“ Brand: Superdrug / Type: Body Lotion / Subcategory: Polish „
Normally I use Body Shop body scrubs in a pot or Flake Away by Soap & Glory. However, that was annoying me as it was messy in the bath and left a lot of residue to clean up, also I felt it left a layer of something on my skin which was a bit perturbing so I decided to use something else for a while.
I was in Superdrug and thought I would see if they did anything comparable. I found to my surprise that they had some of their own brand body scrubs.
They cost £1.99 and had an offer of 2 for £3 which is excellent value compared to £12 for a body shop of the same 200ml size.
So I bought one coconut one and this one the Mango and Papaya body polish.
It is in a black tube with the product name and details on and a picture of a mango. At the bottom is a black flip top cap which helps drain down the product for dispersal. Looks all right for an own brand product.
This one is very liquidy and very gooey and can leave orange trails everywhere. The liquid is orange and it's filled with tiny exfoliating beads. It's rather runny but I suppose that makes application quite quick and easy.
Unfortunately, because the beads are so so small I really don't feel much of a scrubbing effect. It does smell fantastic and is lovely for summer when you want that fresh zingy smell.
I've been using cream-based body scrubs lately, after my shower gel, but decided it was a bit of a hassle and I'd prefer something that would exfoliate and clean at the same time, so I decided to try this gel-based product.
** The product **
Superdrug Mango and Papaya Body Polish promises to leave skin " silky smooth and smelling delicious". It contains gentle exfoliating particles and is thus formulated for frequent use (there is also a body scrub in the range that's a bit more heavy-duty) and contains extracts of the two fruits as well as vitamin C
** Packaging **
The body polish comes in a transparent, squeezable, stand-up, recyclable plastic tube with a screw-top lid. A flip-top would be more practical for using it in the shower, but otherwise I have no complaints about it. The tube has a fairly plain but stylish black label with a photo of a mango and a papaya, but the label's not so big that you can't see how much is left, and it's easy to squeeze out the last drops.
** Application **
All you need to do is simply apply the body polish to damp skin in the shower and massage it in, in a circular motion. It comes out fairly thick, and looks like a normal shower gel with little specks in it. It's really easy to spread across the skin and produces a decent amount of soapy suds. The exfoliating particles are smaller than I'm used to from other scrubs, they're not sharp and they don't dissolve on contact with water, which means the product goes further. I didn't find the particles at all scratchy on my skin; they simply gave it a nice and gentle exfoliation. There was no irritation to my skin after using this, even though my skin sometimes reacts angrily to similar products, and I was even able to use it on "sensitive ares". In short, I used it just like I would a shower gel, with the only difference being that it had a light smoothing action (though I still needed to use a body lotion afterwards).
It rinses off very easily and leaves my skin feeling very clean, and also smooth and sweet-smelling with no red marks. The fragrance is my favourite thing about the body polish - it is fruity, slightly tangy and not overly sweet. It doesn't last very long though; once you dry off your skin the perfume disappears.
** Price and other information **
This currently costs £1.99 for 200ml at Superdrug. According to the packaging it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. I assume it's not tested on animals- the statement on the tube is "Superdrug is against animal testing" - that doesn't specifically say they don't do it though, so make of that what you will.
** Conclusion **
This is a lovely everyday product for clean, smooth skin. If you need a heavy duty scrub for really dry/flaky/tough skin then this isn't the best product, but for general use it's great.