Sugarbutter_delightThis is one of those products that look so enticing you just have to try it. When it arrived, I initially thought it looked like cotton candy or whipped cream in a jar (yes, I still have that problem with wanting to eat my cosmetics), and that’s just fine by me.

It’s Coastal Scents’ Spa Excel Sugar Butter Scrub, and it’s neither cotton candy nor whipped cream, but a mixture of shea butter and sugar which you use in the shower to slough off dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling soft and supple. The accompanying literature told me that once I’d used this, there would be no need to apply body lotion, as the scrub is moisturising enough, and as wonderful as that claim sounded, I was a little dubious about whether it would turn out to be true or not.

Luckily for me, it did. I tried the Coconut Melon scented version (it also comes in Vanilla, Lavender and unscented), and the smell was much more "melon" than "coconut" – in fact, it left a lovely, lingering smell of fresh melon in the bathroom after my shower, and made me think of tropical islands and sun-soaked islands while I was using it. Which was nice.

The granules are on the large size, so you don’t need to use too much of this to achieve the desired effect. As I rubbed them in, I could feel the shea butter spreading over my skin, and my skin quickly became coated with it, a little like the effect you get with baby lotion, although without the icky greasy feeling.

By the time I was dry, my skin was feeling soft, moisturised and melony. Lovely stuff, and a good buy for $11.95 per pot.

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