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In order to keep the skin on my body in tip top condition, as well as applying moisturising products on a daily basis, I like to use scrubs a couple of times a week. I have purchased a number of branded body scrubs over the years; none of which have offered effective scrubbing particles, as their texture has been similar to that of an overly thick shower gel.
Despite owning far too many toiletries, I hadn't realised that I had used up all of my scrubs, so it was a good excuse for me to make a few online purchases from The Body Shop. I adore using shea butter, as in addition to its high effective moisturising properties, I love its calming and relaxing fragrance. As a result, I decided to purchase their Shea Sugar Body Scrub with this review discussing my experience with using.
The body scrub is available in one size only, namely 200 ml, which is presented in a sturdy plastic circular tub with a screw top lid. I favour the modernised appearance of The Body Shop products, as they are appealing to the eye with limited marketing text. Whilst the skin on my body can be described as normal, I suffer with dry skin on my knees and elbows and I favour using body scrubs to remove any dead skin cells that can subsequently cause dryness and a dull appearance.
On unscrewing the lid for the first time, the upper section of the tub displayed a piece of greaseproof paper, which was intended to protect the contents although due to being bumped about during transit to my home, the one side had plummeted to the base of the tub, which resulted in quite a mess when I attempted to remove it. The scent of the off-white coloured scrub was almost as I anticipated with its luxurious creaminess and delicate nutty undertones although I have to admit that the initial aroma was a little too sweet for my liking.
After cleansing my body in the shower and thoroughly rinsing, I dipped my fingers into the tub and anticipated to solely witness the texture of the sugar grains. I was extremely surprised at the softness of the shea butter content and I would describe the texture as similar to that of a body butter combined with a multitude of sugar grains. With the exception of the scrubs sold in tubes, those body scrubs that I have previously used belonging to The Body Shop have always offered a slight watery appearance, but this is not the case with Shea Butter.
Whilst the sugar grains offer a slightly coarse sensation on the tips of my fingers, they feel extremely comfortable as I rub them over the surface of my skin. The scrub is easy to scoop out of the tub and due to its good consistency it does not fall from my fingers as I transfer it to my skin. I find that a little goes a long way and as I use it only twice a week, the 200 ml tub is likely to last me a few months with using all over my body with the exception of my face.
I cannot bear using scrubs of any description whilst in the bath tub, as I end up sitting on blobs of the stuff, which can be very uncomfortable. The scrub rinses away well although it is necessary for me to give it a helping hand by rubbing over my skin with the palm of my hand, so that I can ensure that it is all effectively removed. Whilst some brands of scrubs can leave an oily residue on the surface of the skin, I do not find Shea Butter to be at all greasy, as in addition to effectively removing dead skin cells, it leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. I cannot speak of suffering any dryness when using although I always feel it necessary to apply a moisturising cream or butter directly afterwards.
Despite the initial aroma being too sweet, it considerably mellows after the scrub has been rinsed away with its extremely favourable aroma lingering on the skin for several hours after using. There are two issues that I have experienced with the first being that shower water splashes into the tub, so I need to carefully turn the container on its side to remove it. The other issue is that after only one use, some of the sugar grains worked their way into the grooves on the upper section of the tub and as a result, replacing the lid proves to be a little difficult.
However, I am more than happy with Shea Butter Body Scrub, as it serves its purpose well and due to the reasons discussed above, I feel a four star rating to be appropriate. The 200 ml tub retails at £12.50, but I always wait for discount vouchers with my purchase being made with a 40% discount and via a cash back website.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
===Why I Got This===
This Shea Body Scrub was part of a selection of Body Shop items I received from my son and his partner at Christmas time.
Round clear tub with cream screw lid.
Ingredients include Fair Trade Shea Butter from Ghana (trade with the Tungteiya Women's Shea Butter Association has helped to fund three medical centres and 10 nursery schools)
Unfit for consumption and keep out of reach of children.
Use within 12 months.
Made in UK.
