Today, I am going to confess my deepest, darkest secret to you…I am a body scrub addict. I currently have 5 IN my shower! (Yes, I just went and counted.) So when I received an opportunity to do a review of one through Brandbacker, I jumped at the chance. Ok, maybe I didn’t jump, but I definitely let out a little “woo-hoo!” The product in question is the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub in an Ocean Breeze fragrance. Adovia sells a few different kinds of raw Dead Sea Salts, but this is the only pre-mixed scrub they offer.
The Adoiva Mineral Skin Care company is a unique skin care line, combining natural ingredients with modern science to formulate an effective blend of minerals and the finest herbal ingredients nature has to offer. “The high content of Minerals, Anti-Oxidants and Vitamins creates visible results by feeding your skin nutrients it needs to be naturally healthy and beautiful.” – Adovia
The first thing I noticed upon receiving the scrub was, “Wow, this is watery.” Then I thought, “Good thing there is a tight seal on here!” In fact, it was so tight, I had to use a box cutter to get it open.
Salt scrubs will irritate and sting any cuts or wounds you have, so be sure not to use this until they have healed. Strangely, the ingredients can’t be found on the Adovia website, but I did find them on Amazon.com although they were slightly incorrect. Here is what is on the back of my tub:
Ingredients: Sea Salt, Paraffinum Liquidum, Dead Sea Salt, Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) Kernel Oil, Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract, Papaya (Carica Papaya) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Algae Extract, BHT, Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Oil. May contain: d&c yellow #10, fd&c blue#1, fd&c red #4.
As you can see, there is a thick layer of oil on top of the scrub, and this was right after I mixed it vigorously. It separates fairly quickly though so you have to “dig” to get a good ratio of salts and oil.
All of that oil definitely translates onto the skin. It has a nice rough scrub feeling, which I love, but as you rinse off you feel very slick and oily. It is hard to completely rinse off in the shower, but as you dry off the oily feeling goes away a bit and you are left feeling nicely moisturized. It does make the shower floor very slick after, so you will have to do a good rinse with soap after so the next unsuspecting shower patron doesn’t fall flat on their butt.
Although I didn’t particularly care for the oiliness if the scrub, I could have gotten past it. What really killed it for me was the scent. IT IS EXTREMELY STRONG and it is a synthetic candle like scent, so it isn’t all that pleasing. Also, the scent sticks around LONG after you rinse off…
Overall, this scrub just wasn’t for me. I prefer a more natural scented scrub that is slightly less oily. The grittiness was good, but personally that was the only thing I liked about it. If you have very dry skin and you like your products strongly scented, then you can buy this 11 oz tub on Amazon.com for $15.95.
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This product was provided by Brandbacker in exchange for an honest review.