“ Brand: Elle MacPherson / Type: Body Scrub / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Smoothes, Refreshes, Exfoliates, „
Another of my Elle Macpherson products which I received with my Body Butter (previous review) in a gift set was the Elle Macpherson The Body Bare Fresh & Smooth Body Scrub. Body Scrubs are one of the other various potions which I use and have several of, although they are something I have only recently got into, after the success I had had with the Elle Macpherson Body Butter I was keen to try the Body Scrub that came with it so plans to use up my current one before starting another went out of the window and I decided to try it out.
The packaging is very similar to that of the Body Butter, the Body Scrub comes in a tube rather than a pot but is the same cream colour with a dark brown/ black lid which can be screwed on and off easily, even with wet hands, this doubles up as the base of the tube and is flat meaning it can be stood up. There are no actual labels on this tube, all of the information is written directly onto the plastic tube itself, at the very top of the tube (the widest part) is the word Bare written in reasonably large pale blue capitol letters, below this is written Fresh & Smooth Body Scrub, this is in the same slightly smaller black lettering as the Body Butter, the brand name Elle Macpherson The Body is written down the left hand side of the tube in black writing and goes almost the whole length of the tube itself, the measurements of the product are also written on the front of the product. Just above the bottom of the tube is a pale blue and slightly thinner black band which goes all the way around the narrowest part of the tube. The front of the tube contains a small sentence about the product (this seems to be the case with most Elle Macpherson products) which states "start the day smooth and serene. Gentle yet effective natural pumice revels fresh new skin". As with most beauty products the back of the tube contains all of the relevant information such as the products ingredients, warnings and the directions of use, as well as the address to write to should you have any queries.
The Body Scrub is pure white in colour with very small but noticeable pieces of pumice mixed in with it which appear to be a grey colour it is also of a reasonably thick consistency. As with the body butter the thing I first noticed about it was the strong floral smell it had (exactly the same as the body butter) however this time I was not too concerned as the moisturiser had been a success, but it still was not my favourite smell body scrub ever. Following the instructions I rubbed a small amount of the scrub into my skin concentrating on areas on my feet where I do have slightly harder skin, once I was satisfied I had covered all areas I rinsed the product off. Again I did notice that the strong fragrance did fade slightly when using it as it had before so I was pleased about this. Once out of the bath and dried I did notice that I could hardly smell the product on my skin at all, not that I was too bothered by this, but I did notice how soft my skin felt, it left me feeling clean and fresh. I examined the skin on the heels of my feet, there was a slight difference and they certainly felt softer, although the scrub had not removed all of the hard skin, however despite this I was pleased with the overall effect the scrub had on my skin it really did feel very smooth and soft. The small pieces of pumice within the scrub were just right, they were not too large or sharp that they felt like they were scratching and removing layers of skin, they were very gentle on my skin but also buffed away the dry and rough skin at the same time.
Directions of Use
Again very simple but the back of the bottle states to massage into damp skin and let the granules to gently buff away dry and rough traces. I used mine in the bath that way I could rinse off any pieces of pumice that were left on my skin.
Again commonsense, but the tube warns to avoid contact with your eyes, should this occur rinse thoroughly with water. It also states that this product is not to be used on damaged or irritated skin.
The main ingredient of this product is Aqua (water) as with the Elle Macpherson Body Butter, suggesting that it is reasonably gentle on the skin. As mentioned before I do sometimes suffer with sensitive skin which can be irritated by certain products (although I'm not as bad as I was when I was younger) however Elle Macpherson Body Scrub so far has not irritated my skin at all, I have used it on several occasions and have had no problems what so ever.
The tube I have is a 50ml tube, but I feel it will be reasonably long lasting as you do not need a huge amount of the product at a time, a little bit does tend to go a long way. As with the Elle Macpherson Body Butter the Body Scrub was part of the same gift set cost around £4.00 from Boots, however the Elle Macpherson Body Scrub can be bought separately, also from Boots, it comes in a 200ml bottle and costs £4.95, personally I think this is a little pricey for a body scrub, however if it does prove to be long lasting as I expect, it would be worth the money for the effects that it has on your skin. I will wait and see how long my tube lasts before I say for decide as to whether I would be prepared to pay nearly £5.00 for a tube of body scrub.
Overall I have been pleased with my Elle Macpherson Body Scrub, it really did work and leave my skin feeling clean, fresh and much softer. As with the Body Butter I was not too keen on the initial fragrance of this product but as it did not linger on my skin after use and did fade during use this was not a major problem for me. I would certainly recommend this product due to the effects it has but do feel it is a little bit on the expensive side, however if it proves to be long lasting it would be worth the money. I feel that this probably is a product that I would use in the future.
As you might have guessed, i have been testing and trying out all the Elle Macpherson products that i forgot about from chritmas which i got as a gift.
out of all the products that were in the set, this is one of my favourites.
