August 09, 2007

In Search For a New Facial Scrub

Last summer when I went to the States, I bought a bottle of Peter Thomas Roth's well-known Botanical Buffing Beads. I've wanted to try it out ever since BG was recommended and bought it at one of our favourite department store (Lane Crawford,) and I figured 10USD for a decent-sized travel size bottle was well worth my money.
After using this oh-so-famous facial scrub, I have to say I'm not overly impressed or disappointed. (Although really, how does one tell if a facial scrub is good or not?) Recently, my trusty little bottle of PTR mysteriously disappeared from my bathroom so I figured now is the perfect time to try out a new scrub. But figuring out which new one to buy is taking me way too much time; so much time that my skin is now peeling after I apply foundation from the lack of exfoliation! Making a list is the only way to move foward:
One of the first scrubs that I have considered is Kiehl's Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub. I love the concept of fruit enzymes. But after the saleslady tried it on my hand, I didn't like that it didn't seem to have enough particles. Then she recommended me Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub, which I felt was a bit too harsh for weekly use. It felt like a scrub one would use at facials maybe once a month.
Then I checked out Origins, where the saleslady recommended one of their top products, Modern Friction. It's a rice-based scrubs and is supposed to be superb. However, I didn't like the packaging -a tub just doesn't feel as hygienic as a tube does.
Finally, I checked out the comments on MUA and found that Lancome's Exfoliance Clarte seemed to be getting great reviews. The description on lancome.com makes it sound like a great basic scrub. Perhaps I'll get this one tomorrow?
Which scrub do you like -do share!

47 Comments:

Blogger Sherry said...

I buy this stuff at the Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall and it is AMAZING. Nothing I've had works better:

http://www.medgo.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4_12&products_id=41

8/09/2007 2:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are thoughts on exfoliator brushes? ex. I know Sephora sells a little face exfoliator brush but I don't know if it would work well or if it's just better to stick with an actual exfoliating product.

8/09/2007 2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dermalogica's daily microfoliant is great...it's pretty mild...but you can use it daily! :)
it's also rice based, so has a great smell/texture!

8/09/2007 3:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh and you can order the dermalogica from a great website...
www.beautyflash.co.uk (has everything dermalogica!)

8/09/2007 3:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i use the origins scrub. supposedly the rice in it is better for your face than ground walnut shells (which is in most scrubs) or plastic balls. i don't really like the whole tub thing either, but at least you don't have to pull a muscle trying to squeeze the last out of a bottle lol

8/09/2007 3:27 AM  
Blogger Tanja said...

I love Philosophy's Microdelivery peel. I use it once a week for a baby smooth finish....

http://www.philosophy.com/web/store/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&partNumber=microdelivery-peel&categoryId=&parent_category_rn=&top_category=

8/09/2007 3:38 AM  
Anonymous larissa said...

I've tried MANY scrubs, but no matter what, I STILL use St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It's about $5 at a drugstore, and comes in different types, like "Sensitive Skin", "Exfoliating", and my personal favourite, with 2% salacylic acid for blackhead and pimple prevention. TRUST ME, it's absolutely AMAZING. I will never switch. Gentle enough for daily use, but still tough enough to really feel like you're scrubbing your face crystal clean!

8/09/2007 3:42 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I second St. Ives Apricot Scrub for pimple prevention. It has just the right amount of grainy-ness to convince you that you're really sloughing off the dead skin, but it's not harsh at all.

8/09/2007 4:46 AM  
Anonymous leslie said...

I've been using origins modern friction for a year now and it's wonderful. it gets all the dead skin off and always leaves me with a glowy look. Though I do agree with you about the tub being less hygienic. But if you make sure to close it every time it shouldn't be a problem!

8/09/2007 5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub (with 2% salicylic acid) too, and I have to say, it is the absolute best scrub I've ever used. It's gentle enough for everyday, but it still has enough scrubbiness to make you feel as if you're really getting rid of dead skin cells. Every time I use it, I'm impressed again at how smooth and clean it makes my face feel. It comes in nice tube packaging (a tube lasts forever) and it smells good, and it's cheap! I mean, what more could you want?

