One of the things I enjoy about blogging is the chance to try out products and brands that are entirely new to me. I never use tanning products so Marissa Carter's Cocoa Brown brand has been a mystery to me until now.
I was sent a sachet of 'Tough Stuff', an exfoliating scrub that claims it packs no punches, and sets to work on your rough areas, such as elbows, knees, and feet. I've seen a few blogs recently reporting on the scrubs use as a pre-tan, or tan stripping item as well, so it seems to be a product with two target markets.
First impressions were good, as I liked the 50ml size of the sachet, and the pink branding would definitely stand out on a shop shelf. I also noticed the handy addition of usage tips, and explaining about using the scrub on dry and/or wet skin, which was a nice touch.
The pink and girl theme continues inside with the product, so they have already achieved marks for consistency, but how does the product work? As I'm not a fan of fake tan, what drove me to accept this review was the promise that the scrub is tough, and I was also intrigued to see how far the product would go, after all, it was just one sachet so I was a bit sceptical at first. The scrub can be used 3 or 4 times a week, which I have been doing for a few weeks now.
Other exfoliating scrubs I've used have been balanced in favour of the gel, with a more gentle texture, but Tough Stuff is heavier on the scrub element, so it did take a bit of getting used to as I applied it. The texture is more grainy than I am used to, but it didn't really bother me, and there's no scent to like/dislike.
By week 2 I was starting to notice the difference on my elbows and knees which feel nice and smooth now, although I've not noticed the product having as much effect on my feet - I think here it would require longer use, and perhaps used in combination with other products, such as a Pedi Egg to get the tricky bits.
I can't complain other than that though, as I got 8 uses out of the sachet, and there is still some left. Originally the price put me off a bit, but the product is working, and if you just use it as directed for the rough areas, then you get a good number of uses for your money. A thumbs up from These City Days.
If you'd like to try Tough Stuff by Cocoa Brown for yourself, it is currently retailing for £4.50 (2 sachets) at Feel Unique . Have you tried the product, or are you a scrub fan in general, why not share your beauty thoughts below.
* I was sent this product for review, but all comments are honest and my own.