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Last Christmas I seemed to get an influx of toiletry products given to me as gifts which is something I always appriciate as they tend to be the nicer products which I would not normally spend that much on myself. One product that I received was the Avon Planet Spa African Shea Brown Sugar Scrub. I use scrubs around once per week to keep my skin looking healthy as I tend to have quite dry and dull looking skin unless I keep on top of it with lotions and potions.
Obviously this is an Avon product so can only be purchased from an Avon representative or from the Avon website. The bottle contains 150ml and I believe it is normally priced at around £5.00 but it is worth looking out for special offers as Avon seem to have them on all products quite frequently.
The scrub comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip top cap. I would say that the packaging is the only thing that I have had problems with as not only did the cap crack and break meaning I was unable to close it again after the first use it is also difficult to squeeze the scrub out of the bottle due to it being quite thick in consistency so feel this is something that could be improved. There is very little product information on the label of the bottle with it just stating the ingredients listings and directions for use.
Once I had managed to extract the scrub from the bottle my disappointment ended. The scrub has an absolutely divine fragrance a little like cocoa butter with it being a sweet and slightly caramelised scent. The scrub as stated has a thick consistency and is quite course which is something I like from a body scrub as when applied to the skin it actually feels like it is working and ridding me of those dead cells.
I applied the scrub to wet skin and found that a little did go quite a long way, I rubbed the scrub onto my skin with my hand at first then used my body puff which worked well to distribute the scrub and also made it foam up a little giving a nice lather which took the harshness off the scrub. It was also quite easy to rinse off with my shower and my skin was left feeling cleansed and soft. The scrub did not seem to leave any residue behind and after drying and applying some moisturiser I was left feeling like I had actually had an expensive spa treatment. Also even though I can suffer from eczema at times and have sensitive skin I have not experience any adverse reaction from using this product.
Overall I have loved using this body scrub and will say it is probably the best I have used. It is also excellent value for money as I managed to get about 10 uses out of this bottle which was more than I expected. This is certainly a product that I will use again even if it is a chore to dispense it from the bottle.
One star lost for poorly designed packaging.
The Avon planet Spa range is one of my favourites which is good considering that there are so many people in my life who are Avon agents and expect me to buy something from them every time they have a new catalogue.
The African shea butter and brown sugar scrub is one of my all-time favourite Avon skin products and I was devastated when it was discontinued but I have managed to buy a couple on eBay since it was discontinued but who knows for how long it will still be available for. Hopefully they will bring it back.
The African Shea Butter and brown sugar scrub comes in a plastic 150ml bottle. The scrub itself is not the most scrubby one that I have used but it does give me a lovely light buffing and prepares my skin for being moisturised. You can feel the sugar whilst you are washing with it but the sugar dissolves easily when I rinse myself under the shower.
It is also really nourishing and my skin not only feels smooth afterwards but it also leaves it feeling soft and well hydrated with no dry patches on it. The shea butter in this is much nicer than some scrubs which are just sugar with a tiny bit of oil to keep the sugar from falling apart. This feels much more luxurious and nice to use.
The smell is probably the best thing about this scrub because it just smells so gorgeous. It smells so sweet and edible that I almost want to lick it from my skin when using it. I like these sweet smells when I am in the shower but I don't really want my skin smelling like that all day otherwise I would get distracted with the smell of food. This scents my skin lovely but it is quite subtle so I don't have that problem with it.
This is a gorgeous scrub and it is a shame that Avon no longer seem to be selling it as I would love to buy some more. I am just hopeful that they will decide to start selling it again.
Avon Planet Spa African Shea Brown Sugar Scrub
Description: Brand: Avon / Type: Body Scrub / Exfoliate and cleanse for soft, smooth skin.
You can currently buy this product for £5 for a 150ml bottle. The bottle is clear with a snap open lid which has a small hole in it to squeeze the sugar scrub out of.
I do find that I struggle to get the scrub out of the bottle once I have used a little because it is extremely thick and you have to squeeze it very hard. For this reason, I have found that it is best to store it upside down, making it easier to squeeze out.
The sugar scrub is a light brown colour and has an extremely sweet smell which reminds me of burnt sugar or candyfloss. The product is designed to gently scrub away dead skin, leaving you feeling moisturised and refreshed.
The scrub feels quite gritty because of the sugar that it uses and leaves a slightly oily residue on skin once it has been washed away. This works well on keeping your skin soft and moisturised and also means that the fragrance clings to your skin for ages after you get out of the shower.
I like to use this with a shower scrunchie so that I can really scrub my skin. A little goes quite a long way so the bottle lasts well though I did feel that it dried out a little once I got to the last quarter of a bottle. I just added a little water though and it was fine.
In my opinion, the scent of this scrub is a little heavy for my liking because it is extremely sweet. If you are a fan of very sweet smelling cosmetics, this may well be one that you will like. It definitely works well on scrubbing skin and leaving it feeling soft, and hasn't irritated my sensitive skin.
I am giving this product 3 stars simply because I found the fragrance a little overpowering. Having said that, as far as scrubs go, this one did work very well so could be worth trying.
Having dry skin, I thought i'd give this a go after seeing it in a brochure the local rep dropped off for me
im a great fan of the SHEA range and was quick to jump in the shower on its delivery two weeks later
I wasnt let down either, the smell was gorgeous with a consitency that reminded me of liquid brown sugar
it lathered well, which suprised me considering i was a complete newby to this sort of skin care
I cant say it left my skin silky smooth and dead skin free, but it certainly was a lovely product to use in the shower
I found that this product did help with my battle again the dry skin, and certainly prepared my skin more for the ample amount of body lotion afterwards
its definately a product i'll use again and would honestly say it does help, with a gergeous smell to go with it
thank you Avon
I just found this body scrub hiding in my bathroom cupboard when I was looking for a bottle of shampoo.
