Body exfoliator: Spend VS splurge

Hey beauts,

When it comes to beauty products, you want to be sure you are getting your money’s worth. Sometimes, I fully appreciate it’s worth splurging on items like this Tom Ford Eyeliner (it’s amazing). However, sometimes, cheaper is actually better. Case in point: my bargain beauty products.

So I thought it was about time that I put this concept to the test. In this blog post, I put two body scrubs head to head to see which one comes out on top – the spenny one or the more affordable option. A body scrub is an essential part of my pre-tanning routine and I love the feeling of smooth skin after.

First up is this exfoliator from Clarins that I got free at an event. I really rate Clarins for their make-up, but I’ve only ever tried a few items from their bodycare range so I wasn’t too sure what to expect…

Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub For Smooth Skin, £30

First thing that is of note is the size of this bottle – it’s pretty small for a body product and I couldn’t help but think ‘oh no, I bet that won’t last long’.

The formula is quite creamy and there aren’t as many beads/grains as I’d expect from an exfoliating product. Because the consistency of the cream itself isn’t that thick, I found it hard to rub into my skin and it was easily washed away by the shower. 

The result was that my skin felt very soft and nice but not as buffed as I would have hoped. I don’t think I would spend that kind of money on this type of product – and perhaps save my Clarins pennies for foundation and bronzer!


Then next up, there’s this Sanctuary product that was actually given to me as a gift by my friend. I already love their shower gel so I had high hopes.

Sanctuary spa moisturising butter scrub, £7

Now this one was the sort of size I would expect from a bodycare product. But would it actually deliver the silky skin I was searching for?

This one definitely featured more buffing grains than the Clarins one, so I thought I was probably on to a winner. The one downside for me was the rest of the formula – because, as the name suggest, it’s quite buttery and soft, which actually makes it pretty tricky to rub into your skin in the shower.


The end result was pretty smooth feeling skin but definitely not the ‘whole new woman’ level I was holding out for. So, I can conclude I can definitely recommend saving your money and opting for a more affordable exfoliator. But I think my search continues for ‘the one’ so watch this space. For now, my poundshop exfoliating gloves will be out in force…

R x

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