Product Type: Fcuk Bath / Shower
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Scrub me up Sugar!
FCUK Polished Sugar Scrub
Member Name: isobelj
FCUK Polished Sugar Scrub
Advantages: Smells delicious, exfoliates beautifully
Disadvantages: None, for me
To be honest, I'm absolutely rubbish at looking after my skin. I was at a bit of a loss during the beauty campaign last month, and if you read my reviews you'll have noticed they were mainly complete beauty basics - deodorant, Vaseline, E45 cream, toothpaste and pressed powder, as examples. However a side effect of that campaign was that I learned about some brilliant products, realised I need to buck my ideas up if I don't want to look ninety-five by the time I'm fifty, and vowed to dig out all the lovely products I'd received as presents but not actually bothered to use.
This sugarscrub came as part of a set, with a moisturiser and a body spray (and I think perhaps a body puff?) as well. I rarely exfoliate, because...well, because I'm lazy, but I had noticed I was getting slightly bumpy skin on the back of my upper arms (aka my bingo wings!). I thought I'd give this a go to see if it helped at all.
When opening the tub, you can see that the product is white, and you can smell a light, citrusy and slightly floral aroma. If you dig your fingers in, it feels quite smooth and slimy, like a very, very thick paste. It's almost solid. It's not until you rub the product between your hands or onto your body that you start to feel the exfoliating crystals in there.
This isn't the kind of product where a little goes a long way, really. It doesn't lather or foam in any way, so what you see is what you get. I put two fingers in and scoop some out, which is enough to cover both my upper arms. I find the best technique is to use circular motions to scrub away any dead skin. I also use it occasionally on my upper thighs, just in case it has any effect against cellulite. No harm giving it a try, eh?! If nothing else, stimulating the tissue is meant to help.
Because the scrub is so thick, you do need to put some effort into washing it off - I can't imagine the exfoliating crystals are something you want to get caught in any nooks or crannies! Ouch! However, you do find that it leaves behind some residue. When you rub your skin in the shower it feels like there's a very thin, waterproof layer on top of your skin. It's a strange sensation and the first time I used this I felt like it hadn't washed off properly, but I've really got to like it now. The layer takes a while to soak in, and won't really come off even when you towel dry. It doesn't rub off on your clothes or anything, either. However, it means that the area you have scrubbed at gets nicely moisturised, to the extent that I don't apply any moisturiser to the area that day. Usually, I would feel obliged to, after having exfoliated but it just wasn't needed. Another advantage of that layer is that the lovely scent of the scrub stays with you for much longer. If I'm wearing something short sleeved at work I get whiffs of it right through into the afternoon sometimes which is great, as I really like the smell.
Of course, the whole point of the product is to exfoliate and I have to say it does that extremely well. The bumps I had noticed on my arms had reduced after the first usage and gone by the second. I've been using this about twice a week and they haven't even tried to return.
Because this is quite a sturdy, strong scrub, I wouldn't ever use it on my face, or on any other delicate areas. It's just not suitable for anything other than arms and legs, and perhaps the lower torso. However at exfoliating the body, it's excellent. If you used it on your entire body, this probably wouldn't last you very long. Maybe five uses, all in all. Since I only use it on quite limited areas of my body, I've probably used it at least ten times now and there's still over a third of the pot left. My pot is a miniature version containing 75ml.
The price for a 300ml tub of this product is £5.11 at Boots at the moment. I think this is a really great price - the product performs well, smells great and 300ml will go a long way - remember mine has lasted me well and it was just 75ml. It's nowhere near the price of your really upmarket stuff, despite the fact that it does a brilliant job. I'm so pleased with this product that I'd definitely repurchase (perhaps I'd look out for a 3 for 2 offer like the one that's on right now) and I'm going to go all the way with five stars.
Recommended if you: want a well performing scrub with a light floral scent and excellent moisturising properties.
Not recommended if you: want something no fuss and fragrance free for a frugal fee.
Summary: Gorgeously good!