Buy or Ditch Battle Review: Lush Cosmetics Let the Good Times Roll vs. Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub

I thought I'd change things up for this particular review of the Lush Cosmetics Let the Good Times Roll exfoliating scrub since there are tons of reviews out there about this classic product. Yes, we all know how great it is, but how does it really compare to another high quality product? I just happened to be using a gift box size of the Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub, so I figured the two would be a good comparison as both have garnered rave reviews. Place your bets now before reading on!

The Product
The Lush Cosmetics Let the Good Times Roll exfoliating scrub is a polenta and maize based, all natural and vegan facial scrub that was originally a special edition that recently became part of the regular Lush line due to its popularity. If you're into organic, handcrafted things, then this scrub is right up your alley.

The Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub is also corn based and designed to slough off accumulated impurities and dirt on your skin to reveal radiant, even toned skin. This scrub contains no artificial fragrances and colours.

The Guts
 Let the Good Times Roll:

  • Maize flour - maize is basically a fancy way of saying corn and is a natural exfoliant. One thing to be aware of with natural exfoliators is that not all natural ingredients are equal and that you should avoid some that will leave microscopic lines in your face. For a list of natural scrub-friendly ingredients, go here.
  • Glycerine - a moisturizing agent commonly found in most products
  • Talc - an absorbing agent that provides a silky feel. Online, there are concerns about the carcinogenic threat that talc can pose, but Lush is great about providing information about their ingredients and they do address these concerns.
  • Cinnamon - a natural antiseptic to help cleanse skin and provide scent
Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub
  • Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Glyceryl Stearate - common cleansers
  •  Zea Mays (Corn) Cob Meal - as in Lush's scrub, this is a natural exfoliant
  • Mallow extract - an anti-inflammatory ingredient that makes up marshmallows and which helps reduce redness caused by skin irritations
  • Ivy extract - an anti-aging ingredient that reduces fine lines
  • Cucumber and aloe vera - for cooling and soothing the skin

Price & Packaging
Let the Good Times Roll comes in a 3.5 oz for $12.95 or 8.8 oz jar for $28.95. I have the 3.5 oz, which is plenty of scrub to last you for ages. As it's a natural and therefore perishable scrub, I would hesitate on buying the larger jar because I'm not sure I would be able to use it up in time, but depending on your exfoliating needs, you may beg to differ.




The Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub comes in a conventional squeeze tube. A 75mL (or 2.54 oz) tube will set you back $41.




As you can see, you do get way more bang for your buck with Lush than Dermalogica. I suppose this could be partly due to Dermalogica being more of a spa brand and therefore some of that price is due to brand markup. I actually much prefer the Dermalogica squeeze tube over the Lush pot as it's way easier to control the amount of product you use. I found that with Lush that I'd often get bits of scrub caught under my nails as I dug it out of the pot; a very minor annoyance, but annoying still.

Effectiveness
Let the Good Times Roll: the greatest thing about this scrub is its smell. Oh lordy it is heavenly. The smell of this scrub is like fresh baked cookies and the best part is, I swear I could smell it on my face throughout the day after using. Heaven! If I could, I would just eat this, it smells so delicious. Besides its benefits as an air freshener, I found this scrub to be an effective cleanser, but tricky to use. You must break off a small (pea sized) chunk and mix it with a teeny bit of water to create a paste. I still have not mastered the perfect amount of water to make this scrub as I always add too much and it becomes really watery with a mash of paste in the middle. Angela recommends just using your damp hands. The scrub feels pleasant on the skin and rinses cleanly.

Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub: The biggest difference between this and Let the Good Times Roll is the grain size. Compared to Let the Good Times Roll, this scrub feels like you're using a micro-dermabrasion. The grains are super small, smooth and evenly distributed, whereas I felt like Lush's scrub had variance in its granule distribution, probably due to my poor paste-making skills. Because of its finer grains, I felt this scrub did a better job of really getting into the nooks and crannies of my face and gently, but thoroughly, sloughing off all the dead skin cells and grime. This scrub rinses cleanly and left my skin feeling refreshed, but not tight. It also has zero scent, so if you're not a fan of cookies and wholesomeness, then this is a big plus for you.

Verdict
Definitely both are a buy. It's very difficult to decide which is better as they each have their own merits and produced very similar results. Let the Good Times Roll has a fantastic scent and is better value, however I don't enjoy having to take the extra step to make a paste to use it, so despite the price, I kinda like the Skin Prep Scrub better. If though, Angela's tip works, then I will switch to vote Lush all the way!




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