Reed Orange & Poppy Seed Body Scrub - review


We received this body scrub in August's Lust Have It (reviewed here).

I'm a huge fan of body scrubs so I was pleased to see it, and even more pleased when I saw the reasonable price: you can pick up a small one of these for $4.75. This makes my wallet happy!

On top of this, I'd never heard of Reed before and I'm always glad to discover new brands, so I'm not surprised that this is the first product I opened and tried from August's box, since it was the one I was most excited about.

Reed claims/product details:
  • Our scrubs are all natural so you can rest assured you are not slathering your body in harsh chemicals
  • Contains no nasty synthetic micro-beads that pollute our precious waterways
  • Full of grape seed oil, this scrub is easily absorbed - making it very moisturising as well as a mild antiseptic
  • High in antioxidants, protecting your skin against free radicals
  • Contains vitamin C, D and E
  • Vitamin C is essential to collagen production, helping smooth out fine lines
  • Vitamin D boosts elasticity and stimulates collagen production, reducing fine lines and sun spots
  • Vitamin E replenishes your skin's moisture, as well as blocking harmful UV rays 
  • Sweet orange essential oil is uplifting, acting as an anti-depressant; it helps relax you and eases nervous tension and stress
  • Ingredients: sucrose, polenta, vitis vinifera, blue poppy seeds, citrus sinensis
  • RRP $4.75 for 70g or $6.50 for 150g

Above is the card that came with the product, as well as a code to use in the Reed shop.

Below is what the scrub looks like: as you can see, it's dry and looks like sugar in texture.


First, this smells divine - every time I open it, I half-expect a slice of orange and poppy seed cake to suddenly appear in the shower because that's exactly how it smells.

Second, I'm not sold on dry body scrubs as a whole (although they seem to be all the rage these days): they're quite messy to use and I find that you lose a lot in the shower because product gets washed off and dribbles out between your wet fingers whenever you use it. It would probably be better to turn the water off while using this (or you could save it for use in the bath) to prevent this issue, unless you're more coordinated than me and don't have this problem.

Third, dry scrubs can be harsh on the skin so I prefer using them wet so they're not as rough. This one is indeed quite harsh, but adding water/using it on wet skin helps with this issue so don't discount this product if you don't like rough scrubs. You could also add some to your shower gel to dilute/cushion it and make it more gentle, and that would help with the product-wastage issue too because the gel would make it adhere better to the skin.

On the product itself, while it's not my favourite body scrub, it's definitely a good one and it's reasonably priced so it's one I would consider buying for the low price alone. Plus you don't need to use a lot each time, so this little packet should last a while.

Even though it's quite harsh, when used wet and with gentle motions, I like the feel of it on my skin and it does a great job of exfoliation. My skin feels super smooth and polished after using this, but I wouldn't use it more than once a week - otherwise I think it would be too much for my skin and I'd risk rubbing my body red raw.

Also, I think the addition of oil helps it from being too rough and it does seem to have a moisturising effect when you use it (as well as an exfoliating action), so I think that claim is true. I won't comment on the other claims because they're mainly based on what the ingredients do and don't do, and I can't say whether they're true (eg, who knows whether this is stimulating collagen production when used).

All in all, this is a decent scrub and it's one I would consider buying for the low price alone. I'd be interested to try other products from the brand, so hopefully we might see another one turn up in LHI in future.

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