“ Brand: The Pink Cow / Type: Body Scrub / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Exfoliates, „
I have dry skin which has a tendency to become quite flaky and rough. This means that a good body scrub is essential for me to buff away all the dry bits and leave my skin looking healthy and smooth. A month or so ago I was in Boots looking to see what they had on offer when I came across The Pink Cow brand which were on a special offer at the time. I hadn't seen these before, but the bright colours looked quite appealing and I decided to give the Strawberry Sundae body scrub a try as it was pink and I have a radar that is drawn towards anything pink coloured!
The scrub comes in a clear tube which stands on a black flip top lid and is adorned with black writing. It's very similar to the way that the popular Philosophy brand is packaged, and is just one of a string of brands who have, shall we say 'taken inspiration' from Philosophy, such as Nspa, Treacle Moon and I love...
The scrub is a baby pink colour and peppered with black exfoliating beads. I think the consistency's really good - it's thick, yet not so thick that it's difficult to massage into the skin.
I do like strawberry scented products, however I find a lot of them to be quite artificial smelling. It was the same with this one unfortunately. Although the scent is very recognisable as being strawberry and smelled quite natural and fruity whilst in the tube, when it came to using it, I thought the scent of the product seemed to have quite a chemical edge which was a bit disappointing.
To use this you simply massage into wet skin and the grains should slough away any dead surface skin cells or flaky patches, leaving you with softer, smoother skin. I found that the product feels quite creamy and you can feel the grains against the skin, but they are not overly abrasive or harsh feeling.
I actually find it's better to use a small amount of this, because if you apply too much at once you will not really feel the grains, it will just feel creamy as you rub it in. Of course, using less per use keeps it economical too.
After massaging into the skin, I find the scrub rinses away easily and I don't get lots of grains sticking to my skin with this one in the way I've had with some others.
I find after use my skin feels soft and any dry patches are well and truly buffed and smooth. I don't get any redness or sensitivity after using this either which is one of the problems I've had with body scrubs in the past. The strawberry scent doesn't seem to stay on my skin, however since I found it slightly chemical smelling anyway, I'm not too bothered about that.
Other things to note are that this scrub is suitable for vegetarians (not that you can eat it mind you!), it's not tested on animals, the fragrance is allergen free and it is also paraben and SLS free. Parabens are ingredients commonly found in beauty products but have been linked to cancer, and although as far as I'm aware the link has not been proven, some people prefer to avoid them. Also SLS (Sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates) are other common skincare ingredients (they're the thing that creates lather) and they too have had some controversy, again with links to cancer and skin sensitivity, although again never proven. Still, SLS and Paraben free cosmetics are becoming more and more popular as the demand for natural ingredients grows, so it's good to know that this product is free of them.
A 225ml tube of this product costs £2.99 from Boots which I think is pretty good value, and it was one of the cheapest scrubs Boots stock,
Overall I'm quite pleased with this scrub. I found it to be quite effective, as well as being cheap and economical as you don't have to use much per use. The scent was a bit of a let down, but The Pink Cow also make other scents such as lemon cheesecake, coconut crème and vanilla biscuit, so I may try one of those next time.