Sunday, 26 June 2011

Reviewed: Mama Mio OMega Body Buff

I received this product in my June Glossy Box - it was one of those perfect timing moments as I'd been meaning to pick up a new body scrub (Am going to a wedding next weekend which means fake tan is needed and some pre-tan skin preparation is needed even more!) I couldn't wait that long to try it out though so gave it a test run this morning :)

This is my first try of a Mama Mio product - I'd always thought (rightly or wrongly) that the brand was targeted at new mums or mums-to-be, of which I'm neither :) Mama Mio describe their OMega body buff as...

"An extremely gentle blend of Sweet Almond Oil, Chamomile, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E with micro-ground pumice; it is incredibly kind but very effective, removing dead skin cells and encouraging cell renewal, all in 3 minutes flat. Use it twice and you will be hooked - skin this touchable is addictive!"

The packaging is pretty simple - being unfamiliar with the brand it took me quite a while to realise it was by Mama Mio and not the more randomly named 'Shed Your Scales' which is actually just a quirky tagline printed at the top of the label *facepalms*.

The first thing I did when unpacking the scrub was swatch a bit on my hand and I must admit I was a bit underwhelmed by the texture as there didn't really see many scrubbing particles in there. I grabbed a tube of St Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub for comparison....

Top: Mama Mio OMega Body Buff
Bottom: St Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub
There's definitely a lot more exfoliating particles in the St Ives Scrub. However in fairness they use corn kernels whereas the Mama Mio scrub does contains finely ground pumice stone which is definitely hardier and therefore possibly more effective even if it is invisible to the naked eye :)

A quick scan of the label also revealed that you should actually apply this scrub dry before you get into the bath or shower. Applying it to dry skin definitely enhanced the 'scrubbiness' and allows you a good whiff of the scrub's scent too which smells just like yummy orange sherbert! Its worth knowing that you can also use this on your face but I'd be tempted to use it on damp skin there rather than dry :)

Once rinsed off my skin felt pretty soft and smooth but not really any smoother or softer than it typically would after using a scrub product. 

Now onto the price and this is where things sadly go downhill for me. The Body Buff is priced on Mama Mio's website at £23 for 200ml which means this smaller 125ml bottle is worth just over £14. My current body buffing product of choice is The Sanctuary's Salt Scrub which comes in at £10.20 for a whopping 650g so much better value and for that reason alone I'll be unlikely to repurchase. If however your budget stretches further then mine though then this luxury scrub is definitely worth a look.

Until next time,



  1. I got this in my GlossyBox too and it does make my skin feel nice and smooth especially when I've used it on my face. Makes it look less dull and more fresh and alive :) Though don't think it's something I'll buy not at that price :( x

  2. oooh I've not tried it on my face yet. It is a shame it so pricey but also makes the glossybox feel like better value than I perhaps thought it was :)

  3. I can see why you'd think 'shed your scales' is the name, they should swap it around to the bottom!
    Shame it's so pricey though, I'd quite like to try it, but it's too steep!
    Sirens and Bells xx

  4. @ Sirens and Bells glad someone else agrees on the name mix-up, don't feel quite so silly now :)far too pricey a product for me too x