Saturday, 13 October 2012

Dead Sea Spa Magik Refreshing Bath Shower Gel (review)

Dead Sea Spa Magik Refreshing Bath Shower Gel
Who could ever have suspected that The Sea of Death could be so good for those with life? The Dead Sea, as it's more commonly known, is chock full of beauty beneficial ingredients including Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium. It's one of the saltiest lakes in the world, so it'll be of little surprise to find Sodium as Bromides, Chlorides and Sulphates, too. The Dead Sea location borders Jordan and Israel and is world renowned for being the home of a multitude of varying therapies, all taking advantage of the low radiation, low allergen and high atmospheric pressure found there.

Dead Sea Spa Magik [sic] has, since it's inception in 1981, grown to include over twenty individual products covering everything from your face, hair and body – even oral hygiene, and all take advantage of the minerals found in the Dead Sea. The Refreshing Bath Shower Gel reviewed here contains a blend of the above mentioned minerals, mud and salt including some certified organic ingredients to “deeply hydrate, repair and soothe your body and mind.” Finders International, the manufacturers of this range, promise that the fragrance is allergen-free, the formula is skin-friendly and there are no parabens.

The Dead Sea © 2009 phunphoto
The first thing I noticed – other than the rather unimaginative packaging – was the colour of the gel. It is bright blue! A quick scan of the ingredients will tell you exactly what shade of blue is used, but it seems like a pointless addition to me, and you do have to carefully wash the shower down after use as any bubbles left over are tinged with blue. That is the only major downside, though, as once you notice the refreshing fragrance most is forgiven. It's an unusual mineral aroma that's ideal for those who don't like the more traditional flowery or citrusy fragrances you often get and yet it's invigorating enough to be ideal for jump starting in the morning or keeping your spirits up after a vigorous workout.

As a dual use product you can either make bubble baths with it or use it as a shower gel. It works well in both cases, foaming easily and cleansing effectively. I found it to be less nourishing than some other body washes but it should be fine for normal or oily skin. That's less of an issue if you use it in the bath. If you need more moisture after use there is a complimentary Body Lotion and more intensive Skin Softener – both moisturisers and the body wash come 'Highly Commended' by the Natural Health Magazine Beauty Awards, so you can buy with confidence.

I like the fact some of the ingredients are organic and most are natural, and this is a better Dead Sea-based body wash than Yarden's (more expensive) Dead Sea Natural Mineral Shower Cream which I found too drying.  However, it's competing in a crowded market with less expensive or more organic or more luxurious or more nourishing products; but there's nothing here to make Dead Sea Spa Magik's offering stand out from the masses.  A one-off purchase for me, but not one I regret.

Invigorating to smell and use
Colour additive unnecessary
An ethical option
Rather plain packaging
Excellent foaming and cleansing
Not moisturising enough for dry skin


Brand: Dead Sea Spa Magik


Size: 350 ml
Price: £7.55 (£2.16/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Harmonised Water (Aqua, Maris Sal, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Sodium Bromide, Sodium Sulphate), Sodium Coceth Sulfate (Coconut Oil), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, CI 73015, Citric Acid, Benzoic Acid, Dehydracetic Acid, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tilia Vulgaris (Linden Blossom) Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract


  1. I've been hearing this for the past years from my friends, sister and officemates, but I haven't tried it yet. I'm really not a delicate person when it comes to skin care but they are forsing me to use it since they've proven it. Well, I'll just wait for someone who will give me this item free :-)

  2. It is a good quality body cleanser, but you can do better if you look at (admittedly pricier) L'Occitane or This Works products. Freebies are always nice. ;-)

  3. I've heard good things about this dead sea spa magik product! Going on my wish ♥ list now.