Hi Everyone!

It’s been a while since I put up any posts on my blog, possibly attributed to the move back to India and joining a company.

It also is, only a teeny tiny bit, because I wanted to have refined content when I do end up posting. So while I refine my usual story content, I wondered whether I should do a top 10 list of skincare products I use/have used? I’ll try to do a review of some over the next month!

My fascination with bath products is relatively new. With the extended lockdown and the pandemic, it is really difficult any type of relaxation, especially if you’ve been working from home and your work hours sort of take over your day.

To overcome the fatigue, I’ve slowly built my slew of spa like products to pamper myself over the weekends. I’ve found this to be a great idea to completely unwind and forget about the world for a while.

Here are a few tips on spa/bath products that I’ve learnt over the course of this year. If you’re here for the list of products, go ahead and skip the tips!

Tips to build your spa collection

1. Shower vs Bath

We tend to associate spa like experiences with a beautiful big bathtub filled with rose petals, but that may not be a reality for most of us.

That doesn’t mean you can’t partake in the ritual at all!

You’ll need to pick and curate your products to those that can be used in the shower and the bath.

Move a stool into your shower stall, it makes all the difference, I promise!

2. Spa on a budget

From personal experience, building your entire spa collection will take time and a whole lot of online scouring.

Bath products are expensive and there’s a whole range of them available online. From bath salts to glitter bath bombs to essential oil infused bubble bath (yes, that exists)

My advice would be to first narrow down the products you must have for the experience. I started off with a good sugar scrub since I could use my regular soap and shampoo for the spa as well.

You don’t need everything the market has to offer! And not every expensive product is worth your money!

Figure out the ones you want in your price range and spread the shopping over a few months. I started with Sugar Scrub, then Body Wash, Foot Scrub and so on.

3. Your Requirements

Curate the products to what you like, this is your relaxing ritual after all.

Keep away from scents that aggravate you, even if the products are rated 5 stars!

Similarly, some products are great for a certain skin type and might not suit another. Give the products a pass if they don’t suit your skin type, the last thing you need is a lengthy skin care routine following your spa.

The Products!

Disclaimer – Not sponsored (I wish it was😂). I bought all these with my hard earned money

1. Lavenza – Not Just Scrub

Lavenza – Not Just Scrub

This.

I absolutely swear by this sugar scrub. It has a beautiful fragrance that lasts a while, sugar crystals that aren’t too aggressive on my skin and it doesn’t leave my skin parched.

The sugar crystals dissolve in the water after a while and the fragrance seeps into the skin.

Ingredients – Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Sugar, Cardamom Seeds, Orange Peel

Paraben, Sulphates and Silicone free

Additional Note – I’m actually allergic to oranges. Orange Peel infused oil breaks me out terribly, but I had no breakouts from this product!

Mileage – This lasts a lifetime, a little goes a long way. I have a 200g tub and I’m halfway through it after 6 months.

2. Yves Rocher – Bain Douche Hammam

Yves Rocher – Bain Douche Hammam

This is a beautiful body wash I found while I was in France and is suitable for all skin types.

With Argan Oil and Moroccan Rose Extract, this body wash is an experience in itself.

When used in a hot shower or bath, the fragrance wafts up and leaves your entire bathroom smelling of delicate roses and steam baths.

There’s no oily residue but your skin will be moisturised for the entire day after using this.

Ingredients – Aloe Juice, Damascus Rose Flower Water, Argania Spinosa Extract (Argan Extract), Citric Acid, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid

Additional Note – All Yves Rocher products are vegan and are 90% sourced from natural ingredients.

Mileage – I have a 200ml bottle but I use this sparingly. It is a body wash so you’ll need a good amount of product to work into your whole body.

3. The Body Shop – Tahitian Tiaré Body Wash

The Body Shop – Spa of the World : Tahitian Tiaré Body Wash

One of the biggest downsides of this product is the price. For a 250ml bottle, you’d pay ₹895 excluding shipping. For comparison, Yves Rocher’s 200ml bottle is just ₹590

That being said, this is one of the most high quality body washes I’ve ever used.

I bought this (and another product) with a voucher I had and found the best combination of oil-in-gel consistency with the most enticing scent of Tiaré flowers (We call this Frangipani in India).

I have extremely oily skin, and finding an oil based body wash that won’t leave my skin with a layer of oil sitting on top is a boon.

Some body washes meant for oily skin will strip off the moisture, leaving dry patches.

This doesn’t do either and is a great addition if you have the budget for it. If not, the Yves Rocher Hammam is a pretty great replacement.

Ingredients – SLS, Glycerin,PEG-40 Castor Oil, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Honey, Coconut Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract. 100% Vegetarian.

Additional Note – Most of my products are SLS free, this one isn’t.

Mileage – I use this ultra sparingly but you only need a small amount of the gel because it glides onto your skin

4. The Body Shop – Egyptian Milk and Honey Bath

The Body Shop – Spa of the world : Egyptian Milk and Honey Bath

This is possibly the most expensive product in my spa kit. I bought this along with the Tahitian Tiaré Body Wash (I had a voucher) and I do not regret that decision.

This costs a whopping ₹1595 for 200g and you get a pretty package in a puch with the product in powder form inside.

Excuse the rubber band, that’s my addition!

The biggest downside of this product is the packaging. Although it looks luxurious, the packet is not resealable, which is an odd choice for a soluble powder product. I’ve moved it into an airtight jar for convenience.

It also comes with a fancy wooden spoon, which was repurposed as our new salt scooper 😂.

Do not get this product if you don’t have a bath tub. It’s extremely expensive and the directions are to let it dissolve and soak in the water.

If you try to use this in the shower, there’s powder everywhere and because it’s soluble, it will simply flow straight off your hands.

On the plus side, if you soak in this for 10-15 minutes, your body is relaxed and gently moisturised.

The fragrance is absolutely unbelievable, it smells like almond milk and honey and is even more delectable once dissolved.

Make sure to stir the water while it’s dissolving though, otherwise it leaves a white residue on your bath tub.

Ingredients – Avena Sativa Kernel Meal (Oatmeal) , Linalool, Mel (Honey), Olea Europea Fruit Oil (Olive Oil), Primus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond Oil), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil (Sesame Seed Oil), Citronellol, Aloe Barbadenus Leaf Juice (Aloe Juice), Citric Acid, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil (Nigella Seed Oil), Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower Seed Oil)

Mileage – The directions say to use 5 scoops but I find just one scoop does the trick, especially since I tend to follow up with a lightly scented body wash after.

The Hammam Body Wash from Yves Rocher compliments this Bath Milk really well.

5. MCaffeine Naked and Raw Coffee Foot Scrub

MCaffeine Naked and Raw Coffee Foot Scrub

Am I partial to this product because it smells like coffee?

Absolutely!

The absolutely heavenly scent of coffee aside, this foot scrub is pretty aggressive and really gets the dead skin off your feet.

A lot of reviews I’ve seen online mention that this product could be an easy DIY but as someone who did try the DIY (my sister attempted a similar mixture for skin a long time back), it leaves a horribly slippery oily coat over your foot although it works for the rest of your body.

The option of DIY is still there though, do with that what you may!

Ingredients – Coffee Powder, Glucose Powder, Green Colouring, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Peppermint oil

Mileage – I have a 50g tub and for a product that only goes on your feet, that’s quite a bit. You need one scoop of product with the spoon they provide per foot for a good scrub.

And that’s all!

Let me know if this was helpful and if I should do a skincare list as well!

I’m trying to branch out from the original story like content of this blog, I started it so long back and it has been lying dormant for a while now.

©Sonali Mukherjee