The Body Shop • Spa of the World

Spa Of The World™ Hawaiian Kukui Cream

So for the past few months I have put my body through quite a lot of strenuous physical labour and just couldn’t find the time to take myself to a spa to relax and unwind. Instead I decided to be a bit pocket friendly with my budget and make a small investment in some pampering goods, that way when I have at least 1 to 2 hours free in a day I can stop and do a full body in the comfort of my own home.

I’ve had my eye on The Body Shop’s Spa of the World collection for a while now and had previously bought the Hawaiian Kukui Cream and Juniper Body Wash in pocket size last May, to be honest this is what pushed me to do a full shop! I had the first trial in store and was able to stick my nostrils into a few tubs to see which smells and textures I could truly appreciate, as I hate the idea of buying a product and regretting it later because it’s heavily perfumed or awkwardly textured, and it’s too late to exchange or return because you’ve already used it. But I loved it… I was doing quite a lot with my hands at the time and I noticed that they were becoming dry and my nails were extremely brittle and using this on my hands was surprisingly helpful, I say surprising because I have sensitive skin and I am very particular about which creams I use on my face, body and hands.
It was supple, moisturising, long lasting and beautifully scented.

A Hawaiian secret passed from generation to generation, kukui oil helps to restore skin’s natural suppleness, leaving it feeling nourished and soft. Smooth this rich cream on from your décolletage to toes until fully absorbed. “Kukui seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins, with high levels of linoleic acid. This makes kukui oil ideal for nurturing, smoothing and moisturising the driest of skins.” – Jennifer Hirsch, Beauty Botanist for The Body Shop
Hawaiian women, exposed to the relentless sun for generations, have held the secret of kukui oil to nurture their skin. Bursting with luscious moisture, kukui oil helps restore skin’s natural suppleness, leaving it feeling nourished and soft. Use this skin cherishing cream as part of our blissful ritual when your body is in need of luxury.

And that’s exactly it, indulgence, luxury, this product is not for everyday use, as the density of the product would leave the sensitive type with clotted pores from daily layering; though it does loose its moisture through the day. This would explain the price point as it’s more of an investment piece, with gorgeous packaging might I add, stands alone as an ornament on the dressing table!
Use this during stressful winters and at the brink of seasonal eclipses…

Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask

Give your skin a new lease of life with our Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. Inspired by Chinese traditions, we have blended ginseng extract, rice extract and sesame seed oil into our 100% vegetarian creamy exfoliating mask, that has been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. Use two to three times a week to reveal brighter-looking, even and supple feeling skin. – The Body Shop

Now this is a product that I will stan for! My skin?! My face takes the brunt of the everyday struggle. Make up, the war mask is great for the battle of life, but coming home and washing it all off and looking at my skin and the journey it evolves through daily… Awkward.
I have been looking for something natural and healing for quite some time now and I think I’ve found the holy grail… It’s 100% vegetarian, smells glorious and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry after rinse, it’s a deep cleanser, brightener and evens out my tone very nicely. Again packaging of life?! Gorge! Easy handed but with enough weight to cause one to take care.

Spa of the World™ Thai Lemongrass Massage Oil    |    Spa of the World™ Balkan Juniper Bath & Shower Gel

Okay so if you know me well enough, you’d know that my obsession and craving for all things Juniper and Citral especially Lemon is border-ling many things…
From smoothies, to cocktails, to grooming and now this. My inner child rejoices and some strange external adult voice is trying to oversee that a restraint is made on my natural impulses – I ignore it every time!  There is just something soo deeply satisfying about the smell and taste of the two. I feel so calm and so nourished and energised! I need to look into this with a herbalist or botanist because my body is clearly telling me something!?

For centuries, lemongrass has been cherished in traditional Thai massage for its revitalising effect on body and mind. Its invigorating scent is known to boost vitality and awaken senses. Use this stimulating massage oil as part of our revitalising ritual when you want your body and mind to feel instantly re-energised. – The Body Shop

What I truly enjoy about the Body wash is the denseness of the actual liquid, the bottle itself is quite firm and not so malleable, so it keeps its shape, and as strange as it might sound, it teaches the mind not to over indulge. Like most regular body wash bottles, you squeeze and squeeze until the poor bottle is broken out of shape and eventually discarded, with no remorse might I add!
Said products are usually built for mass production and a minimal life span, but I don’t get this feeling with The Body Shop Spa of the World collection; to me, it feels like a luxury collection of products.

You put a penny size drop of gel into your palm / sponge and it takes a while to alchemise into a lather, so although at first the stubborn and spoilt side of you that is used to the regular mass produced item might squirm and threat as you stand in the shower feeling triggered – the more appreciative side of you who likes the finer things in life watches as the formula unfolds like magic…

Empower and embolden your mind and body when you lather up with our firming bath and shower gel. Inspired by purifying Russian Banya spa rituals and enriched with uplifting juniper oil from the Balkans, this fruity, soap-free formula envelops your skin in freshness. – The Body Shop

Okay fine! Here’s the routine…

Words & Photography by Obui Amaechi

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