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I really like The Body Shop, especially as there are always discounts and voucher codes. When there's a good one, I stock up. I also love the way that they produce whole ranges of a particular scent.
Recently I've been using a whole range of products called Sweet Lemon. I'm not usually a fan of citrus, but the lemon here is more like sweet lemon tart than straight citrusy lemon. The range is packaged in cheery yellow and looks very appealing.
This body scrub comes in the traditional Body Shop round see-through tub, with a yellow lid. It is designed to leave skin feeling soft and smooth, improving circulation and lifting away dead skin cells. It has a zesty citrus scent, containing real lemon seed oil and peel. The scrub is around £12 at full price, but it's always possible to find some sort of offer.
I was less keen on the scent of this product than on any of the others in the range, mainly because the citrus scent was fresher and stronger and I preferred the sweeter scent of the other products. This would be perfect for you if you like fresh citrusy lemon, however. It is pale yellow in colour and easy to use: just scoop some out of the pot and smooth it over your body, making sure to keep out of the way of the shower so it doesn't all run off!
The tub design means that you can get every scrap of product out, although it makes it slightly tricky to manoeuvre in the shower, as you have to try and remove a screw-top lid with wet hands. I find I have to use quite a bit of the scrub at once to be effective. The scrub is harsher than the strawberry and satsuma body polishes, but not as strong as I'd like - I prefer quite an intensive scrub. It would be good for someone who wants a decent scrub without being too harsh.
After use, my skin is definitely softer and smells slightly of lemons. I normally layer up my products with the shower gel and body lotion too. I'm not sure about the 'stimulating skin microcirculation' part, but my skin is definitely smoother!
This is a nice body scrub that I recommend if you like citrus scents. It isn't the most effective I've ever used, however, so I would stay away if you want something particularly intensive.
I'm currently using The Body Shop's Sweet Lemon Body Scrub. I ordered a huge haul of Body Shop products online as there's currently an offer for 50% off when you buy 8 products (or 40% off when you buy 6 products). It comes in a 200ml tub, and it should be £12.50 at full price, but I paid just £6.25 for it as part of my 50% off order.
The sweet lemon body scrub is a gorgeous vibrant sunny yellow coloured body scrub. It's a thick gel type consistency with the little scrubbing bits suspended in the gel. It smells absolutely divine, as soon as I open the tub I can smell the intense and citrussy lemon fragrance. It's a really natural lemon fragrance, it doesn't smell artificial or synthetic at all. I absolutely love the smell of this, it has a really refreshing and citrussy lemon fragrance, it smells almost edible.
I do only need to use a small amount of this body scrub in the shower as a little bit of this really does go a long way. It feels really gentle on my skin, and it doesn't feel like it's scratching my skin at all, just polishing it. I suspect though that if I had particularly dry and flaky skin that it may not be 'scrubby' enough, as it is though it's fine for my pretty normal skin. It seems to 'polish up' my skin, and take away that dull look that my skin can sometimes take on, I'd go so far as to say it makes my skin glow and definitely look much healthier. It leaves my skin soft, smooth and glowing, and wonderfully fragranced with the divine lemon scent.
This is quick and easy to use in the shower, the body scrub massages into my skin really easily and gently, and the little scrubbing bits feel like they're doing some work. I find that it actually lathers up a little bit too in the shower too. It rinses off really easily under the shower, which I like. I hate the body scrubs that don't rinse off all that well and leave behind lots of the little harsh scrubbing bits so that you end up towelling them into your skin, or massaging them into your skin along with your body lotion. This is perfect though, all of the little bits rinse off completely. Because I layer this with both the sweet lemon shower gel and the sweet lemon whip body lotion I find that the divine lemon fragrance will linger on my skin for most of the day.
The body scrub comes in a tub with a screw off lid, so it's easy to scoop out a small amount with my fingers to apply to my skin. I do think that body scrubs packaged in a tub are not really the most user friendly though. I always find that once I've opened the tub and I'm using it in the shower that I always end up getting loads of water in the tub of body scrub as I go to scoop more out. This happens with the sweet lemon body scrub too. Once I've got out of the shower I always find myself trying to gently tip out the excess water that's floating on top of the yellow gel like scrub!
