SeaSource Detox Spa Foaming Sea Salt Scrub

by Arbonne  
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$37 - 6.8 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:
1/17/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Although this body scrub has the word "salt" in its name, its chief scrub ingredient is pumice. Pumice (a type of volcanic rock) is great for removing thickened calluses from your feet, but it tends to be too abrasive for an all-over body scrub—especially when salt is also part of the mix!

Even though this scrub contains several plant oils to help buffer the abrasiveness of the pumice and salt it is still damaging to skin! A scrub with just pumice as the abrasive agent would also be too rough for all-over use.

Along with the concern about this scrub being too rough for the skin (you shouldn't scrub your skin the way you'd scrub a floor), the formula contains a who's who of irritating fragrant plant oils. See More Info to learn why regular use of highly fragrant products is a problem for everyone's skin.

Between the pumice, the salt, and the fragrant irritants, this tube-packaged scrub is not recommended. Plus, you can do a lot better for your skin by exfoliating with an AHA or BHA body lotion and then just using a wash cloth in the shower for a bit of extra exfoliation rather than using a body scrub. Even the best body scrubs cannot do for skin (especially skin with breakouts or signs of aging) what a well-formulated AHA or BHA body lotion can do. You'll find our top picks on our list of Best Body-Care Products.

One more comment: It's important to note that you cannot "detox" your skin with a scrub or any product (this is a recurring urban myth, but we prefer fact to fiction so we aren't going to perpetuate it). Skin isn't storing any sort of toxins that can be removed or "drawn out"; toxins in the body are broken down and removed by the kidneys and liver. Besides, cosmetics companies like Arbonne rarely, if ever, identify what specific toxins we need to be concerned about. Sebum (the body's natural oil) and dead skin cells are not toxins, nor are the bacteria that are naturally present on our skin—and the dirt that accumulates on our skin from the environment washes right off; it doesn't stick around, penetrating our skin and slowly poisoning us. And when you clean the skin gently you also don't damage the skin's protective barrier which is so important—a damaged barrier leaves the skin open to a host of problems, up to and including sores and infections.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • The combination of pumice plus sea salt makes for an overly abrasive scrub.
  • Contains several irritating fragrant oils whose irritant effect may not be rinsed completely from the skin due to the oil base.
  • Results cannot compare with what's possible from a leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

This detoxifying, foaming body scrub gently exfoliates and cleanses toxins from the skin’s surface, increasing microcirculation and stimulating skin to promote a softer, smoother look. Specially formulated with sea botanicals and sea salt, a proven sea mineral known to fight bacteria

Water/Aqua/Eau, Decyl Glucoside, Polyethylene, Acrylates Copolymer, Pumice, Lithothamnium Calcarum Powder, Sea Salt / Maris Sal, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool

Founded in 1975 with the goal of providing skin-care products with "unparalleled quality and effectiveness," Arbonne International is a direct-sales line many of my readers have an intense curiosity about. There must be lots of assertive Arbonne salespeople out there, because no other line with this type of business structure has generated the amount of email we receive, all asking if Arbonne products are worth it and whether or not many of the company's outlandish claims are true. More than many other lines, Arbonne is big on playing up the alleged evil of many benign cosmetic ingredients. Topping this list is mineral oil, which the company maintains interferes with skin functions and delivery systems. Cosmetics-grade mineral oil is not a problem for skin and is in fact one of the mildest and most effective ingredients for making dry skin look and feel better. It doesn't have the best texture or finish, but its effectiveness is indisputable (Sources: Journal of Burn Care Research, May-June 2006, pages 345–351; Contact Dermatitis, June 2003, pages 293–299; Cosmetics & Toiletries, January 2001, page 79; Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2000, pages 44–46; and Dermatitis, September 2004, pages 109–116).

We have also been asked about whether it is true that all mascaras except Arbonne's contain bat excrement. Yes, you read that correctly. It seems many Arbonne salespeople are telling potential customers that all mascaras (except for Arbonne's, of course) contain this substance. We also found that many of the Arbonne representatives we spoke to love sharing the false rumor about lipsticks containing road-kill remnants (except for Arbonne's, of course). We wouldn't mention these tall tales if these were a few isolated incidents, but dozens upon dozens of women have contacted us asking for the truth behind these ludicrous claims. Just to be clear, cosmetic chemists are not venturing into dark caves to collect bat excrement or picking up carcasses of animals on the side of the road all in an effort to save money and create harmful cosmetics. And you have to wonder: If Arbonne products are so wonderfully effective, why do they need to sell themselves using scare tactics about what every other company's products supposedly contain?

Arbonne also advertises the fact that their products don't contain chemical fragrances because of their potential for causing allergic contact dermatitis. We agree with that stance, but it would give Arbonne more credibility if they didn't replace "chemical" fragrances with a slew of irritating plant extracts and volatile oils, several of which are well-known for their potential to cause skin problems. It is their overreliance on such ingredients that makes a disproportionate number of their products impossible to recommend.

we could go on, but to sum it up, despite my reservations, Arbonne has some good products to consider. However, the rather misleading marketing language is not convincing. None of the natural-sounding ingredients in the world can keep you from reacting to an irritating preservative or fragrance, or from breaking out due to cosmetic waxes such as stearic acid or myristyl myristate.

For more information about Arbonne International, call (800) 272-6663 or visit www.arbonne.com.

Arbonne Makeup

Arbonne's makeup is known is divided into two main groups, About Face and Virtual Illusion, and in contrast to its skin-care products, the claims are somewhat tempered. The color palette presented is divided into warms, cools, and neutrals. Although we don't agree with all of Arbonne's classifications, this system can be helpful for making your selection. Regrettably, this collection has seen very little change over the years. Instead, Arbonne focuses heavily on skin care while their latest makeup fails to approach the benchmark standards being set by dozens upon dozens of other companies. The average to poor products are particularly distressing because, for the most part, Arbonne's makeup is overpriced.

Despite this, there is some good news. The makeup categories to focus are blush, eyeshadow, lipstick, gloss, and brushes. You should know that contacting an Arbonne representative to purchase makeup (you cannot purchase it via the company's Web site without having being assigned a representative) will result in more than just a monetary transaction. The Arbonne representatives we encountered were on a mission to recruit anyone who buys (or expresses interest in) their products. Dealing with this company demands patience or a strong resolve. You will need to refute not only the employees' fervent belief that Arbonne products and philosophies are superior to all others, but also the assertion that joining the company is a life-altering experience on par with the most profound spiritual journey you can imagine. Speaking as a consumer, this sort of selling is not appealing, but we are sure there are others looking for just the financial opportunity and lifestyle change Arbonne offers. Those who agree with me should know that the About Face and Virtual Illusion collections include nothing that can’t be found elsewhere, from companies that make it much easier to obtain products than Arbonne does. One more point: Returning products to Arbonne is incredibly frustrating. You must contact your consultant to obtain her information, and then call the company to obtain a return merchandise authorization number. If your consultant doesn't step up, you're stuck with the products unless you want to deal with the company directly, which is about as pleasant as a root canal.

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