I find I have to agree with the reviewer before me. I used to use the scrub years ago and really loved how it cleared out the blackheads on my nose. I bought it again recently and was very disappointed - it just didn't seem to have as much "scrub" in it. I didn't realize, until I read the reviews here, that it had been reformulated. I won't be buying this again. There isn't too much a difference between this and the Kiss My Face Jojoba and Mint Scrub that's kicking around in my medicine cabinet. Except, oh yeah, this is like three times more expensive!! I don't know, for the price, I think it should not only clear out my pores, it should do my taxes, too! But that's just me ;) I'm thinking I'm going to try DHC's Hinoki brush for my exfoliating needs...
I began using this 8 years ago and loved it. It was gentle on my sensitive but breakout prone skin, and it cleared away the dry blackheads that love my nose. Then they changed the formula, significantly diluting the exfoliating properties, so that you need to use twice as much as in the original formula. An old bottle. using a pea-sized drop per use, would last me well over six months. Now it is so watery you need a huge squirt to do anything, and most of it ends up running off your face. To add insult to injury, they jacked the price up about 25 percent. I recently tried the Stila scrub, and it reminds me of the old, fabulous, extinct Sweep. I will definitely switch to that one.
I can not believe I have not reviewed this product yet. I have been using Sweep for a touch over two years now and it is indeed one of the best facial scrubs on the market. I had huge reservations at first. Gentle scrubs are a notorious waste of green for me. I happened to receive a sample in a Bliss order and that sealed the deal. I am now a proud member of the notorious Sweep cult.
This product is so gentle it even makes exfoliating the occasional blemish or stress breakout a comfortable experience. The combination of bentonite clay and crushed marble is genius. The particles are fine enough to probe deep into clogged pores and purge accumulating oil and cell debris (no more pores!). There is no real fragrance to this product unless you count the light hint of marble. The texture is pleasant – a smooth concentrated white paste that does not tug or pull or put undue stress on the skin.
I understand a lot of people cringe at the price. But considering the bang I get for my buck I feel I am getting a bargain. I have used a lot of decidedly more (compared to Sweep) abrasive scrubs in the past and none hold a candle to it. I grant that the tube is small – a mere 2.5 ounces. I require but a small amount so a tube lasts me a good eight to nine months. I am hooked for life.
Tip: I agree with a previous reviewer that this scrub is best used after the skin has softened (use in the shower or after a facial steam treatment). This does a lot to limit and suppress possible irritation. It is also important to be gentle. Pressing harder is not going to reap better results. I have a rule that if I have to make it work then I need to look elsewhere. continued >>
A fabulous scrub,but only if you feel like plopping down US $44.00 for nothing more than designer baking soda in a pretty tube.
I've used this product off and on over the years when I'd run out of my HG exfoliant (Decleor's Purete Exfoliante); however, as Decleor has changed the formulation of my fave (ack!), I've begun using this more regularly. It's been fine for me (combination, slightly sensitive), but I find it to be a bit harsh so I only use a wee bit and often mix it with a gel or lotion cleanser. Because I only use a tiny bit at a time, I find a single tube does last me quite a while...even when I'm exfoliating every other day. If I'm doing a lot of shooting, though, I find it to be too rough for such frequent use. I'd purchase it again, obviously, but I think there are probably products out there that are comparable or even better...I just have to find one (still sulking about the Decleor product!). Any suggestions would be more than welcome from my fellow MUA-ers!!
yes, this is expensive. for this price i really expected a much larger tube!
But it is extremely effective while being gentle on the skin. the first time i used this i thought it hurt a little because the grains were so fine and i wasn't used to a scrub like that. but just go gentle at first and it is really good at smoothing your skin and evening complexion. helps w/ the breakouts on my chin, too.
Nothing too special about this product. Brought this initally from my friend's recommendation coz of the marble clay powder which supposedly to be great in exfoliating for supple skin. The product does gives you smoother skin afteruse but i think there are better facial scrubs out there or use home micro-dermabrasion system it works well for me especially blackheads!
I bought this product about 4 years ago. I was not impressed at all. It's too expensive for such poor performance. I don't see what the hype is. I prefer to put a little baking soda in my face wash, which is very gentle, or use Origins Modern Friction.
This is the best scrub I've ever tried. I got it at Bliss while getting a facial. It is very gentle and you can either use it alone or mix some in with your cleanser. Ridiculously expensive, so I took off one lippie and won't repurchase, but to be fair, my tube has lasted me over a year because you only need a tiny bit. Bottom line: if you're a fan of manual exfoliation and price is no object, this is the scrub for you.
this product's reviews are SO varied! well, my experience is varied, too. i'd definitely buy again even though the price is frankly ridiculous, simply because i've tried many other facial scrubs and have never had results like this. that said, i think this is a very specific product. i can only use it on oily areas (for me, around the nose and chin) where a good thorough scrubbing feels SO AWESOME. wow - the tiny marble particles really get in there and i feel smoother and more refreshed than i've ever felt! however, if i try to use it on normal areas, it results in irritation and bumpiness. probably too chafing. i suggest using this in the shower, where ambient steam can soften and prep skin for this treatment. otherwise, it might be too harsh. anyway, i use this maybe once every 2 weeks, and only require a pearl-sized amount, so the tube will last forever.