April 13, 2015

{review} fig + yarrow facial scrub

fig yarrow facial scrub

There are two products in my skincare regime that I demand absolute perfection from: my exfoliator and my facial oil.

I have high expectations and am always extremely judgy when trying out a new option.


Especially when it comes to the exfoliator because you tend to get immediate feedback on whether it’s mind blowing, ok, or a hard pass.

I indulge in the ritual of exfoliating every 2-3 days and admit any new brand I try is compared to my two favourites: May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt and Province Apothecary’s Regenerating + Stimulating Exfoliator.

Fig + Yarrow was a brand I had seen profiled many times in the green beauty community and it was  their Facial Scrub that piqued my curiosity.


ingredients: oat*, cranberry seed powder, oils of: castor seed*, olive fruit*†, coconut*, fuller’s earth clay (untreated), local honey*†, glycerin (vegetable)*, glyceryl monocaprylate (and) glyceryl monoundecylenate (100% vegetable derived)*, essential oils of: rosewood, lavender*, rosemary, chamomile. *certified organic, †virgin

ingredient highlights: oats are full of healthy lubricating fats that fight dryness and moisturize and contain natural cleansers that gently remove dirt. Cranberry is the only oil to contain a natural ratio of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 essential fatty acids, which means the oil can moisturize like a champ as it absorbs so well into the skin. Fuller’s Earth Clay is a highly stimulating clay that draws impurities out of the skin and improves the skin’s elasticity. Honey is a natural antioxidant that has anti microbial properties and can absorb impurities from your pores.

scent profile: you know me, whenever I test a new product I spend a good amount of time just sniffing it out to see what notes pull through. For this one, lavender and cranberry are definitely the dominant scents.

packaging: glass jar that seems unbreakable. I’m an extremely clumsy person and have dropped this baby several times without an incident.

Who was this jar made for?

reese witherspoon

performance: at first I was like meh, but then I discovered application tip #2 (see below) and it completely changed my opinion. Not only did it slough off the nasty dead skin cells, but it left my face feeling like butter. Seriously. When I touched my face after showering I felt like I was rubbing the underside of a really soft bunny.

application tips: after using this scrub for a few weeks I have a couple of tips to getting the most out of the experience:

  • tip#1 – when the label says to first scoop a bit out of the jar and into your hands to emulsify it with water it wasn’t kidding. You can apply it directly to your face, but you’ll have an easier time spreading it if you get a lather going first.
  • tip #2 – because of the oils if you’re using a facecloth you’ll need to rinse your face many, many times otherwise you’ll feel like a film of residue was left behind. For that reason I prefer to use it in the shower where I can let the water run over my face as I’m rubbing my skin in circular motions. This ensures it’s completely rinsed off.

price: $22 USD

where to buy: online at the BeauTeaBar

for-the-win? I have to say I wasn’t expecting it to match the love I have for May Lindstrom’s and Province Apothecary’s versions, but damn it’s fine.

love it

(Seriously, I do)

*sample generously provided, but you know the drill all opinions blushing or not are my own. 

  • This sounds lovely! I’ve been wanting to try Fig + Yarrow. Which exfoliator would you recommend most for acneic skin?

    • If you’re having problems with annoying zits then I’d have to say my go-to is May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt. With ingredients like white halloysite clay, turmeric, clove, ginger and cinnamon its stimulating and so effective. I use it in conjunction with the Problem Solver mask (and lately Mahalo’s Pele mask) and Province Apothecary’s Clear Skin spot treatment. Works like a charm!