Rituals, The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream - review

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If you read this blog, you may know that I'm a huge fan of Rituals products and this Sakura line in particular. It's the scent that gets me every time. Indeed, it may be my favourite scent of all the gorgeous body care fragrances I've tried - and if Rituals released this in a perfume, I would buy it.

Ach! I've just seen that there's a body mist for this scent, but I can't buy it now because Rituals has unfortunately closed Australian operations. Oh the devastation! I might have to get my brother to bring some back next time he flies home (he lives in Amsterdam).

Anyhoo. This cream. It's gorgeous. It's not something I would buy all the time because it's pricey for a body cream, but I'm loving it while I have it.


Rituals claims/product details:
  • Special technology makes this whipped cream easy to apply, while its rich and velvety formulation nourishes the skin
  • Unique blend containing antioxidants, vitamin e and centella asiatica (which helps strengthen your skin)
  • Natural ingredients of rice milk and cherry provide a wonderfully sweet and creamy fragrance
  • Intensively nourishes and firms the skin
  • Leaves skin feeling revitalised and silky soft
  • Insider's tip: discover the world's first refill solution for body cream: it's chic; it's eco friendly and it offers more value for money
  • RRP $39 AUD for 220ml, but do shop around


Verdict

This is a really lovely body cream and I'm enjoying using it, so much so that I've been rationing it for months now and I only use it perhaps twice a week - and only on my upper body. I'm not wasting something that smells this gorgeous on my legs!

It's a whipped, rich product that smells divine. It's hard to describe something that smells this good - it's sweet but with a refreshing tartness that makes it complex and not overly saccharine - and I get a lift each time I use it. Yum. I could smell this forever. It's my favourite of all the Rituals scents.

The texture is somehow light and rich at the same time (I guess that's where the whipped thing comes in) and while I do enjoy the texture, I also suggest warming the product in your hands before applying it to your body - otherwise you might use too much and your skin might feel coated. Plus you'll get through the tub too quickly, and no one wants that for products that smell this good and don't come cheap.

One thing to note is that this cream does leave a slight film (I notice this especially on my hands), and while I personally don't mind this because I have dry skin, it's something to be aware of if you don't like products that don't vanish completely into the skin.

Indeed, that's probably the only thing I don't like about this product: yes it's hydrating and yes it does absorb, but some of it sits on the surface long after use and if I'm being picky, I'd prefer it if the product vanished with no trace but the scent. This is the only reason why I'm not giving this product an HG tag (well, that and the price).

On the price, the good news is that you can buy refills for this so you can save some money that way, but I've still noticed that I use quite a bit per application - even when I warm it in my hands and only apply it to my arms and chest - so it doesn't make up its value on a price-per-use basis. Some more expensive products do, but not this one.

So in sum, I love this. It adds a little luxury to my body care routine and I'd be more than happy to buy one of these a year and ration it throughout - if I still could. 

Poor Australia ; ). We pay too much for things and we also can't always get our hands on the good stuff!


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