Reviewed by Laura Fairbairn
The ‘Relaxing Bath & Body Travel Spa’ is a collection of four 50ml products from SenSpa. The gift set contains Body Wash, Bath Soak, Body Scrub and Body Butter – all with ‘organic lavender and essential oils of bergamot, patchouli and geranium’; before even opening the tubes I could smell the lavender, however, it was not overwhelming, it just made me even more eager to jump in the bath and try out the products!
The travel set comes a cardboard box very tastefully decorated in the colours of white, brown and light purple (probably lavender colour actually!) with flowers on the front of the packaging. The front of the packaging also proudly displays information stating that the products are all ‘97% Natural’, whilst on the back it is stated that these products are ‘free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sulphates and animal ingredients’. I love the fact that it is so clearly stated that the products are free from animal ingredients and not tested on animals! This is because I would always prefer to use such products, yet it seems that many well-known brands do not have this information readily available.
The first product that I chose to try was the Body Scrub. On opening the tube I found the scent to be very refreshing as well as relaxing; again, not overpowering as some ‘lavender’ products can be. It was simple to use (with clear instructions on the back of the container if needed) and was not too runny which meant it was easy to control over the skin making it easy to target particular areas like knees and elbows.
The Bath Soak is designed to be poured under a running tap into the bath and all you need to do is jump in and relax – perfect! I found the scent to be a little stronger in this product than the body scrub, but it was lovely and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is having trouble sleeping as it was so relaxing and the lovely smell helped me to ‘switch off’ and relax – used just before bed I can imagine it would promote a very restful sleep.
I chose not to use the body butter immediately after the first two products as I personally felt that the scent was ‘just right’ as it was and adding a third product into the mix would have made it a little stronger than suits my personal tastes.
The following evening, I decided to try the Body Wash in the shower followed by the Body Butter. The body wash, when massaged into wet skin and rinsed off, left my skin feeling lovely and clean. I didn’t find it as relaxing as using the Bath Soak, but that may be because I used it in the shower rather than having another soak in the bath! The Body Butter is very nice, perhaps not as thick as some others, but easy to spread over larger areas meaning a little can go a fairly long way. It soaked into my skin fairly quickly, which I find to be an added bonus because there is no standing around waiting until it is ‘safe’ to put clothes on over it.
I found these products left my skin nice and soft which I suspect is down to the Body Scrub and Body Butter rather than the other two, but that is not a complaint on my part.
I would be happy to recommend these products to others and think that this particular set would make a really lovely gift for a friend or family member in need of a little pampering.
I would give this SenSpa travel set 4 out of 5 as I believe the items being stored in a small toiletry bag rather than a cardboard box would really finish it off.
Available to exclusively at Waitrose and the SenSpa boutique here.