MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator Review

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    MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator ReviewProduct Name:  MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

    Overall Rating:  2 Star Rating

    Exfoliator Type:  Scrub

    For Body or Face?:  Face and Body

    Use:  Not mentioned

    Size:  3.4 oz

    Price:  $29.00

    Cost Per Ounce:  $8.53

    Where To Buy:  Click Here

    # Of Ingredients:  15

    Notable Ingredients:  Volcanic Ash, Sugar

    Quick Summary

    I gave MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator 2 out of 5 stars because there was nothing really special about it.

    First off, I can’t stand the smell of this product. It includes fragrance to make it smell like ash or something, but they really missed the mark and it smelled more like a cigarette.

    The exfoliator itself is jet black which makes the application process very messy.

    I wouldn’t recommend using this product outside of the shower because it gets all over the place.

    Further, I was also really annoyed with how fast the sugar disintegrates when rubbing it into your skin.

    I felt like I needed to apply more and more because I wasn’t getting any friction with the sugar dissolving so fast.

    I like the packaging and the price, but that’s about it.

    Overall, the negatives of this one definitely overshadow the positives (hence the low rating).

    Detailed Review:


    I was a little freaked out the first time I used MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, because it’s dark black!

    I’ve never seen a black exfoliator before, and was a little leery about applying it to my face. It’s very thick in texture, so it’s not thin or watery at all.

    This exfoliator contains large sugar granules as its main exfoliant. The sugar gives it a gritty texture, and I could actually see the sugar granules in the scrub.


    I don’t like the smell of this exfoliator (to say the least).

    The smell is hard to explain, but it smells ashy and a little like dirt.

    The ingredients list fragrance as one of the ingredients in this exfoliator, but I can’t smell anything but ash (maybe they added ‘ash” fragrance?)

    The scent almost reminds me of smoke or a cigarette… who wants to put that on their face?!

    The scent is also very strong, and stays with you even after you wash the product off.

    Needless to say, the scent alone would keep me away from this one.

    Application Process

    The directions don’t say how often you should use this product.

    So, I used it 2-3 times, which is pretty standard for an exfoliator.

    It’s very odd that they don’t have a recommended usage that seems like a very amateurish mistake by a big company like MAC.

    To use this product, gently rub onto any part of your face or body and rinse with warm water.

    One thing I did like about this exfoliator is that you can use it on either your face or your body.

    I love the idea of buying one dual-purpose product as opposed to buying a separate exfoliator for your face and body (although this isn’t very practical since stringer exfoliators are needed for the body).

    The description says it’s a “foaming, cleansing and exfoliating product.”

    However, I don’t experience any foaming when using this product. It was very easy to apply and rub in, so it didn’t bother me that there was no “foaming” action.

    Due to its dark color, this one gets very messy. I’d make sure you only apply it in the shower or else your skin and counter tops could turn black!

    Another thing I didn’t like about this product is how fast the sugar granules disintegrate.

    I recommend using this product in the shower because of the mess, but the steam only makes this sugar dissolve faster :(

    I found myself using a lot of product just for one use because of how fast the sugar disintegrated.

    The packaging of this exfoliator is nice. The product easily dispenses from the perfect-sized, sleek, black tube, which makes getting it out simple and easy.

    Any Drying and/or Redness?

    I didn’t experience any drying or redness after using this exfoliator. The sugar in this exfoliator dissolves too fast to be a harsh exfoliator.


    The results of the MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator are pretty average.

    After use my skin felt extremely soft and clean, but that’s about it.

    It removed some areas of dead skin I had, but it missed a few of the harder to reach areas.

    This is probably due to the sugar being a very gentle exfoliating agent.

    The results weren’t drastic, but at least my skin felt refreshed and soft.


    The key ingredient in this exfoliator is volcanic ash. Volcanic ash has been used for centuries for its disinfecting qualities. It’s said to help with acne, rashes, and wrinkles.

    The main exfoliating agent in this product is sugar. Sugar is a very popular natural exfoliant that gently removes dead skin cells and dirt from the skin’s surface.


    MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is very affordable for those who can overlook some of its flaws.

    It costs $29, which works out to be $8.53 per oz.

    Where To Buy

    To buy MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, click here.

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