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I've had a little travel sized tube of Origins Modern Friction for ages and despite it being a much raved about product I hadn't got around to trying it for some reason until recently. The full sized tube is 125ml and costs £33, which to be honest is a lot more than I'm currently willing to spend on this type of product!
The packaging is nice, quite simple and plain but with the high quality feel that I expect from expensive products like this. My little travel sized tube has a screw off lid, but the full sized version has a flip top for convenience.
The scrub if I'm honest is nothing like I was expecting. It describes itself as a 'microdermabrasion' scrub so I was expecting a fine gritty texture like other microdermabrasion style products I've used, but this is very different. It's a very thick, sticky feeling cream with bits in it. The bits that are in it don't feel grainy or gritty like other exfoliators though, they're soft and squishy and feel quite weitd really. It has a very natural, herbal type scent which I'm not keen on but isn't off-putting.
I massage the scrub into damp skin and it doesn't really feel like it's exfoliating my skin, the creamy texture and squishy bits just don't feel very effective to me. It can take a bit of effort to wash off too as the thick textured cream clings to the skin, especially in awkward places such s around the nose.
After use my skin does feel soft, smooth and fresh, but I don't see any dramatic difference thst would make me spend over the odds on this product. When I've seen people raving about this product they've always mentioned how it helps get rid of blackheads, make pores practically disappear, and generally help keep skin looking very clear and healthy, but despite using it regularly for 4 weeks now it hasn'telnet any if this for me, andin fact my pores seem much more noticeable than they did before I began using it.
All in all I've been really disappointed with this exfoliator. Don't get me wrong, it's not a terrible product, I just don't see anything in it to warajt he high price and rave reviews.
Origins Modern Friction
I was so delighted when our Boots in Derby opened an origins counter and since then I have bought quite a few of their products.
You may or may not be aware that Origins offer free facials to anyone if you book and this way you get to be pampered, try their products and come away with a few samples. They obviously want you to buy some but I usually either buy one item or make an excuse such as to say' I will ask for it for my birthday or similar.' I always come away with a few samples and have a really nice facial, even if it is in the shop.
Origins mission is" to create high performance natural skincare that is powered by nature and proven by science. (They) use potent plants, organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils." They also avoid the use of parabens, dyes and mineral oils in their products. On their website there is a lot of information about how they discover, and source their plant based ingredients and also about their 'long-standing commitment to protect the planet, its resources and all those who populate it'. They are suitable for vegans and none of their products contain any animal ingredients nor are they tested on animals.
WHAT IS THIS STUFF?
This is a cleanser, not a make up cleanser but more of a gentle exfoliant face wash cleanser .The idea is that you use this on your face two or three times a week. Origins call this 'Nature's microdermabrasion'. They say " Origins tested Modern FrictionTM on a panel of 54 women. After just one try, of those who had undergone clinical micro-dermabrasion, 94% said they would now consider using Modern Friction instead."
This product comes in a plastic upside down tube so that it stands on its lid and the product is down where the opening is. The plastic tube is recyclable and it also means that it is easy to get all the product out so there is no waste.
The idea is that you squeeze a little of the cream out and gently massage this onto your face in circular motions. Once you have given your face a gentle massage with it dry then add a little ater and continue to massage with the lather created. The scent that comes off is really lovely and fresh and it feels great on your skin too. After massaging then gently rinse off, dry, tone, moiturise as normal and enjoy how soft and freshened your skin feels.
WHAT HAVE THEY PUT IN THIS?
This cream has tiny bits of skin-refining rice starch mixed with lemon oil, aloe vera,while bergamot and peppermint give a bit of extra scent and zing. The ground rice is the gentle exfoliant which helps to stimulate the skin and remove dead skin cells. The lemon oil helps to start the brightening of the skin. The aloe vera is to keep the skin calm and moisturised.
Because of the gentle calming aloe vera there is usually no unpleasant reaction to the exfolaition action.
Origins claim:" The before-and-afters are amazing. Signs of fine lines and size of pores appear to shrink in size. Skin looks perfectly polished, smooth and luminous. "
I use this quite regularly and do really love the smell of this as I am using it, really fresh and awakening. I like the way it is gentle but effective at exfoliating my face skin. It is gentle so my skin doesn't feel as though I am scrubbing it with sandpaper. It lathers well and at this stage the scent becomes really quite strong and the massaging action easier and I can feel the slight tingle on my skin.
