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I was given this shower scrub/exfoliator as part of a gift set one Christmas, and am now coming to the end of my 200ml tube.
As well as using this in the shower, I often also use it separately, as an exfoliating treatment for my legs and sometimes my lower arms too, as these are the areas where I am most badly affected by dry skin. I use a wet flannel to dampen my legs, squeeze a small amount of the scrub into the palm of my hand, rub my hands together to get an even amount on both hands, then apply to my skin in a firm circular motion, starting with my feet and working upwards. The almost translucent scrub, which contains lots of little exfoliating grains - and which provides a thorough exfoliation without being at all rough - is easy to apply, and as I work it onto the surface of my skin the scrub becomes quite creamy. I have found that you only need to use a small amount each time, which is probably why my 200ml tube has lasted me so long! Once I've completed the exfoliation process, I thoroughly rinse my legs under the shower and pat dry with a towel. Although my skin is left feeling soft and smooth, I always like to follow this treatment with one of my favourite moisturisers - either QV Cream or Aveeno Body Lotion - because my skin is extremely dry.
This shower scrub comes in a pale green tube that stands on its lid for ease of access to the product. The words 'fcuk pure' are written sideways on the left-hand side of the tube, and the other information is at the base of the tube. After the words 'shower scrub', there is a description of the ingredients - extract of ginger, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and apricot seeds - as well as a description of what this product aims to do: 'This stimulating and skin refining scrub contains exfoliating seeds and natural oils to leave your skin nourished, hydrated and baby soft.'
The back of the tube contains even more information. It explains that the scrub contains 'naturally exfoliating crushed apricot seeds to refine skin texture and stimulating ginger to help wake up your skin. Moisturising almond and jojoba oils will help nourish, hydrate and leave your skin baby soft.'
It describes the fragrance of the scrub as being 'A soft floral, oriental scent built around a delicious fusion of violet, pepper and vanilla notes.' I personally think it smells lovely, and very refreshing.
You should not use this scrub on damaged or irritated skin. You should also avoid contact with the eyes. If the product gets into the eyes, rinse well with water immediately. The tube's contents will last for 24 months after opening, and the tube itself is recycleable. The product has been 'Developed with formulation experts at Boots The Chemist'.
I am aware that there are people who find the name of this range offensive, but I would suggest that this product is excellent, and well worth someone overcoming their qualms about the name.
The shower scrub used to be available at Boots, but I cannot see this tube available on their website today. However, they do have lots of other products from the Pure range, and these include:
Body Spray, £4.34
Eau de Toilette, £3.96
Body Lotion, £2.17
Body Wash, £5.11
They also have a 'Mini Pampering Collection' from the Pure range, which costs £8.43, and which contains 75ml each of the Body Wash, Body Lotion, Shower Scrub and Body Spray.
All the above items are currently part of an offer in Boots (as of 10th October) of '3 for 2 Mix & Match across 1000s of facial skincare, hand & body, indulgent bathing, hair removal and No7'.
The scrub is available in a 75ml tube from Amazon, where it costs £0.99 plus £4.08 delivery. However, some judicious online investigation has led to me finding plenty of 75ml tubes on eBay - where I have just ordered two at £2.29 each, with free postage, as a Buy It Now purchase from a top-rated seller. These tubes will join the serried ranks of my spare products that live on a shelf in the top of my wardrobe. When I see something I love, whether it's an Olay moisturiser at a really reduced price on Cheap Smells, or my favourite nail varnish on eBay, I will stock up so that I have no fear of running out of my cosmetic/skincare treasures.
I love this product, and enjoy using this shower scrub/exfoliant as part of my skincare routine - especially when the skin on my legs is very dry - and highly recommend it. It's also a useful treatment for trying to remove a poorly-applied fake tan! I am happy to give it five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
I always like to give my skin a good exfoliating and one of my favourite ones to use is from the French Connection range (FCUK). I have tried many others over the years and some are too harsh on my skin some just don't do anything at all. But this one seems to do the trick!
FCUK Pure Shower scrub:
"FCUK Pure Shower Scrub is a moisturising and exfoliating scrub packed full of ingredients to help keep skin conditioned, with a soft floral oriental scent built around a delicious fusion of violet, pepper and vanilla notes"
I first started using this product a few years back when I received a bag full of FCUK goodies this was one within the pack. Now ever since then it has become a product I buy a few times a year as I like to switch it around with another exfoliater.