I can vaguely remember ordering it from my Avon rep when my boyfriend had used up the last of my old bottle, but I must have put it away and forgotten about it.
The bottle hadn't been opened before and in order to squeeze any of the scrub out you have to remove a foil seal by unscrewing the cap. This can be fiddly to do and well worth doing before you get into the shower and have wet hands.
When I had taken the seal off I could smell the scrub which has a faint chocolatey scent.
I found that because of the how thick the plastic of the bottle was, the size of the hole in the cap and the thickness of the scrub it was quite difficult to squeeze the scrub out of the bottle. It felt like the cap was trying to suck half of what I had got out back in. Eventually I resorted to just unscrewing the cap and getting it out of the bottle that way.
The scrub itself is a nice texture because it is made with brown sugar it isn't too coarse and doesn't feel uncomfortable when you apply it to your skin.
When you rub it onto your skin it foams slightly and the smell is a little stronger than when it is just in the bottle. It reminded me of cake mixture, but even though it is made with sugar it isn't a sickly sweet smell.
It rinses off without any problems and once I'd dried myself my skin definitely felt softer and smoother, my elbows and knees in particular look less dry than normal. There was no hint of the smell left though.
I felt this scrub worked well, but costing £5 when at full price for a rather small 150 ml bottle with recommended use once or twice it is a little expensive for what it is as the bottle wouldn't last very long using it that often. I believe it was on a half price offer when I bought it as I wouldn't pay full price for this scrub.
Taking the price and the issues with the bottle into account I will award this product 3 stars, if it was less expensive and easier to get out of the bottle it would have scored higher.
Thanks for reading.
I only exfoliate when I'm going to put a fake tan on but the last couple of months I've been feeling like my skin is a bit dull so I ordered a Planet Spa Brown Sugar Scrub from Avon and it's dead nice.
It smells proper sweet and like brown sugar, I love the smell of it even though it's not as strong as other exfoliators I've had that have got nice strong smells.
The scrub is quite runny and creamy to use and I always put it into my hand a bit at a time to have a wash with it because it seems to be better like that than using my scrunchie. The smell gets a bit stronger when I'm in the shower and I can smell it a bit on my skin after I've got out of the shower but it's not very strong and fades quick.
The exfoliator is sugar crystals and there are loads of them in the scrub but it's not scratchy and doesn't make my skin feel like I've used sandpaper on it like loads of scrubs do. It rinses off good as well and the sugar dissolves in the hot water out of the shower so that when I am drying myself with the towel I can't feel a load of bits scratching my skin.
I was surprised at how soft and smooth my skin felt after I'd use the scrub because I don't think Avon scrubs are usually much good but this one is brill.
I put some fake tan on the next day and it went on smooth with no streaks or rough patches so that shows how good the scrubs is. Its a bit dear though and costs £5.00 for a small 150ml bottle but you only need to use a bit each time so I reckon it will last for ages.
I received this product in a gift set given to me as a Christmas present. I would have never brought this product for myself. I am not a huge fan of Avon although there are a few products I like from Avon I don't go searching for them.
My first impression is that the product comes in a clear bottle and the product itself is brown. The labelling is very simple and I think it looks very elegant.
Using the product it has a very rich scent, but not too sickly. I was impressed with how well the product lathers up, some Body Scrubs don't lather at all. I use this product on my face once a week as well. I feel you can use a little and it won't be too harsh or use a lot and it can have a really scrubby effect.
The only difficulty I have with this product is getting it out of the bottle. You have to squeeze the bottle really hard to get any out. This problem becomes worse the emptier the bottle gets. I have ended up screwing the lid off and shaking it out and then scooping it out with my fingers.
Overall I really like this product and I will be buying it again as I feel the product is the best body scrub I have ever used.
This is the second one of three Avon body scrubs I got for Christmas. The first one I used was the crushed grape seed variety, which I thought was OK, but wasn't overly impressed with, so I was interested to see if my experiences with this one would be any different.
The body scrub comes in a clear bottle, through which you can see the light brown coloured scrub. As I have said on a few other reviews of products from the Planet Spa range, I do think that as far as packaging is concerned, these products are the nicest Avon make. This is no exception as the bottle looks simple yet classy, and I think looks more expensive than it is.
I wasn't too sure about the fact that this contained brown sugar, as I once used a brown sugar face scrub that smelled so strong and sickly it actually made me physically sick! Luckily for me, the scent of this product is predominantly Shea butter, although the sugar gives it a much sweeter edge. It's a pleasant and gentle scent that won't interfere with any perfumed shower gels, lotions or sprays that you choose to use afterwards.
The scrub itself is very thick and I've taken to keeping the bottle standing upside down as this makes squeezing it out a whole lot easier. The scrub should be massaged into damp skin in circular motions, and it's quite grainy which really makes it feel like it's working. The sugar grains are not however harsh or scratchy on the skin, which is another positive.
I find that after using this, it leaves my skin feeling soft without having dried it out at all. It's very effective at getting rid of dry patches of skin, but the scent is so subtle that I couldn't actually smell this on my skin at all.
This scrub costs £5 for a fairly small 150ml bottle from your local Avon rep or www.avonshop.co.uk. I know from the grape seed version I used which came in the same sized bottle, that when using two or three times a week, this will not last long, so I do think £5 is quite expensive.
Overall this was a nice product. The sweet Shea butter/brown sugar smell is lovely, although perhaps a little subtle, and I wouldn't recommend it if you want something that will leave your skin smelling nice. It's an effective exfoliator, getting rid of any dry patches of skin, but like the grape version, it is nice enough, but nothing special, and I don't think it's worth £5 given the small size of the bottle.
Exfoliate and cleanse for soft, smooth skin /