Sweep is yet another product I used to see in the Bliss Spa catalogs that I got years ago. Like Nuxe Dry Oil, I've wanted Sweep just because I saw it constantly and people rave about it. Being the cheapskate product junkie that I am, I didn't buy a huge bottle at the full price - I went on eBay and got a medium sized bottle for $20 so I could try it out first.
I generally avoid scrubs because my skin is insane and most make me break out. I obviously need to exfoliate because my skin gets dull and there's something deeply satisfying about scrubbing the dickens out of your face every once in a while but I tend to avoid it because I'd rather have dull skin than deal with the breakouts scrubs inevitably cause. I held off on using Sweep for a bit but I finally decided to take the plunge a few weeks ago. Since I use the Erno Laszlo system, I tried to incorporate it into my routine but I didn't exactly get the full effect. I used the scrub again a few days ago by itself and that made all the difference. My skin was super soft and smooth. I also noticed that the whiteheads on my chin were less noticeable but the blackheads on my nose (which can only be removed for a short period of time with Biore strips) weren't affected at all.
As I've said before, my skin is rather tough so it's difficult for me to rate the harshness of scrubs. Sweep isn't terribly scratchy like St. Ives Apricot Scrub or Clinque's 7 Day Scrub (is that still around?) but I think it gets the job done just as well. It seems gentle enough to for someone with sensitive skin to use because the granules are pretty fine. It also washed away fairly easily.
In my opinion, I can't really see why this is a cult product. It's a decent exfoliater, there's no smell and it seemingly doesn't clog pores but I think this is comparable to a baking soda or oatmeal scrub that you can make at home for a fraction of the price. I'm glad I got it because I have been lemming after it for years but I highly doubt I'll repurchase it unless I find it for a drastically reduced price again (I believe the original price is something like $50 a tube). It's a good product but at this point in my life, I'd rather use a MUAC peel that really gives me visible results but this is a product if you need a quick, deep clean on the fly.