I love a good meat tenderizer as much as the next gal, but I didn’t expect to find one — make that two in my new body scrub!
No, indie skin care line Veronica Malibu does not have quality control issues at their manufacturing plant. The meat tenderizers I found in this jar of Seaweed & Pineapple Body Scrub ($28 for a 2-oz. jar) were added deliberately, and they make the product stand out in the crowded field of skin scrubs.
Lately, I haven’t been in the mood for abrasive or painful scrubs; I want something kinder and gentler, so when I found out that water, aloe vera gel and seaweed were the top three ingredients in Veronica Malibu’s new scrub, it piqued my interest.
I love aloe and always have. I had a plant once, but I left it in my dad’s care when I moved away to college. Bad move… Let’s just say, his thumbs weren’t vera green at that time. 🙂
This scrub’s a gel, so it has that slimy feel to it (which you’ll probably either love or hate), but I find it strangely refreshing. Among other things, the gel contains jojoba beads, papain (from papaya) and bromelain enzymes (compounds derived from pineapples); along with papain, bromelain is one of the most popular substances to use for meat tenderizing.
CULINARY/BEAUTY FUN FACT: Chefs will sprinkle bromelain powder directly on uncooked meat, where it penetrates it through a process called forking, which makes the meat tender and palatable when cooked. 😉
As a scrub, the gel feels surprisingly gentle and has a light pineapple scent, yum! But it’s not so gentle that I don’t feel like it’s working. After rinsing it off, it leaves behind a layer of moisture that leaves my skin feeling almost like it does when I use an oil-based body exfoliator, except that this stuff doesn’t make the bathtub slippery after I’ve used it!
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: Expensive? Yes, a little ($28 for a small 2-oz. jar, OUCH!), and it’s not the prettiest packaging I’ve ever seen, but Veronica Malibu has an interesting scrub on its hands with a pleasing scent and a list of intriguing ingredients. Ladies who love mega moisturizing scrubs but don’t want to deal with a slippery bathtub after using an oil-based one might really appreciate this. Available online. Grade: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. For all you bargain hunters, I did some searching for a cheaper alternative and found that Jason, a natural skincare line found at health food stores, makes a similar aloe-based scrub called Jason Natural Aloe Vera Soothing Body Scrub for about $6. Its scrubbies come in the form of rice bran instead of jojoba, and it contains quite a few other ingredients as well (23 of them in all), many of them synthetic, but if you’ve given it a try, please let me know if you liked it.