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I am going to review one of my first purchases from Crabtree and Evelyn. I have passed the Crabtree and Evelyn store many times, but was never tempted to go inside. The fragrance coming from this store did not attract me as much as L’Occitane. Crabtree and Evelyn in my opinion caters to more mature ladies , something my mum or grandma would wear. However, I only know how wrong I was after trying a couple of products from this brand.
The shop assistants in these stores also generally lack enthusiasm, so I was not tempted initially. What made me venture into this brand was that a few of my colleagues use hand creams from C&A, which smell quite calm and nice. This brand is good for any age group and has many authentic floral-based fragrances such as Rose, Lavender,Wisteria and also “themed fragrances” such as Summerhill, India hicks, etc. C&A also supplies toiletries to the Hilton Hotels group.
I was looking for a body scrub anyway and when I read “floral body smoother,” I was sold. This product contains relaxing lavender oil and rosewood essential oils. Additionally, it also contains shea butter, jojoba seed oil and sweet almond oil.
About the Aromatherapy Distillations range from Crabtree and Evelyn:
Aromatherapy Distillations combines the benefits of 100% essential oils with natural ingredients gathered from around the world to create a holistic approach to care for the senses and skin. Each product is a sensory experience – created to help women enjoy moments of serenity, energy, and clarity. This line was created in collaboration with an aroma therapist and international perfumer following aromatherapy principles to create three groups of products that are designed to create specific sensory benefits. This line includes Relaxing, Revitalizing and purifying blends.
Product Description and Claims:
Treat yourself to a unique and delightful experience. As whole lavender buds, sugar and salts polish your skin to a beautiful radiant glow, the relaxing aroma of essential oils works to calm and soothe your senses. For best results, apply to dry or slightly damp skin and rub in a circular pattern. Rinse well, then pat dry. Recommended for use twice weekly.
This contains calming 100% essential oils and this particular product from Crabtree and Evelyn does not contain parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrance, colourants, propylene glycol or sodium laureth sulphates.
Scent: Calming essential oil blends of lavender, rosewood, sandalwood and Damask rose.
Essential essential oil blend of lavender essential oil, rosewood essential oil, sandalwood essential oil, Damask rose essential oil (relaxing, calming), whole lavender buds (aromatic, exfoliating), salts (skin polishing, skin smoothing) sugars (exfoliating, skin smoothing), evening primrose oil (skin conditioning), olive oil (conditioning, moisturizing), jojoba oil (conditioning, moisturizing), rose hip oil (Vitamin C – antioxidant), sweet almond oil (moisturizing).
Around $45 originally, but I got it for around $35 on sale.
Good For Use:
6 months from opening as it is an aromatherapy product, free of harmful chemicals.
My Experience with Crabtree and Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations Floral Body Smoother:
This body smoother comes in a cute glass jar, which reminds me of spa products. The glass jar has a lift-open lid. The product itself is of light brown colour and has coarse granules which I appreciate in body scrubs. The best part is that you can see bits and pieces of spices in there as well, which look like fennel seeds and smells heavenly of lavender; English lavender to be specific.
Apparently, L’Occitane uses French lavender and that’s why the lavender products from both brands smell different. Only a small portion is enough for each time; however, it should be applied carefully on wet skin as big chunks tend to fall off in the shower. I feel it is a bit harsh for use on dry skin. The big granules do a good scrubbing job and the aromatherapy oils in the scrub moisturise the skin well. So, I guess that is why it is called a “smoother.” I do not need a moisturiser for the whole day as my skin feels hydrated after using this body scrub; however, the next day it is back to normal.
Pros of Crabtree and Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations Floral Body Smoother:
- Contains lavender oil, sweet almond oil as well as many other aromatherapy oils to moisturise skin and relax it.
- The granules scrub well to get rid of dead skin during winter.
- This particular line does not contain parabens, laureth sulphate, mineral oils or artificial fragrances, what else do we need ?
- Smells heavenly and good to be used before bed time as lavender calms your senses and helps in de-stressing.
- I love the glass jar packaging.
Cons of Crabtree and Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations Floral Body Smoother:
- Quite pricey, but okay for an aromatherapy product.
- I am not sure if this brand is available in India yet.
- The consistency of the smoother makes it easy to fall off during shower time.
- I wish the SA’s in these stores would show more enthusiasm, at least in Australia.
Will I Repurchase Crabtree and Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations Floral Body Smoother?
Yes, I will. I like this spa product-like body smoother.
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