Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub Honest Review
Who doesn’t love a little luxury (as well as a product that actually delivers on its claims)?
And that for me pretty much sums up Ouai’s Scalp & Body Scrub* which I’m currently enjoying for its abilities to leave me both squeaky clean and post-spa relaxed at the same time.
Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub
Designed to cleanse and exfoliate, scalp scrubs help remove dead skin cells and the product build-up that can harm hair follicles over time (perfect for dry shampoo junkies like me).
So when my product addiction leaves me with an itchy scalp or just slightly limp looking hair I’ve been turning to a scrub once every week (or two if my skin is at all sensitive) to boost my scalp health; and Ouai’s (frankly delicious-smelling) scrub is definitely among my favourites.
What’s in it
A true sugar scrub, this has a smooth, almost honey-like consistency interspersed with varying sized sugar granules.
Meanwhile, fatty acids in coconut and sweet almond oils moisturise (making this great for use on the body too), glycerin softens, and probiotics help to keep the scalp’s natural flora and fauna in balance.
The blissful light floral scent here (the same as Ouai’s Rose Hair & Body Oil)* also makes it sheer luxury to use; perfect for a little at home spa evening.
My only slight criticism is that the fragrance here is artificial, which some of the most sensitive skin types might not love.
The Full List of Ingredients
Sucrose, Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Cocamide MEA, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Propanediol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Silica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Menthyl Lactate, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Seed Extract, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Capryloyl Glycine, Xylitylglucoside, Saccharide Isomerate, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Hexylene Glycol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-150 Distearate, Parfum (Fragrance), Cocamide MIPA, Sodium Benzoate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, BHT, Butylene Glycol, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Hydroxide, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional
How to Use it
Designed to be massaged onto a damp scalp, this can either be used alone or mixed with shampoo for extra foaming (possibly a better idea on oily hair days as this doesn’t foam loads).
I also tend to divide my hair into sections when using this, giving me better access to my scalp for a slightly more thorough cleanse.
Meanwhile for the body this is great on either damp or dry skin as an all over scrub.
I find the sugar granules gentle enough that on dry skin this offers quite a robust scrub (great for areas like heels/elbows etc). While on damp skin the sugar granules dissolve pretty quickly, giving a really gentle exfoliation which works well if my skin is ever at all sensitive.
On the Hair
This is a big, chunky exfoliant with a sticky, gritty texture that really gets to work on my day 2 (who am I kidding…day 4) scalp.
And while sugar can be quite a harsh exfoliant thanks to its sharp edges, the gooiness of this texture makes this smoother than some scrubs (and makes it something of a spa-like treat to massage over the scalp).
Great for a really intense exfoliation, the sugar here washes out easily- making this s pretty simple step to add into my hair washing routine.
But while this scrub does foam gently, the oils here also means it leaves a slight residue in its wake- great for use on the body but may not suit everyone on the scalp- so I like to add a little shampoo to my mixture.
Overall though, the results are a scalp that feels fresher and cleaner, as well as increased volume at my roots (which is seriously needed in the case of my triangular hair). As an added bonus my hair now seems to take slightly longer before it gets oily after washing, while any other scalp treatments and masks penetrate well.
On the one downside though, while I absolutely love the floral scent here anyone sensitive to synthetic fragrance again may not be such a fan.
On the Skin
Possibly because it’s much easier to work this sticky scrub over skin than it is through hair, this actually turns out to be a lot higher foaming when used on the body. In fact, at a push it could probably do away with a separate shower gel product completely.
Offering a creamy foam interspersed with grains of sugar, this actually makes a really lovely body wash/exfoliator hybrid that is both super quick to massage over skin and surprisingly effective at sloughing away dead cells. The result is impressively smooth, clean skin that still has a light sent of rose even a few hours later.
While I really enjoy the grittiness of this worked onto the scalp (which also serves as a slight self-massage moment), sensitive types might prefer the finer, gentle exfoliation of something like IGK’s Low Key Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub, which contains walnut shell powder for a smooth scrub.
Oily scalps or thinner hair types might not enjoy this quite as much, though, and may want to do a second shampoo afterwards.
Alternatively, you could just cut out the hassle and opt for even more of a foaming scrub like Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo**.
I am such a body scrub addict, making sure to exfoliate about twice a week, year-round, for the sort of perma-glow I’ve always dreamed of.
One of my absolute favourites is Frank Body’s Original Coffee Scrub, a caffeine-infused, gritty-yet-moisturising exfoliator which claims to be able to get to grips with cellulite at the same time as softening skin. And while the difference isn’t a mind-blowing one, I can genuinely say I do seem to see a slightly more toned appearance to thighs and upper arms etc when I use this regularly.
For anyone who’s not such a coffee fan, I also like the (absolutely gorgeous-smelling) Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff.
Overall, while hardly a necessity, the combination of delicious scent and softer skin makes this one of my favourite in-shower products.
As an added benefit, my scalp also feels softer and the regular exfoliation is also helping any other treatments or masks penetrate deeper.
Even better, I’m loving the added volume I’m getting without all that unseen product build up weighing hair down.
The price is pretty steep though (although the jar size is at least very generous). So for a cheaper dupe- and to turn any shampoo or body wash into a scrub- I sometimes just add a small amount of brown sugar to my products instead.
Great for: Lovers of a luxury scrub (or floral scented products) and product junkies who want a thorough scalp cleanse. Also for gifts since I can’t imagine anyone not being please to receive this.
Not-so-great for: Those with a sensitivity to perfumed products who might prefer something with a more natural fragrance, while oily hair types may not enjoy the slight residue here.
For more beauty tips, subscribe to my weekly newsletter and receive your Glowing Skin Checklist: a downloadable guide to dewy skin!