BeautycounterRoutine Exfoliator Polishing Cream
4 fl. oz. for $30
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Beautycounter says using this product will result in "fresh, glowing skin," but while this creamy scrub might smell fresh, the ingredients that give it that scent could cause problems that are much worse than the dull skin you might be trying to eliminate! That's a shame, because this had the potential to be a good mechanical scrub for dry skin.

For the positives, Routine Exfoliator Polishing Cream forgoes harsh scrub ingredients such as walnut shells or coarse salt in favor of gentle jojoba beads that won't tear at skin. Also included are some mild cleansing agents, and emollients that ensure dry skin won't be stripped of moisture—but that's where the good news ends!

Alongside the good ingredients are lavender flower extract, which has the potential to irritate skin, along with citrus extracts (orange peel oil and bergamot oil) that can do the same. Though they aren't present in great amounts—and this product is meant to be rinsed away—they shouldn't be present at all.

Ultimately, this is an OK scrub for those looking to temporarily smooth rough areas and eliminate flaky spots. But, in the end, we recommend the options on our list of Best Exfoliants instead, which includes gentle scrubs and more effective leave-on exfoliants that can reveal new skin, as well as treat signs of aging and breakouts, without the risk of irritation!


  • Jojoba beads provide gentle surface exfoliation.
  • Contains a mix of gentle cleansing agents and emollients that can soothe dry skin.


  • Contains lavender flower extract, orange peel oil, and bergamot oil, all of which have strong potential to irritate skin.
Last Updated:02.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Our Gentle Exfoliator Polishing Cream sweeps away dead cells and impurities to uncover fresh, glowing skin.
Water (Aqua), Jojoba Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Xylitol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
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Beautycounter At-A-Glance

Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described “serial entrepreneur” Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewart’s media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.

Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brand’s primary focus is provide what it calls “safe” skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing “harmful” is used.

For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.

Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.

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