The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub Review + Personal Blah Blah
On one afternoon in December 2010, I went to The Body Shop, GIP and hauled the place. The bill was around 8000 INR…..ohh it still feels go great…thanks to that SA who helped (No, the ones in GIP now are not good. That particular nice SA went to the new Body Shop at Connaught Place). At that time I brought something for myself from almost all the skincare range (no makeup!). Few items were super fail (like Vit E face wash and scrub (my choice) ended in DIY pedicure sessions), few were total love (Spiced Vanilla Shower, Cranberry Body Wash, Vit E cream, Shea Body Butter…hugs to that sweet SA) and several got over unnoticed! There was just one item which I love so much that I am afraid that it will get over one day - The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub.
Some personal blah blah - When I was about to start my blog, I made a list of all the things that I will review and this baby was in that list. Now, I completely forgot the list and also the notebook which had the list. I was shifting last week and found the list. And about shifting, I am extremely sad till now! All my stuffs got packed my Tuesday and stuffs getting divided into frequent use, less used and to be donated. By afternoon, I could not take the empty room anymore and so I picked her up, went to the garden and so my first outdoor post. And yes, remember the bad weather on last week Tuesday? The weather got bad right after the pics were taken!
What The Body Shop Says about it –
Well the fact that it was chosen by The Body Shop as the top ten iconic Body Shop products says a lot in itself.
What the website says
Best if you want to: Take time to cleanse, revive and revitalize your skin using a luxuriously pampering creamy salt scrub for the body with skin softening butters from Africa that will leave skin soft, smooth and subtly scented with our traditional Spa Wisdom™ Africa fragrance.
Best for: all skin types, particularly those with dry skin who need to exfoliate regularly
How it works:
Community Trade organic beeswax moisturizes and conditions skin while acting as a barrier to help seal in moisture.
Community Trade shea butter moisturizes and softens skin.
Salt grains gently exfoliate skin.
Ximenia, an oil extracted from the ximenia tree native to Africa, helps soften the skin.
I still remember that on that day the SA just made me smell this and I was sold! This is the most relaxing smell ever! Kinda chocolaty coconut with floral hints. The smell is subtle but does not does unnoticed.
The texture is super thick. You will find it hard to glide on your skin!
How I use – I wet the body part that I intent to scrub and then put a bit of it and rub it until the salt melts in your body. Keep it on for a long time to enjoy the smell and also the fact that the oil present in the scrub is absorbed in the skin. Wash it away.
The formula is so super thick that I never needed more than a teaspoon even for whole body scrub. The formula has oil and so even when I use just a teaspoon; the skin feels soft, clean and supple even without the use of a moisturizer even in the driest winters of Delhi! I do not use it very often as I am afraid that it will get over and luckily not much is required. So far I have used up half the product in 15 months.
Price – I got it for 1650 INR I think. Its 1555INR now for 350 ml. I know very steep for a scrub but somehow I never looked at it as a scrub. I look at it as a way to pamper myself. De-stress and indulge in that amazing smell. While for makeup I have the 1K rule, there is nothing like that for skincare. Your skin remains with you till you die so you must care it very much.
Another personal blah blah - I remember boy remarked which he saw the price,"I thought it is food. Something like ghee (clarified cow milk butter). But, I was shocked by the price. Won't it be better if you apply pure ghee on your skin? Even that is way cheaper than this......"
Now, I cannot explain him one-skin-till-you-die logic. I scratched away the price part from the tub so that we never get into this talk again.
Later, I felt I could dupe it with some olive oil and salt but then my aim is not a salt scrub but the indulging spa feel that I get because of the smell and the smooth skin because of the Ximenia oil.
It’s for you – if you love to pamper yourself and can work on your skin yourself. You are the one who loves spas and warm smells. You have dry skin and do not want harsh scrubs but something that will provide some nourishment to your skin.
It’s not for you - if you have very oily body skin or still thinking how high the price is *wink* but look it in this way – how long will this last, what it does and how amazing the smell is?
Next time you visit the store, just smell it once. You will know what I mean.
|Last pic with my old apartment - will miss it :(|