Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant Review

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant Review

Hi all,

I’ve been testing a couple of Dermalogica exfoliants in the past few months. Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant works better on my dry skin than their clay based Skin Prep Scrub, so this is the one that I tested for the longest.

Dermalogica says…

This powerful, self-heating skin polisher combines physical and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture, promote skin firmness, and enhance penetration of age-fighting vitamins into skin. Antioxidants help suppress the formation of collagen-degrading MMPs, brighten skin tone, defend against damaging free radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species) and help promote skin firmness. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant Review

The Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant is a self-heating physical and chemical exfoliant (primary physical exfoliating properties) with some anti-aging actives thrown in.

It has good physical exfoliating action, with the perfect particle size and density to  effectively polish skin surface. The product is thick and creamy- with the consistency (and appearance) of creamed honey, which works well in a scrub. The Thermafoliant leaves my skin polished and soft, but you do need to follow with a moisturiser. 

The thermal reaction on contact with the skin gives this product a bit of a ‘wow factor’, and makes you feel like you’re in a day spa. Yes- it is gimmicky, but I like it!

The anti-aging actives in this product include retinol and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, both of which I quite like in my night time skin routine. The short contact time of a cleansing product does tend to limit the effectiveness of those actives, but I suppose it’s still something (also I do like to leave this on as sort of a treatment mask for a few minutes to increase absorption time).

The chemical exfoliating properties of this scrub is uncertain. There are some AHAs (lactic acid) and BHAs (salicylic acid) in the formula, but these are neutralised by the high concentration of alkaline Sodium Bicarbonate. It’s difficult to get around this pH issue, given that the sodium bicarbonate is responsible for the heat on contact with the skin.

This is why I would consider this as primarily a physical exfoliant- but a decent one. 


Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant Ingredients:

PEG-6, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Oxide, C20-40 Pareth-10, Silica, Salicylic Acid, Retinol, Lactic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Medica (Lemon) Peel Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil

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Posted by on Feb 5th, 2014 in Skincare | 20comments

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Skin Care Saturday: MOR Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub

A week or two ago while browsing in the cosmetics section of Myer, I noticed that MOR cosmetics had 25% off their entire range. I’ve read amazing things about the luxurious packaging and heavenly scents of MOR products, so the sale was too good to pass on. Although I felt like taking the entire range home, I decided to exercise some restraint, and brought home the MOR Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub.

MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub review

MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub


Enliven the body and unveil radiant skin with this heavenly body scrub.  Our sumptuous body scrub formula will envelope your body in our sweet Marshmallow fragrance and gently lift away old skin cells, making way for beautiful, soft, radiant skin. [from MOR cosmetics website]

Availability: , which ships internationally.

Price AU$39.95 in Australia and US$28 in the US.  Each tub is 600g.

MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub

MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub


The MOR Marshmallow Sugar Scrub has quite a different texture to other sugar scrubs I’ve used in the past. When you scoop the scrub into your hand, rather than feeling like oil/butter + sugar,  it feels sort of .. gummy, almost like a melted chewy lolly in a way. I quite like this texture because the scrub is easy to apply and doesn’t slide off your skin as much as some oil based scrubs can.

The exfoliating particles consist of white sugar granules, and slightly smaller silica particles. It’s the perfect particle size and density (oh god I feel like I’m in physics 101) to really get in there and slough off dead skin.


The scrub has an overpowering scent of synthetic powdery florals, and sweet musk which really reminds me of perfumes that my Mum wears. I’m going to be completely honest and say that I don’t like this scent at all, in fact I get a little nauseous every time I get a whiff.

Fragrances are a very personal thing and I’m sure that plenty of people would love this scent, but I just don’t understand why they’ve put SO MUCH of it in- ‘parfum’ is 4th on the ingredient list (there’s more perfume than there is any of the oils) which makes it unusually high in concentration. After one use of the scrub in the shower the scent stays in my bathroom for almost a week!

I think that if there was a little less fragrance added to the scrub the scent wouldn’t really bother me. I really think there should be opened testers at Myer for MOR products.


MOR Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub, as I mentioned earlier, has the perfect texture to remove flakey dead skin without irritating the skin. It’s one of the best body exfoliators I’ve used and leaves the skin polished and incredibly soft.

It rinses completely clean, with no oils left behind due to the high concentration of emulsifiers (Peg-8, Oleth-30) which is great for summer. For those with very dry skin, you’ll need to use a body moisturiser afterwards as the oils in the scrub don’t hang around after it’s rinsed off (unlike some oil based scrubs).


MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub

MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub


Has anyone used this scrub, or any other MOR products in the Marshmallow range? What are your thoughts?

I tried looking for other reviews of this product, but can’t find a single review online.

Full ingredients list:

Sucrose, Glycerin, Silica, Peg-8, Oleth-30, Parfum, Sunflower seed oil, soybean oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Ginger Root Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Persica (Peach) Oil, Avocado Oil, Althaea Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Mango Fruit Extract, Apricot fruit extract, Matricaria Flower Extract, Tocopherol Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Geraniol, Citronellol

Posted by on Jul 23rd, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare | 74comments

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DIY Macadamia Butter and Lemongrass Sugar Body Scrub


DIY Macadamia Butter and Lemongrass Sugar Scrub

DIY Macadamia Butter and Lemongrass Sugar Scrub


It was a sad day when I finished my pot of my Urban Rituelle Lemongrass Botanical Body Scrub (reviewed here) It had the most amazing scent- Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle and Grapefruit.

I experimented with the ingredients to get a more ‘scoopable’ (less sloppy) consistency than the Urban Rituelle scrub, and added a little bit of emulsifier so that it would rinse off cleaner rather than leaving behind the residue that I noticed with the original.

This is my version of the scrub. Smells like heaven.


  • 15g Macadamia Butter                               from
  • 5g Cetyl Alcohol                                            from
  • 15g Olive Oil                                                   sourced locally
  • 10g Jojoba Oil                                                from local health food store ( The Jojoba Company brand)
  • Lemongrass Essential Oil                           from local health food store
  • Grapefruit Essential Oil                              from local health food store
  • 1g Vitamin E 500IU                            
  • 0.8g Polysorbate 80                          
  • a few drops of optiphen                     
  • 70g Sugar



Step by step instructions:

1. Measure out your non heat sensitive ingredients- Cetyl Alcohol, the oils, polysorbate 80 and butters in a heat proof container.

2. Gently heat this in a saucepan of water until everything just melts.

3. Once everything is melted and mixed together, cool the mixture in the fridge until it goes semi solid.



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Posted by on Jul 19th, 2011 in DIY Skin Care | 47comments


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