The other day, I realized how awesome things can be sometimes. I had made a little graphic on CANVA for my Instagram with some skin care brands I’d wanted to try in 2018. That same week also, Mayañga (@mayanga_) posted a pretty tantalizing photo of their Mayanga Sugar Polish variants, and I commented “I want!” under it. Their reply was that I should look out for the giveaway later in the week. Lo and behold, the giveaway came and I ended up winning one of the scrubs! I was so excited that day because school was stressing me out, so I happily went over to collect my scrub.
If you never knew, here’s a fact about me: I’m a skin product junkie. It’s not my fault, blame the skin I was ‘blessed’ with – oily skin. This oily, acne prone skin of mine, has caused me to go in search of products that would suit me. I could list out the hundreds of products I want to try, but maybe we’ll leave that for another post.
I’m not new to the exfoliation life, I’m simply lazy. I exfoliate just my face but had been wanting a body scrub. I used to use the Frank Body Coffee Scrub, but of course, we moved.
It was awesome to win the Mayanga Sugar Polish. Given a choice between delicious sounding variants – raven, coffee, turmeric, honey & coco, as well as green tea, I decided on honey and coco. I sniffed it on the ride back home, and was loving the sweetness of it (I also tasted it a bit – don’t try this at home). I’m giving you the low-down and my views, coupled with some pretty delicious photos If I must say! I’ll divide the review into 2 – first impression, then the actual review.
Like I mentioned above, the first thing I did was to smell the product. The Honey Coco Sugar Polish smells very pleasant. It’s a nice blend of sweet things with sugar as the main ingredient. I can’t say it smells like honey or anything specific, but sweet is the best descriptive word.
Now, I’m a sucker for good packaging. I believe good packaging = great photos. There’s a way a product will look that will really draw me in! The packaging for the Mayanga Sugar Polish was not too impressive to me, though the most important thing is that the product does a great job.
I think a more minimalist label – black or white- would’ve done the product justice. That, or just a basic font instead of cursive (I’m no branding expert though). Then again, it’s a pretty small brand and they’re going to evolve over the years! Apart from that, I liked that there were instructions written, but wished the ingredients were listed.
My mayanga sugar polish experience
Like I’ve said, I’m lazy when it comes to exfoliation. This means I’ve neglected this seemingly important aspect for a while, leading to a poor state of skin. Due to my genes, I’m also prone to pimples on my chest, and even my back.
The texture is quite grainy, and the grains are bigger than that of the Anike Herbal Solutions Coconut Cleanser. Then again, it’s a sugar scrub, and sugar grains are pretty big – I guess that all adds to the exfoliation experience, considering it’s for the body.
So far, I’ve used the scrub more than twice. The essence of a sugar scrub (or any scrub) is to take off nasties from your skin (dead skin, etc) while also leaving you moisturized and glowing. This scrub did definitely just that, and I liked how moisturized my body was when I washed off the sugar grains. I even once put it on my face with the intent of washing it after 15 minutes like instructed but ended up falling asleep. I woke up the next morning absolutely shook, but still, the moisturizing effect was there, and there weren’t any adverse effects! I’m surprised ants weren’t snacking on my face.
Price + Extra Comments
So those are my experiences with the Mayanga Sugar Polish! The small tub goes for N1500 while the large tub is N5000. The size of the small tub, which is the one I have, can be likened to a slightly bigger tub of mini-Vaseline, however, it is filled to the brim with product. I wish the grains were smaller, but I don’t know if that’s something that can be done. Having bigger grains made me feel like they wouldn’t dissolve quickly, but I had no challenges in the end.
If you’re on a budget definitely get this for a spa experience (since we’re out here trying to be smart money women and can’t splurge all the time). The small tub is just right, and I’m sure it will last me 3-5 months due to my stingy product using ways. In fact, I’ve used it 3 times and it’s still pretty full.
Get your yanga on in 2018. Begin your journey here: @mayanga_
What Nigerian skincare brands have you patronized? Which ones are you interested in currently? Have you tried Mayañga? Let’s chat, folks!