Soon as you squeeze some of the shower scrub out on to your hands you immediately get its gorgeous aroma. It's a soft floral scent, with hints of violet and vanilla rather on the oriental side completely intoxicating but in a good way!
Rubbing the gel on to my damp skin you can feel the apricot seeds rubbing against my skin; (and there is a generous amount of seeds) this wasn't to rough at all and personally I find it a rather pleasant feel. This gel doesn't really lather up and it pretty much stays in its gel form.
Once rubbing this over my skin I immediately felt a difference; my skin was instantly smooth and soft. It didn't dry my skin out and improved on the rough patch of skin I had on my knee at the time. Even once I had dried off my skin still felt wonderful and I found that feeling tends to last for a couple of days too. The fragrance however only seems to last for a few hours.
My favourite time to use this scrub is in the mornings as it really does wake me up due to the stimulating ginger, one good thing for me is though I can't seems to smell any ginger what so ever, good as I really dislike ginger!
The packaging has a dull yet sophisticated look in my opinion; it comes in a pastel mint green tube with just the basic details in black font. Not really eye catching among the others and if you're not looking for it you really could easily miss it on the shelves. The lid top is a flip lid which comes open easily even if your hands are wet.
Though it doesn't really lather up this doesn't mean you need to use a lot of this product, a little goes a long way and the 200ml normally last me around three month using this twice per week. I have used this more some weeks but on average twice per week.
Personally the best time to use this is in the shower, I used it once in the bath and well the grainy feeling at the bottom of the bath tub spoils the relaxation of the bath!
Price and Availability:
I have the 200ml size (which costs around £4.00) but the only size I can find to purchase at the moment is the travel size (75ml) for £1.15 at Boots. Same with most of the other websites I have tried it seems it is only the travel size available at the moment.
I am a huge fan of the French Connection beauty range and this one is no different, it exfoliates my skin well without being to harsh and leaves it feels baby soft.
I would certainly recommend this product as it does a good job and smells wonderful.
Five out of five stars from me.
Thanks for reading :o)
FCUK States - "this stimulating and skin refining scrub contains exfoliating crushed apricot seeds and natural oils to help leave your skin nourished, hydrated and baby soft". It contains ginger "to help wake up your skin" and almond and jojoba oils to help "nourish and hydrate and leave your skin feeling a baby soft"
States on the tube - Against animal testing
Can be recycled once empty.
FCUK - French Connection is a fashion retail outlet for men, women and children. Founded by Stephen Marks in 1972 and until a few years a go I never knew they did beauty products too. Which I'm so glad they do as they have become some of my favourite beauty must have items.
I received an FCUK Pure range gift set two Christmases ago for my secret santa gift. In the past, I always used to either give them to my mum or they would go in my big box full of smellies gift sets. To be honest, I never really had a lot of time for creams, lotions, etc. Oh how things can change in such a short space of time as I am now addicted to them all. I recently stumbled upon this box again and decided to start using up all these fantastic products that had been stored away for so long.
FCUK Pure Showerscrub is a moisturizing and exfoliating scrub packed full of ingredients to help keep skin conditioned with a soft floral oriental scent.
This highly effective showerscrub contains naturally exfoliating crushed apricot seeds to refine skin texture and stimulating ginger to help wake up your skin moisturizing almond and jojoba oils will help nourish, hydrate and leave your skin baby soft.
*About the Product*
FCUK Pure Showerscrub is a soft floral oriental scent built around a delicious fusion of violet, pepper and vanilla notes.
When applying the product, I find that a fair amount of this scrub is required. I use approximately an amount the covers my palm. Gently massage the shower scrub onto damp skin. For most effective use, you should rub in small round motions. I personally apply it whilst the shower is push to the side or off momentarily so that the scrub doesn't simply wash straight off. When using this scrub, you should concentrate on the rougher parts of your skin when you are doing this, focussing specifically on knees and elbows. After you have rubbed the product into your skin, you need to rinse it off thoroughly and pat dry. With most scrubs, it is suggested that you use this once or twice weekly to get the best results.
Ensure that you do not use on damaged or irritated skin. You should also avoid contact with the eyes. If product gets into the eyes, rinse well with water immediately.