Top of lid has image of one Shea nut (a different picture to what is shown above).
There is label around the side but as it is printed in white it is very hard to read - just gives the name etc.
This tub, although it also contains 200mls, is slightly taller and smaller than the standard body butter tubs. The image on the new tubs shows just one large nut in the centre of the top label.
When you open the tub the scrub is white and granular and has a distinctive sort of nutty aroma. It is solid and looks just like wet sugar. I did think that this would be quite hard to use but it turned out not to be.
This can be used in either the bath or shower and I have used it in both. It can be applied to damp or dry skin and despite its appearance it is not harsh or too abrasive. I use it on my elbows, knees, bottom and feet and it lovely to use, giving off a great smell. In the shower there is no problem rinsing it off as it tends to disappear on its own. The scrub contains salt and sugar and when it had been rinsed off there is an oily residue on the skin. When I first used this in the shower I thought I would be feeling greasy but once you dry yourself it just leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturised and there is no need to use a body lotion or butter afterwards. I was concerned at first as we have an over bath shower and I thought it might make the bath a bit slippery but I have had no problems so far.
I thought, being a smallish tub, that it would soon be used up but as I only need to use a tiny amount at a time it is lasting very well.
Be careful if using it in the bath as I managed to knock the tub into the bath but grabbing it quickly I saved the contents - it would not tip out but did get some water in it.
This scrub gives you a good invigorating cleanse and as well as helping to lift off dead skin cells it also leaves a lovely oily film on your skin which is needed during the winter.
I have also used it on my hands and that works well too - leaving them soft and smelling nutty.
This is a lovely product but I would definitely not pay the full price for it. Personally I have in the past made my own scrubs with either salt or sugar and some oil - either vegetable or baby oil. It works just as well and costs next to nothing.
However this was a lovely present and it is nice to use a scented product at bath time. It would be worth buying on the sale as Body Shop often has special offers.
4 stars - depending on the cost.
===Would I Recommend?===
Yes - if on offer..
Octyl Palmitate (Emollient), Sodium Chloride (Salt) (Viscosity Modifier), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) (Emollient), Sucrose (Depilatory Agent), Silica (Absorbent), Glycine soja (Soybean Oil) (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ricinus communis (Castor Oil) (Emollient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Propylparaben (Preservative), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary Extract) (Natural Additive), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 77891 (Colour).
I've been buying a lot of items from The Body shop recently, mainly because they always seem to have great special offers on, particularly online. A few months ago I bought some products from the Shea range, as they were offered as a discounted bundle. I obtained a full-size body scrub, body lotion, body butter and lip butter. The 200ml body scrub normally retails for £12.50 which is quite a lot, but there is always some kind of special offer on.
The Body Shop's ranges are all themed with different colours and the Shea range is light brown with pictures of the fruits of the shea tree (dark brown and slightly similar to cocoa beans). This gives the impression of a really natural range. The items in the range are made with Community Fair Trade shea butter. This comes from the all-female Tungteiya Shea Butter Association of northern Ghana, which has 476 members from 10 villages. Trade has helped to fund three medical centres and 10 nursery schools. If you want to find out more, there is a Community Fair Trade section on the Body Shop's website.
Shea butter has a subtle, pleasant nutty scent, which I actually prefer to the sweeter cocoa butter. It is very moisturising and has been traditionally used in Africa to hydrate and protect skin. I like it as the skin on my body is very dry, and I've found shea butter to be very effective on it.
The Shea Body Scrub was one of the items I obtained as part of the range, and I've been using it to exfoliate before moisturising with the lotion and/or body butter. It is made with shea butter and Community Fair Trade organic cane sugar, which is used as a natural exfoliant. When I was younger, my parents wouldn't let me use body scrubs in case they clogged up the drains. I'm not sure how realistic this concern was, but it does mean that sugar is an ideal choice, as any that ends up down the drain will end up dissolving.
