I love spa products and anything with a scent that reminds me of exotic flowers, coconuts and cocoa butter. From previously working with a spa that used Elemis products (a great British spa brand), I’ve developed a nose for spa products that smell very similar to their products.
I found these wonderful (and cheap) products from Mandara Spa from Sainsburys. There is a Mandara Spa located at the Park Plaza hotel on Westminster Bridge which you can visit for spa treatments and those who stay at the hotel I believe get free use of the spa facilities there though don’t quote me on it – I think it was just something I’d seen ages ago when I was looking to go there for a spa day.
I am going to be reviewing their latest collection, Bali Santi. I am also going to be reviewing their body oil from the Tropical Blooms range because when I was contemplating on whether I should buy the body oil from the Bali range or not, I took a whiff of the Tropical Blooms and knew I had to get it because it smells very similar to an Elemis product I love.
Bali Santi Collection
When I think of Bali; coconuts, frangipani flowers, lotuses and beautiful dark green leaves always comes to mind. I haven’t been to Bali yet but would love to go one day in the near future. In the meantime, I can satisfy my lust for the country’s wonderful fragrances with the Mandara Spa collections. The Bali Santi range is made from coconut and almond oil with the addition of other oils and milks to create a wonderful scent.
I really love the bath and shower oil – my skin can really dry up when I use shower gels to cleanse my body so I’m always on a lookout for a cream cleanser or an oil one and so glad I’ve found this bath/shower oil. It’s very easy to apply onto the skin and goes milky when it’s in contact with water. I put it all over my body then use my exfoliating gloves to cleanse as the oil doesn’t foam up at all. I only shower occasionally, mainly I have baths so I usually add this in under running water then only use a bit on my skin which seems to help it from drying out.
After I’m out of the bath, depending on how much time I have or how I am feeling, I either follow up with the Bali Santi Nurturing Body Milk or the Tropical Blooms Nourishing Beauty Oil. The body milk is easily absorbed into my skin and I try to put it on when my skin is still a bit damp as I find this is the best way to moisturise it. When my skin is fully dried I find that the moisture doesn’t lock into my skin so even though I moisturise it, it goes dry again within a few hours. The body milk is very light so it’s perfect for the weather we have now and when it gets hotter. It does smell slightly different from the shower oil – somehow I think that I can smell a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg! Not bad, it smells really delicious but just different.
Tropical Blooms Collection
The nourishing beauty oil is absolutely amazing – it goes on the skin and sinks in really well so I don’t get left with that horrible oily/greasy feel some cheaper oils leave behind. This product is the dupe to the best-selling Elemis oil, Exotic Frangipani Monoi Body Oil.
From the ingredients list, the Mandara Spa beauty oil contains sweet almond oil, rosehip oil and coconut oil and Tahitian Gardenia flower extract. The elemis oil contains just coconut oil and frangipani fragrance. This is why the Mandara Spa beauty oil reminds me so much of the Elemis monoi body oil, because they both have the coconut and exotic flowers. The Tropical Blooms beauty oil sinks into my skin really well even when it is dry which is brilliant. It’s lovely delicate, sweet scent is not too overpowering for me which is another reason why I love to use it because I am quite sensitive to smells so can’t wear perfume but this lingers longer than a standard body lotion so it’s ideal for me.
Which One Is The Best For Me?
I would have to say it’ll be the Tropical Blooms range. The main reason being is that the scent is consistent from bath shower gel to the beauty oil which should be a best seller. If you have tried the Elemis Frangipani Monoi body oil but find that it’s too expensive or hate how it solidifies and want something more convenient to use when in a hurry, the Mandara Spa Tropical Blooms beauty oil is right for you. The reason why the Tropical Blooms doesn’t solidify is because the Elemis oil is made up of more coconut oil which is naturally solid at room temperature whereas the Mandara Spa oil contains more sweet almond oil than coconut oil.
The Tropical Blooms range belongs to the Calming Rituals collection which contains the Honeymilk Dream range (fabulous scent) and this range is also fantastic. I will have to review that one separately. The scent of the Honeymilk Dream is also very similar to how the Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Milk used to smell until they changed up their formula a couple of years ago.
I hope you liked my review. If you’ve tried any of the products before or have a question, please feel free to leave a comment below. 🙂