It isn't often that I complain about value at Trader Joe's. Usually, that's a high point for me. I usually believe that Trader Joe's does provide an average or better value. Now, if this is your first holiday season shopping there then you are none the wiser. Or if you aren't a blogger, you might not notice either, but this is one of those rare moments where I have to throw a bit of shade in the value department.
Last year one of my favorite seasonal items was Trader Joe's Exfoliating Sea Salt Body Scrub you can see pictures here about halfway down. It was $8.99 (I found my receipt thanks to an app called Receipt Hog that I have on my phone. Yay points for receipt pictures).
But this year's product is $7.99, so it should be a better value right? You still get three scrubs, so what is the big deal?
Well, caveat emptor. Or if my two years of taking Latin in high school are anything, that translates to "Let the Buyer Beware."
Last year's scrub set weighed in at 26.4 ounces in total. This is a dollar less and more than 50% smaller. Not cool.
I was totally looking forward to those little tubs from last year that had the feeling of sand against your skin. They were super moisturizing to boot.
These however are very similar to Trader Joe's Grapefruit Body Scrub. I love the tube design, but they weren't as moisturizing. And not that I have any shortage of moisturizer in my house, but still.
These are sufficiently gritty and each does have a pleasant aroma. The brown sugar has more of a molasses aroma. And the green tea and citrus both smell like their namesakes.
In either case, the product here is good. It does make for a nice gift set, but if you were looking for the quality item that was on shelves last year, this set doesn't quite live up to last year's value.
I regret not stocking up on last year.
Would I like this as a gift for myself? I wouldn't say no to it. But I'm also not as excited about this as last year. Would it make a good gift for someone? I don't see why not.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
Here are the updated images of this product from 2020. My review remains the same:
The box of Trader Joe's Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio:
And the info from the back the package:
The information below refers to the same product but with different packaging:
The box of Trader Joe's Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio (2019):
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Trader Joe's Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio
Product Name: Trader Joe's Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio
Product Description: A three pack of seasonal scrubs that make for a nice gift.
Three body scrubs in tube shapes
- Tube shape is more functional the the tub shape of last year
- All three smell pleasant
- This is massively smaller than last year at only $1 less
- I wish this were more moisturizing, but perhaps that is why they have so many lotion options