I came across Toronto-based natural bath & body brand Crawford Street while browsing the sales at Well.ca (referral link) a couple of weeks ago, and since I was on the market for a new body scrub, and I’m a sucker for most anything citrus-scented/flavored, I bought the Grapefruit Mint Salt Scrub.
The instructions for the salt scrub are as follows (from Crawford Street):
We found the best way to use this scrub is to draw a bath. Hop in and wet your body. Stand up in the bath and use your salt scrub. Start at the feet and work up to get a stimulating circulation and lymphatic treatment. Avoid face, neck and chest. Let the scrub fall into the bath. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
The ingredients are actually somewhat different (particularly the order) on the website than they are on my actual product label, so I’ll go with what’s on the label:
cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, sodium chloride (sea salts), magnesium sulfate (epsom salt), glycerin (vegetable), citruracemosa (grapefruit) oil, mentha arvensis (peppermint) oil, and mentha spicata (spearmint) oil.
That sounds like a wonderful list of ingredients to me—though the itchy DIY part of me wonders how easy it would be for me to make a similar scrub at home!
The product has a longevity of 3–6 months; it says this on the website but not on the product packaging. I presume this length of time is after opening, but it might be from date of production due to the absense of preservatives in the ingredients (other than salt, obviously, but I imagine that the natural oils would turn).
Despite the given ideal instructions, I used this scrub in the shower—I simply never take baths! I’m a shower girl all the way. I simply stood a little out of the shower while I used the scrub; I suppose I should really have turned the water off entirely to save water.
Verdict? I really loved this scrub! I love a salt scrub over pretty much any other (sugar, coffee grounds, walnut shells, and fruit pips just don’t do it for me as much), and this one felt absolutely lovely on my dry skin. The drawback to salt scrubs is, of course, that you don’t want to get it into any open wounds! But salt doesn’t dissolve too well into oils, so the scrub stays nice and scrubby, unlike sugar scrubs.
The oils—mostly coconut and grapeseed—feel wonderful in this scrub, and I didn’t even have to moisturize after getting out of the shower. Not even my Sahara-dry shins! My skin felt lovely and smooth hours later.
If I were to DIY this scrub, I’d put in more scented citrus oils, because this scrub mostly smelled like mint to me. Not that I mind—I love mint—but more citrus would have improved it to my nose. The scent doesn’t really linger at all on the skin afterward, which can be a good thing if you like to wear a separate fragrance during the day.
The packaging is simple and works well. The lid screws on and off easily, and the plastic tub is easy to use in the bathroom. I am always loath to use easily breakable glass containers in the shower!
The MSRP of CA$12 means that this is not ridiculously expensive, and it probably isn’t worth my while to make my own scrub. I’ll be sure to try more skincare and bath & body products from Crawford Street—they have a line of Rose Geranium-scented products that I’m eyeing! The company offers online shopping on its site, as well.
Incidentally, I have read in some places online that pregnant and nursing women might wish to avoid certain essential oils. The risk appears to be mainly if the oil is ingested or otherwise gets into your body in larger quantities. I really doubt that enough of anything gets absorbed into the skin via bath scrub (unless you’ve got an open wound and you’re rubbing the scrub in, yeouch!) so I’m not concerned about using a body scrub containing a drop of peppermint oil a couple of times a week. In addition, there isn’t a whole lot of research done regarding pregnancy and the use of essential oils/herbs—I don’t suppose testing on pregnant humans is legal! I will say, though, that I have been staying away from most herbal teas and all aromatherapy, and limiting my use of facial oils—overall, just using such products in strict moderation.
Crawford Street Salt Scrub in Grapefruit & Mint retails for CA$12 and contains 8 oz / 250 mL (it says 240 mL on the website; there seem to be a few discrepancies between the site and packaging labels). The products are handcrafted in the company founder’s own kitchen and are free of “petrochemical derivatives, such as mineral oil and petroleum, parabens, sodium laurel sulphate, artificial dyes and fragrances”; in addition, “she chooses free trade or organic products when available”.
Crawford Street Natural Skin Care was founded in 2010 by former journalist Gaelyne Leslie, and is based in Toronto, ON, Canada. (I love to support a local business!)