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I got into skincare quite late in my opinion. Growing up in a male dominated household didn't give me the most girl friendly start possible, but I made up for that in a few areas of my life as I got older. Face products, body products....as a teenager I had a multi purpose product for all of the body which included my face, and that was Palmers Cocoa Butter lotion. Everyone I knew did that. But as young people, teenagers, even early 20's theres a lot of things you can get away with it, but not for long.....One of the things I do enjoy to use, but sadly like using a face mask, sometimes it's a step I miss if I don't have the product in the bathroom, is a body scrub. This particular one I bought in a kit from QVC last year, around the £25.00 mark ( not including p and p ). This product included was a full size which is 450ml.
Why did I buy it?
Ive used other SBC products before, more so their numerous gels in the past, and the kit I purchased on this occasion had different products and textures that I hadn't experienced from this brand. But the thing that sold me was the fragrance. At the time this was a new formulation/range within SBC and to be honest, the description given on the TV was so mouth watering I had to buy it!
Ive done reviews on other SBC products before, so wont go into any real detail about who they are. But they are a British company who originally brought out products to be used by professional therapists, but later made them available to the general public through outlets such as QVC and their own website. Their main goal is about providing products that have an effect on the skin ( effect depending on what the product is and what it contains ), that all products are moisturising and easy to use. They are known for their gels, which has branched out into shower and bath creams, body butters, face creams, scrubs, hand washes and more recently make up.
Do we need to exfoliate?
Yes we do! Dry dehydrated skin, ashy coloured skin, rough skin-all of these things firstly are not the nicest thing to look at and to feel. Skin can be in this kind of condition for all kinds of reasons such as illness, fatigue, poor diet, exposure to heat/sun and to the extreme of cold. Or because you just don't exfoliate at all or regularly enough. So imagine if for whatever the reason you have all of these not so lovely, or juicy dead skin cells sitting on the top layer of your body and theyre not being removed? Product after product being applied? The skin itself wont look its best because the new skin cells cant get past the dead stubborn ones, product whether its expensive or not is sitting on them so you cant get the full benefit of what its supposed to do. So waste of product and a waste of potentially healthier looking skin.
Some movements that can be made using products like this can help with blood circulation, which in turn can help the skin look better. The point is, it's a process that doesn't do the body harm and can make a huge difference to the appearance and feel of the body.
For all those wanting an even and healthy tan ( natural or fake ), exfoliating improves the base of the skin for good application and prolongs tan.
How is this packaged?
This is a 450g product housed in a clear plastic jar with a white screw top lid. You have the SBC full name at the top of the label on the front of the tub, which is ' Simply Beautiful Collection '. The family range underneath which is ' Super fruits ', and it mentions a few ingredients added to product in this case one of them being pomegranate.
On the back you have directions of use, ingredients list, what the product is supposed to do and shelf life when opened ( cant read that Im afraid-its rubbed off! ).
Packaging is bland and basic, but functional and practical.
Aqua Cetearyl alcohol Pumice Glycerin Brassicamidopropyl dimethylamine Glyceryl stearate Cetearyl glucoside Cera alba Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract Rubus idaeus (raspberry) fruit extract Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) fruit extract Parfum Aspartic acid Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil Gossypium herbaceum (cotton) seed oil Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil Prunus armeniaca (peach) kernel stones Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed Tocopheryl acetate Disodium EDTA Chlorphenesin Potassium sorbate Sodium benzoate CI 17200
What does the product supposed to do?
This scrub is supposed to provide deep cleansing to the body, helps soothe and smooth rough and dry areas, rich in nutrients, non sticky and provides the perfect base for any further products added onto the body after e.g lotions, serums, oils etc.
How to use
Apply a small amount of scrub with wet hands working it gently over the body, using circular movements, paying more time and attention to dry areas. Thoroughly rinse away til all scrub is gone. Use 2-3 times a week.
How does it perform?
First two things I want to start with is smell and texture. The smell is divine. Ive used other products from this range and they all have the same smell to them-fruity ( as in berries ), sweet, warm and uplifting, very youthful and fresh. This is one of those smells you will either love or not. Its not strong and clawring when in the pot, when using or afterwards, but it will leave you with a subtle layer of fragrance. I wouldn't say this has lots of depth or different elements to it e.g floral notes, musky, citrus, nothing like that. Its not complicated, its like a bowl of berries whizzed up with a dash of sugar and a touch of vanilla to it.
Texture is amazing. When you see it in the tub you think it's a body butter. It looks so thick, creamy and luxurious. The colouring is a pale pinky purple, with little small speckles of brown and red running through it ( the exfoliating particles ). When you pop your hand into the tub to get the product out, it feels exactly the same as it looks! Putting it onto the skin is easy because it does have texture and thickness to it. A lot does go along well, but its so nice to use and the smell as well...you cant help but use too much. I found the particles were just the right size-big enough to make my skin feel smoothed and softer, but not too small where I feel Im putting on a lotion! Not to messy or hard to wash away in the shower. For me I felt that I was getting a body butter placed on my skin at the same time, as it felt lovely to use and my skin felt soft and supple during and after.
Body after use looked brighter in tone and colouring. Texture much better also. In general looked healthier and much more appealing to look and to feel. I also found products sank in a lot quicker and easier to e.g lotions, and I needed less as the scrub itself provided a lot of hydration and didn't strip any moisture away from my skin. It also didn't irritate my psoriasis. But-if I was suffering from a flare up, I simply wouldn't use it as I wouldn't want to damage my skin in anyway ( I can be very heavy handed! ) Not only that, but if any areas of my skin was broken, maybe due to severe scratching, I would try to stick to prescribed products from the doc.
The smell stays on the skin for awhile. You don't go around smelling like a strawberry sherbet, but you do get a sweet whiff of something and you have to wonder where it comes from, then you remember its what you've used!
Would I buy this again? Most definitely! It's a beautiful product. Smell and texture is gorgeous, leaves the skin feeling soft and youthful and makes the skin look rejuvenated. You don't need to use much and it hydrates the skin. Its a huge size so will last awhile. Im just so sad mine has finished-because it was no chore using it.
Not readily available but can be bought direct from SBC for £20.00 or QVC. QVC do many kits which makes buying much more affordable, but on its own currently is just under £13.00 ( not including p and p ).