Friday, 7 November 2014

CONFESSIONS: of a Scrubaholic (Part 3)...

Time for another round of face scrubs ♥ They seem to last heaps longer than my body washes, so I'm not powering through them anywhere near as quickly. But I'm still hopelessly addicted to trying anything new in the skin brightening and cell sloughing department, and here's what's hot in my shower at the mo'...

Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! Exfoliating Cleanser

This very gentle creamy white scrub has one of the most refreshing fragrances I've come across in my beauty product travels, and that's saying something. It has a whole bunch of unpronounceable names in the ingredients list, but doesn't smell even the slightest bit chemical - a bit florally, a bit fruity, and a whole heap of fresh and clean. The beads are superfine so I can't imagine this scrub causing any irritation - I have no idea what they're made of, but they're teeny tiny, pale blue and don't seem to soften very much as I lather up and massage away. Non-drying, this is gentle enough for me to use every day. At $14.99 it costs a little more than I'm used to, but it's worth it for a kind-to-my-skin scrub that smells so delicious 

Garnier Radiance Boosting Scrub - Wake Me Up!

In the world of fruit scrubs, this is a gem - smells like freshly squeezed oranges with a splash of grapefruit, and gently sloughs away the old surface cells that make my complexion appear dreary. This is paraben free, dermalogically tested, suitable for sensitive skin, and contains Moringa extract, an anti-oxidant and skin puririfer. I looked up this ingredient as I'd never heard of it before - native to the foothills of the Himalayas, the the seeds are rich in oleic acid. Apparently it's been used in oriental medicine for thousands of years, and is also known as The Miracle Tree - fascinating stuff hey? Although the recommendation is to use it only three times per week, I've scrubbed every day for a fortnight and not had a tinge of pinkness or tingling, and my skin feels super clean without being tight or dry. At just under $10, this is definitely a stayer 

Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Scrub

I reviewed the Vitamins & Extracts Scrub in this range in Part 1, and this is another one that's on my list of keepers. It has the same "base" scent, but instead of Avocado and Pomegranate extracts, this one is even more delicious with its Raspberry and Cranberry ingredients. There's nothing like a fresh fruity fragrance to get me going in the morning! Pretty much the same consistency and exfoliator grain content, but the larger beads are pink instead of blue, and it's just as effective. Of the two I prefer this one because it smells just that bit nicer. It mixes up into a creamy lather, and I enjoy that it rinses cleanly away - I never seem to have any gritty bits stuck around my hairline, and it's gentle enough to use daily. I've said this before, but I'm still amazed that someone my age can use, love and get great results from a Clearasil product 

Puretopia Smooth & Renew Gentle Exfoliating Face Scrub

If memory serves me correctly, this was inside the Priceline Skincare goody bag back in June. I just about always partake of these offerings because they invariably contain products that I wouldn't normally buy, and this is a prime example. Never tried Puretopia anything before, and with my penchant for colour, I would have walked straight past this relatively dreary black and white tube on the shelf. Interestingly enough, I think this might just be my favourite scrub of all time - how about that? I'm crazy about it - love the fragrance (reminds me of suntan lotion on the beach), the thick consistency, the beads are fine but powerful (I believe they're made from silica), but most of all I'm staggered at how smooth and soft it leaves my skin, and yet it's not the slightest bit harsh. Just about every scrub smooths my complexion, but this one seems to work even better as far as a polishing effect is concerned. Add to that the fact that it's sulfate and paraben free, I think it's awesome value for $9.95 

So what's your favourite scrub at the moment? Have you tried any of these gems?

In case you missed them, Part 1Part 2...

Take care of you,
kats xxx


  1. I've been mad for Bioré for over a decade since I first tried their warming anti-blackhead scrub. I like their new blemish clearing scrub too, it's mandarin/mint scented. The warming scrub is great for winter, the blemish clearing scrub has a fresh coolness to it which is great for summer. I mix it up sometimes with the new charcoal scrub. I can't see myself ever changing from Bioré. When I first tried Bioré I SAW results, for the first time. If they ever stop making that warming cleanser, I won't be happy!
    How do YOU fit in the shower with all those different body & face washes?

    1. I'm a Bioré fan too hon - in fact I have a post coming up soon on their charcoal cleanser. I only just fit in the shower - have to keep my elbows in, but fortunately it's a big one ha ha!

  2. Great body scrub reviews, Kat! I was surprised with how much you loved the Clearasil scrub. Hearing the brand takes me back to my teen years, when there products were effective but rather harsh. I might have to look into their products again, well the scrub, anyway xx

    1. You and me both Indie - I always thought Clearasil products were for troubled teen skin, but they're not harsh at all. I have a tendency to develop blackheads on my nose, but these products seem to keep them under control ♥

  3. I need some more scrubs to try, I think I only have one running at the moment (it's the Neutrogena Naturals Pore Scrub which is okay, nothing special) so I'll definitely keep my eye out on your favourite scrub (Puretopia) because if you love, I must too! :)

    Your reviews are so great! Quick and straight to the point, it's kinda dangerous visiting your blog when you're showing us your collections :P

    1. Thanks for such beaut feedback Jacqueline - I so appreciate reading that you're enjoying my ramblings hon ♥