I really like this body scrub, and I'd definitely buy it again. I'm not sure I'll get the chance though as I think it may be being discontinued as the website had ''going, going, gone!'' on the product page, and when I've just double checked the price for my review it is now showing as out of stock.
I really love body shop products and am always looking for something exciting to try. My friend recommended this to me lately so I thought id give it a try.
The product comes in a flat tub the lid screws off easily and it is a wide opening so you can easily get your whole hand into the tub to get the product out.
When I used the product for the first time I really loved it straight away. As soon as you open the tub you can smell the product it has a lovely refreshing smell that makes you feel clean and lifts your spirits.
The scrub itself is quite runny but I could feel it rubbing against my skin and can imagine that it was removing dead skin sells. It was easy to wash it off when I had finished. I think that the scrub somehow moisturizes your skin too because when I got out of the shower my skin felt nice and moist it was as if I didn't really need to moisturize at all which was great. The skin was also soft so I would definitely say it had done its job. The best thing was that like other body shop products the fragrance stayed around for ages on my skin so I felt good all day.
I will definitely be using this again and would especially think it will work well as an exfoliator before you apply fake tan or when you are away on holiday, its quite expensive but I think it is worth the money and will definitely recommend it to friends.
Last Christmas I was given several gift sets, including a lemon body shop gift set which included a body butter and a full size 200ml tub of this body scrub. I think the retail price for this scrub is around £12.50 and as far as I know 200ml is the only size available.
The body scrub comes in an almost identical tub to the body butter - round with a screw on lid and it is yellow with a picture of lemons on the lid. The smell of the body scrub reminds me of starburst sweets as it smells surprisingly sweet and it has a really strong and zesty smell. It isn't overpowering but it is strong enough to leave me feeling refreshed after I've used it.
The body scrub has got a lovely thick texture which isn't gloopy or greasy at all. The exfoliating things in it are a little gritty feeling and it is quite a powerful exfoliatior, so I tend to only use it a few times a week or when my skin is particularly dry and I feel like it needs to be revived and cleared of dead skin cells etc! The body scrub is simple enough to use and I personally use it while I am in the bath.
I use it after I've washed my hair as I don't want to get the the little gritty things in my hair. I use it when my skins wet as I find that it doesn't feel quite as scratchy that way and I rub a small blob of it over my skin. I then wash it off and my skin feels instantly smoother and I sometimes use it on my eczema when it's really dry/flaky and I always see a visible improvement.
I always use this before using fake tan as it gets rid of any dryness and smoothens my skin out so my tan always looks flawless. The scrub doesn't irritate my skin either despite it being quite a powerful exfoliatior and my skin never looks red or anything after I have used it. It makes my skin feel really smooth and soft and I like the subtle lemon scent it leaves on my skin - this subtly lingers for about ten minutes.
I wouldn't describe my skin as feeling moisturised after using it, however it does look a lot less dry and it never feels dried out after I have used the scrub which is an advantage as some body scrubs are really drying. As for the ingredients of this body scrub, it is quite oil heavy and the exfoliating particles are made from walnut shell.
All in all I highly recommend this body scrub as it leaves my skin feeling smooth and silky soft, and it smells lovely too. Five out of five stars.
I love to use body scrubs, but a lot of them I have tried haven't really been 'scrubby' enough for me. I prefer a more vigorous scrub, especially when I am preparing my skin for the summer weather. I have pale skin, and as such, I have to wear some sort of fake tanning lotion throughout the summer months, otherwise I just look really poorly. Part of the reason I use a body scrub is to prepare my skin for the fake tanning lotion I apply, other wise my skin looks patchy and flaky - not a great summer look, really.
One of my favourite body scrubs, by far, is the Body Shop's Sweet Lemon body scrub. I first tried this when I received a small sampler jar in a gift pack one Christmas. Since then I have been well and truly hooked. I love Body Shop products on the whole, but as I also especially adore the smell of fresh lemons, this just has to be there at the top of my list. I buy mine online from Amazon (not directly from the Body Shop) and a 200ml sized jar only sets me back £9, as opposed to the £12.50 the Body Shop are currently charging.
