Product Type: Soap & Glory Bath / Shower
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a GLORIOUS experience?
Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Scrub
Member Name: k444tmc
Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Scrub
Advantages: smells great - will last a long time - easy to use/apply
About a week ago I recieved £3 in luncheon vouchers from PineCone Research for doing a quick survey for them. Being honest I was a bit dissapointed by the choice in shops I could spend the vouchers on as they were all places that sold food ie. McDonalds KFC... ect - I am not a great lover of fast food / eating out... However the most appealing shop on the list was Boots - even though I'll hold my hand up and say I have not set foot in one of their stores in years. I went in last week for a browse at what I could spend these otherwise useless vouchers on. I came across a display for Soap & Glory products - which over the last few months I have been reading positive reviews about on DooYoo. I happened to need a new body scrub and found their Flake Away tubs - and put my vouchers towards a pot.
Soap & Glory are a relatively new brand name in the world of H&B products and have been around since 2006 but have only really taken off in my opinion over the last 12 months. Soap & Glory are suitable for most people as they stress that they do not test on animals at all (although their packaging does not state this, information can be found on the issue on their website) and most of their range is suitable for vegetarians and vegans - the only issue you may have is possible allergies to ingredients and if you have any worries about this check the packaging before purchase. The company was started in the UK and all products are also produced here - at present Soap & Glory is exclusive only to the UK. Their products can be located in most Boots stores.
To an outsider who has never experianced / heard about Soap & Glory products before you would be initially attracted to the packaging in a store - the style is very retro and the pastel colours really catch your eye. Being fair they are not the cheapest body care products so I was about to see what all the hype was about.
The FLAKE AWAY body scrub pot is quite interesting to say the least... like the rest of the range, as previously mentioned has a retro / pastel coloured theme going on. The tub itself is a pastel pink colour made out of hard plastic and has a clouded matching pink twist top - the colour on this matchs the tub.
When you look down on the tub from the top, on the twist top there is a circular black and white image of a womans legs with the following statements :
"IT MIGHT BE FINE IF HER FRIENDS ARE FLAKY BUT A LADYS LEGS SHOULD NEVER BE"
" TRANSFORM YOUR SCALY LEGS FROM REPTILIAN TO RADIANT!"
To me this kind of marketing is very different, eyecatching and you can tell its British!
The "front" label tells you the product and product producers names - it also gives you the information that the scrub is made from shea butter, sugar and peach seed with skin smoothing sea salt, grapeseed and almond oils.
* Shea butter is extracted from nuts and has been used for many years because of its ability to improve poor skin conditions!
* Sugar is now being used in many body scrubs because of its ability to leave your skin feeling smooth and refreshed - even if it doesn't do us any favours to eat anything sugary!
* Peach ingredients are great for skin in general and is scientifically proven to improve skin appearance!
The "back" label gives you all the information you need in order to apply the scrub. It advises you to take a handful of product (although to me this seems a bit such - I scooped just a little using my finger tips, not a handful) , you then apply to damp skin and massage in using circular motions until most of the scrub grains are gone. You then just need to rinse off, pat dryand apply body glossing oil or moisture butter. They also warn that you are to avoid over damaged skin otherwise it may sting.
Further information given are the ingredients, address and website of the company and you are also given a shelf life of 24 months which I think is excellent compared to other brands. The total tub contents on the one I have purchased is 300ml.
The scrub itself is beige in colour and when you look closely you can see tiny orange coloured beads. Unlike a lot of "hard" scrubs you get this one is almost like a paste and not digusting or uncomfortable to handle like many other brands in my opinion. First impression on the scent I would describe as very slightly fruity, clean and fresh.
What do I think? Glorious or not?!
I don't have flaky skin as such I would desribe it as normal and sometimes a little bit dry so with this product I was hoping to see a little bit of a difference but at the same time not expecting too much as there is no "flake" as such to get rid of!
I apply a tinted tan moisturiser everyday so what I really wanted to see was a better colour after I exfoliated with this scrub. To date I have used this twice now and I will recap on both experiences. The best bit of this scrub is how well my colour is now showing after getting rid of all the dead skin cells it looks much better than with other body scrubs I have used!
As desribed on the packaging you are supposed to use a "handful" however I would recommend you just scoop up using your fingertips and by doing this on both applications I found I had only used a slight layer of the paste for my legs, arms and torso - so in my opinion if you use the scrub this way it has the potencial to last a couple of months if you use it a few times a week.
On application, the beads do absorb very easily and doesnt feel uncomfortable on the skin in the slightest. In fact its a really nice scrub to use. I did notice before applying to my body that the palms of my hands were very dry and had peeling skin and after making the ciruclar motions with them applying to the rest of my body it appeared to have sorted out my dry skin problem on my hand - and the rest of my body was very VERY smooth after it had been washed off. In fact, strangely I kept touching my arms to check it again as I was so impressed with the result!
The scent of the product does fade on the skin over a few hours after use as you would expect - it no longer smells fruity it just smells pleasant and clean.
Literally the only thing that has really annoyed me about this scrub is the fact of how itchy I am for a good few hours after use - my skin is not sensitive in the slightest and I have ensured all the product has been washed off properly. Since I have only used this twice now it could just be me getting used to the scrub... considering how the tub highlights all the natural ingredients used... however the back label does mention a few ingredients which look like chemicals I suspect... This could be whats causing my irratation.
Being truthful this is probably the best body scrub I have ever had - the nicest smelling, best exfoliating and a little goes a long way. I would give it full marks if it wasn't for the itchiness!
At the time of writing this review you can buy a 300ml tub from Boots at £7 and there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on.
Summary: top body scrub