Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment REVIEW

I am one of those people who finds it essential to use a good body scrub on a fairly regular basis (usually about once a week for me), but I have grown particularly picky about which types I am willing to use. While I really LOVE the results from the higher-end sugar and sea salt varieties that are suspended in oils- I hate having to scrub the sludge they create on my shower floor (I find it über unappealing). Instead, I prefer the scrubs that I use to leave me and the bottom of my shower clean.

Kate Somerville's Exfolikate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment not only leaves me silky smooth, but it doesn't leave one oily mess on the bottom of my shower either- so that alone makes this product a winner in my book.

The exfoliating beads are of a good size and texture-- not too gritty and not too gentle. This product is filled with glycolic and lactic acids which help exfoliate, polish and refine the skin. It is also filled with fruit enzymes which lift and remove dead skin cells. Every time that I use this I am stunned by how soft, smooth, and moisturized my skin is left feeling. In fact, I have found that I don't really need to moisturize after I use this, but I often do anyway (more as a force of habit, rather than a necessity).

According to Kate Somerville:
ExfoliKate® Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment makes your skin radiant and smooth all over. Its naturally effective complex of ingredients delivers a bevy of benefits. Papaya and pumpkin enzymes digest dead skin cells and gentle beads buff them away. Glycolic and lactic acids polish and refine, while rich emollients leave skin supple. Caffeine stimulates skin, helping to tighten and firm, as bergamot and lavender oils combine for a soothing scent.

This product is intended as a multi-action, skin-softening essential that creates a head-to-toe glow. It is formulated for all skin types EXCEPT for those with sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Water, Lactic Acid, Polyethylene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pectin, Carica Papaya Fruit, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Papain, Bromelain, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Mel/Honey/Miel, Acetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cinnamal, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Beta-Carotene (CI 75130), Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (CI 75810).

The one real negative, that might be a deal-breaker, is the price. At $65.00 for 5 oz. you have to know that you LOVE it before spending that kind of coin. I would suggest asking for a sample at Sephora to see if you love it enough to take the plunge. I got mine from Sephora a long time ago when they bundled it in a value set with a 5 oz. tube of Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (reviewed here)- which made it a pretty economical purchase.

Overall assessment: A wonderful body scrub, but it's on the more expensive side.

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