The scrub comes in a clear plastic tub with a light brown lid in line with the rest of the range. Inside, the scrub is pale cream with a subtle nutty scent. The scrub is designed to stimulate skin microcirculation, removing dead skin cells and leaving skin feeling soft and smooth.
I do find the scrub slightly difficult to use in the shower - the screw-top lid is hard to remove and put back on with wet slippery hands. I normally unscrew it before getting into the shower and leave it on the side, putting the lid back on afterwards. I do have to leave it out of the way of the shower though as I don't want any water to get in. To use the scrub, I scoop some out and rub it onto my wet skin. I do end up using quite a lot of the scrub at once, as it sometimes falls off and goes down the plughole. The scrub is surprisingly gentle for a sugar scrub (I have experience of the Lush scrubs which are pretty harsh), but more effective than it feels, as I always end up with really soft skin after using. I use the scrub two to three times a week and it has kept my skin smooth and got rid of those annoying little bumps on my upper arms.
I really like this scrub - it smells lovely and is pretty effective. However, it gets used up quite quickly and the screw top is hard to open and shut in the shower. Because of this, I have deducted a star.
The Body Shop Shea Body Scrub comes in a 200ml clear tub with a cream coloured lid with easy to remove labels for those of us who like to reuse what we can. The body scrub smells really nice and lasts an amazingly long time. You only need a time amount of this very abrasive scrub to polish off all those dead skin cells are dry areas. Unlike many body scrubs it moisturises as is exfoliates and leaves your skin feeling unbelievably soft for days afterwards. I use this scrub about once a week and even at £12.00 per pot for the 200ml full size one it lasts long enough not to seen too expensive. Once again as it is a Body Shop product you can be safe in the knowledge that it has not been tested on animals and is also Fair Trade. There are also plenty of other products in the Shea range that work with the scrub for a whole skincare regime.
Recently the Body Shop had a sale on and had a Shea set of body butter, body scrub and shower gel for just £15 saving £10 off the RRP. I decided to give this particular set a go as although I had smelled it I hadn't actually used it.
The scrub I really like. The packaging is plain being a sort of creamy colour with a label that is covered in nuts. Displaying the Body Shop logo and the type included it is typical of this brands packaging.
On opening the tub you are greeted with a bitty sort of feel which is a bit different from others. You can't actually see the little beads which again is a little unique.
I use either just with my hands or with an exfoliating glove, I don't find any difference between either method except I seem to use more whilst using the glove. The mixture glides on easily and gently but effectively scrubs away any imperfections.
It doesn't have an overpowering scent but very subtle and lovely. When used with the complimenting accompaniments my skin felt really clean and soft with a lovely subtle scent that lasted for a while.
I would definately recommend this product, although more expensive than other brands available it is a great product, natural and does what it says, whilst getting it half price or less it is definately worth trying.
The Body Shop is renewed for producing body scrubs and I think this is one of their best offerings. The smell isn't too overpowering - you can smell the Shea nut within the scrub but it's rather subtle in comparison to other scents within the scrub range.
I have been using the Shea Body Scrub for a few years now and I think it's a delightful product. You can buy a 200ml pot for £12.50 or alternatively you can pick up smaller pots within a Shea gift pack. It's also worth keeping your eye on The Body Shop website because they often run sales and this product occasionally features.
The Shea nut has a very unique scent - it reminds me slightly of chestnuts. If you're unsure whether you'd like it then have a look (and a smell) around the testers at your local Body Shop store.
The scrub comes in a pot that has a screw-on lid and there are pictures of nuts on the label. The packaging is similar to other nutty Body Shop scrubs, so make sure you look carefully on the shelf to ensure that you walk out with the correct scent.
The scrub itself is made out of exfoliating salt grains and organic sugar, you only need to apply a small ten pence piece amount to each body part (although I often use more) and as you rub it into your skin it really feel like it's working its magic and removing dead skin cells. Although I must admit, when I apply it on the tops of my arms I find that it tickles me a little!
I probably use this product about twice a month and each pot lasts me around six months. This might not seem a long time but I do apply quite a lot of scrub each time I use it.
