I find it both hilarious and totally fitting that Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub ($13 for an 8-oz. jar) has a warning on the label that reads, “do not consume.” Seriously, they have to tell you not to eat the product because it looks and smells THAT good — like a jar of berry-licious preserves or a sugary frozen treat.
I dug into it when I jumped in the shower after I got home from the airport last night. I noticed on the list of ingredients (it’s 100% natural) that it contains a BUNCH of different oils, among them soybean, coconut, cranberry, olive and grape seed. The Zia Skin Basics Bamboo Exfoliant I was happily using last week just didn’t seem hydrating enough to restore the moisture that had been sucked from my skin by the recirculated air on the plane.
Sugar, soybean oil and cranberry oil are the top ingredients, and I swear I can feel all three. The product’s certainly rich, yet I can still feel the tiny grains of what I assume are sugar. They do have some grit to them, but they’re nowhere near as
painful abrasive as the grains in Zia’s Bamboo (they may get the job done but feel like torture in a tube!).
Ingredients: sucrose, glycine soja (soybean) oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, silica, zea mays (corn) starch, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, parfum (fragrance), vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) fruit juice, punica granatum seed oil, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) fruit powder, mel (honey, miel), hydrolyzed soy protein, tocopherol, aqua (water, eau), magnesium hydroxide, citric acid, limonene, geraniol
My skin sent me a thank you card this morning for using this stuff last night! It leaves behind a thin, oily film, but if that’s what you’re looking, and in this case I was, you may not mind. For what it’s worth, at least it’s not sticky.
As a matter of fact, it left behind a slippery film at the bottom of the tub, a knock against it that might make it unsuitable for clumsy gals, parents with young children, and people with older folks at home.
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating If you’re into oily exfoliants and 100% natural products, you might want to give this a sniff. The grains are a little gritty but not painfully so, and Tabs loves that Burt didn’t test the stuff on animals. Of course, he doesn’t spend much time in the shower, so he had no comment about the slippery film in the tub. Available at drugstores and online at burtsbees.com. Grade: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,