The packaging is simialr to the other Elle Macpherson products, which is an off white tube, which stands on a black shiny lid - which is great as it lets you have all the last little bits of the body scrub, and you dont waste much. this tube has blue and blackk lines around the bottom, and its very simple in style
this is a 50ml small tube, although i know you can buy a larger tube
i used this product a few weeks ago for a number of consecutive days, as this is the best way to fully see how good it is. but instead of a few days, i kept going until i had ran out!
this product has small bits of pumice stone in, so when massaging into your legs, it exfoliates away the old skin, leaving you with fresh new skin.
this also smells really nice, its got a bit of an exotic smell to it, but its now too powerful and lingers on for a few hours so you can smell it for a while
From looking in Boots at the price, i do think it is too expensive when you buy it for yourself at full retail price, but i will definately look out for any offers on the internet or in store on this body scrub, it leaves you feeling so fresh and beautiful
I've noticed the Elle McPherson range in Boots a few times, but never actually got round to trying it until just recently when I picked up her miniature gift set in the Boots 75% off sale. Included in the pack was a 50ml tube of this body scrub. It is also available in a 200ml tube from Boots which costs £5.95, this is more expensive than many comparable products, but it is part of their luxury bathing range and that means paying luxury prices it seems!
I was expecting quite big things from this product, after all Elle McPherson is one of the world's top supermodels and has been for many years, so she should know a thing or two about good quality skincare.
The packaging across the whole range is fairly understated, with neutral colours and also makes reference to Elle McPherson's nickname of 'The Body' as her figure was so highly thought of within the modelling circuit.
The scrub contains pumice as the active scrub ingredient and it's obvious as soon as you squeeze a bit out of the tube that it contains a lot of pumice, the distinctive grey colour is very much in evidence. There is a negative side to this however, the pumice doesn't seem to rinse away very well if you use this in the shower, so you're left with grey all over the bottom of the bath.
The scrub is supposed to be quite gentle on your skin, and I did feel that this was the case, this definitely doesn't mean that it was too gentle to be effective - quite the opposite in fact, I found that my skin was lovely and smooth after using this product.
The scrub is very easy to rub into the skin, it does sit on the skin and especially as the cream is white, it's quite easy to see where you have and haven't applied it and also where you need to rinse it off.
I've noticed that all the reviews of the products within the 'Bare' range have been heavily critical of the smell, and I was really quite surprised by this. The product is supposed to be scented with citrus oils, but my initial thought was that this was quite a masculine smelling product, it took me a while to notice the citrus smell, admittedly I do wash my hair at the same time, but my shampoo doesn't smell that strongly! As somebody who has quite a bad allergy to some citrus fruits, I often find that even the smell of citrus can make me feel ill but I didn't have any problems at all with this product. I should say that there are a lot of much nicer smelling products out there, but this one isn't awful and certainly isn't enough to put me off using the product, I would be very happy to buy a full sized tube if I saw them on offer.
I've found having used this for a few weeks now that I can really see the difference in my skin, especially on my arms which seems much smoother and less blotchy that I can ever remember them. My skin feels wonderfully soft and smooth and looks brighter, and continues to feel that way even if I haven't exfoliated for a few days - I usually expect the effects of exfoliating to last a day or so at most before my skin starts to feel dull and dry again.
So, overall I'm really impressed with this product, I've found it to be a really effective, yet gentle exfoliator however I do feel reluctant to shell out the full £5.95 for a full size tube so I'll wait until these are on offer before I buy. Definitely recommended from me!
Upon receiving a couple of body scrubs on my birthday a couple of months ago, I have become somewhat of a connoisseur and decided to try out one I got in a gift set a while back and promptly ditched because I hated the scent of the accompanying shower gel.
The Elle MacPherson range of bath and body products can be found at Boots, and there are several different mini-ranges within the brand. This is from the "Bare" range, which as far as I can is the range specifically setting out to smell horrendous. Well, objective achieved!
I will go on to detail some of its more redeeming qualities, but the scent is so odd that it's the first thing I noticed. I should point out that it's nowhere near as strong as the shower gel I received with the set, which I have tried to give away to numerous people who all recoiled at the whiff and it ended up in the bin. It's hard to describe, but think of Dettol or some kind of bathroom cleaner and you're close, only not quite as citrusy. What you would expect a public toilet to smell like rather than your newly-exfoliated body.
The scrub itself comes in a squeeze tube, mine being a smaller size as part of a gift set but normally a generous 200ml for £5.95. It comes out as a paste of sorts, with a base of cream cleanser to make a kind-of lather, and masses of pumice. It sort of looks like a weird-coloured wet sand coming out of the tube. Still, scrubs are meant to have lots of particles so the fact it doesn't look fantastic (or smell it..ahem) doesn't mean it won't work.
And actually, it works pretty nicely. Sure its not as comfortable to use as some scrubs, but it isn't painful as such and there really are tons of "scrubby bits". A little goes a very long way because this isn't the type of scrub where the bits will dissolve into your skin, so you can move them around your whole arm, for example, before rinsing off.
I do find that because they don't dissolve, it does feel pretty disgusting to sit in the bathwater afterwards. I only used a pea-sized amount or each arm and there was a lot of "sand" at the bottom of the tub which felt uncomfortable and I got out pretty swiftly.
Overall this is a fair-priced scrub which does its job. My skin felt soft afterwards, and it is certainly affective at exfoliating the skin. A full-sized tube will last a long time with such a small amount needed, and is not overly expensive. However, the smell is so awful for me, and lasts on the skin for a long time afterwards, that I doubt I will even use the rest of the tube up save a dire run-out-of-scrub emergency. Elle might be a scrubber, but she also smells foul!!