Simply Sensitive Cleansing Jelly Ball Scrub

2.50 fl. oz. for $ 6.49
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Generally speaking, we're not big fans of scrubs because so many of them are overly rough on skin, leading to serious irritation. But when we find a truly gentle scrub formula, we must share it with you and Boots' Simply Sensitive Cleansing Jelly Ball Scrub deserves your attention!

Cleansing Jelly Ball Scrub is housed in a squeeze tube with an opening that makes it relatively easy to dispense. Shockingly, the gentle scrub particles it contains don't feel gritty or rough on skin (we can't tell you how rare this is!) The scrubbing silica "balls" still require a gentle touch, and if you follow that tip, when you're ready to rinse, all that's left behind will be smooth, soft, refined skin and none of the damage abrasive scrubs cause.

Suitable for all skin types—including sensitive, this inexpensive, fragrance-free scrub joins our very short list of today's best scrubs. The only drawback? It can't unblock pores as claimed. We wish clogged pores could be scrubbed away, but the root of the problem goes beyond where scrubs can reach. That's why even though we're recommending this scrub for an extra very helpful cleansing step to remove just surface layers of skin and clogged pores, for truly addressing the problem of clogged pores, you can't beat the amazing exfoliating results from a leave-on BHA exfoliant.

  • Gentle, fragrance-free formula.
  • The scrub particles don't feel gritty or rough (but do use a gentle touch).
  • Leaves skin smooth, soft, and refined.
  • Rinses easily.
  • Antioxidant-rich grape seed oil helps cushion skin.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Scrubs cannot "unblock pores" as claimed.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Our gentle face scrub contains innovative jelly balls that feel soft on the skin, gently remove impurities, and unblock pores, leaving your skin soft and soothed. FREE FROM: fragrance, color, and ingredients known to irritate your skin.
Aqua (Water), Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, Sodium Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

Boots At-A-Glance

Originating in England, Boots is named after founder John Boot, and it already had a worldwide presence before its 2004 pilot launch in the U.S. retail market through select Target and CVS drugstore. (Note: Boots is no longer available at CVS.) Its success in these stores led to a full-scale launch in spring 2007. Boots has been part of England's cosmetic history since 1839, and now over 1,500 freestanding Boots stores dot the British landscape. Of course, history has its place, but Boots, on the basis of their longevity, believes that it offers consumers the best products full of quality ingredients and also at a value price. Although it's true that Boots' price point is lower than many drugstore lines (at least those whose products make similar claims and have the same target audience), their line consists of some impressive options, but also contains some areas that left us wanting for more.

Boots sunscreens tend to be good, but be aware that some have SPF ratings below the benchmark SPF 30+. Although there are dozens of moisturizers available, youll find that many are indistinguishable from one another in terms of their formulas. While there are many great options for sensitive skin among the Boots line, there are much fewer choices for those seeking impressive anti-aging formulas due to the lack of beneficial ingredients.

Boots does feature antioxidants, peptides, and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A not to be confused with pure retinol) in many of its products, but they tend to be present at less than impressive, or jar packaging compromises their benefits to skin due to light & air exposure.

You'll find some great options for cleansers, scrubs, sunless tanners, and treatments for dry, chapped lips, all at fair prices, and that's good news. (There are also quite a few impressive makeup products at surprisingly inexpensive prices.) Check our reviews for the products that shouldn't be missed (as well as the less-than-impressive options).

For more information about Boots, call (866) 752-6687 or visit www.boots.com.

Note: Boots No7 and Botanics brands (only) are sold in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart stores. In the U.S., most of the lines can be found at Target, Walgreens, and Ulta. As of August 2015, Boots has been acquired by Walgreens.

Strengths: Inexpensive; outstanding options for sensitive skin; good sunscreens; some impressive makeup products.

Weaknesses: Occasional use of jar packaging; some formulas with limited amounts of beneficial ingredients.

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