“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Body Scrub / Subcategory: Polish / Suitable for: Body „
** What is it? **
Ginger and Lemongrass Body Polish is from the Sainsbury's Active:Naturals bodycare range, which I discovered recently. The 6 products I've tried so far have been a pretty mixed bag - their main advantage having been the fragrances and the fact that they're generally kind to sensitive skin. This product is one of my favourites.
** Packaging **
The body polish comes in a white 200ml squeezy tube which bears a photo of the main ingredients, ginger and lemongrass - not the prettiest of spices, it has to be said! I actually tried the trial size of this from a gift set first, which came in a 100ml transparent (and reusable) screw-top jar and looked a lot nicer, though the tube is handier for the shower.
** Performance **
I was expecting a body 'polish' to be the same as a scrub, so was quite surprised that this orange-coloured gel wasn't more solid. It has the consistency of thick shower gel and has small, transparent particles suspended evenly through it - they're a bit like sugar granules, but even smaller and not as uniform in shape.
I was also surprised that this didn't look like a typical scrub. I sniffed it before applying it and thought it smelled like fresh, homemade lemonade - delightfully citrusy, uplifting and sparkly. I worked a good blob of the product into my damp skin while in the shower and the smell immediately changed with the heat and dampness, developing into a much warmer scent as the ginger notes started to come through.
It lathered up really well - very unusual for a scrub product - and athough the granules are irregularly-shaped, they didn't feel at all rough or scratchy on my skin. The exfoliation action was minimal and I didn't feel that I was sloughing away many dead skin cells. This was probably for the best, though, as my skin tends to react to anything harsher than a shower puff. I'd describe it as a shower gel with a slight exfoliating function. After using it my skin felt smoother, cleansed and soft, and I was able to use it on all 'senstive areas' without any adverse effects.
The second time I used it I wanted a bit more exfoliation on my arms, so combined the body polish with a shower puff, which produced an even richer lather.
After getting out of the shower and drying off, the smell began to fade from my skin, which I was a little diappointed at, but the silver lining in the cloud was that my bathroom smelled gorgeous for the rest of the day!
** Would I buy it again? **
Absolutely. The fragrance is delicious, lovely and warming yet invigorating at the same time. For me the product is a little too enlivening for a wind-down shower before bed; I found the best time to get the full benefit was when having an early evening shower before going out in winter - it acted as a pick-me-up and warmed me up at the same time. It can be used in place of shower gel, since it has a creamy, indulgent feel to it and cleans and conditions the body well. I didn't get out of the shower with the 'renewed skin' feeling that some heavier-duty scrubs give you, but my skin did feel nicely cared for.
At £1.94 for 200ml it's also a bargain!
Body scrub / 200mL /