Favorite Body Scrubs

Have I mentioned that I'm obsessed with exfoliation? I truly am. I will buy any body scrub on the market and use it until it is all gone, regardless of whether or not I actually like it. I love the feeling of scrubbing all the rough spots until they are nice and smooth and then using an exceptional moisturizer. If they are scented with something that I wear in my daily perfume, so much the better. Pulling out a note (such as ylang ylang or bergamot) of my scent for use in bath products is one of my favorite ways of "matching." I pay more attention to that then whether or not my outfit matches. Truly. So I decided to put together a list of my favorites that I have discovered. And if you know of a body scrub that I should try, please let me know!
My most recent purchase is Boots Mediterranean Olive, Bergamot, and Walnut Body Scrub. This is a gentle and non-abrasive scrub that would be great for sensitive skinned people. The scent is lovely without being overwhelming, and it offers light moisturizing. One of my requirements for a great scrub is that they don't require me to use an additional product for moisturizing after I get out of the shower, and this one just barely qualifies in that regard. But the price is right, and you definitely don't have an oily feeling on your skin after the shower.
Neutrogena Energizing Sugar Body Scrub. This was the very first scrub I ever used. There is nothing exciting about it - the scent is exactly what you would expect, a basic citrus that is supposed to be invigorating. The exfoliatiors are sugar crystals, which aren't harsh on sensitive skin, and it has better than average moisturizing ability. But it is definitely lacking a "wow factor," although it really is a good basic scrub.
The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish. This isn't a scrub in the true sense. It's a body polish, which means that it has great exfoliating ability, but not much in the way of moisturizing. Which is fine, especially if you like to control the amount of moisture your skin gets. I love the scent on this product, and often follow it up with their Strawberry Body Butter. With the addition of salicylic acid, it certainly keeps the rough spots to a minimum.
L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Sunless Scrub. I mention this precisely because it is almost the opposite of all my other favorite scrubs, yet there is always a tube of this in my shower. This offers no moisture at all. None. Don't expect it, you won't get it. And you don't want it, either - this scrub is designed to prepare your skin for self-tanning, and you don't want a layer of oils to prevent that bronze from developing. This scrub has BHAs and salt as it's exfoliant, so don't use it after shaving! Take it from me!
The Body Shop Bergamot Salt Scrub. I have to confess that I don't have this in bergamot. I have the ylang ylang option (sensual ylang ylang, natch), but it is exactly the same with the exception of the scent. This scrub is very, very moisturizing. No lotion needed afterwards at all. Because it's salt, it's another scrub that must be used prior to any shaving that needs to be done. Also, the salt grains are quite large - don't keep scrubbing until they dissolve, as you won't have a top layer of skin any longer. But the scent is heavenly, and the product is decadent.
Lush Buffy Body Butter. And I saved the best for last. I recently discovered the Buffy bar at the Lush store in Atlanta (great SA's there, by the way - they are awesome! Shipped my things to me because I wouldn't be able to get them on the plane), and I haven't stopped using it since. This solid bar can be used at the end of your shower, right before you get out. Not only are you treated to the most luxurious moisture, the exfoliating grains remove any bad patches you might have. And these grains aren't salt - they are ground rice, almonds, and aduki beans. This bar makes my skin the softest it has ever been, and I plan to keep a bar around from now on.

The NYT Uproar

Well, everyone is just all aflutter over this New York Times article about beauty bloggers. I think Christine over at Bon Bons in the Bath had an excellent response, but I thought I'd throw my dime in there too.

I don't get free samples. The only samples I get are from Sephora when I spend over $100, because I'm a "Beauty Insider." Not that I would mind a sample or two - that's fun. But it wouldn't affect the way I write about something. If I don't like it, I don't like it. And just because I don't like it doesn't mean that you won't. I've purchased many products that others didn't like and had plenty of good to say about it.

The only problem I see with all the swag is that as soon as it goes out, you get mentions and reviews on every beauty blog out there. Also, you do have some people who are never going to mention anything negative about it, even if they are writing a "review", because they don't want the swag train to dry up.

So, dear readers, however many of them there are, use your critical thinking skills. If a blog is just mentioning a product without giving you any valuable or useful information, consider whether or not that blog is worth reading. Otherwise, who cares if people get free stuff? Good for them!

I Heart Foot Petals

The truth of the matter is that I love my heels. But what I don't love is the absolute pain that I get after a few hours of walking, dancing, or otherwise being on my feet. So when I discovered Foot Petals, I was hoping that I had found something to help with that. And it really did help - tremendously. This wonderful little product is called Tip Toes, and you place them on the inner sole of your shoe where the ball of your foot rests. These cushion that part of your foot that gets sore quickly and also prevents calluses. I was so pleased that I ran out and bought a pair for every uncomfortable gorgeous shoe that I had.

Then I found some great flats at Marshalls. Nine West, a brand that usually fits me really well. Well, they felt great when I tried them on, but after an hour of wearing them, I had a nice blister right on the back of my heel. Talk about painful - it was like adding insult to injury - I was wearing flats! I shouldn't be in pain! I decided to check Foot Petals and see if they had anything that might help, and of course they did. I can't say enough good things about my Heavenly Heelz. Soft padding keeps callused skin from forming (nothing worse than rough, dry skin on the feet), and prevents rubbing and blisters. I keep extra packs of these in my drawer to put in any new pair of shoes that even seem like they might cause me a bit of discomfort.

There are a few other products that Foot Petals has on their site that I haven't tried. But I've had such good luck with the few things that I have tried, I had to share the love.

A Silly Blogthing

Your Fashion Style is Girly

You dress to look beautiful and show off what you've got
Dresses, skirts, heels... whatever it takes to turn heads
You love feeling like a girl in any setting
Even your workout clothes are cute and feminine!

Spring Summer 08 Dresses

Spring Summer 08 Dresses

Doing a bit of dress shopping today. What I'm seeing is some fabulous prints and graphics in bold, bright colors. The trapeze/babydoll style is still popular, but it's so hard to rock that look well, unless you're super, super skinny, and even then, it's just not my favorite, so I tried to stay away from that one. I'm in love with wrap dresses and cobalt blue, so you'll probably see a lot of that in my picks. And I've got everything here from Shopbop to Target, because I don't discriminate. Cute comes in many price ranges.

See more of my Spring Summer 08 Dresses list at ThisNext.

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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites RetrodivasBeauty.com and RetrodivasCloset.com. She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for StyleBakeryMom.com twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.