“ Brand: N-Spa / Texture: Cream / Type: Body Cream „
Nspa is a fruit based body brand sold in Asda stores. Price £3.00 Volume 200ml My impression The brand seems to model itself slightly on other more expensive luxury body care brands and the idea is good, particularly as they stock a wide range in the supermarket - could be quite tempting. I was bought this in a set as a present. I usually use another well known body butter/cream brand but was open to braodening my horizons! The package desing of this with the comment on it reminds me of philosophy products. I have limited knowledge of the brand and had not regularly used products previously Entice me! I was hoping for a lovely rich smell when I opened the pot - vanilla can be a very rich luxurious fragrance and I usually love it (and creme brulee is one of my favourite puddings) but not in this case..... The smell was weak and sweet and not particularly enticing. It didn't last - I found it was immedately completely overwhelmed even by deodorant. Slap it on I was also unimpressed with the colour. I was expecting a cream colour and mine was a sludgy brown. To apply the cream was quite thick and it absorbed fairly quickly but I did find I had a slightly slimy sheen on my arms and legs after applying. I did feel my skin was moisturised by the product. It was however not a particularly pleasant product in look, smell or after-feel which takes the indulgence out of it. I will stick to other brands - it wont however put me of eating the sweet stuff!!!
I'm not fussy when it comes to products to use in my daily pampering session, so long as I either like the smell or it is on offer I will be more than happy to use it. I've recently emptied my smellies drawer and added more to the bathroom and one of these products was the N-Spa Vanilla Crème Brulee Body Cream. After a bath and hair wash I like to cover myself in body cream as I do suffer with a bit of dry skin, nothing too bad at the moment but anything that could help it slightly is worth using. This little 75ml pot of body cream is a see through plastic so you can see the mustardy coloured lotion inside, with a black screw off lid - which can be a little awkward with body creamed slippery hands! The cream has a powerful scent yet not overpowering either - which I was glad about as unfortunately, despite usually liking vanilla scented products this was a tad too sickly for me. It has the mildness of vanilla with a creamy, sickly caramel scent too which for me is just a tad too much. As much as I like scents of products to be noticeable on my body this one is just too sickly sweet for me. I did try use it for a few days just to see if the scent grew on me but everytime I put just the smallest amount on I just felt like I was a walking creamy, carameled vanilla'd cake of some sort. I did find it too strong on my body and not a 'smell' which suited me at all. Despite the scent though the cream did absorb well into my skin even though it appears fairly thick when you scoop it from the tub with your fingers. I have used other scents in the Nspa range and the body cream itself is good in my opinion, it is just the scent of this one which makes it lose stars!
I was give some of these n-spa body creams as a gift a while ago. I really love trying out new cosmetic items so I was excited about trying these creams as it was a brand I was unfamiliar with. The cream comes in a fairly standard and unexciting pot. It has a clear plastic base and a black plastic twist on lid. On the top of the lid is a sticker with the brand name and details and on the reverse of the pot another sticker with ingredients and directions (including a line telling you not to eat it!). All pretty uninspiring but also inoffensive, I'd be happy to give it as a gift and was certainly happy to receive it as one. The cream is very pale with a slight hint of beige to it. It looks relatively thick because it holds its shape in the pot but once applied is actually very thin and almost watery. It melts on contact with your skin and so becomes very thin and absorbs easily. For people who like a lightweight moisturiser this may suit you better but for me I find it a little underwhelming. When I've finished moisturising I like to feel as though I've indulged my skin and this doesn't feel very indulgent at all. My skin does feel softer but not the drastic difference I notice with thicker and richer moisturisers. In my other n-spa body cream reviews I heavily criticised the smell as being overly synthetic and sweet. As it happens I actually really hate creme brulee as a dessert, it is creamy and eggy and sweet - basically all the things I hate in a pudding. However, the scent of this cream is not nearly as bad as the other two I have tried. It is sweet but has a slight toffee smell to it which is not wholly unpleasant. It isn't as overly sweet as the others and because it doesn't claim to be a fruity fragrance it doesn't smell as synthetic as the others either. It's not a smell I'm mad on but it isn't as terrible as the other two I've used and as a result this is my preferred cream. The smell is probably the one redeeming feature about this cream. Otherwise I find the design unexciting and the cream too lightweight and watery for me. A disappointing body cream.
