Making The Switch: Commercial Facial Cleanser and Body Wash for Sugar Scrub and Natural Soap - Briana Blair - BrianaDragon Creations

Making The Switch: Commercial Facial Cleanser and Body Wash for Sugar Scrub and Natural Soap

Trading Commercial Facial Cleanser and Body Wash For Sugar Scrub and Natural Soap - Image: © Briana Blair
Posted by / May 2, 2014 / 0 Comments

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Trading Commercial Facial Cleanser and Body Wash For Sugar Scrub and Natural Soap - Image: © Briana Blair

It was actually a while back that I stopped using the Noxzema on my face. I went from using it every day to only using it after I wore makeup, but when I switched to mineral makeup, I quit using it completely. Now the only thing I use on my face is Lavender Apple Soap with Coconut and Shea Butter by Georgia’s Apothecary. For my body I use the sugar scrub twice a week and the soap every other day. On the days when there’s no scrub or soap I just use hot water. Yes, there are no-cleanser days. No, that’s not gross. I always look, feel and smell totally clean. My skin thanks me, and so does my wallet.

So here’s a full breakdown on the products:


water (aqua, eau), stearic acid, linum usitatissium (linseed) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, propylene glycol, fragrance (parfum), gelatin, camphor, phenol, ammonium hydroxide, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, calcium hydroxide, menthol, sodium bicarbonate, calcium chloride, magnesium sulfate, potassium chloride

Olay Age Defying Body Wash:

Water, Petrolatum, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Trideceth-3, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Acrylonitrile/Methacrylonitrile/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Mineral Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-90M, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Isopentane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Panthenol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Ingredients:Sugar Scrub:sugar, grapeseed oil, essential oil (fragrance)

Lavender Shea Soap:

shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, sodium hydroxide (lye), purified water, jojoba oil, iron oxide, herbs

Price:Noxzema: $7.71 ($5.13/cup) – Olay Body Wash: $5.49 ($0.18/oz.)Price: Sugar Scrub: $1.20/cup – Shea Soap: $4.00 ($0.80/oz.)

The difference in ingredients alone is staggering, but that’s true of all commercial products vs. natural ones. I actually had trouble typing some of the words in the body wash. If a word has more than 15 letters there’s really something wrong. At least with the sugar scrub and shea soap, I understand every single word and can pronounce them all. Now, I don’t know if all the stories are true about the ingredients in these commercial products causing cancer, but better safe than sorry, right? What I do know is that I really like the simple ingredients. There’s something comforting about knowing that most of the stuff you’re putting on your body would be safe to eat. (Okay, maybe not the lye, but you get my point.)

Now for the prices. Sugar scrub is obviously far more cost effective than Noxzema. At a difference of $3.93 per cup, it’s much cheaper. The big difference is that initially it costs more. You have to buy a bag of sugar (white or brown), a bottle of grapeseed oil and the fragrance oil if you want any. It’s about $14.40 to get everything to start, but then you can make a dozen batches out of that. Yes, you actually have to mix the oil and sugar, but the small amount of effort (the whole two minute it takes) is well worth the savings.  The body wash vs. shea soap is a little trickier to figure. The body wash is far cheaper per ounce, but you use a lot less of the soap, so it lasts longer. One 5 oz. bar of soap lasts almost as long as a bottle of the body wash, so it’s equal if not a little cheaper in the long run.

Even though the body wash has that nice lather and smells great, it didn’t really do any wonders for my skin. I still got dry, peeling skin. I still had a hard time washing off my deodorant. I tried a few other types of body wash, all with similar results. Switching to the shea soap every other day and plain water in between made my skin softer with less peeling and dryness, and it looks smoother and younger. It’s amazing for getting off makeup too. I use mineral makeup but I still use traditional mascara because I haven’t found an alternative yet. The shea soap gets it off with no hard scrubbing. As for the sugar scrub, I use that twice a week and I actually go from my feet all the way up to my forehead. I scrub everything I can reach. After the sugar scrub I use the shea soap to get off the excess oil. My skin is totally amazing. I have “freakishly soft skin” according to people who have touched me. I also noticed that since I switched to the shea and sugar regimen the fine lines on my face have disappeared. My skin looks smoother and I’ve been told I practically glow.

Briana Blair

Briana Blair

Briana Blair is an author and artisan. She has published more then 30 books and thousands of articles across multiple sites. After practicing Paganism and witchcraft for 25 years, she's now on a journey as an atheist and skeptic. She's eclectic, unpredictable, and always evolving. Facebook - Twitter

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