I don’t know about you guys, but the weekend is definitely my “treatment time,” meaning the days when I have extra time to use stuff like sugar scrubs, intensive cleansers, and body butters. I think sugar scrubs and body butters are a great way to give your skin some TLC at the end of the week, and it all works out anyways because both products are way too powerful to be used on a daily basis. For the last couple of years or so, every weekend I’ve indulged myself in scrubs, cleansers, and butters from Tree Hut, an all natural brand that specializes in intensive, vitamin rich body care.
I’ll be completely honest – I take really long showers. On the weekends, though, they become even longer because of “treatment time.” To start off my weekend body care routine, I like to begin with the TH Shea Sugar Body Scrub, which is an exfoliating scrub meant to polish the skin of any nastiness and buildup from the week prior. This scrub, out of the many that I’ve tried, is super emollient and liquid like, which means that you have to move fast to apply it before it melts. I use it on all of my skin with the exception of my face (never use an exfoliating product meant for the body on your face) and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Despite the runny consistency, the sugar granules in this stuff are actually fairly large and take a decent amount of rinsing to remove, but once washed off completely, it’s as if you have new skin for the week ahead. The only negative of this stuff is that you have to use a pretty large amount to cover your body, so it runs out rather quickly. At $7 a pop, though, it usually lasts me about 1-2 months which is a pretty good deal when you think about it.
Sometimes, even after I rinse off my skin for what feels like hours after using the sugar scrub, I still feel like it could use a little help in both the moisture and cleansing department; that’s where the TH Moisturizing Shower Wash comes in. You would use this like any other body wash – a decent amount put in your palm, on a loofah, or on a washcloth, and you apply it to the whole body and rinse off pretty much immediately. I find that this stuff removes every last remnant of the sugar granules from the scrub, and at the end of the shower process I have clean, smooth, and super moisturized skin – the best of both worlds.
Last but not least, I use the TH Shea Body Butter to seal in all the good stuff from the scrub and wash. If you’ve never used a body butter before, it basically does to your skin what a deep conditioner does to your hair: moisturizes, seals, and hydrates. The consistency of body butter takes some getting used to – it is extremely thick (to the point where you could hold the tub upside down and it would never fall out) and you only need to use tiny swipes of your index finger to cover your whole body. Because of that, it can last you at least 4 months per tub. I should also mention that this works wonders on dry heels for those of us who insist on wearing flip flops 365 days a year. I recently discovered the best way to use this stuff is to apply it to the whole body and then wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, and socks to cause your body heat to make it melt into the skin. It will absorb even if you skip on the covering clothes, but from my experience the benefits are way more noticeable when you do cover up. This product is also extremely relaxing, and my favorite way to use it is right before I go to sleep because the aromatherapy makes it feel like an at-home spa experience.
Most of the Tree Hut stuff comes in a bunch of different scents (I’ve also tried the mango version of all of the stuff I just mentioned) but since I’m a sucker for both coconut and lime I remain loyal to the coconut lime line.
If memory serves me, all of the TH products cost approximately $7.49 each and are pretty much always on a B2G1 or buy one get one 50% off sale at Ulta, and are eligible for coupons on top of that, so at the most for the three products I mentioned above you’d pay like $15 for a whole mini-spa experience, which is pretty darn good if you ask me.
Using the Tree Hut products is definitely the part of the weekend that I look most forward to as far as my beauty routine goes, so I highly recommend giving these products a try if you’re in need of a refreshing, unwinding at-home beauty retreat.