Personally I only use this product when I'm having a long soak or before I am going to shave my legs. I also find that it leaves my skin smooth and the Shea smell remains on my skin for a few hours afterwards - longer if I apply it in conjunction with the Shea body butter.
Overall I'd say that this product is definitely worth investing in - applying it feels like a pure indulgence - and that's worth £12.50 of anybody's money. Five out of five stars!
At the moment The Body Shop is having a big sale, so me being me I just couldn't resist going in there and seeing what bargains I could get my hands on.
I decided to buy the shea body scrub as I was going to buy the shea body butter and I thought they would go really nicely together. It was on offer for only £5, the reason I say 'only' is because this would normally cost more than £10, although £5 is still an expensive price compared to similar products that are available on the market.
The tub that this comes in is a wide, short, cream coloured tub which has got shea nuts on the label on the top which to me looks very delicious. There is 200ml in the tub so there is quite a lot in there although I find that this doens't last you as long as you expect it to. I think I probably use too much of it, but only because it smells so delicious!
I have to say that the smell is simply gorgeous and personally I can't get enough of it. The smell seems more apparent on your skin after you have used both the body butter and scrub together but if you use this on its own you still get the same gorgeous result.
The scrub itself exfoliates your body leaving it soft and smooth, and feeling very nourished and beautiful. The scrub is made up of exfoliating salt grains and organic sugar. I love how all body scrubs leave your skin feeling but this has to be my favourite.
I would definitely recommend this, as I absolutely adore it, especially the way it smells, I can't say enough how gorgeous the smell is and I would recommend trying it for yourself as I'm sure you will LOVE it! :)
Shea Body scrub comes simply packaged in a clear round pot and will set you back £5 for 50ml and £12.50 for 200ml. I've tried the Coconut Scrub and the Mango Scrub, but got a small pot of Shea in a set this Christmas. I dont know that I would have gone into the Body Shop and opted for this flavour, but Im very glad I was given it as a gift as it smells yummy.
The scrub is white in colour and contains small exfoliating grains, almost like salt. You simply use whilst bathing or showering, apply the scrub in circular movements all over your body and towards you heart (I've heard this encourages good circulation). It doesnt hurt as you may think, in fact it is quite relaxing and thereputic! It is also great for tackling cellulite! The scrub sloughs off dead skin cells and tackles those tough dry areas. I work it right into my feet and heels when they are a little dry and it works a treat. As you have gotten rid of all of that old skin, your left with glowing skin. The scrub also contains soy oil so once your out of the bath and dry, it leaves your skin, soft and moisturised!
I'd recommend going for the larger pot as it is better value for money and you do tend to use quite a lot of the scrub when you are doing your whole body!.
I have already opened one of my Christmas presents this year - it was from me, to me, and contained a gift set of Shea products from the Body Shop. This was on sale for only £12, marked down from £17, and contained this scrub plus some body butter, a bath lilly, a bar of soap and some shower gel. Bargain! I got it because I know I love the Shea body butter and wanted to try some other products in the range. I'm so glad I did, as I really like everything in the gift set, especially this body scrub.
The body scrub comes in a plastic pot very similar to the pot that the body butter comes in, so while in the shower I have to be very careful to pick the right one. To use this, you wash your body with whatever soap you like, then unscrew the top of the body scrub tub and scoop a bit out onto your hands. If you're going to scrub your whole body with it you'll need to use quite a bit, unfortunately, and a pot of this doesn't tend to last too long.
To apply it, you simply rub it in all over your body with your hands. The funny thing about it is that it instead of being a really grainy exfoliating scrub, it has a very oily texture. Because of the oil, it's very difficult to get much scrubbing out of this stuff. So if you're looking to really give yourself a good scrubbing to get rid of dead skin - perhaps before applying a self-tanner or something - then this is not the product for you. If you just want to soften your skin a little bit, this is perfect.
