Product Type: Soap & Glory Bath / Shower
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Not the Greatest Scrub at All
Soap & Glory Greatest Scrub of All
Member Name: dahlin
Soap & Glory Greatest Scrub of All
Advantages: Makes skin smooth
Disadvantages: No better than much cheaper scrubs, doesn't live up to the hype, odd scent
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.
Summary: A massive disappointment