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Making the Switch: Face Scrub

27 Feb

I’m going to do a series of posts entitled “Making the Switch,” which will focus on ridding a certain ingredient or product out of my life and replacing it with a kinder alternative. Some may not work out the way I hope, but this year is dedicated to trial and error.

LUSH's "Ocean Salt" and Kaia House Organic's "Lemon and Sugar Clarifying Scrub"

Once upon a time, I used to work part-time at LUSH in Philadelphia, and fell madly deeply in love with their facial scrub called “Ocean Salt.” And it seriously felt like you were scrubbing the grime out with all the goodness of the ocean. It’s chockfull of amazing ingredients, like a mix of fine and coarse sea salt, grapefruit infusion, seaweed absolute, extra virgin coconut oil, avocado butter, and fresh organic lime extracted in vodka.  WOW, right?  But they sneak in one little ingredient that pretty much negates everything good they put in: lanolin.

What’s lanolin?  It’s a yellow waxy substance that’s secreted by sheep to protect their wool and skin.  While it’s usually harvested from the wool and not the sheep themselves, it is still pretty nasty to think about.  Why do I need yellow sheep wax in my face scrub?  I don’t!  My skin secretes enough oil to keep me protected.  While lanolin is technically vegetarian because it’s a byproduct of wool, just do a Google search and take a look at what sheep go through to get shorn.  The wool industry is an industry more interested in making a profit than humanely shearing sheep.  While I take no issue with a small farm gently shearing their sheep in the summer, the lanolin from that wool is almost definitely not in “Ocean Salt.”  So that’s why I’m saying goodbye to my favorite facial scrub and on the search for another that can do a hell of a job without supporting big bad wool.

My first attempt is Kaia House Organic’s “Lemon and Sugar Clarifying Scrub.”  I ordered this online, sight unseen, thinking the lemon and sugar might have something in common with my beloved “Ocean Salt.”  This is a much gentler scrub that kind of smells like playdough.  But it’s vegan, mostly organic, made in the USA, and makes my skin baby soft.  No complaints with any of that!  Also, while I’m not anti-parabens (in moderation), it’s cool that Kaia products never contain them – one less thing to worry about.  After I’m done with this jar, I’ll be on the look out for a salt scrub with a little more oomph, and get back to you on what’s better.