The plastic jar is round in shape, yellow in colour and made of hard plastic with a screw off lid. As soon as you remove the lid from this jar of body scrub, the smell of fresh lemons shoots out and really does take you by surprise.
I love to use this in the shower, rather than the bath, as that was the water hitting my skin just easily washes away all the little scrubby bits when I am finished. Using a body scrub in the bath is a bit of a nightmare for me as I can never wash off all the little bits and then I get so annoyed as the bottom of the bath is full of little gritty bits.
This scrub is thick in consistency, and I love to get a good handful out of the jar and smear it all over my body. It does feel quite harsh on some areas, (such as the abdomen) especially if you are unaccustomed to using any sort of scrub. The trick for me is to be gentle at first and then gradually build up the friction and the motion until your skin gets used to the feeling, otherwise you are just left feeling a bit sore.
The smell of this scrub is absolutely fantastic. There is no doubt at all that this is indeed a FRESH LEMON scrub. Close your eyes and try to imagine what fragrance it is and there no doubt you'd answer 'lemon' immediately. I use this scrub with just my bare hands and fingers (I don't use a body puffer at the same time) and I concentrate on those areas where I think my skin might be at its driest and more in need of exfoliation. Used regularly, this scrub really does make a huge difference to the texture and toe of my skin and it rids the surface layers of all of those dead skin cell, revealing a more radiant looking skin underneath - perfect for the summer months when I have my bare arms and legs out on display.
The scrub rinses clean away and the gorgeous lemon fragrance lingers on my skin for ages afterwards. It may sound expensive, but really, a large sized 200ml jar will last me for weeks and weeks, even with regular use, and as I buy mine from Amazon, it costs less than I'd pay in the Body Shop anyway. The only trouble is, it's not always available on Amazon and it can become out of stock quickly so the trick is to stock up with a few jars whilst the supplier I use still has them available.
If you love the fruity zingy smell of fresh lemons then I guarantee you will adore this body scrub. Go on on, treat yourself.
My current favourite beauty obsession is the Sweet Lemon range from the Body Shop. I even bypassed Lush so that I could buy the whole range when I got paid which is unusual for me as I normally buy myself something in Lush every time I get paid.
The body scrub is a great product and one which goes really well with either the body butter or the whip lotion.
This is a really scrubby scrub that I have found to be great in buffing up my dull winter skin in preparation for the nicer weather. It does feel a little harsh on my skin when I am scrubbing with it but because of the ingredients in it I end up with super soft and smooth skin.
The scrub is quite oily so that when I rinse it off after scrubbing with it my skin feels really soft and you could probably get away with using this on its own without the need for a moisturiser afterwards. I have been using mine with either the butter or the whip lotion and I have noticed that my skin is looking a lot better.
I have been using it twice a week without fail and even after the first use I found that my skin was buffed nicely and that flaky dry patches were clearing up.
It also makes a really nice scrub for feet and is just as strong as dedicated feet scrubs are and my heels are softer and less rough looking after using this.
This scrub smells amazing and I love the zingy sharp smell of the lemon with the sweetness it has. It is the best of both worlds and really is a gorgeous smelling scrub and one that I think is really suited to nice weather so I shall be suing this for summer.
I used this scrub and the body butter before self tanning myself and I can honestly say that my self tan looked so good and there wasn't even the slightest hint of a streak to be found on my whole body.
This costs £12.50 for a tub which is really expensive but I have found that I don't need that much to be able to do my whole body so although it is expensive it is long lasting and also when you are using it you can tell that it is made with really good quality ingredients so it feels more luxurious than a cheaper scrub would feel.
I am a big Body Shop fan and love fruity bath products so this is one of my favourite products. Whenever I'm in the Body Shop I always like to try different things and when I smelt this one I just couldn't resist it. I'm glad I didn't as I really like it now.
