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Sonia Kashuk Exfoliating Mitten and Red Promisia Crème Body Wash

SoniaKashukBodyItems ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceLeft to right: Sonia Kashuk Exfoliating Mitten, Red Promisia Crème Body Wash

Late last year, Sonia Kashuk launched the bath and bodycare collection, which includes four fragrances—Pink Innocencia, Purple Seductia, Yellow Alluriana, and Red Promisia—that are available in eau de toilette, crème body wash, shower gel, body butter, body lotion, hand cream, body oil, and exfoliating body polish. There are also some bodycare accessories, including a toiletry clutch, a loofah, a shower cap, an exfoliating body mitten, and a body brush.

For this review, I was provided the Sonia Kashuk Exfoliating Mitten and Sonia Kashuk Red Promisia Crème Body Wash. That’s only a small sampling of the variety of products available, but if all the products smell as good and perform as well as the two I tried, then that would be amazing. Let’s start with the Red Promisia Crème Body Wash, which comes in a slim black plastic cylinder—very straightforward packaging, but I love the floral prints on these items. The Red Promisia print is quite striking, like something out of an old painting, and this may sound silly, but I felt very adult and sophisticated seeing it in the corner of my shower every day.

Anyway, the Sonia Kashuk is divided into the four scents I mentioned earlier, and Red Promisia is described as “a soft, voluptuous, and captivating scent … warm sandalwood, precious jasmine and exotic vanilla.” I think I agree with that; although the packaging design is obviously floral, the scent itself was more layered. Without that strong floral note, I found the scent more soothing than invigorating, and I really liked it as a relaxing way to unwind after a long day. The scent doesn’t really linger after the shower, though.

The body wash is described as “pearlescent and richly foaming,” and supposedly “deep-conditions as it cleanses,” leaving “skin soft-as-silk with moisturizing rice bran oil and plumeria, skin-protecting Edelweiss flower and white tea extracts.” I found the consistency of the body wash creamy and quick to lather, but because the wash is creamy and not really viscous, I needed three quarter-size globs for each shower. At that rate, I ran out of body wash after about two weeks, which seemed like a faster-than-normal timespan. Aside from that, though, my skin didn’t feel particularly moisturized after using, but it certainly didn’t feel dry, either. Ultimately, I don’t think the product is as hydrating as it claims to be, but I really, really liked the fragrance; thought the body wash was nicely gentle on my skin; and wish this came in a bigger bottle so I could snag it.

How about the Sonia Kashuk Exfoliating Mitten? The product is described as an “elegant and easy-to-slip-on black mitten” that “softens and exfoliates.” I remember my mother having something to this when I was growing up, and so this was an interesting, nostalgic thing for me to try out. It can be used wet or dry, but I only used it wet while in the shower. When I was a child, I was grossed out by my mother’s when she scrubbed off tons of dead skin while using it, but I was weirdly disappointed to see that I didn’t have nearly as much skin rub off with this Exfoliating Mitten. I think the mesh that is used doesn’t build up enough traction with my skin to slough off as much as I wanted, so although it was effective, it didn’t blow my mind. Perhaps when the weather changes, this will be more effective? But for now, I’m treating this almost as a novelty item that’s fun to have, not something totally necessary to my shower experience.

Based on these two items, though, I’m interested in trying out the rest of the Sonia Kashuk bodycare line, especially the shower gel and body oil. Or anything else that comes in the Red Promisia scent, really—finding a fragrance I like this much for $8.99 seems like a bargain to me.

VERDICT: B+ for Sonia Kashuk Red Promisia Crème Body Wash; B for the Sonia Kashuk Exfoliating Mitten.

AVAILABILITY: $9 for Sonia Kashuk Red Promisia Crème Body Wash; $5 for Sonia Kashuk Exfoliating Mitten, both at Target stores and Target.com.

Roxana Hadadi headshotEDITORIAL NOTE: The products featured in this post were provided to Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog by the manufacturer or their public relations company for review. Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog posts are inspired by personal experience and opinion, and are not paid for or influenced by the manufacturer, PR company, or any other organization unless mentioned.

Photos by Roxana Hadadi.

In middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog — and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.

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