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I'm a big fan of Sally Hasen's products, I use the nail varnishes, cuticle oil and this hand scrub. I'm not such a big fan on the fact it's tested on animals but I really do like the ranges products. A friend bought this for me and a couple of other products from the Sally Hasen range for my birthday a few months ago, as she knows how I get really dry skin from being a hairdresser.
The scrub comes in a small yellowish tube, with a copper coloured plastic screw-able lid. The combination of colours is very interesting, yet not something that would catch my eye or invite me in to purchase it. The scrub is described as a gentle exfoliator that restores texture and tone, leaving you with a radiant glow. The instructions are massage into damp skin and then rinse off, using once weekly or as needed. The instructions are printed in very small lettering, which makes it extremely difficult to read.
I have been using this a couple of times a week just for my hands, as I already have a body scrub I prefer to use on my body. You only need a pea size amount as a little goes a long way. The scrub itself is white with lots of small white granules. The size of the granules are just big enough to get a nice stimulating, soothing refreshing feeling rather than a rough, tearing your skin off feeling. The main scent of the scrub is almonds which is fairly pleasant and satisfying. I always apply a moisturiser after just to give my hands a little more moisture as they do get dry very quickly.
The results were brilliant, my hands went from dry and flaky to soft, smooth and well moisturised. I was very impressed with the outcome. Using this a couple times a week keeps my hands in top condition and flaky dry skin is kept away. The smell of almonds is gorgeous and it doesn't affect the smell of perfumes or body lotions you may apply after.
Overall the scrub is absolutely fantastic, I have not seen the scrub in drug stores like Boots or Superdrug but if you search on the internet it can be found at a very good price of about £2 which is excellent in my opinion. I have just started to run out and I've had it for about 4 months and as I use this regularly, I think it has lasted very well. I do have other hand scrubs I would prefer to use, due to the fact they are much easier to get and there's no need to order them over the internet. But apart from that the scrub is definitely worth it and such good value for money.
I would not normally buy Sally Hansen products as they are an American company who still test their products on animals. I was caught unawares in my local branch of Poundland, and found myself with a tube of Sally Hansen Shea Butter Hand and Body Butter Scrub in my basket before I remembered that I try to avoid them!
From what I can see, the recommended retail price for an 85g tube of this scrub is £5.99, but I obviously bought it for £1.
The scrub comes in a small yellow tube with a rather impressive copper coloured lid. The lid is in fact made from plastic, and the combination of copper with the yellow colour of the tube itself gives the whole product a strangely old fashioned look - similar to tubes that I used to find lurking at the back of my mother's cupboard in the 1970s. The copper lid twists off to reveal a large nozzle - big enough to allow the exfoliating granules through. The twist off nature of the cap means that it is sometimes a bit fiddly to open the tube with wet hands, and the tube frequently goes flying down into the bath as I use it.
Information on the tube tell me that the scrub is for very dry skin; next to these words there is a picture of what seems to be three hazelnuts. I found this illustration very strange as the product contains cocoa and grape seed butters - no hazelnut at all!
The cream is described as a gentle exfoliator that restores texture and tone, leaving you with a radiant glow. The instructions tell me to massage into damp skin and then rinse off, using once weekly or as needed. The instructions on the back of the tube are written in a tiny typeface and are extremely difficult to read - so much so that I had been using the cream for about a month before I realised that they were there. It is even more difficult to decipher the instructions as everything is written twice; once in English and once in French.
~~Using the cream~~
Squeezing a blob of cream about the size of a 50p is sufficient to exfoliate the lower half of my body. The cream is white with lots of very tiny white granules inside. I can smell the Shea butter in the cream but the main fragrance is of almonds, reminding me of marzipan and quite unusual in a body cream. This almond smell fades extremely quickly as the cream is applied, leaving only a faint trace once the cream has been rinsed off.
I rarely use this product on my arms as it is my legs and bottom that get very dry and flaky and I massage the cream into the dry areas using my hands rather than a sponge. Using the body scrub is strangely satisfying; the size of the granules are just perfect to provide a nice, stimulating exfoliating feeling without being too harsh. It feels a lot like scratching an itch that has been bothering you for a while; the lightly granular texture reminds me of a facial exfoliating mitt rather than a coarser body mitt. I usually rub fairly vigorously and then rinse the cream off with warm water.
Afterwards, I found the results amazing. My skin really did feel rejuvenated and extremely moisturised and soft. The lingering almond smell, although not really my favourite fragrance, is very pleasant and because it is so light it can take other fragrances being added to it, such as body sprays and lotions. The almond fragrance just acts as a nice base to more flowery smells.
I have many reasons to dislike this product; the Sally Hansen animal testing policy, the smell of almonds which I dislike, the packaging ... but to my own surprise I have to conclude that I really like this product. It made my skin feel softer and more refreshed than any cream I have used before. I was left gently tingling and feeling as if my skin was a lot healthier. Even the smell of almonds grew on me and I find now that I am very fond of it.
There was no greasy residue left on my skin and I did in fact feel that my skin was softened and nourished, just as the packaging had promised. This effect lasted for at least two days.
I have to recommend this product as one of the most effective that I have used in many years.