The scent of this product is lovely. It smells like a home baked cake cooking in the oven - nice and sweet with hints of vanilla. It's a lovely and rich scent, but it isn't flowery or overly perfumed. It makes a great change when you're not in the mood for any of the stronger body shop scents.
The scrub leaves a fine film of oil on your skin. It's best to use this when you're almost done with your shower so the oil doesn't wash right off, but instead soaks into your skin when you get out of the shower. It leaves the skin very soft, and it's perfect for dry skin. It's also perfect when it's cold and you don't want to hang about applying moisturiser outside the shower instead of getting dressed immediately!
In all, I really like this product although it isn't exactly what I expected it to be. I'm not sure I will buy it individually as it's expensive, at £12.20 for a 200ml tub, and it won't last anywhere near as long as the body butters do at that price, as most of it just goes down the drain. So I'll be waiting until I see it in more gift packs on sale, and snap it up then. I think the £12 gift packs are still available right now if you're interested. And if you order online, don't forget to go through Quidco to get cashback!
** The Body Shop **
Most people know about The Body Shop brand or have heard about it at some point in their life but in case you haven't this is a very brief run down of who they and what they do. The Body Shop is a HUGE company, it has over 2400 stores in 61 countries and they have a product range of over 1200 different products, and this is growing all the time!! The Body Shop was originally set up in 1976 by human rights activist Dame Anita Roddick. The body shop company have very strong values in terms of caring for the environment and everything in it. Hence, why all of their products are naturally sourced, not tested on animals and all fair trade. This means all people who are part of making the Body shop products, especially in developing countries, get a decent income. Thumbs up to an organisation that puts others to shame! Because of all this I feel it is beneficial to buy a lot of my beauty products from The Body Shop, but another reason I do is because their stuff is splendid!
**What Is The Body Shop Shea Body Scrub? **
This is a basic scrub which is aimed at people with very dry skin. This thing I like about this scrub is that it doesn't promise the earth or give you a million easy it will make you 10 years younger! All it promises is to leave the skin beautifully soft and supple. I'm sure the Body shop can live up to that? It is to be used all over the body especially in those really dry areas!) But not on the face. Maybe the scrub might be too harsh for the soft skin or it may be too moisturising. Plus the skin on the face requires different treatment to that on the body!
The instructions tell you to massage in circular movements over your body whilst in the bath or shower, this also helps your circulation as it gets everything moving. I know I loved the shower cream so I was hoping this would do just as well in the bathroom department!
** So what is it like to use? **
The scrub itself is a tasty creamy-beige honey colour and a lot softer then I thought it would be. You can literally scoop it out like a blob of icing. The scrub contains loads of exfoliating salt grains and organic sugar which leaves the scrub with tiny and slighter bigger particles. It is also an oil based scrub and you can feel this as soon as you start massaging it into the skin. It feels really velvety but slightly rough at the same time. Not harsh like other scrubs I have used. This really spreads out well and the grains dissolve into the skin slightly as you rub it over your body. It does feel like a real quality product.
One of the main reasons I buy Shea products isn't just because of the famous skin smoothing qualities but because I love the smell and this didn't let me down! It is a gorgeous deep vanilla smell with hints of honey and coca butter with some nuttiness added in. Exactly like the shower cream and I was happy with this! The smell lingers around the bathroom for a while and then faintly settles on the skin once you're out. It isn't overpowering and does smell extremely fresh.
What I did notice was as soon as I had rinsed off the scrub my skin felt immediately oiled and soft. Almost water proof as the last drips of water bounced from my skin! It really left my skin ultra soft and smooth. Very impressed! It also improved the appearance of my skin making it look more toned. On further reading I noticed that packaging does say that if used 2 or 3 times a week in can enhance the firmness of the skin. Bingo! It did just that!
This really left my skin soft and supple, it didn't turn my skin red even after a good scrub and left my skin smelling heavenly. You don't need to much as the particles tend to move around really well and it lived up to its expectations.
