Kate Somerville Exfolikate: Review 2016
Hi everyone!! What a lovely Sunday isn’t it? I have had the most laziest, chilled out Sunday possible and I am loving it. Amidst all my chilling, I realized that I really felt like blogging and sharing with you guys my thoughts on yet another product. So today we are talking about the ever-so-popular cult favorite Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. So I’m going to go through all the pros and cons of this product, describe what it is supposed to do and whether I think this is a worthy product.
Kate Somerville Exfolikate
Product Description: Pulling the product description straight off of the Sephora website, this is what it says –
Exfoliate and polish skin with ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment to reveal a glowing, fresh-from-the-clinic complexion. Kate’s bestselling exfoliator is formulated with face scrubbing natural exfoliants to deep clean clogged pores without over-drying skin. Lactic acid and fruit enzymes— papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin—reveal smooth skin and a brighter, healthier-looking complexion in as little as one use. This signature formula works both physically and enzymatically to deliver safe, dramatic results from the comfort of your home.
Basically, what my understanding of the product is that it is a one stop shop for everyone who loves to exfoliate. There are many people who swear by physical exfoliants (the ones which have scrubby little beads that you manually rub onto your skin for exfoliation). And then there are some who swear only by chemical exfoliation (so enzymes, AHAs, BHAs, any type of chemical powerhouse that will do the exfoliation for you once you apply it and let it sit on your skin). The Kate Somerville Exfolikate is the kind of product that is designed to satisfy both those classes of people by giving them benefits of both a physical and a chemical exfoliation.
Ingredients: Water, Lactic Acid, Polyethylene, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pectin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit, Lactobacillus Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dehydroxanthan Gum, PEG-100 Stearate, Salicylic Acid, SD Alcohol 40-B, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sorbic Acid, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Honey/Mel/Miel, Acetic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Bromelain, Papain, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Linalool, Limonene, Cinnamal, Beta-Carotene (CI 75130), Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (CI 75810).
Consistency: The consistency of this product is like most scrubs. It has little microbeads in it which it give it that scrubby sandy texture. It is not too scrubby to the point where you feel like you are deliberately torturing your face. It is green in color, so it kinda looks like a plant pulp. It does have a slight scent but you can hardly smell it on your face and it certainly isn’t an unpleasant smell by any means.
Why I Like The Kate Somerville Exfolikate: I am definitely one of those people who is a strong proponent of both physical and chemical exfoliation. A lot of people advise against physical exfoliation because it supposedly damages the skin. That may be or may not be true. But personally, I have dry skin; so once a week I like to physically scrub all the dead skin and flakes off of my face. This product in particular gives me the best of both worlds.
Why I Love The Kate Somerville Exfolikate: This is one of those product that is RESULTS DRIVEN. What I mean is that some products may be enjoyable to use but they don’t necessarily show visible results. However, the Kate Somerville Exfolikate is one of those products where you really can see the difference in your skin from the very first use. The first time I used it, I massaged the scrub onto my face for 45 seconds and then left it on there for the chemicals to work for about 4 minutes. They are not kidding when the packaging says that this is an intensive treatment. My skin can handle exfoliation pretty well I think, so I don’t get irritated or red skin. But, there is definitely a tingle on the skin when you put this on, so keep that in mind. Then again, this is a once or twice a week type of a scrub, so I can definitely handle that little tingle. So after my first use, I washed my face and looked in the mirror and I was shocked. Like actually taken aback. It literally looked like 4 layers of my skin had been melted away to reveal a very very bright fifth layer. I am not joking when I say this literally brightened my skin to the point where I’ll say it even ‘whitened’ it a little bit. Whitened in the sense that it took away the dark patches on my skin, especially the areas which are sun damaged and just gave a new fresh start to my face. And the second most important thing I noticed was how it completely cleared my blackheads away. I can usually see some blackheads on my nose, and every time I use this product, the pesky suckers completely disappear.
Cons of This Product: Actually, the Kate Somerville Exolikate has pretty big cons. To start off, if you see the ingredients list, a lot of it looks fine, but the third ingredient itself is POLYETHYLENE. That means that the little beads that make this product scrubby are actually made of out of plastic. Back in the day, most scrubs were made like this. However, the industry today frowns upon the use of plastic for the beads since they get dumped into the ocean and create tons of toxic waste. Now here’s the thing. If a drugstore brand used plastic beads, I wouldn’t be too upset about it. I mean, I would be, but still, it wouldn’t surprise me that they are selling an affordable product which means they probably have to cost cut by using cheap plastic beads. However, Kate Somerville is a brand that is one of the creme de la creme of the skincare industry. For her to use such a nasty, cheap ingredient in her product just confounds me. And speaking of this being a high end brand, here comes the second con. Kate Somerville Exolikate retails for $85.00 for 2 oz!! $175.00 for 5 oz!! It sucks for anyone who ends up loving this product because it is absolutely devastating to shell that kind of ridiculous money on a scrub. And like I said, for this kind of price, I would have expected Kate Somerville to be a little more mindful of the environment and maybe invest a little bit more by putting a quality substitute for the cheap plastic beads.
Would I Repurchase: Well, there is no way in hell I can afford to slather an $85.00 product on my face being that I am only a college student with a hand to mouth income. However, I have found a way around it. They sell a 0.5 oz tube of this for $24.00. I will always buy the smaller size because first of all, it takes forever to use up the little size as well because you only use it once or twice a week. Secondly, the smaller size is better for travelling and it obviously hurts way less to spend $24.00 at a time rather than a whopping $85.00-175.00. Another thing is that I’m going to wait to repurchase this once I run out because I don’t how strongly I feel about the polyethylene beads yet. Maybe I’ll try to find an alternative to this product and see how I get along. If my skin misses this too much, I might buy the smallest size again. Can be found at Sephora.
There you have it guys! These are my thoughts on the Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. I hate that I love this product. But I do. And as long as my pocket is able to withstand it, I might try to purchase this twice a year or something. Please let me know if you have tried it and what are your thoughts about this product in general.
I hope you guys have had a fantastic weekend. Please do come back here on Tuesday for another haul post 🙂
Stay bright loves,