“ Brand: Elle Macpherson / Type: Body Scrub / Subcategory: Exfoliator / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin / What it does: Smoothes, Exfoliates, „
I first saw this range in Boots (as far as I know, this is the only place it is stocked) and my first thought was that it was tacky bodcare with a celebrity endorsement. However, I decided to purchase this exfoliator just to see what it was like. I have to say, to this day I do not regret my decision! This is the best body exfoliator I have used! The packaging for this exfoliator is brilliant- there is a tiny hole so you squeeze out just enough product with minimum wastage. Also, I like this plastic tube packaging as opposed to the glass jar packaging because when placed on a shelf, this won't weigh it down. With this exfoliator, the consistency is fabulous- it isn't scratchy it's actually quite smooth with small beads that you can feel exfoliating so it isn't a rough product at all which makes it perfect for even the driest of skins. I'd have to give this product 5 stars because the product itself is smooth, works, doesn't scratch and leaves a silky smooth finish on the skin. Price wise, I wouldn't say it's too expensive considering you are getting quite a premium performance product.
I had seen the Elle MacPherson range of body products in Boots and had been drawn to it. I think the simple packaging and the fact it was endorsed by Elle MacPherson really made me want to try it. The scrub sounded good enough to eat, so I thought I would give it a go when it was on offer.
The blue/ grey scrub comes in a clear plastic tube and the label is big with a black and white picture of Elle looking typically gorgeous. The logo and writing are both in turquoise which look great against the colour of the scrub. There is a flip top brown lid, which is the way up of the bottle, so the scrub comes out easily.
***What to do with it?***
I usually use a scrub from poundland on a buffer which I find fab for exfoliating, so this had to be good for the price I was paying. It is easy to use, you just simply massage it into wet skin. Personally, I prefer to use it on a buffer to really exfoliate but it is good on its own.
This contains small blue grains which are designed to buff away at dead skin cells revealing fresh, glowing skin after being rubbed on to your skin. I could really feel the grains on my skin working and I found the grains weren't rough and I didn't react to them. Normally my skin comes out bright red if I use any exfoliater but my skin was left feeling really soft and silky. It was perfect to use before fake tanning.
I really love the smell, it is really fresh and feminine. The product contains Honey and Sweet Lime but I think the sharpness of the lime combines really well with the sweetness of the honey and the smell lingers on your skin all day, you'll smell good enough to eat!
This costs £6.95 for a 200ml tube, which I think is quite expensive but great as a little treat,. I bought it at half price, but I would definitely recommend it as a little goes a long way. My only problem is that it is only available in Boots but otherwise I can't complain.
A beautiful smelling scrubber.
This is a fantastic exfoliator! It smells so refreshing and always helps me wake up in the morning. The scent is lovely and citrussy, and really energising. This body scrub is kind to my skin but also very effective. I always feel squeaky clean after using it, and it leaves my skin beautifully soft and mositurised. The scent of it lingers on my skin for hours afterwards, which I really like. A little goes a long way, so the tube lasts for a long time. Therefore even though it is quite pricey, it is still good value- you definitely get good value for money with this product. Boots regularly have promotions on this range, with free gifts or offering three products for the price of two, so it is definitely worth stocking up on this range when it's on offer.
The are various other products in the range with the same scent, including a body wash and a moisturising body butter, which all compliment each other, and the lovely lime scent lingers for much longer on my skin when I use all three products together.
I was fooled in to buying this product about eight months ago, I needed a new exfoliator as I have really dry skin on the tops of my arms. It sometimes looks red and bumpy, and despite applying E45 cream to the tops of it and buying some other type of cream over the counter, it still hadn't worked. After having it looked at, I was told that it wasn't eczema but perhaps a good exfoliant would sort it out.
I was in a rush to get to work on time so I ran in to boots to buy a decent one and saw that some products in Elle Macpherson's range was half price, above the sign that stated this was this exfoliator so I bought this without checking what the price was...by the time I reached the check out and realised what the price was (and that it was rather expensive!) I decided to buy it anyway rather than waste more time! I thought perhaps with a big name attached it might be quite a good product and end up being a quality body exfoliator.
It comes in a 200ml tube with a flip top which the product stands on, the tube is clear so not only do you have to shake out the last dregs of the product, its easy to see how much you have left too! As per the picture on Dooyoo, it has a picture of Elle on the front and generally, I'd say the tube looks quite classy and expensive (which of course, it was really!)
The bottle states that it's a "magical blend of wild honey, sweet lime and vitamin E to help keep your body feeling sensuous and gorgeous." It also claims to be a body polish that will buff away traces of dry and rough skin leaving your body "beaming with youthful energy"
Application and Results
The first thing that strikes me about this product is the smell, or lack of. It isn't that it doesn't have any smell, but because it is billed as a fruit and honey exfoliator, I think I expected something a bit fruitier which would smell wonderful as well as produce the excellent results it claims.