I get so many compliments on my nice complexion and I have to attribute it all to St. Ives (that and my Clinique face makeup). Recently I took a week-long trip and forgot to bring my face scrub; by day 3 I had broken out all over my chin and forehead and it was kind of obvious, even under my makeup. I had to run out and buy a tube just so I could survive for the rest of the week! So I know I don't have naturally good skin, it's just the St. Ives Apricot Scrub that makes my face look so good.

I can't recommend it highly enough, and I think that you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't at least try it, even though it isn't a very prestigious brand. It's just the best!

Dot

8/09/2007 5:20 AM  
Anonymous jennifer said...

Sweep by La Remede is so good it could save the polar bears. Okay, maybe not that good, but it's amazing. It's a little pricey, but worth every penny. It changed my skin and my life. You can buy it at sephora.com.

As another commentor suggested, the philosophy microdelivery peel does work well too, although I found it to be a bit too harsh to use regularly.

8/09/2007 5:53 AM  
Anonymous A said...

I love the origins scrub. My skin always looks so amazing after using it. I would honestly recommend it, even thought there is the little tub issue, it just is such a good scrub. They also do the "Never a dull moment" which is more gentle but also really good.

8/09/2007 6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

St Ives! I love it, my mum, sister and dad all uses a different brand each and I've sneakily tried all of them but still prefer the St Ives scrub.

8/09/2007 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Cor said...

I use the St Ives for sensitive skin scrub, but I am curious to know how frequently different skin types should exfoliate?

8/09/2007 8:22 AM  
Blogger Lama Drama said...

oh i love it! origins is amazing, i have so much from them. and st ives is great too! would you like to trade links? i am in love with your blog!

8/09/2007 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok
The best scrub, to be done once every 2 weeks, is use natural sugar
it´s the best!
try it once and you´ll see.
Just doný scrub too hard, because it is really potent!

8/09/2007 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For department store facial scrubs, I must say I like Benefit's Pineapple Facial Polish. It smells SO good, and it works very well.

For drugstore, I use Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Scrub.

I adore both, and would highly recommend either of them!

8/09/2007 12:21 PM  
Blogger Eliana said...

Being the hippy that I am, I use an organic facial scrub, MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub. Unlike most products with "natural" or "organic" ingredients, this actually works (I recommend the whole line. I use their cleanser, moisturizer...everything).
You can find it @ mychelleusa.com

8/09/2007 12:54 PM  
Blogger M said...

I've been using the Body Shop's Vitamin C exfoliating cleanser which I absolutely love and smells delicious, especially in the summer. I totally recommend it, and most of the other facial cleansers/scrubs from Body Shop. And hey, no animal testing! :)

8/09/2007 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i prefer THE BODY SHOP's seaweed facial scrub.it's just awesome!

8/09/2007 6:19 PM  
Anonymous mimi said...

i agree about st. ives apricot scrub. best scrub i have ever used on my face. honestly, after only a few days use, i don't have to wear any foundation/concealer/cover up because my face is that clean, clear and smooth. 100% great!

i actually found benefit's pinapple scrub to have a sickly-sweet smell, so i didn't like it much.

8/09/2007 7:02 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

i like aveda's "exfoliant", which is actually a liquid exfoliant, not a scrubby grainy one. that way, the grains don't tear at my skin. i use the exfoliant more like a toner though, and i think it works great!

8/09/2007 8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swear by Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant and a weekly dose of Lush's Mask of Magnaminty.

8/09/2007 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although in a tub I swear by origins never a dull moment. It's fab!

8/09/2007 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is weird but i've been using origins modern friction from a TUBE, not a tub! i always thought it came in both a tub and a tube. and its an amazing scrub...love it!

-jo

8/09/2007 10:57 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I love, love, love Bliss' Fabulous Foaming Face Wash. It's face wash/exfoliator in one but gentle enough that I use it every morning (and I have tempermental skin). Plus it smells yummy.

8/10/2007 12:03 AM  
Blogger Libertygirl said...

Modern Friction is amazing! But I agree re the tub.. it dries out very quickly. Philosophy is also gd. When I used to write beauty copy, I was a big fan of Philosophy...

8/10/2007 12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Biore pore minimizing scrub is great for weekly/biweekly use. Talk about scrubbing - it feels like miniature grains of sand and a little goes a LONG way. But it doesn't irritate my skin at all and exfoliates my skin in addition to clearing pores!

