|Winter Gate byAlison Blackman – read my copyright information in RED at the bottom of this post|
I always feel a bit relieved when I’ve made it past the Winter holidays, Ground Hog Day (I take it seriously & it is my favorite holiday of the year), and Valentines’ Day. Soon, the crocuses will be peeking their heads out of the ground, and we’ll be looking towards Spring holidays.But in-between, there is a stretch of what is usually dreary, damp, cold, weather in February and early March. One way I’ve found to combat the “Winter blahs” is to boost my senses with great-smelling home and body scents.
Sensory Fusion from Aromafloria is a line that melds East and West in their products, inspired by ancient recipes and rituals, proven effective through the ages. The products feature natural fruity essences, botanicals and vitamins contained in their Foaming Body Wash with Shea Butter, Body Butter with Shea and Aloe and Exfoliating Scrub. Having never tried their products before, I was excited to discover that they not only are nicely packaged in plastic jars and pump bottles with a spa-style “bamboo” background labels with color-coded accents, they smell absolutely divine! As the Aromafloria web site puts it: “In our increasingly high-tech and low-touch world, we invite you to create quiet, restorative moments and meaningful rituals that will elicit relaxation and keep you on your road to wellness.”
I tried a trio of products in a few of the Sensory Fusion products lines: Foaming Body Wash, Exfoliating body scrubs, and Body Butters. These three things are the “must-haves” in your bathroom. Although the newest scent collections are Pomegranate and also a Honey Papaya, I’ve fashioned my review starting with the product lines in the order I tried them:
|Sensory Fusion Foaming Body Wash in Mango Ginger|
The Mango Ginger Warming Sugar Polish (12 oz. $25.00) smells like juicy mango, and then you get the spiciness of the ginger. It’s sexy and delicious, but most of all, this is a serious body buffer that has large crystals of organic sugar cane to slough off dead skin (be careful how vigorously you rub, especially if you have sensitive skin). The pure ginger oil increases circulation when applied to the skin, while the fresh mango and seaweed hydrate and pamper. I didn’t really feel the warming effect but I have sensitive skin, so I didn’t rub the product on my skin too long. Still, my skin glowed and felt hydrated and soft. It is preservative free. 97% certified organic. I also tried the Sensory Fusion Mango Ginger Foaming Body Wash (* fl. oz $20.00) with Shea Butter. The unique spiral top pump bottle dispenses a nicely scented liquid body wash that smells lightly of the Mango Ginger scent. It is a foaming body wash, but you won’t get a huge froth of lather, it simply foams moderately. When you cleanse your skin with it you’ll find that it rehydrates even dry skin, beautifully, thanks to ingredients like a naturally derived coconut-base with moisturizing organic shea butter. What the Body Washes don’t have are amides, SLS or SLES, or parabens (and who needs those?). Go for the full Spa treatment with the coordinating, super-luxe, Mango and Ginger Body Butter with Shea and Aloe ( $30.00 4.5 oz.). It is definitely a high end body butter, but shea and aloe arrive in a rich, super-thick cream that slides on like lingerie, adding that delightful scent of mango and ginger.
|Sensory Fusion Exfoliating Salt Glow Buff in Kiwi Coconut|
|Sensory Fusion Body Butter with Shea and Aloe in Honey Papaya|
Honey Papaya is NEW in the Sensory Fusion line. Sweet Manuka Honey provides deep moisture to the skin while ripe Papaya fruit enzymes gently cleanse and exfoliate. The scent reminded me of a rich, creamsicle. The Foaming Body Wash with Shea Butter and the Body Butter with Shea and Aloe have basically the same ingredients and are priced the same as the other lines. I didn’t try the Honey Papaya Nut Meal Exfoliant with sweet almonds and oatmeal, $25.00 but based on the other exfoliators, I’d expect ground nut shells to provide a thorough exfoliation, while offering serious aromatherapy benefits. Honey and Papaya…how can anyone resist?!
|Sensory Fusion New Salt Glow Scrub in Pomegranate|
Also NEW is a collection of pomegranate-scented bath and body delights. Pomegranate is one of my favorite scents because it is sweet and tart at the same time. Pomegranates as seductive, crimson, jewel like seeds that are rich in antioxidants to protect skin. This blend also has coconut to cleanse and moisturize. The Foaming Body Wash with Shea Butter and the Body Butter with Shea and Aloe; Aloe have basically the same ingredients and are priced the same as the other lines. The Salt Glow Scrub ($25.00 12 oz) is my favorite of all the collections. The tart smell of pomegranate permeates the deep rose-tinted scrub while natural minerals and pomegranate extract help reverse the effects of aging in an energizing, oil free, water-based scrub featuring salt as the exfoliator. It’s a treat for your senses and your entire body.
About Aromafloria: There are so many wonderful things from Sensory Fusion to consider purchasing on the Aromafloria web site that I can’t even list them all (although I hope to try some more of them): candles, gifts, home scents, body products, hand creams, foot care, and even a few other product lines including Healing Waters and Organics. The company’s focus is developing beautiful, touchable, wholesome beauty products through the use of sustainably sourced certified Organic and Natural ingredients. If you are someone who cares about what goes on as well as in your body, you’ll be happy to know that Aromafloria strives to only use pure, safe, sustainably sourced certified Organic and Natural Eco-friendly ingredients, to ensure that all products are “chemically clean”, benefit driven, effective, and feel good to the touch.
I’d say that they are succeeding, sensationally well!