Ancients Secrets is a Canadian spa with its own line of products called Beauty Through Balance. A few weeks ago they sent me two new bodycare products from based on acai berry from the Amazon. Ancient Secrets is all about sourcing natural products based on traditional healing and I rather like its mission statement:

“To develop the best quality natural products that incorporate well being and nurturing with result-oriented topical care. Our goal is to have those using our products be inspired to live healthier more balanced lifestyles.”

The products I tested live up to the goals: plant-based antioxidants, simple formulas and somehow something calming (balanced?) about them. I have been sampling the Acai Whipped Body Polish ($47) and the Acai Anti-Oxidant Emulsion for body $41).

Because I love body scrubs, I am something of an aficionado – well, picky. In my experience it is hard to get the texture right: the grains can be too soft or too hard and the overall potion must be neither too gloopy, nor too prone to dissolving the instant water comes anywhere near it. Beauty Through Balance’s body polish passed the test on all fronts with the right balance of oil and clay - or perhaps there really was some whipping in the production process.

The body emulsion is definitely not a lotion. And at first I was dismayed to find that it takes some rubbing in to the skin. However, with a little effort, it becomes easily absorbed and leaves the skin looking matte. It does a good job of hydrating winter skin, although I’m anticipating that I would find it too rich in summer.

In both, acai is, of course, the star of the show. This superfruit is full of antioxidants. It is especially rich in fatty acids, plus there are polyphenols and ferulic acid. Also at the heart of both the emulsion and scrub is capuacu butter. Although I have read somewhere that there are 11 antioxidants in capuacu, it hasn’t yet earned superfruit status and it seems that research is still in its infancy. The scrub also has the benefit of rose hip seeds, which are about 77% fatty acids.

There’s a dab of phenoxyethanol, but otherwise nothing to dislike and there’s a lot to be said for a simple formula based on ingredients that I can mostly pronounce. At least it’s a baby step to the Nirvana of a balanced lifestyle.

Ingredients in Acai Whipped Body Polish

Aqua, sunflower seed oil, kaolin clay, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Vegetable glycerine, Capuacu Butter (Certified organic), Euterpe Oleracea (Certified Organic Acai Fruit) Pulp Powder, Rosa Canina Seed Powder (Rose Hip Seed Powder), Illite (Mineral Red Clay), Xanthan Gum, essential oils, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol

Acai Anti-Oxidant Emulsion - Body

Purified Water, Helianthus, Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin (plant-based), Glyceryl, Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol (vegetable source), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (vegetable source), Theobroma grandiflorum seed butter (certified organic Capuacu butter, organic), Cetearyl Olivate/Sorbitan Olivate(eco-certified from olive oil), Euterpe oleracea (certified organic, Acai fruit powder extract), Xanthan Gum (natural glucose source) , Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C), pure Essential oils, Xanthan Gum, Capryl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol