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I love the Soap & Glory products. They are always deliciously scented and have the fun factor. And this is definitely true of the lovely Scrub Actually body scrub.
What does the product do?
The product is a body exfoliator which has been designed in order to remove dead and dry skin from the body in order to reveal the new and radiant ones underneath. It promises to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth, and it is described by Soap & Glory as being an absolute smash of a body buffer. It is packed with exfoliating grains of sugar and hydrating Apricot Kernal Oil. It is also loaded with Kukui oil and Mango butter to moisturise the skin and Vitamin E to nourish and protect the skin leaving it looking healthy and conditioned. A deliciously fruity fragrance has been thrown in for good measure.
How do you use the product?
The product needs to be applied to damp skin. You need to dispense some of the product from the bottle and massage a handful of it onto the skin using a circular motion. You then need to rinse off the product thoroughly and follow it up with a good moisturiser.
Packaging and Price
The packaging follows the usual Soap & Glory packaging being retro and pink. The scrub comes contained within a pink plastic bottle which has a pink flip top lid on which it can stand. There is a black and white photo on the front of a lady who has just come out of the shower. On the back of the bottle there is some more information given about the product. The scrub will cost you around £7 for 200ml and it can be bought from Boots and also from a range of online websites.
Aroma and Consistency
The product has a lovely aroma which is exactly what you would expect from this brand. It smells super fruity like a mixture of blueberries and mango. It is sweet and sugary, and it is very evident so you'll need to make sure that you like the aroma before you purchase it. The product is a light pink gel that resembles a sugar gel but it is completely packed full of sugar particles and it is these particles which carry out the exfoliating action.
Application and Performance
The product is easily dispensed from the tube. You only need to use a small amount of the product because it has so much sugar into it. Some of the sugar particles have sharp edges which do scratch the skin so you have to watch the pressure which you apply when massaging the scrub into the skin. As the sugar is mixed in with the gel, it means that it glides easily over the skin so it doesn't pull or drag on the skin. The sugar particles do dissolve with time which means you then need to apply more to use the scrub on a different part of your body. The fact that they dissolve means that there won't be bits hanging around in the bottom of the bath or shower so you won't have to clean up afterwards. The rest of the product is easily rinsed away off the skin.
The product smells delicious the whole time that you are using it and even after you get out of the bath, the aroma lingers on the skin. You skin does feel nice and smooth after use, and it does a good job of removing the dead skin cells. It leaves my skin lovely, brighter and more radiant. The product is also hydrating and it leaves my skin feeling soft but not so soft that I feel like I don't need to use a moisturiser. It's a good product to use before applying fake tan or just when you skin need a bit of brightening.
All in all, this is lovely scrub which smells deliciously fruity and is fun to use. It removes dead and dull skin cells to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. I really like this product and I would happily repurchase it and would recommend to anyone who needs a good scrub.
On my weekly trip to boots I stopped at the Soap and Glory range. Their packaging caught my eye. They have a 50's pin up style element to them, but their narrative is straight to the point. I picked up their Scrub Actually body exfoliator.
Their instructions read:
"All you need is scrub. (Arguably, you might often also need soap and a tube of moisturiser.)"
Love it! So in the basket it went! At £6.89 it's in the same price range as other body scrubs and its a tube of 200ml so will last a while.
The scrub is a pink colour with lighter exfoliator beads in it. I washed and then used an amount just smaller than a golf ball for my whole body, everyone will be different, but this works for me! S&G advises it smells like blueberry but I think it smells more like grapefruit. Either way it smells great! You can feel the oil in the scrub when it is in your hands, but when you rub this in to your body it seems to disappear so you aren't left in an oily mess at the end!
I focused mostly on my tops of my arms as they will be on show in my dress and the back of my thighs, as they could definitely do with a smooth down! The scrub is easy to rinse off, you're not left with little grainy bits over your body (a pet hate of mine). After drying my skin felt very soft and smooth. A few more of these this week and I'll be soft as a peach!
I really liked this product, smells great, works well, washes off completely and leaves you feeling soft and smooth, The flip down top makes it easy to squeeze the scrub out. I don't like tubs where you have to unscrew lids, when you're wet in the shower this is difficult and you all the water from your hands drips into the pot. No good. So a flip bottle much better.
Soap and Glory..a retro beauty brand brought to local stores by the founder of Bliss. Offering us gorgeous beauty treats for our face and body alongside makeup and a perfume, Soap and Glorys popularity continues to rise.
