A few years ago, I fell in love with an exfoliating facial wash by H2O, and then, tragically for my complexion, they stopped making it. H2O offers a replacement scrub, but I didn’t like it. So I tried product after product, trying to find a new exfoliating scrub that I could love, and two weeks ago, it happened. I found one, tried it, and fell madly in love. It’s The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash, and I’m going to use it forever! Hooray!
Price: $13.00 at thebodyshop-usa.com
Pros: Exfoliates perfectly well, leaves skin tingly and feeling fresh, perfect for oily and acne-prone or dry skin
Cons: Only available in stores or at The Body Shop website, so it may not be convenient to purchase
The first scrub I tried was O2CH Face Exfoliator Gentle Scrub. I have acne-prone but delicate skin, and I thought the “gentle” in the name would make it a safe bet. I loved the way it smelled, but it was TOO gentle. It didn’t exfoliate enough!
Next I tried Burt's Bees Pore Refining Scrub (with willowbark and jojoba beads). It smelled a little strange, sort of medicinal, but it was HORRIBLE. It left my skin feeling like it was coated in a greasy film, and naturally, I had a terrible break-out. I thought that was odd, since it’s labeled as an acne treatment solution. Oh well, never mind, on to the next exfoliant!
I was already at the mall to buy a MAC eye-shadow (I’m hopelessly addicted), so I stopped in at The Body Shop. I told the perky sales assistant what I was looking for and she grinned, nodded her head, and handed be a test vial of the Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash. “Try this,” she said, “it’s the one I use, we all use it here, and you’ll love it.”
She was right! It’s perfect. It smells good, exfoliates well, and leaves my skin with a slight tingle, feeling fresh and clean and glowing. I still follow-up with my everyday moisturizer, since Michigan winters are pretty harsh, but I know in the summer I’ll just be able to use this scrub and go! Honestly, I like this scrub even more than my old H2O scrub. I love it! They have an entire line of blemish-busting tea tree oil products, so if you love this scrub as much as I do, you may want to try those, too!