Anyways! This was my first time being able to access the Secret Shop, which I believe is only for Mavens and opens up around the first of the month. There are a lot of really good deals in the Secret Shop, but the one that really got my attention was the Spring Clean Skincare Set. For only $17, I got Julep's Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub, Pink Grapefruit Body Frosting, the Scrub Towel and Mitt, and a nail polish. UPDATE: While checking out Julep's website to get more detailed info about these products, and it looks like the Pink Grapefruit Scrub and Frosting are no longer available in the online store. Perhaps Julep made the Spring Clean Skincare Set in order to clear out any remaining stock before they stopped selling it...
Here's how my Spring Clean Skincare set came! It did come in two separate shipments, which is why it took me so long to posting about it (remember, I ordered this around the first of May).
In the Spring Clean Skincare set, Julep included a nail polish; Delaunay from the Trina Turk Fall '12 collection.
Lately, I've been getting more and more into shower and bath products (I'm getting really excited for my Fortune Cookie Soap box to come in June!), so I was interested in trying out Julep's Body Frosting and Body Scrub. Since they're not on the website anymore, I can't tell you what they cost outside of the set, but I think it was around $12-$14 each after the Maven discount. Most mid-level body butters and scrubs are around this range, with some pushing $20 (I currently use Soap & Glory's The Righteous Body Butter, which smells amazing and makes my skin feel great, and it's $20 for a 10oz jar). Like I said, this box was only $17, so I thought it would be a really great way to try these two products out without the risk of spending a lot of money on a product I might not like.
I was most excited about trying the body scrub since the only only scrub I've ever really used was one from Victoria's Secret Pink line from a looooong time ago (when I bought it it was on the semi-annual sale because they were discontinuing the line. I only bought one tube since I wasn't sure if I would like it, but I really regret not buying more because it was pretty awesome. It was from the Pink Natural line, I believe, and it smelt like vanilla.) and with summer coming, my skin needed a little TLC. One thing I was worried about was that I wouldn't like the pink grapefruit smell. I generally don't like super strong citrus smells (I love oranges but I avoid eating them because peeling them makes my hands smell like oranges for a long time afterwards), but this (and the frosting) have a very subtle scent. There is a hint of pink grapefruit (if you didn't know what the scent was before you smelled it, you'd still know right away what it's supposed to smell like), but it's not a strong or bright smell; it's almost like it's been toned down with something (maybe vanilla), but I'm not sure how to really describe it. I don't really like the scent since it does smell a little strange, but it doesn't linger (same goes for the frosting, which is good because I like to wear scents in perfume or mist form and I don't like it when the scent of my lotion or hair products are overpowering).
I've used this scrub a few times now, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. It seems to dissolve really quickly, so I end up using a lot more than I think I need (my Pink scrub was also a sugar scrub, but it didn't dissolve nearly as quickly. Julep's scrub has more natural ingredients than the Pink one did--at least I am assuming it does. Even though it was from the "Natural" line, I'm pretty sure it wasn't all that natural--so that might have something to do with it. I don't really have anything else to compare it to, so I don't really know. I'm thinking about trying a salt-based body scrub to see if they're any different than sugar-based ones. The Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub also leaves a weird film on my skin; it's supposed to be super hydrating, but after using it it kind of feels like it all stays on my skin and doesn't absorb, making me feel greasy. The frosting also makes me feel a little filmy and greasy right after I use it, but it goes away quickly and isn't an issue.
Overall, I'm very pleased with Body Frosting since it makes my skin feel soft and hydrated, but doesn't make it feel greasy. Frosting is a very good name for this product since it is so light and fluffy; it really does have the texture of a whipped frosting and it goes on very smooth. As for the Body Scrub, like I said, I'm really on the fence about it. It does do what it says it does, but since I haven't used many scrubs before, I don't know how it performs compared to others. Also, the filmy/greasy feeling it leaves behind can be a bit unpleasant.
I was also super interested in trying out the Scrub Towel and Mitt.
And that's my Spring Clean Skinecare set from the May 2013 Julep Secret Shop. Once again, Julep delivers excellent products at a very good price and now I can't wait until June's Secret Shop opens!
Thanks for reading! <3