Our Rating: 5 stars

I was eager to try out Red Flower’s Ohana Gingergrass Bamboo Scrub ($66 in the shop) after having read positive reviews on the sea cleanser and masque ($42 in the shop) and the berry white peat exfoliant ($66 in the shop). Unlike the aforementioned products, which are from Red Flower’s Nature category, the Ohana Ginger grass Bamboo scrub is in the Japan line of products.

Red Flower’s philosophy is based on biophilia: the ability to connect one to the essence of nature. According to Red Flower’s website, the Japan category of products are ritual based treatments that blend layers of exceptional ingredients deeply into the skin in order stimulate blood flow, which releases vital energy into the body. While I found this to be a lovely concept, I admit, I thought it was overly ambitious for just a body scrub. I’ve tried several scrubs over the years and have found most to be abrasive, not to mention rather messy to use. However, Red Flower’s unique body scrub transcends all others and is the best body scrub I have ever used. Using this heavenly scrub is not just an indulgence, it’s an experience.

Unlike most body scrubs, which have the look and feel of coarse grains of salt, the grains in this scrub are extremely fine, with a slightly sandy feel to it. The scrub also lathers just enough to give the feeling of cleasiness, but not so much foam as to lose the natural feel inherent in the Red Flower line. Soft-water is actually included in the formulation. Red Flower uses decyl glucoside, a plant derived surfactant that is gentle enough for sensitive skin and can be used in baby products. The combination of ginger, bergamot, and fir essential oils give it a woodsy bouquet that may not appeal to everyone. Fortunately, the fragrance is neither overwhelming, nor cloying. Moreover, the earthy scent is fairly gender neutral.

This scrub superbly exfoliates, gently sloughing off dead cells with bamboo and walnut shell powder. Bamboo is rich in natural silica and is considered very safe; however, those who are sensitive to certain nuts might want to proceed with some caution. The scrub’s smoothing properties leave my skin amazingly soft and naturally glowing. I imagine this would be an ideal exfoliant to use prior to self-tanning. Moreover, the essential oils along with bamboo sap and sea algae extract a marine antioxidant that leave my skin so silky, I can even skip moisturizing after showering.

Red Flower is a botanically based line, thus the preservatives are naturally derived. There is lactoperoxidase, an antioxidant enzyme found naturally in milk. According to research published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, it has antibacterial properties that are helpful for the skin and can eliminate acne-causing bacteria. Glucose oxidase is found in honey and contains three important amino acids.

I found this to be an ideal scrub to use while wearing Skin Nutrition’s Deep Cleansing Mask ($45 in the shop). Just as I’m about ready to rinse the mask off, I jump into the shower and quickly rinse my body with water before stepping out of the shower stream to use the body scrub on damp skin. A little of this scrub goes a long way, thus it’s best to scoop up small amounts at a time. Then I’m ready to rinse off both the mask & the scrub. I really like that there’s no gritty mess left on the floor of the bathtub as this product easily rinses away - unlike majority of the body scrubs I've used.

Ingredients: bamboo (bambusa arundinaceae) powder, soft-water, bamboo (juglans regia) sap, walnut (jaglans regia) shell powder, sea algae extract, ginger (zingiber officinale) oil, grand fir (abies grandis) oil, lime (citrus aurantifolia) oil, pink grapefruit (citrus paradisi) oil, bergamot (citrus bergamia) oil, blue tansy (tanacetum annuum) oil, saponified oils of castor, palm and olive, decyl glucoside, milk and sugar enzymes (lactoperoxidase and glucose oxidase)