Thursday, 3 March 2011

Focus on Embryolisse: Exfoliating Care Cream

Two weeks just crept their way by in that kind of sneaky, 'shit, is it 10pm already?!' kind of way where you spend ages getting very little done - which is pretty much a mainstay of my life. Have you seen my flat? It looks like a bomb exploded. Usually when I've got lots of work to do (huge, colossal amounts in the physical sense too - I have to take a running leap over my piles of books to get to my beloved sofa), the flat is clean and tidy and everything is in its place, because I'm not only excellent at procrastination, but I'm also excellent at offsetting or repurposing the energy I should be using into doing something else... Like a backwards rocket, or something - I accomplish stuff, but the wrong kinds of stuff.

That's why, when I have lots of work, I tend to get loads of blogging done... Apart from recently, apparently.

So I return from obscurity with an Embryolisse review, because it's frankly an awesome product (and I've had the samples such a long time that they're foaming at the mouth for their spotlight) and I dare you not to agree with me (even if you've not even heard of it or ever tried it before). Today's review is going to be on Embryolisse's Exfoliating Care Cream - even though the phrase 'dead skin' FREAKS ME THE HELL OUT.

Image snaffled from Coco Beau.

The Exfoliating Care Cream is a creamy, white, cream with gently exfoliating micro-beads to exfoliate, refine and clean your face without drying it out.

I'm going to hold my hands up and say this is quite honestly the best facial scrub I've ever used - but please do bear in mind that I could possibly have the worst taste in facial scrubs ever, making this look good by comparison (but I really don't think it's that...) From the very first use of this product, I felt like it 'got' me - that's quite a claim for something which isn't yet evolved enough to have successfully developed DNA, but it's true nonetheless.

What I mean by that is that going back to other scrubs felt pointless and WRONG after using this one - especially when we come to the sticky question of 'micro-beads'. I currently own at least 2 (and a half!) scrubs in my bathroom, all of which also make similar claims to 'micro-bead-dom' (yeah... sorry), but in comparison to the Exfoliating Care Cream, they might as well be the size of a beach ball.

The micro-beads in the Embryolisse product are interesting (at least, to me) because they're so much smaller and finer - they almost remind me of really, really fine sand, but not as frighteningly abrasive. The result is a thorough and gentle scrub with none of those rough-feeling plastic beads being rubbed vigorously over your delicate facial skin.

In short: it's an incredibly satisfying scrub to use and you need oh-so-little to cleanse your face. It attacks the flaky nasties and leaves skin squeaky-clean without drying it.

It's paraben-free, and I couldn't find any mineral oils. It contains beeswax and vitamins A (for controlling acne and skin disorders), E (for antioxidants and to regulate vitamin A) and F (which I had to Google, but it's essentially omega fatty acids). It does contain perfume, however - it's the same perfume of all other Embryolisse products I've tried - a subtle clean and soapy scent.

It's essentially a beautifully rich cream with a slightly 'grainy' texture which leaves skin supple and descaled and I can't recommend it enough; I think it would work for all skin types too, as it exfoliated Kiwi's dry, scaly skin without making his face feel tight. There's only actually one reason in the whole wide world why I don't quite own it yet, and that's because I already own 2.5 scrubs to use up in the spirit of my Bathroom Detox. This is top of my list for the day I finish those scrubs - seriously why do they take so long to finish?! I want this one now, but my love and I must be parted a while longer...

The Embryolisse Exfoliating Care Cream is available from Coco Beau here.

DISCLOSURE FTW! A small sample of this product was provided to me for review from the ever-lovely Ria at Coco Beau. My reviews are always completely honest - but I kind of wish I had never found out about this product as I'm hooked and I know it'll be worth every penny when I finally make it mine.


  1. Baha I just wrote a blogpost 10 minutes ago to procrastinate from doing my economic readings - prior to that I organized my closet.

    Anyways I have yet to find a scrub that I love - I will def check this one out.


  2. As you know, lovely, I just cooked the entire Quiche Alsacienne (delicious, BTW) including the pastry in attempt to put off writing another word about functional equivalence. I love your reviews, anyway. x

  3. You should try the MD Formulations Faace & Body Scrub,it's the best one(in my opinion,and I've tried LOADS!). It has exfoliating beads,but also consists of glycolic acid,which makes the exfoliating better,as it is a chemical exfoliant :)

  4. Is this available in the states? I would love to try some of the things you review but they aren't available over here unless I want to pay astronomical shipping fees. Boo. :(

    I love Laura Mercier's Flawless Skin Face Polish. It is seriously amazing and I think I have recommened it to just about every day. It evens out my skin tone and takes the redness out of my cheeks, which is a big thing for me. It's my HG face scrub for sure!

  5. thanks so much for the review!

    love your blog! following you on your blog and youtube now :)

  6. @elle hearts blogs see if you can get a sample! It's honestly the best scrub I've ever used - everything feels wrong after it!

    @Rocaille mmm, quiche. We also had quiche shortly after YOUR announcement, you evil lady! x

    @Nadia Ooh sounds interesting! I've never heard of that brand - I'm looking forward to doing my research!

  7. @Victoria I found it on Amazon - so you can probably find it on other sites too - so at least it's looking promising for you guys :)

    @Ashley Borysewich thank you for the lovely comment and for reading :) I hope it was useful :)

  8. Just found your blog and I love it! I was supposed to be responding to emails this afternoon but think I'll just have to read your entire blog instead x

  9. @Simone G Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I hope I didn't set you back with your email progress :) x


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