I bought this one day in Sainsburys as I liked the sound of it and it wasn’t a product I had heard of before and I love trying new toiletries. It has been created by the SPA Topia company in London and cost me £3.99 so I was hoping it would be a bit special.
SPA Topia have created a range of toiletries for Sainburys inspired by Morocco infused with Argan Oil, Lemon, Patchouli and Petitgrain. Not only do these smell divine but they also have great moisturizing properties. Argon Oil is a very special oil extracted from a special ‘nut’ which grows only in one region in Morocco. These are such great tasting fruits that goats climb tress to eat them The argan fruit seed contains vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids which provide intense hydration, restore elasticity, soothe inflammation and promote cell renewal.
SPA Topia uses argan oil which they say is responsibly sourced and also by buying the argan the company are supporting sustainable re-development in the Argan growing region of Morocco.
The range not only has the bath relaxer but has four other products also sold in Sainsburys; Body Wash – £3.49 for 250 ml , Body Oil – £6.99 for 100 ml, Body Scrub – £4.49 for 200 ml, Body Butter – £5.49 for 200 ml and of course the Bath Relaxer – £3.99 for 300 ml
Argan Oil only found in Morocco has been the secret of Moroccan women for centuries. When we visited Morocco I made sure that I tried this as often as possible and even bought a small bottle which has long since been used all up. It really is amazing for both skin and hair and I only hope now that the secret is out that they can harvest enough of the oil in Morocco to provide all that is demanded by the companies making products with this magic oil in them.
This comes in a tall slim orangey red bottle with a gold screw off top. The writing on the front is a mix of gold and white text. It does look quite classy but no so posh that I would give it as a gift.
You can either use this as a shower gel or bath cream instead of a soap in the bath or you can do what I did and pour a bit into the filling bath under the taps and then enjoy a rich creamy wonderful smelling relaxing bath. If I use the bubble bath method I still use a tiny bit of the product to wash my armpits and so on as then I can still enjoy the same aroma and using the same product doesn’t kill the bubbles as using a soap would.
It smells slightly floral and with a hint of lemon and a slight smoky quality too which I presume comes from the patchouli.
This does have some good ingredients in it, apart from the argan oil this has orange oil, patchouli oil, lavender oil, lemon oil and pettigrain oil.
On the less positive note this also has : Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone. Those are just the ones I picked that caused me some worry. I do know that the lauryl sulphates cause a lot of people to get eczema and some of those other ingredients sound like they would be better off in a laboratory rather than my bath.
I am a bit disappointed to see all the questionable ingredients but the end result is a pleasant smelling bath product which reminds me a little of Clean on me by Soap and Glory. It has the same sort of fresh sweet slightly citrus scent that you get with Clean on Me.
I think that £3.99 for 300 ml of product is not a bargain. I think that there are other products are just as nice for less money and I am not sure I’d go out of my way to buy it again. It was pleasant and did make my skin feel moist, at least it didn’t feel dry and tight after my bath.
I did feel relaxed after my lovely bubble baths as I tend to use this in my night bath just before bed. I usually get out and dry myself and hop straight to bed feeling warm and mellow. This is a nice enough bath product that smells lovely and leaves my feeling good and me feeling relaxed but I don’t think it offers enough to make me pay £3.99 for 300 ml as there are so many other products I can buy that do the same for less money.