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I've only gotten into using beauty products for about 3 years - and much less for many products including scrubs. So like most people do, I've had to go through a few to find out what does or doesn't work for my skin.
I got my tube of the greatest scrub of all in Boots a few months ago - I've tried a few good quality brands and liked the look of this, got it on one of the many 3 for 2 deals (I use these to try new products sometimes so I don't lose money if I hate it!) - it currently retails at around £9 but this is for a 125ml tube, many other premium brands are the same price for a smaller tube.
As to how well it works - well my skin type is very combination. My chin area is dry and eczema-prone as well as having mild acne on and off, this needs a strong but gentle exfoliator, my nose and t-zone is tend towards oily and the rest is normal - so many products don't work well on all areas.
Thankfully, the greatest scrub of all lives up to its name for me! It's gentle enough to use on my acne areas and removes the excess skin, it helps the oiliness but doesn't dry any of my skin out unlike every other one I've tried. It also gets grittier/rougher after some scrubbing, an effect I use to scrub areas how much they need as opposed to doing it equally.
I love the smell, it's quite delicate but very pretty. The tube is lasting ages (with around once every 2 weeks use, as I'm still using others up!) - I can't remember how long ago I bought it, but I'm not even half way through the tube though.
Definitely a best buy for most people. I feel it may not work as well on people with very oily skin as it's really not drying, although it should still cleanse it may not leave the most oily skin feeling cleansed.
I love this stuff - oh and soap and glory have excellent packaging and names, it shouldn't be a selling point but it does make it more attractive!
I am never to knock a gift horse in the mouth, especially if it comes baring gifts from Soap & Glory! I recently received 'The Greatest Scrub of All' which is a facial exfoliator off my cousin who was probably a little young to appreciate the benefits of such a product.
What does the product do?
The product is a facial exfoliator which means that it will cleanse the skin and remove all the dead and dull skin cells to reveal the shiny new ones underneath and to leave you with a radiant complexion. It also claims to remove impurities and excess oils from the skin to leave you feeling squeaky clean. It is suitable for use on all skin types.
How does it work?
The product works because it contains lots of tiny beads which contain Salicylic Acid which is a chemical exfoliators instead of an abrasive physical exfoliant. It sloughs off the dead skin cells and prevents pores from becoming blogged and enlarged, and allows the complexion to be brighter. The product also contains Glycerin which draws moisture into the skin and allows it to hold onto it.
How do you use the product?
The product needs to be massaged into damp skin on the face for around thirty seconds using a circular action and then rinsed away thoroughly with warm water. It should be used on the forhead, chin, nose and cheeks where you may suffer from oily skin or blackheads. The product shouldn't be used daily as it's too harsh on the skin. If you have oily skin, you are advised to use the product no more than four times a week. If you have dry skin, it should be even less often.
Packaging and Price
The product is contained within a creamy tube which has the usual retro design and quirky saying plastered all over it. It has a creamy flip top lid which allows you to easily access the product with wet hands and it can also stand on the lid so it will look neat and tidy in your bathroom. The product costs around £9 and for that money you will receive 125ml of the product. It can be bought from Boots or from the Soap & Glory website.
Aroma and Appearance
The product has a minty fresh aroma that mixed in with a tiny bit of fruitiness. It is very refreshing to use in the morning as the fragrance is quite awakening. The product has a bright white colour that is almost luminous. You can really see any exfoliating beads in there at all but when you rub your fingers together you can feel them. It has quite a thick consistency and has the texture of a cream rather than a face wash.
The product is easy to apply to the face and because of its thickness, you can be very precise about where you want to use it. The texture feels gritty on the skin so there must be quite a few beads in the product. When I read about the beads, I was expecting something a bit more impressive but the beads are so very tiny that you can't feel them popping or bursting. As long as you don't press really hard then the exfoliating action is gentle enough not to hard but hard enough to remove some of the dead skin cells from the surface of my face. Despite the strong formula, it doesn't sting or burn my face and it has never caused any irritations. The product is easily removed with warm water but I also use a flannel just to ensure that the product is all off.
