I was given two Sh’Zen body oils the other day. I didn’t fall in love with the ‘Destressing’ one because it smelled a bit too lemongrass-y for my liking. The Detoxifying Toning body oil, however, is awesome!
A blend of grapefruit, fennel, black pepper, juniper and hyssop essential oils in a sweet almond oil base, it aims to help drain and decongest to ultimately ‘treat cellulite and streamline your body’.
Now, if I’m honest, I don’t pay all that much attention to topicals promising to rid your ass of le dreaded cellies. I mean, if there was some miracle cream out, women all over the world would be buying it up in bulk. Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t think certain products can’t assist with water retention, stimulate your circulation or possibly temporarily plump skin up make the orange-peel effect a little less noticeable. All I’m saying is that I’ve yet to discover one that offers dramatic permanent results.
Because of all the above, I didn’t bother massaging the oil into my butt. Instead, I’ve been using it on my legs and have been loving the way it makes them feel. I tend to run around in crazy high heels all day or, on the other end of the spectrum, sit on my legs when I write, so they often end up feeling ‘heavy’. I also don’t have it going on in the lymph-drainage department so they occasionally swell up thanks to water retention. In fact, if you saw my ankles, which aren’t all that skinny to begin with, after a long haul flight you’d mistake me for this dude:
Anyway, I now love coming home at night, kicking off my shoes and rubbing the oil into my bene; it just feels sooo good! (Even better after a long, hot bath.) I also like that it moisturises beautifully but absorbs super fast. The best bit, however, is the smell; a ‘spalicious’ blend of zingy grapefruit with ‘warm’ black pepper.
In regards to slimming or toning, I can’t say I’ve noticed any very visible difference and it would be difficult to do so. If I go to bed with heavy-feeling legs at night they feel just fine the next day regardless of whether I’ve used a product or not, so I wouldn’t know if it was speeding up the battle of the bloat ‘cos I’m asleep when all that (literally) goes down. Either way, the fabulous smell and soothing-sensation this product provides are enough to ensure I’ll buy a new bottle the moment this one runs dry.