My friend works in set design, sometimes in the hardest conditions (early mornings, long days, no breaks). The compromise is a check that can keep him not working for weeks, and the perks are sometimes as good as it gets: VIP admission to clubs, free clothes and, best of all, free beauty products! One of his last assignments was working on an event for Seboni, a spa line based out of Cornwall, southwest England. I've never been to this neck of the woods but apparently the coastline is visually phenomenal.

Seboni Cornish Spa Essentials is a luxury aromatherapy line that brings the spa into your home. They contain no artificial fragrances, no parabens, lanolins, PEGs, harsh detergents or animal products.

Since my friend knows I love trying out new products, he gave me (from his gift bag) the Seboni Heligan Haze Rejuvenating Facial Scrub. The product is pretty huge (6 fl oz) and dressed in pretty luxe packaging: heavy glass jar with black lid.

The Heligan Haze line is chockfull of essential oils of lavender, sage, thyme, rosemary, juniper, dill, cypress and geranium, so I was quite impressed with the aroma, especially with a facial scrub that sometimes lacks a pleasant scent. The combination of these herbs really help freshen, uplift and rejuvenate, some known to promote alertness, clarity and relaxation.

Here, the rice bran wax is the main exfoliator, and the essential oils do nothing but help stimulate and tone. One of the top ingredients, sweet almond oil, is a "non-oily" oil that actually adds a pleasant sheen and balances moisture. It's important to note the use of kaolin—which is packed with minerals and quite soothing—as much of it is produced in Cornwall, so you're getting the real thing.

The scrub itself is quite rich and creamy and fragrant, something that I can see being used in luxury spas over the world. After application, the scent still lingers nicely, and the face feels squeaky clean.


Aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, kaolin, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, glycerin, polysorbate 60, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax, sorbitan stearate, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, calendula officinialis flower extract, corylus aveliana (hazel) seed oil, sambucus nigra flower extract, oryza sativa (rice) bran, parfum (fragrance), linalool, limonene, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol.