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Fruit Enzyme Scrub
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2.3 fl. oz. for $17.19
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:10.05.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This creamy scrub is an OK option for normal to dry skin. The abrasive agents are a blend of jojoba beads and bamboo powder; it’s not the fruit enzymes that are exfoliating skin, at least not to any noticeable degree. This is less desirable than several other scrubs (or just using a washcloth with your favorite cleanser) because it contains fragrant lemongrass oil. Be sure to rinse this thoroughly because leaving fragrant irritants on skin isn’t a good idea.

Claims

A gentle scrub with fruit enzymes designed to dissolve dead skin cells, while gentle bamboo and jojoba bead massage the skin without abrading.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Glycerin (Vegetable)*, Behenyl Alcohol (Plant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Jojoba Esters, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Pectin (Fruit Enzymes), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus (Butcher's Broom) Root Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Bark Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Panthenol (D) (B5), Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Potassium Sorbate, Phenethyl Alcohol (Rose), Caprylyl Glycol (Coconut), Potassium Sorbate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (Green & Biodegradable), Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate (Vegetable), Dicaprylyl Ether (Vegetable), Sucrose Stearate (Sugar and Coconut Oil), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (Salt), Alcohol Denatured (Grain)

Brand Overview

MyChelle At-A-Glance

Strengths: MyChelle provides complete ingredient lists on their Web site; one good sunscreen for sensitive skin; sheer coverage stick foundation for dry skin.

Weaknesses: A natural product line that overemphasizes what their products don't contain yet offers no conclusive proof that their list of allegedly bad ingredients is harmful; almost every product contains one or more irritating ingredients (most notably lavender oil); ineffective routines for improving acne and skin discolorations; only one sunscreen and no facial sunscreen is recommended for any of the daytime routines; no pH-correct AHA or BHA products; jar packaging; most of the makeup is difficult to blend due to its high wax and oil content; no makeup options for oily or blemish-prone skin.

Colorado-based MyChelle is sold in many health food, specialty supplement and vitamin shops, and spas. It was started by Myra Michelle Eby, an entrepreneur whose background includes years working in the natural products industry. Eby's background was mostly in sales and she translated that talent into creating MyChelle.

Like many lines that heavily emphasize natural ingredients, MyChelle spurns synthetic ingredients as always being bad or toxic. The company's catalog provides an ingredient dictionary that glorifies every natural ingredient they use as having multiple benefits for skin, but it leaves out any of the negative research proving that many plant (i.e., natural) extracts can have a negative effect on skin. Once again consumers are being fed a pipe dream that a natural product is the answer to their skin-care concerns. Depending on the MyChelle product you choose, you could be putting your skin at considerable risk for irritation, free-radical damage, and potentially phototoxic reactions when skin is exposed to sunlight. As is often the case with new skin-care companies promising the world, MyChelle has over a dozen moisturizers and serums proclaiming their lifting antiwrinkle properties, but it sells only one sunscreen, which they identify as being for the body not the face. None of that adds up to great skin care.

Ironically, while MyChelle products have lots of missteps, many of the products also contain several proven beneficial ingredients for skin alongside the irritating ones. Antioxidants, retinol, peptides, and skin-identical ingredients are often included, but when these great ingredients are mixed with ingredients that cause irritation, destroy skin cells, and cause collagen breakdown, they are fighting an uphill battle to provide your skin with any benefit.

Please don't misunderstand: we're all for natural as long as it doesn't make matters worse for skin, but that's simply not the case with the majority of products in this line. As for the "Dermaceuticals" portion of the name, well, that's just one more meaningless marketing term to look past, as there is nothing dermatologic or pharmaceutical about any of these products.

For more information about MyChelle Dermaceuticals, call (800) 447-2076 or visit www.mychelle.com.

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01.15.2013
It's hard to find a creamy scrub

A creamy scrub with bamboo powder? Just wonderful. I live in a dry climate, and in winter with the heat blasting all night I have been very dry. I can't use anything that will strip my skin or leave it tight. My skin has a hard time exfoliating, even though I use PC's 2% BHA liquid and moisturizer, her BHA 9, as well as one of her retinol moisturizers at night. I've found that using a scrub really helps. I love this one's creamy texture so that it exfoliates the skin while protecting it with a nice base of moisturizers, leaving my skin protected, soft, non-irritated, as well as using fruit acids to not leave my skin too basic. It's never stripping. I've found it's gentle enough to use as my daily face wash, and I can judge how much I want to work it in my skin. My only problem with it is the price!

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