Review: Bidwell Botanicals Holiday Body Scrubs

Updated: Oct 29, 2019

I review a lot of body care on Krisztina Clifton Beauty, and unfortunately I run across products that tend to fall into one of two different categories - the kind that smell good, and the kind that perform well. This divide is even greater during the holiday season, when festive scents usually come with more added unnecessary ingredients. At Bidwell Botanicals however, I’ve found such luxurious shea butter sugar scrubs that smell incredible and will treat your skin to the kind of extra care it needs this time of year. I was thrilled to try their brand new Fall/Winter collection!

The new seasonal sugar scrubs at Bidwell Botanicals include Apple Cider, Plum Berry, Vanilla Oak, and Oatmeal Milk & Honey. They do carry more typical holiday scents like pumpkin, peppermint, and cranberry; but these new sugar scrubs for Fall 2019 are so warm and sweet that they're just as perfect for the holidays. Any one of them would make for such a great gift, and is the perfect way to slow down and pamper yourself during the busy shopping season.

While I always enjoy the luxurious scents at Bidwell, I completely love the formula too. It’s not really a wet oily scrub or a dry scrub, but rather falls somewhere in between. Made with fine sugar and rich shea butter, the texture of these sugar scrubs is so soft and easy to apply. You won’t wind up with an oily mess, nor will the scrub cake and crumble off the way dryer scrubs have a tendency to do.

Just the shea butter alone is a must-have body care ingredient for me. In addition to being super moisturizing; shea butter is rich in fatty acids and vitamins that heal and soothe dry skin and help promote elasticity. The pure cane sugar in these body scrubs not only acts as a physical exfoliant to eliminate dead skin, but it also serves as a mild AHA for effective, non-irritating exfoliation. You can read more on the skincare benefits of exfoliation at All of the Bidwell Botanicals sugar scrubs also contain moisturizing coconut oil as well as rice bran oil, which is known for its ability to soften, soothe, and nourish the skin.

In addition to these beneficial ingredients, each of these body scrubs contain natural botanical-based ingredients that further help to renew and nourish the skin. For example, the Apple Cider Sugar Scrub contains apple seed extract, which helps improve the texture and appearance of skin.

The Vanilla Oak and Plum Berry scrubs contain added antioxidants to protect and nourish. For more sensitive and dry skin, the Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Sugar Scrub helps to calm with oatmeal while milk proteins further soothe dry winter skin. The honey in the oatmeal scrub offers more antioxidant and moisturizing effects as well.

Another plus I noticed about each scrub is that the scents really linger. The apple cider scent is so sweet and does smell just like real apple cider. For a more luxurious and romantic scent, the Plum Berry Sugar Scrub offers a slightly sweet and fruity feminine scent. If you prefer more neutral scents, try the Vanilla Oak Sugar Scrub, which is made with real vanilla beans and has a rich warm fragrance. The Oatmeal Milk & Honey Scrub is much more subtle, with a creamy comforting scent.

It's easy to see why these sugar scrubs would make for such a lovely holiday gift as well as a great way to treat yourself during the hectic holiday rush. Stock up in October with coupon code October25 to receive 25% OFF any scrub at Bidwell Botanicals. You can shop these featured scents via the links below, or browse all of the shea butter sugar scrubs available on their site. Which of these scrubs do you want to try the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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