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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Becca and Mars Hand Candy Sugar Scrub

I've recently had the pleasure of trying a few Becca and Mars products, and the runaway favorite was their Sugar and Spice and Orange Hand Candy Sugar Scrubs. I like the simplicity of the sugar scrub, and how you only need a small palmful and a bit of water to exfoliate and soften the hands. Made with sugar, apricot kernel oil and essential oils, it's an extremely relaxing product to use because it just feels good.  The sugar dissolves as you use the scrub on your hands, and what I have been doing is rinsing my hands once the grains of sugar are almost dissolved. After hands are dried, a layer of fragrant oil remains which lasts for an hour or so. I highly recommend mixing fragrances as I like to do; it is fun, very easy to do (just scoop a little from each jar and mix together) and works very well. I like scents that are grounding and earthy, but cheerful sometimes, so I created a Patchouli & Orange scent by using Sugar & Spice and Orange Hand Candy Sugar Scrub scents.

I have tried other hand scrubs before that were either very messy to use, or did not rinse off very well and left a greasy slick on my hands. Becca and Mars offers the best case scenario: cleansing with protection, no mess left behind and beautiful, natural fragrances.

The benefits of regular hand exfoliation are clear: you can minimize the effects of sun damage, wrinkling, remove rough patches and let your hand creams work harder. Basically, many of the same benefits of exfoliation on your face. Let me stress that Becca and Mars Hand Candy Sugar Scrub does not feel rough as you use it, it's a pleasant, light scratching feeling, and it sends shivers down my spine every time I use it. TMI? Maybe, but now you know what the perfect Valentine's Day gift is!

This product is available in several different scents, only $8 (!) for an 8 oz jar.

[Press samples were sent to me by Becca and Mars for evaluation. I am not affiliated with Becca and Mars. My opinions are strictly my own]


  1. Great review!
    I love these. They smell good and work. My hands have been getting very rough. I ended up scrubbing them about 3 times a week with this scrub and then following up with olive oil before going to sleep.

  2. Thank you for introducing me to Becca and Mars- I'm glad I was able to try some of the products. Really enjoying the Sugar & Spice oil too.

  3. I want one of these! :)
    You know, it's frustrating that so many brands are not available in Europe (or maybe they are but just haven't reached Croatia yet).
    I'll keep this in mind when browsing online. :)

  4. Great review! Seems like it's worth trying. This winter has been harsh on my hands, I think I will give it a go.

  5. I need to try this! Save loves hand scrubs (believe it or not) and they work amazing for him. I have some Becca & Mars that I need to try. Thanks for the inspiration and suggestion. Great idea to mix & match. Orange Patchouli sounds great.

    Eaumg - I love your idea of following up with some oil before bed.

    My hands are so neglected... This sounds perfect.

  6. I've been using the scrub every day since I first got this- and it's totally gentle enough. It's SO much easier to keep hands soft this way than trying to do it with heavy duty creams (which becomes counterintuitive if you wash your hands a lot).