Tuesday, September 14th, 2010


Body Luxury with Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($65.00 for 5 oz.) is an enzyme-based scrub that utilizes both papaya and pumpkin enzymes as well as beads to exfoliate away dead skin.  According to Kate Somerville, the enzymes “digest dead skin cells” while the beads “buff them away.”  The visual I get of enzymes digesting dead skin is partially gross… and yet hilarious.  Moving on!

I love me some ExfoliKate (for the face), and I like ExfoliKate Body, but I don’t think I’d repurchase it at full price.  I picked up mine through Gilt, when they had a sale, so I think I paid around $40.   What I like most about ExfoliKate Body is how it seemed to help moisturize my skin post-shower.  By no means is this a replacement for a moisturizer (unless you have pretty hydrated skin already, then perhaps it might)–on my dragon-scale legs, it just helps.  They also feel ridiculously soft and smooth and stay that way for a few hours, even without moisturizer.

Ingredients:  Water, Lactic Acid, Polyethylene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pectin, Carica Papaya Fruit, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit, Ferment Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Papain, Bromelain, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Mel, Acetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cinnamal, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Beta-Carotene (CI 75130), Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (CI 75810).

The product is easy to apply but the process of application is not my cup of tea.  Just like ExfoliKate for face, this is a product that is supposed to sit on skin for a couple of minutes.  I don’t know about you, but this means I have to step to the back of the shower and just stand there, out of the spray, and well, it’s not as convenient.  I also feel like I’m wasting a ton of water, since I’m not enjoying it and it’s going right down the drain.

It’s a good product, but I don’t know if it’s that much better than so many other body scrubs and exfoliators.  Seeing how my body doesn’t seem all that particular or reactive to scrubs in general, shelling out for this one is probably not the way to go.  I’m more apt to spend more for good facial care, which is an area of skin that seems more finicky.


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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: A lovely exfoliating scrub that relies more on enzymes and lactic acid to slough off dead skin, rather than scrubby particles, but it is an indulgence.  Certainly worth trying if you don’t mind the price tag, but it’s not so above the rest that it’s necessarily worth saving up for.

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5 thoughts on “Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body Review & Photos

  1. Interesting. I got a small size of ExfoliKate for the face from Sephora and I love it BUT I don’t know it I can bring myself to pay $85 for the full size…

  2. Jennifer Lee

    Personally, when I need to get out of the water to use a scrub, I turn it off instead so I don’t feel like I’m wasting it. I hope that helps!

    • That’s a good idea – my water doesn’t turn back hot really quickly, so I end up running cold water for a minute or two if I do that – ends up being a wash… literally, LOL!

  3. Nadine

    I don’t know whether to thank you or curse you! :) Why? Because you are solely responsible for bringing the Kate Somerville brand to my attention.

    ExfoliKate for the face had been on my mind ever since I read your glowing review and I sampled it from Sephora before deciding to splurge on it. I’m curious about ExoliKate Body as well, but my body is less finicky than my acne-prone face so it’s more difficult for me to justify the price.

    I want to know what’s the difference in percentage of active ingredients between ExfoliKate for the face and ExfoliKate Body. I wonder if I would get a detailed straightforward answer from the company if I asked.

    I turn off the shower when I lather to avoid wasting water. I lather my hair, rinse, lather my body, rinse, and wash my face as the final step. If I used ExfoliKate Body, I would let it do its work on my upper back while I lather my face. I wouldn’t use ExfoliKate Body anywhere else except my acne-prone back.

    • LOL! My bad, my bad!

      I don’t know what the differences are in the active ingredients. You could try asking on Twitter, if only because companies seem more likely to be upfront there (since it’s very public)!