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I'm a loyal user of Clinique products, especially when it comes to my facial skin care regime. However a couple of weeks ago I discovered I'd run out of my Clinique Exfoliator while in the shower and decided to "borrow" a little of my mum's Molton Brown Exfoliator instead - obviously I'd be replacing it as soon as possible...
Molton Brown has been around since 1973 when the first shop was opened in South Molton Street in London, hence where part of the name comes from. They advertised themselves as being an individual and natural brand which was quite a novelty in the 1970s. The first products were actually hand made upstairs above the shop and this really led to a take off in sales. Molton Brown can now be found in over 70 countries worldwide and within many department stores and emporiums within the UK.
They cater for quite an upmarket audience of both men and women. Their products are centred around the hair and skin care arenas with products including hand lotions, moisturisers and shampoos. Prices for the range are typically quite high and range from around the £10 upwards mark with a lip gloss costing £11, a 300ml bottle of shampoo costing £16 and a 30ml facial moisturiser costing £29.
The exfoliator comes in a white plastic tube with lilac writing and a silver screw top lid, which also enables the tube to stand upright on any flat surface. I personally find that flip top lids are more effective as when I'm stood with my hands soaking wet it's not overly easy to unscrew the lid, squeeze some product onto my hands and then screw the lid back on without spilling the product itself! Overall the packaging does the job although it is a little hard to use when in the shower, for the price I did expect something slightly more classy looking!
The product is white in colour and has a clay mask type smell about it which isn't perfumed at all, as such it's not a completly pleasant smell and I expected it to smell a bit more fruity as it does contain fruit extracts. The exfoliator consists of very small white grains which are incredibly small compared to other (and cheaper) exfoliators that I've used in the past. To use the product simply squeeze a pea sized amount onto your hands and then massage into your face, avoiding the eye area, and rinse thoroughly.
The point of using an exfoliator is to exfoliate away dead skin cells and remove impurities that may get into the skin. The exfoliator claims to contain tropical papain fruit enzymes and flower extracts to purify blocked pores and sweep away dead cells as well as organice mircospheres oxygentate to refine and polish the skin texture, leaving it clear and smooth. It also contains other ingredients such as olive extracts which hydrate and soothe the skin and also passion flower seed oil which reduces moisture loss from the skin and contains fatty acids that are vital for healthy skin.
After using it for the first time my skin felt quite a bit smoother although I do have to point out that it did dry my skin out slightly, especially around my chin where I am susceptible to dry skin. The grains aren't that big at all and while applying it I did wonder how much effect it would have on my skin. I continued to use this twice a week for about a fortnight and was quite happy with the overall results - I wouldn't say it was any better than my Clinique exfoliator, or the £6 a tube one I used last year. It did dry out my skin slightly but it did make it appear much smoother and helped to eradicate any little spots under the skin.
I probably wouldn't rush out to replace this once it's run out, and I would even suggest to my mum that she try something different maybe. It's priced at £18 for a 75ml tube and the company recommend that you use it once or twice a week for maximum effect. My mum got hers for Christmas and she's probably about halfway through it so if you use it as they recommend you'd find it'd last you around 5-6 months on average. This products gets 3 stars from me, it does the job but there are far cheaper alternatives out there!
Thanks for reading.
An exfoliator enriched with tropical papain fruit enzymes and flower extracts to cleanse blocked pores and slough away dead cells /