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I was lucky enough to find this product in a charity shop for 50p!!!! It usually retails £16.35 for a 50g tub direct from Neal's Yard. I had no experience of using these products prior to buying this, I just knew they were quite pricey so quickly snapped it up!
Neal's Yard concern themselves with organic, natural, health and beauty products. This body scrub aims to refresh and smooth dull and dry skin with a concoction of essential oils, shea butter and dead sea salt.
--Using the product--
Immediately as soon as the lid is lifted on the tub, the smell of the essential oils is apparent, in particular the geranium, which is a very strong smell that fills the bathroom. The product is easily scooped out of the tub ready to apply to the body, although I find it very hard to stop water from filling up the tub when I use this in the shower, but this is not a fault specific to this product. 1 to 2 scoops are needed per limb.
The grittiness of the scrub is apparent as soon as this is on the skin, the sea salt particles make this scrub quite harsh, so I would not recommend this to people with sensitive skin. The medium consistency of the scrub allows it to remain on the skin and rub in, rather than running straight off the body. The moisturizing properties of the shea butter and essential oils can be felt and seen immediately as the product is rubbed over the skin, skin feels silky smooth and moisturised.
Washing off the scrub is not too much bother, although a some particles do need encouragement to wash off the skin.
Skin feels immediately softer, smoother and brighter, so it does perform well and do what it claims. The fragrance from the scrub stays on the skin for several hours after using this and the softness lasts for several days, so it only needs to be used about once a week. If used all over the body, once a week I think this would last about 6 weeks until it runs out.
One thing that is a pain is the residue left in the sower/bath! It takes a bit of cleaning afterwards to remove the particles that linger.
I am pleased with the results from this scrub, however I am not convinced that cheap products or even homemade products can't do the same! For £16 I do not think I will be buying this again, but if I spot it in the charity shop again I will not hesitate to but it!!
4 stars because of the price
I like a little luxury in my life so was very pleased to receive a tub of Neal's Yard Remedies Orange and Geranium Body Scrub last Christmas.
Neal's Yard Remedies are based in London's Covent Garden and are an extremely good option for those who care about what goes into their cosmetics. In a way they are a more traditional, middle class version of Lush, as they both produce natural, ethical products. Neal's Yard believe in using entirely (natural and organic where possible) ingredients that have not been tested on animals. The label on my pot of body scrub has a list of what is not in the product from silicone to synthetic fragrances and colours a mile long. Natural beauty does come at a price, as according to the Neal's Yard website this 200 gram tub of body scrub is £16.35 so for me a real luxury product.
The body scrub is meant to refresh and smooth dull and dry skin. It is made from Dead Sea Salt and ground rice for exfolliating purposes, shea butter for moisturising purposes and of course geranium and orange oils. The geranium oil seems to be key here, as it has antiseptic healing properties to help prevent blemishes on the skin whilst the orange oil has an uplifting effect.
The product is presented fairly simply and traditionally in a dark blue plastic pot with a screw top which is very easy to remove even in a shower. Inside the pot is a dark cream, light peach coloured light paste with darker brown flecks, which I assume are the ground rice. The smell is slightly floral. I can't really detect the orange at all. This is a real negative point for me, as I am far more a fan of citrus and fruity scents than the floral one of the geranium that dominates.
Using the scrub is fairly easy. I tend to scoop a small dollop out of the tub and rub in damp skin. I tend to concentrate on the rougher areas of my body such as elbows, knees and sometimes do my back. You just need to massage it in using circular movements to really make the scrub work. It is a pretty firm paste that warms up and loosens on contact with the skin. It's got quite a gritty texture from the dead sea salt and the ground rice and I really feel that it works sloughing away the dead skin. Once its rubbed in, the skin has an almost waxy feel to it, which I attribute to the moisturising properties of the shea butter. My skin feels pretty smooth and soft. The one thing that I really do not like about the scrub is the gritty residue it leaves at the bottom of the shower once I have rinsed it off.
I have been using this scrub on and off about once a fortnight for the past ten months and sill have a thin layer of it at the bottom of the tub. Although it does seem expensive it is extremely long lasting thus is not bad value for money. . I am really pleased I got this scrub as a present, as it does work but I'm not keen on he smell and it can make a mess of the bottom of your shower or bath.
Ingredients: Maris sal (Dead sea salt), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter, Glycine soja (soya) oil, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, Cera alba (Beeswax), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Oryza sativa (Ground rice), Glycerin, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil, Argania spinosa (Argan), Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) peel oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool / Organically produced ingredient / 60% Organic / A combination of natural exfoliators / argan shell, Dead Sea salt and ground rice / blended with moisturising plant oils and butters rich in essential fatty acids to boost skin's vitality / Its gentle polishing action gently removes dead cells from the skin's surface without harming underlying layers and also acts to boost circulation / invigorating the skin to help to improve firmness and tone / The rich moisturising blend leaves freshly buffed skin soft, supple and velvety smooth / Recommended / Benefits: Refreshing / Circulation boosting / With mineral rich Dead Sea salt and moisturising oils / Directions for use: Massage into damp skin with a circular motion, rinse thoroughly / Due to the high salt content Neal's Yard Remedies' advise not to use this product on freshly shaven or broken skin /