Microbeads are tiny plastic beads that are used in personal care products, such as facial exfoliators and other body products. Sewage treatment plants are generally not designed to filter out such tiny particles, so they end up polluting waterways. Ever since I learned about the dangers they pose to waterways and the creatures that live in them I have avoided using them in favour of exfoliators without microbeads. Reading ingredient lists to figure out if they contain plastic can be seriously confusing so I’ve done the work for you. In this post I’ve rounded up a list of exfoliators that are free of polluting microbeads. I’ve used these products myself and can recommend using them. Some plastic-free scrubs rely on harsh pieces like shell that end up harming your skin but these are gentle. The brands included are Goodness, Trilogy, Oasis Beauty, Dermalogica, and River Veda. All were provided to me as press samples.
Is Frank Body Scrub worth the hype? If you have been on any sort of beauty-related social media or blog in the last year, you’ve probably heard about Frank Body Scrub. This coffee-based scrub is said to work wonders on cellulite, stretchmarks, and leave your skin perfectly smooth. I finally succumbed to the hype, and bought a packet of this myself. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and I’m going to be sharing what I think of my new pal Frank and whether it’s worth the hype.
Yesterday I read the ingredients list of my Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub and I discovered something sinister. I realised that I had been scrubbing my face with tiny bits of plastic that were then being washed down the drain, to end up in the ocean! Recently there has been a lot in the news about the use of microbeads in scrubs, body washes, and even toothpaste. Plastic microbeads are too small to be filtered by most wastewater treatment, therefore ending up in oceans and lakes, and they are beginning to cause real trouble in the food chain. Despite having heard about the hazard of these microbeads, I naively assumed that since the scrub I use most often from Aveeno, whose tagline is ‘Active Naturals’ that it wouldn’t be an issues. OH HOW WRONG I WAS. The ingredients list is below for Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub, and I have bolded Polyethylene – which is the most commonly used plastic in the world. Interestingly, and unsurprisingly, they don’t state this clearly on the packaging or website,instead waxing lyrical about how”the natural loofah and coconut pulp-enriched formula gently polishes away pore-clogging debris, revealing a brighter, smoother look, and prepares your skin for your daily moisturizer.” Water, Glycerin, Amino […]
Today I’m going to review Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub. When I was staying with my friend last month in Australia I was examining the products in her shower, as you do, and I opened up this body scrub. The smell was amazing, I almost wanted to eat it – it’s a maple scent, and it smells just like maple syrup. She said it not only smelled great but made her skin smooth, and I was sold. My skin on my legs, upper arms, and butt can be rough, so I was excited by the prospect of making them nice and soft. The tub is 300ml, and it cost me $18.95 Australian dollars, ($20.50 NZD) at Mecca Cosmetica. Unfortunately Mecca in New Zealand doesn’t stock Soap and Glory, but I have emailed them asking them to, so hopefully they’ll realise there’s a demand and stock it. That might be wishful thinking though. I’ve been using it once or twice a week now for a month and I don’t seem to have made much of a dent, so I think it will last me for quite a while. Soap and Glory describe it on their website as follows: SMOOTHIE […]