iMantara Products By Thai Square Spa – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

Beauty is not just about looking good or preventing the inevitable ageing process. Beauty is sometimes just about relaxing and feeling good from the inside so you can look and feel your best from the outside. That is why no matter how good your beauty and skincare routine is, some self-care love is always needed.

Enjoying a day at the spa is one way of recharging your batteries and getting some needed self love and care. Unfortunately, visiting a good spa requires some planning, free time and most of the time, a lot of cash. But what if you could have a spa experience at home?

Having a successful and prestigious spa in London (Thai Square Spa – “One of the best spas in the UK” – The Independent), the iMantara brand has expanded to bring you products that will restore the body and mind’s harmonious balance. The iMantara products aim to bring the most authentic Thai Spa experience, in products that you can use from the comfort of your own home.

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For more information check out: https://thaisquarespa.com/

iMantara was kind enough to send me three of their products to try, so let’s get to it!

 

Packaging

The products come in a standard cardboard outer packaging that actually has a nice polished but matte feel and look to it.

The actual products come in glossy black, sturdy bottles with gold writing.

Overall, the branding is minimal but very effective. While the black colouring might not be your typical beauty product colouring, it definitely stands out and looks elegant.

These bottles would make great contrast and add some expensive feeling into your bathroom or beauty dresser.

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Colour

The massage and body oil has a pale yellow, almost colourless oily appearance. The body  lotion is white and the hand wash is translucent pale yellow.

All of these colours are standard and natural as these products do not contain any colouring.

 

Cost

You might think that spa products from a prestigious spa will come at spa prices. However, you would be wrong! These products are not cheap but they are within high end beauty item prices. They are neither expensive nor cheap, but they are spot on what one would expect for speciality spa products to cost.

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Massage and Body Oil = £25.95 for 250mL

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Body Lotion = £12.95 for 240mL

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Hand Bath = £15.95 for 240mL

 

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Product Texture

The massage and body oil has a slight oily texture but in a positive way. It is oily enough to spread around easily but also watery enough to not feel oily or sticky on the hands. It gets absorbed really quickly by the skin and doesn’t feel overly oily afterwards. Obviously, you can tell that you put oil on your skin but it’s not sticky and slimy.

The body lotion is fairly thin and super easy to spread. It also gets absorbed by the skin easily and leaves it feeling soothed and hydrated. There are no oily or sticky residues left behind and your skin will still feel hydrated the day after.

The hand wash feels silky slippery and washes the hands well. It doesn’t really foam up but it leaves the hands squeaky clean but yet not dry feeling. I have dry hands and often hate washing them because they end up feeling even drier but I must say this hand wash was great!

 

Skin compatibility

There are no special directions from the brand so we are assuming that these products are compatible for any type of skin.

If you have a medical problem or open skin injuries obviously consult with a doctor first prior to using any skin care product.

 

Other perks

These products are not tested on animals.

They can all be stored for 6M which might sound like a short period of time but believe me you will use them up!

 

Practicality of use – user experience

All three products were very easy to use.

The massage oil comes with a smaller, dropper type opening which helps with not spilling too much of it out and the body lotion and hand wash come with a pump which makes using them very easy and practical.

 

Smell

All three products smell predominantly of Jasmine and I must admit it is gorgeous. The scent is not overpowering but it is strong.

I wish I had some Jasmine flowers to add to these pictures to give you a visual representation of the smell! It is truly calming and relaxing and it reminds me of night time scents in the Mediterranean!

 

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Results

I don’t know why, perhaps because they are from a spa, but I didn’t really expect much from these products. However, I am actually a big fan. The Jasmine smell is a little gem that truly transforms these products into a relaxing and soothing experience. It actually does feel like a spa day at home and that’s amazing. Additionally, these products contain some nice ingredients too that will give you some skin care benefits also.

 

Ingredients

The body oil has the simplest formulation containing only 5 ingredients. The body lotion on the other hand, contains 21 ingredients and the hand bath 11. Note that the term fragrance is counted as a single ingredient for simplicity.

These products have simple but well thought out formulations that achieve a nice balance between formulation addons and skincare benefits.

Let’s have a detailed look at the ingredient positives and negatives. For a full list of ingredients see the end of the ingredients section below.

Overall, the ingredients are great and these products are definitely worth trying out!

 

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Massage and Body Oil Ingredient Positives:

  1. Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil – A fragrance and skin conditioning agent that is absorbed quickly by the skin and can offer some moisturisation.
  2. Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner and anti-oxidant that gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance.
  3. Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil – A skin conditioner that softens the skin.
  4. Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract – A calming and soothing fragrance.
  5. Tocopherol – Refers to compounds similar to vitamin E. Skin conditioners. Check out Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?

