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Ren Moroccon Rose Christmas Set and Body Oil review

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Christmas is awesome because you get to buy these exclusive sets that come with extras but cost less πŸ˜›

I was really taken by the scent of Ren’s cleansing water so I decided I wanted to try their body range! This christmas exclusive comes with a full size scrub, body oil and a travel sized body wash for GBP52. If you do the maths the products itself cost GBP32 (scrub) + GBP34 (body oil) + GBP8.5 (shower gel) so GBP52 is quite a lot of savings if you wanted all 3 products to start with. I only wanted the body oil so I actually was hesitating because it became a situation where I was spending more but for things I didn’t want / need.

20131201-170626.jpgBack to the body oil, as expected it smells of roses and 3 pumps is enough to cover both my legs. The scent sadly does not linger past the 1st hour 😦 It absorbs in about 10 – 15 mins and is really easy to spread. I would say I prefer this sort of packaging for body oils rather than the pour onto hands or spray that Caudalie uses. The spray mechanism is so annoying because it just gets everywhere. This on the other hand is a lot less messy. As for results, I would say it has helped reduce the dryness on my legs but it’s not a game changer.

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Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditoner Review

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Body conditioner is the latest fad to hit Australia thanks to Nivea. Their YouTube ads almost put me off watching videos on it, in fact I can probably memorize the ad word for word. Other than that, I think it’s a good idea! My skin was drying out so when I came across this product from Lush, I was intrigued and given the positive reviews I barely thought twice.

From Lush.com.au:

A beautiful, rose jam scented body conditioner that’s full of the most emollient, moisturising ingredients possible to feed and nourish the skin.

It does smell amazing. Think Rose & Berry. MMmmm…

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The product itself is a thick lotion which I lather on to moist skin. It spreads easily and leaves my body smelling great. It will leave your body feeling a little greasy though and I would have rather the oiliness was a bit more subtle than greasy. I initially thought this would finish really quickly but I’ve used this almost everyday for a month and there’s still half left in the tub, I’m impressed!

Cost: $32.95 from your nearest Lush store in Australia.

 

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Clarins Duty Free Exclusive Body Set

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I’ve been meaning to buy Clarin’s latest body lift cellulite control but didn’t want to invest rm210 in something I wasn’t sure would deliver much results.

I’ve always had doubts about shaping creams and what not but being a woman who would like to be slimmer, I wanted to try it.

So this set, you get a 100ml body lift cellulite control which is already rm105 and for rm75 extra you get all the extras.

So far I enjoy using the Tonic oil, the area around my butt is a lot more smoother πŸ˜›

The shaping cream smells incredibly fresh and green and is so nice on the skin.

As for the bust gel, I don’t believe anyone can make their breasts firmer or larger by just applying gel / cream so not much to report.

I won’t be trying the scrub anytime soon but if it’s spectacular I will report back.

It’s available at KLIA for rm180. Have spotted this in LAX and Changi too.

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Scrubs in tubes – L’occitane Plum Blossom Polishing Shower Gel & Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub

The ‘ENJOY’ part of Aesop’s monthly newsletter got me rather excited, I emailed them straightaway and my kind cousin picked it up for me on April 19th, the day that their CS promised it would be available for sale.

Our fragrant, invigorating Geranium Body Scrub, a much-anticipated addition to our Geranium Leaf body care range. Geranium Leaf Body Scrub contains two grades of milled Pumice and micronised Bamboo Stem to provide exfoliation, while Geranium Leaf oil soothes and calms the skin. Mandarin and Bergamot oils are included for their ability to purify and disinfect. This scrub is ideal as a weekly deep-cleansing treatment, or for use after waxing or shaving to help avoid ingrown hairs.

I was first introduced to pumice as a scrubbing ingredient when I first used L’occitane’s Brightening Smoothing Exfoliator, it’s still my to go scrub but I have very little left and it’s now been replaced with a new one which hasn’t landed in the Malaysian stores. I did see them giving out samples to customers so I think it should be here in May.