*Price and Availability*
FCUK Pure Showerscrub is available to purchase from any Boots store for £2.25 for a 75ml bottle. I think that this is a pretty steep price when you consider that it is just a 75ml size and not a particularly renowned brand when it comes to cosmetics. I have paid significantly less and received a bigger size and better quality.
This body scrub isn't widely available to buy as it is sold exclusively from Boots stores. Alternatively, you can purchase it from www.boots.com online if you don't have a store that is local to you.
The Packaging: This product is packaged in a cross between dull mint green and grey coloured 75ml tube. The lid is one that is flipped open and is also the stand of the product. I quite like the packaging as although it isn't translucent, it is still light enough to see the amount of scrub left in it at all times. The tube is extremely easy to use so you don't make a mess and waste the product. Only a slight squeeze of the bottle is required to dispense a fair amount into your hand as it comes out easily. The packaging has had a bit of an overhaul from previous years and I think the aim was for them to look like sleek, sophisticated items although I actually just find it to look plain and boring.
Colour, Texture and Smell: The scrub is clear in colour however the crushed apricot seeds are an orange/brown colour.
The texture of this product is clear and gel/jelly like substance which means that it is relatively thin and runny. The crushed seeds mean that it also has a grainy texture however it isn't overly rough to the touch.
One of the best things about this shower scrub is the smell. FCUK hit the nail on the head when they describe it as being a soft floral oriental scent. It is a very unique smell and not one I would usually say I would like when it comes to shower gels and scrubs as I prefer fruity fresh aromas but for me this really does work well. It has a spicy smell produced by the ginger ingredient but it isn't too much. In fact it reminds me a little of the scent of Victoria Beckham's perfume.
Longevity of the product: I think that this tube will last for approximately one month depending on the amount of times that you use it per week and how much of the product you use. I think that I probably overuse the product but I find that with FCUK Pure Showerscrub you need to use more than your average body scrub.
Is FCUK Pure Showerscrub a moisturising and exfoliating scrub packed full of ingredients to help keep skin conditioned? Yes, it is a moisturising and exfoliating scrub that leaves your skin feeling softer than previously although I wasn't overwhelmed by the results.
Do the naturally exfoliating crushed apricot seeds help to refine skin texture? Yes, they most certainly do. The effect of refining the skin texture is immediate and leaves it my skin free and any dry or dead skin patches.
Does the stimulating ginger to help wake up your skin? I actually think that it did. It gave a slight tingling feeling when applied and made me feel rejuvenated in the mornings. My skin looked brighter and refreshed after using this.
Do the moisturising almond and jojoba oils will help nourish, hydrate and leave your skin baby soft? Do you know what, I actually don't think it does. I can feel that the dead and rough skin has gone but I don't feel that it leaves it feelings hydrated and certainly not with baby soft skin. Unless when you count using a body butter afterwards but I wouldn't.
*Would I Recommend It?*
I don't believe that this is in the slightest good value therefore I probably would not recommend it. It certainly isn't a product that I will be purchasing again although as it was a gift I don't feel like I have wasted any money on it.
If you are looking for an amazing body scrub then look elsewhere as this is certainly not as good as others that I have used. In fact, if you are considering buying FCUK Pur Showerscrub then I recommend that you purchase Garnier Skin Natural Bodytonic Sugar Scrub instead as it is 100 times better in my opinion.
FCUK Pure Showerscrub is a distinctly average and overpriced product. I wouldn't turn my nose up at it as a gift as it is on the pricier side but if I were looking for a body scrub myself, this product wouldn't be my first choice. The effects of the scrub were standard although the smell was absolutely divine!
Last Christmas I purchased the FCUK weekend bag in the Boots 3 for 2 Christmas offer and a full size (200ml) shower scrub was included.
I half heartedly used it a couple of times (in the bath) and was a bit disappointed with it because the 'grain' in it was too fine for it to feel like a proper exfoliant. I like my exfoliant to hurt so I know it's working!!
I realise that the title suggests it should be used in the shower, and to be honest, it's better that way (as I have since discovered) as you don't have to clean the bath afterwards to shift the product!
In the last month of pregnancy, since finishing work I have joined a gym. You might think me mad, but I've been going swimming rather than doing heavy weights. This private gym is dead posh with wooden lockers and free shower product in the shower but I just don't like the freebie gel which is a one product does all type of coconut product so I have been raiding my stash for toiletries to use whilst there daily.
