MAC describe it as: "A highly effective, dual-purpose, foaming and exfoliating scrub blending natural Volcanic Ash with fine sugar crystals from the islands of Vanuatu. Adds moisture: leaves skin feeling soft and comfortably clean. Mineral-rich. Good for absorbing skin’s natural oils. May be used on any part of face or body. Rinses off with warm water. "
How to use: Smooth a small amount evenly over clean, moist skin, face or body. Wash off with warm water. Use 1-3 times a week.
I've been using MAC's Volcanic Ash Exfoliator for the past week and a half and I'm quite pleased with it so far. I find this scrub is non-drying and leaves my skin feeling really smooth with zero flakiness after use. It's fab! The sugar granules aren't too harsh which is an important factor in a facial scrub for me as the min I feel my skin is being "scratched", I abandon a product.
I'm still not keen on the smell which reminds me of cheap, rancid aftershave combined with stale cigarettes and I wrinkle my nose up every time I open the jar but it's worth it for the results. It's changed the texture of my skin a lot since I started using it, it's smoother than it was 3 weeks ago. The break out around my jawline and chin area have diminished significantly but I've continued to eat utter crap and not take my make up off every single night so I'm sure I've hindered its performance a little.
I only use this in the shower, as it's too messy for use in the sink and black goo ends up everywhere when I rinse it off. The scrub is easy to scoop out of the jar as it's not too runny and I tend to use whatever is on the lid as that's more than enough each time. It rinses off easily and my skin feels quite matte when I've rinsed it off, but it's not tight! Result! I can actually walk around with no moisturiser on for ages and my skin continues to feel really soft.
This is due to be re-released with the Style Black collection due out in the UK in October and the price is yet to be confirmed. It also won't come in the tub that it was originally released in but will be sold in a tube.
I'll definitely be buying back up tube as I'll be in the states when it's released on Sept 24th (I think). MAC need to make this a permanent product.
** Update 10/10/09
I've continued to use this and I'm still impressed. I love the way it lathers up as I scrub away. I've noticed that the granules are finer in the new tube version but it still gives the same results for me. I currently don't have a single bump on my skin at the moment, it's smooth all over and I fully acknowledge that this is down to my usage of MAC VAE. A fantastic product which MAC need to seriously consider making permanent in my opinion.