Once I have rinsed it off and dried my skin, I tone it with my Lush toner, moisturise and then feel how nice and soft my skin feels. It also looks much brighter and enlivened. I can't say the fine lines have disappeared but if I keep using it they might gradually keep getting less visible or at least not get any deeper. It also makes my skin look fresher and less dull which is s big positive for me.
You can buy this from origins counters in a number of shops or on line or from Amazon but beware as Amazon can sometimes cost more and Origins offer extra bonuses when buying from them. This is not a cheap option as 125ml costs about £30 but I found that a little goes a long way and you do only use it two or three times a week.
Yes I would. I find this does a great job and my skin feels lovely after using it. I shall have to save up as my small sample tube of 30 ml is nearly finished. I have taken a star off because of the price!
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This review is for Origins Modern Friction facial scrub 125 ml. I have been using this product for several years now after I first received a free sample in a store and became totally hooked on it (which proves that free samples really do work for retailers if the product is good enough!)
The brand Origins is a natural skincare brand whose motto is "Powered by nature, proven by science" They have won several beauty awards and their range uses potent plants, organic ingredients and essential oils.
The ingredients of the scrub are Rice Starch cushioned in cream, Lemon Oil and Vitamin C. The scrub is meant to remove old skin cells, uneven patches and signs of skin damage and discolouration and illuminate the skin.
The 125 ml scrub is packaged in a green and white tube, like a toothpaste tube, which stands upright with a flip lid which makes it easy to opens. It is easy to control the amount of the scrub that comes out of the tube through gentle squeezing.
The scrub has the consistency and looks of porridge which is a bit off-putting at first! You only need a small amount and then gently smooth it over your face avoiding your eyes (it really stings if it gets in them!) I then use warm water to massage the scrub into different sections of my face, before cleaning off the remains with a flannel and splashing my face with hot water.
The scrub smells really nice - quite fresh and lemony and the small grains are gentle on your skin, but at the same time you can really feel that they are doing some good.
After using the scrub my face always feels really smooth and soft and this lasts for most of the day. I tend to use the scrub at least once a week to help get rid of dead skin cells on top of my normal facial wash and moisturiser.
The scrub costs £31 for 125 ml which sounds expensive, but I find that one tube lasts me at least 6 months using it once a week.
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I received the Origins Modern Friction gentle dermabrasion as part of a gift set when I bought my usual toner. Origins regularly have special offers in the big department stores where you get a gift set with any purchase. I make sure I always time my shopping trips with these offers! Anyway, the set included a cleanser, the exfoliator and various trial size creams and lotions.
The exfoliator came in a lovely 30ml tube. It is white with a khaki green lid and the writing and Origins tree logo is in the same colour.
How to use
According to the packaging the scrub should be used 2 to 3 times a week for best results. You just squeeze some onto your fingertips and massage over your skin in circular motions. It says to put the scrub onto dry skin and add a small amount of water, however I sometimes forget not to wet my face first and it always has the same effect.
Price and availability
£28 for 125ml bottle which means the 30ml bottle would be worth around £6.70. This is very expensive and much more than I would normally spend on a facial exfoliator.
Is it any good?
Yes! This scrub, despite being very expensive is certainly the best I've used. My face always feels refreshed, clean and so soft after use. It has really helped with clearing the blackheads from my nose and chin and the areas of my face which are prone to break out or rough skin. Origins products are all made from naturally sourced ingredients which is a big plus for lots of people. The scrub has a really distinctive, lovely smell.
£28 a bottle is very expensive and much more than I would normally spend on a facial exfoliator. However, this is the best I've ever used and will now try to come up with some inventive ways of purchasing it again without spending as much! I also noticed that the product won Daily Mail Beauty Awards 2008 - 'Best Facial Scrub'.
I received this as part of a free gift for a first time purchase on Origins.co.uk worth £11.
The face scrub did not come in a box, just in an opaque plastic tube with the Origins logo and green text print. You'll be pleased to know they care about the environment and the packaging is environmentally friendly, although the box they posted it in was massive which was a bit of a waste!
