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ABS’s Favorite Facial Treatments Part II: MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator Review

June 30, 2008
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Who knew that MAC’s Volcanic Ash Exfoliator from its Future Earth collection would sell out so quickly? Heck if I’d known I would’ve stocked up as soon as it was released!

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See the sludgy oily black goodness? It’s happiness in a leaky plastic tub.

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The Exfoliator is a mixture of Volcanic Ash and sugar crystals from the islands of Vanuatu. And for those who love a multi-taking product, this works great on both face and body.

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See the sugar crystals?
Rub this on your face or body and you’re left with what looks like a layer of greasy soot. Attractive, no?

MAC’s Volcanic Ash Exfoliator has to be once of my favorite MAC products of all time. It’s a multi-tasker, fun and easy to use (c’mon you can’t tell me it isn’t fun to smear black goo all over your face!), relatively inexpensive, pleasantly scented and non-irritating–all of which make me hope that MAC will make this a part of their permanent line at some point!

Basically you wet your face (or body), take some your Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, smear it all over the place and rub away until all of the fine sugar crystals have dissolved. You’d think the stuff would be difficult to remove but it rinses right off, with the added bonus of a cool foaming sensation. Once everything’s been rinsed away you’re left with baby soft skin!

I think it’s pretty self-evidence that I love this product, so if you can find this at your local MAC counter, I’d definitely grab it and hoard it as if your life depended on it!

Two little gripes though. #1 while it’s a great exfoliator and leaves your skin feeling very soft, the sugar crystals aren’t super fine and therefore won’t really give your pores a deep deep clean. If you’re looking for a thorough pore-cleansing scrub, look elsewhere! And #2 is my one major issue with this product-the packaging absolutely stinks!! I really don’t know what MAC was thinking with this one. The jar’s leaky (the oil leaks out the sides and gets everywhere as you can see in my first photo) and messy, and I’ve heard it gets gooey during shipment as well. Not pretty!

Have you tried MAC’s Volcanic Ash Exfoliator? Loved it? Hated it? Thought the packaging stunk? Tell me about it!

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