Thumbs-Down: Origins Modern Friction

I’ve been in an Origins store and had this “tested” on my hand but hadn’t been dying to try it or anything.  I have some scrubs I like and often just use loofah discs or a scratchy old towel to do the job.  But, Origins was doing a “free deluxe-sized sample” deal, so I stopped into one of the small stores that’s inside Macy’s and got my freebie…

Pros:  Contains natural ingredients.  Good amount of “scrubbiness” for average use. Paraben-free.

Cons:  Expensive.  Says “suitable for all skin types”, but it is NOT a good choice for oily skin.  If buying online, there’s no ingredients list to reference.  Contains sulfates – and lots of other bad stuff.

Ingredients:  I did some online research and here’s the list:  Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Distearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (Shiu/Camphor) Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil,  Citral, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Cocoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Sulfate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Laureth-2, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Trisodium HEDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide

In Summary:  Since I didn’t have the instructions for this product, I guessed at how to use it and added to my dampened face.  Apparently, the instructions for “how to use” with “sensitive skin” say to add water.  Probably a good thing I used it in a way that diluted it, because the next day I had several tiny (white) blemishes on my face.  Yuck!  After finding the ingredients list, I can see why – glycerin.  My skin doesn’t like glycerin.  Curious about the rather long list of ingredients, I started researching some of the not-natural ones and now I’m unimpressed with Origins as a whole.  Several of these ingredients have been linked to ecotoxicology and negative side effects for consumers.  (Ironic, for a product calling itself “nature’s gentle dermabrasion” from a company that claims to have a commitment to the “well-being of our planet”.)  I would think that a company trying to build an image that insinuates  “natural” would work a little harder on finding ingredient alternatives.  At the very least, they shouldn’t be charging so much for their stuff.

Rating:  1.5 out of 5 stars  1.5-stars

Price:  $39.50 (USD) for 4 oz. tube

Available at:  Origins stores (some are inside Macy’s and Dillards), Sephora,

Made in:  USA

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