colour with a delicious smelling fragrance of raspberries. The pink and black bottle design goes nicely with the whole feel of the product. However this isn't a face scrub, but merely a body scrub and I usually have a lot of disappointments when it comes to body scrubs as they are feeble and have barely any exfoliating properties in them at all. I was much more satisfied with this one as it has significantly more grains in than most brands do and it successfully left my skin feeling buffed and super smooth.
So in theory it does it's job and doesn't dissappoint - the only down fall is the absolutely foul taste it leaves on your skin. Whether we realise it or not, we make a lot of contact with our lips and our hands in our mouths, It became much more apparent and obvious to me every time as I could taste a repugnant and bitter aftertaste even after rinsing and being fully dried and clothed, the taste would still linger on my skin.
Yes that may not be a huge issue as, I know we don't all go licking or biting ourselves but as I mentioned, the contact we have with our own mouths is quite high believe it or not. So this product doesn't make that any less noticeable or enjoyable at any level. Infact it tastes like that chemical you dip your fingers in to stop yourself from biting your nails. It could serve a great purpose for that I suppose, that's if you only use it on your hands and let's face it, that's no good now is it.
I've gone back to St Ives as it doesn't have any harsh tastes and I know I can rely on it to buff my skin and not leave me gagging after use. It's okay if you are on a budget, but just try not to touch your mouth!