African Ximenia Body Scrub, €30.50. Hawaiian Kukui Cream, €39. Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay, €27.50. Press samples featured.
The Body Shop’s newest collection is massive – in both the literal and colloquial sense. It’s not based on a single scent or ingredient, like the launches we’re used to. This time, they’ve sourced ingredients from a range of cultures where they’re the locals have loved ’em for years upon years. There are oils, charcoal and plant extracts from all four corners of the world, literally.
It’s a huge line of treatment products, indulgent and very, very luxurious. Like, I feel pretty swish just holding the big, chunky jars. Also, the concept of an at-home spa treatment suits me down to the ground. Being fancy and feeling pampered, just a few feet away from the fridge and a strong WiFi connection.
I’ve got three different products – the African Ximenia Body Scrub, the Hawaiian Kukui Cream and the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay.
The Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay was the first thing I cracked open. I use clay masks all the time, but the idea of a full body treatment blew my mind. True, I don’t get out much, but this is the first I’ve seen on the market in all my counter-creeping years.
It sets like a regular clay mask, only not to the same ultra-hard extent. You won’t crumble all over the floor when you try to shuffle into the shower. It hardens a little, but doesn’t completely solidify.
As it sets, it starts to tingle. It’s cooling, refreshing and absolutely lovely on tired, worn-out legs or feet. If doing a full-body cleanse isn’t your thing, I still recommend this for just your feet, especially if you do a lot of standing or walking.
The Hawaiian Kukui Cream feels a lot like some of The Body Shop’s firmer body creams. It’s almost solid in the pot, and it takes a fair bit of rubbing in. That being said, once you’ve put it on, it soaks in quickly, especially quickly for a thick cream.
It’s pitched at dry skin, and yep, it wonders on mine. It’s rich and nourishing and long-lasting. The softness that I felt right after I used it lingered, even on my knees and elbows.
Its scent is very delicate. As kukui seed oil is what this cream is based on, I imagine they’ve used the flower as the fragrance. It’s a soft, light floral that I don’t notice throughout the day. Nice if you’re very sensitive to scents, and miles more subtle than the bulk of Body Shop products. (Side: No shade, by the way. The intensity of Body Shop scents is the reason I spend my money there. I just know those strong ones aren’t to everyone’s taste.)
The African Ximenia Body Scrub is, for me, the star of the show. The scrubby beads aren’t sharp or jagged, so they exfoliate lightly. While I like my body scrubs rough in summer, this more gentle exfoliation is so perfect for winter skin.
Also, the cream that carries the grains is just like the Hawaiian Kukui Cream. It’s thick and infused with oil, so you’re adding moisture while you’re scrubbing. I scrub and then use what’s left on my skin to shave.
So, while it’s pricey, I would part with my cash for it. It feels expensive, plus I’m getting the use of three products out of one.
Other bits from the range that caught my attention:
French Lavender Massage Oil – I’d love this for myself, because I’m crap at sleeping, but my mam is a notorious lavender fiend and loves a good pamper night. Christmas is coming, lads.
Thai Wooden Massager – *loaded silence*
Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil – I’d use the aforementioned French Lavender Massage Oil before bed, but this one looks like it’d be a brilliant booster for nights out. I like a whack of nourishment with cosmetic benefits, and glowy oils provide just that.