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Sugar for Less
Aromaleigh and A Zaftig Woman
By Debbie Steele

Here's one worthy competitor: Aromaleigh's Sweet Brown Sugar Body Glow is a combination of raw turbinado brown sugar with sweet almond oil and a blend of essential oils: bergamot, vanilla, lemon, lavender, geranium and grapefruit.

This blend of oils gives the Aromaleigh scrub a more complex smell than fresh's brown sugar polish. Both products provide great exfoliation and leave skin soft but not greasy. At $17.00 for 16 ounces, the Aromaleigh scrub is only a fraction of the cost of fresh's product.

Aromaleigh is a small aromatherapy-oriented company in Rochester, New York that "believes in using pure, therapeutic essential oils and natural ingredients you can actually pronounce." My only complaint about their sugar scrub: It comes in a (sturdy) glass container. Aromaleigh products are sold only at

I got similar results from the Salon Secret Sugar Scrub created by A Zaftig Woman, an online merchant with a rather zealous following. Zaftig means "full-figured"; this Ohio company was founded by a plus-size model who opened a boutique and salon and created a line of bath and body products.

I've tried a few of their products, and have noticed some common characteristics: simple packaging, reasonable prices and heavy fragrance. The sugar scrub is no exception.

Its strong fragrance really lingers; be sure to select a scent you like. One minor complaint: the plastic container in which the scrub arrived was labeled as "salt scrub," although the ingredient list said brown sugar rather than salt.

The consistency and effects of this scrub are very similar to the pricier brands; at $16 for 16oz, this one is worth a look. It is available in Citrus Essence, Pineapple Grapefruit and Milk Chocolate Mousse.


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