I don't use body scrubs very regularly although I'm sure I am supposed to. I have a terrible habit of buying new things and promising myself I will use them but then I forget but when I do use this I am reminded of why I bought it in the first place.
A body scrub helps to remove dead skin cells and so will help new ones grow and make your skin fresh.
This body scrub comes in a large, flat round tub with a big lid. I've found this lid is sometimes a bit difficult to put back on.
The scrub is quite thick and has lots of little gritty bits in it which help to exfoliate your skin. I scoop it out using my fingers and then gently scrub it onto my skin. I find that it is quite a gentle scrub compared to others that I've used.
The smell is really nice, it's of fresh, zesty lemons and it does make my mouth water it is so lovely and fresh.
Afterwards my skin feels smoother and I think it looks healthier. I certainly feel better as though I have treated my skin and looked after myself.
The smell of lemons doesn't linger for too long which is fine by me as I don't want to go round smelling of lemons but do like to smell it whilst I'm using it. I cannot fault this product, the only tiny complaint is that the lid is sometimes difficult for me to put back on.
While I was stocking up on Christmas presents this year I sneakily bought myself some treats and this Sweet Lemon Body Scrub from The Body Shop was one of the things I got for myself. I got a small tub of this - 50ml sized - but they are usually sold in larger tubs of 200mls.
I like to regularly use body exfoliating products as I do suffer from things like dry skin or patchiness on my body. This tends to be around my shoulders and tops of arms. I also like to exfoliate anywhere where I shave to get rid of flaky skin that has been dislodged by my razorblades. Feet also do well out of exfoliation as I have hard heels that need attention. I therefore thought this product would do well in all these instances.
Before buying the product I had a good smell of it and really liked the fragrance. The consistency of the scrub looked great too, good enough for me to choose to buy it. The product comes in a tub so you can unscrew the top with ease. It has a label on the lid which you can peel back to reveal the ingredients and other information. There are also two labels around the tub which basically state what the product is in dozens of languages and contact information for the brand.
To use this product you have to scoop it out of the tub with your fingers. I really enjoy this sensation as it's quite messy and fun and the feeling of sticking your hands into this gooey substance is quite thrilling. The product is very stiff and has a soft grittiness to it's texture. It does not flow or ooze but sits in peaks like a very thick marmalade.
After getting a lump of this in my fingers I apply straight to the area I wish to exfoliate and rub. You may use this all over the body but not on the face. It does not lather which means the exfoliation process seems to work more effectively. I recently used the Strawberry Body Polish from the same brand and it foams up when using which seems to seperate the exfoliating beads from the skin. This Sweet Lemon Body Scrub is more oil based and when you rub it into your skin you can see the shiny slick of oil transforming your body. The oil base is thick and greasy like baby oil.
The product has a gentle exfoliating style. The grittiness feels like salt (it's actually raw cane sugar). There is also small shreds of lemon peel in there. The product contains soya oil (Fair Trade) and Lemon Seed Oil for softness and fragrance.
I think the product is gritty enough to provide a really good exfoliation but not so gritty that it's unpleasant to use. As the product contains a sugar base it tends to melt away in contact with warm water. I really like that my skin is given this all over moisturisation by the oil in the product. What also tends to happen if you use this in a bathtub is that as you rinse each part of your body the oil sinks into the water and soaks into your whole body - causing your skin to feel soft all over. It removes dead skin and helps soften hardened skin such as on the feet. It also brightens skin and moisturises.
The fragrance of the scrub is a sharp, sweet lemon and orange blend. It is like an alcoholic marmalade aroma. The fragrance is envigorating and refreshing and makes me feel ultra clean and new. I should also make the point that although a lot of cleaning products are lemon based this scrub bears no resemblance to such products and has a sugary lemon scent that is clearly for cosmetic purposes.
The scrub leaves no pieces to pick up at the end of a bath but the extreme oiliness of the product means that there is a kind of oily slick left in the tub which you may wish to rinse away with a cleaning product.
