Availability: Saks Fifth Avenue, Molton Brown counters, moltonbrown.com
The perfect pick-me-up when you’re feeling down. Enliven the whole body with this stimulating blend of pure eucalyptus oil, root ginger and exfoliating sea salts. Designed to boost circulation, soothe muscle strains and reveal a clearer, brighter skin tone. Warming and eases chills in winter, whilst refreshing in summer.
This scrub comes in a heavy, durable plastic container with a silver twist-off top. When you first buy the scrub, it will be vacuum-sealed with a plastic cover that keeps the ingredients from seeping out of the jar. You can tell from the weight and durability of the packaging that it is high-quality.
Because it’s in open-jar form, you have to scoop the product out, making it less sanitary than if it came in squeeze-tube packaging. But this ends up being largely a moot point since, after all, you’re washing your body while/after using this product.
First, this scrub smells wonderful. It smells heavily of eucalyptus with a hint of ginger. The scent is very strong. The fact that it’s in oil form, mixed with the fact that the scent gets partially aerosolized from the warm steam of a shower/bath means you might even “feel” the peppermint-like qualities of the eucalyptus in your eyes/nose.
The pro to this is, of course, that Molton Brown hasn’t skimped on the scent. It will linger on the skin even after you dry off and will make your bathroom smell great. The con is that if you’re at all sensitive to scents, the eucalyptus in this scrub will be too strong for you.
Second, the scrub does a good job of both exfoliating and moisturizing. The ingredients are essentially half oil, half sea salt. The oils adhere to the skin, causing it to retain moisture even as the sea salt sloughs away the top layers of skin.
Sea salt is a coarser form of salt, so you get a less smooth exfoliation. If you have sensitive skin, I’d recommend skipping this scrub for one with finer, smoother exfoliating particles.
Ease of Use: 9.5/10
The oil and salt separate in the jar, so you’ll need to mix the ingredients before each use. For ease, you can just shake the jar before opening it.
You can apply the product with your hands or use it with a washcloth/loofah. Use about a tablespoon size on each section of your body–legs, arms, torso, etc.
This scrub costs a hefty $48. This high price tag is somewhat mitigated by the fact that (a) Molton Brown is a high-end company (so higher prices are expected), and (b) you get a ton of product–10 oz, to be exact.
And, in reality, $48 is comparable to other high-end bath scrubs: Bobbi Brown’s Beach Body Scrub is $35 and 6.9 oz, Juicy Couture’s Sugar Scrub is $45 and 10 oz, and Laura Mercier’s Sugar Scrub is $46 and 12 oz.
Try if: you’re looking for a luxurious wedding gift–this is a perfect one for the bride
Buy if: you like a coarser exfoliant and want your scrub’s scent to linger on the skin