As I mentioned yesterday, I went along to Harvey Nichols Birmingham for their beauty studio event and to meet Elijah Choo of Bodhi. I bought my wonderful, wonderful Bodhi Ylang-Ylang Incensa Bath and Shower Therapy and as a part of the event, I got a goody bag. Well, what can I say? I’m not one to turn down free beauty products!Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator

In my goody bag was a small tube of Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator and, knowing Elemis to be a fairly solid brand with some leanings towards employing more natural ingredients, I thought I would give it a go.

On reading the various bits of blurb online about the product, it sounds amazing. It contains Moroccan Rose to help hydrate and micro-spherical jojoba to exfoliate. These are bound together in a Vitamin-C rich, cucumber based gel to help refresh the skin. It’s even on Cult Beauty, the home of cult beauty products, as it has “the astonishing ability to leave skin feeling literally like velvet. This emollient gel is so gentle you can use it every day.”

Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator review
Now maybe this is a product that you do need to use every day for a sustained period to reap the benefits but having tried it once, I won’t be hurrying back. For a start, I don’t want to exfoliate my skin everyday. It gets enough exfoliation every day removing my cleanser with either a flannel or a muslin cloth, depending on where I am in the week and when I last washed a pile. But when I do exfoliate as a separate process, I do want to feel that it is actually doing something. Whilst using spherical jojoba beads is brilliant as these are unlikely to scratch the skin, there does need to be more than there are in this particular scrub. And as much as it smells gorgeous, my skin felt no different after using it than it did before.

The fact that when I double checked the ingredients and discovered it contains 4 different parabens (Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben) just confirms that this particular exfoliator and I were never destined to get on.

I would like to point out that I seem to be in a distinct minority when it comes to disliking this product. I normally agree with pretty much everything that Fiona from The Beauty Shortlist says but since this exfoliator was the winner of the Best Exfoliator category of the Beauty Shortlist Awards, this may be one area where we agree to disagree.

If you want to give it a go, Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator is available from Time to Spa priced £25.60 for 50ml or Cult Beauty priced £25.00 for 50ml.

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