Rediscovering the stash
The FCUK shower gel came out last week and I thought I'd give it a go again, keeping it away from my bath tub. Fortunately, it's mainly a quite runny gel so a good alternative to a shower gel with the added bonus of exfoliating properties.
I don't find the fragrance of this product to be much of anything really, but then it is fighting against the swimming bath smell of chlorine, so a bit of a challenge really! The tube advises contents of extracts of ginger, sweet almond oil. Jojoba oil and apricot seeds with natural oils and exfoliating seeds to nourish, hydrate and smooth skin.
Don't be mean!
You do need to use quite a lot of product and it doesn't lather up particularly well so it's a good job I got a large tube with the weekend bag or it would only last for a few showers. I still think the exfoliant is too fine to really make much difference on your skin and you do need to moisturise afterwards as it can leave the skin quite dry.
The packaging on this product is quite uninspired. It's a pale green tube with simple writing on it as you can see in the picture. I think they could have made a bit more effort with it really.
If I saw it again this Christmas on offer I'd probably buy it again as I liked the other products that came with last year's weekend bag. I wouldn't advise using it in the bath, but then that's probably true of many exfoliating products.
I've just had a look on the Boots website to see if you can buy it separately to get an idea of price and 75ml retails at £2.25 currently on a buy one get one free deal too. It doesn't look like it's in the big £45 tote bag set this year.
When I had a read of the back of the FCUK products, I was interested to read that they are actually made by Boots and then packaged under the FCUK brand. Which makes me think it's a bit of a swizz really. Having said that, I do rate Boots and think they are good at what they do and they need to market things at different levels to appeal to different audiences (ooh check out me going all text book) so I can understand this approach to branding. I quite like the products and the accessories that come with them in the Christmas gifts. This product is a two in one shower gel and gentle exfoliant that I have enjoyed using.
I am starting to realise that the fcuk bag that I purchased over Christmas containing lots of full size freebies was an absolute bargain at £20 or £25 pound. Another of the freebies I received was the fcuk pure body scrub. I tend not to use body scrubs all that often if I'm totally honest as most of the ones I have found are far too harsh for my skin and leave me feeling sore and red.
The body scrub comes in a pale green squeezable bottle with a flip lid. The tube stands on the flip lid meaning that the scrub can be released rather easily. The tube isn't very attractive and it certainly wouldn't stand out on a shelf the colour is rather to pale and faded looking. The tube size is 200ml.
The smell of the body scrub is quite sweet and sickly it reminds me of a cheap talcum powder. It contains extracts of ginger, sweet almond oil. Jojoba oil and apricot seeds. The tube advises that this scrub contains natural oils and exfoliating seeds to nourish, hydrate and smooth skin.
The scrub its self is quite fine which is a good sign for me. It did feel a little harsh when rubbing into the skin but it wasn't bad enough to cause any discomfort at all. The scrub rinsed of quite well under the shower and left me with tingling skin until dry. I had no red or sore patches which was also a good sign.
After drying myself off my skin felt very soft but you can tell by touch that a moisturiser will be needed. Although skin feels smooth you can feel it's a bit dry and in need of some moisture.
Overall the scrub did work ok but the scent isn't very nice, the design isn't very nice and the scrub leaves you feeling a bit dry.
I dont think that anyone purchases Fcuk products, they just recive them at Christmas!
Although this is a very good body scrub, and it is something that i will buy for myself. But not just yet because i recived two of the sets for Christams this year!
Unlike most body scrubs which are quite thick and stodgy, this is more like a paste. It is quite runny, which i discoverd when i squeezed it out of the tube, and ended up with 5 times more than i wanted! But i think this consistency benefits the product, as it makes it very easy to use. It can be used quickly, which is an adavntage when you bare trying to get ready for a night out.
The scrub is very good, with lots of beads and granules. The smell is a hard one describe, i consider it to be citrus. The smell isnt really to much of an issue, especially considering most people will use body lotion afterwards anyway.
After using this product, my skin is always much softer. It looks brighter, and healther.
I first tried the FCUK Pure range when I received it as a Christmas gift in a set of FCUK products, most likely from the 3 for 2 bargin range at Boots... Which EVERYONE seems to get.. These sets are always left lying around my house until money gets slightly tight and I've ran out of a usual product or when I am feelin bored and adventurous..
So feeling bored and adventurous I thought I'd give it a go.. On reading the product label it stating 'moisturising and exfoliation scrub [...] to help keep skin conditioned'.. I thought it sounded great so far.
