Tested on animals:Yes
Note Spring 2016: This product has been reformulated since its original review. We appreciate your patience as we take the time to thoroughly update this review! Check back later this summer for a full update.
This is a basic, water and mineral oil–based scrub that contains rice powder and polyethylene (plastic beads) to exfoliate skin. This could have been a decent option for sensitive skin if it did not contain fragrant plant oil. As is, the formula is a bust for sensitive skin and it’s also difficult to rinse due to the amount of oil it contains.
Note: The U.S. name of this product is Smoothing Facial Scrub.
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.