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By Debbie Steele

I decided to dive right in with the most well-known (and expensive) sugar scrub I found: Fresh's Brown Sugar Body Polish (about $58 for 15oz). Despite its hefty price tag, this scrub is a consistent bestseller.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this scrub comes in a plastic tub. I've seen other fresh products in glass containers, which look great on the vanity, but would be a little scary in the shower.

My next surprise was the scent. When I heard "brown sugar", I imagined an "oatmeal cookies right from the oven" smell. Instead, when I opened the jar, my first thought (and I mean this in a good way) was "Lemon Pledge." The scrub contains a variety of citrus oils (grapefruit, orange, lemongrass and citron), which combine fresh brown sugar body polishto give it the lemony smell. The package suggests a "gentle scrubbing" daily, with an occasional "vigorous rubdown…for a more exhilarating experience."

The exfoliating action comes from coarse granules of brown sugar; they remind me of "Sugar in the Raw" granules: much coarser than ordinary brown sugar.

I was pleasantly surprised the first time I used this scrub. Although it definitely felt oily in the shower (and made the tub floor pretty slippery), it left my skin feeling nicely moisturized but not oily.

One lesson I learned about using this stuff in the shower: Turn off the shower while scrubbing with it, then turn the shower back on to rinse off.

The first few times I used it, I left the shower running. I have a tub/shower combination, and placed the container at the back of the tub away from the water. Still, with the lid off, some water did get into the tub, and after a few times it got a little soupy.

Following the directions, I used this scrub once a day. Although I used only a modest amount daily, the stuff was gone in about ten days. By my calculations, using this product daily would cost about $175 a month. This begs the question: Can I find an equally great product at a more palatable price?


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