Jergens Natural Glow Colour Primer In-Shower Scrub - review


I was recently sent this product to review (along with a matching tanning cream) and I wanted to quickly post on it now while I've been busily testing it over the last month and have my thoughts firmed up.

Although it's not a bad product, I don't think it's a good one either and now that I've given it a decent test run, I can see it languishing on the low, forgotten shelf in the shower - so I might need to throw it into Project Pan in order to get through it. We'll see.

Jergens claims/product details:
  • Resurfaces and primes to prepare skin for streak-free colour before tanning 
  • With an amino fruit extract complex, the unique dual-action formula exfoliates rough patches and primes skin, creating a perfectly polished canvas and improving colour adhesion for tanning products
  • Aids the look and longevity of the tan
  • For all skin tones
  • RRP $10.99 AUD for 160ml, but do shop around


While I like this scrub better than the matching Jergens tanning cream I tested (review coming soon), I don't think it's great and I wouldn't buy it.

I don't mind the sweet, sugary scent but it's a little too sweet for my personal tastes. I like the packaging and the overall look, feel and texture of the product - it's how it performs that doesn't wow me.

I like my body scrubs to contain plenty of larger scrubby matter that really gets in there and exfoliates my skin. The grains in this are too fine (they offer more of a gentle polish, so they don't do much for me in terms of resurfacing) and I find myself needing to use a huge amount of product to do my whole body because the grains are more sparse than I would like.

For this reason I've started using the product on a shower puff, since the puff itself does a better job of exfoliating my body than this scrub does - plus it means I don't need to use heaps of product each time.

Funnily enough, I wanted to use this on my face because it's exactly the right kind of scrub for facial use (I prefer very gentle physical exfoliants for my face and rougher ones for my body), but there's a warning on the bottle that tells you not to use this on your face and to avoid contact with eyes. So there you go.

On the claims: this polishes a little but I don't think it resurfaces or exfoliates the skin enough to help with self-tanning; I don't know what kind of 'priming' it does to help with your tan, and I definitely don't think it does much towards 'creating a perfectly polished canvas', or anything towards 'improving colour adhesion for tanning products'; and I don't think it's helped improve the longevity of my tan.

Overall I don't hate this product but it doesn't do much so I wouldn't recommend it. It may suit those who prefer super gentle body scrubs, but it's just not for me.

If you're after a good budget scrub, I've recently tried Sukin's offering (reviewed here) and I enjoyed it so I'd choose that one over this one any day.

Ok but not very effective.

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