I really like this product. The price for the 200ml sized tub is £12.50 which I find awfully expensive but I would perhaps look for this in the sale or in the smaller sized 50ml or 1.9 Fl. Oz. tub which I have. I would also be thrilled to receive this as a gift.
I recently bought the Sweet Lemon body scrub when the body scrubs / butters were on a two for fifteen pounds offer in august. The other scrub I bought was the Pink Grapefruit but I shall be reviewing that after this review.
In this review I shall be talking about the Sweet Lemon body scrub from The Body Shop.
Packaging and Price
The scrub is packaged in a clear plastic, recyclable tub. It has a nice sunny, lemon yellow lid with the name of the product in English and French, some other information and a close up picture of some lovely lemons! It also tells me it has lemon seed oil, lemon peel and Community Trade Sugar. It says it's recommended for normal / dry skin. I bought the 200ml tub which is usually £12.50 but I bought mine on an offer where it was 2 for £15. This is quite expensive for a body scrub but nevertheless, it is a very good product as, if you read on, I shall tell you.
When you unscrew the lid, you get a whiff of a lovely, refreshing, lemony, smell. The product in itself doesn't look that appealing, it is yellowy and quite solid unlike other scrubs where it is sort of jelly-like. It is in a solid sort of lump in the tub. If you touch it, it feels moist and wet, quite oily too. ( It is made mainly of oil though!)
The grains are the perfect size, not too big and not too small and it really nicely exfoliates my skin leaving it smelling gorgeous and feeling soft and smooth. It doesn't leave my skin red or raw and just leaves it looking sort of dewy from the residue ! I'd highly recommend this product.
I recently ordered a few things from the Body Shop website as I had a 25% off voucher code (from www.vouchercodes.co.uk) I had never tried a Body Shop scrub before (partly because they are quite expensive) so thought I'd give this one a try while I had money off. It costs £12.50 for a 200ml tub at full price. I chose the lemon flavour as it seemed a bit different, I've rarely seen lemon flavour bath products from any other brands so thought I would give it a try.
It comes in a flat tub similar to the body butter tubs, and has a screw lid. This can make things slightly awkward when using in the shower however is ideal for use in the bath. (just make sure you don't drop the open tub in the bath like I did!!) The tub is bright yellow and has an attractive round label on the lid with a close up image of fresh lemons with the Body Shop logo in the middle and "Sweet Lemon Body Scrub" written in a circle around the edge.
The first thing I noticed about the scrub was the amazing smell. Prior to this I was slightly nervous that the smell might resemble lemon cleaning products and was starting to regret my choice of flavour, but my first smell of the stuff erased any doubts. It has a very natural lemon smell, just like freshly crushed lemons but with a sweet edge like sugar has been added. The fragrance completely excelled my expectations and made using the product a refreshing and enjoyable experience. It also justified the rather high cost as they clearly use natural ingredients to create a high quality product.
Despite being really impressed with the fragrance I didn't feel the consistency was quite right. The scrub is quite watery and I felt the need to use quite a lot to feel like it was actually doing anything. Even then it didn't feel like it was doing a lot. I much prefer thick sugar scrubs that really invigorate the skin and this just didn't do that. The gel that the scrub is mixed in feels really moisturising though. It also washes off very easily but this is partly because it's quite watery to begin with.
Once I'd dried off I did notice that my skin was smooth and the scrub had left a nice moisturising layer on my skin which was nice. I could also still smell the lovely fragrance.
I've only used this a few times but have already used half the tub so it really isn't lasting long due to the amount I have had to use. This is disappointing and in my opinion means it isn't good value for money, particularly if you are paying full price.
The smell is amazing and definitely the best thing about the product. However I wasn't impressed with the consistency of the scrub and didn't feel it did the job which is disappointing for a more expensive product. I think it would suit better those who don't want a scrub to be too harsh or those with sensitive or problem skin.
Sweet Lemon Body Scrub
I've written a series of reviews now, all telling of my new found love of Body Shop products. I was so impressed with the fragrance and quality of the first products I'd tried, I immediately purchased items in another range, and the Sweet Lemon Body Scrub is the main focus of this review.
