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I have been using this Boots No 7 facial scrub for a good few years now. I keep coming back to it because quite simply it works well for me. It is usually pretty expensive in my opinion anyway at around £7.50 for a 150ml. You're best to pick it up when Boots run the £5 off No 7 products offer on and off throughout the year (usually you are given a voucher when you buy anything in store and if you are going to buy 2 of these just buy 2 of anything really cheap and pay separately to score two vouchers). My skin can be pretty oily at times and prone to blocked pores if I have been doing a lot of manual work. I find that by given my face a good wash / scrub with this every few days improves my skin no end and leaves me feeling really fresh faced and confident. Also I find when scrubbing with this it is good at freeing up any in grown hairs I may have as I'm usually a borderline dog faced boy. Almost forgot to mention that the packaging has also recently changed so look for a black tube with yellow and white writing. Spent ages searching the shop when I hadn't realised the packaging was no longer bronze coloured. Not as keen on the new packaging as it feels cheaper to the touch and looks like a poor haircare product now as does the whole of the mens No 7 range.
Compared to many other scrubs designed for male skin it is very thick which makes it very to work firmly into my skin and just doesn't run off my face like most of the cheaper watery alternatives. It leaves my face looking fresh and weirdly almost glowing like when my wife was pregnant! After using it I also find that I achieve a far closer shave than normal. It also smells good ; a masculine menthol hit though it doesn't linger or over power whatsoever. It can leave your skin feeling a little tight afterwords but this can easily be countered by a good moisturiser. Macho I know.
My girlfriend got me a job lot a job lot of different bits and pieces from the Boots No7 range for Valentine's day, I am not sure if there was some sort of special offer on or she was trying to suggest I have poor personal hygiene. Anyway one of the products she gave me was a 150ml tube of the Energising Face Scrub. I had never used any sort of face wash or scrub before, tell a lie I did use Clearasil when I was a teenager. The scrub was in a silvery tube with orange writing and said on the front how it would get the dirt and grime out of your skin etc.
Next morning I discarded my usual Imperial Leather and used the face scrub. It was a lot easier than lathering up the soap and smelt a lot better. It had some rough stuff in it which the old girl told me was the exfoliating stuff, felt like grit. I must admit my face did feel a lot smoother after use and it had kind of a zingy feeling which really woke me up in the morning.
I used the face scrub every few days and it must have lasted me a good three months which was good. When it came to replacing it I was shocked to find it cost £6.50, this must be the price of beauty I guess. To me this is a nice to have and would be gratefully received as a gift but when it comes to weighing up the price and the benefits Vs my normal soap I will stick to the Imperial Leather thanks Boots.
If this was half the price I may be tempted to keep using it.
Part of Boots in-house, male-specific cosmetics range this exfoliating face scrub is a worthy player in the team. I have found it to be extremely pleasant and convenient to use, but more importantly effective too.
How to Use
As the packaging intones 'scrub is a name, not an instruction'. Therefore we are not looking for cheese-grater application! The instruction is to lather over the face and massage gently. I have found that a little goes a long way, so a globule slightly smaller than a marble is ample for me. The product does create quite a lather so this is naturally best rinsed off after you are happy with the exfoliating stage. To replace lost moisture the manufacturers recommend using their Anti Shine Lotion, should your face feel dry after application. I can vouch for that product too as I received it as part of the same gift set, however I have also used a standard moisturiser to equally good effect.
As a general guide, it is recommended that it is used once a week for sensitive skin types, and every three days for those of an oily disposition.
When you are massaging, you will feel a 'slightly scratchy feeling'. These are the micro particles working their magic. I feel that No7 have captured the perfect pitch with the exfoliating quality of this product. It is not too coarse that it cuts up your face, yet it does give you a tangibly beneficial scrub. I do have fairly sensitive skin so I tend to use it on an unshaven face once, or twice at most, per week.
My face definitely feels much cleaner, tingly and re-invigorated after use. The manufacturer's claim is that while everyday face washes are fine for removing dirt or oil, they can't tackle heavier duty debris, such as the 'dull skin cells that sit on the surface of your skin'. I have no scientific proof to back this up, but I do believe it to be highly effective judging from the exfoliating effect I feel and my skin's appearance in the mirror afterwards.
I do like to use the product more frequently as a pre-shave preparation. Although there is a nod to the added value of 'a closer shave' this is not listed as a desired use on the packaging, but I find it superb for softening up stubble. What's more, when rinsed of I feel that the carrier gel prepares the skin for a more friction-free shave that precipitates razor-glide. I know that there are other pre-shave preparations on the market, but this works just as well, if not better, than any I have tried - so why bother?
The product's appearance is that of an opaque gel shot through with the micro-crystals. No fancy colours, but just a no-nonsense product that is designed to get the job done. The fragrance is mild, pleasant and unobtrusive.
The product comes in a long, flattened free-standing tube. The lid forms the base and is of the hinged variety to allow easy access. It is easily opened as there is a small recess on one side which allows the lid to be flicked up with a thumb. One small drawback is that I have found that some of the product congregates outside the container but inside the lid. Sure, this can be rinsed away easily enough, but there seems to be considerable wastage here that I am sure No7 could easily rectify. One way to alleviate this is to lay the tube on its side when not in use. Obviously this would negate the effect that gravity's pull has on relentlessly forcing the product towards the lid. But, having said that, why should we have to adapt when the product is designed to stand in space-saving neat verticality?
