Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish

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I bought this product the other week when I went shopping in Cambridge, because I’ve had my eye on it for a while.

So what is a body polish? Well the Body Shop promises that this will gently buff away dead skin cells to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. Having used this, I’d describe it as a hybrid between a shower gel and an exfoliating scrub. It is thick and gel like like a shower gel, and foams up in the same way, but it has small gritty particles in it like a scrub.

I’ve enjoyed using this a lot so far. Because of the squeezy bottle and the texture of the product itself, it’s really easy to use it all over your body without dropping it all over the bottom of your shower or making a mess. I wouldn’t say I’ve seen a huge difference in my skin, but touching it now it feels smooth and soft, so perhaps it is working without my realising.

The only slight disappointed is the smell. I adore the Body Shop Satsuma range because it smells so good. Really fresh and fruity and citrusy. However, the smell of this polish is like a super intensified version of the shower gel smell which I find a bit overpowering.

Other than that, this is great!

March 2014 Favourites

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It’s that time of the month again, time for a favourites post! Here’s what I have been loving this month.

Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm in Shade 205 Elusive – I bought this as the free part of a buy one get one free deal. Zoella was raving about some in a video a few days before I got it, so I thought it would be worth a try. This is a fantastic and super wearable colour, and the product is really easy to apply.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI – this targeted breakout corrector has definitely improved the most problematic areas of my skin and is the most effective high street spot/blemish treatment I have tried.

Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream – I have been loving this moisturiser because it absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving a sticky/clammy feeling on my face. It smells pretty and has made my skin feel more even.

Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub – This scrub just smells absolutely heavenly. I just sit in the bath inhaling the scent straight from the pot, it’s that good!

Tesco slippers – this is a bit of a cheat as I only got these a few days ago, but I have been obsessed with them ever since. I thought they would be a great pair of slippers for spring and summer when I don’t want to wear my big fluffy slipper boots. They are super comfy and really cute.

Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub

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I have been wanting to try this scrub for ages now because it’s one of those products everyone seems to love. I was lucky enough to be given it for Christmas and have been using it for the last couple of weeks.

The Breakfast Scrub is an oat, shea butter and sugar scrub containing  bananas, almond and honey extracts. As with all Soap & Glory products, this scrub smells amazing. It took me a while to place the exact scent – sweet and sugary, almost like brown sugar, but not floral or fruity -but after checking the tub I realised it’s actually maple syrup! Yummy!

The scrub is a thick paste consistency which you need to scoop up out the tub before you use it. It has very large grainy particles in it, much bigger than some other Soap & Glory scrubs like Flake Away. It makes it feel really nice and exfoliating.

I’m really enjoying this scrub and would definitely consider re-purchasing it. I like to alternate between this and using shower gel on a mitt to make sure I get luxury and also really good exfoliation each week.

What other Soap & Glory products should I be trying?

December/January Empties

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I have gathered quite a stack of empties to share with you over December and January. I’ve been in the mood to use up lots of half empty things basically. As always, any products I have done full reviews of, I will only mention briefly, but the main review will be linked. I hope you enjoy!

Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – good grief, this product lasted me one entire year! Now that’s what you call value for money. If only it didn’t stink so much.

Soap and Glory Flake Away scrub – I got this travel size pot of Flake Away in my Boots advent calendar and started using it straight away. Like all Soap and Glory products, it smells really sweet (“aromas of leafy greens, bergamot and mandarin, with floral and fruity middle notes, and a soft, sexy, musk, oakmoss, amber and woody drydown” according to the Boots website) which I really like. I’d say it’s more of a luxury product than a heavy duty scrub as the particles are very fine. It won’t revolutionise your skin care, but it will make you smell great!

Lush Catastrophie Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask – I was really pleased with this mask, but unfortunately it’s on the empty list by default. I always forget about the fresh face masks because they live in the fridge not in my bathroom. I think I only ended up using this once or twice. What a waste!

L’Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution – I bought this product back when everyone in the beauty community started going crazy for it. It is supposed to remove makeup, unclog pores and tone the skin all at the same time. I found it irritated my eyes a little and made the skin of my eyelids quite sore. I also felt like my skin was never truly clean afterwards, so I didn’t rate it much.

