I love body scrubs. Or rather, I love the way my skin feels after using them. While I'm also a fan of dry skin brushing, using a luxurious scented exfoliant is always a pleasure. The two currently residing in my bathroom are Caudalie Divine Scrub and Elemis Nourishing Body Scrub from the Sp@Home series. I love both for different reasons and alternate between them.
Caudalie Divine Scrub is aptly named. The scent, Caudalie's Divine signature scent (grapefruit, rose, pink pepper, vanilla, cedar, and white musk. ) is one of the best in the bath & body category. The scrub is sugar-based, but despite the temptation, don't try to taste it. I did (so you don't have to) and was left with a sugar soap taste in my mouth for hours. Caudalie Divine Scrub is effective in removing dead skin cells and smoothing one's limbs without leaving a waxy residue behind. There are two issues with this product:
1) The scrub comes in a round jar with a screw top, which means you need to scoop the product out. It's not the best packaging for use with wet hands and in a shower environment. You also need to keep water from getting in the jar.
2) Caudalie Divine doesn't stick to the skin and you need to use small amounts and keep going back to the jar for more.
Other than that: it's divine.
Elemis Nourishing Body Scrub has the pleasant low key spa scent of all the products in this Elemis range.It comes in a plastic tube with a screw-on cap (I wish it had a pop-up cap that doesn't fall or slide onto the shower floor). The people at Elemis weren't kidding when they called it a Nourishing Scrub: while this is an excellent exfoliator, it really does give the skin some extra TLC. The product kind of clings to the body, so you don't end up with chunks of expensive scrub on the floor, yet it leaves no waxiness behind, only smooth and soft skin.
Bottom Line: Elemis wins for me, especially since my skin is extremely dry. I do like the Caudalie scent better.
Caudalie Divine Scrub ($38) and Elemis Nourishing Body Scrub ($46) are available from Nordstrom.
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