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This is a quick skincare review for a cleanser–MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator ($28).  I love a good exfoliator-it helps my skin feeling clear and fresh. Formerly, I was using Philosophy’s The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash. This Philosophy cleanser does work really, really well. There are a few things to think about with the Philosophy–first, it uses little microbeads which melt when wet. Some do not recommend using products that depend on physical exfoliation components (like beads, shell, or anything too rough), so I was becoming a little nervous about that. Also, there’s a minor issue that the top gets clogged on the Philosophy with some regularity. It’s not a big problem, but it does happen.

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Recently, I was on a trip where I had forgotten to bring along my cleanser (I usually decant a bit, but this time that didn’t happen). I stopped into a MAC store to get the legendary MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. It was formerly a limited edition product that would sell out immediately because it was so popular. There was much rejoicing when it was made a permanent part of MAC’s skincare line.

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This product is made with a combination of volcanic ash and fine sugar crystals. It comes out of the tube black, then seems to lighten and soften as you use it. It makes a wonderful cleanser that does leaves my skin soft and cleansed. It is just as effective as Philosophy for me, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling quite so raw. I like it better, quite frankly.

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I like the flip-top (no losing that!) and the big open top looks pretty impervious to clogging. It works well on it’s own, or on a Clarisonic. So far, I’m beginning to think that MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is worthy of the hype.

As background, I probably own more skincare than the average woman. Is this my only cleanser? Oh, no. But I thought it was worth a quick review because I really do like it. I usually use some pretty heavy sunscreens and they really need to be removed at the end of the day, so I have cleansers galore. My routine is that I start with an oil cleanser, then I use a second cleanser (currently, this MAC) on a Clarisonic, followed by toner (more about that later).  I hope this quick little review is helpful.

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  6 Responses to “Quick Review: MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator”

  1. Love the MAC Volcanic Ash. Didn’t know they made it permanent (must have been living under a rock!) Was wondering what cleasning oil you like to use? I have tried several and they are good but not one I would repurchase. Thanks for your time and I really enjoy your posts! ~Kim

    • For cleansing oils, I’ve liked Shu but it’s getting inconvenient to buy. I’ve switched to Bobbi Brown’s (it’s really good), now I’m going to test Shiseido’s.

  2. I am looking forward to read your review about shiseido cleansing oil. I am currently using Cle de Peau cleansing cream and I am loving it very much. Just was looking for a bit cheaper alternative. Since Cle de peau is a high end of a shiseido line will be curious to know your opinion about the oil. I was thinking
    About getting Tatcha or shiseido cleansing oil. If you tried both, could you please compare. Although, I already leaning more toward Tatcha:))). Love more luxury high end products. Plus, Tatcha is such a natural clean line:)

  3. As a skincare/makeup junkie, I just have to tell you that I love getting the notifications for one of your new posts! For those wishing for a little cheaper exfoliating option, I have been using the ROC Max Resurfacing Facial Cleanser alternating with Cetaphil Cleanser for Normal to oily skin. Both are, of course, drugstore finds, and you do lose the luxurious scent that you might find in a Clarins or other department store brand cleanser. I would love to try the MAC Volcanic Ash. Thanks for the post!

  4. I adore mac makeup but I’ve never tried any of their skincare. This looks really promising though. I usually use either a Sibu or clinique scrub.

  5. I have never tried any of the skincare products from MAC! I am definitely going to look for this the next time I visit a MAC counter.

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