I placed my order on the website www.bodyshop.co.uk and eagerly awaited its arrival. I was however, disappointed when it came, as when you see a 50ml tub size on the screen, you have no perspective of how large that is, and upon arrival, I found this tub to be quite small. The cost of this is £5, and I have since found out, I could have purchased a more economical 200ml tub for £12.50. That'll teach me to order in a hurry, before my partner caught me buying toiletries again. Since finding Body Shop again recently, I seem to have become rather addicted. :)
The tub itself is manufactured from clear, recyclable plastic, which is very handy as you can see the contents being used up, and you can have a replacement ready and waiting. The screw on lid is a fresh, sunny yellow colour, and pictures of juicy lemons adorn the label. Compared to the other products in this range, the labelling on this feels quite 'busy', but it does stand out, and looks quite appealing nonetheless.
The labelling tells me that the lemon oil and lemon zest contained within comes from the fruit processing industry. It also contains Community Fair Trade soya oil and organic sugar cane. There is a recommendation that it is to be used on normal to dry skin, and that is should be used within twelve months of opening - believe me, that won't be a problem - you'll be eager to use this product.
Unscrewing the lid, the scent is very authentic, it's like I've cut a lemon in half. It smells revitalising and very fresh.
The consistency is at odds with itself, its appearance looks to be quite dry, almost as if it's like damp sugar, but with a yellow hue. Upon touching the product it feels moist and wet. It feels like oil mixed with sugar, which in essence, is exactly what it is. The soya oil and lemon oil combination feels greasy when applied to the skin, but also feels intensely moisturising.
The grains of the product, when applied and smoothed in a circular motion as directed, smooth the skin; and exfoliate the dead skin cells, and should leave a fresher, brighter appearance.
The grains are the perfect size for me. I've used some products where the exfoliation is questionable due to size of the grains, and other products have left my skin raw as they have been too scratchy. The texture of this is spot on.
Rinsing this away is easily done, a quick rinse under the shower and the body scrub will be gone. Whenever I've used this, I am not left with the tell tale redness that takes an hour or so to fade. My skin feels smooth, and moisturised and nourished.
Due to the addition of the oils in the product, I do have a residue of oil on my skin, but this is hydrating rather than drying. This film gives my skin a fresh, dewy appearance and also enables the fragrance of the body scrub to linger.
I suppose, some people may prefer to use a shower gel after using this product, to remove the residue, or any grains that you may have missed. I do prefer to shower first, using the Sweet Lemon shower gel of course, as then I benefit from the intense moisturisation, and the velvety texture that remains on my skin after use.
I, personally, use my body scrub on alternate days, although I would say that this is gentle enough to be used every day if you so wished. I don't even feel the need to apply a body lotion after using this scrub, due to its oiliness. I do though, on the days I've not used this product.
I have what they would class as 'normal' skin, and this product is great for me. If you do however, suffer from greasy skin, I doubt this product would be suitable, and in this case, I would recommend a Body Shop Body Polisher. Sadly, these do not come in this wonderful, sweet lemon fragrance.
Overall, I cannot fault this body scrub one bit. The consistency is neither sloppy, nor too thick, the grains are the perfect size, and the fragrance is zingy and fresh. I urge everyone to try it. For the price you pay, the quality is exceptional, and it was my fault I ordered the small sized pot. I definitely won't make that mistake again - I NEED the large one. :) I love this product and I urge you to try it.
Many thanks for reading my review. I hope it has been of some use to you.
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As always I am trying to save money in all ways, with one of my first changes being cutting down on all the toiletries I seem to buy (though I have refused to give up my bubble bath, as long as it's purchased on offer they don't count! Lol!).
One thing that I do love is a good body scrub, with these being one of things I gave up in favour of some exfoliating gloves, though I must have moaned so much about his fact, that my darling sister took pity and gave me a bag full of goodies from gift sets she has received over the last year, with her insisting she will never use them....cheers love!
One of those products is the one I will now review, and of the one's I have used so far (I still have a few left to sample!), this by far my favourite!