~~~APPEARANCE, SCENT, TEXTURE~~~
Squeezing it out of the tube, the face scrub is a thick white cream that has rice fragments in it. It isn't fragrant but has a rough texture and is a bit sticky like chewed nougat (sorry, that's the best description I could give! Haha!) Or perhaps even rice pudding.
~~~USING THE PRODUCT~~~
The instructions tell you to apply it to a dry face. I was a bit confused at this because my face is quite oily, should I have removed the oil first or what? Anyway, applying the scrub is very easy and is massaged into the skin in circular motions. Because skin is dry, quite a lot of the scrub needs to be used to cover the whole face, but as you will need to splash water on later anyway, I tend to use sparingly and really spread out the scrub.
I use about 2-3 pea sized blobs which cover the whole face, and after massaging into it and splashed water on, it really lathers up which can then spread to the neck. As a scrub, this really is a "modern" friction because it does not hurt whatsoever. It is very gentle on the skin and feels lovely... The lather is soft and smooth and really creamy!!
Many other reviewers speak of the pain they face when this product ends up in the eyes (the product did warn you!). I have yet to experience this as perhaps my face washing technique is eye-friendly... but I don't see how it could enter the eyes easily at all... don't people close their eyes when they rinse their face? Nonetheless, be aware that this could cause pain if it does enter the eyes!!!
Straight after use skin feels soft and silky smooth. Impurities are mostly removed and skin looks much more radiant and definitely improves appearance. It says use this two or three times a week. I use it about twice a week and it works fabulously. I have normal to oily skin and it has definitely reduced the amount of oil that comes out during the day. I would definitely use this again and again if it isn't for the high price tag!
I got this free from being a first time customer on Origins.co.uk but buying this retail costs £28. I recommend the gift set as it also costs £28 but you get more of the product for your money! I would definitely recommend you shop on their site at least once to make use of this offer. Just type the voucher code "welcome" at checkout if you are a new user.
I wanted to buy this anyway but being a first time customer on the origins site meant that I got a 50ml tube for free! It has proved to be super effective, lovely to use and chemical free. I love this product and will definitely buy again (or persuade someone to buy for me) as it is a product that works for me. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a non-abrasive, environmentally friendly and skin-loving product.
Origins Modern Friction is a really gentle exfoliator which brightens up your skin without it feeling tight or dried out.
The exfoliator is unlike others as you apply to dry skin rubbing it in circular motions and then add a little water to make it into a creamy paste. I keep rubbing for about 30 seconds and then rinse, and then my skin feels fantastic. They only bug bear is if you get it in your eyes, which I normally do every time! It stings a little but then a good rinse will stop it.
Origins suggest you use it two to three times a week, but I only use it once, if that. It is a great alternative to a face mask and it doesn't bring out all the impurities in your skin but brightens it up straight away.
I was lucky enough to get the product free with a magazine but I will buy it when I run out!
As a massive fan of this particular brand I do enjoy recommending their products and Modern Friction is no different.
I use this exfoliator at least twice a week and it works wonders at giving my skin a fresh glow and very smooth feeling. I am really looking forward to trying their version of Modern Friction for the body!
The instructions to use this product are slightly different to other brands I have used, in that you put it on your face dry first of all and add water to lather it over your face. Then dry your skin and moisturise.
One VERY IMPORTANT tip that the Origins salesperson passed on to me is not to get this product inyour eyes!!! Due to the ingrediants including rice water which can really sting your eyes. Although she advised me not to use in the shower because of this, I still do but am very careful, you have been warned!
This is not by any means the cheapest exfoliator you can buy and I recommmend you look out for the special super sized versions they occassional bring out which work out at much better value for money.
Currently the Origins web site is doing an offer of buy 2 products and 2 skin care samples free. Modern friction for the face is £28 Modern Friction for the body is £27 which I am going to try next!
