I need a break from all the good stuff hitting shelves. In fact, there are a lot of nonedible new items hitting the shelves right about now. You have a series of new candles, pumpkin body butter, dryer balls, and some wax-covered food wraps. Among this small shelf also is another hidden gem: Trader Joe's Grapefruit Ginger Sugar Scrub.
Testing and review
I've joked in earlier posts about the amount of sugar in a lot of the items. Here is the first one where I did not have to eat it. This one was a sit back and enjoy this type of experience.
Now, let's start off with the price, which is $5.99. This is along with the same price as Trader Joe's Lavender Salt Scrub, however, that product is 20 ounces, while this is only 8 ounces. This is a sugar scrub and that is a salt scrub. The aroma is a matter of personal preference.
However, let's have a really honest discussion about the functionality of a tub versus this tube. I don't know about you, but I've never fully understood how the room that gets the most soap and water seems to be the most prone to mold. That being said, anyone who doesn't have a good shelf to put these fun bath items on knows the harsh reality of tubs that just sit in the tub area: they get kinda gross.
That being said, I personally prefer the tube design on other functional levels too: it's easier to dispense and it doesn't get water in the package. Don't get me wrong, I love scrub tubs whether they come from Bath and Body Works or elsewhere. But it never fails that they get water in them from the running shower.
Nothing worse than a watery product even if you are using it in the running water.
This product is nicely exfoliating with an aroma that balances the sweet-tart fragrance of grapefruit with the spicy ginger. The sugar is nicely sized as to not make you feel like you are being wiped by sandpaper. Nope, this is pleasant in its scrubbing abilities.
But there was one area I was disappointed in: this isn't very moisturizing. I read through the ingredients and was shocked. There is a good amount of oil in this one. But for some reason, it wasn't as moisturizing and I had hoped. I still found myself reaching for Trader Joe's Lemongrass Coconut Body Oil after my shower.
My absolute favorite scrub that Trader Joe's sells only comes out once a year: Trader Joe's Exfoliating Sea Salt Trio. It was rich and moisturizing and I regret not picking up a few more last year. If you are looking for a summer seasonal one then reach for the Strawberry Lemonade Scrub.
But in the meanwhile, this is a good item to stretch out my supply of scrubs, even if it means I'll need a second product to keep my skin soft.
If you love this, but can't find it at your local Trader Joe's then you can also find this through third-party sellers on Amazon.
Would I buy this again? I would buy this again. It did the job. While I don't love the value, the tube is way more functional.
The bottle of Trader Joe's Grapefruit Ginger Sugar Scrub:
How Trader Joe's describes this:
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Trader Joe's Grapefruit Ginger Sugar Scrub
Product Name: Trader Joe's Grapefruit Ginger Sugar Scrub
Product Description: A body scrub made of sugar with the aroma of grapefruit and ginger
The newest bath product to hit Trader Joe's shelves is a sugar scrub with a different aroma and tube design to make dispensing this item easier.
- Good product design
- Exfoliates nicely
- Aroma is mild but pleasant
- Salt scrubs are a better value for the price
Well this is kind of disappointing I had looked at this the other night but didn't buy it. I really want my scrubs to leave my exfoliated, baby soft and moisturized. Sounds like this is not the absolute best product for that in terms of moisturization. I've been sad to see that the rose oil has not been in my store for the last month or month-and-a-half Wah!
Hey Dag! I was bummed out too. It wasn't bad by any means of the imagination. It exfoliated really well, but I need the extra moisture. It seemed fine for my hands, legs not so much. It's still worth a try overall.
Funny that they didn't release the pumpkin spice sugar scrub LOL!
Hey Alek! They do sell a pumpkin body butter, so close enough for me. An apple cinnamon body scrub would be nice. Thank so much for stopping by and sharing!
Mychols Fabulous Playground says
Thanks for this review-now I can't wait to try it out for myself! 😀
Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this!
I think you have an error in your post. In one paragraph you basically say how tubs are less than functional and then in the next paragraph you state that "That being said, I personally prefer the tub design". I'm pretty sure you meant that you personally prefer the *tube* design? 🙂
FTR, I much prefer the squeeze tube versions, myself. But I discovered how easy it was to make lavendar salt scrub with just a few drops of essential oil, coconut oil, and salt, so that's what I've been doing.
Rebekah Jalali says
I LOVE this product and will go back to buy more tubes for fear they will stop carrying it. BUT i must tell you that i don't use it as a body scrub - it wasn't enough for a body scrub, but i like the texture so i tried using it on my face - and WOW i found a winner! You just wet your face and squeeze about an inch+ onto your fingertips and massage in circles over your full face (focus on nose) until all the sugar is dissolved and then a bit longer. Splash off - and voila perfectly clean skin with a lovely moist feel. I've done it four times and just noticed that the little bumps on the side of my face have gone. This morning i used it as a hand scrub and that was also great.
So GREAT product but not really for body, more for face,
Hey Rebekah! Thanks so much for sharing! Have you tried the microdermabrasion scrub? That product is pretty outstanding.