I vividly remember having the option of salt or sugar scrubs when shopping at Bath & Body Works many years ago. Over the last few years, though, they have moved to really only having sugar scrubs, which I don’t really have a problem with. But this year they’ve come out with something completely and entirely new.Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that I receive compensation or commission for clicks and sales. I personally test and review all products before sharing them with my readers. 11 Shades of Pink is independently owned and the opinions expressed here are my own.
When I saw this I immediately thought of some definite pros and cons of a sand scrub, and it turned out that I was pretty much right about all of them. So here’s a list of all the great things and all the awful things about Bath & Body Works’ Sand and Sea Salt scrub.
First of all, some facts about the product: it contains real sand and real sea salt. The sand is relatively fine grained. Unlike other Bath and Body Works’ products, their scrubs have a seal over the end; I’m not sure about any other scents, but in the At the Beach one definitely has a more “fresh” scent than the other products in that line.
Good news first.
Since this scrub contains real sand it doesn’t just dissolve when it comes in contact with water, so you can use it easily in the shower and not feel like you have to rush.
The sand is fine grained, so it doesn’t leave your legs feeling like you’ve just scrubbed them down with sand paper.
I used it directly after shaving and didn’t experience any stinging or burning like I did with Bath and Body Works’ old salt scrubs
It doesn’t contain any thick oils like their sugar scrubs do, which is a little annoying, but my legs still feel soft and moisturized, but that may have something to do with the lotion I used and not the scrub.
Ok, so now for the bad stuff, unfortunately.
So while the sand not dissolving while you’re using the scrub is great it leaves a lot of clean up. It may not be terrible if you’re using it in the shower, but I used it in the bath and it left a ton of sand all over the bottom of my tub.
If you’ve ever been to the beach, or even just in a sandbox you also know that it’s impossible to get all the sand off. I kept finding it all over, so that was also very annoying.
Just for fun, I’ll use sea shells for my rating system!
In numbers the pros greatly outweigh the cons. If the cons are removed or at least lessened, by using this product in the shower then I would give it a decent score.
However, the annoying nature of the clean up and finding it everywhere really frustrates me, so given my current experience with the product here is what I would give it:
It’s still a pretty decent product, and I will definitely continue to use it this summer, at least until it’s gone. Whether or not I would recommend or repurchase it is a little up in the air. If I had a coupon or it was on sale then I would say yes, but at full price I’m not sure it is worth my money.
After using this in the shower it’s definitely a LOT better. It still leaves a little sand on the floor of the shower where it’s not directly in the shower spray, but not nearly as much. It also doesn’t seem to be nearly as difficult to get all off. I’m still a little unsure of the implications for our plumbing, but so far so good!
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