Bath & Body

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan

September 3, 2013
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom bathing salts, body milk, and washing grains
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan bathing salts, body milk, and washing grains

Earlier this summer, I was breezing through stores looking for more bath products and landed in The Body Shop. Due to muscle aches, I take hot baths nearly every night before I go to bed. It’s pretty rough on my skin, so I’m always on the hunt for products that will help keep my skin hydrated and soft. The Body Shop was running a pretty good sale on selected items and when I spoke with the sales associate and indicated that I was looking for moisturizing bath products, she pointed me towards three Spa Japan products that were included in the sale. I walked away with the yuzu & green tea bathing salts, yuzu & rice body milk, and the adzuki bean & rice washing grains.

I have to admit that, to some degree, I decided to purchase these because I hadn’t found anything better at other stores that weekend. Usually I’m on the lookout for oils and creams to add into bath water, and I wasn’t really sure that salts and a thin, milky moisturizer would be as effective. But these Spa Wisdom Japan products were all (at least!) half price, so why not try them out?

I’ll go ahead and cut to the chase. I love these. I went through the salts the fastest (within a month or so), but I’m still working my way through the body milk and washing grains. They all smell amazing, and really are very good to my skin.

The Bathing Salts: These salts are very soft and fine, and have a strong fragrance. When I start to run a bath with these salts in it, I can smell it not just in the bathroom but throughout my bedroom, too.  This leave my skin feeling pretty good, and I’d always look forward to using it. Unfortunately, this particular product seems to have disappeared from The Body Shop, so I hope that they either decide to bring it back at some point or introduce a different bath salt product. They were regularly priced at $28 for 14.1 oz., which is pretty steep, but I got them for half off. Much more doable.

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan Yuzu & Green Tea Bathing Salts
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan Yuzu & Green Tea Bathing Salts

The Body Milk: One of the reasons I’m so enthusiastic about moisturizing bath products is that I’m pretty lazy when it comes to following up with an actual lotion after a bath or shower. But since I was walking away from The Body Shop with a jar of bath salts, which I wasn’t sure would be moisturizing enough on its own, I thought I might as well pick up the lotion, too. The sales associate encouraged me to try this one out in store, and I was impressed that this very thin lotion could feel as moisturizing as it did. It has a spray nozzle, and that really did help me be more diligent about using it regularly. It’s so easy to apply, and of course it doesn’t hurt that it also smells amazing. This is regularly priced at $22 for 8.4 fl. oz., but I got it for $11. It’s available on The Body Shop’s website, and as I write this it’s listed as being on sale for $11 again.

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan Yuzu & Rice Body Milk
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan Yuzu & Rice Body Milk

Ingredients: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Fragrance (Fragrance), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), PEG-40 Stearate (Emulsifier), Phenethyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Sodium Carbomer (Emulsion Stabiliser), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract (Hair Conditioning Agent), Sorbitol (Humectant), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Citrus Junos Peel Extract (Skin Condtioning Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant)

The Washing Grains: These washing grains smell nice, come in a cute little jar, and the sale price at the time was $5. I bought this not so much because I needed it, but because I always love a good scrub and figured the price couldn’t be beat. This is a completely dry product that needs to be mixed with a little water or oil in your hand as you use it. It feels like coarse salt scrub, and while the jar says it’s suitable for face or body, I think it’s too coarse for the face. It’s generally a nice exfoliator, and smells great (the fragrance is a little more subtle than the bathing salts and body milk). This is regularly priced at $22 for 4.4 oz., but is currently on sale on The Body Shop’s website for $11. I will say that for how much product you get, $22 seems really high, so it’s good to get it on sale.

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan Adzuki Bean & Rice Washing Grains
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan Adzuki Bean & Rice Washing Grains

Ingredients: Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (Surfactant), Phaseolus Angularis Seed Powder (Viscosity Increasing Agent), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil (Emollient), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder (Bulking Agent), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Emollient), Tapioca Starch (Viscosity Increasing Agent), Sodium Sulfate (Viscosity Increasing Agent), Fragrance (Fragrance), Water (Solvent/Diluent), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Citrus Junos Peel Extract (Skin Condtioning Agent)

Have you tried any of The Body Shop’s Spa Wisdom products? I’d love to hear what you think!

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