*~*~*Scrubbing Up With Help From Soap & Glory*~*~*
There are currently 7 scrubs available from S&G. The scrubs offer different scents and ingredients allowing a potential buyer to select their preferred option. A body scrub is designed to be used in the bath or shower to rid our skin of rough skin and allow it to be beautifully soft and smooth. So lets see what options do S&G offer us beauty lovers?
*The Breakfast Scrub - the newest scrub addition with maple fragrance, golden sugar, oatmeal and shea butter to name a few key ingredients.
*Scrub Em' and Leave Em' - scented with Mist You Madly, this scrub contains babassu oil, sea salt and oils.
*The Scrub of Your Life - scrubbing beads are present and a gorgeous fruity fresh aroma awaits.
*Some Like It Hot - a thermal scrub containing various sugars, oils and Therminerals for a hot shower experience.
*Sugar Crush - brown sugar scrub with oils to even out scaliness!
*Flake Away - super strength polish to give radiant skin delicately scented.
And then we have Scrub Actually which I shall be reviewing. Lots of choice but can you be tempted?
*~*~*Is It Love Actually? No baby..its Scrub Actually!*~*~*
Scrub Actually is one of S&Gs award winning body buffers/scrubs. It won the award of Best New Bath and Body Product in 2009 courtesy of Cosmetic Executive Women UK.
Scrub Actually offers us the benefits of not only one sugar, but two. Brown and white sugar blend together to produce the scrubby bits. To protect whilst the scrub works its magic, a healthy dose of natural apricot kernel oil is added to the mix. Whilst these are the key ingredients, we are also treated to kukui oil, mango butter and vitamin E for good measure.
Scrub Actually is housed in tall, plastic tube which is clear on the back. The dispensing hole is hidden at the base under a gorgeous pink lid. The retro and pink design that S&G is well known for, is very much present here with a black and white image of a showering lady on the front. The tube is loaded with product claims, ingredients, directions for use etc and also witty comments which never go amiss with S&G. The tube can be recycled and the scrub should be used up within 24months from first opening.
*~*~*How Do I Scrub Actually?*~*~*
Scrub Actually is best to be used in the shower as it can get a bit messy in the bath. It is recommended that you dispense a big blob of the scrub onto your hand and work onto damp skin, 60secs of gentle massaging should suffice before rinsing it off the skin. Dry off skin and apply a moisturiser or body butter.
*~*~*Availability and Price*~*~*
Soap and Glory can be purchased through the website www.soapandglory.com, Harvey Nichols or Boots. A 200ml tube will set you back around the £6.50 mark. 3for2 offers or 1/3 off offers are regular in Boots.
*~*~*My Scrubbing Experience Continues*~*~*
I am a self confessed Soap and Glory addict and take great pleasure in treating myself to a few select items whenever the offers are on in my local Boots store. The price tags may seem a bit excessive but the scent and effects of their products more than make up for this small aspect. Although I adore my Flake Away, just before Christmas I picked up Scrub Actually on a 3for2 offer. I will be making some comparrisons to Flake Away in the rest of this review.
The tube for this scrub is very pretty and girl and it sits well amongst the mass of S&G products I have in my bathroom. It is easy to hold in the shower when my hands are damp and I love the appearance of this scrub on dispensing. It gently sweeps from the hole and is thick and very pink! It offers a striking resemblence to those strawberry lace sweets which are covered in sugar. It is quite an intense pink within the tube but it lightens as it squeezes from the tube and is heavy coated in sugar particles.
I do need a big blob to get a scrubbing good rub down but I tend to start off with a small blob and work it on ensuring a cover each part of my skin only the once. The thickness of the scrub is evident on my skin and I find it quite awkward to get it moving from my hand at first. I am immediately treated to a gorgeous, intense fruity and ultra sweet aroma which takes my mind of the time it takes to get the scrub going. The scrub sits heavily on my damp skin and the sugar can be felt as soon as it makes contact. I have dry and sensitive skin but I do like a scrub that i can feel but not be too harsh on my skin and this one works well in this aspect.
I use my hand to apply and massage the scrub onto my skin and it feels gentle but effective. The sugar particles are quick large to begin with an remind me of granulated sugar as opposed to caster sugar. Although white and brown sugar is supposedly present, the white is most visible to my eye. The particles do need the full 60seconds to work and even then they don't full disintergrate into my skin. Within 30seconds, the sugar particles begin to shrink and slide about my skin. A light and floaty lather developes and sits above the sugar, gently caressing my skin in a softness to soothe the sugars actions.
