After being less than enamored of the last body scrub I tried from The Body Shop—Vineyard Peach Cream Body Scrub—I went out and bought two more since they were on sale. Typical me! I also picked up the Love Your Body Rewards Card, which gives a 10% discount, so obviously I needed to spend more, hahaha…
This time, I picked scrubs in two different formulas, though. The Vineyard Peach scrub was not-very-scrubtacular; the two new ones I got seem to have scrubbier formulas, or so I hoped. I spent CA$11 on each scrub, with an additional Love Your Body 10% discount and 15% cashback at eBates Canada. That should work out to a little under CA$8.50 per scrub.
The first scrub, which I have actually used up (I know!), is the Chocomania Sugar Body Scrub.
From The Body Shop (Canada):
This exfoliating body scrub has a decadently chocolatey scent and leaves skin feeling softer and smoother. It contains real cocoa butter and organic cane sugar.
Firstly, the Chocomania scrub smells really nice and chocolate-y! Well, it’s probably a little more cocoa than chocolate, but either way I do like it. It’s like a dark cocoa, without any overpowering sugariness. It also doesn’t have that weird afterscent that the Vineyard Peach scent had.
This scrub uses sugar as its main abrasive—there’s also some cacao shell powder—which isn’t my absolute favorite, since I always find that it dissolves too quickly, and I only use body scrubs while showering. But, it does work pretty well without being too abrasive. Salt is also present in the ingredient list; however, it’s not included as an abrasive but as a “viscosity modifier”. The scrub does have a nice, thick feel to it!
The formula also contains a lot of oils: a combination of sunflower seed oil, soybean oil, Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) seed oil, and cocoa butter. It’s disappointing that cocoa butter is so far down on the ingredient list, practically at the end next to fragrance! The oils in this scrub are mostly sunflower seed oil and soybean oil, the only oils listed higher in the list than the abrasive cocoa shell powder. I feel that this makes the scrub unreasonably expensive if purchased at full price—then again, nobody buys anything at The Body Shop for full price, right? They’re like Yves Rocher: everything goes 50% off most of the time!
Anyway, I didn’t find this scrub to be moisturizing enough for me (this one, for example, worked wonders for my dry skin). I did want to moisturize after using this scrub in the shower. I guess my skin doesn’t get much out of sunflower seed and soybean oils. To add insult to injury, this Chocomania scrub feels excessively greasy! It leaves a (brownish) film on everything in the shower and on the body. I had to be careful not to use too much, otherwise everything got way too greasy. This was a mistake I made the first time I used it, and I ended up having to soap myself off a bit and wash up the shower stall, not wanting DH to get a chocolate body scrub-related injury when he showered next.
To summarize, while I loved the scent and the scrubbiness of this product, the negatives outweigh the positives. I’d possibly repurchase it (on sale) just to use on my feet alone, but I would not use it as an all-over body scrub again.
The ingredients are:
Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sucrose (Flavoring Agent), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Theobroma Cacao Shell Powder/Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Shell Powder (Abrasive), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter/Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (Emollient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Glyceryl Dibehenate (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Tribehenin (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glyceryl Behenate (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Mica (Opacifier), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Ethylene Glycol (Humectant), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 77499/Iron Oxides (Colour), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colour), CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colour).
The Body Shop Blueberry Body Scrub is 6.9 oz / 200 mL and retails for US$20 / CA$22. The formula is vegetarian, contains community fair trade and non-GMO ingredients, and does not contain phthalates or triclosan. The Body Shop remains a cruelty-free company.
The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick. It is headquartered in Littlehampton, England. In 2006, the company was acquired by L’Oréal.