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Customer Love Notes: dr. brandt’s microdermabrasion skin exfoliant

Nerd alert: One of our favorite things to do is read the customer reviews in the Birchbox Shop. You all are an opinionated bunch—and we like it! We especially adore when you write about your favorite purchases. From time to time, we’ll be highlighting some of your extrasweet product love letters on the blog. 


This innovative scrub is formulated to give you professional-quality results at home, thanks to pharmaceutical-grade aluminum oxide crystals that remove dead skin cells and improve texture. And unlike other products, this one eschews sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic chemicals. As if flawless skin weren’t enough, it also leaves behind an invigorating citrus scent. But don’t take our word for it; check out what some of these Dr. Brandt fans had to say: 

Without a doubt, this is the best exfoliator I’ve EVER used! I love the fine crystals - they don’t hurt, but you can feel them exfoliating as you scrub. I also love the tingling fresh feeling you get on your face after you rinse it off. It also rinses cleanly, which is a huge bonus. The price is a bit prohibitive, but this product is MORE than worth it. LOVE IT!- Becs

"So happy I had this in my box. I had just used my last bit of exfoliating face wash so this was a nice surprise. I love the lemony scent and how my face felt like it was washed with peppermint. It’s a great way to wake up in the morning! My skin felt very clean and soft after using. I actually want to use my points on this one!"Colby

"I’ve had microdermabrasion done in the doctor’s office, and Dr. Brandt’s product definitely compares well. I like the texture of the cream, and the fragrance is light and fresh. Overall, the finished product is super smooth, glowing, youthful skin!"Mom2Boys


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Today’s Obsession: Vasanti’s BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator


Have you ever taken a second glance at your favorite exfoliator’s label and pondered what the ingredients are actually doing? I found myself asking that the other day while scrubbing my face with my new favorite exfoliator, Vasanti’s BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator. The scrub gently buffs away imperfections, while nourishing papaya enzymes break down dead skin cells to even out your complexion. The result is perfectly smooth, flaw-free skin— without a pricey trip to the dermatologist. But what about that mystery ingredient, microderm crystals?

A little sleuthing revealed that these crystals are actually ultra-fine minerals designed to buff away dead skin. Not only that, they help reduce long-term annoyances like fine lines, acne, and scars. Since the same crystals are used in professional microdermabrasion treatments, the final results mimic those you’d get at your dermatologist’s office—minus the potential for redness and sensitivity.


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How to Prep Your Skin for Summer: Guest Blogger

Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. Her dreamy blog, love, blair, is a heady mix of all her talents in one and we can’t get enough of her style and beauty advice. This week, she’s sharing her DIY beauty tips, like how to create a pretty custom lip color and how to get perfect beachy waves.

Let’s face it—bikini season is a challenge. It’s often daunting to think of those upcoming summer months knowing our post-hibernation bods will soon be on display. Here are a few tricks for whipping your skin into shape for summer!

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Slough It Off: You’ve Got Male


Some guys use whatever soap is in the shower. Others carefully consider the field and select the best option. Eric, our resident grooming god, falls in the latter camp. Once a week, he’ll be sharing his product findings and lifestyle tips.

Although we here in NYC are currently in the midst of winter, it’s both important and encouraging to think toward summer when more skin will be showing. Exfoliation is easy for the guys to forget about, especially when it comes to their bodies, but it’s an important step to help remove dead skin and allow new skin cells to make their way to the surface. In order to have a healthy clear complexion, exfoliating is a necessity.

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Gift-a-Day 15: Wholesome Aunt

Every day from now until December 31st, we’ll be posting a daily gift suggestion. It’s like an advent calendar, minus the ugly graphics.

For Wholesome Aunt: Naturopathica Pear Fig Enzyme Peel

You will always be in awe of your aunt for her glorious backyard herb garden and her ethereally flaky pie crusts. You’ll never rival her baking skills, but you can give her a few beauty lessons. Introduce her to the importance of exfoliating with Naturopathica’s Pear Fig Enzyme Peel. She’ll love the natural, holistic formula — especially how quickly it works. In just five minutes she’ll have glowy, healthy skin and can go back to planting heirloom tomatoes.