Not every product can be “the best of the best.” Unfortunately, I relearned this lesson when trying out LATHER Pink Grapefruit & Ginger Body Scrub ($18 for 4 oz). It’s by no means a bad product; there is just nothing spectacular about it. It’s simply… average.

By reading the product description on LATHER’s website, I feel as though LATHER realizes this too. The brand plays up the “delicious scent,” which I completely agree with, but the only other adjectives that suggest skin benefits are “calming,” “soothing,” and “hydrating” (which I don’t agree with).  Personally, I would rather a body scrub be more effective at buffing dry skin than “soothing” it.

As far as exfoliating goes, the scrub is not as course as I would like. It has large granules of sugar to do the job, but there are not enough in the product to effectively exfoliate. During use, I noticed how sparse the granules were and was forced to use a lot of product to achieve the desired exfoliation. The ingredients also include “emollient oils” and shea butter for hydrating effects, but I didn’t feel like my body was getting extra moisture from using this product.

However, despite everything else, this product was enjoyable to use and I finished the jar without a struggle. The sweet, citrus scent is invigorating and delicious. To clarify, LATHER Pink Grapefruit & Ginger Body Scrub, did exfoliate — just not as much as I hoped it would. Even though it was inexpensive, I wouldn’t buy it again. Not because it’s a terrible product, but because I believe there are better options out there.

Ingredients: Sucrose, glycerin, propanediol, water, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) leaf oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, salvia sclarea (clary) oil, zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil, carum carvi (caraway) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, linum usitatissimum (linseed) seed extract*, punica granatum extract*, olea europaea (olive) fruit extract*, laminaria digitata extract*, morinda citrifolia extract*, camellia sinensis leaf extract*, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), hydrastis canadensis (golden seal) extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, althaea officinalis root extract, verbascum thapsus extract, trifolium pratense (clover) flower extract, camellia oleifera leaf extract, lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, arnica montana flower extract, citric acid, potassium sorbate, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol

*Organic ingredients