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Scrubs are said to remove dead skin cells and help the skin absorb moisture better. When it comes to the scalp, they can help with breaking down product buildup. But, this category of product has always kind of landed in “treat territory” for me as it does not seem like a 100% necessary step in personal care. Scrubs always felt like something marketing people at a long table in a boardroom cooked up to make us feel like it was something we needed to attain silky, soft skin. I think the bad vibes were mostly because I had never found a scrub I liked until now.
In the past, I had used scrubs with sugar crystals that never felt like they were breaking down enough and were probably scratching me on some microscopic level. There would be just chunks of sugar mixed with whatever oil or moisturizing ingredient in the product that always left me feeling unclean and sticky afterward. The Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub literally does the exact opposite of all of that and has me apologizing for all my animosity towards this type of product.
First, let’s just talk about the scent of the scrub because I am obsessed with it. Ouai always has the best smelling products and this one is no different. It has a rose fragrance with hints of bergamot, lychee, cedarwood, and white musk that gives off very luxe energy. Apparently, OUAI’s Melrose Place fragrance has the same notes as the scrub and I am on my way to pick that up now.
Unlike any other scrub I have used, this one actually becomes a soapy lather instead of just leaving little clumps on my body. The sugar crystals are small and gentle and the coconut oil leaves my hair and body feeling nourished instead of filmy. And, with its many purposes, it has become an integral part of my routine. Before shaving my legs, I use it to remove any dead skin. I also use it in my hair after a week of extra dry shampoo use to break down the buildup. During the winter, it helps remedy any dryness and itchiness as well.