I’m not one that has experience with body scrubs because I have always regarded them as a needless expense and an unnecessary stage in the whole bath or shower routine that I did not want to take extra time doing – also there is the fact that my easily bothered skin, suffering from eczema, has a reactive tendency towards abrasive products has my much less temped to try any sort of products of this variety. Despite this hesitation, I picked up the Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish ($18/300 mL) when Shopper’s Drugmart was offering a 3/2 promotion months back and I’ve grown to really enjoy it even with all of the odds stacked against it.
The scrub is marketed towards flaky skin, particularly on the legs, and promises to smooth the skin, turning “scaly legs from reptilian to radiant”, which it does while being suitable for skin that’s sensitive, irritated and broken out in some mild to moderate eczema patches, smoothing out flaky patches of skin. Because it includes sea salt as the main exfoliating ingredient, the packaging warns against applying the scrub to irritated skin or abrasions, however, I find that it can be applied sparingly without problem to all skin except the most severe patches and abrasions, likely because there are no microbeads and it instead uses gentler salt, sugar and peach seed powder particles and is formulated with with rich butters and oils that lasts even after the product itself is removed. The residue is lovely, allowing for an easy smooth shave with the most minimal irritation and the smoothest legs afterwards, even on those of us with legs of the reptilian variety.
Ingredients: Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Sucrose, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, PEG-100 Stearate, Parfum (Fragrance), Prunus Persica (Peach) Seed Powder, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, BHT, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.
I also adore the lingering scent that Soap & Glory refers to as the ‘Original Pink’ fragrance; its an unoffensive warm scent that reminds me of Miss Dior with a bit of vanilla-esque sweetness, spice and calming sophistication.
The bottom line? The Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish has converted me to scrubs because of its ease of use even on irritated skin, actually actively helping a bit with eczema patches, leaving everything smooth and much less flaky, rather than being irritating. It hits the perfect midpoint between being effectively smoothing, sloughing off dead skin cells without being abrasive.