 

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Massage and Body Oil Ingredient Negatives:

N/A

 

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Body Lotion Ingredient Positives:

  1. Water based formulation.
  2. Glyceryl Stearate – A lubricant that gives a soft and smooth appearance.
  3. PEG-100 Stearate – A moisturiser.
  4. Cetyl Alcohol – Conditions and softens the skin.
  5. Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner that can enhance the skin’s restorative properties.
  6. Cocos Nucifera (Coconute) Oil – A deep skin conditioner, high in anti-oxidants and fatty acids. Some research suggests it can improve the skin’s elasticity and prevent pre-mature ageing.
  7. Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) – A skin conditioner with anti-flammatory properties. It can sooth itchy, irritated and sun burnt skin. Also absorbs UVB.
  8. Glycerin – Found naturally on the skin therefore it is a skin replenishing ingredient. It’s almost always present in moisturiser products as it improves the smoothness and moisture content of the skin. It leaves a cooling effect on the skin.
  9. Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil – A soothing and calming fragrance.
  10. Tocopherol – Refers to compounds similar to vitamin E. Skin conditioners. Check out Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  11. Potassium Sorbate – A natural anti-microbial compound, used as a preservative. Often used as a paraben alternative and is effective against fungi, mold and yeast but less effective against bacteria.
  12. Xanthan Gum – A skin conditioner.
  13. Lactic acid – An alpha hydroxy acid that is naturally produced in the process of bacterial fermentation. Has hydrating properties and can help brighten and even out skin tone.
  14. Pelargonium Graveolens Oil – Some claim that this oil can balance oily and dry skin and even stimulate the lymphatic system, releasing excess water. Some believe that it also has therapeutic abilities and can calm irritated skin, clear acne, and heal bruises, burns, cuts and eczema.
  15. Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil – A fragrance and skin conditioner.

 

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Body Lotion Ingredient Negatives:

  1. Fragrance (Parfum) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’s more than 3000 molecules that you fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name.
  2. Benzyl Alcohol –  Some studies consider alcohols bad for the skin as they disrupt the skin’s barrier.

 

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Hand Bath Ingredient Positives:

  1. Water based formulation.
  2. Cocamidopropyl Betaine – A skin conditioner and cleansing agent.
  3. Glycerin – Found naturally on the skin therefore it is a skin replenishing ingredient. It’s almost always present in moisturiser products as it improves the smoothness and moisture content of the skin. It leaves a cooling effect on the skin.
  4. Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract – A skin conditioner that contains small amounts of vitamin C, caffeic acid (an antioxidant), fatty acids, the mineral silica, and other trace minerals giving it anti-oxidant properties.
  5. Polysorbate-20 – Primarily has formulation roles but can also act as a lubricant giving a soothing effect on the skin.
  6.  Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract – A calming and soothing fragrance.

 

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Hand Bath Ingredient Negatives:

  1. Fragrance (Parfum) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’s more than 3000 molecules that you fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name.

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

The following compounds present in the body oil have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract.

The following compounds present in the body lotion have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Jasminium Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Water, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil.

The following compounds present in the hand bath have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate-20, Fragrance (Parfum), Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract.

 

Full list of ingredients:

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Massage and Body Oil: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Tocopherol.

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Body Lotion: Water (Aqua), Ceteareth-6, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Jasminium Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Water, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Lactic acid, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil.

iMantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Body Lotion: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate-20, Fragrance (Parfum), Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract.

 

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Verdict

These products definitely deliver what they promise, a spa relaxing feeling at home. They are more affordable than a spa day and while a massage is not included, they give you a good excuse to get your partner to give you one!

The body oil has some nice ingredients and no ingredient negatives. I especially love that it doesn’t feel super oily to the touch and that it is almost all absorbed by the skin without feeling sticky and slimy afterwards.

The body lotion feels nice on the skin and hydrates well. It gives the much needed moisturisation and has some nice ingredients too, but it’s not the type of product that will set you up for days of deeply moisturised and soft skin, like a body butter. That’s absolutely fine though as it is a lotion, not a butter, and it’s primary purpose is to give you that relaxing and soothing spa feeling during the moisturisation process, which it definitely does.

Finally, the hand bath cleans the hands nicely but at the same time doesn’t leave them dry and it even has some nourishing ingredients in it. I loved it on my dry hands!

My favourite was the body oil but I must admit I am bias as I got a massage with it! All for product testing! I must say though even though it was my partner giving me the massage and he is not exactly trained in the art, the scent and feeling of the oil gave me that spa experience and I felt thoroughly relaxed.

All products were great and I highly recommend them for those spa days at home.

 

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I would like to thank iMantara for sending me these products for free.

 

Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

 

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