Hello everybody ! 🙂
In this blog post I’ll be talking about a drugstore exfoliant that was raved about in the past few years, especially in the Serbian beauty community – The Bioten “Skin Moisture, Scrub Cream (Honey and apricot kernel)” .
When it comes to the brand itself, Bioten (Elmiplan cosmetics) was a well-known natural skin care brand from Romania, founded in the early 90s. Later on, the company was sold to “Sarantis Group” from Athens, changing into a greek brand. They emphasize that they use only the finest natural ingredients, perfectly combined to give us good quality skin care products at affordable prices.
Products are dermatologically tested, tested ” in vitro” and “in vivo” (not on animals, but human volunteers ). All products are made in the EU.
A sturdy plastic tube in a gradient orange color, with a flip-top. The lid to my surprise didn’t break from all the opening and closing, which often happens with such packaging ( I hate flip-tops -_- ) . You get 150 ml of product, pretty standard when it comes to this type of exfoliant.
About the product/ ingredients
This is a mechanical exfoliant (unlike chemical exfoliants). Product is paraben, paraffin and colorant free, with 100% natural ingredients. The scrub is targeted to people with normal to combination skin.
Here is the COSDNA ingredients list scan :
Note : This way you can see if the product has any ingredients to which you’re allergic .
Now, as you can see, it does contain alcohol, but most of them are the good type of alcohol to see in your products, so don’t be afraid . These don’t tend to damage or irritate the skin – e. g, causing dryness or breaking out. I’ve added the definition of Mel above the list.
Application / impressions
The product is meant to be used once or twice a week, applied by massaging the cream onto damp skin, later rinsing it off with luke warm water. It’s a white creamy consistency, with little apricot seed (kernel) particles inside (these little guys do all the scrubbing).
It has a nice sweet honey scent that’s really refreshing, but maybe too strong for people who are sensitive to perfumes.
This is a mechanical exfoliant where you can actually feel the little apricot particles rubbing against your skin’s surface helping you get rid of dead skin cells. Some people will find it a bit harsh, but I like my mechanical exfoliant a little rough.
After you wash your face, it feels like you have a slight residue film on top of your skin ( but the skin doesn’t feel oily). It feels supple, smooth and hydrated, ready for your next skin care step. It didn’t make my skin feel dry and tight, which is also very important ( something I look for in both cleansers and exfoliants) and I’ve used it for several weeks now, so that’s great.
* For more information about my skin, check out my Facts page.
Do I recommend?
Look, when it comes to your weekly skin care, mechanical exfoliants are not a step in your skin care where you really need to spend a lot of money ( this is my personal opinion ). I’ve used mechanical exfoliants ranging from Nivea and Neutrogena, to Vichy and Lierac (Btw, this product actually reminds me of the Vichy Pureté Thermal exfoliant with its similar creamy texture and feel on the skin). I never saw a huge difference between them ( some of them used to dry out my skin, drugstore & HE ). My advice to you is to invest in good cleansers, chemical exfoliants ( these are another story, that I’ll write about very soon), toners, serums, creams…
With this product you’re good. It does what it’s supposed to, doesn’t dry out the skin and it’s also budget friendly ( Retail price is just around 3€ ).
So, my answer to you is – Yes. Most definitely try it out, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂
That’s it ! I hope you liked my review !
Have a great week ! 🙂
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Disclaimer : I bought this product with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. Do keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist.
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