If you like Suki’s Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser with lemongrass extract and natural sugar (and I LOVE it), then your also going to like Be fine's Exfoliating Cleanser with brown sugar, sweet almond & oats ($15.99, 4 fl. oz.).

However, don't go try eating it like you can with Suki: the only thing standing in my way of giving it a full recommendation is the inclusion of a few distasteful preservatives.

These are:

Methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, and phenoxyethanol.

But then again, you can never have it too easy: as Marta pointed out in her post, Why products need preservatives, sometimes there's just no getting around them if the alternative is going to be nasty mold and other kinds of bacterial growth.


Besides all that, I find this exfoliating cleanser to be oh-so enjoyable. Perhaps it's just my sweet tooth, but I love the way sugar works and feels on my skin, the experience of having it dissolve between your fingertips is quite epicurean.

Also delicious, is the warm, comforting combination of brown sugar and orange oil, plus the gratifying, pick-me-up that eucalyptus oil brings to the formula.

Sweet almond oil and ginger root extract also contribute to the scent of this formula, but also provide some value-added services for your skin.

High in fatty acids, sweet almond oil has been used for centuries in skin care preparations going all the way back to ancient Roman times. It is easily absorbed into the skin, and is at once both nourishing and protecting for chapped or otherwise irritated skin.

Both trusty standbys in home remedies of yore, ginger root extract (an anti-inflammatory), and oat flour also play nice here to sooth irritated and itchy skin.

Sodium laureth sulfate provides a nice foaming action here, and before anybody gets too hot and bothered about its inclusion I recommend reading Marta's post on the ingredient. There she explains that SLS is largely the victim of an urban myth, falsely accused of causing cancer. Nevertheless, there are some reasons to avoid it. As there are for several other components of this formula.

Disodium EDTA (used for product stability), for example, has shown to be toxic in animal studies but at higher doses than normally used in cosmetics. As is the solvent hexylene glycol, which is a known skin irritant and is toxic at production levels. Also troubling is cocamide MEA, for contamination concerns (since according to the FDA, it could have DEA in it and therefore be carcinogenic.)

Note: I have not experienced any irritation whatsoever, and plan to continue using this product on a regular basis.

 

Ingredients:

Brown sugar, sucrose, PEG-8, sodium laureth sulfate, hydrated silica, sodium cocoamphopropionate, cocamide MEA, water, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, prunus amygdalus (sweet almond) oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, disodium EDTA, butylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate, hexylene glycol.