Okay, I can’t lie. I had to look up Gommage. Basically it is a fancy way of saying exfoliate. Exfoliate being a fancy way of saying scrub, in case you were wondering. I should point out that while I love exfoliators and will try most, I am extremely picky about which ones I keep around.
Anything with walnut shells need not apply.
To be honest I think I might have seen the brand Skin and Co in passing, but I never really tried anything from them. The packaging is not the sort that demands attention. But as it was in this month’s IPSY Ultimate (retail $28) and therefor in my house, I gave it a try. Besides, its what’s inside that counts.
First , the details and claims. This product contains (according to the website):
Black Winter Truffle – contains a high concentration of powerful antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) that finds cells damaged by free radicals and environmental aggressors to reverse and prevent further damage
Sweet Almond Oil – high in monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, along with Vitamins A & E, Sweet Almond Oil works well as a deep cleansing treatment removing makeup, oil, dirt and impurities accumulated throughout the day
Apricot Seed Powder– extracted from the kernels of Apricots, this gentle exfoliating powder is finely milled to ensure a gentle and smooth application to gently exfoliate and promote the removal of dull, damaged, and dead skin cells
Olive Oil – a rich botanical source of squalene, the nourishing oil that mimics skin’s sebum helps to regulate moisture and oil production in skin for a more hydrated and supple
Allantoin– Ideal for dry skin, Allantoin works as a skin conditioning ingredient, soothing sensitive and irritated skin types
Okay, time to try. I opened the lid and sniffed. I smell the sweet almond oil more than anything, which isn’t a surprise. I often use Almond oil in baking and it takes very little for it to overpower everything in it’s path. This was tamed by a slight earthiness that I’m guessing came from the truffle and a little fruitiness that is probably the olive oil. Personally, I really like the scent of it. And while if it works I will use some of the worst smelling goop around, having a product I use smell nice, doesn’t hurt.
The trick is, does it work?
I will admit that there is a part of me that is suspicious of the effectiveness of nice smelling products. It is almost as though a part of my brain only thinks a product works if it smells nasty. I think it is because of medicines when I was little. I very distinctly remember pulling a face at the taste of something and being told, ‘Of course it tastes bad, it’s medicine. That’s how you know it works.’
I’ve noticed I am not the only one in my family who has this issue. I’ve seen various family members sniff things and actually say ‘it must work because it stinks’ or the reverse ‘That smells too good to be of any use.’
Maybe we can get some sort of group therapy.
Anyway, despite its lovely smell, I was determined to press on.
The exfoliating part of the cream isn’t terribly harsh on the fingertips which led me to believe it wouldn’t be too harsh on the skin. So into the breach we go.
Or in this case the bathroom.
I have to say, I am in love.
The exfoliate wasn’t too harsh on my skin, the scent filling the bathroom was wonderful and it rinsed off easily and well. I patted my face dry and marveled at the silky smoothness of my skin. My skin was smooth, clean and well hydrated. There was no form of waxy residue or grittiness remaining. Not only will I definitely be ordering this again, but I will be looking into what other products they have in their roster of skin care. I will keep my dictionary handy and my Thesaurus at the ready in case they use alternative words for moisturizer or toner, but I really want to see what else they produce and if everything is as fabulous as their Face Gommage.
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