It was featured in my May favourites and after using it just this morning, it’s really time that the Bodhi & Birch Rosemary Chi Himalayan Detox Salt Scrub* got a little more attention here.Standing in the shower this morning, I realised there are currently five (five?? What is this madness? How scrubbed does one person need to be??) body scrubs perching precariously on the side of the bath. I’m thoroughly enjoying all of them because they cover a nice spectrum from abrasive to gentle, creamy to oily. As far as I’m concerned, I need all of them. [It’s a bit like needing 5 pairs of black boots because they all have slightly different finishes, heel heights, etc.] But if I’m honest, the Bodhi & Birch is the granddaddy of them all.
It’s a luxe product with a sophisticated, spirit-lifting scent, an abrasive salt base that melts into a richly hydrating oil and the sort of chunky, sleek packaging that makes me feel a bit special. The scent is quite green, thanks to the rosemary and petitgrain, with a spicy sharpness from the cedarwood that makes it feel quite unisex. Like other Bodhi & Birch scents I’ve tried, there are layers to the fragrance that shout quality and really do influence the way that you feel.
I’ve used the scrub in both the bath and the shower. Used in the bath, the oils disperse in the water and leave the scent lingering in the air. But however you use it, you’ll be left with lovely hydrated skin. The ingredients include shea butter, grapeseed oil and olive squalane to protect and strengthen the skin. A fine layer of the oil remains behind and it made my skin feel super soft, offering lasting hydration. I do tend to add another layer of moisture in the morning but at night I’ve not bothered to top up, which is a brilliant time saver.
On top of all that, there’s the Himalayan pink salt, which, to quote Bodhi & Birch’s website “has been used in natural medicine and therapeutic treatments for centuries. Considered to be the purest, most mineral-rich salt in the world, it boasts 84 minerals and trace elements that are highly beneficial for the body. These include magnesium, calcium, copper, potassium and iron; known for its detoxifying properties.”
A king of scrubs, indeed.
Ingredients: Sodium Chloride (Himalayan Salt Crystals), Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Nut) Butter, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca, (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Squalane / Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Juniperus Virginiana (Virginian Cedarwood) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Red Mandarin) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium var. Amara (Petitgrain) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf OIl, Alpina Officinalis (Galangal) Root OIl, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetyver) Root OIl, Citral*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool* *natural constituents of essential oils
* PR sample – all opinions are my own