Thursday, January 7, 2016


Okay everyone it's time for a good ol' review before I bombard you with Korea posts!

Today's review will be on the MANGO SHOWER, SCRUB & LUXURY GIFT set from THE BODY SHOP!
This set includes these 5 items that I will be writing more about below: Mango Body Scrub, Mango Body Butter, Mango Shower Gel, Mango Soap, and a loofah.

I would have liked to post this picture first but the other one was more eye-catching. This is what the gift set looks like closed.
And here it is when opened. Do you like the snow in the background? I thought it made a great contrast to the orange colours ∩(︶ᵕ︶)∩

Okay! Moving on to the first item - the
Mango Body Scrub (200 ml)

"This fruity body scrub contains real mango seed oil. It effectively exfoliates, leaving skin soft and smooth."

The consistency of this scrub is grainy yet very fine as there are no larger seeds as in the Cranberry Joy Body Polish from the Cranberry Joy Shower Scrub And Moisture Collection that I reviewed HERE. It's very greasy to the touch but will be absorbed into your skin faster than THE BODY SHOP's lemon scented scrub - which is a plus for me!
According to THE BODY SHOP, this scrub removes dead skin cells, stimulates microcirculation, and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. To start off, I'm nowhere near being a biologist or whoever deals with microcirculation and I won't pretend to know more about it than I do so I can't really comment on this part. It does however leave my skin nice and smooth so I'll agree with them on that and the point that it removed the dead skin cells. Right after coming out of the shower (and also while in the shower), my skin felt greasy from the oil but now ten minutes after, as my skin has absorbed it, it just feels soft. According to my mom it left a mild scent of mango - I couldn't tell it myself.

〜How to use〜
"Apply to damp skin in a circular motion, then rinse thoroughly. Use two to three times a week."

Octyl Palmitate (Emollient), Sucrose (Depilatory Agent), Sodium Chloride (Salt) (Viscosity Modifier), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Mangifera indica (Mango Seed Oil) (Emollient), Glycine soja (Soybean Oil) (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ricinus communis (Castor Oil) (Emollient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil) (Emollient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) (Sunscreen), Amyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Capsicum frutescens (Capsicum Extract) (Natural Additive), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Amylcinnamyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary Extract) (Natural Additive), Methyl 2-Octynoate (Fragrance Ingredient), Propylparaben (Preservative), Anisyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Farnesol (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 77891 (Colour), CI 19140 (Colour).

Next up is the
Mango Body Butter (200 ml)
"Our super-rich and creamy Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains Community Fair Trade cocoa butter and has an exotic mango scent."
This body butter is my favorite item of them all! It has a veeeeery soft consistency - like actual half melted butter but without the buttery smell or greasiness. It easily spreads across the skin and you won't need too much to cover your entire body.
I used this body butter on only one side of my body so that I could compare to the effect of the scrub. This product promises 24-hour hydration, that it's great for dry skin, and that it has an exotic mango scent. Sounds great, right? But does it live up to it? - The answer is yes, yes it does.
On the side of my body that I used the body butter on, my skins feels both smooth from the scrub AND hydrated. The mango scent is stronger than in the scrub and feels just slightly more perfumery although it's nothing noteworthy. As for the promise about being great for not just dry skin but very dry skin, I have to agree as well. For many, dry skin becomes the enemy #1 during winter and I always happen to be a victim of this - especially when applying BB cream. Yesternight I put some of the body butter on my face (don't apply too much or your face will get sticky) and 12 hours later my skin still felt hydrated.

〜How to use〜
"Massage into skin. Be generous! It works even better straight after a bath or shower."

Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Mangifera indica (Mango Seed Oil) (Emollient), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil) (Emollient), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa Butter) (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Lanolin Alcohol (Stabiliser/Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Amyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Potassium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Farnesol (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 75120 (Colour).

Mango Shower Gel (250 ml)

"This soap-free shower gel contains real mango seed oil and has a deliciously exotic scent."
The shower gel has a thin, liquid consistency like most of the shower gels from THE BODY SHOP but is thinner than their Chocomania Shower Cream.
This product should be soap-free, lather-rich, and contain an exotic mango scent. I was a little unsure what soap-free meant as shower gel is just.. liquid soap to me so I contacted THE BODY SHOP and asked them to clarify this. This was the response I got:
"A soap is a defined chemical material that is described as the salt of a fatty acid. Soaps tend to have a high pH and, with water, leaves soap foam in bathrooms and the skin may feel dry and taut. Soap is not a generic term for a cleaning / cleansing product, it is a specific chemical description of an ingredient type.

SLES or Sodium Laureth Sulphate, is not chemically pure soap, it is a sulfate surfactant. SLES cleanses the skin at a much lower pH and therefore leaves no soap foam in bathrooms when mixed with water, but more importantly, it is also considerably more gentle on the skin than soap without SLES.

The cosmetic and toiletries industry would classify a cleaning product as "soap-free" if it does not contains salt of a fatty acid, ie, a "soap" in chemical terms. SLES and soap are often confused because they essentially have the same purpose - they are being used to clean the skin. But they have very different properties with respect to how the skin feels, gentleness, pH, use and chemical composition, therefore the terminological difference is relevant. Being "soap free" is relevant to the people who think soap or other products based on products, which cause dryness, are unpleasant to use, but might find products made with other surfactants less annoying."

It's definitely lather-rich and the mango scent is very strong - stronger than in the body butter and also much sweeter in comparison. I fear that, without using the body butter afterwards, this gel would add to the dryness of my skin since my hands felt rather dry after washing my hands using it.

〜How to use〜
"Lather up in the bath or shower using hands or a bath lily. Rinse thoroughly."

Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Cocamide DEA (Surfactant), Coco-Glucoside (Surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower Oil) (Emollient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate (Surfactant), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzophenone-4 (Sunscreen), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Mangifera indica (Mango (Mangifera Indica) Extract) (Natural Additive), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 15985 (Colour), CI 17200 (Colour).

Mango Soap (100g)

"This mango-scented soap gives a rich lather and leaves skin cleansed and refreshed."

I'm not a fan of hand soap, like I also mentioned last time I reviewed one, because I don't like the feeling it leaves my hands with - so this time I made my dad use it first! Muahahah! But then again.. reviewing a product without having tried it myself felt too dishonest so I sacrificed my hands and gave it a try.
This too should give a rich lather and have an exotic mango scent. Well, the lather was nowhere that of the shower gel and the smell was not mango but more of a citrus. As soon as the soap was washed off, all I could smell was a generic bar soap smell - no mango, no citrus whatsoever. BUUUUT my hands are softer now so that's a plus.

〜How to use〜
"Lather up in the bath or shower. Rinse thoroughly."

Sodium Palmate (Surfactant), Sodium Palm Kernelate (Surfactant), Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Sorbitol (Humectant), Palm Kernel Acid (Surfactant), Mangifera indica (Mango Seed Oil) (Emollient), Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Tetrasodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tetrasodium Etidronate (Chelating Agent), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 17200 (Colour).

Then comes the last thing:
a bath lily
Aaaah, truly a majestic loofah! (I know bath lily is probably a more specific name but I like this word).
It's... made of plastic and doesn't have the slightest scent of mango. Not that it was supposed to, but it'd be cool, right? It has a cute colour though and fits perfectly into a hand and is thus very travel friendly - if you absolutely need a loofah when traveling, that is. I won't be bringing mine with me on my next trip though.

And that was is for my review! Thanks for reading! 。^ヮ^。
Have you tried this set? Would you buy it?

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