Silky smooth and (almost!) good enough to eat.

Overall, the Walnut Sugar Scrub is great - while it doesn't smell like the ingredients in its title, it's a great product just as long as you don't expect something it's not. It works fantastically and with extended use, can go far to improve your complexion and over-all skin health.
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Pros:
Sticky, thick, softens skin, smells great, HUGE bottle
Cons:
Coconut is the most obvious smell after use
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review

Use

This product is a great addition to any routine; in the shower, for a morning wake-up before make-up, and any other time when you want to clean your face and come out of it feeling fresh and invigorated. It can work for anyone, man or woman, and I've found that it's a very nice thing to do before relaxing in the evenings.

To use it, just wet your face down with warm water - which opens the pores - and then apply the product. You don't need very much to cover a large area, and if you'd like to use it elsewhere (full body), you can use more as needed. If you'd like to use a washcloth, you can, but using your hands is enough to get it lathered up so it has suds. Afterwards, just rinse it off with cooler water, which closes your pores back up again and makes your skin nice and tight.

If you want to use it for shaving aftercare, all you have to do is apply a dollop of it to the area and then scrub. Not viciously, just how you would if you were using normal soap. It helps to exfoliate the dead skin from around the pores, as well as get any gunk from shaving away from the newly cut hair follicles, which gives them a clear path to grow unhindered. If you get any nicks while shaving, it also helps stop the blood flow, though it might sting a tiny bit depending on how sensitive you are.

It's also possible that this might be too harsh a product for people with sensitive skin; in that case, it's best used in areas where they know scrubs won't aggravate them or make them break out. A good test to see if you might be sensitive to this product would be to dab some on the inside of your elbow, don't wash it off, and then leave it there for twenty-four hours. You could also rub it in a little bit to see if the 'scrub' properties of it will aggravate you.

Taking into consideration the hydrating and exfoliating properties of the Walnut Sugar Scrub, you could probably use it on your elbows, heels, even hands - anywhere that can get overly dry, or rough. I personally don't have this problem, so I'm unable to test it to the extents I'd like, but it feels like it would help keep the area more hydrated than using just lotion alone.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Bridal gift
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bath / shower
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • External use only
    • Face
    • Body

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

It's a VERY thick scrub - which I find is extraordinarily nice. I've had scrubs in the past that weren't this sticky or thick, and that meant that if I tilted my hand from anything but horizontal, it would slide off and fall into the bottom of the shower. This one is sticky enough that it will stick to your hand, so you won't be wasting any by having it fall off.

Once you apply it, however, it becomes less sticky and spreads evenly. You can actually scrub with this product (even work it up to a lather), of course, and I've started using it in place of soap because it leaves me feeling cleaner than any body wash I have. The walnut in it, as well as the sugary texture, does well to exfoliate. It's a rough-textured product, but that's okay because that's honestly what you want from a scrub. It does its job beautifully because of this.

I haven't encountered any separation of liquid from the rest, with this product, which is a bonus.
    • Beads
    • Sticky
    • Thick

Taste / Aroma

The smell on this product is a mix of three things, in order of strength; peppermint, coconut, and almond. The walnut mentioned in the title isn't an actual smell, but a main ingredient none the less. The peppermint smell is what you'll notice first off; it's a very strong aroma that can't be mistaken. The coconut is intertwined with the peppermint, but it's not as noticeable, and the almond is a faint but complimentary scent that brings it together.

Once you use it in the shower, the scents change rather dramatically. The peppermint fades away to a sensation rather than a smell, leaving your face and body tingly, while the almond disipates entirely. The coconut is what you'll be left with and, while not unpleasant, it will take some getting used to if you expected any of the other smells to stay around.

The scent stays on your skin for about 2-4 hours after you use it, depending on how much you use. It's not an overpowering smell, though you may want to wash your hands with soap and water if you don't want it clinging there.
    • Smells good
    • Strong smell

Performance

This performs a ton better than any other scrubs I've had. They didn't skimp on the ground up walnut shell, which means that you get more 'beads' to scrub with, which means that it's more effective over all. You can lather it up and it will actually give 'suds' like soap, but you do have to wash this product off; It's not meant to sit on your skin like lotion, but it will leave you feeling extremely soft and silky and with extended use, can actually make your skin softer in general.

Washing it off is easy - a quick rinse of water will have it all gone, and it doesn't leave any residue. I wouldn't suggest using this more than twice a day, mostly because you could irritate your skin with the roughness of it.

If you're allergic to nuts, however, you probably shouldn't use this as there is walnut shell in it. If you're allergic to sodium laureth sulfate ( which is also found in toothpaste ), you should be sure to not get this in your mouth because it can cause the same sort of unfortunate results.
    • Allergy concerns
    • Feels natural

Packaging

The packaging is very discreet, especially since this is a rather nonsexual product. I received it in an unlabeled clear plastic bag wrapped around the bottle itself. The bottle holds 12 fluid oz/354 ML, is clear plastic with a waterproof label, a black cap, and is recyclable. The label has a brief overview of the scrub, a link to the brand's website and ingredients.
    • Can be opened with one hand
    • Discreet looking packaging
    • Easy to use / dispense

Special Features

This might not exactly be considered special properties, but I thought people might want to know what the ingredients do and why they might have been added.

Aloe and vitamin E - both help with little scrapes or nicks like you might get in shaving, while making skin softer and more pliable.

Chamomile and green tea - toning agents, which can make your skin tighter and better looking. Chamomile is also good for blonde hair and fair skin, while green tea is full of antioxidants.

Glycerin - a skin conditioner that attracts moisture to the skin.

Sucrose - real sugar, not fruit based sugar. Be aware you can get yeast infections if you don't rinse properly if you use it around your pubic area.

Walnut shell - used an exfoliant. It also absorbs contaminants, and is an anti-fungal agent.

Different oils dry at different rates, allowing the skin to absorb them at different speeds making your skin softer for longer, there are at least 3 types in this ( grape seed, sunflower seed and peppermint oil ). This could be what contributes to longer-term skin softening, as well as it not depleting the skin of its own oils when used. Sunflower seed oil itself has smoothing properties, while peppermint oil is good for circulation.
    • Cooling

Personal comments

I haven't had any issues with using this product and having my skin over-produce oils. I'm a very oily person naturally, and I've had a LOT of problems in the past with products depleting my natural oils which would make my face shiny, and in turn it would cause me to break out. This isn't a dehydrating scrub (no tight dryness here), which means I have had zero issues with shiny, oily patches on my skin. It's also really helped with my complexion; breakouts are less frequent because this helps keep my pores clean and my skin in general clean.

I've also discovered a somewhat unexpected bonus to this product; it's a GREAT after-care for shaving. I've used it pretty much everywhere you can shave and I've found that if you use it right after shaving, it really helps with ingrown hairs. I've had a lot less skin irritation after shaving thanks to this.

I would like to say though that, as with all products that have mint in them, you should keep it away from your eyes and other mucous membranes because it can cause unpleasant burning sensations. If you do get it in your eyes, flush them with warm water for a few minutes til the burning stops, and make sure that none of the gritty agents are stuck in there.

If you don't like mint or a cold, crisp feeling on your face, I suggest not using it for that purpose, but as a scrub for the rest of your body.
    • Complexion helper
    • Shaving

Experience

When I got the good fortune to grab this, I was extremely happy. Scrubs are one of my favorite products ever, and when I got this I wasn't disappointed. I've had complexion problems for years, and I've used lots of things with varying success, but they usually dried my face out, or made it overly oily.

This scrub has turned out to be something I can use twice daily without any averse effects; I've been using it for about a week now and it's really helped my pores, and the oil levels on my face. It also softens skin and makes it feel nice and tight, but not too much so. It's really nice to apply too; like a mini-massage for your face or wherever you decide to use it.
Follow-up commentary
I've been using this every time I shower and I've noticed a definite improvement of my skin's softness, as well as my complexion issues. I've also been religiously using it when I shave and the after-effects ( razorburn/ingrown hairs/etc ) are still at a minimum because of this. This is going to go on my 'buy-again' list once I run out, but for now I'm going to enjoy using it til I run out.
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    Thank you for the review!
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    Thanks for the review. Hard to go wrong with peppermint, coconut, and almond, IMO.
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