I am 23 years young and just beginning to learn how to take care of my skin in order to preserve it for my future. My skin is generally pretty oily, and I don’t use any special products other than the usual drugstore brand moisturizers, body products, and face washes.

Upon receiving Red Flower’s Isla Das Rocas Revitalizing Sea Salt Scrub ($36), I was extremely optimistic. I had done some prior research on the company’s website and discovered that all of its products were organic and/or natural. I prematurely assumed that this product was going to deliver positive results.

When I opened the jar, I was surprised to find that the scrub had a strong, flowery smell – far different and much more pleasing than the sea salt smell I was expecting. When I started using the product, I anticipated immediate change: soft, firm, moisturized and exfoliated skin; however, this was not the case. I used the scrub every day for four straight weeks and hardly noticed a change. I’m not sure if the product was primarily intended for use on rough, dry skin (which I don’t have) or if it just failed to deliver the results Red Flower’s website promised.

After I completed my four-week trial of the Revitalizing Sea Salt Scrub without any change in my skin, I went back to evaluate it. Was there a problem with the product, or did I simply misuse it? I used the product during the long, hot month of August and kept it in the bathroom of my hot New York City apartment (big mistake). As a result, the oils began to separate from the salt in the scrub after only two weeks. Most of the oil sank to the bottom of the jar, while the salt stayed at the top. As I neared the end of the four weeks, most of the scrub had been used up and I noticed that there was more oil than scrub left in the container. For the last two days, the product was more of an oil solution than a scrub.

Looking back, I should have kept the scrub in a more moderate climate. Although I cannot be sure that my experience with the product would have been different had I kept the product in a cooler place, it would not hurt for others to be more cautious about where it is left.

Overall, my experience with the revitalizing sea salt scrub was neither positive nor negative. I don’t feel that it had any effect on my skin, other than making it feel clean after each use.

Ingredients: South Atlantic Ocean sea salt (maris sal), certified organic safflower oil (carthamus tinctorius), aloe barbadensis leaf juice (and) algae extract, corn (zea mays) starch, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, whole essential and fragrance oils of apple blossom, boronia, freesia and Arctic River flower