Tried & Tested: Pamper yourself with these bodycare products

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  • Friday, 23 Aug 2019


For this month’s Tried & Tested, we decided to look at bodycare – body wash, shower oil, scrubs and creams. Sometimes, we spend so much time on our faces, that we tend to neglect our bodies. The right body wash or shower oil can leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed after a long day. And there’s nothing better than a great body scrub to get rid of all those dead skin cells and brighten skin. Finish it off by pampering yourself with body cream, and you’ll have soft and smooth skin.

Diptyque Do Son Shower Oil, RM259


This is the first shower oil I used and I love it! This luxurious product contains tuberose and apricot seed oil, but if you’re not a fan of strong floral scents you might not like this. Initially, I found it rather overpowering, but I got over it after awhile, plus it does leave my bathroom with a nice smell. The oil transforms with water into a light, foamy emulsion and I felt refreshed after using it. My skin also felt soft and smooth with a delicate floral scent. A little on the pricey side, but you don’t really have to use a lot, so it will last for quite awhile. – Dzireena Mahadzir

Ren Clean Skincare Atlantic Kelp And Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash, RM139


Aloe vera? That’s so yesterday. It is rare that you find a shower gel that incorporates magnesium into its ingredient but that’s the main selling point of this anti-fatigue body wash. Magnesium is a mineral which helps with tiredness, calm your nerves and promotes relaxation. The mixture of sage, cypress, geranium and rosemary scent is invigorating. But beyond that, Ren is conscientious in its care for our planet. The bottle is made of recycled plastic, with at least 20% of it from reclaimed ocean plastic. Also, the pump is designed in a way to avoid wastage (aren’t we all guilty of using a little too much in the shower?). So, the price might be a bit steep for a shower gel, but you can use it with clear conscience. – Gordon Kho

The Body Shop Totally Tangled Ginger Softening Body Butter, RM79


I loved the zingy, spicy smell of this body moisturiser the moment I picked it up. It’s refreshing and has this calming effect to it. This special edition body butter has a rich texture and it almost feels like you are applying real butter on your skin. Enriched with ginger root extract from India and handcrafted community trade shea butter from Ghana, this vegan formula absorbs into skin quite effortlessly, leaving a soft and smooth feel. – Wong Li Za

Omorovicza Budapest Firming Body Oil, RM295


Omorovicza Body Oil offers relief to my dry skin almost immediately and keeps it hydrated for the better part of the day. While it is a given that the product is oilier than lotion, it’s not greasy so you forget that you applied it soon after using it. It’s gentle on the skin too. The oil comes in a pretty bottle with a pump which makes it easy to dispense drops of oil. The oil – which is said to have almond, apricot kernel, calendula oil and a mix of other essential oils such as sage, chamomile, rosemary as well as rose geranium – has a distinct scent that one may need to get used to. – Mumtaj Begum

Melvita L’Or Rose Super-Activated Firming Oil, RM186


This product is a firming oil, and is said to help reduce the appearance of “dimpled skin”. I don’t think I have dimpled skin just yet, so I can’t say much about the oil’s effectiveness. However, this oil is quite light and does not feel greasy or sticky. I don’t really like how it smells at first but once applied, it somehow tones down a little and you get just a hint of that pink berry scent. If anything, this oil is probably good for light massages on the smaller parts of your body, like the hands, for example. – Melody L. Goh

Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub, RM279


Right off the bat, I have to confess that I love using scrubs and I don’t consider scrubs to be a luxury but a necessity. The Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub, however, is a treat as it is used at Caudalie’s Vinotherapie Spas in Bordeaux, France. It is pricey and it feels rich and luxurious. Made with grape-seeds, rich honey, softening brown sugar and six essential oils, the scrub is supposed to have slimming properties, or rather, it is supposed to contour the body with it’s anti-cellulite properties. It is therefore recommended to be used on the stomach, hips and thighs. I didn’t see any difference in the contours of my body, but my skin certainly felt smooth and soft each time after using the product. There was one drawback though: the smell of the scrub isn’t all that pleasant, at first. You get used to it after a while, but it isn’t ever intoxicating. – S. Indramalar

L’occitane En Provence Almond Milk Concentrate, RM230


If you’re the type of person who does not like strong floral or fruity scents, like me, then this body cream is for you. It offers a very pleasant smell of almond oil. Upon application, it did not feel greasy and absorbed quickly to offer my skin a soft feel. Just a small dollop is enough to spread over my arms or legs. I would like to think that it is a cream that guys can be persuaded to try out and use regularly – especially the ones who are worried about smelling too feminine. – Bervin Cheong

Sephora Collection Shea Body Butter, RM33


Although I hate applying lotion because I don’t like the sticky after-effect feeling, I find that this Sephora Collection Shea Body Butter is surprisingly not bad. The product feels and spreads easily, like butter, plus it gets absorbed well into the skin. You’d feel comfortably moisturised without that dreaded sticky feeling. Plus, I like how it comes in a convenient tube packaging which I feel is more hygienic than scooping out lotion from a jar-based packaging. However, it has a noticeable lingering scent which may not be for everyone. – Angelin Yeoh

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