The first thing you notice about this is the gorgeous smell of bergamot, however, that is the best thing about this. This product is to be applied dry, to dry skin: similar products used in similar ways are usually more grainy, so you can feel rubbing the skin, but this is neither very grainy nor very liquidy, so you don't really get the "scrubbing" feeling you get with most exfoliants and trying to massage this onto the skin as directed, I found my skin resisting and moving a lot against it because it isn't sufficiently liquid. The instructions say that after applying, you should add "a splash of water" and "work into a gentle lather" - I found no lather forthcoming, and initially was concerned that I somehow wasn't doing it properly, but have since come to the conclusion that this is just poor wording on their part, but I don't think it effects the efficacy - the addition of water simply makes it seem like a liquid on your face. Yes, skin feels smooth after use - like you would expect with any scrub. I will certainly use this until it runs out, but would I buy it again? It's doubtful: it is expensive for what it is, and certainly is no better than a lot of exfoliants on the market, and while bergamot is certainly a selling point with me, it is not enough to justify the price tag for what is essentially a mediocre product in my opinion.
In the past I haven't really been a fan of exfoliators - all that scrubbing seemed too harsh and my face always seemed dry afterwards - not a worthwhile experience.
However, I was given a gift set of three Origins skincare products by a lovely friend who knows my love of all things Origins, and Modern Friction was part of the set, so I thought I would give it a go.
Being still cautious of exfoliators, instead of following the instructions of applying the product to dry skin and then applying water, I apply the product to a wet face. This way the product lathers on application, and although you can still feel the rice starch that does all the "scrubbing", the exfoliating process is much more gentle and at the same time you get a lovely creamy lather over your face. Sure, you probably get more of a scrub if you apply as directed, but I much prefer to apply the product in this way.
The product rinses well and your face is left feeling squeaky clean and not dry at all in the way some exfoliators can make your skin feel. The directions suggest you exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week, but I must admit that I don't get around to that, but I think use just once a week must do some good and help get shot of all the old cells that are no use any more.
Origins claim that the use of lemon oil in the product helps illuminate the skin, Vitamin C takes care of free radicals and Aloe calms down your skin so it feels no ill effects from the application. They use peppermint and bergamot to fragrance the product, and I must admit it does have a divine subtle aroma.
At £28 for a 125ml pot, it is, like all the other products in the Origins range, pricey, but as you only need a small amount at a time the pot will last months. I must admit that due to the price I probably won't be rushing to replace the pot once my gift has run out, but if I happen to receive another as a present, I will be happy to put it to good use.
This review is based on a small sample tube of the product that i got free when buying some other Origins stuff. It was enough for 4-5 uses though, and i enjoyed it so much that i'll definitely be buying some more, so i think it's fair for me to review it here!
I've been using exfoliating products of various kinds, about once a month, for years. I find that they generally improve the radiance of my skin, help moisturisers etc absorb better, and the better ones reduce the number of spots i get. Generally, the cheaper kind have large exfoliating particles which scratch rather than polish, leaving you with distressed skin which is vulnerable to infections and spots..best avoided.
~ The product ~
Is white and quite thick, somewhere between a cream and a paste. Contents include rice starch (the exfoliating particles), Aloe, Lemon oil and vitamin C.
The instructions for this suggest massaging the product into *dry* or damp skin. This is unusual in my experience, as all the others i've used go onto wet skin, and initially i tried using Modern Friction that way. Mistake. It kind of "dilutes" the effect so that the exfoliating action is minimal, and i wasn't very impressed with the results.
I recommend smoothing this over totally dry skin - gently, as you can feel the exfoliating particles at work. Then, just wet your hands and use them to add a tiny bit of warm water to your face, and massage again. At this point, the product turns into a lovely, smooth, moisturising feeling cream, which is lovely when massaged over your skin and can then be easily rinsed away. That bit's the magic in my opinion ;)
In common with most of the Origins range, this contains aromatherapy ingredients - peppermint and bergamot in this case. I actually find i can barely smell them at all, the paste seems basically odourless to me, but maybe they're doing some good anyway!
~ The results ~
I have to say, i absolutely love this stuff. On my combination skin, it's the only exfoliating product i've ever used which leaves my face *more* moisturised and supple afterwards than before - most do the polishing bit okay, but when my face dries it feels tight and uncomfortable. Because of the moisturising effect, my skin really does look more radiant, and moisturisers and makeup go on really nicely.
