When asked to review Eight Skincare Sugar Body Scrub ($21) in Ginger Lime, I was left wondering whether there is a cocktail based on these two ingredients. What a delicious-sounding combination.
Eight Skincare is a brand I had not heard of, and I eagerly went to their website to learn more. Their site states, “Eight Skincare is a natural and simple solution for healthy skin. True to its name, Eight Skincare products are made with eight core ingredients — a luxurious blend of the very purest skin re-balancers such as aloe vera, argan oil, monoi oil, evening primrose oil, vitamin E oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil and apricot kernel oil.” I liked the sound of this. All of these oils are nourishing and great for dry skin.
The Sugar Body Scrub listed eight ingredients on their website, including sugar, soybean oil, safflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, rice bran oil, jojoba seed oil, and vitamin E oil. I was sold!
The product arrived and I immediately opened it for the sniff test. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. The scent came across as a synthetic fragrance, overly perfumed and not what I had imagined natural ginger and lime to smell like. When I looked at the ingredients on the side of the tub, the following ingredients were added to the eight listed above: PEG-8 Laurate, Laureth-4, Fragrance. These rate on the Environmental Working Group's website as 5, 2-3, and 8 respectively. These are all high ratings, and I generally steer clear of products with these numbers. I’m also confused as to why the Eight Skincare website did not give a full description of this product. It felt sneaky.
I did use the scrub despite the cloying sweet scent. The oils provided a smooth texture, while the sugar gave a gentle exfoliation. I’m in my forties, and my skin gets dry during the winter months. This scrub definitely provided exfoliation and added moisture to my skin. However, I will not be making a repurchase due to the discrepancy between the ingredient lists.