Simple smoothing cleansing scrub


30 reviews

43% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$


on 12/14/2014 9:43:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Fine

Eyes: Green

for the record, I have the repackaged version of this scrub - not sure if the product's also been reformulated so if you had success with the old version maybe exercise some caution when buying the new one.

some background on me, my skin's kinda sensitive, acne-prone but mostly hormone-induced. when I break out in lots of big painful spots it's invariably because of the introduction of a new product to my skincare routine. it doesn't happen often, but when it does, I know it's because of a new product because it happens so infrequently.

I've used other simple products in the past, specifically their foaming cleanser and two different kinds of face wipes with fine reactions. they didn't do anything special for me nor did they cause my skin to develop anything new. I'm currently far away from home and normally use baking soda to exfoliate (grains much finer and denser and have a much bigger impact - you can use it a lot less frequently and get good results! just be sure to moisturize afterwards) but it's hard to package and use when traveling so I figured I could pick up a prepackaged exfoliant from a line of products I felt I had no reason not to trust. big mistake!

first of all, this stuff has mineral oil as the second ingredient. mineral oil on its own supposedly can't clog pores, but it does create a barrier between your skin and external contaminants, effectively trapping whatever you've left on your skin before applying the mineral oil, and/or trapping whatever your skin releases, ie sebum. the fact that this product caused a pretty massive breakout on my chin and around my mouth could simply be due to the fact that that part of my face is generally fairly oily and the mineral oil wasn't allowing my pores to release any sebum overnight. perhaps I'm sensitive to other ingredients in the scrub. either way, when I wash my face, I first clean off my makeup with a cleansing oil, then follow with a foaming cleanser, then I exfoliate, meaning there's nothing else that could have contaminated my skin aside from this scrub and/or the natural oils on my face. also, for the record, I did not have any active acne at the time I started using this product.

I really love that simple doesn't test on animals or have animal-derived ingredients, but this stuff still did not agree with me. also - I can verify that this thing leaves a film on skin, I thought it was a cleanser I recently bought but I didn't use the scrub yesterday and there was no film! I'm pretty convinced the mineral oil in this is what did me in. this morning I woke up with major reduced redness on my chin...when I was using this stuff daily (the grains are big and sparse so it's gentle enough that daily use isn't an issue) my skin was just getting redder and sorer.

pros: little to none. the granules are so big and widely-spaced I noticed no evening of my skin after using this. maybe a little hydrating since the copious amounts of oil in this stuff trap moisture? also - I didn't think the odor was terribly offensive! I kinda liked it actually.

cons: caused a horrible breakout on my chin, nose, and cheeks; left a film on my skin after use

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

My skin is quite sensitive and most scrubs scare the living heck out of my poor sebaceous glands and beat them into painful submission.

Curiosity got the better of me, and I bought some.

The tube is fine, the smell is...hmmm. I think it's best describe as "We added "no smell please" chemicals to make you think that it has no smell. It's a bit like "New car smell". Sort of. Not the smell itself, but the idea of faking it.

(Seriously if I ever received or bought anything vaguely beauty-related and it actually smelled like "New Car Smell" I'd be running away from it faster than you can say "Ooooh it pongs!")

The scrubby bits are actually rice particles and it's fairly unoffensive with one caveat : this is not as gentle as you might expect. I use a little bit maybe once a week, and it doesn't break me out or leave me with raw skin. I have a feeling though that if I used it more frequently, I'd be in trouble.

Still, it's good enough to use as my secondary, and it's inexpensive.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

This seemed like a good basic scrub. However, the rice granules seem kind of harsh after using one using different hydrogenated oil esters instead. Also, although fragrance free, I didn't care for the scent. This is definitely a step up from the Apricot scrub (though I would never want to scrub my face with apricot pits) but I found it a little aggrevating to my skin. My new love is the Neutrogena naturals scurb since I definitely do need to exfoliate for fresh skin. But I'm still searching for a HG!

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is a very gentle product, maybe even too gentle for my skin, but it's a nice scrub. My skin feels smooth, but hydrated, and it's gentle enough for me to use a few times a week, rather than once. I don't think I'll be repurchasing it because I prefer more exfoliating scrubs for my face, but it would be nice for someone with oily or sensitive skin.

on 8/10/2014 12:38:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I really do not care for this scrub. I use to only use a plain bar of Dove Soap for my face and body until I realized I wasn't cleaning my face properly. Then I went on to purchase this scrub & used this to wash my face only until I later on realized that you need to cleanse with a cream product first and then exfoliate to really clean the skin. I choose this because I have really sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin. I do like that this doesn't leave my face tight & dry but that it doesn't over moisturize as well. Those are the only good things I can say about it. Other than that this stuff doesn't spread well at all even if my face is soaking wet. I find myself having to put on massive amounts of this in random small areas of my face and neck just to get the product everywhere that's needed. After 2-3 months I have a little less than half the bottle left & haven't seen any brightening or even textured skin yet. I have moved onto the St. Ives Even and Bright scrub that is more natural in ingredients (this Simple scrub contains parabens) and after one week I saw that my face was actually more even textured & not as red. I really want to use this up so that I won't be wasting my money but as of right now it's just been collecting dust in my bathroom cabinet.

on 8/9/2014 4:37:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I think it depends on the individual.. I have combination skin it's oily and dry. After the first time using this product my skin instantly felt smooth and my skin looks more radiant and healthy, even the day after my skin still felt nice. The exfoliator wasn't rough and I didn't mind the smell at all. I will be buying this product again :)

on 7/6/2014 9:11:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

first of all, I love the Simple skin care line. my skin is pretty sensitive and it's hard for me to find skin care products that don't break me out or dry my skin out more than it already is. After getting past the smell of this scrub I really liked it until it started to break me out. maybe better for people with not- so sensitive skin

on 4/22/2014 2:47:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

While I do not like the geranium oil scent in this product, it is an effective scrub. I have used this on my face and neck and on my DH itchy, dry back and it works fine. Contains parabens. I like St. Ives Black head clearing Green tea scrub more than the Simple brand scrub as it has more scrubbies in it, and it smells better.

on 2/8/2014 10:12:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I bought this cleanser because I ran out of my Aveeno exfoliating face wash and I like to try new things. MISTAKE. This stuff stinks. I find myself holding my breath when I use it... It smells super chemical-y, like Windex. I also don't like the rice granules in it, they seem sharp and it can hurt to use it, even if I don't press hard. It doesn't dry my skin out too bad but it does have mineral oil as the second ingredient, plus some vegetable oil. I'm not surprised it breaks other people out. I think it works well enough, my face is nice and smooth, but the scent is awful and I will never buy this product again.

on 1/22/2014 12:27:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Medium

Eyes: Green

I bought this product to keep in the shower when I ran out of my Clean & Clear exfoliator. My review is full of positives but I'm not effusively thrilled about the product. I'd buy it again, but I'm a pretty fickle buyer and would more likely try something else first. (Which might work against me!)

This is a VERY non-irritating exfoliator. Great for daily or near-daily use in the shower on my face and chest. My skin is pretty sensitive, and I use a lot of products that can play poorly with exfoliators (glycolic acids, retinols). This didn't irritate me or break me out at all.

But it's also....not a very special experience. Maybe I'm looking for too much in a product, but the scentlessness makes it boring. Non-irritating but boring. It was also pretty cheap, about $6 at Publix. Packaging is a tube that stays closed - good. Also, the tube is translucent so you can tell when you're running out. I think Simple products are often on sale at CVS.

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