With all the hoo-ha about scrubs at the moment, Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser is one you can enjoy when it launches knowing it’s adding nothing bad to sea life. It’s kind of a surprise that brands are still using microbeads. Microbeads travel out to sea because filters at plants aren’t fine enough to catch them (although it makes you wonder why we aren’t asking for finer filters – that has to be possible, surely) so they’re ingested by fish and other sea life. The trouble with microbeads, apart from the fact that it’s distinctly not good for aquatic life who should be eating plankton and so on, is that they gather toxins such as pesticides. Once the fish eat them, and then we eat the fish, hey presto, we’re eating what we just exfoliated with, but with some extra toxic added extras. Not literally eating the actual beads.. but I don’t know enough about fish digestion to understand how that process works – it’s best that way!
Anyway, Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser doesn’t contain any of the list (taken from the Daily Mail) here: polyethylene, or PE, polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and nylon, instead using carnauba wax and jojoba esters for exfoliation. The scent is what had me at hello – like a shot of fresh orange juice for your face that leaves skin feeling fresh and smooth. If you love a morning scrub, I’d genuinely recommend as a gorgeous way to start the day, and the cleansing element is totally a draw for a quick morning skin clean. Alongside spearmint oil, grapefruit oil and lemon oil (so weird there is no orange in it because it smells totally of oranges to me!) it has a shot of caffeine, Panax Ginseng and will cost £18.50 from June. Apparently, grapefruit oil helps deal with irritability *orders bulk grapefruit oil* which I didn’t know.
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