N-Spa is a Spa located in England. They also offer a product range available in Asda and from their website www.nirvanaspa.co.uk. They do not test their products on animals. ~Vanilla Creme Brulee~ N-Spa products are available in various scents such as Raspberry Milkshake, Blueberry Cream Pie and Coconut Ice Cream. The 'Vanilla Creme Brulee' collection includes a body cream, a shower gel and a body scrub. This body cream is described as 'a creamy blend of rich toffee with the soft shade of vanilla'. It is enriched with shea butter to keep your skin soft and smooth. It should be applied after a bath or shower once skin is dry. The body cream in this collection is presented in a rather cheap looking, circular pot which is clear at the bottom. This body cream has a 12 month shelf life. The pot features a large sticker with a little saying on it... "If," said the wise man, "the sea was vanilla, might the owl and the pussycat have changed their minds and sat instead on caramel coated sands with waves topped with cream...life would be simple, rich and fulfilled. Shall we go there one day?" ~Price and Availability~ I am not sure if Asda are doing away with some of the N-Spa products as certain products are no longer available on their website. You may be able to pick a pot of this up instore for £1.00 (250ml). Alternatively, the N-Spa website (see top of this review) has this for sale at just £3.00. ~My Thoughts~ I am a fan of the N-Spa range and have tried just about every body cream that they sell in my local Asda! One of my favourites is 'Vanilla Creme Brulee'. I first tried this particular body cream last year and have recently stocked up on a few tubs for £1.00 a tub - bargain! I would recommend checking your local store for bargain purchases though I feel £3.00 from the website is a good price too. I have dry and sensitive skin. I like body creams which soft my skin, moisturise and leave it scented. Inside the tub, this doesn't look like the most attractive of body creams. It is a tan colour and is of a thick consistency - very rich and sort of bouncy in texture but as you can imagine, it isn't as thick as a body butter. The cream glistens in the light. Personally, I like to apply this in the evening. It is perfectly suitable for everyday use and would appeal to any age. ~A Dessert In A Pot?~ I can't imagine anyone purchasing this if they do not like toffee or vanilla scents. On opening the tub, the scent is extremely strong and very sickly. The toffee is the overiding scent and comes through as being quite synthetic and overly sweet. This may put many off before you have even applied it but I persevered. This body cream is very rich and offers a cool, silky texture. I find it to feel quite indulgent and my skin feels pampered as I coat it in the cream. A little goes a long way and it is of a decent quality. It is very gentle and soothing on my skin and my skin soaks it up quickly leaving no residue behind. This body cream moisturises well in my opinion. It leaves the surface of my skin feel soft and supple for several hours after application and does smoothen dry areas around my knees and elbows. Once I have rubbed this body cream across my skin, the scent changes and becomes more appealing. It begins to smell much more natural and to me, makes me think of sweet puddings. The vanilla comes through a bit more and there is an undertone which reminds me of burnt sugar more than full blown toffee. Very delectable, rich and creamy. The scent lasts a little longer on my skin than most other N-Spa products and gradually fades through the day. I can still smell it 4 hours after application. ~Conclusion~ Overall I can recommend this body cream. It is lovely for dry skin and smells gorgeous once the initial sickly aroma has disappeared. I only ever scoop a small amount out the pot at a time so it lasts quite well. I don't use this one everyday as I get a little bored and like to try different scented body creams/lotions but it is used quite a lot. I am glad I stocked up whilst it was reduced! Thanks for reading :)
After the "stash" of smellies I received at Christmas, I am starting to get the impression my family think I smell! Alongside the bottles of oils and bubble baths and deodorants (I swear my Mum's "crap" bags are getting more random by the year!), I also received an abundance of body lotions, with one of those being the subject of this review. The product itself is part of one of my favourite ranges, that being the "n-spa" collection, which are beautifully scented and originally mostly fruity scents, but in more recent times are branching out to what I would deem as pudding scented treats! This particular scent is that of vanilla crème brulee, I know many people (my husband included!) can't see the fascination with these scents, but I feel not only wonderfully moisturised, but also deliciously scented too. The pot itself is a screw lid type, with the pot having a nice wide opening for scooping out a creamy fluffy mound of cream, ready to be applied to freshly washed and clean skin (though you can apply to unshowered/bathed skin, but why?!). On the lid is a wonderfully random poem written especially for this particular scent of cream - "If", said the wise man, "the sea was vanilla, might the owl and the pussycat have change their minds and sat instead on caramel coated sands with waves topped with crème.......life would be simple, rich and fulfilled. Shall we go there one day?" Extremely random, and yet strangely alluring, and even more surprisingly I always feel hungry for something sweet after reading it! Once I have scooped some out (less should usually be more, but due to my skin being lizard like I do tend to go overboard a little!), I always emulsify in my hands before application, I read once that it would be better accepted by the skin if it is more to body temperature. Once applied thoroughly rub into you skin (anywhere on the body is fine, except for the face), or you can do what I do, rub until your skin is completely white, then cover with old pyjama's and leave to soak in for a few hours, the end result is usually the same! The cream itself is quite thick, but as it