As you can see on the picture the tube is a mint green colour and in a toothpaste type tube. The opening is a white top when can be easily opened and closed, which makes a clicking noise so you know when it is securely closed. On removing the product from the tube a simple LIGHT squeeze will ensure the product comes out. I say light because if you squeeze hard the product will come out extremely fast, leaving you with too much.
Once the product is out you can see that it is a clear jelly like substance and you can see the little brown/orange exfoliating pieces in it. The product is a very soft jelly like substance and wont clump together. One of the first things you can notice when the product has been sqeezed out is the smell of it. It is a very unique smell, some people i'm sure will love it and others will probably not like it very much. I would describe the smell as warm and spicy - it is described the smell as 'soft floral oriental scent built around a delcious fusion of violet, pepper and vanilla notes'.. The bottle states the product has 'extract of ginger, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and apricot seeds'.. All these sound very exciting to me, and I think really add to the smell.
On using the product, I just massaged it gently in circular motions on wherever I thought could use exfoliation. I used it mostly on my arms (which was just a small squirt), when rubbing the product on I could really smell it, more so than other shower scrubs. The product went into a nice lather but it wasn't too soapy. When washing the product off my arms felt a little bit dry in the shower.
When out of the shower, I just pat dried my arms and when it was completely dry my arms felt SO much smoother than they did. Especially after using this product for just a few days, my skin felt really fresh and like all old skin was completely removed. What I liked about this product was that they smell stayed on your skin (though if you don't like the smell this is a real downside =\ .. obv..) After use of this product though I would always moisturise and this really adds to the softness.
A 75ml tube of this product is £2.25 in Boots. I have never seen it is a bigger version but you might be able to get this somewhere. Boots always seem to have good offers all year around, so always look around. You can get advantage card points on these aswell, always an excuse to spend a little bit more.
The FCUK Pure has so many different products in the range:
FCUK Pure Body Lotion (which can be used after the Shower Scrub)
FCUK Pure Body Spray
FCUK Pure Body Wash
FCUK Pure Handwash & Lotion
FCUK Pure Handcream
FCUK Pure Eau De Toilette
All of which are a different prices ranging from £2 - £12 and can be got in Mini or Regular size.
Always give those dust collectors a try ;)
When it comes to buying christmas presents everybody we know seems to buy gift sets from Boots. Everything from perfume and aftershave, to make up, to bath sets, basically anything you can get on 3 for 2 at Boots. My husband and I always end up with gift sets we don't really want, although on the plus side you get the opportunity to try products that you probably wouldn't buy yourself. I think people love to get things for free so when Boots does it's mix & match offer everyone goes there to get a free gift.
Christmas 2007 I got a Fcuk gift set from my step-son and it looked really nice and probably set him back about £20. One of the products in this gift set was Fcuk Pure Shower Scrub. It took me probably the best part of 2008 to use up this shower scrub and it is not a product that I really liked. I hate to throw things away though so I just kept using it until it was all gone. Pleased that I had used it all up I was slightly disappointed that for christmas 2008 I got the same Fcuk gift set only this time from my mum and dad. Again I tried to make the effort to use it but I must admit that here at the beginning of 2010 I still have some left. Luckily I didn't get any Fcuk gift sets for christams just gone.
Fcuk Pure Shower Scrub is basically an exfoliator. On the front of the bottle it says:
"This stimulating and skin refining scrub contains exfoliating seeds and natural oils to help leave your skin nourished, hydrated and baby soft"
You basically use it in the shower and massage into your skin while damp and then rinse off. The shower scrub is a clear gel with what looks like grains of sand in it. When you rub it on your skin it does feel very bitty, just like any other exfoliator I have ever used (not that I've tried too many).
I have used this product on and off for the last two years and I don't think it is any good really. It doesn't leave my skin feeling baby soft, in fact my skin feels no different to what it would if I hadn't used it. I just feel like I'm wasting my time when I use it because my skin doesn't seem to benefit in any way. The fact it has taken me so long to use it reflects how rubbish I think it is.
Another thing I dislike is the smell. Even though it does describe it on the bottle as: "a soft floral, oriental scent built around a delicious fushion of violet, pepper and vanilla notes".
I don't know how much this shower scrub costs as I said I recieved it as part of a gift set but I'm sure you can buy it on its own from Boots. To be honest I really wouldn't bother wasting your money.
