Tropical Fruit Enzyme Exfoliant Scrub

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$18 - 3.4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Scrubs
Last Updated:
2/13/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
No

Before we discuss the misleading claims for this product, we can state up front that this product is absolutely not recommended. No scrub in our collective recent memory has this one's problematic mix of fragrant plant oils and extracts, all of which pose a strong risk of irritation, no matter your skin type. See More Info to find out why daily use of highly fragrant products like this is a problem for skin.

Now to the claims: The company maintains this is a non-irritating exfoliant, but the inclusion of fragrant plant oils with research documenting their irritant potential negates that statement.

Next, they sell this scrub as an alternative to the "irritation caused by scrubbing," yet the company also sells scrubs! Talk about contradictory! Besides, any facial scrub can be irritating depending on how aggressively you use it, although some scrubs are definitely more irritating than others.

Last, they claim that this scrub unclogs pores and allows the skin to breathe, but it does neither. Scrubs can unclog pores at the surface, but because they can't go any deeper than that they never reach the root of the problem. To illustrate this, think about mowing over a weed on your lawn rather than pulling it from the ground, roots and all. If you mow over it, the weed sprouts again in almost no time, because what you did had an effect only on the surface—but if you get the below-surface roots, the weed is gone. This example is the prime reason why for clogged pores we recommend a leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid (BHA), not a scrub. A BHA exfoliant gets to the root of the clog, often eliminating it, which is what you want!

What about allowing the skin to breathe? Well, skin doesn't breathe. That's a beauty myth that tends to persist among natural-themed lines. But even if we assumed that skin does "breathe" (we're picturing little pairs of lungs attached to each pore…), this product wouldn't be the way to encourage respiration because it contains several oily and waxy ingredients that put a definite layer over the skin, sort of like plastic wrap on a fruit salad.

As for the pineapple and papaya enzymes, this scrub doesn't contain them. Pineapple and papaya extracts are listed, but extracts are not the same as enzymes. The enzyme in papaya is known as papain, and in pineapple it's bromelain. Those should be the ingredients included to reinforce the enzyme exfoliant claim, but even then, enzyme ingredients are notoriously unstable and, at best, weak exfoliants.

No matter how you look at it, this problematic scrub is a waste of time and money.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Contains several highly fragrant ingredients that pose a strong risk of irritation.
  • The walnut shell powder is needlessly abrasive.
  • Does not contain enzymes from papaya or pineapple.
  • High oil and wax content makes this tricky to rinse completely.
  • Seriously misleading claims.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Naturally fruity refreshing skin treatment that uses the power of Papaya and Pineapple Enzymes as a mild non-irritating exfoliant to remove dead skin, impurities and toxins without irritation caused by scrubbing. Exfoliates, moisturizes and firms, improves elasticity and pliability of the skin, unclogs pores allowing skin to breathe.

Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut RBD) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Wax Beads, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Emulsifying Wax, Palm Stearic Acid, Walnut Shell Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Essential Oil, Organic Carica Papaya (Green Papaya) Extract, Organic Ananas Comosus (Pineapple) Extract, Organic Carica Papaya (Papaya) Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Orange, Sweet) Essential Oil, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Pulp Powder, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Puree, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.

What do the popular hair accessory line called SCUNCI (aka "scrunchy") and the natural-themed skin-care brand Michael Todd True Organics have in common? Both are associated with a man named Lewis Hendler. Hendler founded SCUNCI in the early '90s and sold the company to Conair in 2005. Then, in 2008, Hendler acquired the little-known Michael Todd True Organics skin-care brand.

As we understand it, there really was someone named Michael Todd who played a role in the brand's history, but there's no mention of the real Michael Todd to be found on the company's website. We did find a press release explaining that he is or was a model and actor, but that's about it. Hendler is the brand's public face, along with a few lesser known celebrities.

