All soaps, shower gels and exfoliating scrubs have one glorious thing in common: they make us feel clean and pretty. And most of the time, cleansers and scrubs — true to form — look and smell clean and pretty, too.
Oh, but not so with MAC’s Volcanic Ash Exfoliator ($19). To be blunt, it looks like dirt — magical dirt.
As you might expect, it’s the jet black volcanic ash in the product that makes it look the way that it does. The feeling I got looking at my arms and legs in the shower after I worked the fine, scrubbing grains onto my freshly rinsed skin was one of impressed confusion. I was impressed because the product felt effective (like a good, deep cleanser) and confused because my skin looked covered in soot. COOL!
The texture first feels like fine granulated sugar rubbed onto my skin. Working the grains back and forth produces the exfoliating action, scrubbing away dead skin cells and anything else. After about a minute of rubbing and scrubbing, the grains dissolve away into a lightly scented (slightly sweet), moisturizing foam.
Hopefully, the jar lasts a long time. A little seems to go a long way. I used the equivalent of one heaping tablespoon to clean my entire body. MAC says Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is also safe for use on the face.
I’m picky when it comes to exfoliating scrubs. I can’t stand products with abrasive, chunky grains or crushed seeds that feel rough and scratchy. Volcanic Ash doesn’t feel like that at all; the grains feel gentle and soft. Nor does this stuff leave behind an oily film after rinsing like some other exfoliating scrubs do (Origins Salt Rub comes to mind). Clumsy girl + oily skin + slippery tub = recipe for disaster.
Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is an excellent deep cleanser, lightly moisturizing, that leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean. Warning: avoid baking after use as the product leaves behind a lightly sweet fragrance like sugar cookies.
MAC Cosmetics Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
Price: $19 for a 4.5-oz. jar
Use: To exfoliate, clean and moisturize the body and face.
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
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