Today I’m reviewing Earth Therapy nature’s concept Oatmeal anti-bacterial facial Scrub. Most of you may not have heard of this brand before. Even I had not till I came across its range of products in Beauty Centre, Khar. It was stacked next to the Aroma Magic products and I was quite attracted by this large tube of scrub with the words “anti-bacterial” in its description.
The SA seemed to have very limited knowledge about this brand but since it was on 25% off MRP, I decided to give it a shot. Scrubs are my favorite skin care products and I scrub almost daily with a mild scrub.
Price: Rs 150 (I picked it up for Rs 113 approx.)
Quantity: 200 g
What the packaging says about the product : (See image below)
My experience with the product :
The product comes in a flip open type tube packaging. Its a fairly large tube, containing 200 g of product which will last me a long time!
The packaging is sturdy and I like the color scheme/design of the packaging. The texture of the scrub is really thick and dense so you need to apply pressure on the tube to squeeze it out. Its white in color and again a little pressure is needed to spread it. It contains white granules- more like a cross between broken fibres and granules which I assume is the oatmeal. The granules are neither too harsh nor too gentle- they have just the right abrasive action.
I apply it on wet face and massage for a few seconds, leave it on for a few more and then wash it off. It leaves a slight waxy feeling behind which doesn’t get washed off. But the skin looks really soft and supple after washing so I don’t mind the slight waxiness. I do make it a point to follow up with toner to remove any excess oil/residue that it leaves behind for fear of clogging pores. Right from the first application, it has made my skin softer, more supple and nourished! The effect however doesn’t last too long. I don’t need to scrub everyday but the glow it gives goes away after a few hours but the softness remains.
However, one of the biggest cons of this scrub is that it doesn’t clean the pores effectively- thus ineffective on blackheads and whiteheads.
I’m not sure if this product is meant for oily-skin but so far its working wonderfully on me. The “anti-bacterial” part makes it seem like a product for acne prone skin but the waxy/creamy texture of the skin suggests otherwise. It has a slight soapy fragrance which I didn’t like but its quite mild so that is not an issue.
Ingredients : (See image below)
I googled “fatty alcohol” and here’s some info I found with reference to cosmetics –
Fatty alcohols are used in cosmetics as thickening agents and emollients. They are not drying or irritating forms of alcohol.
Cetearyl Alcohol and the other fatty alcohols keep an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components. These ingredients are also used to alter the thickness of liquid products and to increase foaming capacity or to stabilize foams.
Since the scrub does not lather, I’m assuming it is soap-free but ‘fatty acids’- listed as another ingredient is a very generic term. Soaps are technically salts of fatty acids so it may still contain soap.
I have no idea about this brand and from the information on the packaging, I can see that its a Mumbai based company. The website link given on the packaging doesn’t work and googling didnt help either. If any of you have tried this brand or liked its products, please share in the comments!
The GOOD about Earth Therapy nature’s concept Oatmeal facial anti-bacterial scrub –
- Sturdy, simple and attractive packaging.
- Easy to use and hygienic flip open cap mechanism.
- Densely packed scrub particles.
- Granules are neither too harsh, nor too gentle.
- Removes all dead cells and dirt.
- Does not lather- very gentle on skin.
- Makes skin visibly smoother and softer.
- Gives a nourished look to the skin.
- The soft supple feel of the skin lasts for 2-3 days.
- Did not break me out or irritate existing 1-2 pimples in any way.
- Contains oatmeal which is known for its skin benefits.
- A lot of quantity for the price! 200g tube will last me months.
- Does not mention skin type its meant for.
- Texture is very thick and waxy- pressure is required to squeeze it out and spread it.
- Leaves slight waxy feeling behind after washing.
- Does not clean pores well, no effect on blackheads/whiteheads. (updated on 3/8/2011)
- Has a mild soapy fragrance.
- No information about the brand or its availability.
- No effect of minimizing scars so far as claimed.
Overall Verdict : It is the best scrub I’ve used so far as far as overall look and softness and skin goes. It is neither too gentle nor too abrasive, removes all dead cells to reveal nourished clean skin that looks visibly smoother and softer to touch. The nourished looks goes away in a few hours but the suppleness remains. It seems soap-free since it doesn’t lather and is very gentle yet effective. The fragrance seems artificial and soapy and it leaves a waxy feeling behind (because of all the emollients) but nothing that toner cannot take care of. 200 g for Rs 112 for such a great product is steal! It has its cons but it works so well for my sensitive oily acne prone skin , so I’m not complaining! However, it does not clean pores properly giving rise to blackheads and whiteheads after a few days. Acne prone skinned girls may want to stay away from this or use it in conjunction with another more abrasive scrub (updated 3/8/2011)
Will I repurchase : It makes my skin soft and supple but does not clean pores well, so NO.
Which is your favorite scrub?
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