My skin can be sensitive / reactive, but used gently i've never had any problems with redness when using this. I don't think it would be suitable for those with very sensitive skin, but then i'm not sure that any particle-based exfoliant would be.
I can't comment on the costs as i've not yet purchased the full size tub...i'll be looking for a bargain on ebay or similar cos the retail rate of about £28 isn't too appealing. Having said that, I'll probably buy it even if i can't get a discount, because i know i'm really happy with the results.
I received a 125ml sample of this product via a promotion in Marie Claire magazine. You had to pick up the sample at an Origins counter and the sales assistant was very helpful, demonstrating the product. She did warn me about the stinging eyes!
I tried the product twice, following her guidance to avoid stinging eyes (don't use in the shower, wipe off with a damp cloth, apply on damp skin if your skin is sensitive).
My skin is indeed sensitive and sadly this product didn't work for me. It did make my skin smooth and soft at first but it stung my face on application, and a few days later my face was red, sore and flaky. Not pretty, not comfortable.
Shame because it does exfoliate well, the smell is pleasant and the texture is nice and thick with plenty of exfoliating beads. The price is of course a shocker, and that alone might be enough to put me off at £27.50 for the 125ml size I tried. Coupled with the fact that it was actually painful and left my face looking like I had a dose of eczema, that's a double no. If I'd paid that much for the product I'd be seriously annoyed.
I really love Origins as a brand, so will try not to be too bias: basicly before I used Orgins (about 4 years ago) I was a soap and water girl...sometimes. Why sometimes? Well, you see, I couldn't always be bothered. In fact, I used soap when I could remember to. And never in the morning. (water too cold, body too tired...). I would say about once a week. And whenever I washed my hair, it obviously the water would rinse my face- does that count?
My skin generally took care of itself...UNTIL I WENT TO UNI! My skin then threw a wobbly at the pollution on London transport (if you ever travel on the tube, blow your nose when you get home, look at the tissue- scary, gross and BLACK!) and I stared to need that soap every day.
Inevitably, my skin became dry. Not just tight, but flaky. 3 years later and my skin had real issues. It just seemed to look flaky- literally flaky.
I had tried various skin things, L'Oreal, Simple, Own branded stuff, which didn't really do anything more then the soap was doing- except leave my skin with an oily finish. So I then found Origins.
At the time I went to Origins, they had a 5-treat offer, and hey presto, my skin problem went away! The only problem I had was the price. For a moisturiser, your looking upwards of £25 and for cleanser, around £15. Not student or even graduate prices. So whilst I think the products are great, my bad points have to be the cost, and again, the cost. (Its so high it needs two points!
The ethos of Origins is to keep natural and organic wherever possible. Natural being products that are made using natural ingredients but these ingredients can be grown or developed using man made things. Think Tescos Apples, all are natural, but only some are "organic". Origins stick to natural products or organic products as they believe they are better for your skin and work to not harm the environment, steering clear of endangered species of animal or plant and opting t use renewable and retainable sources, harvesting anything in responsible and ethical ways.
It is hard for me to understand as my skin hates them more then any other brand (its a certified way to get me spots) but Orgins is made by the same company who also make Estee Lauder- they are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum, one is a pared down au-naturele look, the other has assistants who choose to wear so much make-up they scare small children! (they were the only counter women who would scare me as a child- they wore so much make-up they reminded me of Roald Dahl's Witches!). Origins are not the same as Estee Lauder- my skin has not broken out since using it. With Estee Lauder I only have to use it once and my skin becomes possessed!
I managed to get myself this product as a free sample from Marie Claire (well, almost free, the mag costed £2.70). Normally to buy this product at full size you would be paying £27.50 for 125mls. Origins seem to have run out of the product in most branch now and the offer is/was only on for March 2009, but Origins are well known for their generous sample give-aways so keep your eyes out.
The way to use the product is slightly different to how I would normally use a facial scrub, with this product, I was advised to put it onto dry or only slightly damp skin, leave it for a second or two- when it feels tight, apply water and scrub in gentle circular motions, then rinse off, also in circular motions. Pat dry and apply moisturiser. Use 2 to 3 times per week. Its a micro-dermabrasion which is deeper then your normal exfoliant, it works to unblock the pores and release the dirt, whilst cleaning and refreshing your skin. It is different to an exfoliant as the grains are smaller, there are more of them and products are generally thicker.
