See that tub of body scrub right there? You'll notice it's not brand new, and that's because I grabbed it out of my very own shower to snap these pics. It's what I've been using lately to combat winter scales and dryness, and MAN does it work well. Just a couple uses and my shins had returned to a normal colour/texture instead of looking like they were covered in snakeskin.
You may remember the Consonant brand of 100 percent natural skincare products—they make my all-time favourite hydrating serum and a fantastic foaming face wash, among other things. For this product, they teamed up with Fuzz Wax Bar in Toronto to formulate an exfoliator that would prepare skin for waxing and help prevent ingrown hairs. But even if you don't wax, it makes an all-around great scrub, especially for the Canadian winters.
Here's what it looks like inside. There is some oil, but it's not swimming in it like most scrubs I've tried.
The reason for this (and its creamy texture) is that the base is vegetable glycerin, which is a great hydrator. The "grains" are salt AND sugar, which means you get different shapes and sizes for a more complete exfoliation. The scrub is unscented, so you don't have to worry about it clashing with your fragrance, and definitely has a luxurious feel.
Besides its great performance, what really impressed me was the ingredients list. Some of you may know that I've been on a mission to eliminate oils that are PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids) from both my diet and my skincare regimen, since our skin absorbs about 20 percent of what we put on it. Oils such as soybean, safflower, sunflower, sesame and almond all oxidize in our bodies, causing hormonal imbalances and damaging our immune systems. (It's really scary.)
Happily, there are no PUFAs at all in this body scrub:
Coconut, olive, castor and jojoba (actually a wax) are all safe oils. Tocopherol acetate is vitamin E; also extremely safe. The alcohol they use is derived from coconuts and it's a fatty, non-drying variety.
Now, like most body scrubs that contain oils, this one does leave your bathtub a little slippery after you use it. It also leaves a lot of oil on your skin, which stays there for hours and is how you get the amazing hydrating benefits (better than any regular body moisturizer). That doesn't bother me at all—in fact, I love that I can skip the step of applying lotion. But if it's too oily for you, or you don't want to risk getting oil on your clothes, just use a towel to rub most of it off after you get out of the shower.
I can't even tell you how many oily body scrubs I gave away after I learned about this PUFA thing—so I'm just over the moon that there's a scrub out there with ingredients I can use. It's much more convenient than trying to make my own homemade scrub. And I LOVE how it saves me time in my routine while taking care of scaly winter skin. Yay!
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