The product in question is - "Sweet lemon body scrub - The body shop".
I have always loved the body shop range, but find it is really expensive for what it is, so tend to rely on generous gifts from my sister ( yes, I am that cheap!) and presents from my Mum, of which she always comes up trumps at Christmas!
This particular scrub looks quite generic, with all of the other scrubs and body butters coming in the same screw lidded, squat shaped tub, with the discernable difference being the colouring to match the scent, with this obviously being a nice yellow colour, and a picture of a couple of lemons being on the label too!
The tub itself is one of the larger one's available, holding 200ml/220g of product, retailing at around the £12.00 mark.
The scrub itself is not like many of the other body scrubs available from the body shop, with this having a less gelatinous consistency, and being more of a mixture of sugar and essentials oils, which in fairness is exactly what it contains, with lemon peel added for extra scent and texture.
The upside of this is it not only acts as an effective scrub but also has added oils that cling to the skin giving instant moisturising, with downside being that the oil not only clings to your body but also your hands, so don't do what I did and wash your hair straight after, I had to rewash my hair as I looked like a chip pan head!
After use (even though I only used a small amount spread over my legs), my skin felt soft and smooth, and not really needing any additional moisturising, though of course I did, another addiction of mine!
This pot lasted me a good a few weeks with every other day use, and as long as I washed my hair on the opposite days was the ideal body scrub, recommended!
Thanks for reading x
Anyone who's been following my reviews will probably have picked up the fact that I've spent the last few months studying in Leipzig in Germany. Anyone who's been paying particular attention to my reviews will also have noticed that I recently wrote a review on another Body Shop product, namely their Satsuma Shower Gel. I went into the Body Shop out of a bit of nostalgia for Blighty (after finding Lush here to be extortionate) and came away not only with the aforementioned shower gel, but also a gift bag of 'Sweet Lemon' scented goods for myself. I like to think of it as a present to myself, but also it was a more sensible purchase than buying full-sized versions of the items included, as I would be unlikely to use them all up before returning to Britain, and so it would have been a bit of a waste of money. I will soon write a review on the entire set, but since I haven't used up anything apart from the scrub, I will focus my review on only this item today.
This is, as the name more than implies, a body scrub that is scented to smell like sweet lemons. Like any such scrub, one uses it in the shower to exfoliate skin and hopefully make it nicer and smoother than it would otherwise be. While body exfoliators can be either gentle with only small grains (or other scrubbing material) or much stronger and intense and this scrub certainly falls into the latter category. It feels very thick when you hold some in your hand and when it is rubbed over skin it definitely feels like it is doing something. While gentler scrubs are arguably kinder to skin, many people like stronger scrubs, and they are certainly more useful if you have some stubborn dry skin that you want to remove, rather than if you're just after generally softer skin.
*Size and Longevity*
As part of the set I received a 50ml pot of this body scrub, but it can also be bought separately in 50ml or 200ml tubs. I have used Body Shop body scrubs before and although I like the smell of them, I've always been put off buying them again due to their fairly high price of £12.50 for the larger tub. While 200ml of many exfoliators will go a long way, unfortunately with Body Shop scrubs, this is not the case. I often find that the larger tubs get used up in only around 12-15 uses, which, considering that I only tend to use it on my bum and thighs, is not very impressive. This means that each use works out to cost me approximately £1, which is quite a considerate amount considering that I use it on such a small area of my body. I therefore end up trying to use less of it in order to make it last longer, but since this means that the effect isn't as good, this really is a false economy. My 50ml tub, for example, lasted four relatively conservative uses and probably only would have done my entire body the once.
The size and longevity is not the only reason, however, why I have given this scrub a reasonably low rating. The other reason is that, despite obviously using it in the shower and being able to wash my hands after use, my hands feel greasy after this has been on them. While using a glove or loofah would probably solve this problem, I don't tend to use these for any other purpose and so would find it annoying to acquire one solely to use Body Shop body scrubs. I have not experienced this with other body exfoliators and don't think that it's too much to ask for an exfoliator not to make your hands feel dirty and greasy afterwards. I therefore am not overly happy about touching my hair or face soon after using it, which considering that I wash my hair and face in the shower as well, is a bit of a pain.
