I have forbidden myself from buying any more smelly stuff until I work through what I have already got on my ever-growing shelf – smelly stuff being my mother’s phrase for body lotions, scrubs, shower gels etc.; the sort you inevitably get for a birthday or Christmas. Since working in the cosmetics industry from the age of seventeen, family friends or relatives have clearly thought “Oh, Heather likes this kind of stuff, I’ll get her some of that for her birthday”, resulting in an accumulation of stuff I never use nor really want to use.
So. Islay Single Malt Cosmetics company. My parents brought me back this range a few years ago, and I have discovered through searching the website that these particular products that I received don’t actually exist any more but hey, why not write about them any way.
One thing that struck me immediately was the simplicity of this scrub. When you look at the ingredients list, you read as follows :
Maris sal, Vitis Vinifera, Prunus Amygdalus, Potassium Olivate, Potassium Cocoate, Papaver Somniferum, Citrus Sinensis, ISLAY SINGLE MALT, Limonene
When you translate what these ingredients actually are, you get Sea Salt, grape, almond, fatty acid from olive oil, fatty acid from coconut oil, poppy seeds, sweet orange, malt whisky and a form of preservative. According to their website (www.spritedsoaps.com) to make soap, alcohol needs to be added and, being based in Islay, there is no shortage of it. Take some alcohol and an entrepreneurial mindset and – hey presto! – another business to rake it in from tourists.
So a few weeks ago I started using this in the bath – purely to get rid of it of course – and now that it is almost at its end, I feel I am very much going to miss it. The salt is incredibly coarse and is not for those with more sensitive of skins – however that is exactly how I like it. When I don’t take a bath every day (don’t worry, I take showers instead) this product wouldn’t be used often enough to do any real damage so it works well as that once in a while treatment.
There is something in this product which makes it fantastic, and to be honest with you, I’m not entirely sure what that is. Once you get out of the bath and feel your skin afterwards, you realise that this isn’t just a scrub. Your skin is left so soft with a balm-like substance acting almost as a moisturiser. Whether this is from the poppy seeds, whisky or orange oil I have no idea, but all I know is I love it.
I only have two minor complaints with this product – and they are very minor indeed. The first one is there is no real presence of whisky in the product. It is in it, that is for sure, but it could only be there as a binding agent in the soap, not really adding any fragrance. If you’re marketing a range made with whisky, you’d expect to be able to smell it. But then again, would you want to go round for the rest of the day smelling like a drunk? The only other thing would be the fun of washing everything off you and the bath. Poppy seeds get everywhere and they’re crafty little buggers. You think you’ve got rid of them all out of all nooks and crannies and then they follow you back into your bedroom, only showing themselves once you start to dress yourself. Delightful. But I suppose that only adds to the fun…