My quick take on the Aesop Body Scrub:

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Fine pumice is really great if your skin can with hold strong exfoliation. I find this dense but not as dense as sugar scrubs and does a great job when it comes to exfoliating. The geranium and orange oil scent in the scrub is mild and it’s something that you won’t be able to detect on your skin after an hour. I would’ve preferred it to be a geranium rose combination, now that would’ve been divine. It’s also non oily and the gel base that glues everything together rinses off very easily. While this will not leave your skin feeling stripped, it’s not something that will leave it moisturised which is fine with me as that was never my intended results.

Packaging wise, it could be better. It’s not the most attractive green and it only takes a gentle press for the product to start spilling out of the nozzle.

This retails at the Aesop store for AUD$35.00.

Together with the Aesop scrub I also requested that she helped me pick up L’occitane’s Plum Blossom Polishing Shower Gel. I was lucky enough to receive a sample of the fragrance back in January from the Canal St store in New Orleans. I enjoyed the scent, it was slightly woody, slightly fruity and very easy to wear. I was excited to learn that it was finally available at the Malaysian stores but sadly for me, they only sell this in a set. See below for more details.

L'occitane Malaysia Plum Blossom Set

L'occitane Malaysia Plum Blossom Set

I enjoyed the scent but I don’t like fleeting fragrances plus, I wasn’t about to just pop down RM332 for things that I didn’t really need (it’s a lot of money). Lucky for me I managed to pick it up for AUD$24.95 before my 15% VIP discount.

My quick take on the exfoliating shower gel:

There’s not a lot of foam to it but surprisingly cleans very well. The almond shell granules are spread out mildly exfoliating my skin, it is a shower gel after all. I find that I need two squeezes to get enough product to cover my body so this is a product that will get finished fairly quickly. The scent does last a while on the skin and keeps my bathroom smelling very pleasant as well πŸ™‚

L'occitane Plum Blossom Polishing Shower Gel

L'occitane Plum Blossom Polishing Shower Gel

It has the same screw cap concept as the Lemon & Honey Shower Gel and is so much more easier to control than the Aesop scrub.

A few other scrubs that I am hoping to be able to purchase one day.

  • Aveda Carribbean Scrub (sugar based, very densed and fairly oily, used during a spa treatment I had with them)
  • L’occitane Almond Delicious Paste (I’m worried that this won’t exfoliate very well)
  • L’occitane Shea Butter Scrub (sampled it and love it, great for those with dry skin)
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L’occitane Rose Des Neiges & Peony Shower Cream Review

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Source: Loccitane.com

When it comes to picking out body cleansers, I would always pick gel formulas. It’s mainly because I have the type of skin that breaks out very easily and it has to be clean with no oily residue left on my body.

After experiencing a very harsh winter, my skin is now very receptive and even thankful for the occasional break from gel formulas.

L’occitane’s Rose des Neiges and Peony Shower cream are now my 2 go to shower creams.

Rose Des Neiges shower cream was created as part of a limited edition collection for Christmas 2010. It’s inspired by the white winter rose, I’m glad I managed to get my hands on this, although it’s limited edition, there still seems to be plenty of stock in the Malaysian stores.

The shower creams are priced at HKD$150 / RM73 for 250ml.

Here’s a quick review & comparison of both:

  • They both smell amazing and the scent on my skin and bathroom is still detectable after an hour. I would like to get my hands on the Rose Des Neiges (RDN) body cream and Peony Flower (PF) Body Milk to enhance the experience.
  • The texture of RDN is more fluid than PF. I find that RDN creates a lot of foam that can rival most shower gels whereas the foam from PF is minimal.
  • RDN cleanses better than PF but isn’t as moisturizing.

Aside from the 2 shower creams, L’occitane also has an Almond Shower Oil that is one of their best sellers and it’s also meant to be moisturizing as well. I’ll have to use more of my bottle as I’m still undecided about it.

If you are looking for another gentle and creamy rose scented shower product, I would recommend you check out Stella’s McCartney’s Gentle Body Cleanser.