Since I'm not recommending this product, I'll only mention the smell briefly. The sweet lemon smell is, as with all of the other products in the range, very nice. It has a fresh lemony smell that is made all the nicer for being also slightly sweet and it smells much more like lemonade or fresh lemons than it does smell artificially lemony. I have nothing bad to say about this product in terms of its smell, but since the other Sweet Lemon products have the same scent, I would definitely suggest that you go for the shower gel, body butter or something else if its this scent you're after, rather than using this scrub.
In conclusion, although this scrub smells nice and does technically work quite well, I shall not be recommending it. A lot of Body Shop products are great, but in general they are fairly overpriced, and this is a perfect example of that fact. While it's an alright scrub, the greasiness and the poor value for money mean that I'm unlikely to buy another body scrub from this company again. I was happy that the scrub was part of the set as it was good for my skin, but, and here's the rub, only very briefly. If you're going to spend £12.50 on a body exfoliator, you can do significantly better than this, however nice it smells.
Sweet Lemon Body Scrub
I bought this body scrub on the recommendation of the Sales assistant in my local body shop.
I had hobbled in with very sore feet. I have to admit that I don't care for my tootsies as I should, and this year they have been worse than ever. The dry skin on my heels was cracked and sore. I knew I needed to take action as I would be too embarrassed to go and have a pedicure.
I told the assistant my tale of woe and she immediately took my to the stand where the peppermint foot products were. She showed me all the accoutrements that I would need for papering my feet and restoring them to full health. However the only thing that they had none left of in stock, was the foot scrub. Not to be deterred from a sale, she guided me to the body scrubs and explained that they would do exactly the same job. As the Sweet Lemon products were on offer, this was the 'flavour' I opted for.
Armed with foot file, foot soak, foot rescue cream, moisturising socks (reviews pending!) and body scrub I headed home to treat my feet to a well earned pampering.
The Sweet Lemon Body Scrub comes in a 220g cylindrical pot with a yellow lid. On the top there is a photograph of lemons so that you can distinguish this pot from the myriad of other 'fruity' body scrubs and butters. As you unscrew the lid you are met with the most wonderful sweet lemony aroma. This exfoliating scrub is enriched with lemon oil. The smell was quite mouth watering really. I had to remember this indeed was a beauty product and not lemon curd. Visions of Tarte au Citron wafted before my eyes!!
The body scrub itself looks the colour and consistency of a very granular honey. It is soft to touch with a sugary texture. This comes from the organically grown community Trade sugar. Body shop say that this should help to stimulate the skin and remove dead skin cells when massaged in, leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth and ready to absorb the next layer of moisture.
I rubbed a dollop of the scrub over my feet, paying particular attention to my problem zones. I could feel the grains and granules doing their job. I rinsed my feet in warm water and patted them dry. My feet have never smelled so sweet. The dead skin was softened and my feet were beginning to feel revived.
I am pleased to inform you that after just one pamper session my feet were on their way to recovery. The Body Sop assistant had told me that I would need to get into a routine of 'caring' for my feet at least three times a week. I,m not sure that I shall stick to that, but I guess my feet do take quite a beating and it's about time they were treated with a little respect.
Ingredients (sounds very technical!)
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sucrose, Sodium Chloride, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil, Silica, Citrus Medica Limonum Seed Oil, Glycine Soja Oil, Limonene, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Parfum, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel, Juglans Regia Shell Powder, Citral, CI 19140.
I have also used the body scrub whilst in the shower - it left my skin subtly scented with lemons and looking radiant. Apparently the lemon seed oil and lemon peel have great moisturising benefits, which is fantastic for my tired old skin!
This product was not cheap at £12.50 for 200ml, however I have been really pleased with it both as a foot scrub and an exfoliater (is that a word?!) for my body. Not only does it smell divine, but it does the job too. Thank you Body Shop!
Thank you for reading my 100th Review!! :o)