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I received this Vanilla Bliss Body Polish for Christmas along with some other Body Shop bits and pieces. I have used their body polish before as I'd had a Cranberry Joy gift set given to me the Christmas before last and this was included. However until I had read a review on here I didn't know what it was and presumed it would make my skin shiny- it doesn't it is infact an exfoliator.
The tube I have costs £10 for 200ml at full price, being seasonal limited edition it's now 5 quid. Vanilla Bliss only comes out at Christmas but can be found in store during their sales and 200ml is also available on Ebay at the moment for around £5 plus postage.
It comes in a not particularly festive looking soft plastic tube with a picture of a flower on the front. The tube stands on a gold coloured flip top lid, which is good as the polish is ready to be squeezed right out. The ingredients list is long and doesn't sound too friendly... As usual with Body Shop products it's Fair Trade and non animal tested.
The polish itself is pale honey coloured (slightly lighter than the above picture) with black odd sized bits of seeds suspended in it, it contains vanilla extracts and Community Fair Trade Honey. The bits in it are soft and not plentiful making this a gentle exfoliator. The polish has a shower gel consistency about the right thickness, not too thin or too thick. Despite containing honey, this isn't sticky.
The scent is really nice, the vanilla is fresh and clean with a hint of honey, I don't find it artificial smelling and is definitely suitable all year round in my opinion.
In the shower I squeeze a generous blob onto my exfoliating glove as this ensures a better scrub, but I have used a sponge, my hand and a bath puff/lily thingy- bath thingy making the best lather. The gentle nature of the polish cleans me up without being abrasive (when used with an exfoliating glove I get more of a proper scrub but still without being harsh). Although a mild exfoliator it's not suitable for your face, I haven't used this one on my face but I did use the Cranberry polish- not pleasant. The polish (well shower gel with bits in it) leaves me feeling incredibly clean, I think it removes dead skin cells- feels like it does anyway.
With just a soft sponge though it acts like a shower gel albeit a good one. The polish washes off easily enough even if it does leave bits on me.
I haven't used this often as I like my exfoliation glove with a shower gel which I find does a good enough job of smoothing my skin, and the bits in this polish get on my nerves as they tend to stick everywhere especially in my bath sponge and to my skin.
It leaves me feeling clean, soft and smooth. It smells nice, doesn't irritate or dry my skin out, going by how much I've used up to now should be long lasting and has a nice consistency.
4 stars from as I like it as a shower gel.
Semi transparent tube of chocolate colour opaque body polish.
'With vanilla extract and Community Fair Trade honey. 200 mls.
Has a gold colour flip top cap.
A body exfoliator for all skin types.
Not to be used on the face. If irritation occurs use less frequently.
Made in the UK and use within 12 months.
This seems to be a limited edition product that is no longer on the Body Shop website. However you can still purchase it on Ebay for around £7.
I had a good selection of Body Shop items from my son and his girlfriend for Christmas and one item was this large tube of body polish.
This was a limited edition product for Christmas 2012 and it therefore has an image of snowflakes on the front of the tube, but this is discreet behind the vanilla pods so not overly Christmassy. As you can see form the image above it is virtually invisible.
I just love the smell of this product. The polish itself is semi transparent and a sort of toffee colour with tiny bits of 'polish' suspended in it, similar to grains of sand, while here and there you will see a larger dark piece of something - possibly vanilla seeds.
This is called a gentle polish that you could use every day, and it certainly is. Very unlike a sugar scrub I have which is much more vigorous.
This polish can be used daily - I just love the aroma - a sort of vanilla and nutty smell which is also quite sweet - probably the honey ingredients. I have used this in the bath and the shower.
When first using it in the shower I thought maybe it would be difficult to rinse off but there was no problem at all. Getting personal - I use this on my behind and tops of my legs to get rid of the goose pimply skin we often tend to get there in wintertime. It is not too harsh at all and just leaves your skin feeling smooth - but not as if you have been scouring yourself with sandpaper! The polish bits are small and interspersed well in the gel and it does sort of lather up a little as well. In the bath I also love rubbing it over my feet - it feels very relaxing.
The polish had a good strong aroma but not too overpowering - I just like the fact that the smell is strong and detectable as I do not like using products that have a non-existent smell.
It is a shame that this is only on sale at Christmas time but I am using this sparingly so it will last as long as possible. You only need a little at a time anyway and you still get the gorgeous smell.
Being on sale for £7 on Ebay I find quite expensive - though the tube is quite large and would be nice as a treat for yourself or a gift for a friend.
I have also used a tiny blob now and again when washing my hands as it leaves a lovely smell afterwards and your hands feel lovely and soft.
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