Investigating Personal Care Products: JAMU Spa

Two words: spa getaway! Pack up, and we’ll grab a flight to some exotic destination and leave behind our mundane cares for a week or so. What’s that? You can’t leave your family? You have a big presentation next week? Hmmm…well, perhaps if you can’t get to the spa, the spa can come to you. How, you ask? Through JAMU Spa Organic and Natural Body Care Products.

Founder Kim Collier spent years in Asia as a spa consultant (I never knew such a job title existed) and spa director, and she’s developed a line of products that bring together familiar products (massage oil, scrubs, hand and body lotion, etc.) with enticing scents derived from Asian sources.

JAMU Spa Coconilla-scented products.

JAMU Spa Coconilla-scented products.

My favorite fragrance from JAMU Spa is Coconilla. As you’ve guessed, this is a cross between coconut and vanilla. I love both scents, and combining the two of them somehow yields a sum that’s greater than its component parts. I tried this scent in the Hand & Body Lotion, and it’s a good thing this lotion isn’t edible or it would have vanished in record time! The fragrance lasts for a while after the lotion has absorbed into your skin, and the lotion itself soothes chapped skin wherever it’s applied.

JAMU Spa Thai Lemongrass-scented products.

JAMU Spa Thai Lemongrass-scented products.

I also enjoyed the Thai Lemongrass Organic Massage Oil. Made almost entirely from organic sunflower oil and organic coconut oil, the scent here really is of lemongrass. If you’re not familiar with lemongrass, it has a scent that’s similar to lemon but somewhat less pungent. This massage oil provides enough “slip” to make it easy to work on someone’s back, but it doesn’t take hours to sink in—a definite plus, as you don’t want anyone feeling greasy after a massage. The last product I’ll mention in this review is the Java Lava Bath & Shower Gel, which I tried in the Island Fruits scent. I liked the tropical fruit notes of this blend.

JAMU Spa Island Fruits-scented products.

JAMU Spa Island Fruits-scented products.

All of JAMU Spa’s offerings are animal-free and biodegradable, and the company does not package products in boxes. Instead, they present gifts and retail products in either reusable bags or hand-woven Bali spa bags. Everything I’ve mentioned (hand & body lotion, massage oil, and bath & shower gel) is made with at least some certified organic ingredients.

JAMU Spa products are made using natural recipes, and are also animal and cruelty free, organic and biodegradable.

JAMU Spa products are made using natural recipes, and are also animal and cruelty free, organic and biodegradable.

There’s a greater range of products than I have room to describe here; you can even find an instructional DVD on the art of Balinese (Indonesian) massage! Any time is a good time to indulge and do something good for yourself.

JAMU Spa Frangipani-scented products.

JAMU Spa Frangipani-scented products.

Ingredients in these products that above a 4 in EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database:

Thai Lemongrass Organic Massage Oil: none
Coconilla Tropical Hand & Body Lotion: coconut & vanilla perfume* (8)
Java Lava Island Fruits Bath & Shower Gel: cocamidopropyl betaine (5)

*The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. Read more here.

About author
Stephanie Zonis was born with a spoon in her mouth — a tasting spoon, that is. She began cooking (especially baking) at a very early age, and for a short time even ran a highly illegal baking business from her long-suffering parents’ house when she was in high school. After acquiring a Master’s Degree in Foods, she eventually discovered the Internet in 1997. She’s been writing about food and developing recipes, especially where chocolate is involved, ever since. During those few moments when she’s not cooking or writing or thinking about food, Stephanie enjoys reading, walking, political discussions, and volunteering at a local no-kill cat sanctuary. She has been a member of a medieval re-creation group for longer than she’ll admit and loves absurdist humor.
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