The Body Shop Spa of the World Products Review

The Body Shop came out with its Spa of the World collection back in 2015 and its products are meant to give you the perfect spa treatment at home. With a bath soak, body clay mask, body oils, body scrubs, body moisturizers, candles, and new this year, their shower gels, you have more than enough to give yourself some luxurious pampering in the comfort of your own home. Today I’ll be sharing with you three products from this collection: the Atlantic Seaweed Gel-Cream Body Moisturizer ($36 CAD), the Thai Lemongrass Massage Oil ($20 CAD), and the Mediterranean Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Scrub ($32 CAD).

The Body Shop Spa of the World products review

Ingredients

The Body Shop ensures that 100% of their natural ingredients are traceable and sustainably sourced, protecting 10,000 hectares of forest and other habitat. They are also forever against animal testing.

For those interested, here’s what’s in these products.

Click here to view the ingredients for the Atlantic Seaweed Gel-Cream Body Moisturizer.
Aqua
Alcohol Denat. – Used to make creams feel lighter, help other ingredients to penetrate your skin, and as a preservative. Can cause dryness, irritation and breakouts. (source)
Glycerin – An organic compound known more formally as glycerol. Its common sources are animal fat and vegetable oil. (source)
Glyceryl Stearate Citrate – Made of glycerin and fatty acids. Acts as a lubricant on the surface of the skin, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. (source)
Coco-Caprylate/Caprate – A mixture of esters of Coconut Alcohol with Caprylic Acid and Capric Acid. Functions as a skin-conditioning agent and emollient. (source)
Undecane – I can’t find much info about this ingredient in cosmetics. It seems to function as Emollient, Skin conditioning. (source) Read what Wikipedia has to say about this ingredient.
Propanediol – Functions as a skin conditioning agent, humectant (moisturizer), fragrance ingredient, solvent and is used to reduce the viscosity of a formulation. (source)
Parfum
Tridecane – Perfuming agent (source)
Cellulose – Derived from plant fibers. Absorbent; Bulking Agent; Slip Modifier. (source)
Isopropyl Palmitate – The ester product of isopropyl alcohol and palmitic acid (palm oil). Has been found to have skin conditioning, moisturizing, anti-static and binding properties. (source)
Carbomer – A series of synthetic polymers primarily made from acrylic acid. They are thickening agents that help control the viscosity and flow of cosmetic products. (source)
Tocopherol – Tocopherols are a class of naturally occurring chemical compounds related to Vitamin E. Functions as an antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent. (source)
Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer – A synthetic polymer and film-forming agent that also serves to thicken cosmetic formulas. (source)
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer – A synthetic ingredient used to enhance the texture of skincare and haircare products. (source)
Benzyl Salicylate – A chemical compound most frequently used in cosmetics as a fragrance additive or UV light absorber. (source)
Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil – Sesame Oil
Olea Europaea Fruit Oil – Olive Oil
Benzophenone-3 – Primarily functions as a photostabilizer and sunscreen and is classified as a “chemical” sunscreen agent. (source)
Salicylic Acid – Also called beta hydroxy acid (BHA), this multifunctional ingredient addresses many of the systemic causes of acne. Its primary benefit is as an exfoliant, helping shed dead skin in a way similar to how skin acts when we are younger. (source)
Sodium Hydroxide – Also known as lye, sodium hydroxide is a highly alkaline ingredient used in small amounts in cosmetics to establish and hold the pH of a product. (source)
Arginine – An amino acid considered essential to human development. It has antioxidant properties. (source)
Potassium Chloride – An inorganic salt that functions as a viscosity increasing agent. (source)
Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate – A naturally-derived chelating agent that improves the efficacy of preservatives and antioxidants and play a crucial role in the stability and efficacy of personal skin care products. (source)
Menthol – An organic compound with a characteristically minty smell. When applied topically to the skin, ingested, or inhaled, menthol produces a cooling sensation. (source)
Propylene Glycol – A petroleum derivative produced by propylene oxide hydration, it is used as a moisturizer, skin conditioning agent, carrier in fragrance oils, solvent and viscosity decreasing agent. (source)
Linalool – Fragrant component of lavender and coriander that can be a potent skin sensitizer. (source)
Fucus Vesiculosus Extract – A species of brown seaweed called bladderwrack. The extract fights damaging free radicals and skin aging, reduces inflammation, helps to improve skin elasticity and provides hydration to the skin. (source)
Limonene – Fragrance Ingredient
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil – Sunflower oil
Citronellol – Fragrance Ingredient
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder – Aloe Vera
t-Butyl Alcohol – Denaturant; Fragrance Ingredient; Solvent (source)
Coumarin – Fragrance Ingredient
Citric Acid – pH adjuster
CI 19140 – Yellow pigments
CI 42090 – Blue pigments

