I'm pretty religious about exfoliating my face, but when it comes to my body, I'm surprisingly lazy. Just as your face needs regular TLC, so too does your body. After a long day at work, few things are more relaxing than a nice hot body scrub and it's something I really need to pledge to do more often.
Recently I got just the chance to do so when I was approached by Happily Ever Ava to try out their all natural scrubs. I was immediately intrigued to check them out as the owner, Ava, is also from Vancouver! Here's a little more about Ava, in her own words:
Happily Ever Ava is a Vancouver based company. I started making scrubs and selling locally about 3 years ago, and decided to start up an Etsy shop about 2 years ago. I've always loved making my own beauty products (I'm allergic to almost everything found in popular products, so had to learn to make my own moisturizers, toners, scrubs, and soaps awhile ago!) Each scrub is made by hand using natural, locally sourced ingredients, and are vegan and cruelty-free. I make sugar, coffee, and salt scrubs, and add various tailored ingredients to improve circulation and enrich your skin, such as papaya extract, ginger, dried orange peel, ground walnut, coconut milk, green tea extract, pink Himalayan salts, etc.
Unlike most sugar scrubs that have a single oil base, our scrubs are made with whipped shea butter, mango butter, kokum butter, coconut oil, and aloe, creating a beautifully rich body butter to nourish and moisturize. Our scrubs gently polish your skin to perfection, leaving you silky smooth and lightly scented. Whether you're getting ready for a big date, a night out with friends, a day at the beach or even just a dentist appointment, we'll help you look and feel great.
THE GOOD STUFF! We donate 10% of our profits to various charities, so you can look good AND feel good about your purchase! Our current recipients are listed on our website, www.sweetscrubs.ca.
Sounds so amazing right!? Ava makes a wide variety of scrubs in all kinds of delicious flavours like thai coconut, strawberries & cream, and lime. It was so hard to choose which to try, so Ava was kind enough to send me two!
The first I tried was the Lemon Vanilla Sugar Scrub. Made to smell just like a meringue pie, this delectable treat contains shea butter, mango butter, kokum butter, aloe butter, and pink Himalayan salts as well as sugar, to scrub away dead skin and impurities while coating the skin in a comforting moisture layer.
As I love anything lemon-scented, I was totally on board to try the Lemon Vanilla Sugar Scrub. I wish there was a way to transmit scent through the computer screen because honestly, this scrub smells DIVINE. The Lemon Vanilla Sugar Scrub is a heavenly mix of lemon and creamy vanilla and it just elevates your shower into a relaxing, yet so refreshing, stall of amazingness. Although it may sound odd, I really like using energizing scents like lemon before bedtime as they just soothe me and make me feel relaxed, yet don't wake me up like a grapefruit or orange could.
As a scrub, I found the Lemon Vanilla Sugar Scrub to be very gentle and it had a really nice grainy consistency that spread evenly over my body. It rinsed away easily and left my skin feeling super soft, thanks to all the natural oils. I love using this on the rough patches on my feet and elbows and it's great for delicate areas like the chest. I cannot rave enough about this scrub!
The second scrub I got to try was the Passion Fruit Coffee Scrub. I was really curious to try a coffee scrub after seeing a lot of my blogger friends try some last year. Ground coffee is supposed to be an excellent exfoliator and the Passion Fruit Coffee Scrub contains copious amounts of this, as well as ground bamboo to exfoliate and French green clay to detoxify, plus mango butter, kokum butter, shea, coconut oil, and aloe butter to moisturize.
Unlike the Lemon Vanilla Sugar Scrub, I found the consistency of the Passion Fruit Coffee Scrub to be a little lacking. While the former had an even, grainy texture, the Passion Fruit Coffee Scrub spread a little patchy across my skin. It was also a little harder to scoop out of the jar and much runnier when it came in contact with water, which I guess is not unexpected since sugar granules are much hardier. The Passion Fruit Coffee Scrub did however have the same smooth, balmy texture as the Lemon Vanilla Sugar Scrub and left my skin feeling very soft, even though I didn't get the same "deep-down" exfoliation.
As well, I was really disappointed that I couldn't smell any passion fruit at all in the Passion Fruit Coffee Scrub. Coffee is just such an over-powering fragrance that I guess it was naive of me to think otherwise! That being said, I do love the smell of fresh coffee and the Passion Fruit Coffee Scrub smelled just like a fresh cuppa - so intoxicating!
Finally, it has to be said that if you've never used a coffee scrub before, beware! The Passion Fruit Coffee Scrub will get EVERYWHERE in your tub and turn it brown. Thankfully it rinses away easily, but bring a small bucket into the shower with you to make life easier!
Overall, I was super happy with my experience with the Happily Ever Ava scrubs. Both scrubs I tried felt so amazing on my skin and smelled heavenly, which is just what I'm looking for in an at-home spa treatment.
Both scrubs come packaged in cute little glass jars that contain around 118 ml of product and cost $24-25 each (it's $1 more for the Passion Fruit Coffee Scrub). I love being able to support my community and to promote natural beauty products, so this was a total win-win for me. I hope I've inspired you to check out Happily Ever Ava because you definitely won't regret it!
Final Verdict: Buy