Reviewing a Christophe Robin Scalp Scrub

I’ll admit, I never actually tried a salt scrub for my scalp.  In fact I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything specifically for my scalp.  I’ve used masks for my hair, but never anything for my scalp.  When I stop to think of it, it seems surprising.  After all the scalp is where the hair comes out of your head, it only makes sense to take care of it.  So I was excited to see the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt in my IPSY bag.  I received a trial size but the full size retails for $55.

While I had never tried a scalp scrub, I have heard of Christophe Robin. I have several friends who rave about their Anti Frizz Rescue Milk with Shea Butter and was thrilled to try one of their products.  The description they offer for the sea salt scrub is…

Inside the jar

The cleansing purifying scrub with sea salt is ideal as a detox treatment as it cleanses, purifies and restores balance to sensitive or oily scalps. It can also be used as a post-colour treatment to sooth tingling and itching sensations.

As those who regularly read this blog know, I recently dyed my hair so it was a perfect time for me to try it. So into the shower I went.   When you open it, it looks like a salt scrub.  As you can see, I forgot to take a picture prior to trying it out, hence the missing product. It was full to the top when I opened it.

The scrub has a vaguely oceanic scent mixed with a vaguely medicinal scent.  I know that sounds..um…vague. I apologize. I have been over and over the ingredients list trying to figure out exactly what that scent is, but I really can’t come any closer to it than that. It doesn’t smell like the ocean but it is vaguely oceanic. It doesn’t exactly smell medicinal, but it may have been stored in a cabinet with old school medicines like iodine, witch hazel and neosporin, all with faulty lids, might have been kept.

To apply I scooped out a bit and massaged it into my wet hair.  I tried to get as close to the scalp as possible as it is a scalp product. The issue is that I have thick hair and the salt scrub is quite chunky.  I had a hard time getting it through to the actual scalp as the wet hair almost actively resisted my attempt. 

Part of it is the emollient that it mixed in with the salt.  It made it want to slide off the hair rather than dive beneath the strands.  I’m not entirely certain it did anything for my scalp.  I will say though that my hair feels deliciously soft and light.  It is extra clean and feels fresh and fabulous. I am just not certain it helped my scalp in any noticeable way.  While I will continue to use the product until it is gone, I don’t think I would actually spend the $55 for the full sized container.  It is good, but I have other products that I like better and that give me almost the same results.  It is nice but it isn’t going to make it on my repurchase list. I think maybe I will try the anti-frizz that all my friends rave about. Perhaps I’ll like that better.


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