The product does leave my skin feeling a bit softer and smoother. It helps to remove some of my dry and flaky skin but I've found the results to be slightly patchy rather than being happy with an all over result. My face is slightly red after application so the formula must be quite strong so despite them saying this is suitable for all skin types, I wouldn't use this if you have really sensitive skin. My face feels really fresh and clean after use and it hasn't caused me to develop any new blemishes on my spot prone skin. I do feel the need to follow up the product with a good moisturiser because it leaves my face feeling slightly tight.
All in all, there is nothing wrong with this product but it hasn't blown me away either. It does a good job at exfoliating and makes the skin smoother. It smells nice and it is a pleasant product to use. It doesn't leave my skin feeling as soft as I would have liked but other than that this is a good exfoliator which can be used frequently.
I love Soap and Glory products and this is one of my favourites. An incredibly effective exfoliator, it 'contains a blend of super gentle silicami partcles and salicylic acid-loaded scrub beads, so the more you scrub, the more you smooth. Like a DIY microdermabrasion. It's a scrub formulated to leave even the most exhausted face looking FRESH'.
One warning: this isn't an exfoliator for the faint-hearted and it's very powerful. It is recommended that people with oily skin use it 2-4 times per week and those with sensitive skin use it once or twice and personally I wouldn't use it more than twice a week (I have oily, slightly sensitive skin). You simply apply it to wet skin, massage it in in circular motions for half a minute or so, then rinse off with water and moisturise. You can really feel the effect of the exfoliating beads and new users may be slightly shocked at how strong the exfoliating effect is. It makes my skin feel remarkably smooth and fresh and I really notice the difference it makes even after just one use. It also reduces the number of blemishes I get.
The only slight disadvantage of this product is that those with sensitive skin may find it a little too rough for their skin. I'd recommend using it sparingly initially, to give your skin a chance to get used to it.
At £9 rrp for 125ml there are cheaper scrubs on the market, but a little goes a long way with this product and mine has lasted me over a year with regular usage. I'll definitely be replacing it when I (eventually) finish it.
The Greatest Scrub of All is part of the hugely popular Soap & Glory range, from the makers of the much more expensive Bliss brand. The range is available to buy from Boots or Harvey Nichols, or online from asos.com, and this face scrub is priced at £8.17 for a 125ml tube.
Why I Bought It
I really should stop reading customer reviews on the Boots website. I'm never swayed by adverts but am always getting suckered into buying things after reading glowing reviews saying how amazing they are and claiming that they do everything they're supposed to. I was persuaded to buy this scrub after reading that it worked wonders for large pores and blackheads, which is currently my only real skin issue.
The scrub comes in a squeezy plastic tube with a screw-top lid upon which it stands. The screw-top is easy to open but not particularly convenient when trying to use it in the shower. The tube is pretty much opaque so you can only see how much is left if you hold it up to the light.
I personally can't stand the pink and girly cheap-looking retro styling that Soap & Glory usually exhibits, but this tube actually doesn't offend me, probably in the most-part because it's white rather than that ghastly pink colour.
The front and back of the tube holds all the information relevant to the product, including general product information, directions and ingredients.
Soap & Glory claim that this facial exfoliator is "formulated to leave even the most exhausted face looking fresh", with "a strategic blend of super-gentle silicami particles, and salicylic acid loaded scrub beads", and is like DIY microdermabrasion.
Suitability & Warnings
The scrub is suitable for all skin types, as long as you adjust the frequency of use accordingly.
Avoid scrubbing irritated or otherwise sensitive skin, and obviously avoid getting the scrub in your eyes.
Apply a pea-sized amount to damp skin and smooth around the face, paying particular attention to blackheads, blocked pores, flaky foreheads and oily chins. Rinse well, pat dry, and follow with moisturiser.
Use 2-4 times a week for oily skin types, 1-2 for dry or sensitive types.
