Fragrance Free Exfoliating Cleanser is an unfortunate addition to the already oversaturated scrub market. We say "oversaturated" because there isn't much you can do to a scrub to make it that much different from others already available—at best, it's just an extra cleansing step, at worst, it can potentially damage skin by being too abrasive. This option by Yes To falls solidly in the latter category, as it contains fragrance and scrubbing agents (carrot root powder and bamboo extract) that are too harsh for the skin.
Despite the name, this cleanser is absolutely not fragrance-free, and it is a rather poor cleanser (it should really be called a scrub). The formula is loaded with fragrance, including jasmine, rosemary, lavender, citrus, cypress, and other wafting extracts, each a strong source of fragrance that can irritate the skin. This is one of the most inaccurate names for a product we've run into in quite a while (and for us, that's really saying something).
The Fragrance Free Exfoliating Cleanser lacks any actual cleansing agents; rather, it relies on emollients and the overly abrasive scrub particles it contains to remove makeup and cellular debris from the skin. That means you'll likely need to use a different cleanser to completely remove the residue (and fragrance) left behind.
While a scrub is an option for those seeking an extra cleansing step, it isn't unlike using a washcloth to give your cleanser a little "oomph" in removing makeup and other substances.
If you are seeking to treat concerns like discolorations, flaky skin, uneven skin tone, and clogged pores, skip this problematic scrub and use one of the AHA and BHA options on our list of Best Exfoliants.
If you're looking for a bit of extra cleansing with a scrub, there are far better alternatives on our list of Best Scrubs.
- Helps remove superficial dead skin cells (like adding a washcloth to your cleansing routine).
- Contains dry skin–friendly emollient ingredients.
- Contains multiple fragrant irritants, despite the fragrance-free claim.
- Overly abrasive scrub agents make this scrub easy to overdo and cause damage to the skin.
- Lacks cleansing agents means this won't rinse well from the skin.
This dermatologist-tested scrub is perfect for normal-to-dry skin types who are looking for nourishment and a fragrance-free formula. Enjoy a natural cleanser packed with carrots and essential oils to nurture skin and ground bamboo to gently exfoliate.
Aqua, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Powder, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Propanediol, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Oleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Coco-Glucoside, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Glycine Soya (Soybean) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/ Leaf/ Stem Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Coriandrum Sativum Leaf Extract, Cupresses Sempervirens Leaf/Stem Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus O cinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Maris Limus Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Jasmine Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Ethyl Alcohol
How this Israel-based brand of skin-care products came to be so widely distributed is an impressive marketing feat. It’s sold in over a dozen countries and we’ve seen it locally in such diverse places as Safeway (a grocery store) and Ulta (a salon/spa/cosmetics boutique). Business is booming in the natural products market, and it appears that the Yes To brand is on its way to being one of the frontrunners! Yes To products were even featured on the popular daytime talk show The View. Clearly, this line has attracted the attention both of consumers and the media.
Why all the fuss? We’ll do our best to explain, but the simple reality is that the success of this brand is due to the fact that lots of consumers want natural products, regardless of whether or not the formula is beneficial for skin. Many women (but not those who read our reviews) are completely unaware that many of the products from the so-called “natural” product lines contain just as many synthetic ingredients as “unnatural” brands. That’s no longer the case with Yes To products, but not too long ago, it was!
The Yes To brand is divided into four sub-brands: Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes and Yes To Blueberries. The original launch and the largest group is Yes To Carrots. After the carrot-containing products became a hit, the company began to assemble a tossed salad of other products, including their Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, and Yes to Blueberries. What next? We’re anticipating Yes To Lettuce and Yes To Blue Cheese Dressing, that way you can make a complete salad!
All kidding aside, Yes To products are worth a look if you prefer mostly natural ingredients, though not every natural ingredient Yes To uses has been proven beneficial for skin, and some are problematic. As with most natural-themed lines, there are a handful of Yes To products to consider. But few of them are state-of-the-art and there are no products to successfully manage acne or blackheads, lighten skin discolorations, or significantly reduce redness
Although it is commendable that Yes To doesn’t make over-the-top anti-aging claims, a skin-care line should help take care of skin’s daily needs, and this line’s products are somewhat lacking. All the fruits, vegetables, and any natural ingredient you can name isn’t enough to protect skin from the cumulative damage of unprotected sun exposure (the Yes To brand does sell a couple of excellent sunscreens) or to satisfy other skin-care needs. It’s a nice idea to think that tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and blueberries are as good for your skin when applied topically as they are for your health when consumed as part of a healthy diet, but that’s simply not the case. Still, if you shop this line carefully you’ll come away with some workable products that are pleasant to use.
For more information about Yes To and its food-themed brands, call (888) 929-3786 or visit www.yestocarrots.com.