I have to say I’m not a big fan of creamy face scrubs but in the interests of science and my lovely readers I thought I might review a few. See how nice I am? Ahem anyway I chose two brands that have similar claims and ethics but they have very different price points.
This is an American brand that specialises in skincare, cosmetics and bath and body products that are as the name suggests 100% pure (no chemicals, no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors), Vegan/Vegetarian and organic. Their products also have a ‘thinner’ consistency as they don’t use thickeners and emulsifiers which are commonly used in skincare/body care products.
If I may say so myself this smells flipping amazing – just like real fresh squeezed pineapple juice which makes sense as it is the first ingredient. This contains jojoba beads which aren’t at all scratchy so this will provide you with a gentle desquamating experience. There is also an entire host of other organic fruit extracts inside including Blueberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Pomegranate and Goji Berry. It’s like dipping your face in a big anti-oxidant fruit salad which can only be a good thing right?
Left 100% Pure /Right Dr. Organic
This brand which appears to only be sold exclusively at Holland & Barrett is all about organic ‘bi-active’ ingredients which means using ingredients that actually have benefits to the end user. Their ranges are suitable for vegetarians although some include animal by-products like honey, royal jelly and milk proteins. Preservatives are used where necessary to guarantee product safety and the shelf life.
As you may have guessed this has a really strong scent of honey which smells nice but can be overpowering at times. This is quite gritty for a creamy scrub because it contains volcanic lava, corn cob powder and ground fruit seeds. I don’t know if it’s suitable for those with sensitive skin or cystic acne because I can imagine this would irritate it. You can get a lot of manual friction with this so you can really go to town (if you so wish).
This is a difficult one, I love the scent of the 100% Pure face scrub but the consistency and exfoliation of Dr. Organic suits my skin type more. In an ideal world I would put my favourite bits of both together but that might be a franken too far! I asked James what he thought and he prefers the 100% Pure due to the scent and the fact that it’s easier to rinse and I would have to agree. So 100% Pure gets the vote but only by a narrow margin.