Product Type: Superdrug body care
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Scrub in a Tub? No Thanks
Superdrug Arora Wild Berry Body Scrub
Member Name: fizzywizzy
Superdrug Arora Wild Berry Body Scrub
Advantages: Initially leaves skin feeling refreshed and renewed
Disadvantages: Skin felt dry later; synthetic fragrance; poor packaging
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.
Summary: A cheap but ineffective and difficult to dispense body scrub