I think this is a poor product from Fcuk but I wasn't too keen on the rest of the Fcuk products in the gift set either. I think maybe Fcuk should stick to clothes.
I love toiletries and I particularly have a huge fondness for Fcuk products which I mainly purchase in Boots. This Showerscrub I hadn't seen before so when I spotted it I couldn't resist buying it as in this weather I'm the first to admit to slightly dry and flaky skin that really does need a helping hand to look it's best!
75ml mint green squeezy plastic tube with a flip top opening concealing a small hole to the bottom of it. On the front I'm told it is Fcuk 'Pure' Showerscrub and that's about it really!
The Scrub Itself:
Well on the front of this tube I am told this is a blend of ginger, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and apricot seeds and the smell of this replicates that perfectly and in a really smooth, mature and sophisticated way. Slightly sweet, the main part of the fragrance is a wonderful almond smell with the edge taken off it with the jojoba oil. I can't really detect the presence of the ginger within it but of course in the clear gel I can see the dark apricot seeds within it in abundance.
This is incredibly easy to use and a little of this does really go a very long way. You can of course use this as a shower gel with extra exfoliation properties or as I do and I choose to use this in conjunction with the Fcuk shower gel and just use a small splodge of this where I feel I need it the most.
So I apply this where I feel I need it as I stated to make it last me that bit longer really and not be too wasteful. I directly apply it to my skin which is either damp or wet and gently massage it over myself in circular motions.
Although this contains seeds it is not rough or uncomfortable to use at all however you can feel them gently buffing up the skin in a rather nice way!
The aroma it gives off whilst in use is simply gorgeous and it rinses off with ease too after foaming a little on the skin!
Great to use and to rinse off this really is a really nice and high quality exfoliator aimed in my opinion at slightly more mature ladies because of the fragrance being a little on the posh side. I think this is a really lovely addition to your personal routine and bathroom and don't be put off the price of this it's worthy of it's price tag for the quality you get and how it really does buff off dead skin cells with ease and is gentle and kind enough to use everyday if you so desire. The smell once rinsed off actually stays gently fragrant and fresh for a good couple of hours too and all round I notice my skin is more comfortable to live in and looks a damn sight brighter than when I first used it! Great stuff!
I have only seen this available to buy in a 75ml mini size costing £2.29 a tube in Boots
I have just finished the tube of FCUK Pure Shower Scrub which I got in a Christmas gift set and I'm afraid that says more about my opinion of it than it does about its lastability!
The body scrub comes in a 200ml plastic tube which sits on its flip cap - meaning that the contents are always at the bottom ready to be squeezed out. The tube is a minimalist, muted pale green which would look good in any modern bathroom, as would the other products in the FCUK range.
According to the packaging, "this stimulating and skin refining scrub contains exfoliating crushed apricot seeds and natural oils to help leave your skin nourished, hydrated and baby soft". It contains ginger "to help wake up your skin" and almond and jojoba oils to help "nourish and hydrate and leave your skin feeling a baby soft". The scrub is quite a clear liquid with very small brown scrubby specks and upon squeezing out my first squirt, my first impression was that it had quite a watery consistency for a body scrub, and would seep through my fingers if I didn't act quickly.
I don't like using body scrubs with a sponge or anything like that, even if the packaging suggests it, as I think the scrubbies get lost in it and don't scrub the skin as effectively. The scrubby bits in this one are quite small so I did have to scrub quite vigorously to feel as though it was doing anything, and at first I was sceptical. I concentrated particularly on the backs of my upper arms because although my skin on the whole is quite nice and smooth, I'm prone to dry, bumpy skin here. I did find that I needed to use quite a bit due to the wateriness and small scrubbies, but even after just one use I could feel an improvement in the skin on my arms, and although I don't think a body lotion was necessary afterwards (for me anyway) it did help.
Now, according to the tube, the fragrance is a "soft, floral, oriental scent built around a delicious fusion of violet, pepper and vanilla notes". I can't distinguish any of these scents individually, but for me the overall effect was quite masculine and although the scent didn't linger on the skin, it was so unappealing to me that it would put me off buying this product again even though I thought it was a very good body scrub.
As this was a gift I've had to go online to find a price. The FCUK toiletries range is produced exclusively for Boots, and I was surprised to find that this scrub retails for only around £4.00. There is also a 'mini' 75 ml version available for £2.25.
