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Having spent rather a delightful afternoon covered in mud, wrapped in tin foil and left to cook at gas mark 5 or so it seemed during my wonderful spa day at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester I decided I’d like to repeat the process at home or at least attempt to. Before you get ideas of me smearing myself in gunk and attempting to wrap myself unaided in foil I wasn’t going to go that far. I just wanted something that would help detoxify the body and maybe help firm up a few bits of the body. Look I’m vain, I’m too scared to have liposuction and I love smearing lotions and potions on myself .
Avon first launched the Planet Spa range back in 2003, gradually adding to the range. Having had great results with a variety of other products in the range my eyes were drawn no not to the Buy two products for £6 offer but to the blurb that told me how wonderful this product was, how it was going to deep cleanse my skin, how I would feel it tingle as it detoxified my body, nourish it, as well as firm it up with the help of lashings of dead sea minerals. Obviously I was sold buying it along with another product for the princely sum of £6 opposed to the normal retail price of £6 per 200ml tub so you could say I got my other product free - I do love a bargain!
With all items in the Planet Spa range packaging is kept to
a minimum and is very basic, given that half the excess packaging just ends up in the bin straight away this is fine by me! Coming in a similar tub to my favourite body scrub abet with a different coloured label on the lid -it’s steely grey should you really want to know. Thankfully the lid is easy to remove with wet hands so you don’t end up spilling any of the contents as you grapple with the lid. On first opening your greeted with the standard foil lid which is a bitch to remove -should anyone know how to do it without resulting to stabbing it with any item that comes to hand please let me know. Once you have finally peeled back the foil lid you are greeted with what can only be described as odd smelling grey gunk. Don’t be put off by the smell as your hardly likely to be plastering it on with anyone around are you? And if you are well erm I don’t want to know what goes off in the privacy of your own bathroom…….
Me being me couldn’t wait to get to grips with this stuff! At the first opportunity I got I decided to give it a test drive. I love face masks etc and normally slap one on prior to a soak in the bath, that way if they do drip etc whilst you are waiting for them to dry they drip in the bath and not over your bed clothes, settee etc. Also your less likely to be discovered by someone else with a camera if you wear a face mask in the privacy of your locked bathroom! I had basically decided that the process with this product would be much the same wouldn’t it? Well they do sell it as a Detoxifying and Firming Body Mask. So off I headed to the bathroom for a relaxing pampering session! Or so I thought!
Avon market this as a weekly treat for your body and suggest you can smear it any where apart from your face. After wrestling with the foil I did start to wonder if I really wanted to smear myself in the presenting grey gunk. It smelt slightly odd - not nastily odd but salty odd -obviously all those dead sea minerals! Recalling the blurb that promised me tingly clean, nourished and firm skin I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a try! In the privacy of my own bathroom I began to tentively smear the thickish grey gunk onto my legs, working my way up my body smearing all the bits I could reach from neck to toes in grey gunk.Avon suggest you use it on dry skin. Given it was the middle of winter the gunk did at first feel rather cold but I soon got use to the sensation. Thankfully the gunk is thick, as heaven help the mats in the bathroom if it had been on the runny side. After about 5 minutes I resembled an extra in some kind of mud wrestling film - least I assumed I did having never watched one……Avon suggest you wait 10 minutes for the gunk to dry out fully -perhaps this is when you get the firming part of the treatment.
Having applied the mud to all parts of my body, I waited for the tingle as I stood there wondering what on earth I actually did for 10 minutes or so whilst it dried. The tingle eluded me! Unfortunately it might be marketed as a body mask with a similar concept to a face mask but you can hardly jump in the bath to wait whilst it dries can you? Even if you just did say the thighs etc you’d still end up just standing there waiting for it to dry wouldn’t you? After 5 minutes of standing perfectly still, being extremely bored, not daring to touch any thing and fed up, not even the handily place glass of chilled white lifted my spirits, I decided enough was enough and I hopped into the bath. Adding insult to injury this wonderful gunk is a bitch to get off. It dribbles off in long grey lines and makes the bath water appear as if it’s second hand and not a fresh Lush scented one. It probably took longer to scrub off me and the bath then it did to apply in the first place!
After getting out of the bath I unfortunately didn’t notice any signs of deep cleansed skin, nor did it appear to be well nourished or any firmer then when I started. The only firm thing being was my resolve to never attempt a home mud mask again.
Not recommended unless you are hoping to do a home video……..