I totally, achingly, go crazy over anything Salma Hayek does. She’s gorgeous, intelligent and maintains a firm hold on her career and image. What’s not to love about her (don’t you dare answer that. I want to keep my pure image of her).

So when she released her Nuance line of skincare and makeup products, I had to try at least one thing. I bought the Walnut Facial Scrub.

My oily face always appreciates something that can scrub it clean. Ms. Walnut here does that just fine.

I found the texture and consistency to be very nice and workable. It wasn’t too gloopy or too runny. It was able to spread it out evenly.

See? Just like peanut butter. Only less yummy.

The scrub contains walnut shell powder, which makes for a pretty nice scrubbing agent. It’s not too harsh, and still not wimpy like other “soft” exfoliators. The whole point of a scrub is to exfoliate, so please do your job, facial scrubs of the world!

Get the message, facial scrubs? (Photo courtesy of Google)

The scent: there is a little of a perfumey smell, but it doesn’t bother me at all, and goes away quickly once you rinse your face. After washing this off, my face feels smooth and clean. It doesn’t feel too dry or tight. If you have skin that’s on the drier side, you might want to opt for another exfoliator, like a facial cloth and mild cleanser.

The major beef I have with this is that it’s not as natural as it could be. Salma sold the line on her claims of using her granny’s ancient Mexican beauty recipes. Take a look at the ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Polyethylene, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Cocamidopropyl
Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Bixa
Orellana Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil,
Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Caffeine, Butylene
Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,
Polysorbate 60, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Menthol, Caramel, Stearic Acid,
Xanthan Gum, Aminomethyl Propanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol,
Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891),
Annatto (CI 75120), Red 40 (CI 16035).

Not very natural. :( There are a few things in there like rice bran oil and seed oil, but many, many synthetic ingredients as well. I don’t mind if a product is not very natural, but I do mind when a product is sold on a claim of being natural when it doesn’t hold true to said claim.

Pros: Exfoliates without irritating the skin, smell is tolerable, great texture, easy to work with.
Cons: A little too pricey ($11.99). According to the website this costs $7.99, on sale right now for $6.99. I paid considerably more at a Manhattan CVS. Perhaps it depends on the region, but I think $12 is too much for a drugstore exfoliator; It’s not as natural as Nuance seems to claim.

Grade: B+