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Bryce Organics Jamaican Papaya-Enzyme Facial Peel- reviewed and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin
April 29, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
Rarely does a product hit me between the eyes at the get-go, but that’s what Bryce Organics Jamaican Papaya-Enzyme Alpha Hydroxy Fruit Facial Peel ($41) did – literally. On removing the plastic seal, the jar’s lid popped like an exuberant champagne cork and was followed by a geyser of what looked like fruit puree. This stuff was all over the bathroom, including mirrors, walls and ceilings. My senses barely had time to recover before I was assaulted by an amazing tropical, fruity smell. It was difficult to be upset with a product that smelled like a vacation, even if it had caused a spectacular mess.

I subsequently discovered that Bryce Organics Jamaican Papaya-Enzyme face mask is supposed to be refrigerated before using and that this would have rendered it less likely to explode. In any event, this should be refrigerated at all times.  The best way to think about is as food, because that is basically what it is. I have rarely come across a beauty product that could quite literally be pure enough to eat.

Bryce seems to have pureed the seeds of the papaya as well as the flesh, creating black flecks that look attractive against the pinky orange while also providing additional skin polishing. However, the way that papaya exfoliates is by harnessing an enzyme called pepain that can break down peptide bonds and loosen dead cells (it has been used for centuries as a meat tenderizer).  Someone once told me that papaya enzymes “eat” skin cells. Surprisingly, this is kind of what happens: papain is a proteolytic enzyme, meaning that it digests proteins. Pineapple, also here in Bryce’s Facial Peel, has papain as well.

The idea is to leave Bryce’s Facial Peel on for 15 minutes. Rinsed away, it reveals super soft, gently polished skin. Papaya also delivers beta carotene and vitamins A and C, plus there’s antioxidant apricot, olive and fatty acid rich avocado. I am finding that I love using this mask so much that I have to restrain myself from overdoing it.

If you are one of those people that would love to whip up your own totally natural potions in the blender but somehow never get around to it, Bryce (a Massachusetts based company that has devotees of its Mayer Lemon Scrub amongst TIA readers) has done it for you. Just remember to keep them in the fridge.


Organic Jamaican papaya puree, organic, wildflower honeycomb, organic pineapple extract, organic orange extract, organic apricot kernel oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic avocado carrier oil, organic pectin
  • January 15, 2013

    by Cherie Exner

    What is the approximate refridgerated shelf life of this peel? If I read the ingredients correctly, there looks to be no preservatives. Thank you for sharing your recommendation ;)!

  • May 11, 2011

    by VickyL

    I love this mask too. My skin has always been responsive to papain and the Bryce products smell so wonderful it's a tossup whether to put them on your face or eat them. :)
    Their pomegranate face scrub is effective and nourishing too. If I clean the makeup off my face and use this scrub, my face is nourished and hydrated enough to go to bed and wake up with soft happy skin.

  • April 30, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Rosanna, I was emailing back and forth with the founder and was suggested the Jamaican Papaya or, I think, cucumber and mint. The latter sounded too English :)

  • April 30, 2011

    by Susan

    This does sound yummy. Maybe I could make a loose rendition for about $30 less.

  • April 29, 2011

    by Rosanna

    Marta, is there a reason you tried the Papaya peel over the other fruit acid peels from Bryce? I just visited their site and there are quite a few to choose from! As always, thanks for keeping us looking young!

  • April 29, 2011

    by kim

    Sounds amazing! Thx Marta

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