The scrub itself is a white creamy textured substance with a very fine grittiness to it rather than noticeable grains or scrubbing particles. There are a few little orange spheres dotted about within it, which are the 'smooth-boosting spheres' that according to the packaging will pop open when you press on them.
The scent is described as chamomile and mint, but personally I can only detect the mint and a general 'creamy' scent. Mint is not a scent I enjoy in facial products and I find the mixture of creaminess and mint rather odd, but it is not strong enough to really bother me.
Applied to a damp face the scrub spreads quite easily over the skin but I do find I have to use about 3-4 times the pea-sized amount suggested to feel that the whole of my face has been evenly scrubbed. As I massage it in circular motions I can feel the slight grittiness of the scrub, but it does feel gentle. It actually does feel exactly like microdermabrasion scrubs I have used. Every now and then I can feel one of the little spheres in the scrub, but these do not pop open at all and just get moved around as I massage the scrub onto my skin.
It doesn't rinse off as easily as other scrubs, the creamy texture seeming to cling to the creases and crevices of my face, but once it's rinsed off properly my skin does feel very fresh and smooth.
Instantly after using the scrub my skin does feel extremely smooth, with a soft velvety feel that makes me want to keep stroking it, and it does take on a slightly more even look. My skin also feels fresh and clean, but other than that I do not notice any immediate results.
After using it a few times I found it was irritating my skin a little at the top of my cheeks so I've had to be very careful to avoid this area when applying it.
I've now been using the scrub regularly, anywhere between 2 and 4 times a week, for a little over 3 months and I can honestly say that apart from making my skin smooth it really hasn't done anything for me. My skin doesn't look any fresher as Soap & Glory suggest it should, and my large and clogged pores are not less noticeable as the customer reviews I had read suggest they should.
All things considered I don't really rate this scrub at all. Yes it makes my skin very smooth, but I've used far cheaper scrubs that have done just as well on that score. This is the third Soap & Glory product I've tried and the third to be a big disappointment, so I doubt very much if I'll be trying any more.
*Why I want the product*
Since everyone and everyone is in love with Soap and Glory's products I wanted to see what the fuss is about and purchased a few of their items to find out, as you can imagine I couldn't wait to try them out.
*About the product*
I purchased Soap and Glory The Greatest Scrub of All. Soap and Glory have said this scrub is suited for all skin types that is in need of a good exfoliation. The product uses gentle silicami particles and salicylic acid loaded scrub beads, which is great for spot and blemish prone skin.
I like how Soap and Glory have an array of products that are reasonably priced and their cute retro packaging, really catches the eye and tells you, you are receiving something girly while being special.
*Why should we use a facial scrub?*
Your skin starts to shed every 28 to 45 days, this means if the skin hasn't been removed frequently, dead skin cells can build up on the skin, when this happens skin is left looking dry, rough in texture, dull, sallow, pores can become blocked and congested and of course unhealthy looking. Any beauty products you apply on top are a waste of money as products are unable to penetrate to the skin.
Every skin type needs a facial scrub but depending on your skin type will depend how often you use a scrub. Oily skin types can exfoliate once to twice a week, dry and sensitive skin should ideally be exfoliated once a week.
Facial scrubs or exfoliators remove the dead skin cells from the top layer on your skin called Epidermis. Because of the small grains inside an exfoliator they are also able to unblock pores, helping your skin to breath, facial circulation is restored and you are left with healthy glowing skin.
Greatest Scrub of All comes in a 125ml pearlalised tube with a screw off lid that the product sits on. The design on the front is retro looking. The front states the name of the product and what is inside the facial exfoliator such as smooth boosting spheres that pop open when you press on them.
The back states how to use the product, ingredient list and a little about the scrub.
*What does Greatest Scrub of All look and smell like?*
Squeezing a little product out of the nozzle to the back of my hand, the product looks like a lighter version of the packaging background of pearl. It looks very creamy with lots of little soft bead particles and a few orange ones that pop once pressed to realise smooth boosting properties to the skin.