More superficially, the packaging is pleasing on the eye being bronze overlaid with orange and black font.
The product has undergone rigorous testing on men and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.
However, you should not use the product if your skin is irritated or damaged. As usual with most products, avoid contact with eyes. If this does happen then rinse, straight away, with plenty of water.
Aqua, Polyethylene, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Sodium laureth sulfate, Acrylates/palmeth-25 acrylate copolymer, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium chloride, Parfum, Panthenol, Sodium hydroxide, Methylparaben, Dipropylene glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Disodium phosphate.
The Boots Company PLC, Nottingham, NG2 3AA
This was my boyfriends product after I bought it for him from Boots using one of their vey regular face product vouchers of £5, meaning the £6.50 product only came to £1.50. Bargain nif you ask me for something that might persuade the boy to wash and exfolliate more often!! Anyway, I bought it for him but it is one of the best face scrubs I have found around so now, it is practically mine, but he uses it when he stays at my house.
Anyways, this poduct forms part of the No. 7 For Men range which is relatively new and is expanding and can like I mentioned, be found quite cheap when you have vouchers and want to get something cheap. The range is also often on 3 4 2 promotions and this is a good time to stock up.
This is a rough exfoliater with sandy style bits in it. The 'scrub' bits in it really feel like they're doing some good, giving you a really good exfoliation. They leave your face feeling fresh and tingly and they really open up your pores. I find my face can feel a bit sore and look a bit red after I've used it so I don't use it everyday - but I do like to scrub hard!!
Although it is designed for men, both my boyfriend and I agree (for once) that the scrub has a very nice, fresh fragrance that wakes you up in the morning, and in the morning let me tell you, I need all the help I can get! The smell isnt particularly strong which is good as it overpowers but it is a nice smell in the morning - much better than something with no fragrance!
Especially for the money, you get a lot of product as it goes qute far. It's a decent size bottle/tube and you don't need loads per use so there's plenty of life in it. The bottle is one of those like a standing up, inverted toothpaste with a cap on the bottom. This is good I find as it means little product gets wasted when the tube is nearly empty. It can make new tubes top heavy though!
One more point on price which has come from my boyfriend is that he thinks that without the voucher it is perhaps a tad expensive for a man's product. I think that this is because he doesnt really care about the brand and would rather buy the cheapest one possible and spend more on beer (or me.. I can dream!). I think the £6.50 price point can work in its favour and against it with this kind of thing and like I said, it has good offers.
Finally, my boyfriend especially likes the plain packaging. it is just a shimmery metallic sort of gold/brown with orange and black writing. It is fairly simple, they all look good on the bathroom sheelf together and it isnt trying to be something it's not or confuse the poor boy with rediculous claims etc.
As Boots are currently paying me to take the products home with their complexity of offers I thought I'd try the mens scrub on myself instead of shelling out £7.75 for the womens.
At the moment the scrub is £6.50 for 150ml and is being promoted through an offer where you can buy 3 products for the price of 2 and then you are entitled to a gift bag which contains all the product range in miniature and a 250 points coupon.
There's also a £5 off promotion right now, so you can take each single product home by paying out £1.50 but you'll get 250 points back on your card, hence they are paying me to take it home.
This product is probably Boots most unimaginative packaging, each container is a dull bronze with orange and black writing and it looks more like a budget range compared to the more elite ranges available. The typestyle is dull and the whole thing is unattractive, but then I'm a woman. So I asked a man who said in his opinion it looks girly, the letters are too small and it's bland. Right oh!
As soon as I wanted in the room I was told I smelled masculine but the tube smells more girly, so the man is now dispatched to try the product.
I found once I'd ripped off the foil cover, like you find on toothpaste, it was easy to squeeze the right amount in my hand and then smooth over my face before gently massaging it around, paying attention to the sides of the nose and chin but avoiding the eye area.
It felt like sea salt mixed with a gel style face wash, it smells masculine to me and it's far coarser then my usual ladies products. It's much like the sensation of rubbing a brillo pad over your face at first but it becomes less of a shock after a few seconds.
It was easy enough to rinse off, easier than my usual products and left no residue.
My skin immediately felt super clean, super smooth and super soft. Like someone had brought in an industrial sander and blitzed my face.
It tingled a little after, a result of such a thorough clean and immediately calmed as I applied my moisturiser.
My skin feels soft, smooth and clean and I'm happy with the result.
Man, back from the bathroom says he recommends you don't get it in your eyes, apparently it's like hydrochloric acid. He likes the smell once it's lathered up on his face and finds it much more impressive than it was in the tube but still prefers his Ted Baker products on smell.
He likes the effect it had and enjoyed giving his face such a thorough scrub as he could feel it was doing his skin good. He likes how smooth both his face and hands are... of course, as you apply it with your hands the effect is not isolated to the face only.
He now cannot keep his smooth hands off his incredibly smooth face and is looking forward to Christmas when he knows he'll get a stash of said scrub.
Ingredients wise, it has all the usual suspects but you'll particularly want to know about the
Phenoxyethanol and Methylparaben.... drying and potentially harmful products.
It's something you don't need to use everyday anyway, but I'd recommend thorough rinsing and a moisturiser for best effect.
I'll keep using it, probably once a week or so, just to keep the worse of my skin crimes at bay.
Not a bad product, we can only hope they'll eventually repackage it.
A deep cleanser formulated to remove dirt and grime from pores leaving clean, soft skin /