I can't believe I took so long to board the Natura Siberica train. This is the first product I've tried from the cult brand, and to say I'm blown away would be understating it. This Oblepikha And Honey Body Scrub is the bee's knees. Ha! (see what I did there?). I didn't have the faintest idea what 'Oblepikha' was before reading the label, but I really didn't care. I was on a mission to make this baby mine, and that I did.
"Altai Oblepikha is a famous Siberian berry (also knows as sea-buckthorn) which has been used by Siberian locals for centuries to strengthen their hair, revitalize skin and even to heal wounds. Not surprisingly, since this small berry is the richest natural source of beta-carotene and is full of rare Omega 3, 6, 7, 9 acids moreover, it also has up to 22 other fatty acids as well as 36 kinds of flavonoids to preserve natural beauty and health of your hair and skin."
The first thing I noticed was the gorgeous packaging. The blue theme with the eye-catching label design is just so pretty! This is definitely a product you can proudly display in the bathroom. Then, when I opened the lid, I was hit by the amazing scent. Holy S H I T B A L L S. I'm hopeless at describing scents, so I'll start with amazing, delicious, beautiful and happiness-inducing. To me, it smells like a fruit smoothie, or orange and mango juice. It's strong, but just delightful!
The texture is interesting! It's a thick formula, and quite sticky, which is perfect for getting it onto the body without dropping it, and you get extended scrubbing time, prolonging the pampering experience. At first, when I saw the orange-coloured formula, I was worried there weren't enough grainy bits because the little black dots are few and far between. However, there are tons of tiny gritty bits hiding in the mix, giving an extremely satisfying exfoliation. This scrub leaves my skin so soft and smooth and it's such a pleasure to use. I absolutely love it!
The only negative I can find is the container design. It's so large I find it difficult getting my hands around the width, so opening and closing it especially when it's slippery from the shower, is a bit of a pain. Then add in the gritty bits getting stuck in the screw-top section, and it makes it even harder. I've found if I have a damp face-washer in each hand and use that to open and close the container it cuts down on most of the difficulty. It also helps to give the screw-top parts a wipe down if you're really struggling with the lid. Thank Christ, because this is one product I want to use every day. I hope I don't scrub all my skin off!
This product is an Allure Best Of Beauty Award Winner and a Nature & Health Winner in the 2016 Natural Beauty Awards. It doesn't contain any parabens or SLS/SLES.
You can buy this for $20 from the Natura Siberica website, but I'd head to Chemist Warehouse where it's only $15!
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Have you tried any Natura Siberica products and if so, which is your favourite?