Product Review: Haus Of Gloi Apothecary Soft Bubbling Scrub

by Gio

haus of gloi apothecary soft bubbling scrub

Name: Apothecary Soft Bubbling Scrub
Brand: Haus Of Gloi
Size: 2oz mini size jar and 6 oz full jar
Price: $3.50 and $8.00

From Haus Of Gloi’s website:
Our soft bubbling scrub is made from scratch and never a base! A delightfully scrubby and lightly foaming confection.Our foaming base is whipped until it produces soft peaks, similar to that of whipped cream. A blend of two sugars is then folded in, both fine and medium grain for fantastic scrubbing and polish it off with a heaping scoop of shea butter to leave you cleansed and smooth but never dried out.

What I liked:
– exfoliates skin well, leaving it silky smooth, brighter and slightly hydrated
– gentle, can be used often
– stiff but creamy texture melts slowly on the skin
– lathers up a bit, which makes it glide smoothly on the skin
– herbal and zesty scent that lasts long
– can double up as soap or body wash
– samples are available
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– the scent doesn’t smell like an apothecary shop on me

I’m always going on about the benefits of exfoliation, but I don’t often take my own advice. Oh, I exfoliate my face regularly alright, but the rest of my body I terribly neglect. I just forget about it. I know, bad beauty blogger.

But recently, things have changed. I’ve found a scrub that I enjoy using so much that I can’t wait to hop in the shower and start scrubbing away. I’m talking about Haus Of Gloi Soft Bubbling Scrub, a sugar scrub that can double up as soap or body wash. Its formula is very unique. Despite the sugar granules, the texture only feels slightly gritty. It is stiff, but also quite creamy and slowly melts when you massage it onto your skin.

The scrub lathers up a bit when mixed with water, which allows it to glide smoothly on the skin. All the sugar (sugar cane and sucrose) gently but effectively removes all those dead cells that have been accumulating on its surface, leaving skin feeling silky smooth and looking brighter. And no, you don’t feel greasy or oily at all after use.

The scrub also leaves skin slightly moisturized. Of course it’s not hydrating enough for very dry skin like mine, but if yours is normal or oily, you may not need to apply a body cream afterwards. Because of how gentle it is, it can also be used on a frequent basis, if not daily. But again, this depends on your skin type and how much exfoliation your body needs.

Haus Of Gloi Soft Bubbling Scrub is available in lots of different and complex scents. I chose Apothecary, which is described as “Old books, bubbling concoctions, herbs and creaking floor boards! A pure essential oil blend of: Lemongrass, rosemary, blood cedar, sweet basil, lavender and the tiniest drop of vetiver.” Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? I adore the scent of old books and I was really looking forward to smell like them, but it wasn’t to be.

On my skin, I can only smell a huge dollop of lemon grass enriched with lavender. It’s herbal and zesty, surprisingly longlasting and smells great, but it just doesn’t remind me of an apothecary shop, which really disappointed me. I truly love this scent, it’s just not what I expected. I think I’d have appreciated it a lot more if it had been given a different name. But then, it may smell like old books and antique shops on someone else. After all, fragrances are so subjective, not just to personal taste, but also to personal chemistry.

Organic cane sugar, sucrose (sugar), vegetable glycerin, sodium coco sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, propylene glycol, sorbitol, stearic acid, proprietary fragrance blend, shea butter, phenoxyethanol (and) caprylyl glycol

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Haus Of Gloi Apothecary Soft Bubbling Scrub is a sugar based scrub that can double up as soap or body wash. Its unique, creamy but stiff, and non-oily texture, glides smoothly on the skin, sloughing off dead cells, and leaving it smooth, bright and slightly moisturized. Its herbal and zesty scent is beautiful and fairly longlasting, but it doesn’t remind me of an apothecary shop at all.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Eli October 2, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Do they ship to Europe? The price is outstanding, but the shipping costs might be outrageous 🙁

beautifulwithbrains October 2, 2013 - 6:29 pm

Eli, yes, they do, but shipping costs are high. I always make an order with a few friends of mine so we can divide them. Maybe you can do the same?

Eli October 3, 2013 - 6:47 am

Thanks 🙂 Hope I’ll find someone as crazy as me for strange beauty brands 😀

beautifulwithbrains October 3, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Eli, I hope so too. Their products are amazing. Your friends would be crazy to pass up the opportunity to try them. 🙂

Kiss & Make-up October 2, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Sounds pretty nice, the huge list of pros is pretty impressive.

beautifulwithbrains October 2, 2013 - 6:30 pm

Kiss & Make-up, it’s a very impressive scrub indeed. Exfoliation used to be a chore, but now I can’t wait to do it.

Trisha October 2, 2013 - 5:40 pm

This sounds AWESOME. And I totally want it. 😀

beautifulwithbrains October 2, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Trisha, get it, it’s awesome indeed! You’ll love it! 🙂

Janessa October 3, 2013 - 1:49 am

Not a bad beauty blogger, that’s absurd! 🙂 you are only human. I like that you mentioned it doesn’t smell like an apothecary even though the scent is nice. I love the smell of books as well but newer books perhaps. I must smell the library books haha when I go there.
I’ve tried their scrubs as well and I never knew scrubs could feel so lovely! I feel it exfoliating but it doesn’t scratch my skin like some others I’ve tried. I’m definitely going to get my next body scrub from them. I’m currently using Soap and Glory’s and The Body Shop’s in grapefruit (which is too scratchy to be used in a hurry).

beautifulwithbrains October 3, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Janessa, I do that too, smelling books in the library. Everyone thinks I’m crazy, but the smell of new books is wonderful, isn’t it? Unfortunately, this scent doesn’t remind me of books at all, neither old nor new ones, but it’s lovely nonetheless.

Their scrubs are lovely aren’t they? I love how gentle they are on the skin, and yet they do their job so well!

Annabella October 11, 2013 - 9:42 pm

Glad you enjoyed it even though it didn’t smell like creaking floorboards and old books! Hopefully in the Spring of the new year I’ll be able to take orders! Obviously I’ll let you know ahead of time! 😀

beautifulwithbrains October 13, 2013 - 9:45 pm

Annabella, although the scent was different from what I expected, it was still lovely. Thank you so much for getting this for me. And that’d be great, thanks. I can’t wait!

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