Review of Peter Lamas Naturals Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub
Hey there, everyone!
Happy Monday to all! I hope you all had a great weekend and have good things planned for this week. Today I’m here with a review of this fall-themed product, Peter Lamas Naturals Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub.
I was given this little 1 fl oz tube of the scrub as a gift during my time at ULTA, although I just started using it in the past few weeks. There’s actually a pretty decent amount of product in this container, and you only need a small amount (about the amount you see on my finger in the picture below) to get the job done, so it lasts for a while. I’ve been using it 3-5 times a week (mostly at night but a few times during the day) for the past 3 weeks or so, give or take. I believe that’s enough usage to give me a pretty good idea of this stuff, how it works, and what benefits you might expect to see from using this.
First though, let’s start with the basics. On the website where this product can be found, its description claims…
The Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub cleanses and purifies skin using a powerful combination of natural ingredients. Pumpkin Enzymes combine with Apple and Almond Acids to dissolve cellular debris within the pores while Apricot Grains gently polish away dead skin cells. An intoxicating blend of Pumpkin Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E protect and hydrate skin to reveal an illuminating, flawless complexion.
Now for my own personal description of how the product works and feels. Would I say the scrub cleanses and purifies? Well I’ve had purifying products before that definitely left me feeling quite a bit more “purified” so I’d say, perhaps, but not in any super noticeable way. It did clean really well, as I’ll describe in more detail below.
From what I gather from the description on the site, this exfoliator actually utilizes a one-two punch…meaning, it exfoliates two ways in one. Apparently it has the combination of pumpkin enzymes, apple acids, and almond acids to cover the chemical side, and that is supposed to “dissolve cellular debris”, while the physical “…apricot grains gently polish away dead skin cells”. I imagine you can’t really see any dissolving going on at the cellular level, but if I’m being honest, this scrub didn’t exfoliate well enough for me to have noticed that it was a two-way exfoliating method.
It also claims to, “protect and hydrate skin to reveal an illuminating, flawless complexion”. Did it protect? Hard to say, honestly. My skin didn’t feel any more or less sensitive or protected after using this, but I suppose skin protection, like cellular-level dissolution, is hard to notice. Did it hydrate? Stunningly so, as I’ll elaborate down below. Did it reveal an illuminating and flawless complexion? Well, illuminated, sure. Almost any scrub or exfoliator worth it’s salt will give you at least some slightly glow-y effects, because it’s literally taking away the first layer of dead, dull skin flakes and clearing impurities from the surface of your skin, revealing fresher and healthier-looking, brighter skin. This scrub was no exception, and it did just that. Did it leave a flawless complexion? Absolutely not, because there’s no such thing as “flawless”, technically speaking. However, this did help some of my breakouts; it definitely seemed to make my little zits heal faster and appear better than before.
I do like that this product contains pumpkin oil, Aloe Vera, and vitamin E, as those are wonderful healing elements, and excellent for skin.
This stuff is thick, with a gel-like consistency and tiny little apricot scrubbing bits within it. There are a lot of apricot scrubbing bits in it, so it actually makes for a pretty satisfying scrub, just not the best I’ve ever had. The gel is a slight translucent amber color and the apricot bits within are reddish-brown.
On the back of the container, it claims to be “environmentally friendly” and “paraben-free”, so those are definitely pluses. The website also reveals that it is 100% vegan, sulfate-free, and gluten-free, so things to look out for if you like products that are kinder to your skin and the environment, as well as cruelty-free (I don’t know if this is completely cruelty-free, as in no animal testing, but it is 100% vegan so if I had to guess I’d say no animal testing, but don’t quote me on that).
It smells heavenly. The best way I can describe the scent is that perfect “warm vanilla sugar” a lot of you ladies may remember from your glorious middle school days (I know I sure do, it really brought me back there). It doesn’t smell like pumpkin or pumpkin spice, but the sugary sweet vanilla scent is wonderful and very relaxing. I was actually quite confident that this had to be vanilla, but a quick perusing of the ingredients list would tell you that’s wrong. Apparently the scent is pumpkin, or at least, the pumpkin oil. The second ingredient is a form of coconut, so perhaps that lends to the scent? I’m telling you though, guys. I’d bet my life on vanilla scent before pumpkin or coconut, but hey, labels don’t lie. At least it smells good, no matter what ingredients are causing it.
Talking about the feel and the scrubbing aspect (I.e., how well this stuff works) is where we get a bit into complicated territory. For one thing, I think this scrub exfoliated well, however, it did not exfoliate as well as some other scrubs have that I’ve tried. I would say I didn’t get as good of a scrub as I would’ve liked from this, but it wasn’t bad at all. I just felt like I needed two cycles to really get the exfoliation at the level I prefer, and that’s kind of a waste of product.
However, I will say that this did leave a delightful yet surprising moisturizing feel behind. When rubbing it on and massaging it in, you really feel that gel consistency come into play, as it feels smooth and soft on your skin. Then, even as you rinse it off and once it’s gone, it imparts a hydrated and soft feel on to your skin. I say it’s surprising because exfoliators aren’t usually super hydrating, but this one is spectacular.
The package does say that it “deep cleanses”, which I think is pretty true. I did feel like I could just wash my face with this scrub alone, as I usually follow up my exfoliator with a regular cleanser. But this cleaned deep down in my pores really well, and eliminated any oily feeling despite still being very moisturizing.
Overall Score: 9/10
This gets high marks because of the delicious “vanilla-like” scent and the conditioning, soft feel it leaves on your skin. Also contributing to the high score is the fact that it is paraben-free, sulfate-free, vegan, and environmentally friendly, which are always great traits for a product to have. It isn’t a perfect scrub because the exfoliating is a little weak, but that’s a completely subjective remark. That’s just my personal preference of scrubbing intensity; someone with sensitive skin who likes more mild exfoliators may find this absolutely perfect for them. I would not only recommend trying this, but I’d also buy it full size!
So what did you think of my review and this product? Would you try it out? Does the pumpkin exfoliator that smells like warm vanilla sugar make you think “fall vibes🍂” ? What’s your favorite exfoliator or pumpkin skin care product? Let me know down in the comments, as always, I’d love to hear from you. 💕