October 17, 2011

Top 5: Body Scrubs

A commenter on last week’s Top 5 Make-Up Brushes post requested that I do a Top 5 series, covering all  categories of make-up and beauty. I thought this was a great idea and even though for some categories I have one, long-standing Holy Grail product instead of five I sort-of-like-but-don’t-love, for others I have an abundance of products I always reach for!

This week’s Top 5 post will be on Body Scrubs. I’ve mentioned before that I am obsessed with exfoliating, to the point where I have to limit myself to twice a week or else I will scrub my skin raw so, I have tried many different scrubs over the years. These five are in no particular order and are at various price points so, there will hopefully be one to suit everyone’s needs and budgets.

If you have an idea for my next Top 5 post, please let me know in the comments! 

1. Green Angel Sunset Body Smoother: Ahhh. I love this stuff as I have said many, many times before. It looks like nuclear waste in the jar but, it’s the most effective scrub known to man in my opinion! It’s extremely coarse (love!) and is loaded with essential oils which remain on the skin afterwards and provide some serious moisturisation (excellent for winter!). I have a full review of this here and a massive 500g jar costs €24.95!

2. The Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub: I’m sure any of the scented body scrubs from The Body Shop are good but, I’m particularly partial to the coconut scent (Remind me of holidays and Hawaiian Tropic suncream). The little bits of coconut shell make for a really thorough scrub and the effects are quite long-lasting as scrubs go. To keep the scent of these scrubs on the skin, use with the same scented Body Butter. 

3. Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing: This scrub was included in the September Glossybox and I love it. It’s not that far removed from the Green Angel one as it does leave the same oily residue on skin but, it has much bigger crystals making for a really intense scrub. Oh, and obviously it doesn’t have the same toxic green hue! I’d advise caution with this one as, while it works wonders, scrubbing too hard can really, really hurt! Full review here!

4. La Roche-Posay Biomedic Micro Exfoliating Scrub: I haven’t used this in donkey’s years but, it’s always the first one to mind when I think about body products I love. It’s really gentle, the total antithesis to the Green Angel or Dead Sea Spa offerings but, is an absolute gem if you’ve got sore dry skin. I used this when a brief flirtation with steroidal creams for my eczema left my skin as dry as a...[insert favourite rude idiom here]! The mircro-fine nature of this scrub seems to gently remove any flakiness without reaching as far as the tender skin underneath. You wouldn’t be using it for your whole body but, for dry patches and pre-tanning preparation; think elbows, knees, heels and wrists, it’s a godsend!

5. My mam’s homemade exfoliator: You may laugh but, we’ve got coarse salts, we’ve got essential oils, we’ve got an abundance of fragrance. Yes, for less than the price of a deli roll (Yuck!) you can make a vat of your own body scrub to closely rival the likes of Green Angel. If you’d be interested in a post on the recipe and how to make it, I’ll see if I can wheedle it out of my mam! Let me know in the comments!

So, they're my Top 5 Body Scrubs! Do you have a favourite you think I should try or would you like the recipe to the homemade scrub? 


  1. My favourite is the Garnier one- in a yellow tube. Fantastic stuff. Also Lynx do a great one- it is bright orange, but isn't too coarse so it can be used 3-4 times a week and smells amazing!

  2. SO jealous, I would love to be able to get a hold of Sally Hansen colours, and also that nail art wheel - LOVE.


  3. wowsies i am sooo thrilled you decided to do the series, it's a wonderful way of finding out about top notch products so thanks very much!
    maybe you could do top 5 skincare next, or hair-care products or nail polishes? or your top 5 mac products or categorize them by brands? :)


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