*** Introduction ***
I received this shower scrub as part of a gift set from Boots from my brother and his girlfriend. I'd never tried any FCUK beauty products before as I'd always assumed they'd be overpriced and not of great quality - like some of the chain's clothes - but I couldn't have been more wrong.
*** Packaging ***
This body scrub, which is from the 'Pure' range, comes in a slender, minimalist powder-blue/green tube with black writing. It has a flip-top lid for ease of use under the shower, stands on its lid and deposits just the right amount of product when squeezed. It also looks pretty stylish on the bathroom shelf.
*** Appearance/Scent ***
The product is quite thick (compared to shower gel), comprising transparent/white gel diffused with apricot kernels for exfoliation, which give it a sandy colour overall. Its sweet smell is pretty hard to pinpoint - it's more oriental floral than fruity to me, though the packaging blurb informs me that it contains extracts of ginger, sweet almond oil and jojoba oil. According to the Boots website, it is also perfumed with violet, pepper and vanilla; I think it's the violet and vanilla notes that mainly come out when you use it.
*** Performance ***
According to the information on the tube, this scrub stimulates and refines the skin due to its natural ingredients and helps leave the skin feeling moisturised and 'baby soft'.
I've almost finished a 75ml tube now and it's lasted me almost 2 weeks. Unlike with some body scrubs, you don't need a huge amount and it lathers up so well that there's no need to use a separate shower gel. The product goes on easily and can be used simply with your bare hands (which I prefer) or with a shower puff or flannel. The fragrance is pleasant and delicate rather than overpowering. Best of all, the apricot kernels are not harsh or scratchy but still leave the skin feeling exfoliated and refreshed. There's a warning on the tube that the product shouldn't be used on irritated skin, but I found that it was fine to use on my legs, which are ridiculously sensitive, as well as my décolleté, which didn't end up red or blotchy as it sometimes does with other scrubs.
*** Conclusion ***
I'd say this product is definitely suitable for daily use, and it's left my skin noticeably smoother. I plan to stock up on more next time I go to Boots. It costs £2.25 for 75 ml, which I think is good value considering how lovely it is to use.
This is the second body scrub I have used by FCUK, the first being their Polished Sugar Scrub which was absolutely gorgeous. Due to such a positive experience with the first one, I was looking forward to trying this one too.
FCUK overhauled their beauty product range some time last year (I think it was last year, anyway!) and their products are now packaged in a much more sophisticated way than they used to be, as well as (in my experiences) being better products inside too. This particular scrub comes in a duck-egg blue coloured tube with a flip top lid. It's quite a plain looking tube, but it still manages to look quite sleek on your bathroom shelf.
When I opened the scrub for the first time, I actually found that some of the scrub ran out of the tube, because the consistency is rather watery, which is slightly annoying! Now, I make sure the lid of the tube is facing upwards when I open it to prevent this happening.
The scrub is a thin light brown coloured liquid and is full of darker brown coloured grains, which are actually crushed apricot seeds. The scent of the scrub is absolutely gorgeous - it's a very gentle, slightly powdery floral scent - and although I'm sure that suggestion makes it sound very old-fashioned, it is in fact the opposite. It manages to be light and fresh as well as subtle in scent and really is lovely.
Although the scrub has such a thin consistency, I found that only a very small amount was needed per use. I only bought the small, travel-sized tube to try this out, and I must have got between 6 and 8 uses out of it, which is pretty good.
The scrub is used like any other - by rubbing onto wet skin to exfoliate and remove any dead skin cells. There are a generous amount of grains in this scrub, but they don't feel at all harsh when you rub this onto the skin, and this doesn't leave your skin red as some others can do.
The result when this is rinsed away, is beautifully smooth and exfoliated skin, and it gets rid of any dry patches I may have. The scrub is not at all drying either, which is great for my already dry skin. Unfortunately, because the scent of the scrub is quite subtle, I can't smell the fragrance on my skin after use which is a shame.
The scrub comes in two sizes - the 75ml travel size which I have and a larger 200ml size, which I imagine would last you ages, considering how many uses I got from the mini version. The mini version costs £2.20 and the larger version is £4.00, and both can be purchased from Boots.
Overall, I am very pleased with the results I got from this scrub. As I'm sure you will know if you read my reviews regularly, I like to chop and change with the products that I buy, however I would seriously consider purchasing another tube of this, and definitely recommend it!