Tested on animals:No
Exfoliating Scrub is a mixed bag that is highly likely to leave your skin confused, and you feeling frustrated. The formula is front-loaded with clay (kaolin) and mineral oil, two unlike substances that don’t play well in the same formula, but at least this contains some emulsifiers to make the mineral oil easier to rinse, though this scrub can seem messier than most.
The bigger question is why add so much oil to a clay-based product when clay’s main benefit for skin is that it absorbs excess oil? The logic doesn’t add up, but we’ll stop harping on that.
The scrub ingredients include alumina silicate and polyethylene beads, both of which are fine and unlikely to be too abrasive due to the emollient ingredients preceding them. But skin isn’t primed for being soothed, as this scrub exposes it to lavender and citrus ingredients along with fragrance, all of which pose a risk of irritation.
We’re not sure who to recommend this scrub to, as its formula is bound to be too rich for oily skin yet potentially too drying for dry skin. It’s an OK option for normal skin, but nothing must-have. For truly great exfoliation, forget scrubs and use a leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant instead. You’ll find our top picks here (along with scrubs, if that’s your preference).
- Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.
- High amounts of clay and mineral oil make for an unlikely, potentially frustrating pairing.
- The mix of lavender, citrus, and fragrance poses a risk of irritation.
Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyethylene beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).
Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyethylene beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).
Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.