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I imagine that many members of the TIA community have become, like me, fans of the Snowberry line since learning about it earlier this year. Charming, whimsical graphics and truly effective and natural formulations are just a few things to expect from Snowberry. I reviewed the Nourishing Rich Day Cream ($96 in the shop) back in July and, as predicted, came back to it with even greater enthusiasm when fall weather arrived. I was thrilled when TIA asked me to review the Snowberry Nourishing Exfoliator ($43 for 2.5fl oz.). And I’m deeply depressed to respond with a less than completely positive review.
Even though at 57 I’m clearly in the serious (or desperate) anti-aging category, I wouldn’t use all those pricey serums and moisturizers and de-wrinklers without a basis of something for smoothing, soothing, and pore-tightening. My favorite, Holy Grail product is still Your Best Face Prep ($80 in the shop), which is so fine-textured that it leaves the skin practically glowing.
The Snowberry Exfoliator sounds incredible: a cornucopia of natural hydrators and moisturizers (some quite exotic, at least to me – Ucuuba butter? Illipe butter? Tucuma oil?), along with cultured mother-of-pearl and jojoba beads for exfoliation. And it is a rich, creamy, actually surprisingly unctuous potion. Directions say to use it once a week for smooth and hydrated skin. And at $42 for 2.5 ounces, it won’t break the bank.
From the first time I used it, though, I was less impressed than I anticipated. It certainly felt hydrating – I instantly bought the “nourishing” part of the name – but it just didn’t seem to be much of an exfoliator. The beads (I guess these are the jojoba beads) are relatively large and coarse. That, combined with the richness of the cream, meant it didn’t feel like it was really scrubbing – in fact there seemed to be a residue of those beads on my hands. The smell was lovely, without being overly strong, and the cream works onto the face nicely and feels highly emollient.
I used it several times a week for several weeks, but soon came to the conclusion that the Snowberry Nourishing Exfoliator is more of a hydrating treatment or mask, and not really an exfoliator. I just didn’t experience that utterly clean, smooth feeling I associate with this kind of product. I often think that products with multiple identities tend not to succeed at any, and maybe that’s the case with this one. Perhaps someone who is nervous about scrubs or has very sensitive skin might want to try this as the exfoliating action seems, at least for me, to take second place to the truly “nourishing” aspects of the formula. I’ll stick with the fine-grained YBF Prep (or even the bargain Skinfinite Micro Derma Scrub ($35), especially in summer), and pair it with great treatment moisturizers (including Snowberry’s).
Ingredients: Aqua (Demineralised), Melia Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Seed Wax, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Esters, Mauritella Armata Burret (Carana) Extract, Astrocaryum Tucuma Mart Nut Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceratonia Siliqua (Locust Bean) Gum , Margaritifera Calcus (Mother Of Pearl Extract) Granule, Glucose & Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase, Galactarabinan Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Seed Oil, Sclerotium Gum, Fragrance, Palmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten Extract, Alpha-glucan Oligosaccharide, Shorea Stenoptera (Illipe Butter), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Parfum, Virola Sebifera (Ucuuba) Seed Butter, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Knightia Excelsa Mel, Ruby Powder, Ursolic Acid / Oleanolic, Beta-Carotene