The Body Shop Honeymania Scrub vs. Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Scrub

Honey I scrubbed the kids: Burt’s Bees vs. The Body Shop


Nov 10, 2013 Bath & Body , 0 Comments

NEWS FLASH – not all body scrubs are the same! You don’t say I hear you cry – please tell use more! Today’s post is about two types of high street honey body scrubs that are similar in price and size and their differences.

Burts Bees Honey & Shea Scrub

Burt’s Bees Honey & Sugar Shea Body Scrub £12.99 for 22ml

This body scrub is a more traditional sugar scrub with 100% natural ingredients which is what Burt’s Bees tries to strive for in each of its creations. The scrub is in a sweet almond oil base so you’ll need to stir it around a bit every time you use it to get an even mixture. When it comes to getting the best friction I prefer to use scrubs on dry skin especially if they have an oil base as there will be enough slip to move it around. However this works equally well on dry and wet skin and leaves an oily sheen on your skin so there is no need for moisturiser afterwards. The sugar gives that nice crunchy sound I love to hear when applying a body scrub (trust me it’s very satisfying).

While this is a pretty decent scrub there is a distinct lack of any scent for me which lets in down. The ingredients state that there is a fragrance included but it could be something that masks the smell of the other ingredients. This has a mild aroma of honey and oats which is nice but nothing exciting. I reviewed the Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Body Scrub from the same range a few years ago and I prefer that one.

The Body Shop Honeymania Scrub

The Body Shop Honeymania Body Scrub 200ml for £12.50

Even though this is called a body scrub I personally would call this more of paste or body polish. The different being the sizes of the scrubbing grains which are quite small compared to a traditional salt or sugar scrub. I can’t decipher from the ingredients list what the actual scrubby bits are but I suspect it might be the corn starch which can be used as an abrasive. Like the Burt’s Bees scrub, I found that I get more friction on dry skin than wet even though that it is recommended to use on damp skin. I found that this congeals quite easily on wet skin so I think the drier skin the better. I would definitely use a moisturiser afterwards, and there is a matching body butter in this range.

This surprised me in that the scent isn’t like honey at all but a lovely floral scent reminiscent of other Body Shop products. I’m not a big fan of florals but using this put a smile on my face and brought me back to the 90′s. The Body Shop has certain fragrances that just teleport you back in time to when they first became popular. I can’t say for sure that I would by this scrub again as it’s quite gentle but I shall enjoy using it for the scent alone!

What body scrubs are you loving lately?



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