The Body Shop Spa of The World Japanese Camellia Cream

The Body Shop Spa of The World Japanese Camellia Cream

Price R320

Get it at selected The Body Shop stores

I knew I would love this cream from The Body Shop the moment I clapped eyes on it, and I wasn’t wrong, but there is a bit of confusion here which I think I need to explain further.

The camellia flower is incredibly beautiful but most varieties don’t have a scent, in particular the Camellia Japonica or Japanese Camellia. However, The Body Shop has actually used Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil from a different, more fragrant variety (which originated in China) in this product. I suspect it has also been fragranced quite heavily with something like gardenia or magnolia to provide its floral scent.

Nonetheless, that does not detract from the total beauty of the product and I really do adore using it. The scent is that typical white floral fragrance I love and it lingers on my skin for hours, and clothes for days. The texture is sublime and it has the most glorious whipped-butter feel that melts into your skin, absorbing quickly.

The choice of Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil is a very smart one as this oil is known for its incredibly nourishing properties, not to mention being loaded with more antioxidants than olive oil, which makes it a great anti-ageing ingredient too in protecting skin against free radical damage. To up the moisturisation even further there’s also illipe and shea butter, and mango seed oil, which may give the cream a bit of fragrance too as it does have a slightly fruity note to it if you smell it for long enough.

Horticultural debates aside, it’s a beautiful body cream that I’d happily buy again and again to nourish and fragrance my body every day. And there are some other really lovely items from the Spa of the World collection that you should take a look at too if you’re a fan of beauty inspired by exotic destinations.

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