Eslor Replenishing Scrub 1.7 oz

by Sophie

When Truth In Aging gave me the chance to try the Eslor Replenish Scrub, I wondered what a simple exfoliant, whose main “active ingredients” are almond paste, honey, apricot kernel powder, and peach kernel powder, could bring to the anti-aging and skincare universe. The answer, I can now say, is reliable effectiveness.

The Eslor website deliciously describes the effects of the Replenish Scrub as helping "cleanse and revitalize the skin by removing dead skin cells, leaving skin glowing, vibrant, and flawless." Eslor’s description is largely accurate. A slight massage with the Replenish Scrub coupled with a quick rinse gave me well-exfoliated and insanely soft skin. In fact, even after weeks of usage, I still marveled at just how smooth my skin felt after using it. And most importantly, the scrub left my face feeling like the perfect canvas for further skincare treatments. I even tried it out on some rough patches on my legs and arms, and was rewarded with markedly smoother skin there too.

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In terms of user experience, the smell and texture of Eslor Replenish Scrub, while not unpleasant, are not the highlights of this formula. Smell-wise, it reminded me exactly of what I would imagine a combination of almond, honey, apricot kernel powder, and peach kernel powder would smell like. That is, not particularly heavenly, but not the worst thing in the world either. Texture-wise, I was at first concerned that the coarse-looking scrub would be irritating. Luckily, it was incredibly gentle despite visible fragments peppering the mixture. It did, however, tend to slough off in chunks, which makes for an awkward feeling while you’re applying the scrub to your face. With that said, neither smell nor texture would dissuade me from using this scrub given its great softening and smoothing effects.

The elements that did give me pause, however, were the ingredients. Phenoxyethanol is the fifth ingredient on the list. The formula also includes sodium benzoate. While I was put a little more at ease by the fact that this scrub wouldn’t sit on my skin for prolonged periods of time, I personally might not repurchase it as I incorporate vitamin C in my skincare regimen and would rather not chance its interaction with sodium benzoate. Finally, I was a little disappointed that the Eslor website only listed what it touted as the four “active ingredients”, as opposed to the full ingredients list. This practice makes it harder for consumers to make informed choices if they are buying the product online, and also hampered my initial research into the product.

In sum, the mix of exfoliants that Eslor chose to showcase in this formula has produced an effective scrub for those looking for gentle but reliable exfoliation. Furthermore, at $28, the scrub is quite reasonably priced. However, for ingredient purists, Eslor Replenish Scrub might not be the answer.

Ingredients in  Eslor Replenish Scrub: Aloe Vera Gel, Whole Wheat Flour, Almond Meal, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Corn Meal, Corn Cob Meal, Oatmeal, Honey, Apricot Kernel Powder, Walnut Shell Powder, Peach Kernel Powder, Hops and Arnica and Horsetail Extracts, Titanium Dioxide, Guar Gum, Fragrant Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid