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Lavender Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub
Rating
4 fl. oz. for $16.95
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:02.25.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

The exfoliating granules in this scrub are indeed natural (walnut shells and grape seed powder), but both can abrade skin because they are uneven and may have sharp edges. Ironically, synthetic polyethylene (plastic) beads are a far more gentle option. If you want to go natural, use a cotton washcloth with your cleanser instead of this scrub. That will be better on many fronts, because this scrub also contains irritating lavender and other essential oils that only benefit your nose, not your skin.

Claims

Gently exfoliates for a clear and radiant complexion. Botanical granules and fruit enzymes gently remove surface cells revealing younger, fresher skin. Organic Lavender, Licorice Root and Coleus protect new skin against irritation while our triple lipid system moisturizes for a fresh, healthy complexion.

Ingredients

Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) And Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts (Aqueous), Organic Arnica Montana Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Powder, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Aloe Barbadensis, Tromethamine Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Monolaurate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (Licorice Root), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Powder, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Sodium Pca, Coleus Forskohlii Oil, Laminaria Digitata (Kelp) And Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Extracts, Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage), Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) And Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oils, Bromelain, Papain, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Oil, Steareth-2, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil And Other Essential Oils

Brand Overview

Avalon Organics At-A-Glance

Strengths: Avalon Organics provides complete ingredient lists on their Web site; excellent lip balm; a few well-formulated moisturizers and serums.

Weaknesses: Several products contain irritating plant extracts and/or fragrant oils; moisturizers contain only a tiny amount of state-of-the-art ingredients; none of the sunscreens have UVA-protecting ingredients; there are repetitive formulas within the sub-brands (and the only differences between them won't make any difference to your skin); average to poor cleansers and toners; no AHA or BHA options; no anti-acne or skin-lightening options; jar packaging, which leaves the air-sensitive ingredients unprotected and subject to deterioration after opening.

Avalon Organics is one of many companies owned by Hain-Celestial, a company that specializes in marketing "natural" products. Along with various food and beverage brands you often see lining the shelves of health food stores, Hain-Celestial is also behind several other cosmetics lines, including Alba Botanica, Jason Natural, and Zia Natural (and just to be clear, none of these are all natural in the least).

Avalon Organics is most similar to Alba Botanica, but strangely enough, Avalon in many ways is the inferior line. Relative to the Alba Botanica line, Avalon Organics products cost more and their formulas aren't nearly as state of the art. A major thumbs down for Avalon Organics is the fact that none of their sunscreens contains sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. In addition, many more of the Avalon Organics products contain irritating plant oils (lavender, orange), and almost all also feature a plant tea concoction that includes not only lavender but also arnica, a problematic plant if ever there was one (Sources: American Journal of Contact Dermatitis, June 1996, pages 94–99; and www.naturaldatabase.com). It is these natural ingredients that sabotage many of the Avalon Organics products.

Avalon does include several helpful natural ingredients (among them willow herb, licorice, borage oil, and aloe), but their benefit is diminished when they must overcome the potential skin problems presented by the not-so-helpful plants. Moreover, several Avalon Organics products contain a blend of unidentified essential oils. These are used for fragrance, but Avalon opted to list the generic term "fragrance" as "other essential oils," which means that consumers do not know exactly what oils they're applying to their skin. This goes directly against FDA regulatory requirements: "other essential oils" is not a legitimate ingredient term.

It is indeed admirable that Avalon Organics is dedicated to organic farming and to sustainable agricultural practices that improve the environment, but such a mission doesn’t translate into great skin-care: farming is one issue, but brilliantly formulated products is another. In this case you can't rely on Avalon products to take care of your skin without some careful consideration. There are a handful of recommended products to consider, especially if you prefer a ratio of ingredients that favors natural over synthetic. (Note, however, this is not an all-natural line, any more than munching on Skittles candy is like eating real fruit.) But taking "the time to honor yourself" (Avalon's statement) by using products only from their line, or being swayed by this brand's "Consciousness in Cosmetics" for the sake of your skin, would be a mistake.

For more information about Avalon Organics, call (888) 659-7730 or visit www.avalonorganics.com.

Note: Avalon uses the term "other essential oils" on their ingredient lists, which does not comply with FDA or international regulations. These regulations state that you must list by name ALL the individual ingredients you include in your product for this category of ingredients.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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