** Price & Packaging**
The scrub comes in a 200ml tub with a screw on and off lid. It does make it a little slippery I the shower but it's worth it. The creamy coloured pot matches the colour of the product exactly and as the tub is clear you can see just how much of this treasure you have left to use. It costs £12.20 from the Body Shop which I know is expensive but it really is worth it. But when you buy it remember what the money is going towards, that the people who made it are getting a future from the money and also it's a beautiful product that really works! You can only buy this from The Body Shop in store or online, unofficially you can buy it from some online sites and you might find the prices a little cheaper. As you would expect, the bottle is 100% recyclable.
** Extra information **
The Body shop also run a membership scheme where for a yearly £5 membership fee you get 10% off all products, including sale items and special offers. They also run extra promotions throughout the year where you can get free gifts, 20% off and special offers. This is great if you do buy their products. You would get 60p off this body scrub, it doesn't seem a lot but if you shop their often it is defiantly worth having a read about it on the website www.thebodyshop.co.uk
Although the price is a little on the expensive side the body scrub is definitely one worth trying. It cleans and softens as well as smelling scrumptious. My skin looked new and refreshed and really smooth. Almost like it was bursting with oil but not even in the slightest greasy or tacky. The scrub spreads well so it is value for money and gets rid of dead skin without being too harsh.
Keep in mind the values that the Body Shop believes in and there is no way you will feel guilty about buying any other products. I can't wait to try the rest of the Shea butter range.
Thank you for reading.
I use this for my face due to it being able remove dry skin, and since i get a few spots now and then i also use it for removing the skin form them, and rehydrating my skin once they have gone, this made sound weird coming from a man, but this is a great product to use for spots due to it having salt in it removes dead skin from dried up spots and then rehydrates the skin, leaving your skin feeling nice and soft and it makes you forget about the spots. this body scrub also has a really nice smell so that you feel nice and smell nice, so its got an advantadge on some other scrubs which either don't work or don't smell nice, i would recommend this is if you;
1) have spots
3)want to feel nice , sounds weird but it works!
so if you want any of the above i would recommend this product.
I don't suffer from dry skin, I am one of the lucky ones who has normal skin but I can use products for dry skin sometimes. This product is made of Shea butter and is a salt and sugar scrub.
This product has a gorgeous smell, I love the way that the sugar melts with the warm water on my skin. You only need a small amount to make the product effective and it is very scrubby indeed.
Afterwards my skin felt soft and smooth without the need of using a Body Lotion which is a bonus as it saves time in the morning as well. I brought a large pot which lasted me about six months, so it offers value for money as well.
This product contains Community Traded Shea Butter which helps people in the third world countries like Ghana, Africa etc so people can afford schooling and medicines.
Overall a brilliant product which is great for normal skin.
This is gorgeous! It is designed for dry skin. I suffer from dry skin on my legs, this acts as an exfoliator and removes all of the dead/dry skin. If you slap on some of the matching body butter after your legs feel so soft! This body scrub smells fabulous too! It has a nutty smell, but it is not too over powering. The pot seems to last for ages too! I use this scrub about once a week and it will last around 3 months. I have tried a few different body scrubs from different places, but none beat the Body shop's range of body scrubs! These retail at around £10 but I feel they are worth it, as every woman needs a bit of pampering and I think compared to the prices of some products similar to this £10 is not a bad price at all really! Would recommend this range.
The description on the pot reads that its for very dry skin. I thought this was a bit of a contradiction at first: if you have dry skin, you do need to exfoliate, but it would surely make your skin drier anyway and you would need probably more moisturiser at the end, so why bother to call an exfoilating scrub, good for dry skin?
Well, I figured I would give it a go. The skin on my legs is always overly dry and prone to ingrowing hairs as a result to this would be useful to me.
It comes in either a large pot, about hand-span sized and costs £12.00 at the moment (Summer 2008). Also, in the summer months, Body Shop produce travel sized ones which are probably around one fifth of the size -they look really cute! And cost £5. There is normally some type of an offer with miniatures, either a free bag or a percentage off or a free product... so keep your eyes out.
