I had lots of clogged pores and uneven skin texture on my face for a while – and by “a while” I mean a few years. I exfoliated with an old drugstore apricot scrub maybe once a week if I remembered, thinking that would solve the trick though it never did. Then I sampled a facial treatment at a spa night at a local spa and the specialist told me I should be exfoliating at least twice a week while in the shower to let the steam help open out the pores. She then recommended that I purchase the $70 exfoliating scrub available in the gift shop. No thanks! But my skin did feel and look amazing…
I scoured my endless supply of scrub samples, the kind you get with your Sephora purchases, and used them all up, comparing them in both outcome and ingredients. The ones I liked the most (Kate Somerville’s Exfoli-Kate) had a lot of chemical ingredients in them; a bummer since I was trying to avoid those if at all possible. After I had exhausted my samples, I headed to Sephora – online and in store – to find a good option. I tend to have sensitive skin and wanted samples of the scrubs so that I would know if I would have a bad reaction or not.
Online I identified a few brands and scrubs I was willing to buy, based on ingredients and user reviews: Korres, Ole Henriksen, and Boscia. While standing in that particular corner of the Sephora store I was approached by a beauty specialist and told her exactly my problem: “I’m looking for a natural exfoliator or scrub. I tend to have sensitive skin and redness so I do want to try them before I buy.” She immediately picked up the Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub and began rattling off reasons why she loves it. “I love it, it smells great, it makes your skin so soft, you don’t need a lot of it, a little goes a long way…” and then she said, “And it’s safe to use during pregnancy.”
Not sure what vibe I was giving off that made her mention that particular factoid (clomid weight gain, perhaps?) but I did appreciate it nonetheless. It also made me think, “So that means other products aren’t save to use during pregnancy?” I guess I never had it spelled out for me before. Anyway, back to the story: I tried the sample – which lasted over two weeks for me – and then purchased the product online. (I don’t buy products from the Sephora stores because of the heat lamp issue I previously mentioned).
I use it every three days and I would say I am moderately satisfied with it. It has helped with clogged pores and it has lessened oil production. I don’t get the same kind of glow on my skin as I had from other products (like Exfoli-Kate). My skin is very soft – usually just on the same day that I exfoliate, and it doesn’t last much longer than that. I don’t get dry patches from using it and I have had a huge decrease in the amount of clogged pores on my face. The scrub can be a little rough on your skin so be gentle when you’re rubbing it around, but I can’t see how anyone would cut their face open using it as some of the Sephora reviews had said. The smell is unique – nutty – and a little dab on your finger will take care of your entire face. Overall – probably 4 out of 5 stars; it gets the job done for a decent price, but I would like more enzyme-action or more to be done with oil production (though that may not be realistic from a natural product).
Click here to purchase this product at Sephora, currently selling for $24.