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Fresh brown sugar body scrub

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It’s ‘that’ famous scrub from Fresh.

Been on my wish list for years so I can tell you I was really excited to try this.

It’s so oily and thick it doesn’t dissolve even under warm water. The sugar is so coarse and large that you won’t want to massage this over your body using too much pressure. My bathroom tiles and towel gets so oily every time I use this scrub.

There is a plus to this which is the scent. Mmmm…

I still think you should give this a go if it has been on your wish list because it does have a loyal fan base and it could work for you.

Retails for RM150+ at your nearest Sephora.

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L’occitane Immortelle Exfoliator – revamped!

I was pretty darn excited when it finally reached the Malaysian shores. I definitely felt that this was worth breaking my long drought from shopping. I’d finished my favourite scrub – it’s predecessor months ago and I’m just relieved to be able to exfoliate my face again exactly the way I like to.

I must’ve briefly mentioned this but I adore the Immortelle range. I should stop the SAs from giving me samples because I’ve bought almost everything I’ve sampled from that range. The only thing I don’t like is the eye balm. and maybe the cream mask. Although I now prefer SK-II I would never hesitate to recommend this line of skin care to anyone.

The first question I posed was ‘What’s the difference between this and it’s predecessor?’. I was told that this one will brighten your skin, I’m not sure if that warrants as a sufficient answer but what the heck, I had faith.

L'occitane Immortelle Brightening Instant Exfoliator

L'occitane Immortelle Brightening Instant Exfoliator

My verdict is that the newer version is slightly less abrasive because it seems to have more liquid (liquid gold I hope!) in it. I also think that there’s a slight adjustment to the ingredients and exfoliants used in it.

Although being the same in size 75ml / 2.5oz as the older version, it could be just me but I was shocked by how much I’d already used by the 3rd day. I think this new version now suits more skin types as the previous one while suitable for my skin , can be too abrasive for other skin types. When I say abrasive I just mean that the fine pumice is packed very close together.

If you ever wonder why your lips are dry  & bleeding no matter how much lip balm you apply, you’ll need to apply this to your lips. It exfoliates much gentler than sugar + oil and you’d be surprise how smooth your lips will feel.

L'occitane Immortelle Brightening Instant Exfoliator Usage

This is all I had left only after using this 3 times

It retails for RM125. I now make 3 times less and imported goods here cost 3 times more so I will be venturing into other brands to see if I can find something that’s more worth my doe.

I didn’t get any samples this time. *sad face* I don’ think I’ve ever made a purchase at L’occitane and not get a sample. BOO! I hope it had nothing to do with the fact that I wasn’t a VIP and wasn’t interested in participating. I’m used to getting 15% off as a VIP in Sydney so 5% doesn’t really make me excited, granted you need to spend at least AUD500 to qualify and it’ll expire if you don’t spend another AUD500 the next calendar year.

 

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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:

Aesop Geranium Body Scrib

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 🙂

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)