Any product that helps me relax is good stuff in my book, and the new Body Shop Spa of The World collection aims to do exactly that. For the last few weeks I've been putting a few things from the collection through it's paces and the verdict? If you're after luxury, look no further.
Let's start with the product that intrigued me the most, the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay. Charcoal has been used in skin care treatments for hundreds of years, particularly within Asian cultures. It's usually used to draw out impurities from the skin, as well as having de-stressing and calming properties. Now, I'll be real with you here, this is messy stuff, best applied and removed in a hose-downable setting, and it's a bit weird too. Just like a charcoal mask for your face, this stuff sets before you wash it off. But once you get past the weirdness, it's an awesome product, it's calming to use, like being in a spa for a treatment, and it really helps to keep your skin looking tip top.
I've never owned a massage oil before, but I've been trying out the French Lavender Massage Oil and oh my what was I missing. Lavender has been used as a sleep aid for centuries (even by royalty, with Kin Charles VI demanding pillows stuffed with fresh lavendar), and is there anything more relaxing than a massage? Whilst in an ideal world, I'd have my boyfriend give me a fantastic back massage with this to send me off to sleep each night, it's just as effective when I give myself a mini pre-snooze foot massage. It's hydrating and luxurious, and the smell sets me up for a night of deep sleep.
And lastly, the Japanese Camellia Cream Body Cream, which might just be my favourite. I'm really not good with body moisturisers, in essence because I just can't be bothered to go to the effort of slathering my whole body in product (I'm 5"10 so it takes a while), and then sitting still to let it sink in. This stuff however, may have just changed my mind. It's thick and almost slightly whipped in texture, and it sinks into the skin beautifully fast. Camillia Oil is renowned for it's hydrating properties, it's been used by Japanese women for over a thousand years to soften and moisturise the skin, and you can really feel those benefits in this product. I defy anyone to dislike the smell too, it's so delicious. It's the most luxurious product I own!
This line gets a big thumbs up from me!
What are your favourite at home spa products?