The sugar can be felt scrubbing the dry and rough areas of my skin and I take extra time over my elbows and knees which suffer with dryness the most. The sugar feels more effective on application but by the 60sec deadline, it is still visible but feels more creamy with little bumps on the skin. The scent that fills my shower is beautiful and reminds me of a much sweeter version of the signature S&G scent that I adore.
Rinsing the sugar and lather from my skin is quite a process as I find it sticks rigidly to each and every contour of my body. I need to swish it off for a good minute or two under the hot, running water and even when I go to get out the shower, I can still feel little bits present on my skin. Once rinsed off, my skin doesn't feel all that clean so I tend to add an light body wash over the top but not every time. Stepping out the shower and drying off with a soft towel, and my feelings are somewhat mixed.
The scent which surrounded me in the shower quickly disappears and I can only detect scent if I have used a shower wash over the top of the scrub. I was surprised by this as most S&G products leave that delicious, sweet aroma present for quite a bit of time. My skin although it appeared less dry and slightly smooth, it felt a tad tight and I needed to slather on my Righteous Butter for hydration and scent. Although the scrub wasn't too harsh, it did leave a slight redness on my skin which disappeared following moisturising.
*~*~*Comparrison, Conclusion and Recommendation*~*~*
I don't appreciate Scrub Actually to the same extent of Flake Away. Firstly, I find Flake Away gives a better, in shower experience in terms of scent, scrubbing and time taken to rinse the product off my skin. With Flake Away, I didn't always feel the neccessary to slather on body butter and the gorgeous scent remained on my skin. I also need quite a bit more of Scrub Actually to get it working and this therefore means I am using the tube quicker than the tub of Flake Away. The prices may be similiar but you get 100ml more in Flake Away so this is another aspect to consider.
I do like this scrub but I don't think I will buy it again when it is finished. I have been using it once per week and using Flake Away once per week as well as scrubbing too often can be bad for your skin so twice a week is more than enough. I think I could be tempted to try another in the range but revert back to Flake Away if none stand out.
Thanks for reading :)
I bought this scrub just before Christmas when I went out and had a little spree, buying myself a few pressies, I suppose! Due to the sheer amount of this type of product I have though, I've only had a chance to use it in the past three weeks or so!
I'd already used one scrub from the Soap and Glory range, which was Flake Away. I thought it was OK, but it was like a thick butter with grains in it, and I remember it being difficult to clean out of the bath, and although it was otherwise OK, overall I wasn't too taken with it. As this one came in a tube I guessed that it wouldn't have such a thick texture, and so was more inclined to give it a try.
The tube is clear with pink and grey writing and a 50's style photograph, as many of the Soap and Glory products feature, something which gives it a cool, retro look.
The scrub contains Kukui oil, mango butter and vitamin E, brown sugar, white sugar and apricot kernel oil. I've heard of most of those, but I must admit Kukui oil was a new one on me. Doing a quick internet search however, tells me that it comes from the Hawaiian Kukui nut and is great for relieving dry, chapped skin.
Now most scrubs I've used have been like a liquid or gel with grains in it. This one however was like grains with a bit of liquid added! When you squeeze it out of the tube, it is a beautiful pink colour and looks amazing - it actually looks like pink sugar!
It smells great too. In fact so far I think every Soap and Glory product I've used has smelled amazing, and this is no exception. It has a very light, fruity smell to it, but is also very feminine. I can definitely smell the apricot in there, but it also reminds me of strawberries a little bit. It's quite sweet, but not in a sickly way.
The texture of this scrub is very unusual. As you massage it into wet skin, the sugar granules, eventually seem to dissolve, leaving just the pink bit of the scrub, which is sort of like rubbing an oil into your skin. Saying that, it's not greasy, and is quite pleasant to use. Sometimes the grains can feel a little bit harsh against the skin, and can leave it a little red, but the simple solution is just to not rub so hard.
Once you rinse this away it leaves the skin feeling incredibly smooth, and because of that slight oiliness you get, it also feels lovely and moisturised. Any patches of dry, flaky skin which can appear on areas such as the knees are gone and you're left with baby soft skin.
A 200ml tube of this scrub costs £6.36 from Boots. This is not the cheapest on the market, but it's certainly not the most expensive either, and it smells so good, feels so luxurious and leaves my skin feeling so lovely that I think this is a reasonable enough price to pay.
Overall, I am very pleased with this scrub and will definitely buy it again. It's one of the nicest I've used and I'd certainly recommend it.
I love the Soap & Glory range and for Christmas I'd asked my boyfriend to get me the shower gel in the range and I hinted that they had an offer for 3 for 2 on and I could do with a new body scrub, and so therefore I'd get another product too! He got me the body scrub "scrub actually." I didn't realise there was more than one body scrub in the range until I tried this and noticed it had a different smell from the previous one I had used.
