Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream
8.5 fl. oz. for $24
Last Updated:12.21.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This body scrub contains gentle, rounded polyethylene (ground-up plastic) beads to exfoliate skin and the formula also contains cleansing agents. Although it may seem like a good 2-in-1 option, the formula contains the potent irritant menthol, which isn’t good for skin, and your skin all over deserves the best.

Although menthol is less of a concern in a rinse-off product, it’s easy to overdo it with body scrubs like this, a fact that makes any additional irritants a bigger problem. If you have red “chicken skin” bumps on your arms and legs, a scrub with menthol can make them worse.

The fact that this body scrub is packaged in a jar presents a hygiene issue. You’ll be transferring bacteria to the product with each use (which stresses the preservative system) and it’s nearly impossible to keep water from your shower from building up in the jar. Body scrubs in tubes (or just a soft washcloth) are distinctly preferred to those in jars.

  • Combines a gentle scrub and cleanser in one product.
  • Expensive.
  • Contains the potent skin irritant menthol. Irritating skin leads to collagen breakdown and impairs skin’s ability to heal.
  • Jar packaging presents a hygiene issue, plus it’s nearly impossible to keep water from your shower from getting into this product.

A luxurious treatment for skin's tough spots-elbows, knees and heels. Rich exfoliator invigorates skin as granules rub away persistent dullness and annoying flakiness, bringing skin to a new level of smoothness. Leaves skin feeling sleek and polished.


Water, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyethylene, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Menthol, Oleth-10, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Green 5, Yellow 5

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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19 years and counting...

I have been using this product for 19 years. I'm 38 now and my skin looks great. I use this almost daily to cleanse my face. Never have a problem keeping water out and never had any skin irritations/infections from using the jar. Expensive? I get at least 6 months use out of this product. At $21 per jar, the monthly cost of this product is less than $4 a month. That's pretty cheap for a department store body exfoliator. I absolutely disagree with your entire post.

Reviewed by
Jennifer V
I can't help but love it!

I love everything about this and have for about 40 years--the color, the smell, the results. I only use it every few weeks (or maybe once a week in the winter). It was called "Body Sloughing Cream" when I first started using it. I haven't yet tried a body exfoliant that I like as well.

Reviewed by
Star S.
Sparkle Skin

I have used for years and if you use it before you shave your legs. It helps shaving easier and leaves your legs very smooth. Like anyone with very sensitive skin or chicken red skin as you say then obviously you shouldn't use it. And as far as the jar in the shower goes, do like I do just keep it from under the water and store it somewhere else than the shower.

Reviewed by
Nichole H
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