Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant

A long time ago (last year), I wrote a post entitled Microbead exfoliators are polluting the ocean. I had discovered that many exfoliators include plastic microbeads which are too small to be properly filtered in wastewater treatment plants – this includes products which purport to be natural. Since discovering this (and throwing out a couple of scrubs) I haven’t used a facial scrub at all. That is, until recently. I attended an event that Trilogy hosted for beauty bloggers and we were given the Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant.

Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant

The exfoliation in this comes from small jojoba wax beads that are smooth and gentle. Unlike more abrasive scrubs with rough shell or uneven pieces, using the Trilogy Gentle Exfoliant will not damage your skin and cause microtears. Jojoba beads are biodegradable, and this is the first product containing them that I have come across, and I have been checking the ingredients on every scrub that I see for about a year now.

I use it as you would any scrub or cleanser – wet your face, put some on your hands, rub, and then rinse it off. Alternatively, at the Trilogy event they said it can be used as a mask. Apply it all over your face (avoiding the delicate eye area), leave it for 5 minutes, and then rinse it off.

Trilogy Facial Exfoliant

I use my Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant twice a week, as a replacement for my usual cleanser after I have removed my makeup. I follow it with a serum or acne treatment, and then moisturise. At the event where I was given this, we made our own moisturiser using some of Trilogy’s ingredients such as Rosehip oil, and I have loved using mine. You can see me in action below, carefully measuring ingredients.

making moisturiser Trilogy
Photo credit: Bare PR

Products from Trilogy’s range (that aren’t handcrafted by me) that would be good to apply after using the exfoliant include the Rosapene Night Cream and the always wonderful Certified Organic Rosehip Oil.

Trilogy facial exfoliator and Trilogy Rosehip Oil

Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant comes in a 75ml tube, and is $41.90 NZD. That is on the upper end of what I like to pay for skincare but I think it’s good value. It’s a great product, isn’t tested on animals, is a New Zealand company, and isn’t something you’d go through quickly – I think you would get quite a lot of uses from one of these tubes.
To purchase any of these products, visit for both an online store, and stockist information. Thanks Trilogy for the great event, as well as this product – my skin and I are both very appreciative.



  • Awesome post Lena! I love Trilogy. They have some amazing products, which use good ingredients. Plus i love the philosophy behind the brand. I am a bit trilogy obsessed!

  • Brilliant blog! I’m useless with anything skin related so it was really interesting to read this, and also about the microbead exfoliators … thanks!

    • Thanks Maria! Microbeads aren’t really that well known about but they are such a hazard to our beautiful environment.

  • Awesome blog you have!!!! I never tried Trilogy Products…Looking forward to try them in August 🙂 <3

  • I enjoy trilogy products, but to be honest I don’t use facial scrubs anymore! There was obviously the microbeads issue, but also the fact that the “natural” products often use really harsh, jagged particles. Now I just stick to AHAs and BHA products and use my flannel for the occasional physical scrub. Good to see that jojoba beads are more commonly used now though! I remember coming across another one back in nz but they’re just not that common.

    • I think we’ll be seeing more of them as brands are phasing out microbeads, thank goodness. I haven’t been using them at all, but with my Keratosis pilaris sometimes my face really needs a scrub so that the AHA or BHA can actually get into my skin ya know?

  • Emma

    This sounds like a good scrub without those pesky microbeads. My current one doesn’t have one but I’m looking for another without them so it’s good to hear about another option!

    • What’s your current one? I’m glad brands are phasing them out but it seems to be a bit too slow!

  • Great post, Lena! That Trilogy event looked great. A budget friendly alternative is the Neutrogena Naturals scrub – that has jojoba beads too.

    • Oh I haven’t seen that – good to know! Last time I was looking at scrubs I couldn’t see a single one that was neither microbeads or super rough.