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This was a random buy during the Christmas spree. I was offered a 3 for £ 10 offer when I was only looking for small tub of cream. I just wanted something as a trial size that smelt nice and was introduced to this product. I used it twice a week and throughout the body. Love the manner it works. It is a rough enough to use on the legs, elbows, knees but it is smooth enough as well to use on the face. I used it once on the face and it felt lush ... I love the light fagrance and the silk feeling it left my skin with .... I am planning to get myself a bigger tub once I use all the Christmas one that I received .... but to be honest as a whole body use and that too twice a week .. this little treasure lasted me approximately 3 weeks ...
I haven't used a large number of different body scrubs before but found this Body Shop Olive Body Scrub to be very impressive!
I'm a fan of the Body Shop Body Care range, especially the fragrant body butters but if like me you don't want to be reaking of fruit or shea butter then I think using this mildly fragranced body scrub is a good option. It has a very mild smell which hardly lingers on the skin so allows me to use the pink grapefruit body butter I prefer after showering. It has a rough enough texture to really feel like you're scrubbing away the dirt but even with my sensitive skin it isn't too rough so as to cause discomfort or longer lasting redness.
One thing I would recommend is using this before your shower gel because it leaves a slightly greasy feeling on the skin which isn't washed away just with water.
It's very reasonably priced since the jar itself is rather large and I've been using it every other time I shower and it has lasted me six months so far. I find that the larger size is better value for money but it's too big to be taken in cabin luggage when travelling which has caused some inconvenience since I'm so fond of it and wanted to continue using it abroad.
It definitely left my skin feeling softer after just a few uses but not dry like some other body scrubs can.
The Olive body scrub was one of two body scrubs I bought from the body shop recently, the other being the cocoa butter one. I wanted to use each separately so I could see which one gave my skin the best results. I've been using the olive one for about two weeks and so far I'm pleased with the product.
Smell: Personally I love the smell of this. At first I can say I wasn't exactly drawn to 'olive' as a fragrance, it doesn't really stand out as something that you would want to smell of right? But to be honest the smell is very earthy, natural and fresh. It sort of smells like soapy vegetables (in a good way), with a sweet undertone of marzipan.. I have to say though once applied to the skin it loses the sweet undertones and just becomes a very fresh subtle fragrance. So if you like subtle earthy fragrances then you'll definitely like this. I
Product and Texture: The consistency of it is quite thick, which makes it quite indulgent to apply, it sinks into the skin very easily leaving it feeling moisturised and soft to touch. For a more indulgent and moisturizing experience I would actually recommend applying it to dry skin and THEN rinsing it off... I feel this has more of a beneficiary effect on the skin as it is getting the product undiluted and so all the ingredients are being absorbed.
The scrub is also packed full of tiny little granules of rice, olive stones & walnut shells which act as natural and effective exfolliants which work slongside the moisturising organic olive oil to exfolliate and moisturise the skin simultaneously.
Value for money: One thing that might put people off this product is the price. At the time of my purchase body scrubs were on offer at 2 for £15 and on top of that I had a voucher for £10 off a £25 purchase. But usually this scrub is £12.50 for 200ml, not sure I could personally afford that BUT the body shop always has lots of offers on both in store and online (but these do differ, sometimes offers are instore only or vice versa).
Also even though I DO like the packaging I feel keeping it in a tub makes it easier for you to use more product than you intended. I have scrubs in squeezy bottles and even though it doesn't look quite as nice it does make it easier to control the amount of product you want to use, and so I find these last longer.
Overall this is a lovely moisturising body scrub for people with dry skin, it's definitely a good product for winter when central heating dries your skin out something terrible! (Well for me it does anyway). I would have to say it's not *quite* as moisturising as the cocoa butter scrub, but overall the smell and consistency is more pleasant!
The Olive Body Butter by The Body Shop is one of my favourite butters in their collection. Although it does not smell as delicious as other butters such as Coconut or Mango, it leaves my skin the softest and feeling the most nourished. As it has left such an impression on me, I thought it was time to try out the Olive Body Scrub by The Body Shop to see if it would leave me equally pleased.
The Olive Body Scrub has been created for skin that is normal to dry. The purpose of a scrub is to remove dead skin cells that make your skin look dull, revealing the healthy new layer of skin hiding beneath it. This means that your skin will look healthier and feel smoother. As this scrub is heavily cream based, it also moisturises the skin leaving it softer than before.
How does it work? The exfoliating action is performed by the crushed walnuts, crushed olive stones and rice grains that have been stirred into the mixture. The gentle polishing action removes the dead skin cells as it is massaged into the skin, removing patches of dry skin and leaving your body feeling silky smooth.
The mixture contains Organic Olive Oil which conditions and softens the skin. It is incredibly nourishing for the skin as it is enriched with Vitamin E, nutrients, antioxidants and minerals. The oil treats any dry skin that you may have and works towards improving the appearance of stretch marks. The substance has restorative properties and improves the overall health of you skin.
The Organic Olive which it contains has comes from a region of Italy who sell their produce directly to The Body Shop, cutting out the middle man, meaning the Italian farmers get a better incomes and an improved lifestyle.
It also contains Sunflower seed oil. The purpose of this oil being added is to moisturise the skin leaving it feeling softer and smoother. The substance contains fatty acids which are essential to the maintenance of healthy skin cells, meaning that the skin can retain moisture more easily.
How do you use the product? The scrub is to be used in the same way as other scrubs. It should be used no more than three times a week because exfoliants can be harsh on the skin and leave it feeling sore. I use in the shower. Once my skin is damp, I turn off the shower and scoop a handful from the tub and then massage it into the skin using a circular motion.
The massaging action can help to tone the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Then I turn the shower on again, and rinse away the product. If you follow up with a moisturiser once your skin is dry, your body will feel amazing.
This product is not one of the cheaper body scrubs in The Body Shop collection but I do think it's one of the best. The scrubbing particles are harder than the ones that are in the Mango scrub and feel as if they are doing a more intense job. Nevertheless, it is still comfortable to use and doesn't sting when you are massaging it onto the skin.
The scrub comes in an olive coloured wide circular tub with a screw top which looks exactly the same as the Olive Body Butter except for the writing so you'll need to ensure that you pick up the right one. The picture on the front of the lid is of delicious green olives. The design of the packaging means that you can easily access the product and ensure that none of it goes to waste. It costs around £12.50 for 200ml but it is fairly long lasting as it is not designed to be used everyday.
You can buy this product from your local Body Shop or you can find it on many online websites. If you find that you like this product, then also included in the range is the Olive Body Butter that I have already mentioned, Olive shower gel and Olive soap. The Olive range is has a more subtle scent than The Body Shop's other varieties and is the least likely to be offensive and can double up for use on men too.
All in all, this is a fantastic body scrub that is full of natural ingredients and provides a host of benefits to your skin. I prefer my shower products to have a more of a fragrance and my favourite one is Soap and Glory's scrub with has a gorgeous scent. Although the Soap and Glory Scrub leaves my skin amazingly soft, this one feels like it's better for your skin because of its nourishing ingredients.
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Olea europaea (Olive Oil) (Emollient), Oryza sativa (Rice) (Exfoliant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Juglans regia (Walnut Shell Powder) (Exfoliant), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sorbitan Stearate (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Carbomer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) (Emollient), Methylparaben (Preservative), Silica (Absorbent), Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Propylparaben (Preservative), Isopropyl Myristate (Emollient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Daucus carota (Carrot Extract) (Natural Additive), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Beta-Carotene (Colorant), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Caramel (Colour), CI 77288 (Colour).