The spicy tea (‘Masala Chai’) served everywhere in India is so sweetly decadent, you can’t help but fall in love with it from day one. On the last day of a trip there, as teenagers, a friend and I begged a local to find us the right kind of tea to attempt to reproduce it ourselves back home. He looked at us as though we were slightly mad, but obliged and came back with a proud parcel of black Assam Tea. Delighted with the purchase, it wasn’t until we got home and unpacked it that we realised that he’d simply given us a packet of plain black tea; wonderful stuff, of course, but the glory of Masala Chai is in its additions, which are added into the stove-top pan while it’s brewed. The tea leaves themselves are only the starting point – they come alive through the addition of cardamom (one of the most beautifully scented spices in the entire world) and other spices (usually clove, cinnamon and ginger), plus plenty of sugar.
An ode to Masala Chai, this body scrub is a warm, fragrant, Indian-style embrace to spice up any shower or bath. And, thanks to the wonderful oils and natural exfoliants (black tea, Dead Sea salt and sugar) sloughing off dead skin cells to enable you to glow like the most vibrant of Bollywood superstars, it feels like heaven on your skin.
Black Tea Leaves & Tea Seed Oil: Full of vitamins and nutrients, tea has an endless plethora of benefits for your body; see here for a comprehensive overview. Expect softened, silky smooth skin and a healthy glow!
Dead Sea Salt Crystals: Of ancient therapeutic renown, these beauties show no mercy; they have no time for dead, dull skin. Uniquely high in minerals such as magnesium (important for both combating stress and fluid retention) and potassium (energises the body, helps balance moisture; a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise), they only want to show your skin a good time.
Sweet Almond Oil: Rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, besides a number of other minerals and vitamins; blends with the tea seed oil to nourish skin and hold in moisture.
Clove, Cinnamon, Cardamom & Ginger: this stellar line-up of punchy, pure, ground spice & essential oils gives a wonderfully warming, circulation-enhancing boost. Each one comes with [Dead Sea] scrolls’ worth of know-how when it comes to health and beauty; the combination is beautifully fragrant and both calming and enlivening.
Uses & Directions:
Suitable for daily use. In the bath or shower, apply a small handful of the scrub over your body in gentle circles before washing away. Your skin is left softened, with a very gentle sheen.
The gorgeous natural plant oils may make bathroom surfaces a bit slippery, so take care.
To mix up your routine and cultural references, why not indulge now and then in the zingy citrus Mojito Green Polishing Shower Butter?