This Florida-based company has captured the attention of many consumers due to its claims of using natural and organic ingredients coupled with active anti-aging and anti-acne ingredients (all of which, by the way, are synthetic, which is just fine for skin, just not as "all natural" as the company wants you to believe).

Like many natural-themed lines, Michael Todd True Organics promotes some of the most absurd and misleading information imaginable about skin and skin care. A big one—directly from the owner himself—is that everything we put on our skin is absorbed into the body … cosmetic ingredients go right past the skin and into the bloodstream. If that were true (it isn't, thank goodness, but we'll get to that shortly), then moisturizers couldn't moisturize, exfoliants couldn't remove the top layers of dead, dried skin, and sunscreens would not prevent sunburns or tanning. Most skin-care ingredients do their job by staying on top (or at least in the top layers) of the skin, not by being absorbed into the body.

In essence, if absorption into the body were true, then even Hendler would have to admit that his own products (many of which contain problematic ingredients like neem oil and/or lavender oil, which are toxic when ingested) would do little for the skin because as soon as you apply them—poof! They're in the body, just like as soon as you swallow food it's on its way to your digestive system.

The truth is that skin is a very good barrier, and that it's difficult to get cosmetic ingredients to penetrate much past the uppermost layers, much less into the bloodstream, as almost all cosmetics chemists will tell you. The good news is that keeping skin-care ingredients, such as moisturizing agents, skin-repairing ingredients, sunscreen actives, and antioxidants, in the skin's outermost layers is really helpful—it means that the skin's surface (its first line of defense) has a better chance of remaining healthy, smooth, and better able to protect itself against environmental damage. But assuming everything we put on our skin did get into the body, thinking that natural ingredients are safer is wrong; there are hundreds of problematic natural ingredients that could cause serious health problems if they routinely got into the body.

Michael Todd True Organics is big on promoting what their products don't contain, including water, which is bizarre given that water is one of the most natural ingredients on earth. But, more to the point, these products absolutely do contain water in the form of aloe juice; aloe is 99.5% water (Sources: Indian Journal of Dermatology, volume 53, issue 4, 2008, pages 163–166; and http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js2200e/6.html#Js2200e.6). You're not really getting a more concentrated product simply because it's based on aloe rather than pure water.

What's important to know is that there are good and bad natural ingredients, as well as good and bad synthetic ingredients. Seeing a preponderance of natural ingredients on a skin-care label is no guarantee the product you're considering is better or safer than one that contains natural and synthetic ingredients.

The Michael Todd brand also avoids the usual group of ingredients that have been given an undeserved bad rap, such as parabens, sulfates, triclosan, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrances, all of which we discuss elsewhere on our website (A quick summary: None of the aforementioned ingredients are dangerous for skin. If you still are concerned, don't think for a minute that this is the only line that leaves them out!)

What Michael Todd's product information doesn't tell you about is the extensive amount of research that shows how problematic the fragrant oils and plant extracts that they include in their products are. The irony is that the ingredients they brag about not using are comparably better and, yes, safer for your skin! That's not to say that this brand's products are unsafe; rather, it's to illustrate the point that synthetic ingredients aren't automatically evil, and that all-natural ingredients are not angelic.

The company definitely ups the beneficial ante with ingredients like retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and vitamins (all synthetic by the way), but these great ingredients are surrounded by not-so-great ingredients, many of which are overly fragrant—and the research is clear: Fragrance isn't skin-caring in the least.

Sadly, what you get with almost the entire Michael Todd line is a mixed bag. Product after product contains a frustrating mix of beneficial and problematic ingredients—and many of the products pose a strong risk of irritation, especially those with numerous citrus oils, and irritation is always bad for skin, whether the source is synthetic or natural.

For more information on Michael Todd True Organics, call 772-343-0222 or visit www.michaeltoddtrueorganics.com .

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  1. Jyang
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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    • It made me broke out even more. It came with a kit and I threw the entire thing away. It was a waste of money.

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