Ages ago when I popped into the Fresh store at The Grove in West Hollywood to buy a tube of Fresh Soy Face Cleanser the shop assistant asked me if I'd tried their Soy Face Exfoliant. I have documented before how much being jumped on while shopping in beauty stores by assistants desperate to make a sale annoys me (this is why I don't shop in The Body Shop), and while as this happens in practically every store in America I've had to get used to it, as in L'Occitane stores worldwide, one of the few places where I actually don't mind this is in Fresh stores. Their assistants are always helpful, have good product recommendations and tips, and understand that sometimes you need samples to take away with you to be sure.
Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant: $42
That day I walked away with a little sachet (which I ended up getting about 3 uses out of) of Fresh's Soy Exfoliant, and while I had planned to use it that night as I thought I'd probably like it as I adore the cleanser, it actually sat in my sample box for about 3 months before I actually got around to it, when I had run out all forms of facial exfoliant (I'm currently trying to use a lot of things up to prepare for my move back to England). While I am a big face scrub fan (you can't go wrong with Clinique's 7 Day Scrub), the only other Microdermabrasion I had ever tried before was a sample I was given by the team at Monu, which I really loved and helped stave off the eventual ruin my skin came to living in such a polluted city as Los Angeles. I really loved the feel of a deep clean it gave me, and was over the moon when I started massaging this exfoliant into damp skin and felt the same, slightly rough but very effective deep clean of this scrub going to work. It has a clay like but fresh texture with lots of little lumpy goodness, as well as the slight scent and goodness of the classic Soy Face Cleanser. Needless to say, the moment I ran out of the sample I headed to my nearest Sephora (while I do like the Fresh stores I wanted my Beauty Insider points, this purchase actually pushed me into VIP status!) to pick up a full size tube.
As I have said before Fresh is a brand that is so easy to get hold of in America (their website, Sephora, and so many of their stand alone boutiques) but rather difficult to get hold of in the UK. I don't know any stores that carry it online in England (though sometimes you can pick up some of their more popular products such as the cult Soy Face Cleanser and Lip Treatments on Amazon), but they do have a lovely store on Marylebone High Street in London where you can buy their entire product range, and you can be sure I will be frequenting when I move back to the city.
I would recommending using this exfoliant once or twice a week as directed on the tube for good exfoliation, or, a tip I picked up from the woman in the store mixing a little with the Soy Face Cleanser for a bit gentler every day scrub. As it is currently what I have in my shower I've been mixing it in with Clinique's Mild Liquid Facial Soap for every day use, which I have seen really good results from.