What can I say... I LOVE the Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator ($60)! This line is genuinely all-natural in the purest sense. Per the company’s website, Josh Rosebrook uses potent agents found in natural plants, herbs, and enzymes in an attempt to provide the consumer a better alternative to the chemical-laden products found in the marketplace.
To begin, this is a multi-tasking product that exfoliates through the use of papaya enzymes and manually through walnut shells (don’t gasp at the walnut shells yet; I will explain below). The first ingredient is honey, followed by glycerin and then lots and lots of herbs, flowers, teas, etc. The product is sticky to apply, just as if putting honey with ground-up herbs all over your face (because you are). For this reason, I would apply it at the end of the day or before getting into the shower. The walnut shells are included to provide the manual exfoliation; however, they are so finely ground that they are not harsh on your skin at all. If you typically avoid walnut shells in scrubs, don’t let that be a barrier here.
The product is applied all over the face anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour. I went for the hour and didn’t experience any problems, such as redness or irritation. After removing the product, my skin looked smooth, fresh, and had a lovely even tone. I used it once a week and followed it with an LED treatment. The next morning my face really looked fantastic. The directions say to apply in a circular motion and then let it set for the allotted time. I would make one change to these directions: the product is so sticky that you can’t really move it around in a circular motion to get the manual exfoliation. So at the end of the treatment I put a little water on my fingers and then gently rubbed it in circular motions right before removing it. This works much better and you still get both the enzyme action and manual exfoliation.
As previously mentioned, the first ingredient is honey, which has anti-bacterial properties and is also a humectant. The long list of herbal extracts appears to be carefully chosen. First of the herbal extracts is neem leaf, which is an antioxidant that also has anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea is another antioxidant further down the ingredient deck. Horsetail and coneflower are known to aid in wound healing. In addition, there are many more herbals, including yucca root, eyebright, sage, stevia leaf, ginkgo leaf, gota kola, marshmallow root and so on and so on.
The only caveat that I see with this product is the size of the jar, which is kind of small at 1.5 oz. for $60. I have a tendency to apply things heavy handedly, but if you spread it on thinly, it could last a while. I would definitely recommend the Josh Rosebrook exfoliator! My skin just looked so great after applying this product.
Ingredients: Organic honey, vegetable glycerin, organic lecithin, organic herbal extracts of neem leaf, yucca root, sage, stevia leaf, eyebright, coneflower (echinacia), fennel powder, horsetail, bilberry, chickweed, comfrey, slippery elm, peppermint, bladderwrack, lavender flowers, calendula flowers, white willow bark, skullcap, ginkgo leaf, green tea, alfalfa, hawthorne berry, gota kola, marshmallow root, st. john’s wort, yerba mate, solomon’s seal root, rosemary leaf, papaya enzyme, walnut shells, certified organic plant sourced xanthan gum, organic essential oils of lemon, cyprus, fennel