Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Mandara Spa Tropical Blooms Smoothing Shower Scrub & Softening Body Cream Review!

Hello everyone! I'm back to talk about a little duo I've used over the past month or so that I got last Christmas, that's right, it's nearly Christmas again and I'm just getting round to using these up.. You can tell that my family and friends basically threw a tonne of body products at me for gifts last year! (which I am very thankful for as I do enjoy a good body scrub/butter or too.) These two came in a little set that I got from my boyfriend's Mum last Christmas and since I've finally gotten round to using them, it's about time I give them a little review.

As I said before, these came in a little Christmas set which was from Sainsburys (I only know this as I actually walked past them last year just after Christmas with my boyfriend and was like WELL LOOK WHAT WE HAVE HERE!) and the reason why I'm reviewing these is because these body pampering sets are everywhere at Christmas and I know I always end up getting some for my friends, so I want to make sure if you are stuck for presents that you can good products for your friends and family!

The packaging is alright, it's just a standard plastic packaging however I do like the little pattern on the scrub and also the fact it's red.. Red is one of my favourite colours so yeah, I've just noticed that I am very easily pleased haha! I'm not sure how much this cost as the set did also come with a bath oil and a shower gel, but I don't think it was any more than £8 which is good for a Christmas present. I should say you get 50ml per product in this little set, which means you get about 4 uses out of the scrub and the body butter.

The scent of both these products is quite a fragrant flowery scent that isn't too strong or overpowering. This is due to the fact it has jasmine and ylang ylang in it - I know what you are thinking, what even is ylang ylang?! Well, apparently it's a tropical tree from the Philippines that has a very perfumed scent and is famous for it, which is probably why the scent is so flowery and perfumey! (Is perfumey even a thing? I'm making it a thing.)

If I'm going to be honest, for me this scrub was just fine. I prefer a much more thick scrub or a scrub that kinda has a gel-like consistency that lathers up to be like a soap. This scrub was just really thin and runny and was overall hard to apply as it kept slipping out my hands. When applied it didn't lather up or anything and was quite harsh, however it wasn't overly harsh though for my skin though. The one thing I did like about this was that the scent was strong, but not overly strong - as in I could smell it on my skin way after getting out the shower. Overall, it was nice and did leave my legs feeling soft afterwards but it wasn't as noticeable soft as the Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life Scrub that I did a review on here. So yeah, it's nice, but you can get nicer!

This body cream was really nice. It sinks into the skin quite slowly but again, like the Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter, it's definitely a body cream you use at night, not in the morning as it takes too long for it to sink in and it'll end up in a sticky mess if you put your clothes on too fast! It leaves my legs feeling soft and hydrated for hours, even if I go to sleep, when I wake up my legs are still soft and moisturised and not uncomfortably tight or anything. Like I said with the scrub, the scent is strong and I can still smell it in the morning even if I've had a shower the night before.

Overall, the body cream is definitely a lot better than the scrub. I can't say anything about the other two products in the set as I can't use them due to my eczema but honestly, if it was me, I'd just get a Soap & Glory set - it's a little more money (between £10-£20 on average for a nice little set) and Soap & Glory are always a winner in my opinion, for yourself or someone else.

So that's about it for this post, I hope you enjoyed reading it! Have you tried anything from the Mandara Spa range?

Have a lovely day, and don't stop smiling. :)

Hannah, xx


  1. Such a shame the lotion takes a long time to dry!


  2. Oh, I hate scrubs that are too runny! However I do like them when they have nice scents as well! But I think scrubs are most useful when they come off as a little harsh, well that's just me. :)
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  5. Honey where have you been? I hope all is well, as you haven't written anything in a while.

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  7. The packaging is alright, it's just a standard plastic packaging however I do like the little pattern on the scrub and also the fact it's red.. wedding bands usa , wedding bands wholesale france ,


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