Beauty Quickie: & Other Stories – Sugar Crush Body Scrub
I’m not the biggest connoisseur of body scrubs. I am fond of Origins Incredible Spreadable Smooth Ginger Body Scrub, loved as much for its invigorating scent as its skin sloughing properties. And I have rarely found a more pleasing route to a smooth bottom than Lush’s Buffy Body Butter. But I’m often left disappointed by creams sparsely dotted with beads that barely touch the skin or salt scrubs so drenched in oil they lose their ability to exfoliate at all.
I generally prefer something more mechanical: dry brushing or gloves. I like that there’s no time limit on how long you have to reach everywhere, and they tend be more successful in improving circulation. While ordering pretty things from & Other Stories – the hyper-cool Swedish arm of H&M – I threw in a couple of beauty items, including the Sugar Crush Body Scrub.
The scrub, along with the majority of the brand’s other bath and body products, comes in several complimentary scents. Sugar Crush smells like a tall glass of icy Coca-Cola spiked with lime slices. It manages to be sweet without being cloying. Most importantly, the formula works. On dry skin – the most effective way of using a scrub – it’s thick enough that it doesn’t simply fall off the skin with one rub. On wet skin it lathers slightly, keeping in on the skin until you’re ready to cleanly rinse it off with no oily residue.
At £7 these scrubs are a complete bargain and I will definitely be buying more, maybe switching up the scents with the seasons.
& Other Stories is fast becoming one of my favourite places to shop online. The fashion styling on their website is inviting and their thoughtful packaging brings a bit of love to the often sterile world of online shopping. Your order feels more like a present than something you’ve bought for yourself. And besides, any brand that can convince Shirley Manson to be its poster girl is okay by me.