“ Brand: Superdrug / Type: Body Scrub „
Having had a positive experience with one of the other products from Superdrug's Arora range, I was persuaded to try one of the body scrubs and chose the 'Wild Berry' fragrance. This comes in a 200 ml tub which has a screw lid.
Superdrug describes it: "A luxuriously cleansing body scrub with a delicious, juicy fragrance and extracts of blackcurrant and blueberry. With softening oils of sunflower and mango seed to help leave skin feeling smooth."
When I bought this product I didn't really consider the practicalities of using it in the shower. Usually I use a body scrub that comes in a tube and this is easily dispensed while showering with just a quick squeeze to dispense the required amount into my hand. The Arora product requires one to open the tub with wet hands - there are no useful textured bits to aid gripping it - and to scoop out the required amount while simultaneously trying to avoid water getting into the tub (this is advisable because the scrub is already quite watery and also with water sitting on the surface, the top layer of the scrub turns slightly milky looking.) If the payback for tolerating such troubles were more worthwhile I'd be happy to continue using it but this is just the beginning of a catalogue of negatives.
The fragrance is undeniably fruity but it is synthetic and cloying rather than zingy and vibrant. In this case I am pleased that the fragrance doesn't linger on the skin. Things become more positive with use of the scrub because the grains are a pleasing size and feel like they are doing the job. The residue is easily rinsed off and, though this scrub has a vibrant magenta colour, no grainy residue remains in the bath tub as is sometimes the case with similar products. Immediately after bathing my skin felt clean, refreshed and renewed. There was no redness and my skin felt soft and smooth.
The following day, however, the skin on my upper arms where I had used the scrub felt dry and less smooth. I continued to use the scrub every couple of days in the hope that there was no connection. Unfortunately while my skin didn't become drier, neither did it improve and what's left languishes on the window sill while I try to think of a use for it, probably as a scrub for the dry skin on my feet.
I as very disappointed with this product because it seemed initially quite effective but as I use a daily body moisturiser anyway (well most days) which has a very pleasing effect on my skin, using a scrub which makes my skin drier is an unnecessary step in my skin care regime. Even at the full price I can't recommend this body scrub based on the results on my own skin. If it worked better it would represent fairly good value and others might not have the same experience I did.
Packaging this type of product in a tub is not ideal, certainly not for me anyway and I found it tricky to scoop out the amount I wanted so even though the price is quite attractive, there's the risk that you'll use more than you need to which in turn makes each application more expensive.
Arora Wild Berry body scrub is priced at £1.97 at the time of writing (2nd August 2013). It is available only from Superdrug and comes only in the 200 ml tub. The full price is £3.99.
Other fragrances available are: Chocolate Espresso, Coconut Creme, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate Passion and Sweet Vanilla.
The container is made from PET 1 so widely recyclable and the product is BUAV approved and vegetarian friendly.
I got this body scrub for Christmas along with some other toiletries in the same range, I love using body and face scrubs and often buy them from The Body Shop however having tried a scrub from the Arora range before I wasn't holding out a lot of hope that this would be very nice.
The Body Scrub came in a little purple plastic tub with a simple screw top lid. The lid has the fragrance written on it which in this case is Wild Berry along with a silver swirly pattern. On the side of the tub the name Arora Body Scrub is written in white and all the other relevant information is on the bottom of the pot. These include directions for use, ingredients and care and safety advise which is basically commonsense but all the information is there should you wish to read it. The plastic pot is clear allowing you to see the purple coloured scrub inside.
Arora Body Scrub
On removing the lid I wasn't expecting a lovely fruity fragrance from the purple scrub inside, and I was right. I had already tried one of these before, pink grapefruit, and was disappointed with the fragrance. Although there is a slight fruitiness to the scrub it certainly didn't smell anything like berries and it certainly didn't smell natural. The scrub is a nice consistency, not too firm and not too runny, it has a nice amount of "scrub" in it, little gritty bits which although can be felt they are not sharp.
I use this scrub while I'm in the bath or shower and its very easy to use, I simply scoop some from the pot and massage it into my damp skin in circular motions, the scrub should then gently exfoliate my skin removing any old dry skin cells.
As I mentioned when I opened up my tub or Arora Wild Berry body scrub I wasn't surprised that it didn't really smell too fruity however as a scrub its very good. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and smooth. I use it on my arms and legs and my skin looks brighter and fresher, I can definitely see a difference after using this. The scrub doesn't make my skin sore and although I can be a bit sensitive to products I had no reactions after using this. Although I didn't actually buy this it was a gift I know it came from Superdrug where a 200ml tub costs £3.99.
All in all this is a good body scrub, it works well and is reasonably priced, its just a shame the fragrance lets it down, the description states it contains "extracts of blackcurrant and blueberry with softening oils of sunflower and mango seed" but personally I cant detect any blackcurrant or blueberry fragrances at all.
This is available in several other fragrances including Coconut Crème, Pomegranate Passion and Sweet Vanilla.
If you are looking for a body scrub that does a good job but you are not bothered about fragrance then I would recommend taking a look at this, if you prefer something that smells lovely too then this definitely wont be for you.