After using this product for a couple of months, I want to review it. Today it is the Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It facial scrub, which I’m quite excited to discuss with you. I picked this up a couple of years ago when I was still in university, but it was part of a 3 for 2 deal at Boots. At full price, this retails for £9.00 but I have seen it on sale for slightly cheaper as well depending on when Boots runs their sales. The packaging isn’t particularly notable, it’s a simple tube with a twist lid, and you squeeze the product out to dispense it.
Before I start talking about my actual experience with the product, I want to go through the claims this product makes. First of all, it claims to be for oily-combination skin types, which suits me perfectly. Other than that, the only other claim it makes directly on the tube itself, is that it is a “special pore refining formula”, which while not saying anything very specific, is still a big claim to make. But this does make it clear that this scrub is meant to have similar intentions as some mud masks for pore-refining.
Boot’s website however has a lot more to say so I want to quote this here for your convenience:
“Formulated with Soap & Glory’s exclusive, deep pore detoxing D-CLOG™MICROMUD – a super clarifying, triple action, diatomaceous earth mix – it helps to exfoliate, clean and purify the skin, lift away pore-clogging dead skin cells, soak up excess oils, and stimulate fresh oxygen to your face.
• SUPERFRUIT™ YUZU – a skin energising, toning and brightening antioxidant complex pressed from natural Japanese citrus fruits
• D-CLOG™ MICROMUD – a blend of highly refined, purified, diatomaceous earth and fruit acids that help dissolve pore-clogging debris and clear away dead skin cells
• MONTMORILLITE CLAY – a soft, white, purified, highly absorbent clay that soaks up excess oils
• SUPER AHA FRUIT ACIDS – to dissolve the ‘glue’ that keeps dead cells stuck to your skin
• strategically formulated for oily/combination skin”
So compared to the tube itself, this makes a lot more claims for me to discuss about. First of all, I want to say that I had two varying opinions on this product.
When I first starting using this, I found myself very disappointed. I was underwhelmed by the lack of ‘substance’ to the texture. At first glance, it looks no different than a really colourful mud mask or thick gel-cream cleanser. You do feel some gritty texture when you rub it into the skin, but that’s where I initially felt more underwhelmed. I guess this is what they meant be the “highly refined texture” though. While this product does exfoliate and clear the skin, compared to my much-loved St. Ives Timeless Skin Daily Microdermabrasion scrub that I’ve reviewed and spoken very highly of, I think I’m in a mental state where it just doesn’t quite match up to its standards and I’m then disappointed. However, given time to get used to this product, I’ve found myself liking this product more and more.
While I still hold preference with the St. Ives scrub that I just referred to, with time I’ve become more subjective and appreciate what this scrub does for my skin. For anyone living the UK the past couple of months, the recent 35 degrees Celsius (and hotter), along with the humidity was a really tough time to live through, and for people like us who care about our skin, it’s been rough keeping our skin happy through it. For me, this has meant vetoing makeup most of the time, and this scrub has felt like a temporary remedy from the heat.
One of the things that makes this product ‘interesting’ to me is the menthol-tingling feeling when it sits on the skin. For me, this feels mostly artificial with no tangible benefit, but with the hot weather the UK has been hit with recently, that artificial cooling sensation was nice just for temporary relief.
Aside from this, I think this is otherwise a nice scrub that I think anyone that doesn’t have a dry skin type can benefit from. I didn’t find this to be over-drying or too much of anything on my skin, and I use mud masks before I use this product as well. So in terms of accessibility, it’s easy to get hold of, but it’s also, in my opinion at least, suitable for a lot of skin types. Just to reiterate, if you do have dry skin in any regard, avoid the product on dry areas, but for any oily or even just normal areas, I think this product works for refining the skin.
So, unusually, I’m leaving this to last, but I want to address the instructions. On the back of the tube, it instructs to:-
“On all pores: Apply a small dollop of SCRUB YOUR NOSE IN IT to a damp t-zone, massage in circular motions, then leave on for 2 minutes. Rinse well. Follow with moisture cream”.
The reason I want to address this last of all is to avoid confusion regarding my experience. As I discussed earlier, the humidity and heat of this year’s summer has meant that my skin has been struggling. To be more exact, my skin is even oilier than normal – my cheeks which normally only get oily part way through the day, are very oily like my t-zone within a couple of hours. So, I decided to take some liberties with how I applied and used the product. I also want to disclose that I only use this product in the shower, when my pores are opened up by hot water, my mud mask and the steam of my shower. With these things in mind, I apply this in a large dollop in the palm of my hand – the super refined texture just gets lost between your fingers and doesn’t spread properly from experience – and just gently apply this all over my face, avoiding my eye area. The application process is most of the “massaging” process for me, but I remove the product quickly, starting from my cheeks and working to my t-zone, so the product sits on my t-zone area a little bit longer for a bit more effect.
For this time of year, the method I have used works for me. If you have normal or only combination skin, I think the instructions that Soap & Glory gives will work better, as you likely don’t have as much oiliness to deal with. I think for oily skin types, the given instructions make much more sense outside of the hot and humid summer weather. So for example, during spring, autumn and winter, I plan to adjust my application to fit more in-line with what Soap & Glory describes. I just wanted to outline this as I have a habit of taking liberties and not always following instructions to a T, and this will impact my review. I just want to be transparent about that.
Overall, I think this is a really nice product. I actually have a backup I accidentally bought maybe a year ago, so I plan to switch to it as soon as this current tube is finished, so I will not be reviewing a new scrub for some time. However, since it will take months to use up this tube and the backup, I plan to write a separate update post once I use this during the autumn and my application of the product is adjusted. I definitely think this is worth the money, more so on sale. I do prefer the St. Ives Timeless Skin Daily Microdermabrasion over this product, but for someone who needs a scrub that tackles oily skin needs as well as dead skin removal, I suggest this product instead. For my skin however, I avoid using too many products that tackle oily skin needs to avoid over-doing it and making my problems worse. I am potentially too paranoid about it though.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post, it truly means the world to me. If you found this post useful or enjoyable, I would love it if you would let me know. If you have any questions, I would love to answer them as well. It’s possible I’ve overlooked something that I didn’t write here, and would love to address them. I hope you are happy and healthy.