I would never say I’m a fan of a green tea fragrance, but somehow The Body Shop has made it fresh and enticing with their new Green Tea collection. I love it, in fact. Not least because they’ve presented the range as a ceremony – I know, I know, it’s marketing – but actually I like the idea of taking time out to just relax and enjoy; it’s something we don’t do enough of as it is, and encouraging an extra five minutes of down time is marketing that I can work with!
The Body Shop Green Tea collection is comprehensive; everything from body sorbet to a bath infuser, but the three products I love are the Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea (£12, with little shreds of green tea); a bath salt based cleansing soak that smells totally calming. You can just chuck it under a running tap (oh sorry.. supposed to be zen here.. sprinkle delicately onto tranquil water) or use the Fuji Green Tea Bath Infuser. Now I’m thinking about it, I’m not sure why you would, but I guess it’s part of the ceremony aspect of it. The Fuji Green Tea Body Butter (£13) has all the usual hydrating powers of any Body Shop Butter – use it post-green tea bath while your skin is still warm and it just melts. Finally, the Fuji Green Tea EDT (£16) had me at konnichiwa because it’s just so fresh, with a citrussy burst of lemon and mandarin. Imagine climbing into cool, clean sheets after that. Perfect!
It almost seems rude not to fully explore the Japanese culture – so I reckon a Friday night saki to finish the job is an ideal hommage to Japanese bathing ceremonies. No, really, I do.
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