Product Review: The Face Shop Honey Black Sugar Scrub

The Face Shop HONEY BLACK SUGAR SCRUB, 120ml, CAD$13
The Face Shop HONEY BLACK SUGAR SCRUB, 120ml, CAD$13

I LOVE the smell of caramel/sugar. I don’t eat sweets, but somehow, I love that kind of smell in a scrub! But it’s often more expensive than I am willing to pay. For example, I have a teeny tiny pot of lip polish made by Fresh, and that cost CAD$22 for the size of a lip balm tin.


Enter The Face Shop Honey Black Sugar Scrub. This one is for the face, and it’s so affordable it’s almost a crime not to try it. (Plus, I bought this during the 30% off sale at Christmas!)

What it does:(From The Face Shop website)
Black sugar dipped in honey exfoliates while effectively removing blackheads.
*Black sugar massages skin while effectively removing dead skin cells that are old and hard to remove
*Contains honey extract making skin smooth and lustrous
For normal skin types.


I don’t have blackheads, and my skin is more on the dehydrated/dry side, but the texture of this is rather sticky and thick, so I don’t see any harm trying this.


It squeezes out very thick, so at least you don’t have to worry about it dripping out of the tube. But if you apply this on a wet face this will slide off so be careful to catch it before it falls into the sink! Anyhow, the smell is yummy – more of a caramel smell than sugar. But yummy nonetheless. Minor gripe: the black cap is a little hard to open, but I’ll survive.


The sugar crystals in this act as the exfoliating agents. They aren’t as soft as jojoba beads (which would be a lot more gentle on drier, sensitive skin), so if you apply too much and scrub too hard this isn’t the most gentle scrub; but once you start massaging, some of the crystals actually dissolve. Even though it starts out very sticky and thick, when you rinse this off, it rinses clear without leaving a sticky residue. My face was soft, supple and not dry and taut afterwards.

The verdict: as far as smart peeling goes, this isn’t for very sensitive skin (the crystals may be a little harsh for some), but I prefer this to the Jelly Apple Peeling which I felt did nothing for my skin. This is a good buffing exfoliant and smells yummy, but if you have sensitive skin (sensitive to pressure), be light handed and not use too much product at a time. For the price, you can’t complain. And did I mention it smells really yummy? 😉

4 comments on Product Review: The Face Shop Honey Black Sugar Scrub

  1. Kevin Jang
    February 2, 2014 at 11:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Definitely one of the better products in The Face Shop for its price! The Face Shop does not even carry its entire range of products outside of South Korea, which is a pity considering its relatively affordable ones. By the way, Joseibi, did you check out the Mango Seed Butter Face Cream from the Face Shop? On Get It Beauty, a program about makeup and skincare, they actually compared various creams for hydration, including Dr Jart’s Ceramidin cream, and this, as well as SKinfood’s Royal Black Honey Cream. It turned out that the one cream which won the audience’s love in terms of hydration was this product which was very buttery and yet affordable. It has to be the mango seed butter inside the product.

    • Joseibi
      March 6, 2014 at 11:27 am (3 years ago)

      I did not see the Mango Seed Butter Face Cream there…but I will look next time I go there! The Face Shop has some cheap dupes of higher end products, and the quality isn’t bad for the price so I don’t mind getting things there from time to time.

  2. Kevin J.
    March 6, 2014 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Ahhh, Joseibi, you did not tell me about this, and either way, I had a FREE 100ml jar of the Mango Seed Body Butter which I got when in Seoul sometime back as a sample. I could have sent it along to you as a gift, since I was clearing out my garbage and un-used cosmetics(or half-finished) and giving some of them to my Japanese friends and so on. Either way, did I tell you that I will be moving to Seoul from May till August this year, and studying in a South Korean university?

    • Joseibi
      March 24, 2014 at 10:28 am (3 years ago)

      Congrats Kevin! That’s your dream and it’s great!

      By the way, I did see the Mango Seed line at The Face Shop. They have lots of new stuff (haven’t gone shopping in a long time) so I bought myself a Mango Seed Eye & Lip makeup remover. 🙂


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