Sometimes They Don't Have To Be Fancy: My Current Body Scrubs

Hello, hello, hello lovelies and how's everyone on this lovely Friday? If you're wondering what's the matter with me and why I'm sounding so merry well, this is the first Friday that I don't have to work. It's nice to stay home and celebrate the arrival of weekend and by celebrate, I mean bum around the house, drink a couple of beers and snack on every piece junk food that is available at home. 

Yep, that's my definition of a wild party night these days...

All jokes aside (no, not really), today I'm sharing my current body scrubs that have been effectively keeping my skin soft, smooth and silky. I was a dedicated user of coffee scrubs throughout Spring, Summer and Autumn last year but that all changed recently.

Truthfully, I ran out of coffee scrubs and couldn't be arsed about repurchasing because 1. it's a huge fucking mess 2. I am not standing naked freezing my bloody arse off in the shower waiting 5 minutes before rinsing!

My skin definitely showed signs of missing the regular use of body scrubs so I finally caved in a few weeks ago and picked up a couple to add into my routine again. The ingredient list is so short that I didn't think it would work but hey, it goes to show that sometimes we don't need fancy dancy products or high end brands and prices to get results.

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I bought these scrubs at Winners and if you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw my shopping trip with Little Tyke on InstaStories. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I bought the Coconut scrub, I just needed a body scrub that didn't cost me an arm and a leg and I love how short and simple the ingredient list is.

To use is simple, just pour a capful into my palm, mix it with water and massage it into the skin. There is no mess, my skin didn't suffer any breakouts or reactions and I was left with smooth skin. Unlike normal coffee scrubs that have lots of nourishing oils, these scrubs don't leave any silkiness or residue on the skin. These do exactly what they are meant to do; exfoliate and they do it very well.

I originally bought the Coconut scrub but was so impressed by it that I returned a few days later to pick up the Coffee one. I love how these exfoliate well but without the greasy, oily mess that coffee scrubs leave. I hate having to clean my bathroom wall and floor after a nice, relaxing shower and a lot of times I avoid using coffee scrubs because of this reason alone.

And for C$9.99 a bottle, both these scrubs will last me a long time...ohh, and did I stress enough about they make zero mess? Yea, zero fecking mess. Moving on...

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You guys are probably sick to the bone about me singing high praises, dancing and twirling around about Avon recently but I honestly have a good reason for it. If you are wondering why the change of heart as I wasn't as impressed with the brand last year, I assure you that I wasn't paid to change my tune. I honestly find Avon has really stepped up their game especially in the skincare and body care (I also have a lot of their new makeup to test) and I'm sharing because I am truly impressed. 

I was about to dismiss this body scrub but as soon as I looked at the ingredient list and saw Lactic Acid was third on the list, I had to give it a try.

Ingredient list:
Water/Eau, Glyceryl Stearate (A naturally derived fatty acid; emulsifier), Lactic Acid (derived from milk; helps exfoliate the top layer of dull/damaged skin), Cetearyl Alcohol (a fatty alcohol; an emollient, emulsifier, thickener and carrying agent), Silica (a natural mineral; an abrasive agent), Glycerin (humectant), Dimethicone (skin protectant; helps minimize water loss by forming a protective layer on the skin, potential irritant), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (a UV filter; primarily to protect the skin from UVB rays, also protects product from UV deterioration), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (skin conditioning and viscosity agent; helps retain moisture), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil (antioxidant, rich in fatty acid and Vitamin E; skin softening agent), Colloidal Oatmeal (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fungal), Xanthan Gum (a natural thickener, emulsifier and texture enhancer), Ammonium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (cleansing agent, also a thickener/emulsifier; potential irritant), Parfum/Fragrance (potential irritant), Disodium EDTA (a preservative, stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

This scrub has a cream texture and you get both chemical (Lactic Acid) and physical (I assume it's Silica) exfoliation from it. I can feel very tiny almost salt like texture as I massage the scrub onto my skin but unlike salt scrub, it doesn't melt away. It rinses away easily without leaving any residue and I'm left with soft, smooth skin. I didn't feel any tingling sensation despite Lactic Acid being that high on the ingredient list nor did my skin suffer any reaction.

If you're looking for a good chemical and physical scrub for your skin that doesn't make your wallet weep for weeks, if not months, then I highly suggest checking out Avon Moisture Therapy Ultra Hydration Shea Butter Body Scrub* which is currently on sale for only C$7.99/200mL (normal price C$10.00).

I do have to give credit where credit is due and I have to thank Anne (say hello here) for being the reason why I have been diligently trying to learn and pay more attention to ingredient lists. I remember when we first met in the blogging world, I was naive and had repeatedly told her that I was not arse about the ingredients in my products. Oh my, how times have changed...

Do you use a body scrub in your routine and what are your favourites? What are your thoughts on these products?

*Product marked with * was received for free but my thoughts and opinions are 100% unbiased, honest and my own. There is no place for any sort of BS here. 

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