The smell is light citrus. I was surprised the scrub didn't smell stronger as Soap and Glory are renowned for their fragrance. Parfum (fragrance) is 11th on the ingredient list, which is a good thing for skins that are sensitive.
*How do you apply it?*
Like all facial scrubs a little bit of product is needed, so apply a pea size amount onto pre-cleansed damp skin and gently smooth and massage around your skin in circular motions, paying more attention to drier areas and congested areas such as chin, around your nose, forehead and cheeks. When you reach your cheeks make sure you apply less pressure as the skin is thinner here and the beads could scratch and damage the skin.
Do this for approximately 30 seconds and rinse your face well making sure all the beads are removed and apply moisturiser.
*How did the product feel on my face?*
As soon as I started to gently massage the product into my face it felt creamy, but I could really feel all the tiny beads and although I massaged gently I still felt it was harsh on the skin, especially when I got to my cheeks I really felt the product was scratching instead of exfoliating my skin gently.
I never felt the fragrance irritated my face as much as I thought it might have but once I had finished and rinsed all the product away my cheeks we're red and slightly tingling.
*How did my skin feel after application?*
My face did feel smooth but my cheeks we're red and a little sore and irritated from the beads that I felt we're too harsh. When moisturiser was applied I found my skin benefited more due to dead skin cells being removed and my moisturiser was able to penetrate the Epidermis freely.
*Did I notice any long term effects?*
Greatest Scrub of All has a lovely ingredient called Salicylic Acid that helps spot prone skin; I felt this didn't do anything for me even when the product was left on the skin a little longer to get the full benefit out of it.
The real long term effect I was noticed especially on my cheeks we're little broken capillaries where the product had damaged my delicate skin on the top of my cheeks and any product I applied there now stings and I know it was due to this exfoliator.
*Price and availability*
You can purchase Soap and Glory Greatest Scrub of All from Boots.com costing £8.17, other website prices may vary.
*What I think about it/do I like it?*
I like the fragrance of the product; however I wish there wasn't one present. I personally find the beads are too harsh and would not but suitable for people with really sensitive skin or slightly sensitive irritated skin like me, however dry skin suffers will love this product.
*Would I purchase again?*
No, I can not recommend this product due to the damage it causes, in fact I am really disappointed with Soap and Glory products so far and I didn't think I would be with all their rave reviews.
I recieved this as part of a set from Boots which contained face wipes also. I love the Soap & Glory skincare range nearly everything I have tried has been very good. This product comes in a white tube which costs £8.17 in Boots for 125ml. If you keep and eye out in Boots there are normally 3 for 2 offers on these products so you can pick up a bargain.
The scrub itself is described by Soap & Glory as a self activating facial smoother and exfoliator. S&G state that the scrub is packed with silicami particles, and salicylic acid loaded scrub beads which the more you scrub the more of an effect you should see on your skin. S&G describe it as a DIY microdermobrasion. It is suitable for all skin types.
To use this scrub you simply apply to your fingertips and massage into damp skin. The scrub itself is a creamy white colour with little blue beads that burst as you scrub. The pacakging advises you to pay particular attention to your problem areas, such as your nose and chin. You can use this scrub 2-4 times a week depending on your skin type. You then need to follow with your chosen moisturiser.
I liked this scrub, I have sensitive skin which can sometimes get irritated by products that are too harsh. This scrub has very fine 'scrub' particles which feel gentle on the skin. It also has a nice orangey smell, which reminds me of the catch a wrinkle in time moisturiser. My skin felt soft and smooth afterwards and it didn't feel tight in anyway.
I would recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin as it is so mild but does the job. You also only need to use a small amount so this scrub lasts a long time, in fact i've had mine 4 months and it's still going strong.
I would give this 4 out of 5 stars, I took one off because the only problem I had was that the blue beads clogged up the tube and it can be hard to get the product out sometimes!
