Kate Somerville: ExfoliKate Body - Description
How to Use It
Kate Somerville suggests using ExfoliKate 1 to 2 times a week, rubbing on your body in circular motions. It is safe to use this product on your body, but not on your face.
What Makes it Different
Unlike typical body exfoliators that simply use scrubby ingredients to physically slough off dead skin, ExfoliKate uses extra ingredients on top of the scrubby ones, particularly glycolic and lactic acid with papaya and pumpkin enzymes.
These ingredients, as Kate Somerville's site so perfectly says, "digests" dead skin. So you're getting a two-for-one treatment when you're using this product.
Our Description of the Product
This product is a creamy white, thick gel exfoliator. The cream is full of little white beads (Polyacrylamide) which do a fantastic job of exfoliating. The exfoliating it achieves ranks up high in our list of body scrubs.
The scent is sweet and light. It's a mix of Lavender and Bergamot, but the citrusy Bergamot shines through.
Kate Somerville: ExfoliKate Body - Our Review
What We Love
Holy moly does this exfoliate! And unlike some scrubs that have salt or sugar that sort of melt away, this does not. That means that a small amount can exfoliate a large amount of your body.
The scent is also totally uplifting and sweet. Something we loved.
What We Didn't Love
While it is great that it includes acids and fruit extracts to exfoliate, it means that you have to leave it on your skin for at least 2 minutes to get those benefits. When exfoliating in the shower, it's not easy to have a product stay on your skin for a full 2 minutes without getting washed down the drain.
We almost feel like we'd like to scrap those ingredients, drop the price and simply get a physical scrubby exfoliation. Because lets face it, 5 ounces of product for $65 is definitely a splurge. We hate to see it rinsed down the drain without getting the full benefits.
You could always turn off the shower and exfoliate, wait for 2 minutes and then turn the water back on, and that would solve the whole issue. I don't know about you, but for me, a hot steamy shower is what I need in the morning, and turning it off just isn't something that I'd be pleased about doing.
Kate Somerville: ExfoliKate Body - Final Thoughts
Sometimes it's tricky giving a product a stared review. The extra exfoliating acids and extracts are what makes this exfoliator special, but as we stated above, also sort of an issue.
If it were simply a physical scrubby exfoliator, we might be shelling out a 4.5-star review. (1/2 star off due to the extravagant price.) But because of the inconvenience of leaving it on for 2 minutes, we think that's worth 1/2 a star.
And now can see why we've rated it 4-stars, not because we don't love it, because we do, but because of those two issues. you can decide if you want to shell out the cash and turn off your shower. If you can handle both of those issues, we know you'll be impressed!