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I hear so much about facial skin care from Korean beauty brands, but I rarely hear about their other skincare lines such as bodycare. When I was in the Nature Republic store in Myeongdong, Seoul, I finally discovered this whole "new" side of K-beauty that are just as fun. While my wallet won't thank me for that, my body surely will!
Bath & Nature Body Scrubs
The packaging of this NR line is simple and to-the-point. I love the large image of each item's star ingredient on the front - It's a visual stimulation that creates excitement before I even use the products. I also have the in-store testers to thank for discovering these scrubs - The scent is amazing! I've always been an advocate for having testers available at the shelves...because even with the most imaginative souls among us, it's pretty tough to know what the scents would really smell like or how the texture would really feel like. As soon as I pop open the lids of these body scrubs, it was sensory overload, in a good way.
Scent The Tangerine scent is so intense that it feels as if I'm actually eating one. This sounds bizarre even as I'm typing it, but science does prove that smell and taste work together to help us recognize flavors. On the other hand, the Green Tea scent doesn't quite remind me of green tea. I suppose the true smell of green tea isn't fragrant enough, so NR added some more to it. Nevertheless, it smells heavenly.
Texture I typically stay away from scrubs because most feel too harsh on the skin. This one is different. The initial feel on the skin does seem a bit harsh where I can feel the larger particles. However, once it is mixed with water, most of those particles dissolve leaving just the right amount to give my skin a mini-exfoliation session.
Occasion As with any skincare products that have exfoliating benefits, it is performing a scrubbing action against our skin. While it's good to have dead skin removed, it's not good to overdo it because our topmost skin layer serves as a protective barrier. Too much disruptive actions such as scrubbing will cause the skin to become more sensitive to UV rays. All of you beauty enthusiasts out there know how much damage UV rays can do to our skin, so it's best to curb the scrubbing to a maximum of once a week.
When Not to Scrub The most obvious one is when you have open wound or cut as the scrub will aggravate the injury and burn the skin. Another scenario is when you have dry flaky skin. Scrubbing dry flaky skin will cause it to become very sensitive and it's best to skip the scrub and moisturize instead. The last scenario is during winter months in cold & dry climates. Skin tends to be drier during this time under such climate, so it's better to pamper your skin with deep moisturization or switch to a brown sugar scrub instead.
Pricing & Where to Shop I paid 8,800 Won each in Korea, which is approximately USD $7.42. In the U.S., some online options are RoseRoseShop ($6.29) and KoreaDepart ($7.16). Surprisingly, there's no markup for these scrubs.
[Please Note] I did not order from these sites, so please proceed with caution and read all fine prints. Also, these sites do not start with "https", meaning any information (personal, payment info, etc.) sent from your browser to these sites is not secured. However, it's possible that once you get to the payment page, it may change to "https". Just be aware as you online-shop.
Bath & Nature Body Cream
The packaging is again simple and to-the-point. I smiled as I saw the image of the crisscross-cut mango on the label - It looked so juicy and I couldn't stop thinking about eating one! I of course wanted to buy more than one scent, but I knew my luggage was dangerously close to the airline weight limit, so I opted to try the apple mango scent.
Scent To be honest, this smells more like pineapple coconut than apple mango! Either way, the scent is lovely. It is a pretty strong fragrance, so I wouldn't recommend this to those who are sensitive to fragrance.
Texture When I see "cream" in the description, I picture something thick. This body cream is in fact thick. At the same time, the texture feels more like a mousse or souffle. It feels a little fluffy as I try to scoop up the cream from the jar and once it's on my skin, it feels very moisturizing.
Occasion Because of its mousse-like or souffle-like texture, I think this body cream can be used all year long and any time of the day. While it is thick and very moisturizing, it doesn't feel greasy or sticky on the skin. This may just become my go-to body cream for traveling!
Pricing & Where to Shop I paid 12,000 Won in Korea, which is approximately USD $10.00. In the U.S., some online options are eBay, Amazon, and KoreaDepart, but the price ranges from USD $14.00 to $35.00. Another option is to visit a Nature Republic stores in the U.S., where the markup is less, at the price of $15.00.
Pamper Your Body Too!
I've been a fan of Nature Republic and was so excited when I finally got to shop at NR in its motherland. What I love most is their simple, no-fuss labeling that allows me to quickly and easily understand what I'm buying and using. And then of course I love the wonderful scents from their products. And these bodycare items are no exception.
Often times we focus so much on taking care of our facial skin that we neglect what's below the neckline or by the time we're done with our multi-steps facial routine, we're ready to move onto our busy life. These heavenly-scented scrubs and cream remind me that my body skin is as important as my facial skin, and taking care of both is a must for our complete skin health. I hope you feel the same way, too! I've also bought a few other NR products on this trip and will share them with you soon. In the meantime, tell me about some of your favorite Nature Republic products...would love to hear from you!
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