I have never encountered a skin scrub that didn't feel like I was either using a cheese grater on my face or left it so dry it felt like the cement pavements in July during a New York heat wave. Scrubs are tricky to nail. The beads can be too big or too rough on your skin but I felt Michael Todd's True Organics Tropical Fruit Enzyme Exfoliant Scrub ($18 in the shop) has been more than a scrub to my oily visage; it has nourished it.
It first of all has beautiful tropical packaging and smells delicious. Not overpowering like a generic 'fruit' smell cosmetic companies tend to sell, but fruity in a gentle way with subtle hints of kiwi and pineapple. It glides smoothly out of the tube (no shaking needed) and only a pea size amount is needed. I apply the scrub using the balls of my fingertips, gently massaging them into my skin. The beads are small and light and I can instantly feel the deep cleanse it's giving my face. I massage the scrub into my skin for five minutes. Using warm water I gently start removing the scrub. This takes some time - nearly as long as applying it, as I can feel when I miss some beads and have to give my face a thorough wash twice. I pat dry my face and look into the mirror. My skin is visibly brighter and more alive. To the touch, it's squeaky clean and so soft I wonder if I need to apply moisturizer. I don't even want to apply make-up over it!
Michael Todd's True Organics Tropical Fruit Enzyme Exfoliant Scrub was a complete winner for me and is now a staple in my morning and evening cleaning ritual. At last a scrub that does what it says on the bottle
Ingredients in Michael Todd True Organics Tropical Fruit Enzyme Exfoliant Scrub: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut RBD) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Wax Beads, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Emulsifying Wax, Palm Stearic Acid, Walnut Shell Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Essential Oil, Organic Carica Papaya (Green Papaya) Extract, Organic Ananas Comosus (Pineapple) Extract, Organic Carica Papaya (Papaya) Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Orange, Sweet) Essential Oil, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Pulp Powder, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Puree, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.