For the past couple of months, I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting for the much-anticipated launch of the new The Body Shop Spa of the World collection. I mean, who doesn’t love a little at-home pampering session?
As a working mama, I barely have time to shave my legs, let alone make an actual spa appointment – but my busy schedule alone is enough reason to make sure that I get an hour or two of much-needed pampering and relaxation every week. The Body Shop Spa of the World collection features a range of spa-inspired products that help you to recreate the spa experience in the comfort of your own home – but do they actually live up to the hype?
In a nutshell? Yes! I haven’t tried the entire range, but I’m really enjoying the handful of products that are currently standing beside my bath tub. Scroll down to read more about each product…
African Ximenia Scrub
This luxurious, creamy scrub contains ximenia oil, a rich, indulgent oil that’s extracted from the ximenia fruit seed that’s handpicked from the ‘tree of life’ in Nambia. Unlike many granular body scrubs that I’ve used in the past, this one provides a very gentle scrub to soften your skin, while sloughing away dead skin cells at the same time. It’s rich and creamy and leaves my skin feeling moisturised, and it smells absolutely gorgeous to boot! Another perk? The massive tub – I’ve been using this two to three times per week as I prepare my skin for the summer months, and I still have more than half a tub left. After rinsing, I treat my neck, décolleté, upper arms and back to a good dose of the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay.
Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay
This stuff is utterly amazing! I’ve never treated myself to a specialised body mask, but since using this beauty, I doubt I’ll ever go back. This purifying clay mask contains charcoal powder, which has been used as a secret ingredient to draw out impurities for centuries. It’s also incredibly destressing and helps to calm and soothe the mind. This specific body clay contains bamboo charcoal from the Himalayas, and I find that it’s fantastic for use on spot-prone areas, such as the chest, back and upper arms. If I had to choose my favourite product from the range (of the products I’ve tried, of course), I think it would be this one; it’s so indulgent and I really feel as though I’ve stepped into a spa when using it.
Want to create an authentic, spa experience at home? Try this expert tip from Vanda Serrador, a facialist and body care expert for The Body Shop:
“The Charcoal Body Clay is best applied using the Body Mask Brush for an even finish and a pleasurable sensation during application. Once you’ve applied the mask, maximise its purifying effects by wrapping the area with a warm towel”
I apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin (usually after using the African Ximenia Scrub) and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing, then follow up with either the Japanese Camellia Cream or Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil, depending on my mood or the state of my skin.
Japanese Camellia Cream
I am a huge fan of Camellia flowers, and have long been a fan of any beauty products that make use of this miraculous skincare ingredient. The Japanese have used Camellia oil since the 8th century to help nourish, soften and moisturise their skins, and this luxurious body cream does just that. Although this rich, nourishing moisturiser packs a serious punch in terms of hydration, it feels velvety soft and is easily absorbed into your skin, without leaving a greasy residue. The scent alone is to-die-for: the pure, delicate fragrance of the Camellia flower is said to relax and calm a racing mind, and I certainly find this to be true. It’s the perfect bedtime treat! I’ve been using this every evening before bedtime, but when I feel that I need an extra dose of hydration, I usually opt for the pampering Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil instead.
Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil
I’ve come across Monoi oil as a skincare ingredient more and more during recent months, but I never actually knew exactly what Monoi oil is, or what it does. I’ve since learnt that Monoi is a sacred blend of coconut oil and tiare flowers, which has been used by the women of the Pacific islands for over 2000 years. It deeply hydrates both your skin and your hair, giving your complexion a radiant glow while leaving your hair looking thick and lustrous. I’m always a bit weary of using oils on my hair, but I found that the Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil is incredibly lightweight – it doesn’t weigh my hair down or leave it looking oily, so it gets full marks from me!
I like to apply this to damp skin after indulging in the body scrub and clay mask mentioned above to lock in moisture, and I usually warm a small amount between my palms before running over my hair for a sleek, smooth finish.
You can also apply a more generous amount to the ends of your hair, then leave it for about 30 minutes for a deeply nourishing pre-shampoo treat – simply wash, condition and style as usual for glossy, healthy-looking hair. Vanda Serrador also offers this top tip – perfect for the upcoming summer months:
“You can streak through dry hair with your fingers to protect from the drying effects of sun, wind, sea and sand”
Have you tried any of the products from the new The Body Shop Spa of the World collection yet? Which products are your favourites? I’ve just added the Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay and The Dead Sea Scrub to my shopping list… The Body Shop haul, anyone?