Leader of the Pack
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
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.
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
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.
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
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?