Thursday, 20 February 2014

Bodhi and Birch Ginger Brew massage and body oil


    I have slowly worked my way through the entire Bodhi selection of products, and what a wonderful journey it has been. I make no secret of the fact that I really liked the company from the beginning, they won me over with their great customer service and fantastic unique fragrances and I was hooked from then on. They are a British eco-luxe aromatherapy brand with incredible attention to detail, everything from the packaging to the ingredients to the blends themselves are all very impressive, they stock luxurious skincare and body care products that are all made from beautiful botanical ingredients with none of the usual nasties such as SLS, parabens and mineral oil. I have been lucky to enough to meet Elijah Choo the founder several times and each and every time it has been a pleasure, Elijah is a true gentleman, passionate about his products and with a truly fun and vivacious personality. Not many people can say they have met the person who hand blends their favourite products, so I feel incredibly privileged. Bodhi is inspired by Elijah's passion for travel and different parts of the world, if there is one word I would use to describe the brand it's evocative, the scents are constructed in such a way that you can close your eyes and feel transported somewhere else for a little while, a break from the endless stresses and strains of life. That is exactly what makes me keep coming back from more, I repurchase the Himalayan detox salt scrub, Jasmine falls moisturiser and several scents of the bath and shower therapies as soon as they run out (if not before!) and I always go back to Bodhi products because they have the ability to truly make me feel calm or invigorate as I need it, they are little bit of luxury in the day which breaks up the mundane and makes me feel special. 

    So with all of that in mind I have been using this beautiful Bodhi Ginger Brew deep tissue massage oil* to help me with the terrible muscle soreness I have been getting lately, I have been battling a long standing injury now for a while, it causes imbalances and sore muscles elsewhere in my body. As I am at a stage where the injury itself isn't expected to improve any more I have been told my best option is to is to try and strengthen other surrounding muscles to help the problem, so I have been back at the gym. Anyone who has ever started a gym programme knows how hard those first few sessions are especially after a long break like mine and this oil was incredibly helpful to my recovery. The first time I used it I think I actually cried a little (happy tears!) from the relief it brought me, anyone who lives in pain knows that you get a little fed up with having to take painkillers, so to find a more natural and pleasant way to find some relief was truly wonderful. I use this in conjunction with massage for best results, I like to apply after using my foam roller, but when things get really bad I enlist the help of hubby to ease the pain through deep tissue massage. 

    The formula itself is feather light, these aren't heavy oils that you have to hang around for hours waiting for them to absorb, this absorbs instantly when applied and makes the skin silky smooth. It is made up of plant oils that are beneficial to the skin, grapeseed, coconut oils and apricot oil are the base to which other botanicals are added. The star ingredient in this blend is the Plai, not an oil I had heard of before I will admit, but it has been added for it's exceptional pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties especially when it comes to joints and muscles. Plai is grown in Thailand and the roots look a little like ginger, the blend also includes Galangal which has fantastic anti-oxidant and therapeutic benefits as well as ginger. I love reading the ingredients lists of Bodhi products because I always feel like I discover and learn new things and all of the ingredients are special, it never feels like they are simply fillers, but each is carefully chosen. I can't review this and not comment on the smell, it is warm and exotic, you definitely can smell the ginger coming through but it is mellow and certainly not as strong as I was expecting before I tried it. Even for me who loves floral's this still smells amazing and hubby gave it his seal of approval too. 

    If I had to mention one thing I would change is that this doesn't come with a dropper or pump, so I am always exceedingly careful when pooring this as it is simply too lovely to waste, I am bit of a clutz so I have been in danger of pooring far too much on several occasions but if you are careful it isn't too much of an issue. Like most Bodhi products this is at the higher end price point at £35 for 100 mls, but I think Bodhi actually is incredible value for money when you consider the quality of the products and the concentration of essential oils used. If you want to read more of my Bodhi reviews use the search bar on the right hand side of the blog, I simply have written far too many to link them all, a testament to my love for the range. 

You can find the full Bodhi range here


Ana x

*Sample sent for my consideration.
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14 comments

  1. Nice review Ana! really looking nice....but same here: dropper is best for me when i use oil :-)x

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    1. I know you have tried the line too, it's a beautiful brand! :) Xx

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  2. I have yet to try this gorgeous brand! Great review, I've also never heard of Plai, it's great to learn something new! :) xx

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    1. You would love them Jana! Elijah has a wonderful knowledge and ingredients it is fun to learn! :) Xx

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  3. This sounds amazing - not that I am surprised, anything by bodhi is amazing! I suffer with chronic fatigue and there are some days when my muscles, particularly my legs, are so painful and weak that I struggle to get around. I love to use my Mint The but I wonder if this would help too. Do you know if they do a travel size? x

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    1. They have a travel size as part of the Vital travel kit, you get to bath and shower therapies and a body lotion with it too. I like the mint the on tired/restless legs but on soreness I find this to be more effective, I really do think the anti-inflammatory effects of the plai are effective and very soothing. Bless you, I think this might help Xx

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  4. Elijah kindly sent me this to try after reading my 'brands to try in 2014' post and I love it! It smells lovely and is certainly much better when my boyfriends gives me massages than his yukky cocoa oil haha!

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    1. Ha ha! Your so funny! The smell is divine :) Xx

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  5. Look great...i want to try something :)

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    1. It's a great brand to try! :) Xx

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  6. i really like this oil, i have the sample bottle but i wanna purchase the full size.
    helped me a lot when i have back pain and such, plus the smell to me is really pleasant *_*

    big kisses dear

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    1. Bodhi is certainly a brand that gorgeous scents in their products! :) Xx

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