is a body cream rather than abutter, it is much thinner than the previous mentioned butters, this said however, it still covers the skin beautifully, and once soaked in (10 minutes for the rubbing method, 45 minutes for the soaking in method!) I find hat my skin feels wonderfully soft and smooth, with there still being a strong scent left afterwards, which to me is always a fantastic base to any of the other scents I tend to use. The scent is completely sublime, there is the distinct scent of vanilla, but has a really delicious scent of creamy caramel too, in fact like you have bathed in your pudding, but be warned it doesn't taste as nice (I did have a quick lick for the purposes of this review you understand......no, not nice!). A full sized pot is available in a fair few different scents for around the price of £3.00, or as part of a multi pot gift set, which includes many of the different flavours available in the new range (I also had chocolate orange and gingerbread latte, both sublime!), with the gift set retailing at around the £5.00 mark. These are available from many stockists now, but have been available for quite sometime from www.asda.com. This is a lovely cream that not only makes you smell good enough to eat, but leaves you skin soft, smooth and extremely touchable! Thanks for reading x
For my birthday I had a huge pile of NSpa products, I just love NSpa and they by far one of my favourite brands on the market. However I was rather shocked I haven't reviewed this already! N-Spa Vanilla Crème Brûlée Body Cream: 'The deliciously rich moisturising Body Cream with shea butter will melt into your skin leaving your body feeling super soft and smoothed.' My Findings: One of the first things that attracted me to NSpa was there quirky little tag line on their products; it was something I had never seen before at the time. It gives them there own unique touch adding there personal stamp, however there are a few brands that have started to do the same. Not many living up to NSpa! "If," said the wise man, "the sea was vanilla, might the owl and the pussycat have changed their minds and sat instead on caramel coated sands with waves topped with cream... life would be simple, rich and fulfilled. Shall we go there one day?" So far none of their body creams have disappointed me and this one doesn't fail me either, if I could spread it on some cake and eat it I would! I know some people are not to keen on products that smell like food however I just love it! Just like other NSpa creams this comes in a round tub with a screw off top, to get the cream out you need to scoop it out using your hands. This I guess would be my only part I'm not to keen on as having long nails when scooping the product out it tends to go under my nails! I do much prefer squeeze bottles. When I opened the lid for the first time I was drifted away with the tastiest, most gorgeous aroma. From first sniff I was well and truly in love! Smoothing this cream over my skin for the first time it was cool, light and absorbed easily. Just like rubbing pure silk over my skin, I adore the feeling of smoothing this cream over my skin. This fragrance is a little strong when first applying but for me I don't mind one bit, during the course of the day it does fade away quite fast. For a couple of hours the scent does linger around on your skin, I have even been asked if I have been baking when going into work! I personally think this smells like a vanilla sponge cake with a caramel topping, the cream is of a medium consistency and a biscuit like colour. When it is on your skin I think you get a more of a baked aroma kind of like a vanilla biscuit/shortbread. Like I said I know that this will not appeal to all but for me I just can not get enough of it. Although within a couple of hours the fragrance somewhat disappears the lovely soft feeling on my skin stays around for the whole day. I like how moisturised my skin feels without being tacky or a greasy feeling like some creams can do. Packaging is simple but elegant it is not over loaded but more straight to the point of what the product is. Once empty and clean being made of plastic it is fully recyclable. Price and Availability: NSpa is only available to purchase in Asda or at the NSpa web site, however they are more expensive on the web site. From Asda it will cost £3.00 for the large 250ml tub; they have them on offer from time to time at £2.00. Overall: What can I say but I love NSpa and 99% of there range, this body cream is loving to my skin, smells wonderful and the tub will last me well. I feel that I get great value for money and a tub will last me around 1 month applying once a day. A huge five out of five stars from me! Thanks for reading. Additional Information: Although they don't state this on their packaging and I really don't know why they don't add it on their label. N-Spa do not test on animals, I'm surprised they don't add this to their packaging as it's something a lot of people look for. www.nspafruits.co.uk/Testing N-Spa is one of my favourite bathroom/body treats and they don't cost the earth at the same time. They don't just do body creams they also have - * Shower Sorbet's which are moisturising and cleansing body washes, again come in amazing fragrances. * Hand and foot 'Scream' which are scrubs * Shower and Bath Gels many I have reviewed now, they are body washes which can be used in the shower or bath. * Body Polish which is a gently exfoliater, the scent so far are limited in this range but I can wait for more to come. * Bath Melt this is gives the same effect at the shower and bath gel on your skin however this is just for use in the bath. * Body Shimmer Oil * Bath syrups www.nirvanaspa.co.uk Ingredients - Aqua (Water) , Paraffinum Liquidum , Cetearyl Alcohol , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Glyceryl Stearate SE , Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate , Glycerin , Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit Butter , Phenoxyethanol , Parfum (Fragrance) , Carbomer , Panthenol , Citric Acid , Sodium Hydroxide , Caramel , CI 15985. Manufacturer Nirvana Spa Mole Road Wokingham Berkshire RG41 5DJ.
