If you read a few women’s fashion/beauty magazines per month, you’re probably familiar with the kind of feature in which a high-end item is paired with a more attainable, bargain-price item — “Splurge/Steal,” “Lust/Must,” and so on. Sometimes I consider using this device to recommend pairs of body products, except I don’t usually come across direct comparisons. These two body scrubs, however, do fall into a similar category. Both have citrus-floral scents and both are packaged in tubes (my strong preference for scrubs), but they’re sold in different markets at very different price levels.
Kings & Queens is a more widely-distributed spin-off line for Korres, the Greek skincare and makeup company. The Kings & Queens body products claim to be enhanced “with royal herbs,” and like the rest of the line, the Sultan of Granada Lemon Flower Body Scrub is ”enriched with royal mix [sic] of pomegranate, blue lotus and malachite natural extracts.” These extracts happen to fall towards the end of the ingredients list, after the water and sodium laureth sulfate and plastic exfoliant beads, but that’s not really unusual for a product in this price range. Because the exfoliating particles are suspended in what amounts to a lightweight shower gel (with a slightly slithery feeling), this formula is a mildly scrubby treatment for the skin and could be used daily. It happens to smell quite nice for a drugstore product: the scent is a balance of citrus and fresh-floral notes, bergamot and white petals. It’s bright and uncomplicated; it reminds me of fragrances like Jo Malone French Lime Blossom Cologne.
Naturopathica, on the other hand, is a niche brand of natural skincare that is most likely to be spotted in upscale, “green”-beauty spas. Its Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub is a concentrated paste of shea butter, walnut shell powder, and bamboo extract, with a bouquet of herbal and floral extracts added for their fragrance and skincare benefits. Despite its genteel artisanally-crafted-in-the-Hamptons persona, this scrub does a serious job of sloughing off dead skin. Its fragrance is a botanical delight: zingy lemongrass is the strongest note, but it’s softened and deepened by jasmine, ylang-ylang, and vetiver. If this scent could be bottled as an actual fragrance, perhaps an Eau de Toilette, I’d wear it with pleasure on spring and summer days. Unfortunately, the price tag on Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub might delay my purchase of a replacement tube; then again, since I only need to use it twice a week, and a little goes a long way, I won’t have to repurchase it for a while.
Kings & Queens Sultan of Granada Lemon Flower Body Scrub sells for $11 (for 6.76 oz) at Amazon and Drugstore.com. Naturopathica Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub is available in two sizes, for $18 (2 oz) and $28 (5 oz) at the Naturopathica website.