I love physical exfoliants. I like the chemical kind too and I balance out the use of them, because I don’t want to over exfoliate and cause myself problems. Since I was using the Perricone MD Exfoliating toner, I forgo other exfoliants for a while so I could see how it performed. (excellently as it turned out) I did however miss the physical exfoliants.
There is just something very satisfying about using a physical exfoliant. It is the same feeling you get after scratching an itch that you have been trying not to scratch for a while. It is an almost visceral pleasure. At least for me. I am careful not to over do it and as many as I will try out I am very picky about what I use. A facial exfoliant I don’t like on my face will get bounced to the shower to be used as a body scrub in a heartbeat.
While I have several full sized face scrubs I want to jump into trying out, I only had this one sample sized Facial scrub so I decided the Huygens Organic Face scrub had reached it’s moment of testing. There was only enough product to test it once though. The bottle as it turned out was mostly air. Still it was enough. So let’s look at what the product has to say for itself shall we?
Purify and brighten the look of skin with this creamy face scrub. Powered by rice powder to gently slough away dullness and debris, and sesame oil and orange blossom water to soften and hydrate, it unveils fresh, clean skin without aggravation or residue. The addition of antioxidant green tea extract supports a clear, luminous complexion.
INGREDIENTS: water (aqua), sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl glucoside, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin*, oryza sativa (rice) powder, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) flower water*, algin, camellia sinensis leaf extract *, tocopherol, benzyl alcohol, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, litsea cubeba fruit oil*, mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil*, citral**, citric acid, limonene**, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, dehydroacetic acid. *Ingredient produced from organic farming **Naturally occuring in essential oilsHuygens
Okay you may notice that I put the full ingredients list up there. The reason is because the description of the scrub did not match my experience and I knew I had to check the ingredients list.
Don’t get me wrong, the rice powder provided a fabulously gentle face scrub my skin felt clean and freshly exfoliated. It was, as usual a glorious feeling. And my skin looked really good. The scrub is fine grained and did it’s job well, rinsing off clean with no waxy residue.
It was just the scent of the product I couldn’t take.. From the description I expected sesame, or maybe orange, possibly even green tea. They are all top ingredients listed in the product ingredients as well as the description. Instead the product was dominated by spearmint and limonene. This product smells like what would happen if you combined an industrial lemon scented cleaner with toothpaste.
Which was a very odd thing to think as I was putting it on my face. Especially as it was white like toothpaste with little flecks in it. It was a fabulous scrub. It was gentle and it exfoliated brilliantly. It rinsed off clean and my skin loved it. But the entire time I used it I felt like i was putting toothpaste that some floor cleaner spilled on onto my face. I know it is the mental association of the scent.
I just don’t think I can get past the scent. It is a fantastic organically derived facial scrub. It works beautifully and is priced quite decently at only $14 for a full sized (20 mL) tube. But I know myself and scent. I will start off forcing myself to use it because it is good but at some point the scent will cause me to use it less and less and then the product will just get put into a drawer because I am not using it and it will go to waste.
At this point in my life I know this about myself. If my nose doesn’t like it then it is rare I will continue using a product. No matter how fabulous I will find reasons not to use it.
And so while this Huygens Organic Face Scrub was an excellent scrub, the scent makes this product not for me. Luckily it was just a sample size and so it now becomes the first empty of April. As I just emptied the bin yesterday, it is sitting lonely in the bottom, but soon I know other products will join it. I am glad I tried it as it is a good scrub. But the nose has vetoed it’s use. At least I have managed to eliminate another sample from the skincare collection.