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Click here to view the ingredients for the Thai Lemongrass Massage Oil.
Info taken from TBS’s site, the info in italics was added by me.

Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil – Emollient
Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil – Emollient, sunflower oil made out of a hybrid strain of sunflower, that contains predominantly oleic fatty acids as distinct from usual sunflower seed oil. (source)
Zea Mays Germ Oil/Zea Mays (Corn) Oil – Emollient
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil – Skin Conditioning Agent
Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil – Emollient
Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil – Emollient
Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil – Humectant, Marula Oil
Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil/Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil – Emollient
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – Emollient
Linalool – Fragrance Ingredient
Mentha Arvensis Extract – Skin Conditioning Agent, a species of flowering plant in the mint family
Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil – Fragrance Ingredient
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract – Natural Additive
Citral – Fragrance Ingredient
Geraniol – Fragrance Ingredient
Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Extract/Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract – Fragrance Ingredient
Limonene – Fragrance Ingredient
Citronellol – Fragrance Ingredient
Salvia Sclarea Extract/Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract – Skin Conditioning Agent
Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil – Fragrance Ingredient, geranium
Origanum Majorana Flower Oil – Fragrance Ingredient, sweet marjoram
Zingiber Officinale Root Extract/Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract – Natural Additive
Eugenol – Fragrance Ingredient
Thymus Vulgaris Extract/Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract – Natural Additive
Piper Nigrum Seed Extract/Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Seed Extract – Refreshing Agent
Pogostemon Cablin Oil – Fragrance Ingredient, patchouli
Salvia Lavandulaefolia Leaf Oil – Fragrance Ingredient, sage
Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf Extract – Skin Conditioning Agent, cypress
Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Extract – Perfuming, vetivert
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil – Fragrance Ingredient, chamomile
Pimenta Acris Leaf Oil/Pimenta Acris (Bay) Leaf Oil – Fragrance Ingredient
Cymbopogon Flexuosus Leaf Oil – Fragrance Ingredient, lemongrass
Tocopherol – Antioxidant
Cymbopogon Martini Oil – Fragrance Ingredient, palmarosa
Ocimum Basilicum Flower/leaf Extract/Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/leaf Extract – Natural Extract
Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate – Emollient
Citric Acid – pH Adjuster
Tamarindus Indica Seed Extract – Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient, tamarind

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Click here to view the ingredients for the Mediterranean Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Scrub.
Info taken from TBS’s site, the info in italics was added by me.

Ethylhexyl Palmitate – Skin Conditioning Agent, a derivative of palm oil often used as an organic replacement to silicone. (source)
Maris Sal – Abrasive, Dead Sea Salts
Sodium Chloride – Viscosity Controlling Agent
Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil – Emollient, sunflower oil made out of a hybrid strain of sunflower, that contains predominantly oleic fatty acids as distinct from usual sunflower seed oil. (source)
Silica [NANO]/Silica – Absorbent
Mangifera Indica Seed Oil/Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil – Emollient
Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil – Emollient
Parfum/Fragrance – Fragrance Ingredient
Phenoxyethanol – Preservative
Hexyl Cinnamal – Fragrance Ingredient, it is derived from chamomile oil. (source)
Benzyl Salicylate – Fragrance Ingredient, a clear, colorless liquid with a floral aroma (source)
Tocopherol – Antioxidant, Vitamin E
Limonene – Fragrance Ingredient
Linalool – Fragrance Ingredient
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – Emollient
Geraniol – Fragrance Ingredient
Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract/Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract – Astringent
Datem – Emollient, a diacetyl tartaric acid ester of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids (source)
Citric Acid – pH Adjuster
CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide – Colorant, white pigment

