Tuesday 11 February 2014


Sweetsation Therapy's Very*Berry Organic Oxygen Masque & Scrub

It's always nice to treat yourself to a little bit of extra pampering with a luxurious scrub or a face mask, in fact these are the kind of things I always enjoy buying for myself or as a gift for a friend. However, finding the time to actually use the products can be hard with a busy family and social life and so I often end up with shelves of unopened bottles and jars in my bathroom cupboards.

When I came across Sweetsation Therapy's Very*Berry Organic Oxygen Masque & Scrub I thought it sounded like a real winner as it combines the scrub and mask into one tub, making it easier and less time-consuming to use them in a row while taking a relaxing bath or shower. Now all that needed to be done was put the product to the test to see if it could in fact be both an exfoliating scrub and nourishing face mask, or if that was aiming too high for just a single product.

As soon as I opened the tub I was hit by the intensely sweet fragrance of chocolate. For a product that is called very berry and contains super berries such as goji berry and acai berry I was surprised that it didn't smell more fruity instead. However, as I'm a big lover of chocolate I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this unlikely hint of cocoa and the enticing scent had me opening the pot several times before even using it - just so I could smell it again.

I decided to trial Very Berry in the shower, so I could try both of the product's uses at once. While I found it a bit thin for a face mask, it was easy to apply and it surprisingly stayed in place for the five minutes I kept it on. It didn't dry out, nor did it make my skin feel uncomfortably tight, and so it was a pleasant mask to use on the sensitive skin of my face.

While the mask was working its magic I applied it as a scrub on my arms and legs. It was very easy to spread out because of its thin consistency but opposed to other scrubs I use I didn't find it was rough enough to properly clean off dead skin cells. It was too gentle and felt almost like a regular shower cream, so I'm not sure if it ended up exfoliating my skin on its own. When used with a scrub mitten however, it does work and left my skin feeling smooth and clean.

After I'd finished scrubbing my arms and legs I washed the mask from my face and immediately after I found that my skin was feeling incredibly soft, much more so than it has felt in a very long time. This feeling unfortunately didn't last very long, though it was nice when it did and it definitely gave me the feeling that my face had received an extra boost of energy.

I normally suffer from dry skin and so I was worried that perhaps by using the mask it would strip my skin of its natural oils, drying it out even more, but this wasn't the case at all. While not feeling super soft for very long, my skin did feel clean and smooth and when using my regular moisturiser afterwards my face looked rejuvenated and refreshed.

It is perhaps not the most effective scrub, but the lovely sweet scent and energising qualities of the face mask make this a product I'll definitely be returning to.

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