*** At the time of writing this review, the entire N-Spa range seems to have been rebranded and repackaged, but this is still available in the old packaging on the Asda website for just 50p! *** ~~~~~~~~~ Carried away ~~~~~~~~~ I've got a bit carried away trying out N-Spa products recently - I've been using the Asda online shopping service and for some reason I can't seem to resist adding the odd thing to my basket before I check out! And as I mention, everything has been repackaged recently so all the old-style products were being sold off cheaply. But when I bought this it cost £2. N-Spa products are available exclusively in Asda and from the N-Spa website. However, I consistently notice that the products are a few pounds cheaper from Asda, so whatever you do buy them from there and not direct from N-Spa! There are several body creams available. They come in a 250ml tub and used to be £2 on the Asda website, and £3.50 from N-Spa - although as mentioned this is just 50p on the Asda site at the moment. Other N-Spa body cream fragrances include: Blueberry cream pie Coconut ice Raspberry milkshake My review is for the vanilla crème brulee version. You can also get crème brulee shower cream and body scrubs. ~~~~~~~~ A nice price ~~~~~~~~ I adore vanilla scented products but find it's quite hard to buy vanilla scented creams - at least ones that don't cost the earth (and all recommendations are welcome!). So at £2 of course I had to give this one a go. The old-style N-Spa packaging was always pretty simple with black writing, and they looked quite stylish. The vanilla body cream had a simple label on the top and a proverb from the "wise man" who had something to say on all N-Spa products... "If," said the wise man, "the sea was vanilla, might the owl and the pussycat have changed their minds and sat instead on caramel coated sands with waves topped with cream... life would be simple, rich and fulfilled. Shall we go there one day?" I am not sure if the old man and his proverbs will appear on the new-look N-Spa range! Unscrewing the lid, I was immediately a bit disappointed with the contents. Instead of the usual creamy colour of vanilla products, this was more of a toffeeish sludge! Also the consistency looked a bit thin - although this comes in a tub like other body butters, this definitely is not to be confused with a butter! It is much thinner and more like a thick lotion. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not really vanilla-y ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now onto the smell as I can forgive sludgy colours and sloppy textures if the smell is to my liking. Well ... I find the smell of this really odd. It isn't as vanilla-y as I would like - I think it is more of a toffee or caramel scent. It lacks a bit of sweetness for me and, strangely, has a somewhat oaty smell to me (sorry - I do hope this makes sense!). Although it isn't a horrible smell at all, I am really not mad on it - I don't mind using but I don't LOVE using it if you know what I mean. This doesn't do it for me on the vanilla front sadly. However other people may really like this scent and it may be good if you fancy a caramel scented cream! As suspected from its appearance, the cream much is gloopier than I would like. My next complaint (and this is turning into a bit of a grumbly review!) is that the cream doesn't sink into the skin nicely at all. I find this to be one of those products that you have to rub and rub before it sinks into the skin - and even then it sometimes leaves residue behind. I have creams that sink into the skin straight away, but this certainly isn't one of them! For this reason I wouldn't use this product in the morning if I was in a hurry - instead I will be using it at night. However it does leave my skin feeling really soft and well moisturised and, if I use this before bed, my skin still feels really soft the next morning - although the smell has completely gone. ~~~~~~~~~ Disappointing ~~~~~~~~~ I didn't realise how bad I found this product until I started writing this review - it really seems I don't have many good things to say about it! On the plus side it does moisturise skin and it is well priced. But despite the style of packaging, this isn't to be confused with body butters of any description - this is very different and would be more like the types of lotion you usually get in a bottle or tube. Overall I can't really recommend this product. Even if I really loved the smell, I find the long time it takes to apply puts me off. But the price is good and the packaging is nice (clutching at straws now!) so I'll give it two stars.