This is a consistently excellent facial scrub. I recommend mixing it with an Aesop cleanser of your choice and forming it into a paste in the palm of your hand. I recommend using the product for 2 minutes adding more cleanser when the paste becomes too dry and scratchy on your skin.
I find my skin feels ridiculously smooth after I use this.
Best results are achieved if not used in the shower.
Some people might find it too harsh as it is very grainy but for those of you that don't have sensitive skin this is the best!
Best paired with primrose mask for optimum results. Feels like heaven. No regrets
Aside from the ASAP scrub, this is my HG scrub. I have also tried the Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste (similar to ASAP) but that smells so strange I was almost sick. The PFEP is very convenient for use in the shower though, whereas this one is a little fussy, therefore only 2 lippies for packaging. Having said that, this product is probably hard to package!
As I say, this is a little fussy for use in the shower. This is because it is a dry formula of ground up tea tree leaves, crushed nuts and clays. You can add water to it (which I do) and it will form a paste, or you can add your cleanser to it (which I also do) and this works really effectively. It seems to stick more to the face this way, whereas mixing it with water eventually dries a bit as you're applying and it will start to fall into the basin. This is designed for use with Aesop cleansers.
For shower use, I have to either risk water getting in the bottle (leaving the bottle unopened on the ledge and reaching for it) or I have to mix it before I get in the shower and hold my hand in a fist then get in quickly. Both ways work sorta ok, but do NOT put this bottle in the shower and then open it in there. You will get water in the bottle and this will mix with the product.
Why I love this scrub: it is the only scrub apart from the ASAP which does not give me a pimple. Sounds strange, but with my skin, every scrub I have ever used has seemed to open up pores to risk of bacteria. I have always put it down to the tea tree in this killing any bacteria which may be there. The other thing is this is effective but gentle. It doesn't scratch like Microdermabrasion in a Jar because all the exfo particles are natural. No sharp edges. But it will exfo your skin a great deal and you will feel extremely fresh! Not raw.
Highly recommend this over other scrubs - I have tried St Ives peach, Body Shop, Neutrogena, Microderm in a Jar, Clean & Clear, Garnier, heaps of others I can't remember!
More about me:
Asian normal skin - tending towards combination in summer
Was acne-prone for years
Foundation preference is to look as yellow as possible, absolutely nil pink
MAC NC-30, Shiseido O60
Sunscreen everyday - alternating between Sofina and Invisible Zinc continued >>
I really like the idea of dry exfoliants. I'm not actually someone who uses physical exfoliants very often but I do use them to prep for home facials and when my skin is drastically dry to slough away dead surface cells. What I love about this scrub is that it's so versatile. I usually pair it with my Trilogy cream cleanser, which nourishes my skin when it's irritated or dry while the scrub still works to exfoliate and bring circulation to the surface - good for when my acne's still bad but my skin is worn out from treatments. The particles are mostly small and near-powder sized but it does contain some larger ones. I'm not so sure how good those larger ones are for my skin so I use it gently and infrequently and always with a cream cleanser. Anything thinner and I would be wary of harshness. All in all, it's effective in its own way and has its uses, however I wouldn't recommend this for one's regular exfoliant. It's best used when one's skin is flaking wildly.
In regards to the packaging, it's attractive, if a little inconvenient. I would have appreciated a scoop so one don't have to tip the bottle and fear spilling out too much. Otherwise, I have no qualms with the glass and find it a nice little size for traveling. One certainly gets one's money's worth!
I use this with Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser, only about once a week because I have somewhat sensitive skin. But I don't find that it irritates my skin at all. I love the smell and the fact that it feels very "natural", as opposed to some of the plastic-y scrubs out there. Prepares skin nicely for a mask. Highly recommended.
This product is skin win in a bottle! I will never ever use another exfoliant after Aesop.
Why this is awesome:
-First of all, you can use it with any cleanser you like (although I would personally suggest using it with something mild where possible). Use a little for a mild, everyday freshen up or build it up for a deep cleanse.
-There is a LOT in the bottle. I'm still working my way though it and I've had it for ages. So despite the fact it's expensive, you really do get value for money.
-The ingredients list is mostly natural - shell powder and walnut make give you a deep clean and tea tree soothes and protects.
-This really rejuvenated my acne prone, combination skin. It took away all the dead skin cells (I tend to flake) and reduced the number of pimples, as well as taking away all the little lumps and bumps on my skin.
-I was left with a healthy glow, and make up glides over my skin perfectly for days afterwards.
-I adore the packaging. So simple but so cute! Only problem is you wouldn't want to take it in the shower and it can be a bit of a task to get the perfect amount of product out.
HG product :)
Have been using this product for the last month or so and am reasonably happy with it. It is a little harsher than others but I find that so long as I mix it in with enough cleanser (I have been using it Aesop Amazing Face but even Cetaphil is good) and don't scrub hard then it's fine. My skin has been incredibly soft, plump and breakouts are clearing up.
You only need a tiny amount of the product so I think the bottle will last a while, but I may switch back to Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant as I prefer the plastic packaging (good to keep in the shower or travelling) and you can just mix that with a bit of water (the Aesop one is fair too gritty to just use with water).
I like that is has tea tree in it as they may be helping to clear up my skin, without the harshness of actually putting tea tree oil on my face (it makes me red and itchy).
Love Love love this product. I use it one a week at night with the fabulous face clenser until it makes a paste then scrub it into my face. After 5 minutes I then usually hop into the shower and scrub it off with tepid water while working in a circular motion in the opposite direction from when I first put it on. My face is quite sensitive and does go red afterwards but that is mainly due to the flow of blood circulation. Once I put on a night cream (Aesop brand or other) it is so unbelievably soft, not a pore in sight. By the time I wake up in the morning my skin is so fresh and smooth and radiant I can't stop touching it. I have the bigger sized bottle for over 3 years and I am still 2/3 full! That is from using it one a week, and a generous amount is not needed to cover the entire face and hands. Highly recommended. Cannot live without this product. Cost around $60 but as I said it lasts for years and is great value for money. All natural products and a beautiful smell.
A novel idea....a dry exfoliant to which you add to your own choice of cleanser. As its dry it has a shelf life of many moons......it won't go off as long as you keep it dry in its little bottle. This is a facial scrub for people who like to feel a real scrub. Not a super gentle one. I like to mix it with my Clarins cleansing milk and apply to dry skin (plenty of cleansing milk). Gently massage over the skin and rinse off with plenty of warm water. Leaves my skin baby soft and glowing.
I love this one!!!~ better than the paste in the tube. natural and does great job.