Tuesday 1 October 2013

Review: Origins 'Modern Friction' Exfoliator

Hello! Welcome to my long awaited review of Origins Modern Friction ( - it's only me that's been awaiting this for a long time, don't worry). I was talked into buying this top seller from Origins following a free 'mini facial' that can be offered at Origins counters, where you can be given a full skin consultation, have products trialed on you there and then; I had a full cleanse, exfoliate, a pair of masks, serum and moisturiser when I went, and then recommended the products that will best suit your skin needs. My consultant told me that my skin was particular congested around my T-zone and that a good old scrub 2-3 times a week would do my skin the world of good - those dead skin cells need shifting away with more than just a cleanser and a face cloth. 

I had Modern Friction demonstrated on me (in the middle of Debenhams, may I add!), and I instantly expressed how much I liked it ..but when the £33 price tag was revealed I think I did let out a little gasp of horror. I was already 80% sold though because I'd just had it tried and tested on me, but then being showed how as little as the amount I've squeezed out in the photograph below will be more than enough to use, I knew that this could be a skincare splurge that would be worth making. 6 months after buying and the tube is still going strong!

The consistency reminds me of a combination of porridge and rice pudding - soft and creamy, but with lumpy bits in it! Rice pudding could be more of an accurate description for this though because the grains within this exfoliator are actually rice starch (as opposed to porridge oats!). Origins say: "Skin-refining rice starch cushioned in cream, rapidly removes sluggish cells, uneven patches and signs of skin damage and discolorations". 

It can be used in two ways, depending on how much of a scrub your skin needs or how sensitive it is. A pea sized amount can be massaged over dry skin first to really work and give a deep, thorough exfoliation, and then splashed with water to mix up and create a frothy, lighter solution before rinsing away - or it can be massaged onto damp skin straight away for a less intense effect. 

I can't use this too often, because it feels gentle at the same time as being harsh. Sounds weird I know! While using the product is does feel soft and gentle on the skin and it doesn't hurt or cause any irritation at all, nothing like that ..but after using it I can absolutely tell a difference in my skin, to look at and to touch. It feels quite sensitised after use, like a top layer of skin has been removed (well, it has) and fresh, new supple skin has been revealed underneath. Oily skin or dry skin, this will buff everything away and leave gorgeously polished skin underneath - super smooth and glowingly radiant! I don't want to say 'shiny', but it really does glow as the 'flat' effect from dull and dead skin is taken away. 

One last point: it states on the packaging to avoid the eye area. Listen to this advice! It stings like crazy if you get it in your eyes!! I'm thinking this is maybe because it contains Lemon Oil within it (to kick start skin illumination) and that's why it could sting so much!

Origins Modern Friction - £33.00 /125ml | link
(Can also be bought in a smaller size (50ml) for £12.00) 

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  1. This is my favourite exfoliator by far, it makes the skin so soft and smooth! Xx


  2. My face has been a little dull lately and I have some dry areas so this sounds good. Is rather expensive but does sound worth it so may give it a try or test it out first whe I'm in debenhams next x
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  3. your reviews make me want to spend money :(
    this sounds great though - my kind of thing!

  4. I need a new exfoliator and this looks lovely! Great review :) x

    Rachael | overdosedemaquillage.blogspot.com

  5. I normally just use a vitamin E scrub but this sounds good, I have sensitive skin so I wouldn't use it every day anyway.

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  6. I always avoid my eye area when exfoliating as that area under your eyes is so delicate! I use a liquid exfoliant every other day and then a face mask with bits in once a week and it seems to do the job!


  7. I have a sample of this and I love it.
    Definitely picking up the full size :)


  8. I have a travel size bottle of this and it really irritated my skin :( I'm glad it worked for you though x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  9. Hi, I recently saw your post on instagram about your acne journey and I was wondering how and what you used to clear up your skin and your skin looks beautiful now!

  10. I had a sample of this and had no idea how much the full-size was, I think I'd have been a bit more sparing with it if I'd known! It is a lovely exfoliator though. Great review :)

    Jess xo

  11. I've tried modern friction in a tiny sample and really liked it. Not as abrasive as I usually like but made my skin feel nice.

    So pricey though, would just get the small version I think.

    Claudia xx

    Beauty and the Chic

  12. I totally agree with you on this one - I had the same instore facial experience that persuaded me to buy, and it does last for a long time! But you're right about the eyes... I once got a grain of the ricey texture in my eye and it was agony!


  13. I love how they do mini versions too, I'm not sure I could easily splurge £33 although I really want to try some Origins products! Great review. xx

    Curls & Swirls Beauty Blog

  14. This sounds absolutely fantastic! £33 is a little pricey but if you need such a small amount it's a good investment xx


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