Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub

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I have been wanting to try this scrub for ages now because it’s one of those products everyone seems to love. I was lucky enough to be given it for Christmas and have been using it for the last couple of weeks.

The Breakfast Scrub is an oat, shea butter and sugar scrub containing  bananas, almond and honey extracts. As with all Soap & Glory products, this scrub smells amazing. It took me a while to place the exact scent – sweet and sugary, almost like brown sugar, but not floral or fruity -but after checking the tub I realised it’s actually maple syrup! Yummy!

The scrub is a thick paste consistency which you need to scoop up out the tub before you use it. It has very large grainy particles in it, much bigger than some other Soap & Glory scrubs like Flake Away. It makes it feel really nice and exfoliating.

I’m really enjoying this scrub and would definitely consider re-purchasing it. I like to alternate between this and using shower gel on a mitt to make sure I get luxury and also really good exfoliation each week.

What other Soap & Glory products should I be trying?

Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub

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Today I am reviewing the first of my Christmas gifts! I have been using it every other day since Christmas, so I think I am now in a position to discuss it fairly.

The Coconut Body Scrub is one of Body Shop’s best selling scrubs. It is designed to removes dead skin cells and stimulate microcirculation. It contains organic virgin coconut oil which is great for your skin. It has a gorgeous coconut scent. I find some of Body Shop’s products don’t really smell of what they are supposed to, but this one definitely does. Coconut is a great scent for bath and shower products. It feels a bit more luxurious than some of the fruity scents like Strawberry or Mango, but still smells clean and fresh, unlike some of their creamier smells like Shea or Cocoa. I love those scents, but for more for moisturisers than shower products.

To use the scrub, scoop some out of the tub and apply it to damp skin in a circular motion, then rinse thoroughly. I use it in the shower every other day, as I said. You could incorporate it into your bath routine, but then you will end up with bits of grainy scrub in your bath water which wouldn’t appeal to me.

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The scrub has a creamy consistency with a medium thickness and contains gritty lumps (think hair conditioner with bits in). I’ve heard mention that these are bits of coconut shell, although I’m not sure. I really like the gritty, grainy texture as it really feels like the scrub is working, breaking down those dead skin cells. Pairing it with the creamy consistency is a clever idea; the hard and soft textures work really well together. The scrub leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. It is a great addition to my shower routine and leaves the bathroom smelling like fresh coconut for ages afterwards!

If you really like the smell of this product and want it to be a bit more intense, I think the scrub would be great if you used it with the Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream and finished off with the Body Shop Coconut Body Butter.

Lush Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser

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I fancied trying a different cleanser as I am trying to branch out from Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, so when I was in Lush the other day I decided to take a look at their range of cleansers. As soon as I smelt Let The Good Times Roll, I knew I had to try it. It is designed to smell like a really rich and buttery popcorn. It even has little popcorn pieces in it which are adorable. If I had to describe the scent of this in one word, it wouldn’t be popcorn, it would be cinnamon. I can see why this used to be a Christmas special because it has that really warming, spicy Christmas feel to it. If I continue to smell it, as I do with lovely smelling things, it has a really, rich, buttery caramel scent which you could interpret as popcorn. The combination of the cinnamon and the butter smells delicious.

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You can use this cleanser on your face and on the rest of your body so it is quite versatile. You take a small chunk in the palm of your hand, add a few drops of water, and mix it into a paste. You can then apply it to your skin, rub it in and wash it off. I like to wash it off with warm water and splash my face with cold water. It has a really grainy texture which I think comes from the polenta in the mixture. This product feels like a two-in-one because the grainy texture makes it feel really exfoliating. That helps my skin feel really smooth, soft and clean afterwards.

I suppose the only downside to this cleanser is the fact that it is a little messier than the type of cleansers you buy in supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug. I also prefer a cleanser that can remove all make-up, including eye make-up as it saves me time during my hectic week. I wouldn’t use this Lush cleanser every day, but it is a lovely product to have in my cupboard for weekends. I checked with the sales assistant and he told me you can keep this cleanser in a cupboard in your bathroom or on a shelf (i.e. it doesn’t need to be refrigerated) which means you can keep it as a special treat. Perfect!

Review: Sanctuary Mande Lular Sensuous Body Scrub

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Sanctuary Mande Lular Sensuous Body Scrub – £6.25 in Boots

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This scrub contains rice bran wax for exfoliation, turmeric and vitamin E. It claims to improve circulation, revitalise your skin and leave it smooth and glowing, all whilst making you feel like an Indonesian princess. Sounds good right?

I have been using this scrub for several weeks now and in general I have enjoyed it. The scent in particular is really lovely. I would describe it as having almost a fruity undertone, but the turmeric gives it a spicy, exotic feel.

The consistency is quite smooth for a scrub. It comes out the bottle like a gel, rather than a thick paste. You can really see the little particles of rice grains in the scrub when you apply it which makes it feel quite a natural product.

It has the feeling of a luxurious spa product, but not the price tag. £6.25 is fairly good value for money, especially considering I have been using this twice a week for nearly a month and I am not even halfway through it.

My main criticism of this product would be that it doesn’t seem to have strong exfoliating power. Whilst it is nice to use, I wouldn’t say that it has made my skin smoother or reduced the amount of ingrown hairs I get. I have been using it with an exfoliating glove and, to be honest, I think the glove does most of the work.

Overall, I would recommend this product for anyone who is looking for a luxurious addition to their shower routine, but I would avoid this if you are looking for heavy duty exfoliation.

Let me know if you have used this product and, if so, what you thought of it!