Product Review: Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub

Photo: Photo Courtesey of Burt's Bees

The cycle of the seasons can really take a toll on our skin, leaving it dry and dull. So we went looking for something that could give our natural exfoliation process a boost! The rub (so to speak): we wanted a product that could be used at home, year-round, to avoid the expense of a spa treatment. We tested Burt’s Bees Cranberry and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub.

Company: Burt’s Bees

Item(s) tested: Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub ($14.99 for 225g)

Where can the item be purchased?Online or, starting in September 2010, at many national grocery and drug stores including: Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Metro, CVS Pharmacy and Wal-Mart.

The claim of the product: 100% natural body scrub gently exfoliates to reveal silky-soft skin.

How to use the product: Wet skin and gently massage about a 1/2 teaspoon of the product into skin in a circular motion, then rinse thoroughly. (NOTE: this is a body scrub not a facial scrub.)

What was great about the product:

  • We loved the container that it came in. Many scrubs come in a screw-top jar, but this came with a flip top — much easier to use in the shower or bath.
  • Skin was so soft after using this product, we even skipped using a moisturizer.
  • It felt decadent. We would recommend using it once a week, no need for every day use.
  • The scent was sweet and delicious.
  • NPA Certified (Natural Product Association).
  • Packaged in #1 PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. #1 PETE means it uses #1 plastics (from soda and water bottles, among others) to make the container.
  • The company does not test on animals.

What was NOT so great about the product:

  • Ingredients - though they say 100% natural, they do not list out what they use for the fragrance of the product, causing them to lose some points with us. Here is the full list:  sucrose, glycine soja (soybean) oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, silica, zea mays (corn) starch, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, parfum (fragrance), vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) fruit juice, punica granatum seed oil, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) fruit powder, mel (honey, miel), hydrolyzed soy protein, tocopherol, aqua (water, eau), magnesium hydroxide, citric acid, limonene, geraniol.
  • The EWG gives this a score of 4 out of 10, partially due to the company’s failure to list the “parfum (fragrance)” ingredients. The EWG notes that if you are sensitive to perfumes or fragrance, this product may be an irritant.

Grade from Green Living: A- (The product works well and follows up on its results. Not listing out what is in the fragrance is a “no-no” for us, but if Burt’s Bees is open to sharing this we would look to increase their grade. The company’s packaging and other ingredients are natural and quite green).