I bought the mini pot, which lasted me about 5 or 6 showers as I do not do "use sparingly" I like to also wash my entire body with one product, not 2 or 3 or 4, I normally always shower at a gym (I go every day) so I need to ensure what I carry does not weigh down my bag. I could do without the extra muscle strain or required stretches to remedy it! So this product did seem to go quite far, but still expensive for a mini pot as it will mean your effectively paying £1 a use. I would next time buy a larger pot and refill as its too expensive this way!
Its a smooth but grainy paste, the overall colour is a very pale creamy white. Its grains are also pale creamy white so on the surface unless you look closely you don't see the grains. But scooping some out from the pot to apply you can see the grains far more clearly as the mixture behaves as a paste, its quite heavy and the grains are really small though effective.
To apply, the light scent becomes apparent, its a sort of nutty warm scent, its sort of like cocoa butter but without the sugary over tones. I really like the scent, it smells quite subtle and pared down.
Its quite a thick paste, you will need to stop the shower while you apply or it can just fall off your leg before you have had a chance to rub in as its that heavy. It doesn't lather like a shower gel would, but instead spreads where ever you rub it to with ease.
The idea is that you massage it into your skin to loosen the dead skin cells from the pores and help to release in growing hairs, its very easy to do and you can feel the grains ever so slightly scratch at your skin- though not in a bad way. I enjoyed using this as to me, the more it scratches, the more its able to get rid of dirt and grime on my skin.
After scrubbing you just rinse off. This is also very easy, the scrub just rinses with water with very little trouble at all.
What I did notice was a slightly oily film on my skin after washing. The first time I rinsed this off I thought I hadn't rinsed my skin enough, but then I realised- this is why its good for very dry skin. I didn't even need to apply moisturiser.
Personally, I think I will continue to use Body Shop scrubs but not this one. Although it does work well with dry skin, I dislike leaving the shower with an oily film over my skin. Even if it means I need to carry a separate moisturiser, I would rather leave the shower feeling creaky clean, exfoliated and like I had washed the grime off my skin. As a result of the film on my skin, I really didn't feel this way with this particular scrub. I have subsequently gone on to try other scrubs from the Body Shop and they don't all leave this oily film, so its worth trying to find the best one appropriate for your skin.
Recently I got talked into hosting a Body Shop at Home party (long story!) and as a result of the sales I made on the night, I received £25 worth of free products. I instantly chose a collection of 3 items from the Shea range. The reasons for my choice were a) I had already spent £26 on the 2 items I wanted b) I had used products with shea butter in the past and they had been fantasically moisturising and c) the woman who came to do the party told me that Victoria Beckham uses them. I'm not sure if that's true or not, and I don't like Posh Spice much either, but I have to say it was quite a selling point!! I would kill for skin like hers (sure much of it is airbrushing though!). Anyway, on with the review...
Immediately after I received my rather large parcel, I had a look at the contents, nosied at what everyone else had bought (like you wouldn't do the same!), and went upstairs to run a bath to try them out.
I think product packaging is quite important, especially if the item is going to be on display, so as to speak, in your bathroom. The body scrub I received was 200ml but it is also available in a 50ml, which would be ideal to try, if you aren't lucky enough to get them free like I did! The pot is quite wide and not very tall. It is clear so you can see the creamy coloured body scrub through it, with simple writing on the side and the cream lid has what looks like coffee beans on it (presuming it's actually the shea nuts though!). It's nothing special but not something I would have to hide away either, I'm quite happy to leave this out in my bathroom.
Using the Shea Body Scrub
The first thing I noticed about the body scrub was the smell. Now I'm not that fantastic at describing smells (hence the lack of perfume reviews!) but I would describe it as being a vanilla/coffee type smell. It's very mild and unoffensive but quite sweet at the same time. The best idea would be for you to pop along to your local shop and have a smell, just to make sure that you like it before buying.
