3.06.2014

Splurge Skincare

My interest in natural skincare and beauty products was piqued around the start of the year, and one of the things I found I loved most in my quest to try different natural brands was that there is an abundance of smaller brands making fantastic products that really deserve more recognition. Splurge Skincare is one of those brands.
Christine and Kara, two teachers from Boston, are the masterminds behind Splurge Skincare. The brand's philosophy? "People shouldn't wait for a special occasion to treat themselves well, it should be something they do everyday." Can't say I disagree.

I tend to think that whenever a brand offers only a couple products in their line-up, those products are bound to be amazing. They've (hopefully) focused their time and attention on perfecting those few products, instead of making a bunch of mediocre ones just to say they have them. I respect that. Splurge Skincare makes three products: The Rub, Lip Buttahs and Tinted Buttahs. I was sent two scents of The Rub and one Lip Buttah to test out.

I have The Rub in the scents Peppermint and Winter. The primary ingredient in this body scrub is sugar. Just as you might imagine would happen if you were to rub sugar onto wet skin, the more you massage it in, the more it will dissolve. The Rub does exactly that, leaving behind an incredibly soft and smooth surface. Other key ingredients include organic safflower oil, meadowfoam oil, glycerin, organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, aloe vera leaf juice and vitamin E. I don't hesitate at all in saying that it's the most moisturizing body scrub I've tried to date. 

Unlike many other body scrubs I've tried that carry the option of being used in place of a body wash, The Rub is truly meant just for exfoliation. As the directions instruct, The Rub should be used post-cleanse; think of it as an adjunct to body wash. I typically use it only where my skin tends to be the driest and flakiest (arms and legs), but it's absolutely gentle enough to be used all over and daily.  

Hands down, my favorite scent of the two I have is Peppermint (it's also available in Almond and Lemon). It smells exactly like candy canes, and I get tempted to sneak a taste every so often, although I haven't yet, ok? Everyone just calm down. After using The Rub in Peppermint, there's a slight cooling effect from the mint that feels incredibly invigorating, especially on I-can't-seem-to-wake-up kind of mornings.

I also have the Lip Buttah in Lemon (also available in Peppermint, Almond and Orange Chocolate). Main ingredients include babassu oil, organic cocoa butter, beeswax, sweet almond oil, organic castor oil and vitamin E. The scent is very subtle, and the tube is a flattened oval shape. Despite having a fair amount of slip to it, it sticks around for quite the while on my lips. It's moisturizing and makes my lips soft, but it's not anything ground-breaking, nor is it the best lip balm I've ever tried. It's good at moisturizing my lips most days, but it doesn't do enough for them when they're chapped or ultra-dry.

For me, The Rub is really where it's at.

Splurge Skincare The Rub ($26 for 8 oz.) and Lip Buttah ($7) are available from their website.


Disclosure: These products were sent to me for consideration for a review. I am not affiliated with the company, nor am I getting paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are honest and based solely on my own experiences with the products.

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