Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Scrub

Filtered by skin type : Normal

4.4

14 reviews

92% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.0

Price: $

Package Quality: 3.0

Price: $

Not tested on animals

INGREDIENTS

Water, Walnut (Juglans Regia) Powder (Juglans Regia), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Cocoa Seed Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Kaolin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Isopropyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Fragrance (Parfum), Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol


Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

After trying a deluxe sample of the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion exfoliant (default tube size is $78!) and also plunking down the big bucks ($48!) for the Bliss Spa version of the same, I realized that as much as I liked both products for the size of the exfoliating grit (actually, the ones in the Dr. Brandt version were a bit too small for my liking, but the Bliss ones were just about the right size), I couldn't justify the cost for a product that would remain on my skin for a minute or so only to be washed down the drain.

I went back to my usual drugstore standbys St. Ives and Neutrogena scrubs. Still, I knew my dream/holy grail physical exfoliant would probably be one with much smaller grit but at a far more reasonable price. I just hadn't found it yet.

Months passed by. So many months. I made do mostly with a tube or two of good old reliable St. Ives green tea scrub. They were pretty middling months.

As luck would have it, I recently wandered over to my local crunchy granola grocery store, the one with all kinds of weird but interesting beauty products of sometimes questionable efficacy. Still fun to browse though. They had the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask along with a bunch of other products from the same line next to it. Having seen a lot of positive reviews about the mask, I picked it up to smell it. No bueno. Mint just isn't my thing unless I'm borderline dying of a cold and then I'm all okay with things like peppermint tea.

No worries. Because the next thing happened. My eyes spotted the Queen Helene cocoa butter scrub a couple of products over. Hey, that looks like it might smell nice! Intrigued, I opened the tube and gave it a sniff. Nice! I LIKE!

However, I'd never used anything from the line before and was a little hesitant. I loaded up MUA on my phone and checked out the reviews. A bunch of people compared the size of the grit to sand (and also, the reviews were largely positive). VERY INTERESTING! Close visual inspection confirmed that indeed, the exfoliating bits were promisingly small.

It was only about $4 so I bought it.

And then I used it and I fell in immediately in love.

FYI, the gritty bits are comparable to Bliss Spa, but slightly larger. Does this fall into the category of a microdermabrasion-style exfoliant? My opinion is yes, or at least very, very close. And, considering the price difference, who cares, really?

For comparison:

Dr. Brandt: $39/oz
Bliss Spa: $16/oz
Queen Helene: $0.67/oz (yup, 67 cents an ounce. Really).

PROS:

-Perfectly-sized gritty bits. Could pass for a microdermabrasion-style exfoliant, which generally tend to cost incredibly large amounts of dollars.
-Delightful smell.
-Effective. My skin felt lovely, completely clean, and soft. As someone who does 99% of her skin cleansing exactly once a day and only in the shower via physical exfoliation (I do not use soap, like ever, on my face, yuck, ew! residue!), I hope this context is helpful.
-CHEAP!!! SOOOOOOOOOOO CHEAP!!!

CONS:

-None that I can think of. It's pretty awesome. Well, okay, the graphic design on the tube is a bit eccentric and stuck in a weird 70's aesthetic, but I kind of LIKE that.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.



on 11/24/2012 9:26:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

This stuff is great! I wish I had known about it sooner -- I've would've swapped out my trusty St. Ives for this scrub in a heartbeat! I love how fine and even the exfoliating grains are...very similar to sand (as other reviewers have noted). Works like a dream and leaves your face feeling moisturized, not raw and tight. Also a great scrub to use on rough, winter-dry hands; leaves them soft and so much better-looking. I will be using this product as my HG exfoliater from now on!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 4/24/2010 3:31:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I am a fan of the Queen Helene facial range, and was quite excited to try this one.
It does the job, but the scent is quite boring. It has somewhat a fake scent as well, which is quite disappointing. But the fact that it cleans my face really nicely is a plus.


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on 7/1/2007 10:18:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

This is a fantastic product and so reasonably priced. I'm amazed at what some companies get for just sugar and oil. Though this might be a bit coarse for the face, it's perfect for a pre-shave, or pre-tan. Similar to St. Ives Apricot scrub, but I prefer the tube and the smell.


on 10/23/2006 4:58:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Dark, Warm

Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I use this as a body scrub, not facial (for my face I use the Oatmeal N' Honey version). This is a very grainy, medium-thick scrub. Smooths and softens skin well, even elbows and heels. Rinses clean. Decent exfoliation for the size and price.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

This is dirt cheap, and decent quality. I love the cocoa butter smell! The grandules feel like sand, but its not irritating. It gives a good deep down clean. Not as harsh as St Ives apricot scrub. Im afraid it would cause breakouts if I used it (because of the cocoa butter), so I dont use it too often, and I follow with a cleanser. But its nice when I just want a good scrub! QH should be in every woman's bathroom.


on 4/16/2006 10:44:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

This is definitely my favorite scrub. It smells so good!!!! I like the consistency and the scrubbing granules, they're not harsh, but get the job done. This scrub leaves my skin soft, feeling squeaky clean, and not dry or tight. This is a great scrub and it's so cheap! Go and get this right now! It's awesome!


on 11/23/2005 2:48:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I use this all over my body. This product does a great job of exfoliating my self-tanner, leaving me fresh and smooth for the next application. Smells great too. I gave this 4 lippies because Queens Helene's Honey and Oatmeal scrub (5 lippies) is a little "scrubbier". Queen Helene does not test on animals.


on 9/19/2005 5:21:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Queen Helene IS the queen bee! This product is fantastic, I would say even better than my former Holy Grail, St. Ives Apricot. The granules are finer and more even. It feels really nice on the skin. This reminded me very much of the pricey Epicuran scrub my esthetician used at the Sports Club/LA spa, at a fraction of the cost. GO OUT AND BUY THIS!


on 3/10/2005 4:03:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Red, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

Hmm... while i do love the smell of this product, i'm afraid that the little scrubbing granules are too rough (and jagged!) for my skin. It's much rougher and grainier than the St.Ives Apricot scrub, and yet i think it has a richer lotion in it as well. I think i will use this for a body scrub instead! The smell is divine though..


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