Saturday, 2 July 2011

Ajana Sweet & Spicy Fragrant Cinnamon Scrub and Lavender, Lemongrass & Tea Tree Body Scrub Reviews

I recently reviewed the Mocha Madness Scrub from Ajana and found this scrub to be one of the most delicious smelling scrubs I have ever tried. Well, my Ajana adventure wasn't over yet as I still had two more scrubs to try: the Sweet & Spicy Fragrant Cinnamon Scrub and the Lavender, Lemongrass & Tea Tree Body Scrub.

Sweet & Spicy Fragrant Cinnamon Scrub
According to Ajana 'the cinnamon body scrub is a deeply fragrant sweet and spicy combination of Cinnamon Bark and Leaf and is perfect as we head into winter. Aside from smelling great Cinnamon is thought to have healing properties'.

I loved the smell of this - the second the lid came off the jar I was hit with a delicious sweet cinnamon aroma - it actually reminded me a lot of chai tea. It was a very warming, comforting fragrance - especially in these cold winter mornings. I was half expecting the scrub to burn a little when I used it, like the feeling you get when you eat Big Red Cinnamon Gum and touch the tip of you tongue onto it, but alas (or perhaps thankfully!) there was no burning sensation.

To use the scrub, I would stand under the shower for a few seconds then turn the shower off and massage the scrub into my damp skin. Because the scrub is made out of sugar, the scrub particles (ie the sugar) dissolved slightly on my damp skin so it was an invigorating, yet gentle scrub. I would then turn the shower back on an rinse off the remaining scrub. I found, after showering, the fragrance of the scrub on lingered only ever so slightly. I was happy about that as it meant that it didn't clash with my perfume.

The scrub is packed with nourishing oils so it left my skin feeling really moisturised and soft afterwards. The only thing I didn't like about the scrub was that the cinnamon particles stuck to the oil and were really hard to wash off my skin. I would have to use shower gel afterwards to rinse off the cinnamon particles. But I found, even with the extra washing step, my skin still felt really soft and moisturised afterwards. The shower gel I used to rinse the scrub off was actually a rose one and I found the combination of the two fragrances was quite intoxicating - an intriguing spicy floral. A caramel or honey shower gel, like Lush's Its Raining Men (Honey I Washed the Kids fragrance) would also combine deliciously with the spicy cinnamon scent.
The scrub comes in a 250g tub and is $8.50. I got between 5-10 uses out of it (I lost count!) so it is a very economical scrub. The fragrance is quite unisex so it really would be appropriate for anyone. I think this would be a great scrub to pick up in winter as it is so warming and comforting.

Lavender, Lemongrass & Tea Tree Body Scrub
Ajana describe the Lavender, Lemongrass & Tea Tree body scrub as a 'fusion of classic floral lavender and zesty Lemongrass and fresh Tea Tree. This scrub is perfect for those times when you want to relax and forget the world. Aside from smelling great, Lavender has calming properties while the Lemongrass and Tea Tree adds a citrus and fresh twist'.

Of the three Ajana scrubs that I tried, this was my favourite. I absolutely adored the fragrance. I went to Thailand for my honeymoon and every time I smell lemongrass it takes me back there. When I first took off the lid, it was the scent of lemongrass I was hit with and this instantly made me feel both happy and calm. Then, when I actually used the scrub, it was the lavender and tea tree notes that were strongest. The first time I used this, it was in the bath in the evening. That night I had one of the best nights sleep I had had in ages as this scrub is packed with really relaxing oils.

I won't go on to describe the scrub beyond its fragrance as it is the same as the sweet and spicy cinnamon one I described above. But I will say that this scrub left my skin feeling so soft and moisturised thanks to the gorgeous nourishing oils. Because there were no particles in it, I didn't need to use shower gel to remove any residue so I was able to leave the gorgeous oils on my skin. Initially my skin did feel somewhat greasy but by the time I had towel dried the oils had sunk into my skin, leaving it soft rather than greasy. I have used this both for my morning shower and before a nice relaxing bath. Whilst it is great for both, I prefer it in the evening as  means I will be sleeping like a baby that night (a baby that sleeps solidly through the night, that is, not one of those annoying ones that wakes every two hours for a visit from their milky friends!).

You can purchase these scrubs from the Ajana Etsy Store or from the Ajana Facebook Page.

If you would like a chance to win the Ajana lavender, lemongrass and tea tree scrub, check out Little Jo as she is giving this scrub away, along with the matching candle plus a million other items!

Have you found an amazing scrub that gets you all excited to use?

All opinions stated in this blog are my own. I have no affiliation with Ajana and received no remuneration for my comments. This product was provided for consideration.