Monday, July 11, 2011

The Body Shop Peppermint Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub

This is another product that, just like the Hemp Hand Protector, I used to regularly use. But unlike with the hand cream, I do remember why I stopped using this item: It didn’t work that well.

The only reason why I currently own Body Shop's Peppermint Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub is because it was a freebie I got from The Body Shop. I was hoping that maybe it was reformulated over the past few years and that it would work better now but sadly, nope.

Now, I’m sure that this foot exfoliate, which uses bits of volcanic rock in a jelly, peppermint-scented substance, does scrap off some dead skin. It certainly feels like it’s working when you rub this grainy gel all over your feet.

But after you dry your feet off, you’ll notice that they aren’t really that much softer than before. I did try using this product two-three times a week to see if that would increase its impact but it didn’t.

To be fair to this product, it does say that it should be used after the Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak, a step I did skip. I can see how soaking one’s feet would definitely improve the exfoliating power of this scrub but I suspect that even the Soak can only do so much. If you have seriously dry feet, or any actual calluses, I can’t see how this scrub, even combined with the Soak, would help.

So it doesn’t really work that well but, as I mentioned earlier, it does feel like it’s working so if all you’re looking for is a great feeling product, you may actually want to check this scrub out. Rubbing it all over your feet is actually quite relaxing and its strong peppermint scent is rather refreshing and pleasant.

Of course, if you do decide to pick this item up, make sure that your skin is OK with peppermint oil, since it can irritate some people’s skin. And make sure that your feet don’t have any cuts on them because if they do, this scrub is going to make them burn (and I say that from personal experience).

Would I buy this again: No.
Should you buy it: Only if you’re buying it for its scrubbing sensation.

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