Honestly, I think these are some of the best skin care products from L’Oreal Paris in years, especially at £9.99 each (£6.65 in Superdrug HERE) which is a lot less than the ‘inspiration’ products that I think they’ve come from. Fresh must be side eyeing these! I love a skin scrub – done well, they’ll leave your skin feeling like velvet and looking aglow. There’s an argument from some dermatologists that scrubs leave ‘micro’ tears on the skin so the smoother and less rough your scrub, the less likely this is.
Starting with Glow Scrub – we can’t ignore the fact that it’s a complete dupe of Fresh Sugar Face Polish – it’s entirely the same in texture and smells identical, but obviously, the ingredient list is different. I’ve got both ingredient lists so you can have a look. The most obvious difference is in the colour dyes – none in Fresh.
L’Oreal Paris: Sucrose, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract / Rosemary Extract, Sorbitan Oleate, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Glycerin, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Euterpe Oleracea Pulp Powder, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil / Grape Seed Oil, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Alumina, Cocos Nucifera Oil / Coconut Oil, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Capsicum Annuum Extract / Capsicum Annuum Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 80, Tocopherol, Ci 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, Ci 61565 / Green 6, Ci 75130 / Beta-Carotene, Caramel, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, Ci 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Parfum / Fragrance. (F.I.L. B213585/1).
Fresh: Sucrose, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit, Propylene Carbonate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellila) Wax, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Water (Aqua), Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Bht.
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In use, though, in a blind test, it would be hard to tell the difference. I think Fresh has the better ingredient line up because it’s a much more ‘natural’ list, but it’s down to personal choice – there’s also a big price difference – Fresh is £21 for a small pot. But, of course, Glow Scrub left my skin really soft, has a lovely sweet lemon smell and didn’t feel harsh on my skin. The only one I didn’t really love is the Nourish Scrub which just felt a bit oily to me – it’s very cocoa-buttery and is indicated for rough, dry skin which I guess is about right. Clear Scrub (the green one) smells edible – it’s really lovely and fruity with kiwi seeds – and is self-heating which I guess at a very long push might help ‘lift’ blackheads but I doubt it. This is indicated as ‘purifying’ so best for oily skins.
To summarise, they’re all lovely to use – they feel incredibly premium at a very much non-premium price and in terms of exfoliating, they’re all going to do that job and then some. The rest? I’m not so sure but if you’re looking for products that are pleasing to use, these have the pamper factor and beyond a doubt, your skin will feel amazing afterwards! Oh, and because of the sugars, they don’t taste horrible so you can use them as lip scrubs, too.
Finally: Fun fact is that the sugars are chosen for their ‘granulometry’ which is a brand new word to me!
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