April 19, 2011. Written by Kate Thompson
If you’re planning some home pampering, then your two essential beauty items have to be the body scrub and luxury moisturiser.
In my opinion there is no better moisturiser than the good old body butter, a rich, mousse-like creation that slides on and soaks in to leave your body soft and luxuriously moisturised. With the right products you can achieve glowing results and feel thoroughly treated just as if you’d spent ten times the amount at a luxury spa.
It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it…
I tested an eco-friendly body scrub and body butter from Love the Planet (a ‘carbon neutral company’ no less) to discover how effective they were, how they smelt and felt and, just as importantly, how good they look in my boudoir.
Love the Planet’s Mandarin Sugar Scrub looked neat and tidy in its glass jar with a silver lid. The packaging screams eco-friendly, which with a name like Love the Planet you would expect and it makes me feel good about using it. The directions on the label advise you to ‘scrub gently’ which I did as a little goes a long way with this sweet-smelling sugar scrub. I love the essential oils that leave my skin feeling as though I have been to a top health spa and the scrub leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturised before I have even applied any moisturiser. The smell is a delight: a delicate and fresh, real fruity scent that makes me happy and seems to lift my cares away as soon as I open the pot. Just don’t scrub too hard, the grains are not soft, which is probably why it works so well. I love, love, love this body scrub. It’s good enough to eat (well, almost!) It makes me feel good that’s its eco-friendly too.
Love the Planet’s Lime Body Butter comes in exactly the same glass, silver lidded pot as the body scrub which makes them look nice and neat together in my bathroom. This body butter is much richer and creamier than the thicker, waxier cheaper versions you can buy on the high street. It’s more like a facial night cream or an edible mousse in its consistency and again, I love the gentle scent. It smells real, not like some chemical version of the real thing. It goes on smoothly and absorbs instantly. It leaves my legs feeling softer all day. I decide to slather my feet in it at bedtime and sleep in socks. In the morning my feet feel as soft as a baby’s. This body butter is, quite simply, luxury in a pot.
The Love the Planet range starts from £5.25 and is available at Love the Planet online.
I also tried Myreen Young Skincare’s new Olive Oil Collection which promises to bring a touch of the Mediterranean to your bathroom. And indeed it did. This collection is ‘hand blended and 100% natural and organic.’ They are also ‘packed with natural phytochemicals and antioxidants’ which sounds good to me.
Myreen Young’s Olive Oil Body Polish is a soft grained body scrub which was lovely and gentle to use. It comes in a neat glass jar with an air-tight metal lid, the kind that brings to mind old fashioned jam jars. The MY (for Myreen Young of course) Spa features as a logo on the jar and makes it look like it’s ‘my’ body butter – and not anyone else’s! As with the sugar scrub I tried before, this scrub is also topped with a layer of oil, in this case, organic olive oil which leaves my skin feeling moisturised before I have even applied the moisturiser. There is no scent with this scrub which would be ideal for anyone who prefers to have just their perfume do the talking. It leaves my skin feeling super soft and polished as well as moisturised and I feel good about the organic label.
Myreen Young’s Olive Oil Body Butter The body butter was very different in texture to the other one I tested in that this was more of an oily base rather than a mousse. It comes in the same glass jar as the body polish so they look nice and neat together. This body butter is very concentrated as a little seems to go a very long way. It takes slightly longer to absorb than the other one I tried but once it has gone in it feels like it’s doing me good. My skin feels gloriously soft and silky and again there is very little scent. I like the soft aqua colour of this cream, which I assume comes from the oak moss or perhaps it’s the olive leaf extract that’s mentioned on the label.
The MY Spa range are £10.99 each and are available at Myreen Young online.
Images: Love The Planet and Myreen Young Skincare
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