I had to laugh when I saw the headings for the other reviews on this product- avoid your eyes! At all costs avoid your eyes- it stings like mad! It takes manic rinsing for at least 60 seconds- or standing face up under a shower whilst smoothing the product out with your fingers also works a treat and also means you never get any of the product inevitably creeping into your eyes. I was told that the pain is due to the lemon oils in the product- I am more prone to think its the rice grains which are also in it as that's what it feels like! But just keep rinsing and rinsing and the pain will go away. The product does have aloe in it, but you wont feel this until after its washed off. Contrary to others experiences on here, my eyes were not red at all after rinsing my eyes well.
I have worked out, you can get away with using a very small amount if you dampen your face slightly beforehand (wet it then dry it). It goes further and saves you money. I can get away with using the amount the size of a 1 pence coin that way.
After using the dermabrasion, my skin does feel noticeably softer, smoother and looks very much brighter. I have been using this three days per week and for two weeks, the dry skin patch I have (always on my T-Zone for some weird twist of fate) has not gone away, but is very much smoother and I could easily see that if I continued to use the product, it would all in fact go away.
I have tried many dermabrasions and exfoliants in my time- The Sanctuary, Boots No.7, Apri, Body Shop, Dermalogica....and I have to say the Origins dermabrasion is the best I have tried. Its very much like Dermalogica, but the grains are more defined, and for me, it gives a smoother feel and result. If I had the money to, I would buy this again. Very recommended.
I've never bought Origins products before (mainly because I can't afford it!) but picked up a free sample of this with a voucher from Marie Claire magazine. As far as samples go it was a very generous 50ml size. This compares to the usual cost of £28 for a 125ml pot so I feel like I got a good deal.
My sample came in a tube with a flip-lid at the bottom, although the standard product comes in a small jar. The Origins packaging is all very classy, with green and brown writing on white and translucent containers.
My skin is generally on the oily side, although I get some dry patches on my cheeks and around my eyes. I occasionally use a facial scrub but mostly just use a Johnson's facial wash, so I was interested to see what effect this would have. According to the Origins website, this is supposed to "remove sluggish cells, uneven patches and signs of skin damage and discolourations". It claims to contain lots of natural extracts including Aloe, Bergamot and Peppermint but I'm always a bit cynical about how much of these goes into products and what effect they can have in those quantities...
Anyway, I followed the instructions to massage a small amount onto dry skin. This felt quite pleasant - it was a little bit tingly on my skin but not too scratchy, and smelt gorgeous (must be all those botanical extracts, hmm). I rubbed it gently in circular motions all over my face. This is where I made my mistake and got it too near my eyes - AARGHH! I've got shampoo and soap in my eyes before, but never anything this painful! It must be those fruity acidy extracts as it felt like my eyes were burning. I sloshed them out with clean water and rinsed the rest of my face sharpish. However it took ages for my eyes to stop hurting and they were bright red all evening.
Having said that, my face did feel lovely and soft. I have to admit that I could really tell the difference between this and cheaper products. My moisturiser sunk in straight away, and it was really easy to apply my makeup. This softness and smoothness lasted a few days. I'm not sure about my "signs of skin damage and discolourations" but the texture of my skin was definitely improved. I'll be using it again, but will be avoiding my eyes next time!
I initially bought this product because I had read so many recommendations for it in various magazines - and was instantly a dedicated follower !
I was initially put off by the price (about £27 for a tiny 125 ml pot) but you only need a small amount each time and it's not recommended that you use it daily. I save mine for when I am going out or if I fancy a relaxing treat.
The pot contains a scrub of really thick consistency. It doesn't look, feel or smell particularly luxurious. The abrasive scrub is initially rubbed onto a dry face using a circular motion. You then add a tiny bit of water to make it a bit soapier and softer to rub in. It is then rinsed off.
You face immediately feels tighter and softer and looks brighter. If you are applying make up immediately after then it just seems to glide on. On more than one occaassion people have commented that I "look well" when I've just used it.
Would recommend that you take heed of the advice not to rub it near your eyes. It really really hurts if it gets in them !