Remember the dreaded microbead issue we wrote about back in February? Well, if the presence of tiny, ubiquitous ocean-polluting plastic beads made you want to shun conventional exfoliants for good, you’re in luck.
Some creative entrepreneurs in the Bay Area are offering a wonderful alternative called Oliviate. They’ve crafted a scrub and mask made from whole, stone-ground California olive pomace. I’ve tried it and love it. This is good stuff in every sense—for one, it ditches environmentally damaging plastic microbeads for an exfoliating substance found in nature. The thick brown scrub has finely ground crushed olives that do an impressive job of sloughing off dead skin cells and livening up the skin. I was skeptical about the product’s self-proclaimed simultaneous moisturizing abilities, but it’s true—the trace amounts of olive oil included lend the scrub-slash-mask the ability to leave your face not only fresh and clean but also soft and quenched. (Olive oil reportedly contains inflammation and age-fighting antioxidants. It’s also non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores.)
If you aren’t jonesing for some by this point, you should be. But unfortunately, Oliviate isn’t available for purchase yet. The nascent company is currently undergoing an Indiegogo crowd-sourcing campaign to help launch the product out of the test kitchen and onto store shelves. If Oliviate sounds like something you’d like to get your hands on, visit the site and consider donating before the June 20 deadline. They’ve launched a referral program that could earn you some free goodies while you’re at it.