I scooped out a small amount of the body scrub and firstly applied it to my wet legs, massaging in a circular motion. The hard bits in the scrub were a lot bigger than I was used to in my usual Sanctuary body scrub, but they soon melted onto my skin, so you aren't left with loads of bits in the bottom of the bath when you get out! The base of the body scrub is really thick and quite greasy. I found that you don't have to use a great deal, but I would have liked a bit more of the scrubby bits!! I then continued up my body and onto my arms and found that I didn't really have to use much at all. I think my tub will last me a good few months if I use it regularly.
When I dried my skin, I found it was quite greasy which some people wont like, but I was used to this as I liked to use The Sanctuary's salt scrub which left the same kind of feeling on your skin. I dried my skin by patting it gently rather than rubbing, so that the product was left on my skin to soak in. As my skin dried, it was left lovely and soft and didn't feel greasy at all. You do have to bear in mind that this particular body scrub is recommended for people with VERY dry skin!
I went on to use the matching body butter and had used the shower cream before the scrub (which I will be reviewing at a later date) but have since tried this product on its own, with just a normal body wash and it still has amazing moisturising effects. It is highly recommended for people with very dry skin. I do suffer with dry skin on my knees and elbows and the shea range from the body shop has cleared them up really quickly. I wont mind showing them off now when the sun eventually comes back out!!
Shea Butter and it's benefits
Shea butter is well known for is moisturising properties. It is made by crushing the nuts from a shea tree, and boiling. It is said to be useful for fading scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, blemishes, dark spots, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretchmarks, wrinkles, and in lessening the irritation of psoriasis. Shea butter is also said to provide natural protection from the sun but I would not recommend people to rely on it for this! Normally Shea butter wouldn't be greasy and is absorbed really easily by the skin.
(information sourced on Wikipedia)
Also I felt it is important to include the information that I found on the Body Shop's website as we all know, The Body Shop is insistant on making sure any products are a) not tested on animals and b) manufactured in a fair way... "support community trade". The website says:
"Shea butter from Ghana, is one of nature's great moisturizers. Ghanaian women have used it for centuries to protect their skin from the dry Saharan winds. So who better to buy ours from than the Tungteiya Shea Butter Association, Northern Ghana. An association of around 400 women from 10 villages, we ensure a fair price for their product. Since trading with The Body Shop the women have been able to dramatically change their lives with water pipes and wells saving hours of water collecting, better housing, medical care, food, and self esteem. Importantly, they are also able to give their children, particularly their daughters, the chance to go to school."
As well as the shea butter, this body scrub also includes salt grains and organic sugar (aaah thats why it leaves the same greasy feel on my skin as The Sanctuarys salt scrub!) to gently exfoliate the skin. I wont list all the ingredients. If you need to know this, go to www.thebodyshop.co.uk.
Price and availability
The Body Shop Shea Body Scrub is available to buy both online or in your local Body Shop for £12 for a 200ml tub and £5 for a 50ml tub. Alternatively you can buy it from a Body Shop at home party for the same price, or in the pack I had which includes the shower cream and body butter all for £25. Products which include Shea butter are usually quite expensive so I would say this product is well worth the cost, as the other versions of this body scrub from the Body Shop are around the same price.
I think this body scrub is excellent and will continue to use it at least every other time I get in the bath, to help my skin to remain in tip top condition both through the summer and in the winter, when your skin gets the most battering! It is recommended that you use it 2 to 3 times per week for the maximum effect. The scent is not something that I would personally chose for a body scrub but I do not find it offensive either. It doesn't interfere with any perfumes that I use and once dry, the fragrance tends to linger ever so slightly and is not overpowering at all. The only thing that I don't like about this body scrub is the greasiness it leaves in my bath after I've used it! Otherwise it is highly recommended.
Also posted on Ciao under my user name lizngaz
This new reformulated oil-based soft textured body scrub contains loads of exfoliating salt grains and organic sugar / The addition of Community Trade shea butter and soy oil leaves the skin beautifully soft and supple /