What is it? Body moisturiser.
What does/should it do? Exfoliate and hydrate your body parts.
Marketing itself as a 3-in-1 body lotion that “Hydrates! Conditions! Smoothes!”, I was extremely on board with both the use of the overly-excitable exclamation marks and the price point being firmly within my impulse buy limit.
The Smoothes! is my main interest. A daily exfoliation is what my legs need when it’s Shaving Season: post-shaving, I tend to get ingrown hair and that ‘strawberry seed’ look on my shins. My upper arms get Keratosis Pilaris, sometimes called ‘chicken skin’. Exfoliation – literally removing the top layer of dead skin cells – fixes both those issues for me. A couple of times a week I was using physical exfoliators on my limbs, as I used up my stash – I don’t use them on my face anymore, but no point not using up the product I have. The idea of not having to remember to do that every few days was appealing.
The exfoliation comes from a long list of Alpha Hydroxy Acids and a Beta Hydroxy Acid – Lactic, Glycolic, Malic (AHAs), Salicylic (BHA) – but all of them so far down the INCI list as to make them tiny amounts. My experience reflects this: used daily, the exfoliation is gentle enough to tackle the skin problems I want to tackle. But, it needs to be daily use. Soap & Glory do recommend their physical exfoliation product, if you need something a bit more punchy; anything with a higher level of acid would do the job. I also skip it on the days I do shave, because shaving is exfoliation in itself.
Hydrates! would seem to be a given: it’s a body lotion. Sugar Crush Body Lotion is certainly not as moisturising as other body lotions I have, but Shaving Season directly correlates with my legs being released from their winter hibernation in fleecy tights and $10 Target trackies. I’m always going to have SPF over the top, and the two together are hydrating enough – especially when I top up the SPF mid-way through the day.
Also, and I know I don’t have to nag you at this point, but because this body lotion is an exfoliator, you absolutely do need to wear an SPF when you’re exposed to the SkyFire and its deadly, deadly rays. I know you SPF nerds are already all over it.
I don’t know what Conditions! is trying to achieve here. The packaging copy tells me it’s “MOISTHAVE™ six skin conditioning oils”, which tells me nothing. The ingredients themselves tell me they’re hydrators, giving both the layers and the surface of the skin hydration. Which is what I expect you want from a body lotion? It’s certainly what I’m looking for.
The “freshly squeezed SWEET LIME fragrance!” is not my vibe. Although it comes from lime seed oil, it smells as fake as lime cordial. It’s not intolerable for me, thank goodness, and it fades rapidly.
I am loving the two-in-one of moisturiser and exfoliator, I am loving the price for the size of the bottle, and unless you give me a reason to buy something similar (which you all know I am greatly amenable to) this will be a repurchase.
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Lotion (500ml) is $20 from Mecca.