I have a bit of a weakness for body scrubs. Somehow I find them therapeutic. It's as if I'm sloughing off mortal coils as well as dead skin cells and grime. These days, body scrubs do much more than just exfoliate. Good ones leave you gleaming and moisturized, with little or no need for body lotion afterwards. There are some great new finds since the last Five Best roundup
in September '08. And its always gratifying when some old favorites are stayers, like the Malia scrub.
REN Ginger Revivo Tonic Two Sugar Scrub
($40). This is my latest find and a new best friend in the shower. REN is an English brand that uses only botanical ingredients - many of them organic. The scrubbing job is performed by two types of sugar grains, demerara and muscovado. It is gentle and effective and doesn't leave you feeling greasy like some sugar/oil scrubs can. There is the helpful addition of antioxidant tea. Kola nut is a novel way of getting caffeine. Kola is a tree that grows in African rainforests and has xanthines (like coffee or yerba mate), which are stimulants so this ingredient may be helpful for cellulite. There are two oddities about the REN scrub - they don't make me like it less, but I should mention them. Despite the name, there is no ginger in this product and it has a faintly musty smell.
SKINN Sweet & Smooth Body Polish
($18). Kate turned me on to this and Justine loves it too. They are right. It nearly pushes out Malia as my No1 fave. The only problem is that a 4oz tub is way too small unless you only use it once a month or you are a pixie. I found that I'd buffed my through it in no time (partly because it's slightly addictive). Hmm, there may be something too that. It contains cannabls - honestly. Actually cannabis contains cannabinoids, which are essential for healthy skin because they are responsible for lipid production and, therefore, for regulating conditions such as dry skin or acne. Pistachio oil is also a nice addition as it is high in vitamin E.
Coconut Spa Body Scrub
($33). This was recommended by Sarah when Kate posted her review on Skinn. The coconut is organic and hand pressed, whist the exfoliating sugar comes from Hawaii. I haven't tried it yet, but I am honing in on the zingy lime version.
Malie Organic Body Polish
($40). Malie makes its products at a spa in Hawaii using ingredients that are actually grown on the property. Open a jar of the body polish, rub it in and be transported to a tropical beach. It is the perfect balance of scrub and oil and it really is unnecessary to use body lotion afterwards. This is a great scrub for keeping breakouts at bay. One of the ingredients is turmeric
, the most commonly used at-home antiseptic remedy in India for day-to-day bruises, burns, and cuts. Its cosmetic purposes run the gamut from lightening skin to removing superfluous hair to curing eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
Body Shop Moringa Scrub
($20). I am operating a one-woman campaign to encourage the use of moringa seed in cosmetic products. The seed of the moringa tree is a powerful remover of pollutants and other nasties as well as being a potent antioxidant. Moringa is just making its way into beauty products and The Body Shop is back (after a few years in the wilderness) on form as a far-sighted pioneer. Walnut and coconut shells are ground to a powder to provide the scrubber. In addition to moringa, there is a high concentration of grape seed oil and rice powder to pack even more antioxidant punch.
Ingredients in REN Ginger Revivo Tonic Two Sugar Scrub:
Saccharum Officinarum (sugar), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (source Palm Oil), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate (source Palm Oil), Decyl Glucoside (source Corn), Parfum (100% natural Fragrance), Citral, Geraniol Limonene, Ilex Paraguariensis (Paraguay Tea) Leaf Extract, Cola Acuminata (Kola Nut) Seed Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
Ingredients in SKINN Sweet & Smooth:
Sucrose (cane sugar), carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, stearic acid, dimethicone, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, euterpe oleracea (açai), butyrospermim parkii (shea) butter, pistacia vera (pistachio) seed oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) seed oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, bassia latifolia (mowrah) seed butter, tocopheryl acetate, vanilla planifolia fruit oil
Ingredients in Malie:
Hawaiian sea salt, organic virgin coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, mango butter, organic vanilla bean, organic vitamin E, vanilla essential oil, Kaua”i clay, organic grapefruit seed extract, organic citric acid, organic tapioca, organic turmeric
Ingredients in Body Shop:
Water, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Cetearyl Alcohol, Honey, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil) Nut Oil, Lanolin Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Fragrance, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Moringa Pterygosperma Fruit Powder, Myristamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Powder, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Shell Powder, Phenethyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydroxycitronellal, Caramel, Yellow 5, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Yellow 5 Lake.