Hope your week has been going great so far! A while back I finally finished my Body Shop argan oil body scrub reviewed HERE and since that has been discontinued I was on the lookout for something new and fun to try out. The H2O spa sea moss and black sand scrub looked interesting enough; its not every day that you come across a volcanic sand scrub!
I generally like the packaging of H2o products; they are sleek and simple in design and this tube of body scrub is no different. The smell of this body scrub is very subtle and mild which I quite like. The particles in the scrub are quite course and do provide a good sloughing off of dead skin from the body. It was difficult to capture a snap of the ingredient list written on the tube so I have listed it out below in case your curious! 🙂
Water/Eau/Aqua, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyethylene, Cocamide MEA, Silicon Dioxide, Silica, Propanediol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Shell Powder, Volcanic Black Sand, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance/Parfum, Aluminum Oxides, Panthenol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Oxide, Potassium Oxide, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Oxide, Calcium Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Titanium Oxide, Iron oxide, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 33.
To be honest I was quite disappointed with the ingredient list especially since a tube of this costs something like 20 bucks at Ulta. I was hoping for some better ingredients. The sodium lauryl sulfate along with the Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Cocamide MEA helps lather up the scrub in the bath. The volcanic sand along with the coconut shell powder act as pretty good scrubbing agents. I am guessing that the sea moss is the carrageenan extract which is a sea weed.
The scrub does make your skin soft and smooth after use. The only major issue with the scrub is that it can clog up your tub/ shower area since the sand and coconut shell particles do not dissolve in water and hence collect at the drain area. This scrub is an intensive one as well..if you have extremely delicate skin it is best not to use too much pressure or force when using this product.
Overall, I am quite impressed with the performance of the scrub. However, I am not sure if carrageenan (not a very expensive ingredient) has any benefits for your skin to justify the price tag of the product. Although the volcanic sand sounds like an exotic ingredient I wonder how exclusive of an ingredient it is. The detergent agents used are all commonly found even in much cheaper drug store body washes and scrubs. Hence although the product as such works I am not sure if the price tag justifies a repurchase.
Have you tried any of the body scrubs from the H2O brand? What do you like or don’t like about them?
Until next time…ciao!