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I knew that Elizabeth Arden made a green tea fragrance, however it was only when browsing online that I realised that they made a whole range of green tea body care products too. I managed to find a pot of their green tea scrub on special offer and I'm so glad I did as I've been so pleased with it.
I'll start with the only real negative I've found, which is the packaging. This is not the cheapest product on the market, so I find it a little disappointing that the plain green plastic tub looks like it could come from a supermarket. I understand some companies say they prefer to spend money on the ingredients as the packaging is just thrown away, but I'm sure even if the intention was to package this very cheaply they could have come up with a better design than this.
The packaging tells me that this is infused with 'Green Tea antioxidant complex', beeswax, Gingko Biloba and Sophora Japonica extracts. With the exception of beeswax I have no idea what any of that is!! Whatever is in it though, this product promises to leave the skin soft, smooth and renewed which is just what my manky dry winter skin needs!
On to the product itself and I'll start with the smell. I would assume that this has a fragrance to match the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea perfume, but in all honesty it's a fragrance I have never tried so I can't confirm or deny, it's merely an assumption. The scent is pleasant, although for me it's quite average and certainly isn't one of those 'wow' scents where as soon as you smell it you have to have it. It's quite a fresh and very green, leafy sort of scent, but it has an unusual creamy sweetness to it. I have found that like so many other products of this nature that when you're using it the scent seems very intense, but after use your skin is left with a gentler fragrance which is much more pleasant.
The texture of the product is very unusual, but in my opinion perfect. The scrub is a pale yellow colour and is full of grains which look like they are granulated sugar. I have found in the past scrubs tend to either be not grainy enough or that they have a very thick buttery texture. Thankfully this is neither and I have found this one although thick, is packed with grains and has a light almost air whipped texture to it. It rubs onto the skin evenly and feels grainy without being harsh or uncomfortable.
Another thing I like about it is if using this in the bath the grains will dissolve, so you don't have a nightmare trying to swill lots of little grains out of your bath afterwards!
Once I've rinsed this scrub I find that my skin is left feeling baby smooth, soft and fresh. I have quite dry skin in general and this gets rid of any flaky patches on my elbows and knees and I get no redness as I occasionally can with products of this nature.
At £16 for 200ml in Boots this perhaps is not the cheapest product around, but I've found that a relatively small amount will cover a large area of skin, and as such my tub seems to have lasted twice as long as other scrubs do, so although this initially might seem to have a high price tag it actually works out quite economical.
Overall I would highly recommend this product. It's definitely one of the best body scrubs I have ever used, and it works amazingly well on dry skin and isn't harsh. Thumbs up from me!