A highly effective, dual-purpose foaming, cleansing and exfoliating scrub blending natural Volcanic Ash with fine sugar crystals. Refines and unclogs the skin, adds instant moisture: leaves skin feeling soft and comfortably clean. Mineral-rich. May be used effectively on any part of face or body. Rinses off with warm water.
Aside from my beloved L’Oreal Exfoliating Gel Wash which I’ve reviewed (here) before they reformulated it beyond recognition, this is the best Exfoliator I’ve ever used! It comes in 100 ml/3.4 fl oz squeeze-tube packaging with a flip-top cap. The cap is flat enough that if you set this down, it will stand upright on it’s own, which is convenient because that makes the product housed inside, slowly sink to the bottom of the tube on it’s own, waiting to be squeezed out whenever you need it. Another really convenient thing about this packaging is that the tube is transparent so you can keep track of how much you have left, instead of being unpleasantly surprised when it eventually runs out.
This Volcanic Ash Exfoliator has a paste-like consistency, meaning you don’t ever have to worry about squeezing out too much too quickly, or even spilling it all over the place. It’s much less liquid-y than that. As a matter of fact, this feels like you are rubbing powder-soft sand on your face which isn’t surprising because Sugar is listed as the first ingredient and Volcanic Ash is listed as the fifth. I’ve tried lots of exfoliating products that usually include sugar in the ingredients, but they usually “skip” over certain patches while exfoliating others, which is a pet peeve of mine, as I’ve mentioned in this post (here). This doesn’t do that. It actually exfoliates evenly!!!!
The texture of the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator from MAC reminds me of the texture of a foot cream I used to have a long time ago from Lush (I actually picked that one up because I had missed out on getting the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator from MAC). Coincidentally, the one from Lush also included Volcano in it’s name. I’m attracted to certain words in skincare and beauty items and Volcano happens to be one of them, so anytime I see a product with Volcano in it’s name, I have to try it. Honestly, minus the strange smell that the Lush one had, these both have the same powder-soft wet-sand texture which I actually really like! Volcano from Lush is meant to be used on the feet though (and it really did make my feet quite soft) and has a beige color to it, whereas the Volcanic Ash from MAC which can be used on the face and body is, straight up black which can create a huge mess in the bathroom which is why I suggest using this while you’re in the shower, as opposed to using it when you’re at the sink.
The way I use this is by squeezing out a small amount in the palm of my already wet hand, and rubbing my hands together to form a paste, which I then apply to my face, and rub it around vigorously. Don’t expect soap bubbles and whatnot, because this isn’t a Shampoo or a Shower Gel but for an exfoliating product, this does lather and foam up nicely. The sugar crystals literally melt upon contact with water. Another way I use this is by squeezing some out onto my finger, and applying it to my already wet face, and rubbing in circular motions, dipping my hands under running water (I only use this stuff in the shower) at regular intervals. Too much water and the whole thing turns into a liquid. Too little water, and you’re basically scratching up your face as this can be quite abrasive. You have to find the right balance but man oh man, sloughing off all that dead skin feels amazing! After rinsing it off my face with water, I physically feel different, like my skin is finally breathing. It’s an amazing sensation, you guys! This also makes my skin brighter, softer, and smoother! Although with regular use, I have noticed that this can dry out my skin so I use it less often to minimize the drying effect (2-3 times a week as opposed to everyday). Also, the smell on the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is kind of odd and sometimes when I get out of the shower, I can still smell it on my hands, and face. It doesn’t necessarily clash with the scents of the other products I usually use straight out of the shower but it doesn’t compliment them either.
All in all, I love this Exfoliator and can confidently state that it has become my new favorite!
Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator from MAC retails for KD12/000 and is part of the permanent line so you can get it at any time.