The minute I saw Fresh & Easy's "Retreat" line of bath and body products on store shelves a few months ago, I knew I had to try all of them. So I contacted Fresh & Easy via Twitter (gotta love Twitter!) and they generously sent me the entire line for review. So this is only part one of my full review--there are more reviews to come as I make my way through the line.
Let's start with Retreat Mulberry & Shea Deep Conditioning Hand and Nail Cream (retail: $3.99, 2.5 oz)
Now I've only been using this product a few days now, but I've got to say it's enough to convince me that if I used it on a regular basis, I'd try to eat it. It smells that good. The mullberry note reminds me of The Body Shop's Dewberry fragrance, which is an all-time favorite scent of mine. It's a deep, almost spicy berry that is sweet, yet invigorating. I love it, and I also love that shea butter is the third ingredient in the list (water and glycerin are 1st and 2nd). So far, this hand cream ROCKS (and you know I've been searching for a good hand cream lately). I love how it sinks in yet forms a protective coating on your hands. Plus, it's not so greasy that you'll leave hand prints on everything you touch. Lastly, I love the fact that I'm not rubbing any parabens into my skin when I use it. Who doesn't love a paraben-free lotion these days, right?
Next we have Retreat Grapefruit & Shea Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion (retail: $3.99, 8 fl oz)
Another paraben-free lotion that contains shea butter! Awesome. This lotion is lighter in texture than the hand & nail cream, but on my dry skin, it still does a great job of moisturizing and it leave my skin feeling silky smooth. The fragrance, to my nose, is more of a blend of grapefruit and honey, as opposed to just grapefruit. I actually love the soft, sweet scent of this lotion and I've been using it for weeks now with great results. It's definitely a workhorse of a lotion and the fragrance is not so strong that it competes with your perfume. It's light, it works and again, it's paraben-free. Love it.
Next up we have Retreat Raspberry & Pomegranate Exfoliating Salt Scrub (retail: $6.99, 13 oz)
This is another one of the Retreat products that I wish I could eat. It smells like raspberry pomegranate sorbet to me. Yum! I love that it comes in a very generously-sized tub, and that the product itself is jam-packed full of fantastic ingredients such as shea butter, sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and orange flower extract. However, I have to say that the "scrubbies", which are made of coarsely ground pecan shells, are neither scrubby enough, nor densely-packed enough to do any actual exfoliating on my skin. So for any serious exfoliation, I'm afraid I can't recommend this one. But if you have sensitive skin or just require a very light exfoliating, this may be a good, gentle treatment for you.
Lastly we have Retreat Grapefruit & Cucumber Moisturizing Shower Gel (retail: $3.99, 8.5 fl oz)
I love to use body washes that don't contain SLS, but the challenge with an SLS-free body wash is that sometimes it lacks the lather of one that's full of SLS. So I'm quite happy to report that if you use this body wash on a bath pouf, it provides a wonderful, soft lather and you don't need ten squirts to get you there! So for that alone, this product gets raves from me. As for the fragrance, it very much reminds me of the Grapefruit and Shea Butter Body Lotion, in that it seems like more of a blend of grapefruit and honey than anything else. I love the soft sweetness of it, but to my nose, I'm just not picking up any cucumber (which is fine by me since I'm a bit burned out on cucumber-scented bath products at the moment). In addition to being SLS-free, this body wash contains some great ingredients such as olive oil and cucumber fruit extract. I should add that the boyfriend also likes using this as well.
That's it for now, but please stay tuned for my upcoming Fresh & Easy Retreat reviews in the weeks ahead. I am really loving this line so far and I can't wait to share the other products with you.
Do you shop at Fresh & Easy? Have you tried anything from the Retreat line yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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