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Marks & Spencer’s Pure Instant Radiance Skin Exfoliator

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I love face scrubs and I actively have to urge myself not to use them too often! Everytime I see a new face scrub I want to try it, but of course I try and show a little self control!

Last week I went to Marks and Spencer’s and I saw they have a new beauty range out called Pure. Here is a link to the range. I know M&S have recently re-vamped their beauty halls and some branches now sell items from other brands such as Nuxe and Apivita. Pure seems to be targeted at those who are concerned about the ingredients in products, and is possibly trying to compete with other “natural” brands.

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The range contains products that contain 95% natural ingredients, no mineral oil and no parabens. It contains both facial skincare items and body skincare. As a lover of natural skincare this range instantly grabbed my attention.

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The  Pure Range – Double click to enlarge

I wanted to buy lots but settled on a skin exfoliator (a scrub)!


Pure is a range of natural, paraben and mineral oil free products.

Facial Exfoliator is part of the Pure range

£6 for 75ml

Contains cherry seed, bamboo, chamomile, petitgrain and geranium

To be used as a scrub to remove dead skin and increase radiance

Smell is not all that pleasant IMO

Pretty decent and not too harsh – maybe good for sensitive skin

3/5 from me!

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The Scrub – Double click to enlarge


This costs £6 for 75ml which I think is a decent price for a scrub. It might not be a bargain but I think its reasonable enough.

The consistency is like a gel and it contains small beads/particles that do the ‘scrubbing’. It contains some interesting ingredients that I have not seen in other products, let alone scrubs like cherry seed, bamboo extract, chamomile and geranium oils and petigrain.

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The Scrub – Double click to enlarge

I would say this is a pretty decent scrub. Its not extreme and if you are into hardcore scrubs this will not float your boat!! I must say I do prefer my HG, Boots No 7 Microdermabrasion Exfoliator which I have reviewed here as this is more “hardcore” and thats what I want from a scrub! I would say you should use scrubs on cleansed skin, but this is not mentioned on the instructions – it just says apply to damp skin in circular motions.

Whilst this M&S one is decent, I don’t like the smell of this though – I can’t pin point what the smell is like but I am not keen. Thankfully its not on my skin for long so its not a deal breaker but still….

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However if you have sensitive skin or are a scrub addict and use scrubs a little more than you really should – this could be a good option.

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The Ingredients – Double click to enlarge

I think the ingredients are interesting but I have noted for a ‘Natural’ range this contains quite a lot of preservatives including something banned in Japan (Phenoxyethanol). I know preservatives are required but I am not sure they are needed in such high amounts and this range may not be as natural as it first seems.

Overall, I think this is pretty good but I am not sure I will buy it again. I like my scrubs to pack a bit more punch than this – however this one is decent. It says on the tube “daily skincare” but I do not recommend using this daily, a couple of times a week is probably more than enough!

I’m giving this 3/5 for now.

I will definately be trying more items from the Pure range though! The facial oil and the hand cream look interesting. Once again, here is a link to the range.

Have you tried anything from the new range at Marks & Spencers? What is your favourite face scrub at the moment? Get in touch and leave me a comment or tweet me!

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  • This looks funky, I like the fact its got some interesting ingredients in it, Im going to see if I can go and have a sniff of it in M&S as you say it doesnt smell nice! Haha!
    Thanks for the review


    August 24, 2012

  • Thanks for your comment Elisha, I would love to know how you get on, please update me if you try anything! x


    August 24, 2012

  • Oh great – another range pretending to be natural when its not THAT natural. I will take a look in store but I am not overly keen on it when you said about the preservatives. Cheers Grace for the review x


    August 24, 2012

  • Thanks for your comment Wendy – I dont think the range is all bad, it is affordable and better than a lot of other “natural” brands out there?! xx


    August 24, 2012

  • Going to check out this range next time I am in M&S – does put me off a little bit with the phenoxyethanol! x


    August 24, 2012

  • Hi Jo, yes it is off putting but its found in so many “paraben free” products. Its really hard to avoid it which is a shame. If you try anything from this range I would be interested in knowing your thoughts on it!

    All the best
    Grace x


    August 28, 2012

  • Sorry I fall into the more ‘hardcore’ scrubber ;) I like to feel like its working. I do dislike the fact that ‘natural’ has become a PR buzzword now, it can be really misleading. Trade description surely? x


    August 24, 2012

  • I am a hardcore scrubber too! LOL! You are right about it becoming a PR buzz word. Everyday a new “natural” brand comes on the scene….some are not impressive at all.

    Thanks for your comment
    Grace x


    August 28, 2012

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