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Atlantic Seaweed Gel-Cream Body Moisturizer

Full of oceanic minerals, Atlantic seaweed is infused in a gel cream that instantly refreshes skin in hydration. Use this as part of our revitalising ritual when you want your body and mind to feel instantly re-energized.

This cream has a sea salt scent which I absolutely love! I grew up on the shores of New Brunswick along the Baie des Chaleurs, which is salt water, and I miss the saltiness that the air has. While this cream doesn’t smell the same as back home, it’s still a familiar scent nonetheless. It also reminds me of the Oceanus scent that TBS used to have.

The Body Shop Spa of the World Atlantic Seaweed Gel-Cream Body Moisturizer

This cream has a nice texture; it’s not thick like a body butter, but it’s not thin like a lotion either, although it leans more towards a lotion texture than a butter. It absorbs well into the skin and does not leave any greasy residue. My skin feels moisturized and soft with this product.

The Body Shop Spa of the World Atlantic Seaweed Gel-Cream Body Moisturizer

Thai Lemongrass Massage Oil

For centuries, lemongrass has been cherished in traditional Thai massage for its revitalising effect on body and mind. Its invigorating scent is known to boost vitality and awaken senses. Use this stimulating massage oil as part of our revitalising ritual when you want your body and mind to feel instantly re-energised.

This oil smells of lemongrass, but there’s also a spiciness from the pepper. Because of that, I do find that the scent is more manly than feminine, but it’s not too spicy that it’s not just for men.

The Body Shop Spa of the World Thai Lemongrass Massage Oil

This is labelled as a massage oil, but I use it as a moisturizer. I do massage my skin a bit more with this oil so that my skin can absorb it as much as possible, but it will leave a slightly oily residue on your skin that will be absorbed by your clothes, or leave a print on your chair if you sit down and you’re wearing shorts – or nothing. 😉 It still leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated though.

Mediterranean Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Scrub

Dead Sea salt is precious for its high mineral content and its coarse crystals, the perfect texture to reveal fresher-looking skin and stimulate circulation when massaged into skin. Use this invigorating scrub as part of our revitalising ritual when you want your body and mind to feel instantly re-energised.

This scrub has a very similar scent to the Atlantic Seaweed Moisturizer so I really like it. 🙂

This scrub has big and small scrubbing bits in it, but I honestly cannot say if it works well because the creamy/oily base is SO THICK. It seriously won’t rinse off; I need to use a towel to get it all off. Even then it’s still not completely gone, and washing my hands doesn’t completely remove it either; I can still feel an ickiness on my hands.

This is what my hands look like after rinsing them over and over and over and over and over and over (not exaggerating). You can see some residue on my fingers, and it seriously won’t go away unless I wipe with a towel.

BE CAREFUL if you use this scrub in the shower because the floor will literally be a slip’n’slide.

Final Thoughts

Both the Atlantic Seaweed Gel-Cream Body Moisturizer and the Thai Lemongrass Massage Oil leave my skin feeling moisturized and soft, and I enjoy both scents. So these two products I recommend giving them a try.

And while I also enjoy the scent of the Mediterranean Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Scrub, I just can’t get past the formula. I don’t mind a bit of an oily residue left behind by a scrub, but this one is just too much. If you suffer from EXTREMELY dry skin I think the scrub could benefit you, but other than that I honestly cannot recommend this one.

Have you tried products from the Spa of the World collection?

– Chantal 🙂

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Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.

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