14 February 2014

Review: Dirty Works Coconut Scrub & Coconut Body Butter

I have two products from Dirty Works to share with you today. In case you are not aware, Dirty Works is a skincare brand from the UK that has made its way to Australia. Dirty Works reminds me of Soap & Glory, another skincare brand that has originated from the UK, which is why I felt compelled to compare one of the Dirty Works products with a similar one from Soap & Glory.

Both Dirty Works products are from their Coconut Caress Collection.

"Come rain or shine get your body in the holiday mood with the Coconut Caress Collection from Dirty Works and reveal your true exotic beauty. Each pampering product is infused with the tropical scent of coconut to transport you (daiquiri in hand!) to your very own desert island in the sun."

From the blurb that I was provided in my PR information kit and from the name of the collection, you can bet your bottom dollar both products from the Coconut Caress Collection smells exotically coconutty.

The first product that I'd like to share is the Coconut Body Butter.

It comes in a purple plastic tub with a screw top lid. The body butter itself is a creamy white formula that smells strongly of coconut. Whilst this is not my favourite scent in the world, and admittedly can be quite sickening at times, I was quite glad when the scent faded to a more bearable level after about 15-20 minutes.

The Dirty Works Coconut Body Butter has the same texture as most body butters in that it is quite thick (when I scoop some out onto my finger and turn my finger upside down, the product does not move or fall). It feels quite refreshing, as it leaves a cooling feeling on my skin for about 5 minutes after application (this may be due to the hot summer weather). It also does not leave an oily residue on my skin and absorbs so quickly (although my very dry skin may have played a part in absorption rate).

I'm not entirely sure what more you could ask for in a body butter, as it has ticked almost all of my boxes (the only box that is half-ticked is the smell). Furthermore, it retails for only $7.99 for 30ml of product! Cheap ass brew!

The second Dirty Works product is the Coconut Scrub, which I didn't use until quite a few weeks later after first using the body butter, as my skin was really irritated after using self-tanners.

The Coconut Body Scrub does not have a strong coconut scent like the body butter. It has a pleasant tropical scent that doesn't linger on my skin (I think this is due to my very strong scented body wash). It is packaged in a tube with a flip top cap.

The body scrub is of a lotion-type consistency that isn't too runny. It contains Pecan Shall granules that act as the exfoliant, and sweet almond oil to moisturise the skin. As you can see, the granules are quite large.

I'm not by any means an expert in all-things-scrubs, as I've only ever used one other scrub, which is the Soap & Glory Pulp Friction Foamy Fruity Body Scrub. Thus, the comparison between the two...

The Soap & Glory Body Scrub is packaged in a similar way to the Dirty Works Coconut Scrub. However, the Soap & Glory has 50ml more product but costs almost twice the amount (AUD$19.95 at kitcosmetics.com.au compared to Dirty Works at AUD$7.95).

When comparing both products, there is quite a difference in formula. The Soap & Glory body scrub has far more exfoliating granules, and they seem to be smaller than the Dirty Works Coconut Scrub.

This is probably a better picture to illustrate my point above. The difference in amount and size of granules plays a massive part in effectiveness. In my honest opinion, I prefer the Soap & Glory Body Scrub because it feels a lot more effective/harsher when scrubbing the dead skin cells off. However, I think it may be all in my head, as the end result is extremely smooth skin that puts the skin of baby's bottoms to shame! I would recommend Dirty Works Coconut Scrub for those with sensitive skin and on a budget, but my Soap & Glory Body Scrub remains my favourite body scrub thus far.

If you'd like to purchase any Dirty Works products, they are available at Coles.

Have you tried Dirty Works before? What are your thoughts?

These products were kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I keep seeing reviews for this, I really think I need to try it! It does look like a good dupe for Soap & Glory (how similar does the packaging look?) at a budget price. I'd also be keen to try the non-coconut range they have too, have you tried it yet?

  2. My boyfriend uses the body cream :) he loves things that have kind of a vintage theme with like pin up girls and stuff! It smells pretty nice in my opinion, but I love coconut!

  3. I am yet to check these out as I rarely go to Coles, but I've been meaning to! They seem really nice and a good alternative to Soap and Glory! It's all down to the smell though, so when I get a sniff....haha!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  4. Ohhh I reckon that body butter would be right up my alley!

  5. I think I might have to try these. I love Coconut scents, so Summery and tropical. x