Nina by Nina Ricci Perfume – This perfume has lasted me a whole year (my boyfriend bought it for me last Christmas) but I have sadly run out now. I’m sure it won’t be long till I repurchase it though. I really love Nina Ricci’s perfumes, they smell great, and their staying power isn’t too bad.

Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer – This shadow primer wasn’t too bad actually. It stops the tell tale eyeshadow creasing that shows how long it was since you applied it. However, I don’t like the fact that the wand starts to look dirty after only a couple of uses (picking up the foundation around your eyes). It shows up all the more because it’s white. That makes it feel quite unhygienic and unappealing. I also found that it’s consistency changed towards the end of the tube, so it doesn’t last very long either.

Body Shop Raspberry Shower Gel – This stuff smells absolutely amazing. It’s definitely my favourite Body Shop scent so far; delicious!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – I’ve tried a couple of cleansers since finishing this and nothing’s as good, so I’ve already re-ordered it! Enough said!

L’Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing & Taming Shampoo and Conditioner – I really love the smell of these: rich and creamy like shea butter. The conditioner was absolutely fantastic, which surprised me because I am very picky when it comes to conditioner. The shampoo worked really well too but it didn’t knock my socks off.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream – This is the little hand cream that’s been in my hand bag for dry hand ’emergencies’. I really don’t like the formula and I definitely won’t be repurchasing!

Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub

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Today I am reviewing the first of my Christmas gifts! I have been using it every other day since Christmas, so I think I am now in a position to discuss it fairly.

The Coconut Body Scrub is one of Body Shop’s best selling scrubs. It is designed to removes dead skin cells and stimulate microcirculation. It contains organic virgin coconut oil which is great for your skin. It has a gorgeous coconut scent. I find some of Body Shop’s products don’t really smell of what they are supposed to, but this one definitely does. Coconut is a great scent for bath and shower products. It feels a bit more luxurious than some of the fruity scents like Strawberry or Mango, but still smells clean and fresh, unlike some of their creamier smells like Shea or Cocoa. I love those scents, but for more for moisturisers than shower products.

To use the scrub, scoop some out of the tub and apply it to damp skin in a circular motion, then rinse thoroughly. I use it in the shower every other day, as I said. You could incorporate it into your bath routine, but then you will end up with bits of grainy scrub in your bath water which wouldn’t appeal to me.

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The scrub has a creamy consistency with a medium thickness and contains gritty lumps (think hair conditioner with bits in). I’ve heard mention that these are bits of coconut shell, although I’m not sure. I really like the gritty, grainy texture as it really feels like the scrub is working, breaking down those dead skin cells. Pairing it with the creamy consistency is a clever idea; the hard and soft textures work really well together. The scrub leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. It is a great addition to my shower routine and leaves the bathroom smelling like fresh coconut for ages afterwards!

If you really like the smell of this product and want it to be a bit more intense, I think the scrub would be great if you used it with the Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream and finished off with the Body Shop Coconut Body Butter.

Boots Beauty Advent Calendar Days 16-20

I can’t quite believe how deliciously close we are to Christmas! It is so exciting! My post today is another advent calendar update because you seem to be enjoying them!

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When I first opened door number 16 I was a little disappointed because the gift was just a bog standard nail file. However, it actually turned out to be quite useful when I snapped a nail mere hours later!

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I am thrilled with what was behind door 17 though: a travel size pot of Flake Away scrub from Soap & Glory. I had never tried this before but I am really loving it; it smells divine!

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On the 18th I got yet another disappointing perfume sample. This one was a different fragrance by Ghost. It excited me so little I don’t even remember what it was.

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A lot of people really rate Carmex lip balms so I was excited to try this, however it just made my lips burn! Is it supposed to do that?

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I am so excited to show you this one! Door number 20 revealed a gorgeous Mavala nail polish: Pure Diamond. I can’t wait to wear this, Mavala nail polishes are amazing!

July / August 2013 Empties

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I seem to have got through an excessive amount of products in the last 6-7 weeks so now seems the perfect time for an empties post. As there are so many, I thought I’d group some together. I’d better get started!