8/10/2007 3:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the clean and clear blackhead control, scrub. Its is gental enought to use everyday and really cleans the face well.

8/10/2007 5:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

St. Ives apricot scrub is really good and really cheap. Clinique's seven day scrub cream is nice and gentle for every day.

8/10/2007 7:34 AM  
Blogger Sherie said...

St. Ives!

8/10/2007 3:50 PM  
Blogger Iwantajobinfashion said...

Modern Friction by Origins is nothing short of a miracle. You must try it!
Bisous

8/10/2007 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Origins "never a dull day" is GREAT...it's a papaya based one and comes in a tub...but hey, it works!

8/10/2007 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ST IVES!! hands down the best exfoliant out there. I probably would not recommend for very sensitive skin but I have to use hypoallergenic face cream and st ives is a-ok for use about twice a week.

plus, its CHEAP!

8/11/2007 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funnily enough, I also bought the exact same Peter Thomas Roth scrub in Sephora last summer with the same thought in mind: 80 HKD for a travel size, famous brand seemed good. And I agree, nothing very special.
I just started using Bobbi Brown's exfoliating cream wash (you can get it at Lane Crawford), which I like a lot. It's got enough jojoba beads to clean my face nicely without making my skin feel raw.

8/11/2007 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, just wonder whether this brand carry any male facial scrub?

http://a-man-fashion.blogspot.com

8/12/2007 1:07 AM  
Blogger *kate said...

origins never a dull moment is the best - you can even use it as a mask too! i LOVE the juicy smell and the gelly texture!

but the absolute best is B.Kamins 8% glycolic - you dab it on once a week, wait, then moisturize, and you will have the tightest, clearest skin ever!! i work in an apothecary and we all swear by this stuff!

8/13/2007 12:32 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

I was using the St, Ives Apricot Scrub but my friend the makeup artist / skin care guy warned me that it was too harsh. I stopped using it on my face and the redness I thought was 'just me' cleared up. I rarely use anything now as a scrub except for occasionally using my shower poof on my face. I do have an exfoliating pad, though, that I really like. I use it on my legs, though, instead of getting a separate scrub.

I do use the Queen Helene mint julep mask on my face for blackheads and deep cleansing. That works great and is really cheap.

8/14/2007 2:43 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

there's a brand at one of those little stalls at citysuper (Times Saquare HK) called apivita. it's greek, and they have an olive scrub which is awesome. the rest of their masks are pretty good too, and they come in little individual sachets :)

8/14/2007 10:42 AM  
Blogger Pipsy Chambers said...

Dermalogica all the way, the daily microfoliator.
and Caudalie do a grainy scrub with grap extract which is awesome. And now you get 30% off Dermalogica as they have it in Urban Retreat (I assume you are a real Harrods girl like I am.

8/15/2007 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i use aveeno clear complexion foam cleanser. it makes my skin feel clean and smooth everytime

8/25/2007 2:53 PM  
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12/28/2007 9:46 PM  
Anonymous PBT said...

If you need a scrub (exfoliator) try Dermalogica's full range. They;re great. There are specific exfoliators for Dry Skin, Oily Skin and there is always Daily Microfoliant.

The best place to get all of your Dermalogica is:

http://www.pure-beauty.co.uk/

Best Service, Easy to Contact, Great Prices and you get to Choose Your Own Samples. Give them a try!

7/04/2008 8:48 PM  
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كـم صرفتنا يـدٌ كنـا نـصرفها * وبات يـملكنا شعب مـلكناه

بالله سل خلف بحر الروم عن عرب * بالأمس كانوا هنا واليوم قد تاهوا

وانزل دمشق وسائل صخر مسجدها * عمن بناه لعل الـصخر ينعـاه

هذى معـالم خرس كـل واحـدة * منهن قامت خطيبـا فاغرا فـاه

الله يعلم ما قلبت سـيرتهم يومـا * وأخطـأ دمـع الـعين مـجراه

يا من يرى عمـراتكسوه بردته * الزيت أدمٌ لـه والكـوخ مـأواه

يهتز كسـرى على كرسيه فرقـا * من خوفه ، وملوك الروم تخشـاه

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favourite scrub is Dermalogica's Multivitamin Thermafoliant. Feels smooth straight away. Helps the my open pores. Buy from JohnAndGingerBeauty.co.uk
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