When I find something I really love, such as Malie's body scrubs, I find myself trying to see if I can find better. (I assure you that this perverse trait is confined to beauty products and doesn't in any way extend to, say, restaurants or husbands). So I have been postponing buying what would be my fourth pot of Malie in the hope that I can another body buffer to die for. What I can tell you is that Napeleon Perdis Smooth Over Body Scrub ($35) is not it.

As soon as I saw the box, I took a dislike to Smooth Over. It is bright turquoise with a gold motif that looks like a shattered mirror ball. It screams the seventies and something you would find gathering dust in a discount perfume store. Napoleon Perdis (can that be his real name?), an Australian makeup artist and the official war paint partner to the Emmy's, is a brand that I've never really got. And this box wasn't helping me.

I didn't fare much better with the contents. The ingredients aren't bad at all: a salt based scrub with rice bran, shea, aloe and rosehip. No, the problem was the texture and with a scrub it's ALL about how it feels. Smooth Over, for me at any rate, is just weird. Its really dense, almost a thick paste. Rubbing it into my skin under the shower, it felt dry and didn't give me any of the zing that miraculously morphs into a deep moisturizing cleanse that I normally get from a great body polish, such as Skinn or Malie.

After my shower, my skin felt dry. After Malie or Skinn, I barely need to use a body lotion. After Smooth Over, I needed a ton of it.

Ingredients

Sodium chloride, glycerin, PEG-8, rice (Oryza sativa) bran, cocamidopropyl betaine, certearyl alcohol, beeswax, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate, shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii), calendula officinalis extract, aloe barbadensis extract, jojoba (Buxus chinensis) oil, rose (Rosa canina) hip oil, lime (Citrus aurantifolia) oil, cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) oil, fragrance (Parfum), PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil.