Brown sugar scrub by Cake Beauty - review by Adriana Ravenlust

Brown sugar scrub

Scrub by Cake Beauty

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This Cake Smells Like Cookies

For a super effective scrub, look no further. Glowing, soft, and smooth skin awaits with this bath product from Cake that smells just like cookies and complements the company's other products. A word to the sensitive -- the brown sugar granules are so coarse that you may want to use a feather-light touch.
Smells great, effective scrub, large tub.
Slippery/greasy, may be too abrasive, price.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


Add Cake's brown sugar scrub to your shower routine to scrub away dead skin cells and leave your body glowing. Elbows, knees and other areas where dead skin accumulates will quickly become smooth and soft with Cake's good-smelling product, which will brighten your mood and scent your bathroom. Just be sure to rinse your body and shower well, perhaps using this before your cleanse, to remove any greasy or slippery residue.
  • 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?
    • Mood enhancer
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bath / shower

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

This product isn't wet enough to also function as a body wash or cleanser. The granules of brown sugar exist in just a bit of oil, so you may want to add some water when applying to your body. The brown sugar granules are far larger than any of the other scrubs available on EF. They've been treated in some way to make them expand to several times the size of a regular piece of brown sugar, which makes even a small handful seem pretty thick.

It's a very rough and aggressive scrub and may be too coarse for use all over your body, and it's definitely not soft enough for use on soft facial skin, so this product is a bit less versatile than some.

If you dip your fingers into the tub, it's easy to grab some to rub on your body. It does leave your skin feeling a bit greasy, however, and the greasiness can make the tub floor especially slippery. In fact, the jar itself can become difficult to open because of the oils in this product, so you'll want to be very careful of the slickness. It's definitely more greasy than similar products, like Dona's body polish or Bella Il Fiore's peppermint scrub.
    • Greasy
    • Textured
    • Thick

Taste / Aroma

Desserted island is a mix of coconut and vanilla, but the brown sugar scrub doesn't smell exactly the same as other Cake products in this scent, like the body wash. The brown sugar scent is clearly detectible to your nose, and the overall scent is something similar to oatmeal raisin cookies. It's definitely not an unpleasant smell and, if you want a sweet-smelling scrub, you can't go wrong. It's just not exactly like the described scent. Still, it works well if you're also using the body wash. It's like a complex dessert.
    • Smells good
    • Strong smell


Because this is such a coarse product, it's super effective as removing dead skin from areas like your knees, elbows and legs. This means that a little little goes a long way to remove dead skin and leave your skin soft feeling and healthy looking. The granules will eventually dissolve if you keep rubbing, but you can also simply rinse them off from your body.

The roughness means you may not want to use this product every day, unless you're already accustomed to coarse scrubs.

As for callouses on feet, this product isn't a miracle cure. Don't throw away tour pumice stone just yet; this scrub won't replace it. It will work as a refreshing product in between pumice scrubs, however.

The product does leave the shower feeling greasy and slippery, so you may find yourself cleaning it more frequently. The individual granules do like to stick to the tub floors and walls. If you're not a fan of the greasy feeling of your skin, you might want to use this before you cleanse, so that you can wash it off.
    • Performance


The tub that this comes in is quite large -- larger than that of Dona's body polish. I have no doubt that this product will last most people quite some time. It's decorated with Cake's cute pink and white scheme and it's discreet to leave out for prying eyes to read. In fact, your friends and family might want to know more about this awesome product!

The tub is too large for convenient travel, but the twist-off lid is secure and prevents it from leaking. It's large enough that you'll need two hands to open it, most likely. However, the lid can become slippery to remove and replace with the greasiness of this product.
    • Discreet looking packaging
    • Does not leak

Special Features

Gluten free / No GMOs / No Petrochemicals / No Phthalates / No Triclosan / Parabens free

Personal comments

I was excited to compare this to two other scrubs I've tried on the site: Dona's body polish and the peppermint scrub from Bella Il Fiore. Like the former, it's not a versatile cleanser. However, it offers a much more effective scrub than Dona's. The scent of this, in my opinion, is the best of the three. Unless you really love peppermint, I would recommend this product over the other two.

If you make your own scrubs at home, this definitely won't be the most cost effective solution to tired and dry skin. In fact, it's the most expensive product on this side by far. However, if you want a luxurious shower routine and don't mind the price, you'll probably like this one by Cake.


While I like this product because it smells good and is effective, I feel as though the texture might be too abrasive. I cannot use it anywhere near my face -- and wouldn't want to because of how greasy it is -- and it even makes my tummy and arms hurt. You could always rub more lightly, but my skin just seems a bit too sensitive to use this in certain areas, which makes me sad.
Follow-up commentary
I don't quite think "I don't like it anymore" is entirely appropriate. I still do like the things that I liked before: the smell. However, I've noticed a few things since I first tried it that make this product a little more meh-worthy.

I thought the texture might work well as a shaving product, so I put some on but didn't entirely rinse it off before shaving. It works, but I must have been silly not to realize that it would clog up my razor. With that in mind, if you're both shaving and exfoliating, you'll probably want to shave first.

Secondly, the warmer temperature has caused the base to melt from a gel to a liquid/oil. The sugar particles sunk to the bottom of the tub, making it a little harder to get the product out without splashing around. If you wanted to use this outside of the shower/bath and live where it's warm, I'd advise against this. The crystals still scrub but the liquid base is just messy.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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    good review
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    great review!
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    thx for the honest review
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    Great job!
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