As much as I've enjoyed using my Nourish Body Polish on my face, I wanted to pick up an actual face scrub to incorporate into my skincare routine. I was able to test out a few different scrubs on my hands at a local health food store and decided on Devita's Gentle Aloe Facial Scrub. I did end up ordering it from Vitacost, rather than just buying it in store, as, in a classic case of Canadian pricing, the markup was a little extreme. As much as I like supporting local, Canadian businesses, the health food store was selling it for $28 or $29 and I was able to get it on Vitacost for less than $17.
I've been using this scrub for about a month now and overall I'm pleased with it. Jojoba beads tend to be my favorite exfoliant, and Devita's scrub doesn't disappoint at all in that regard. It does a fantastic job exfoliating and my skin is left feeling extremely smooth and soft. As you may already know, I'm usually drawn to simpler skincare products and this fits the bill in that area as well. It has a short ingredients list and in terms of appearance and feel, it really seems like it could just be jojoba beads in a base of aloe vera gel. (Obviously there are a few more ingredients than that though!) For whatever reason, it also reminds me a little of those conventional, drugstore scrubs with the perky, bright colored beads that many of us used as teens.
I prefer using this scrub in the shower, as the scrubby bits really cling to your face and it can be difficult to get them all off at the sink. The scrub has no added essential oils or fragrance and it smells pretty neutral. I want to say it smells the tiniest bit like alcohol, perhaps from the sorbitol, but even that is extremely mild.
My only complaint is that it sometimes leaves my face feeling tight. I've been using the scrub about twice a week, and on those days, to compensate for any potential dryness, I make sure to use a pump of Aura Cacia's argan oil in between my regular toner and moisturizer. With this extra precaution, I haven't had any problems with the scrub drying out my skin.
The Bottom Line
I've always heard amazing things about Devita's skincare products and I'm glad I finally gave them a try with this scrub. While I wouldn't say I'm crazy, head-over-heels in love with it, it does work well. I'm curious to check out more from the line in the future!
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis* (aloe vera gel), saponaria officialis (soapwort) extract, jojoba esters (bead), sorbitol, simmondsia chinenesis (jojoba) seed oil, hydrastis canadensis (golden seal) extract, sodium chloride, allantoin, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract.
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