Scrub a Dub Dub

     I am a beauty product junkie.  Drop me off at Sephora or Ulta and pick me up the next day.  Even a well stocked drugstore can keep me occupied for a couple of hours.  Once upon a time, I took long baths and showers and enjoyed trying out new products. Nowadays, I’m doing good to remember to rinse my conditioner and shave above my knees.  I still like to use a body scrub for a good exfoliation in the shower, so I recently asked friends for recommendations.  Here’s a roundup of my favorites:   


Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub


Yes, you read the tub correctly, “A vodka infused cocktail…” This has a very refreshing  citrus scent because it contains lime oil and the limes have been extracted with vodka.  I honestly have no idea what that means, but it gives it a very clean scent.  This was my least favorite of the scrubs that I tried.  I like a body scrub to be very gritty and this is more creamy with some grit mixed into it.  I didn’t notice until after I had used it a couple of times that it says for face and body, so I tried it on my face and loved it there. The avocado butter prevents it from being too harsh on your face.  I accidentally got some on my lip and it tastes like a margarita, which isn’t such a bad thing either… And as a side note, I don’t recommend shopping in Lush with two toddlers.  I literally turned around for 30 seconds and they had almost completely immersed themselves in the glitter bath bomb bin. $21.95 for 4.2 oz.


Tree Hut Body Scrub Almond Honey


This one is an old favorite of mine.  It was always available at Walmart in Andalusia and is very affordable.  The almond and honey scent reminds me of my favorite bath products from Garden Botanika in the Galleria in Birmingham.  That store and Bath & Body Works probably catapulted my love of bath products to the level it is today.  I love a cookie or pound cake that’s been baked with almond extract, so this is a comforting scent to me.  This scrub contains almond oil, shea butter, and honey, along with almond bits and sugar granules to scrub.  It’s very moisturizing and is oil based, so you don’t feel like you’re completely stripping your skin of all of it’s moisture as you scrub, but the oil does leave a film in the shower floor. $6.48 for 18 oz.


Philosophy Living Grace Salt Body Scrub


My love of Philosophy products began about 14 years ago when I sat awake feeding William in the middle of the night and there was nothing to watch on television other than QVC.  They frequently feature Philosophy products and I would sit mesmerized watching them lather up their hands with the foaming soaps and then moisturize with the lotions.  The packaging is catchy, with fun and witty names and sometimes even a recipe.  The Grace line (Living Grace, Baby Grace, Amazing Grace…) is composed of light, clean scents that aren’t overpowering. The composition of this scrub is very similar to the Tree Hut one.  It is also in an oil, but this one contains salt, so the granules are smaller than the sugar granules in the Tree Hut scrub.  Salt is usually more abrasive than sugar, so keep that in mind as well.  $20 for 6 oz.


Beautycounter Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass


The Beautycounter scrub is my favorite of the four that I am reviewing.  The brown sugar granules are in evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and sunflower oils, but they aren’t swimming in the oil.  You have a perfect oil to grit ratio.  You’re able to get a good exfoliation, but still have moisturizing benefits from the oil and it doesn’t leave an oily film in the shower floor.  The lemongrass scent is invigorating and fresh.  Beautycounter is sold through reps (I’m not one, but I highly recommend Meg Shelnutt). $40 for 8.2 oz.

If you have a favorite scrub that you recommend, please let me know in the comments!



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