8 July 2015

Sample Stash #18: *New* Odacité Spa Collection

I recently shared my summer pedicure essentials, but these two minis have been giving a couple of those products a real run for their money!  The Spa Collection, a new two product range from Odacité, includes the Invigorative Jasmine Mimosa Body Scrub and Intensive Hand & Heel Therapy and is intended to "nurture your skin, mind and body and make it glow."  

Jamie MacLean, president and founder of the new Toronto-based e-boutique Petal & Post, very kindly sent me samples of the Spa Collection to try and I've been happily doing so for the last couple weeks.  Keep reading for more details on both products.



Invigorative Jasmine Mimosa Body Scrub
My favorite thing about the Jasmine Mimosa Body Scrub is that it contains gentle, coconut-derived cleansing agents that create create a creamy lather and help the scrub rinse away cleanly.  I can't think of anything LESS spa-like than having to scrub the tub as soon as you get out - a necessity with a lot of oil-based scrubs - so I appreciate that Odacité has completely circumvented that issue with this emulsifying product.  And, the lack of oil doesn't mean the scrub is missing moisturizing ingredients either.  Glycerin, milk thistle extract and aloe vera leave skin feeling soft and hydrated, just without the slippery mess.  The exfoliation comes from finely ground walnut shells, which do a great job but don't feel harsh or scratchy.  The scrub spreads really nicely too, so you don't actually need much product to get a good exfoliation.  It smells mostly of jasmine in the pot, but the scent mellows into a more balanced blend of citrus and floral on the skin, thanks to lemongrass, geranium, ylang-ylang, litsea cubeba and rose essential oils.  The scent is still a little heavy on the florals for my nose, but I could see it being a big hit with a lot of people.

Intensive Hand & Heel Therapy
I can't get enough of this one!  The Hand & Heel Therapy is a lovely rich moisturizer that provides the skin with great, intense hydration without any greasy or oily feel.  I was initially concerned this would be too heavy for hands, other than overnight, but it absorbs so well that it works great during the day too.  I also love it for feet and elbows.  Again, a small amount is all you need.

Alpha hydroxy acids derived from fruit and sugar gently tackle any dead skin, helping moisturizers like shea butter and olive and sunflower oils deeply penetrate to hydrate dry and damaged skin.  Another interesting ingredient to note is galactoarabinan, a plant collagen derived from larch trees and more often seen in face products.  Known to increase cell turnover and reduce transdermal water loss, it's another powerhouse ingredient that fits in perfectly, helping to deliver soft and smooth skin.   Essential oils of lemon, spearmint, grapefruit, rosemary, clary sage, lavender, and geranium blend together into a refreshing, herbal scent that really is reminiscent of a spa, and also offer anti-fungal and anti-bacterial benefits.  

The Bottom Line
At $45 for the Hand & Heel Therapy and $55 for the Body Scrub, these don't come cheap, but like all Odacité products, they have exceptional, high quality ingredients and do deliver on the promised spa-like experience.  I'm a little less certain about the scrub, mainly because of the scent, but I can see treating myself to the Hand & Heel Therapy in the future, particularly come fall and winter.

What are your favorites from Odacité?


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