I can imagine this smell in perhaps a spa, but it was quite bland and not enticing at all, to be honest I can't even explain it. Not unpleasant but not particularly nice either! I thought perhaps for the price tag, they would at least make it a pleasant smell. However, I convinced myself that perhaps this was just a more sensible product that does what it says it will without any frills.
This is obviously applied to wet skin, and even squeezing a small amount on to my fingers and rubbing it in to the skin on the tops of my arms, I can feel the small grains in the mixture against my skin which was quite reassuring that it must be working! I always find that if you can't really feel the granules in a scrub then it isn't quite doing the job of sloughing off any dead skin as there is no kind of resistance, so this, at least, was impressive to me!
I remember that the first time I used this I felt disappointed with the results. After feeling that the granules were doing the work, I was baffled to get out of the shower and find that my skin didn't feel any smoother at all. Not only that, there was that lingering smell that stuck to my skin afterwards. Now, I can put up with it in the shower, but once I have got out, I'd rather not smell it again! Luckily, a nice cocoa butter moisturiser sorted that little problem out ( as well as providing the smooth skin I was looking for in the exfoliator!)
I realised that a couple of uses of this wouldn't clear up the rough skin on the tops of my arms so I persevered with this product for a while longer to give it time to work its magic, if it was possible!
Well, it wasn't possible, and after using it for months on end nearly every time I showered, it never seemed to do the job it claimed, I never got used to the smell and I became increasingly frustrated that all I seemed to be doing was putting some putty coloured goop in to my arms and thats it, it literally had no effect on me whatsoever!
As a result, it's been sat in my cupboard for three months now as I went out and bought one that (even though the bumps on my arm haven't totally cleared up) makes my skin feel softer and smoother after I have used it - and also smells pleasant!
I've only just found this product again after having a clear out, and I have literally just chucked it In the bin. I would never buy this again, it doesn't smell nice, the granules appear to be about as useful as a chocolate teapot when it comes to buffing away traces of dry and rough skin and its horrendously expensive!
If you DO want to buy it, its currently selling for £6.12 in Boots. This is about £1.40 less than what I bought it for so perhaps some other have wizened up to the uselessness of this product too?!
I had seen the Elle MacPherson range of body products in Boots and although I am always tempted to try new products, I was also a bit wary. Firstly the range is slightly on the expensive side and secondly I am never sure about products endorsed by celebrities. As it was though, my sister treated me to a few items from this range for Christmas, one of which was the fruit and honey exfoliator.
This comes in a clear tube, through which you can see the pale blue/grey scrub. The label has a black and white picture of Elle herself, and the logo and writing are in turquoise, which compliments the colour of the product inside, and a pearly brown flip top lid, which the product stands on.
I usually use Avon's skin so soft creamy body buffer, which is definitely one of the best body scrubs I have used - it has a lot of small grains and it leaves my skin feeling gorgeous, so this one had a lot to live up to.
This is used like any other exfoliator -by simply massaging into wet skin. This one contains small blue grains which when rubbed onto the skin, slough away dead skin cells, revealing the younger, smoother skin underneath. Looking at the product I did wonder if it contained enough grains to do the job properly, as they seemed a bit few and far between. Once I applied it to my skin though, I found that it was fine - I could feel the grains, and as I massaged it in it really felt like it was working.
One thing I wasn't sure about with this product was the smell. The tube states that it contains 'Vitamin E, Honey and Sweet Lime' - I could definitely smell the lime in it, but when I first used it I thought it had quite a 'nutty' smell to it. It has grown on me though, and strangely, I found that the smell that lingers on your skin after was completely different to the smell you get straight out of the tube. The lingering smell is very sweet and feminine.
I was quite surprised at this - I didn't expect it to live up to the standards of my usual scrub, but I would say it is equally good. My skin felt lovely after using it, very soft and silky - and not too dry or tight as sometimes happens after I exfoliate.
This costs £6.95 for a 200ml tube, which I feel is fairly expensive, especially given my usual alternative is only half that. It is available from Boots.
I was so surprised at this. It left my skin feeling soft and silky, with a gorgeous subtle scent. The only negative thing - apart from it being quite expensive - was the smell when you first apply it. It was a bit heady, but it seems as you wash the scrub away, you wash the stronger scent away and you are left with the undertones (if that's the right word!) which smell beautiful. I would definitely recommend giving this a try.
A smoothing body polish that will help buff away all traces of rough, dry skin leaving your body beaming with youthful energy /