It is ages since I’ve used a jojoba bead face scrub. Exfoliators these days seem to boast exotica such as walnut shells, sedimentary rock, aluminum crystals. So when I saw Odacité Jojoba Beads Exfoliant ($45), it was like being given a comforting slice of pie after a rich and spicy meal.

The feel of the beads gently rolling over my face was totally nostalgic. Humble and drugstore common though they may be, jojoba beads deserve a bit of attention. The thing about jojoba beads is that they are perfectly spherical so that they don’t tear or irritate the skin. Made from jojoba oil, a shrub native to California and Arizona, they are wax esters. These tiny beads feel more like a massage than a scrub and I had forgotten how pleasant the sensation was.

Nice, but would Odacité Jojoba Beads Exfoliant actually leave my skin looking and feeling clean? Actually yes. After rinsing and patting with a towel, my skin looked polished and tight as though I’d gone from steam room to cold shower. I also like that it wasn’t at all drying due to aloe, coconut and jojoba oils. Some calendula and antioxidant red and white teas make it worth leaving on for a few moments.

After the first successful try, this cleanser/scrub is now a twice a week fixture of my regimen. Odacité says that the tub should last five or six months, which makes it a pretty good buy.

So who is Odacité anyway? This French brand was new to me, but it will be one that I’ll be getting to know. Its focus is on natural, chemical-free skincare with products that are freshly made and no-nonsense. Odacité  came about when founder Valérie Grandury was diagnosed with breast cancer and left her film production career to create safe skincare. We are very glad that she did. Felicitations et bon courage Valérie.

[Editor’s note: Odacité Jojoba Beads Exfoliant is available at The Nature of Beauty.]

Ingredients: Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) (Organic) * Coconut Oil (Organic) **Jojoba Wax (Simmondsia chinensis) Beads * Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis ) Oil (Organic) * Lavender (avendula angustifolia) (Organic) **Emulsifying Vegetable Wax * Olive oil (Olea europaea) (Organic) **Palm Stearic Acid * Calendula officinalis Extract (Organic) **Vegetable Glycerin * Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) extract (Organic) **Tocopherol (Vitamin E) * White Tea (Camellia sinensis) Extract (Organic) **Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide). *Organic, **Plant origin