When it comes to Soap & Glory products I really am a huge fan of them and out of everything I have tried that they have within the range (which is a lot of stuff over the years believe me) I don't think I have ever been disappointed with anything in the range apart from the dreadful, stinky jamming range they had which I absolutely hated...as for everything else I usually love it!
The face on my skin is problematic to say the least. At 35 (36 later this week) I suffer with spots still, black and white heads and completely congested pores as well as dark patches of skin and the onset of wrinkles! I do my best to look after it and so do use face washes, scrubs and face masks regularly.
When it comes to facial scrubs I do find it difficult to find anything that works for me though. I have in the past scratched my skin and had allergic reactions and allsorts so when I spotted this last year in Boots costing £8.00 a tube and from a range I think is amazing I felt if had to be worth a punt and since that first tube I first purchased I have bought it with much regularity hence why I don't do reviews on other ranges of face scrubs...I am faithful to this one lol.
This comes in just one size which is 125ml. It comes in a slightly iridescent white tube with a screw on/off cap to the bottom of it concealing a small hole and on the front of the tube I am told that it is Soap & Glory Greatest Scrub Of All 'For All Skin Types' and that it is a Facial Exfoliator 'With smooth-boosting spheres that pop open when you press on them' and the size is stated (as I've listed already). On the back of the tube other information listed includes being told how to use it, ingredients and warnings are given, I'm told once opened to use it up within 12 months and contact details for Soap & Glory are given. This is a nice, informative and easy to squeeze tube but rather plain looking but high quality looking enough.
How To Use It According To The Information listed On The Back Of The Tube:
Smooth around from place to place (your oily chin, blackhead-blocked nose, a flaky forehead). Apply a pea-sized splodge of The Greatest Scrub Of All onto damp skin with whichever regularity suits you. (Oily skins can be scrubbed 1-4 x a week, dry and sensitive types a little less - like once or twice). Massage in circles for thirty-ish seconds and rinse. Follow with moisturiser and eye cream.
Well all I do basically is follow the instructions given on the back of the tube. I do have oily prone skin with a greasy t-zone being very highly visible and so use it 4 times a week.
All you need of this white lotion is a small blob as a very small amount really does go a very long way indeed and it has a great consistency being not too stiff and certainly not runny but easy enough to get out of the tube with ease and it's none foaming. It's a creamy consistency not glossy or too oily and you cant' see the spheres within it at all.
I wet my face thoroughly and then gently massage this in. It feels slightly grainy like there are bits of sand in it but it isn't harsh when in use and doesn't feel scratchy at all but I can gently feel the grains buffing up the skin on my face. This has a minty fresh aroma with a sort of blended in soft floral fragrance. It smells fresh, clean and unisex and really does have a nice clean fragrance. I was concerned when I first smelt it that the sort of menthol aroma this possesses would upset my sensitive eyes in some way but it really doesn't. I do avoid scrubbing my eyes mind you but I can go close to them without tears forming.
This rinses off with incredible ease and leaves me with really smooth looking and brighter skin every time I use it. Not only do I feel that this removes dry skin (which I used t have flaky bits particularly on my forehead prior to starting to use this product) it gets rid of grease from my skin AND makes it stays at bay for longer which means for me, less spots and blemishes in the long run. Make up sits better on smooth skin too and I feel this deep cleanses my pores (though it doesn't remove make-up as such just cleans pores out).
I wouldn't be without this miracle product. Easy to use, economical due to the pea sized amount I use per application...it really keeps my skin looking really fresh and bright and it even smells nice for a good while after using it and even my boyfriend comments when I've used this at how good my face feels! A wonderful 'must have' product for anyone who wants a touch of luxury at a reasonable price and one that works! Brilliance once again from the fabulous people at Soap & Glory! I'm so impressed!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I've read many reviews for Soap and Glory products on Dooyoo but had never previously heard of the brand or (obviously) tried any of the products so on browsing in Boots one day I sought out the Soap and Glory shelf and bought the Greatest Scrub of All facial scrub and the Hot Cloth Cleanser (thanks to the Dooyooers' reviews!).
The Greatest Scrub of All comes in a squeezy tube and claims to have 'smooth boosting spheres that pop open when you press on them'. The scrub itself is a shimmery creamy white colour with yellow spheres suspended in the cream which do pop open when you press on them. I'm not sure what is in the spheres or if it adds anythings to the exfoliating action but they add a little bit of fun as you wash your face.
The back of the tube suggests that people with oily skin use the scrub between 2 to 4 times a week and those with more sensitive skin between 1 to 2 times a week. I use it in the shower every few days. The tube suggests a pea-sized 'splodge' be used but I like to use a little more as a pea is very small! It smooths nicely over the skin and is quite a gentle exfoliant so the scrubbing action used can be as rough or as gentle as your skin prefers. It doesn't lather up a great deal which is fine for my preference and it washes off well without leaving any residue.
After using my skin feels noticeably softer and smoother. I haven't really noticed a reduction in blackheads round my nose, forehead and chin but over time this may improve. According to the Boots website, a 125ml tube costs £8.00 but I'm fairly sure I paid £6.99, perhaps there was an offer on at the time. Anyway, because of its smoothing properties and the absence of residue after using, this gets 4 out of 5 stars. The 5th star is missing as I'm unsure as to the purpose of the yellow popping spheres! Will definitely be trying out more Soap and Glory products thought!
The greatest scrub of all is a facial exfoliator from the immensley popular soap and glory cosmetic range. This facial exfoliator claims to be suitable for all skin types whether you have 'an oily chin, blackhead-blocked nose or a flaky forehead' and there not lying. (i suffer from blackheads and oily skin myself)
I applied a peasize amount of the exfoliator to damp skin and massaged in a circular motion and straight away you can feel the tiny beads in the cream working. I then washed off the exfoliator and moisturised to make sure my skin was left really smooth.
The only down side to this product that when you first use it it does bring you out in spots as it brings the dirt out of your pores and to the surface of the skin. After several uses my skin actually became alot clearer and i had less spots but for me a breakout every time i start using the product after taking a break is quite a big negative point. But i do have spotty skin so this side affect may be down to my skin type and wont necessarily happen to everyone.
I am a total Soap and Glory addict. Since I tried the sexy mother pucker lip glosses a few years ago, I haven't looked back. My bathroom is packed with all different products from the range. I tried the "Greatest Scrub of All" first and found this to be great but not so suitable for my dry skin (better for younger, more oily skins). This, however is always in my shower and is used almost every day. The consistency is really nice and the scrubby bits are very gentle yet effective. The scent, as with all Soap and Glory products is gorgeous. My skin always feels lovely and soft and smooth when I have used it. It has little sphere of moisture that burst when you press on them so you get an extra moisture boost in the process. It's a big 125ml tube so will last for a long time as you only need a pea sized amount. It normally costs around £7 but this range is often an a 3 for 2 offer.
I love Soap & Glory's Greatest Scrub of All! It is easy to apply and is really thick rather than being quite runny like some other body scrubs. It leaves my skin so soft that I don't need to use moisturiser after using this scrub and the soft feeling lasts. It can feel a bit uncomfortable when you start rubbing it in but that probably means that its really working! Rather than using it regularly I prefer to use I cheaper body scrub and save Soap & Glory's body scrub for special occasions. The smell is delicious and makes getting ready for a special occasion more luxurious. This means also means that one tube lasts a long time. Aswell as being a great product it looks good too as the packaging is cute and pink with a humours retro twist. It would also make a good gift for a girly girl.
As someone who has never been lucky enough to be blessed with naturally fabulous skin, I'm always on the lookout for a product that will help me achieve that celebrity glow.
The Greatest Scrub of All has certainly helped me on my way. Whilst a lot of face srubs can be harsh and leave your skin a bit raw, this one does not have that effect. This product comes in a 125ml tube with cute retro-style pink and cream coloured packaging. You only need a tiny pea-sized amount for each application. I've been using mine regularly for nearly 6 months now and it's still half full.
