Product Reviews

Botanics All Bright Purifying Face Scrub (from Boots)

Hello guys! How have you been doing?

From my previous posts you would know I am not a fan of the Boots Botanics range. However comparatively, I don’t have much of a complaint with their face scrub.

I wanted to make sure that the scrub particles were not plastic or anything synthetic. I, personally am against scrubs with plastic or micro beads in them because of the damage they do to the environment and c’mon I really don’t wanna rub beads for exfoliation on my skin.

Gimme something real!

The scrub particles were indeed natural as they used walnut shell powder as abrasive, so that’s great.

Or is it?

For sure the walnut particles were the real deal, until I did my research and came across Paula’s choice website describing about how walnut shell particles can tear your skin since it impossible to make them soft enough for your face to be scrubbed with; which means, it can cause micro wears and tears, thereby harming the surface of the skin.

Now that’s a real eye opener.

Walnut shell powder is not preferred to polyethylene beads in a scrub because it’s impossible to make walnut shell particles smooth, which means the sharp edges can cause microscopic scrapes in skin every time you use it.(Source:Paula’s choice)

So, that’s a bummer! Well, needless to say, lets just get right into the review now.

SPECIFICATIONS:-

Texture:

Soft and runny.

Colour:

White with a slight tint of pink with pink abrasives

Consistency:

Runny with good amount of scrub particles (a.k.a abrasives)

Smell:

Smells great. Flowerish kinda smell I’ll say.

Packaging:

It comes in a plastic tube with clip on cap. The packing is good and easy for squirting. Its not too big in size and hence is easy to travel with.

Usage:

The packaging says “Gently massage into skin after cleansing.  Rinse well with warm water. Use 2-3 times a week”.

Also, there is caution warning on the packaging that says, “Avoid contact with eyes. If product gets into the eyes rinse well with water immediately. Do not apply to irritated or broken skin. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) may increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Apply sunscreen and limit sun exposure during product use and for 1 week after use.  Colour may vary due to natural ingredients.”

Application:

A small amount covers a large area especially since it is runny in nature. Also, even if you take a small amount it has generous amount of scrub particles so you don’t need too much of the product.

Result:

It does a good job in exfoliating the skin. It leaves my skin well exfoliated and replenished.

However, I do feel that the abrasives a.k.a the scrub particles are a little rough against the skin so I rub it very very gently into the skin.

After which, I did my research about the abrasive that is used in this scrub and from the knowledge that I acquired (as mentioned above about the walnut shell powder), I eventually stopped using it as I don’t want to slow kill the surface of my skin.

INGREDIENT STUDY:-

The table below shows the ingredients present in the product as mentioned on its cover.  Along with it, I have mentioned the rating provided by Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, EWG and rating by Paula’s Choice.

(Disclosure: All information found in the table below is directly taken from the mentioned two websites)

According to the EWG Cosmetics database, the rating is as follows:

1-2 : Low Hazard

3-6 : Moderate Hazard

7-10: High Hazard

According to Paula’s choice Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary, the rating is as follows:

  1. Best
  2. Good
  3. Average
  4. Poor

In the table shown below, for those ingredients with either a moderate hazard rating by EWG or an average rating by Paula’s Choice has been marked pink and for those ingredients with either a high hazard rating by EWG or a poor rating by Paula’s Choice has been marked with red for your easy reference.

Also, kindly note, just because it is highlighted doesn’t mean you need to steer completely clear of the ingredient or the product; it is just so it helps you assess whether you approve of that particular ingredient personally in your skincare product. (for instance, I have discovered that the ingredient Dimethicone found in most creams doesn’t suit my skin as it tends to breakout and hence I have to avoid products that contain this ingredient).

 

Ingredients Cosmetics Database EWG Rating Paula’s Choice Rating
Aqua (Water) 1 N/A
Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil 1 Good
Glycerin 2 Best
Cetearyl alcohol 1 Good
Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter 1 Best
Tribehenin 1 Good
Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter 1 Best
Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) seed powder 1 Good
Cetearyl olivate 1 Good
Juglans regia (Walnut) shell powder 1

Average

(Walnut shell powder is not preferred to polyethylene beads in a scrub because it’s impossible to make walnut shell particles smooth, which means the sharp edges can cause microscopic scrapes in skin every time you use it.)

Sorbitan olivate 1 Good
Phenoxyethanol

4

(Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); )

Good

(Phenoxyethanol is a widely used synthetic preservative that has global approval for use in all cosmetic products in concentrations up to 1%.)

Xanthan gum 1 Good
Hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract 1 Good
Parfum (Fragrance)

8

(Other HIGH concerns: Miscellaneous; Other MODERATE concerns:Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology)

Poor

(These are often skin sensitizers because they are composed of hundreds of individual chemical components. Fragrance is a leading source of sensitivity to cosmetics.)

Caprylyl glycol 1 Good
Sodium benzoate

3

(Shows low concerns of Organ toxicity (reproductive))

Good

(It is a preservative in both cosmetics and food products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated it a “generally recognized as safe” ingredient.)

Ethylhexylglycerin

1

(Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Good
Dipropylene glycol

1

(Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs))

Good
Tetrasodium EDTA

2

(Other HIGH concerns: Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption))

  Good
Citric acid 2 Good
Tocopheryl acetate

3

(Shows high concerns of contamination and moderate levels of allergies and immunotoxicity)

Best
Benzoic acid 3 Good
Dehydroacetic acid

1

(Other HIGH concerns: Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); )

Good

(A synthetic preservative used in amounts of 0.6% or less where it’s proven to be safe and effective. )

OVERALL REMARKS:-

Would I buy again

Nah.Not after I learnt the abrasive used in the scrub could actually harm my skin.

Do I recommend

Not that the product is not good or anything but personally friend to friend (especially after learning about the nature of the ingredients), I would like to recommend better scrubs. Hang on guys, I’ll search a better one for you.

Meanwhile, do you guys have any recommendations?

Love,

Twinkle  

 

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