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It is very obvious from one look in my bathroom that I am a sucker for any and all body scrubs – I have four or five in my medicine cabinet right now. I wanted to try LATHER’s Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub ($38/8 oz in the TIA shop) because the exfoliant was one I had never come across before, powdered bamboo, and it foamed – weird, but I really enjoyed it.
The first thing I noticed about this product was how strange looking it is – it is dark, chocolate brown and has the consistency of dense, wet sand. You have to really dig your fingers into it to get product out because it is so firmly packed together. The first time I used it, it was a bit of a mess – my shower looked like I had just gotten back from the beach due to little sand-like particles everywhere.
As far as exfoliating goes, it is very course and will slough off any dead skin you have. It was a little uncomfortable for me at first because it was so rough, but as you keep rubbing it into your wet skin, it starts to foam up and becomes gentler and easier to use. I especially enjoyed using it on my feet – the course texture was ideal for my rough heels and the added foam made them feel soft, supple, and clean.
Other key ingredients besides bamboo powder are sea algae and herbal extracts and almond proteins to nourish the skin and “lift away impurities.” I definitely feel like my skin is improved a little after using this scrub. It was moisturized, soft, and lightly scented.
Speaking of the scent, it is one of my favorite things about this product. It smells heavily of lemongrass – so make sure you like lemongrass – and makes my dorm bathroom feel like a spa.
I recommend this product for any other body scrub junkies out there looking for something unique. Try using it on your feet or before shaving your legs and underarms for a super-smooth, close shave.
Ingredients: Water (aqua), juglans regia (walnut) shell powder, bambusa arundinacea (bamboo) stem powder, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, aloe barbadensis (vera) leaf juice, lauryl glucoside, saccharum officinalis (sugar cane) extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) extract, pyrus malus (apple) extract, camellia sinensis leaf (green tea) extract, silybum marianum (milkthistle) seed extract, spiraea ulmaria (meadowsweet) flower extract, urtica dioica (nettle) extract, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), glycerin (vegetable), hydrolyzed sweet almond protein, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil, vetiveria zizanoides root (vetiver) oil, cananga odorata (ylang ylang III) flower oil, citrus reticulata (petitgrain) leaf oil, sodium chloride (sea salt), propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene glycol, citric acid