“ Brand: Virgin Vie / Scrub / Type: Hand Scrub / Suitable for: Hand / What it does: Exfoliates, „
Another item I found in the Virgin Vie hamper that my lovely friend gave my as a gift several Christmases ago was the Virgin Vie Heavenly Hands Sugar Scrub. As I stated in my previous review, I'm having trouble finding Virgin Vie products any more but most of them can still be picked up on a certain online auction site. I had previously bought this scrub before myself so know that it cost £10 for the 125g of scrub, although the one I bought recently on said auction site was much cheaper.
The scrub comes in a short, squat tub which has a fastening like a kilner jar, as you can see in the picture above. I quite like this way of fastening the tub as it's much easier to re-fasten it than a screw top lid when your hands are covered in product, although no doubt the 'fanciness' of it contributes to the high price tag! The tub itself is clear, meaning you can easily see the white scrub inside and how much is left, and the packaging overall has a simple but quite elegant look to it. It looks posh enough for me to leave out in my downstairs loo for guests to use too anyway!
The blurb on the back of the tub informs us that it contains crystalised sugar to exfoliate, sea buckthorn berry oil to enhance skin renewal and beeswax, evening primrose oil, sweet almond oil and vitamin E to condition and protect your skin.
To use this scrub you simply extract a small blob of it from the tub with your fingers and then rub it into your hands, much like you would a hand cream, before rinsing it off again. It feels extremely gritty as a result of the sugar and if there is any cracked or damaged skin on my hands it can feel quite painful when rubbing this in. If I'm using it when my hands aren't in any way damaged it still feels highly abrasive so if you have exremely sensitive skin you may want to think twice about using this one.
When I rinse this scrub off it leaves my skin feeling and looking very oily and greasy so I always have to wash my hands as well after using this. Whether that's just me or not I don't know, but with all the oil listed as ingredients I would imagine everyone would experience this problem.
After my hands have been rinsed and washed and dried, however, I can immediately notice a difference in their condition. The skin definitely feels much much softer and smoother and looks healthier too. I frequently get a random piece of dry skin appearing on the top knuckle of my right hand middle finger (I have no idea why it happens or why it happens there, but it's a frequent occurrence!) and giving it a quick rub with this scrub makes it look less flakey and feel less dry and, after a couple of days of use, the problem patch has normally gone.
I was so impressed with the effects of this sugar scrub that i started using it on my the backs of my ankles and my elbows when they got dry and flakey too and it had the exact same effect on them - after a couple of days of use the skin was in much better condition, softer, much less flakey and smoother. Despite it feeling so abrasive on my skin I never feel like it's actually doing any damage, just getting rid of any nasty dead skin or impurities that might be lurking in it and I also never feel as though i need to follow up with a hand cream either. I do have the matching hand cream and, if I'm in the mood for a proper pampering, will use the two together, but generally I just use the scrub on its own without feeling like I need added moisturiser.
The smell of this scrub is lovely. It's quite a creamy but fresh smell and reminds me of certain kinds of suncream. There's definitely nothing offensive about the fragrance anyway and I can't imagine that somebody wouldn't like it.
Overall I would highly recommend this hand scrub if you suffer from problem hands or even if you just like to give your hands a bit of pampering. As you only need to use a little at a time and it isn't something you would use more than once a day, or once every couple of days if your hands are in good condition anyway, a tub lasts for quite a while. I tend to use my scrub about once every 3 or 4 days, unless I'm having problems with dry patches, and my tubs usually last for a good 6 months or so. As I can't find anybody selling Virgin Vie any more I'll be keeping an eye out for this online and stocking up whenever I can because I've yet to find another product which has such good results not only on my hands, but on any dry patches of skin on other problem areas too.
I'm knocing one star off for the greasy layer it leaves coating my hands after use, but apart from that I'm totally in love with this sugar scrub!
I bought it when I went to a friends Virgin Vie party. Virgin Vie are a company that specialise in make-up, kind of like Avon, that they sell through independent consultants or through their website www.vieathome.com. They are part of the Virgin brand, owned by a certain Mr Branson. The lady at the party demonstated various products throughout their product range and although for me nothing really stood out, I felt obliged to buy something as it was a friends party. I do have dry skin on my hands so this seemed like the product I would most likely use out of the ones demonstrated.
The scrub cost £10 for a 125g pot. The pot itself is made of plastic with a distinctive spring lid, which makes the product look quite upmarket. The front has the day spa and vie logos on it along with the name 'Heavenly hands sugar scrub'. The back has some information on the product and states that the product is designed to pamper hands and ensure they are smooth and supple. When opened there is a sweet floral like smell and the scrub itself is like a white grainy paste. To use, massage the scrub onto your skin, leave for a minute, then rinse. The scrub has crystallised sugar to exfoliate, sea buckthorn berry oil to help enhance skin renewal, beeswax, evening primrose oil, sweet almond oil and vitamin E to condition and help protect. I found the product easy to use and the almond oil really left my skin really soft soft and smooth, with a pleasant smell of the berry oil, which lasted a long time. I did however find the sugar granules a little harsh and my skin felt raw and tingly afterwards. This feeling didn't last too long but it didn't feel great! This explains why the pot has been sitting on my bathroom shelf for the best part of 2 years! I'll finish the pot but probably won't buy again.