I don’t really remember to use these often enough, but body exfoliators, or body buffs, when you find one that’s just right for your skin… Boy, does it make a world of a difference. So one that I’ve been trialing lately is the Soap & Glory Scrub ‘Em and Leave ‘Em Body Buff, in their travel size version. I kept this at my partner’s place to try it out, and having done so for a few weekends now, I am finally ready to speak my mind about this product.
I found this little tub in my local Boots, for around £2.50, which isn’t terribly expensive for a travel size product (of 50ml), or if you’re like me, then it’s a trial size you happened to pay for. The full size version at 300ml of product, costs around £8.00, just as a point of reference. I personally didn’t mind spending the £2.50 for this product, since if I remember correctly, I bought this in a 3 for 2 kind of deal, alongside the body lotion, and the hand lotion, which for me was pretty awesome. I did write my thoughts on the body lotion which you can check out here, if you’re interested.
Moving on to the product itself, the tub is quite secure and water-tight, with a twist lid to keep it sealed. The tub is filled pretty high, with a lot of product; more than enough to get you through a week or two week holiday abroad. As it is an open tub however, I did get paranoid very quickly when using this in the shower as water quickly gets inside the tub when you reach down to scoop out any product, or if you’re in the bath and happen to splash some in, then you’re stuck. I quickly found that my tub was becoming waterlogged which makes me question how fresh this product can stay once water starts to mix and collect in the tub.
The body buff itself has a very strong candy/fruity-like scent, which for me is quite the turn-off. While it doesn’t last very long on the skin, it isn’t a scent that personally sits well with me. It’s very artificial and personally doesn’t suit my tastes. But if you like these kinds of scents, then you may find this wonderful to experience.
The texture is also very thick and abrasive – and for my sensitive-oily skin type even on my body, this is very quickly too much for my skin. While the product boasts having hydrating ingredients like jojoba and mandarin oils, it also has sea salt as the exfoliating ingredient. The pink beads you can see as well are also huge for what I’ve seen in any scrub, and rather than gently exfoliating my skin, I worry they’re causing tearing and unnecessary damage to my already sensitive and acne-prone skin. If you’re skin is not sensitive or extremely dry, then this may work some wonders for you, but if your skin is sensitive or prone to tearing or bruising like mine, then I honestly advise you skip this product.
Overall, I was quite disappointed in this product. Do I think that it’s terrible? No, but I can very easily say it’s just not for me. I plan on handing this over to my mum, as she likes extremely abrasive body buffs, so I am happy at least that this shouldn’t go to waste. I expect she’ll put this in her gym bag or leave it aside until she finishes the St Ives Body Scrub I gave her a while back (another one that was just too harsh for me).
Thank you for taking the time to read my First Impressions post, it really means the world to me that you show me your support. I have a make up review post planned for Friday, so I hope you’ll check it out when it is published. Until then, please take care of yourself, and I wish you all the happiness and good health in the world.