Body Products

Firstly, I have used up two little miniature bottles of shower gel – Radox Shower Smoothies Soul Soother and Soap & Glory Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel. I discussed these in more detail in a previous post so I won’t go into too much detail, but you can read more here if you would like.

I also finished my Sanctuary Mande Lular Sensuous Body Scrub. If you read my previous review of this product (here), you’ll know that I didn’t really rate its exfoliating power.  I have to say it grew on me the more I used it, but not enough to persuade me to repurchase it. I think I’d rather try something different. It did however prove to be invaluable when I had a bit of a fake tan disaster a few weeks ago. More on that to come in a future post!

Finally, I used up a Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash. I never got round to reviewing this properly so I’ll give you a few thoughts here. I absolutely adore the smell of the Sugar Crush range. It’s incredibly sweet – a mixture of sugar and lime. However, I was disappointed to find that the smell of the body wash really doesn’t linger on your skin at all.  The body wash itself lathers well and I think the pump feature is a clever idea. £6.50 seems a little expensive for a body wash but I have to say this has lasted me absolutely ages – a pump or two goes a really long way, particularly if you use a body puff or exfoliating glove that helps to lather it, rather than applying it with your hand. I wouldn’t repurchase this particular product, but I will definitely try more of the Sugar Crush range.

Hair Products

I managed to finish two different conditioners in the last few weeks because I had two that were half – three quarters empty. The two I finished were the Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Conditioner which I reviewed here and Pantene Pro V Classic Care Conditioner. The Pantene is my absolute go-to conditioner and I have already repurchased it. I have never found anything which leaves my long, thick hair feeling as smooth, silky and hydrated.

I also finished a bottle of Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Shampoo. I love this shampoo and, no matter how many different shampoos I try, I always end up going back to this. It smells really delicious and fruity like raspberries and it makes my hair really glossy and leaves the ends in excellent condition.

Face Products

I finished a bottle of Garnier Clean & Fresh Invigorating Toner. I used this toner religiously for a couple of months at the beginning of the year and then I totally forgot about it. When I found it again I realised how much I missed it. It feels so refreshing and clean on your skin. There have been a lot of questions recently in the beauty world about whether toners are necessary any more. I’m no expert, but all I can say is that on occasions, this toner picks up bits of make up which my cleanser has missed, so in my mind it’s worth it just for that. I think I’ll try a couple of different toners out of interest and then probably go back to this one!

The eyelash curlers aren’t exactly ’empty’ but they are on their last legs so I am throwing them out. They were Boots own eyelash curlers which cost £4.50. They were perfectly adequate and lasted me a long time, but I much prefer my Tweezerman curlers which I am using now.

Miscellaneous 

Last but not least I also finished another candle. This is the Glade Warm Orange and Spice candle which I absolutely love. 

Review: Sanctuary Mande Lular Sensuous Body Scrub

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Sanctuary Mande Lular Sensuous Body Scrub – £6.25 in Boots

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This scrub contains rice bran wax for exfoliation, turmeric and vitamin E. It claims to improve circulation, revitalise your skin and leave it smooth and glowing, all whilst making you feel like an Indonesian princess. Sounds good right?

I have been using this scrub for several weeks now and in general I have enjoyed it. The scent in particular is really lovely. I would describe it as having almost a fruity undertone, but the turmeric gives it a spicy, exotic feel.

The consistency is quite smooth for a scrub. It comes out the bottle like a gel, rather than a thick paste. You can really see the little particles of rice grains in the scrub when you apply it which makes it feel quite a natural product.

It has the feeling of a luxurious spa product, but not the price tag. £6.25 is fairly good value for money, especially considering I have been using this twice a week for nearly a month and I am not even halfway through it.

My main criticism of this product would be that it doesn’t seem to have strong exfoliating power. Whilst it is nice to use, I wouldn’t say that it has made my skin smoother or reduced the amount of ingrown hairs I get. I have been using it with an exfoliating glove and, to be honest, I think the glove does most of the work.

Overall, I would recommend this product for anyone who is looking for a luxurious addition to their shower routine, but I would avoid this if you are looking for heavy duty exfoliation.

Let me know if you have used this product and, if so, what you thought of it!