The scrub is a type of cream which contains tiny exfoliators - when you apply it, it feels a bit gritty - like there are bits of sand in it. It smells absolutely divine - slightly sweet and citrus-like. You massage it into wet skin in little circles, paying particular attention to any flaky areas, for about thirty seconds and then rinse off.
After use I apply my normal moisturiser and just enjoy my softer glowing skin!
The packet recommends using 2 - 4 times a week and I have found this to be enough.
My skin has a tendency to be sensitive, but this scub has never caused me any irritation and when it eventually runs out I will definitely be rushing out to buy myself another tube.
It usually retails around the £7 in Boots, a bit pricey perhaps, but if it lasts a year it's good value in my opinion.
Soap & Glory Greatest Scrub of All
Description: Brand: Soap & Glory / Type: Body Scrub
I really love the Soap & Glory products, they have a really distinctive and delicious fragrance and also come in really funky packaging which are pretty and retro using white, black and pink colours. This srub comes in a pearly looking white tube with pink and white writing.
There is something deliciously girly about the Soap & Glory range and this is one of their best products of all in my opinion (and I have tried quite a few so feel that I can make that judgement!) It makes my skin feel soft, fresh and hydrated which looks fab. I like to save this product weekly to keep my skin in tip top condition and it always feels like a treat when I use it.
There are loads of different products in the Soap & Glory range so there is sure to be something for everyone. There are also some fab gift sets available which make great treats for friends and loved ones so it really is worth looking in Boots to see what they have. If you buy the range from Boots then you can also collect Advantage Points with each purchase.
A 125ml tube of this scrub will cost you £8 which may seem a little more expensive than some other brands but there is something about this one that makes it worth paying the extra for.
The scrub is a pearly white colour and looks glossy and thick. It has a gorgeous fragrance which is sweet and fruity and unlike some facial scrubs, isn't too harsh. I really dislike using a facial scrub and feeling like I have sandpapered my face, but also don't see the point of using something that does little more than lightly brush the surface. This scrub is the perfect middle ground, it is gentle enough to be kind to your face but abrasive enough to leave you feeling that you have removed dead skin and hydrated your face at the same time.
I have sensitive skin and don't have any issues when using this facial scrub. The scrub contains mint and chamomile which are a great combination as the mint helps your face to feel like it is gently tingling while the chamomile is soothing and calming, helping to create the perfect balance.
In summary, this scrub which is designed for all skin types is an absolute winner. It gently scrubs and smooths your skin, leaving you feeling fresh and glowing. It has a delicious fragrance and is perfect for keeping your face in fab condition, especially if used regularly. Yes it may be a little more expensive than some brands but when something works this well, I am happy to pay a little extra and give my face the treat that it deserves!
Ingredients are as follows:
Aqua (Water), Paraffinum Liquidum, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Solum Diatomeae (Diatomaceous Earth), Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Mannitol, Xanthan Gum, Parfum (Fragrance), Cellulose, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Nitrate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 16035 (Red 40), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide), Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional
Soap & Glory is now a huge popular brand sold at boots the chemists. They are noted for their cute pink packaging with retro labels and clever and funny names which are often a play on words.
I have long been a fan but have only tried the small travel or tester pots previously. I was lucky enough to get some Boots vouchers as a gift and off I headed into Soap & Glory heaven!
======= The Product ======
This particular review is on the facial scrub entitled "The Greatest Scrub Of All"
The product comes in a tube shape that you can see in the photo, this is in the new pearly white packaging. it has a flip top lid for easy opening and you stand the tube on the lid.
Its branded as a facial exfoliator that is suitable for all skin types and contains smooth boosting spheres that pop open when you press on them and this should reveal smoother and softer skin.
When you take the cream out it is a pearlized white colour and feels very smooth. mixed inside the cream are the tiny little orange balls which is the exfoliating part.
The tube size is 125ml so will last you a long time as your really only need a pea sized amount.
