I'm crazy picky when it comes to facial scrubs, but I really think that there's a lot more leeway when it comes to a body scrub. The skin is thicker, less sensitive, and for some reason the scrubs on the market are just much better suited for this job than the facial scrubs. I'm a sucker for a good sugar based body scrub. As the weather has turned warmer I'm hoarding scrubs in my shower and reaching for them all the time! It's time to shed the gross skin of winter.
Here's a peek at a few of the items that have been in my shower recently.
LaLicious Sugar Kiss Souffle
$34 at LaLicous and other on-line stores
I fully confess, that in true Christine fashion, the most expensive scrub is my favorite one. This scrub feels different than any other scrub that I've used. It feels very dry, like the sugar is just barely wet. Once applied to the skin you note that there is oil in the scrub and it does spread nicely and does a good job of exfoliating. It rinses off easily but it does leave behind a light oily residue. I do like the residue, it has basically just sealed moisture into your skin. However, I wouldn't use this scrub before shaving or in preparation to sunless tan, the oil will interfere with both activities. It smells amazing, like the best sugar cookie ever!
One Sun Drenched Lemon Scrub
$10 at Target
This one is perfect for summer, it is very lemon and actually a faint chemical smell. This is the lemon slushie from your neighborhood ice cream shop! The smell is somewhat strong and I can still smell it in the room once I'm out of the shower, and if I try to smell my skin it does linger there just a little bit. You need to be very close to smell it.
The consistency is similar to a slushie as well. It does have a bit more of a gel/viscosity to it, but in the tin it looks just like a slushie. There is more grit in the scrub than you think, and it is all evenly shaped and sized. It's enough grit to get the job done. It rinses off completely without any residue.
The only complaint that I have about this scrub is the tin! I have small hands (especially for someone who is so tall, I'm 5'9" but my hands are about the size of a 12 year olds), and I really can't get my hands completely on the lid. It twists off, but it is very hard for me to do so, especially if my hands are wet. I open it before turning on the shower and leave the lid in place to protect the scrub, but it is difficult for me.
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Coconut Lime
$7 at locations like ULTA, Walmart, CVS and Drugstore.com
Mmmm..... You put the lime in the coconut...Yes, it does smell like lime and coconut, though thankfully it isn't an overwhelming scent. As well, it is very real and natural smelling, no chemical leaning at all!
This scrub feels a bit like a gel, though you can see in the picture that it does kind of hold together a little bit on its own. The grit is evenly sized and not at all sharp, and while there are occasional darker pieces (to look like coconut?) they actually are exactly the same as the other grit pieces except for the color. No sharp edges! The scrub rinses off easily and there's no residue left behind.
Aveeno Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub
$9 at locations such as ULTA, Walmart, Target, and CVS
When getting ready to write this piece I discovered that this is actually a facial scrub. Oops! It has the same packaging colors as some body items that Aveeno sent me at the same time (a hand cream and body lotion) and since it doesn't say face on it I've been using it all over.
I love that this comes in a squeeze bottle, so easy to use in the shower! It has a very smooth texture. It is a bit like a "dry" Aquaphor lotion. I really can't describe it any other way. The granules are very small, evenly shaped and not at all sharp. You can't really see them in the picture above, but they are there. I've been using this scrub on my face and on my body, and it does a great job for both without being too much for my face.
The scent is a bit herbal and musky, making me think that most guys wouldn't be opposed to using this scrub. The scent disappears once everything is rinsed off. No residue is left behind.
Nivea Touch of Renewal Lathering Body Scrub
$4 at locations such as ULTA, Walmart, Target, and CVS
This is really more of a body wash and scrub together. Because of that there is less grit than I usually like in a scrub, though it does still exfoliate. The grit is mostly white and evenly sized, though there are occasional blue pieces (so few that there aren't any visible in the picture here), those are a bit larger. The scrub is very perfumed and the scent tends to linger in my shower but not on my skin. I loved that it came in a big squeeze tube and it is reasonably priced enough that you could use it every day without feeling guilty. It rinses off without residue.