24 May, 2012

Somewhat Disappointing

After trying Classic Erotica's Simply Sensual Body Butter and finding it to be a pretty amazing body butter, I decided I wanted to try a few other products from the Simply Sensual line. It's been a pretty long time since I've used a sugar scrub product on my body, so I decided I'd give that a try first.

Simply Sensual Sugar Scrub comes in a clear plastic jar with a white lid exactly the same as that of the body butter. Underneath the screw-on lid, there's a small knife-like scoop to help you get the scrub out of the jar. I like the addition of this, as trying to scoop out the scrub with wet fingers causes the sugar to dissolve, making it less effective at scrubbing. Scooping it out with the knife keeps the scrub dry until you massage it in.

The jar has a very nice looking, gender-neutral label on it. The label lists ingredients and some basic information about this scrub. This is designed for use on all skin types. It contains vitamins C and E, Shea butter and jojoba seed oil for skin health. It is recommended to be used 2-3 times a week for healthy looking, soft skin. This product is not tested on animals and is made in the USA.

For the ingredients list, I am using only the common name of each ingredient, not the INCI name. I did notice a few small discrepancies between EF's ingredient list and the actual list on the product.

Sucrose, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sunflower Seed Oil Beeswax, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Silica, Fragrance, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Vitamin C, Benzopehnone-3, Borage Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Caprylyl Glycol, Safflower Seed Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamte, Cotton Seed Oil, Laureth-4, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Macadamia Nut Seed Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Water, Phenoxyethanol, Red 17 (CI 26100), Violet 2 (CI 60725).

I find this ingredient list to be a pretty big disappointment. The fragrance is the sixth largest ingredient in this product, while vitamin E, Shea butter and jojoba seed oil are much further down the list. Vitamin E is actually right at the end of this list. This means there is less of the actually beneficial stuff than there is of things like fillers, solidifying agents, and fragrances. I would prefer to see all of the beneficial ingredients at the top of the list.  I was a bit concerned at first about the number of oils in this product, as there are quite a few natural oils that can be comedogenic, which means pore clogging. I looked up the oils in this product and none of them are high on the scale for pore clogging. I did not notice any irritation from this product. I have somewhat sensitive skin, though mainly with chemicals and detergents.

In appearance, this scrub is somewhat slushy and grainy looking. It is semi-hard in consistency. You could hold this container upside down and none of the scrub would fall out, yet at the same time it isn't super difficult to scoop some out. It's light pink in color. If I look closely, I can see some of the oils beading up on top of the scrub.

The fragrance is exactly the same as the body butter. It smells fruity like pomegranate. However, I think the scent is a bit heavy in this. When I use this, just a small amount of scrub fills my bathroom with the pomegranate fragrance. Even though this product is made of sugar and natural oils, it is not made to be eaten.

Using this on skin is pretty simple. Moisten the area you wish to scrub, then scoop out some of the body scrub. Rub it gently in circular motions over your skin, then once the sugar granules have dissolved, rinse it off. This will leave a slightly oily feel to skin even after you have fully rinsed it off. The oil moisturizes skin and will absorb slowly. I noticed my skin had fully absorbed all of the left over oil after a few hours. My skin was left lightly fragranced until the oil absorbed.

I like to use this scrub on my arms and legs mainly. Both my arms and legs are dry and aren't as smooth and healthy looking as I would like. I love the silky smooth feeling my legs have after both shaving and scrubbing them. I don't recommend using it on easily irritated skin or on your face. I tested it out on my face just to see what effects it would have. I applied a very thin layer in small, gentle circles to my face. I noticed this did irritate my t-zone a tiny bit and didn't do much of anything for the rest of my face.

After 3 consecutive uses of this scrub, the difference in my skin quality and appearance wasn't all too remarkable. My arms felt and appeared a bit smoother, but not by much. Forgetting to use this product for a couple of days returned my skin to its original condition.

I think this scrub is a bit awkward to use on my body, mainly because of how it is packaged. A soft squeeze tube like St. Ives Apricot Scrub would be much easier to work with because I could take it into the shower. With this scrub, I have to stand at the sink to scrub myself because I do not have a tub. I tried taking this in the shower with me, however it was very difficult to keep the shower water from getting into the jar and dissolving all of the sugar.

Overall, my experience with this scrub was decent enough. I like to make my own scrubs with natural ingredients and feel they work better for less money. This product is cutely packaged. I don't care for how the good-for-you ingredients the jar boasts about are towards the end of the ingredients. I'm on the fence about whether or not I would purchase this again. It was okay to use and smells nice, but my skin doesn't look good if I don't scrub it for a day or two.

I give this product 3 out of 5 stars for being an average quality product.

Interested in purchasing Simply Sensual Body Scrub? Simply click the link below to add it to your cart on EdenFantasys!

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Scrub by Classic Erotica



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