As plastic microbeads are outlawed throughout the world, skincare companies are scrambling to reformulate their products. Natural exfoliants – salt, sugar, coffee, shells – are not only as effective as their plastic counterparts but infinitely kinder to the environment and reduce your exposure to petrochemicals. You could theoretically make your own scrubs at home but I've tried it and while it sounds like a pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon, in practice it was an inexact, time-consuming and messy process. So now I trust the experts.
Nathalie Bond's Peppermint + Eucalyptus Body Scrub is made from sugar, coconut oil, apricot oil, sunflower oil, ground apricot stones, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree leaf oil, vitamin E, limonene and linalool. The 90% organic formula is suitable for vegans and completely free from synthetic ingredients (including microbeads).
I usually dry brush my skin first, then emulsify a little of the scrub in the palm of my hand and apply it to dry skin in small circular movements before washing it off with warm water. The peppermint and eucalyptus oils give the scrub an invigorating scent, while the tea tree lends an antiseptic quality. It is slightly less abrasive than other natural scrubs, making it ideal for those with more sensitive skin.
250g | £19.50 | nathaliebond.com
Review sample kindly provided by Nathalie Bond Organics.