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Compare The Pair (CTP): Facial exfoliators

Phew it has been a scorching hot day in Adelaide – it almost hit 40 degrees C today! 😦 I was very lucky to be inside an air conditioned office for most of the day so my thoughts go out to those who had to work outside today.

It’s been a while since my last CTP post! So, just as a lil reminder, in these reviews I will not give a “beautiful rating”, but will tally the points that I assign to each product to come up with a “winner!” of sorts. πŸ™‚


For some time I’ve been looking for a decent low cost exfoliating lotion for my face. I’ve heard of DIY options for this type of product but have had so/so results when I’ve tried those. Currently I’ve been trying Nivea‘s Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliation Scrub, and also Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful Facial Gel Scrub in raspberry. To provide some context, I only exfoliate my face once a week as per my beauty therapist’s recommendations. My skin type is combination to oily (my beauty therapist classes it as oily but I’m not 100% sure on that due to the dryness I can experience as I’m getting older!).Β  Here are my thoughts….

Price range: the Nivea product usually retails for around $9 AUD, depending on where you buy it, whilst the Freeman product was $2.99Β  +1 to Freeman

Where can I get it? both products are available at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, and similar, but I have not seen the Freeman scrub at supermarkets. +1 to Nivea.

So that you can read more about what each product claims to do and its ingredients, I also took pix of the back… as you can see you get more scrub for your money with Freeman! +1 to Freeman.

The Nivea product has a mild and pleasant scent, whilst the raspberry of the Freeman product is nice but quite strong. It did not irritate my skin (my skin can be sensitive at times!) but I did find the raspberry fragrance overpowering. +1 to Nivea.

The critical factor – how did my skin feel after using it? After the Nivea product, it felt clean but also quite dry and tight. After the Freeman product, it felt clean and not too bad, but then a few minutes later the dryness crept in. Hmm nil points here – no soup for you exfoliator gels!

Total scores2 to Nivea… 2 to Freeman

~*~ It’s a tie! ~*~

I’m not going to buy either of these again. For now I plan to use them up as exfoliating gels for my body; however I’m a bit slack with body exfoliation (maybe once a month?!)!

Can anyone recommend a good facial exfoliator gel??? I’m all ears! πŸ™‚

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About sarah@abeautifulstory

Enjoys reading, writing, eating!, watching anime, spending time with friends, walking and grooming my dog, learning new things, and mucking around with health and beauty products!


2 thoughts on “Compare The Pair (CTP): Facial exfoliators

  1. I also like St Ives Facial scrub from Coles. I think its nice that not every item in our beauty repertoire has to cost a million dollars. Its a lot like shoes, a few expensive ones and the rest not so pricy so you can have more of them πŸ™‚

    Posted by Roxy and Roy | January 18, 2012, 11:29 am
    • Thanks for the tip ill give that one a try. πŸ™‚ So true! My view is that if you can get a product that’s effective, good quality & good value why not get that instead of a big name brand that’s double the price or more? However, at other times you get what you pay for! πŸ™‚ (Hence my love for thalgo. ;))

      Posted by sarah@abeautifulstory | January 18, 2012, 11:43 am

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