This scrub comes in a 200ml tube with the usual Soap & Glory black and white picture surrounded in pink, it is clear so you can see how much product you have left. It states on it "Sure, it's loaded with kukui oil, mango butter and vitamin E, but underneath it all it's one heck of a Scrub, Actually. An absolute smash of a body buffer, with soothing brown sugar, white sugar and natural apricot kernel oil." One of the things I love about the range is the quirky names and statements on them, like the warning "avoid getting scrub in your eyes. If you do, rinse immediately with clean water and perhaps consider wearing safety goggles when you shower" this really tickles me!
The scrub inside the tube is bright pink and when you open the tube it smells really sickly and sweet like bubblegum but it is still a nice smell though it isn't the usual smell I associate with the pink Soap & Glory products. The gel comes out thickly and has a really good scrub in it, by this I mean it's not a fine scrub, like sand particles, but the scrubby bits are large sugar particles so I feel like it is really working over my skin. Because it is quite thick though I do find I need to use a fair amount to do my whole body so it won't last as long as some scrubs. The scrub rinses off easily and leaves a nice light scent on my skin. My skin doesn't feel tight or dry after using and you could probably get away with not moisturising afterwards but I always like to after using body scrub, and I've got the Soap & Glory body moisturiser to match anyway so I may as well!
You can buy the Soap & Glory range in Boots and this scrub is currently £6.36 which I feel is pretty fair value for a great working and smelling scrub although it won't last ages, but the 3 for 2 offer is still on so you can get other bits too.
If you like this range I'm sure you'll like this scrub this too and I can't find anything to fault personally but if you're not a big fan of really sweet smelling products you may not like the scent of this scrub. Go on, treat yourself to one heck of a scrub, actually.
I'm a big fan of body scrubs and Soap and Glory products, and I've tried quite a few in their range, including the body polish.
I didn't expect Scrub Actually to be any different, in fact I did wonder why I was bothering since I have so many scurbs already! But it was part of 3 for 2, so I couldn't resist...
The version I have is a 200ml squeezy bottle that looks like the picture above. The lid is on the bottom which earns points in my book, but there's nothing to hang it up with which makes it awkward for me as my shower is very small.
It's described as 'An absolute smash of a body buffer, with smoothing brown sugar, white sugar and natural apricot kernel oil'. It also contains kukui oil, mango butter and vitamin e. These are described in normal English on the front but are described in scientific terms on the back, in a chemically way which makes me think it's not as natural as it's making out.
Anyway, the scrub itself is a lovely rose pink colour with glistening bits from the sugar and bubbles. It smells lovely and fruity and I find does work very well as a scrub - it doesn't hurt and it has the right amount of sugar and consistency to exfoliate nicely. The smell is enhanced by the water and it does smell very expensive. If you like other Soap and Glory products you will find this is on a par (but much better than Hair Supply which I find terrible in almost every respect).
As usual, the people that wrote the instructions hadn't come out of their drug ridden haze as it states to work a big handful onto damp skin. It's actually much better just to take a bit at a time and work it in unless you want to drop it all over the place or use half a bottle a time.
I do find the sugar is a bit clingy and it takes the shower on full power and totally directed at the skin for some seconds for the scrub to wash off in places...otherwise you can feel sugar when it comes to using shower gel.
It's a lovely scrub though and I do recommend it. The only other disadvantage is that the packaging isn't very secure and being in my shower tray tends to hold a lot of water just inside the lid which waters down the scrub a little but more importantly means I get a splash of freezing cold water over me every time I open it!! So try and keep the bottle somewhere more dry if you can.
This product was part of a present given to me at Christmas and was not something which I had thought about buying myself. I do use an exfoliator on my legs before applying fake tan but this is usually just a basic brand.
The scrub is pink and mainly translucent apart from the actually "scrubby" bits which are a slightly lighter pink. There isn't particularly much of a smell to it.
I used the scrub in the shower and as instructed, used it all over my body, concentrating more on the rougher areas. You don't need to use too much of it as it goes quite a long way and the exfoliating particles are quite big.
After using this product and getting out of the shower my skin instantly felt smoother and there was no horrible residue which you sometimes get with an exfoliator. I now use it regularly and my skin has never looked better.
The Soap and Glory range of products is quite pricey but as you can use them quite sparingly, they do work out to be more economical than you think.
Your skin will feel sensational after using this body buffer, with smoothing brown sugar, white sugar and natural apricot kernel oil /