De Bruyère – La Theorie Des Volcans (Noir Eternae: Purifying Youth Potion – Face Scrub)

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Online Description:

Daily facial cleanser, purifying and anti-aging scrub mask. This mysterious paste of eternity with bewitching fragrance, becomes pink to grey while action is completed as if, by magic, your skin was metamorphosed. This volcanic paste captures impurities, redness and removes dead skin cells to clear and youngest skin. Natural formula: vegan / cruelty free / 90,6% natural ingredients. Zero phtalates, paraben, phénoxyethanol / silicone. Made in France. Patent + strong assets as cryo buds of hazelwood, amethyst extracts of precious stone, flowers and volcanic rocks.

My Thoughts:

This product came in my Glossybox subscription as a full-size in my least favorite packaging, a squeeze tube. That isn’t always a deal-breaker because I’ve tried my fair-share of products that came in squeeze tubes, and the quality makes it worth the frustration of dealing with the packaging. The texture is a bit gritty for my preference, but it smells AMAZING!! My experience with products that have exfoliants that feel as rough as these tend to cause micro-tears in my sensitive skin and cause redness and a bit of inflammation, but luckily, this one didn’t.

I have used much better exfoliators that are gentler on the skin and even though this didn’t cause inflammation, it did feel very scratchy on my skin which with that alone, I wouldn’t repurchase this. I lean more towards products that are effective, yet gentle and this was not gentle at all. Yes, there are rougher exfoliants on the market, but this one is still too rough for my preference. I think it would make a great choice for people who don’t have sensitive skin and have heavy, resistant acne scars.

Performance/Wear:                               ★/5

As much as I love the spa-like scent, I can’t vouch for any of the results the company promised. I didn’t feel a difference in my skin from the exfoliation like I have with other exfoliating products, despite the larger-grained texture of the product. The color-changing effect is pretty cool, but not worth the price they have on this if that’s the only benefit I’m getting from it. It was too rough to use on my face daily because of the rough texture, and instead, I used it as a body exfoliator for when I would self-tan. That way, I didn’t have to use it on my face and feel little scratches when I massaged it or did it sit in my cabinet gathering dust from me avoiding using it. I used this on my legs, since that is where my skin in the least-sensitive, but I still saw no results of decent exfoliation. The most benefit I got from this way the relaxing smell and the color-changing visuals of it.

My only assumption as to how the product can feel so scratchy while not providing decent exfoliation is because of the slight oily texture to the cream. It seems to create a protective film when I massage the product on my face, making it counterproductive to the exfoliation intent. The film seems to be intended to protect my skin from being over-exfoliated and causing damage, which I guess it does, but it works too well in the sense that the exfoliators in the formula aren’t able to do their job effectively because of how thick the film is. There is a slight residue when I rinse, but I follow part of the Korean beauty skin regimen and cleanse again after this to remove residual product, making this a good example for that extra step.

Packaging:                                                ★/5

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews on products with squeeze tubes, you’ll know that I loathe them more than any other packaging. It is more sanitary to squeeze out only what I need for each application than something packaged in a jar, but for something I am only going to be using on myself, I am willing to compromise a little double-dipping. I prefer jars because they’re much easier to use for those of us with hand and wrist pain than to have to strain my flexor and extensor muscles to consistently get out product.

Price:                                                          ★/5

Considering this had NO beneficial results as far as purifying or exfoliating, I’ll have to say this isn’t worth anywhere near the price they slapped on this. Save your money and try the Origins – GinZing (Refreshing Scrub Cleanser) instead. That daily scrub is very effective at exfoliating my skin and leaves my face baby soft while remaining gentle enough for my sensitive skin. The main difference is the smell in the Origins scrub stimulates the nervous system due to its energizing citrus smell, while this one, relaxes the nervous system with its lavender smell.

Ingredients:

AQUA (WATER), CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PROPANEDIOL, POLYETHYLENE, CAPRYLYL/CAPRYL GLUCOSIDE, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), C10-18 TRIGLYCERIDES, VOLCANIC SAND, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, MANNITOL, CHLORPHENESIN, MICA, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, VACCINIUM VITIS-IDAEA FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, CI 75470 (CARMINE), CORYLUS AVELLANA BUD EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, VERBASCUM THAPSUS EXTRACT, CI 17200 (RED 33), POTASSIUM SORBATE, AMETHYST EXTRACT

Pros:

  • Smells amazing
  • Cool color-changing effect when I massage it on my skin

Cons:

  • Doesn’t work
  • Texture is too gritty and feels scratchy

Texture:                                       Cream with grainy texture

Scent:                                           Softened lavender

Recommend?                             No

Repurchase?                               No

Retail:                                           €30.00

Size:                                              1 fl. Oz.

Want to try this for yourself?

I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊

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