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Soap & Glory Spa Sugar Crush
Member Name: sandemp
Soap & Glory Spa Sugar Crush
Advantages: Smells fantastic, works well, brightens skin, works well with others in the range
Disadvantages: There's no matching body spray
I was extra lucky this Christmas, Santa brought me a large tote bag of Soap and Glory goodies. Well when I say Santa bought me, what I actually mean is that I waited for said tote bag to be reduced in price from £60 to £27 as it became Boots Star Gift of the Week and purchased it ready for Santa to deliver. In amongst the many goodies held within this bag was a fairly large 300ml tub of Sugar Crush Body Scrub. Unlike many of the Soap and Glory products, the tub housing the Sugar Crush Body Scrub is neither overly pink nor covered in overly busy labelling. The tub itself is transparent and simply holds two labels, one telling us what is held within and the other informing us of the usage instructions and ingredients. I have to admit that there are a couple of "witty" one liners held on the labelling, but I'll leave you to discover those for yourself. The lid is indeed pink and is of a screw on variety, it's opens and closes easily enough with clean dry hands but is a little harder to handle with wet, slightly oily hands after application.
On opening the lid you are faced with a thick, dark beige, almost brown scrub filled with darker grains. I can't say that it looks all that appetising, but the scent it gives off is glorious. The majority of Soap and Glory products are sweet and fruity with floral and musk undertones, but not so with the Sugar Crush Body Scrub. The first scent to bombard my nose is a beautifully refreshing sweet lime, that could almost be Lime cheesecake or Key Lime Pie. As my nose becomes accustomed to the lime, I can catch the delicate aroma of almonds mixed with a sugary sweetness, that's almost honey-like. Unlike many of the other Soap and Glory Body Scrubs there is little in the way of complexity to the Sugar Crush Body Scrub, the scent does not develop during use, but it is such a delightful scent that it really doesn't need to.
After quickly reading the instructions and taking a peek at the ingredients (unlike my beloved Lush there are lots of chemical sounding ingredients in this, but at least they don't test on animals), I decided to get to work at removing the "lizard skin" from my legs. Well if truth be told, I really don't have scaly skin on my legs, or anywhere else on my body. I'm blessed with pretty good skin although I do suffer with generally well controlled psoriasis and tend to get a build-up of dry skin around my ankles. Having kept my legs pretty much under cover for the last few months the skin was looking a little dull and my ankle tattoo had faded considerably (this is important as will become apparent later). As I shave my legs I also regularly suffer from ingrown hairs, not loads, but enough to make pulling them out with tweezers uncomfortable.
The instructions are pretty vague, simply stating to use on damp skin in the shower, one, two, three or even four times a week depending on need and to avoid using on irritated, abraded or freshly shaved skin as it may sting. I can actually confirm that this does sting if used on shaved skin as on one occasion I did use it an hour after shaving at it stung like crazy. Although there are certain times of the month that I shower, I much prefer a bath, so I can't say that I followed the instructions to the letter. After soaking in the bath for a good twenty and then washing with a body wash (the Sugar Crush Body Wash is actually perfectly complimentary funnily enough) I stand up and start to exfoliate.
The tub's wide opening makes it easy for me to scoop out a handful of scrub, but also makes it easy for water to get in and dilute the scrub, I certainly would not recommend using this while standing under a running shower. The scrub is of a thick yet slightly oily consistancy and does not run off my hand as I transfer it from the tub to my skin. I generally remove a pinch of the scrub at a time and the apply that in one area before getting some more. While everyone will have their own method of exfoliating, I do tend to always stick to the same routing no matter what scrub I am using. I always start by concentrating on my knee, before working up my thigh to my derrier, finding that a large pinch of Sugar Crush Body Scrub is the perfect amount for this. The scrub starts out quite difficult to work, but as it warms and combines with the water on my skin it becomes easier to spread over the skin. The combination of sea salt, crushed sugar and macademia grains provide a variety of different size scrub particles, which gently remove dead skin while the almond oil both lubricates and moisturises. While I don't find this scrub as rough as the Lush sugar scrubs I would usually use, I can feel it working, both buffing and stimulating my skin. As the sugar and salt crystals dissolve the scrub slowly becomes even gentler and it is time to move on to the next area. After working from the knee up, I take another large pinch and work from the ankle upwards concentrating on areas of dry skin and ingrown hairs. After I've finished my legs I move onto my arms, using another large pinch per arm. I'll finally work over my shoulder and any area of my body that has been feeling dry, transfering the scrub from my arms. Altogether for a whole body scrub I will use six large pinches, which barely creates a dent in the tubs contents.
After scrubbing it's time to rinse and I find the remaining particles rinse easily away leaving a sheen on oil on my skin. These particles do, however, cling to the sides of the bath, meaning that I do need to scrub that when I've finished. On patting my skin dry, it feels soft, refreshed and gently moisturised and smells deliciously of sweet lime. The lime scent does hold for a good hour too, and even transfers to clothing and bedding so that it is still evident in the morning. While my skin is slightly moisturised when using this scrub and certainly doesn't feel tight, I do like to intensify the effect by generously applying a body butter, getting the best effect by combining it with the Sugar Crush Body Butter Cream. This combination leaves my skin highly scented, with a scent that lasts nearly all day, I just wish that Soap and Glory made a matching body spray as I really love this scent. It's young and yet not immature, sweet but not sickly and absolutely delicious.
As I previously mentioned I have a tattoo on my ankle (as well as on my arm, shoulder and chest area) and this tattoo was starting to look really faded, in fact faded to the point that I thought I was going to have to get it touched up. With regular use of this body scrub combined with body butter, that same tattoo now looks nearly brand new, it really does look bright and vivid once more. In act it's safe to say that the skin condition on the whole of my legs is very much improved, it looks so much brighter and feels so much smoother with the skin tone having evened out. While I cannot say that my skin is particularly sensitive anyway, I have suffered no adverse reactions from using this scrub. In fact much the opposite, the only time my skin has reddened was when I had shaved an hour before using it, and otherwise it has done no more than given me a healthy glow just after I had vigorously massaged it over my thighs.
In case you haven't guessed I absolutely love this scrub, the effect it has on my skin and the scent. My legs look much healthier and feel much smoother, as does the rest of my body and it simply smells divine. Those who are more used to the classic Pink Soap and Glory range may find the scent hard to get used to, but I think it is wonderful and can't recommend it enough. My only real issue with this scrub is the price, it is far more expensive than many supermarket alternatives, coming in at £8 for 300ml and it is also pretty much exclusive to Boots meaning that if there is not a store that stocks it near you, you will have to purchase online. But it does last a lot longer than cheaper scrubs and is often included in promotions such as three for the price of two, making it much better value. Therefore I am giving Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub five stars out of five and suggesting that if you are looking for a scrub you give this one a try.
Summary: Zingy, sweet sugar scrub