====== How To Use =====
You should apply after cleansing and while your skin is damp. You should apply a pea sized amount onto your hand and then dot it around your face and with gently swirling motions rub the skin for approx 30 seconds or so making sure not to apply it on the delicate eye area.
You really only need to gently massage and never rub as this can pull your skin.
Rinse the exfoliator off using warm water and gently pat the skin dry. to really liven up the skin apply a splash of cold water after rinsing as this helps to close your pores and wakens up your face.
I have also used the exfoliator straight onto dry skin as I find that I can get better results as my skin can be very dry. As the cream is so soft you can do this without dragging the skin although you really need to use fine soft movements.
====== How It Worked ======
I found that it was easy to use the exfoliator and to gently massage into my skin as unlike other exfoliators the little beads were so small and didn't feel as rough as others can.
As with most exfoliators it can take a while to rinse of all traces, I found that the best way to remove all traces after rinsing was to use a cotton wool pad and gently sweep near your hairline, nose and ears as this is where some of the product may cling.
I found that my skin instantly felt smooth to the touch and velvety soft and when I looked into the mirror I had lovely rosy cheeks and my skin looked smooth and very fresh as though I had an expensive facial. The effect lasted for a good few days although with continual cleansing and moisturising you may get longer out of it.
======= My Verdict ======
Having been in the beauty industry for some time I have come across many different brands and used many in salons usually expensive brands and I have to say that the "Greatest Scrub Of All" scrubs up well against many more expensive brands. ( Pun Intended!)
I have to say that although it stipulates you can use this as many times as you like I would recommend no more than twice a week particularly if you have dry skin as after time it can remove the naturals oils in your skin and this has no bearing on the quality of the product just a natural occurrence.
Overall I think that this is a fantastic exfoliator and works for all skin types and scrubs up better than the more expensive brands.
====== Where to Buy It =====
The Soap & Glory range is available in most Boots the chemist and also on line at www.boots.com.
The product comes in a 125ml tube and costs approx £7.80 or save your boots points and treat yourself.
This is a review of Soap and Glory's 'Greatest Scrub of All.' It was one of the products included in the fantabulous hat box I got for Christmas.
I'm not usually a big fan of facial exfoliators as I don't like the sensation - it feels like it's scratching your face to me. However, determined to try every product in the hat box, I wondered if this product would live up to its title.
Unlike the product pictured, my 125ml tube has a screw top. To be honest, a flip top lid would be more useful when you are trying to deal with the product and get the lid back on at the same time. However, the tube is nicely decorated, thick plastic and you just squeeze it to release the product.
You can buy this for £7.87 for 125ml from Boots and it's also on a 3 for 2 offer at the moment.
I love the description on the tube: 'With skin boosting spheres that pop open when you press on them!' You don't really notice these when using the product though I think.
**What's it like?**
I squeeze out a generous blob and just rub around my face, it has a light fragrance but it's quite pleasant and not overpowering, it smells a bit minty to me. I use it concentrating on the nose and chin area and it's not really that scratchy at all as I originally feared. It always leaves my skin feeling nice and glowing. The instructions recommend using the scrub 2-4 times a week but I usually just do it about once a week or when I remember - so many products, so little time!
**How it's tested **
I love the fact that S&G make the effort on all their packaging using humour to tell you about the origins of the product so it makes me want to read all their products. This one is no different and says: "When put to the test: This fantastic facial scrub was user tested for safety / efficacy in the United Kindom. We think everything went pretty smoothly.
The packaging does tell you to avoid scrubbing irritated or otherwise sensitive skin and avoid getting scrub in your eyes. It's the common sense warning that they just have to point out for legal reasons!
I like all Soap & Glory products so was expecting to like this one too. I find it easy to use, and whilst I don't think I'd make a special effort to buy it individually, I would be happy to use it again if it came in a set. Most people know I love S&G and buy me it for Christmas anyway so I'm never short of these products and my bathroom is full of them!