“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Massage Oil / Subcategory: Body Oil / What it does: Lifts, „
I worked in a fast food retailer where I encountered back problems; this was due to my height and constant bending down for ice. I am a regular shopper of body shop so I thought I'd save a few penny's and purchase a massage oil (instead of paying for a massage).
It's oil (obviously) but it's not as greasy as you'll find in some. It holds a strong scent of a mixture of lime and oranges (although personally I think the orange overpowers the lime a little more). Alike most scented toiletries you will be left with the linger of the perfume on your hands.
When applying you don't need much however as it not as greasy sometimes I find I have to reply a little more as the skin absorbs it easily and quickly.
The bottle itself has a green tinge to it which makes the oil appear greet but its not, its transparent. The lid is a screw on top with a flip up cap. Not incredibly difficult to operate, I have carried it in my bag without safety precautions and it has not spilled or leaked.
The label, which paper, holds all necessary information (name, amount in the bottle, ingredients etc). It has addition features for example translations of text for languages outside of English, informs you it is not animal tested and the bottle is recyclable.
As I mentioned above the label is paper, I have found that the label has began to curl forward (but I have had this bottle for a lengthy period of time).
For 100ml it is priced at £7.00. This I feel is reasonable as the oil can last you a long time as not much is needed when conducting a massage. The idea behind the oil is to aid you hands to glide across the skin smoothly as well as moisturise.
This product is exclusive to body shop, however can be found online (like most things).
It works so I like it. 8/10
My other half gets very tense shoulders from sitting at a desk all day with bad posture. I occasionally give him a massage to try and help with it as it can cause him discomfort and at times pain. I find massaging without oil a little bit difficult, when you use oils your hands glide over the skin much more easily so it makes it easier for it and apparently me, feels a bit nicer to him too.
I had already bought a massage oil from The Body Shop, Sensual Ylang Ylang. We both really linked this oil so when I saw that they were selling at a marked down price another from their aromatherapy range, Uplifting Mandarin U just couldn't help myself.
I like orange and lemon fragrances anyway, they are cheerful and relaxing without being sleep inducing. At £3.50 rather than the usual £7.00 for this 100ml bottle it was well worth buying.
This comes in a slim deep green plastic bottle with a flip top lid. The cap flips back to reveal a small hole to drip the oil out from. This is good packaging for this product as you are in control of how much of the oil you use. Around most of the bottle is an orange label showing all the information necessary.
As most oils cannot be used pure, they would cause a reaction, this is already mixed with a carrier oil. Carrier oil is an oil that doesn't tend to irritate skin, in this case it is sesame oil. This sesame oil is a Community Trade product, Community Trade is a programme that The Body Shop runs and is similar to the better known Fair Trade, which most people have heard of. The farmers that The Body Shop buys this oil from get paid a fair price that in turn improves their lives.
This doesn't just have mandarin essential oil but also lime and orange essential oils. These all combine to give a zesty fragrance that isn't sickly sweet but tangy and interesting.
Using this oil is simple, just pour a small amount on your hands then massage into someone else or yourself. While massaging the oils also get absorbed by the skin and will moisturise it well. The Body Shops instructions say not to bath or shower for two hours after to get the full benefits from the moisturisation but if you have a lot of this on and then wear clothing you will find that this wont be too easy to get out of fabric. Oil can leave a mark that is very hard to remove.
I always find that this leaves my hands feeling very soft and smooth after I have given a massage. My other half always showers straight after but still ends up finding that his skin is very soft from using this.
Massage is a great way to help someone unwind and if you give your partner one then they may well return the favour. Unfortunately I hate being massaged, otherwise he might end up getting more of them! It also helps improve the blood flow so will help with more than just aches and pains.
100ml is an awful lot of oil, I use only a very small amount each time so I wouldn't be surprised if this will do at least thirty five to forty massages.
The Body Shop also sell accessories to help you massage someone or yourself and do sell both pure essential oils and carrier oils.
The other already mixed massage oils they sell are;
Relaxing Lavender Massage Oil £7.00 100ml
Energising Bergamot Massage Oil £7.00 10ml
Sensual Ylang Ylang Massage Oil £7.00 100ml
Body Focus Toning Massage oil £10.00 200ml.
At such a cheap price it is well worth buying, it means you can have some fun time together relaxing.
The Body Shop is involved with many charities and foundations, information on these can be found through links on their website. None of their products are tested on animals. They also run their own version of fair trade, which they call community trade, they pay fair prices to farmers of the ingredients they buy. Details of their community trade programme can also be found on their website.
The website is very user friendly and means not only can you buy online (good P&P charges and fast delivery) but you can also find out more about their products and find out where your local store is situated.
Invigorate and uplift your senses while conditioning and softening your skin /