French Girl Organics is a luxurious organic vegan skin and body care brand, inspired by France and made in the US, that has its roots in Etsy (Imagine that?!). It started off as an beauty line founded by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes whose early life was steeped in Cajun French lore & culture passed on from her New Orleans-born mother. French Girl Organics is the culmination of her love of nature, as well as French heritage and lifestyle. The brand’s big break came in early 2016 when Vogue.com featured their Facial Polish (which is also the product that I’m reviewing today). Since then, it has caught the attention of beauty editors everywhere and is now stocked in Anthropologie and Goop in addition to their own website.
French Girl Organics caught my eye when I saw their beautiful rose facial polish in the skincare routine of one of the beauty bloggers that I follow on Instagram. Ok, I’ll admit that I’m such a sucker for beautiful things that its packaging was the first thing that caught my eye. The packaging is gorgeous and looks absolutely minimalist chic with a casual pulled-together aesthetics that French girls seem to naturally own. Coincidentally, while I was browsing the Mecca stores in Sydney during my recent trip, I came across this brand on their shelf and bought their most famous product (the Rose du Jardin Facial Polish) to try.
Oryza Sativa (Brown Rice) Powder* Rose Damascena (Rose) Petals* White Kaolin (White Clay), Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh)* Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom)* Rosa Canina (Rose Hips)* Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus)*, Kaolin (French Pink Clay), Essential Oils of Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium)*, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot)*, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood)*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil* *Certified OrganIc/Wildcrafted
How does the French Girl Organics Facial Polish (Rose du Jardin) fare?
The facial polish is a finely-milled facial exfoliant rich in antioxidants formulated with organic brown rice powder, French clays, organic flower petals and essential oils to gently polish and clarify the skin. Essentially, it’s a face scrub that you’ll use once or twice a week to exfoliate your dead skin cells and makes your skin brighter.
The instructions given on the back of the product state that you can apply the product in circular motions on your damp face. Alternatively, you could also mist your face with toner and apply this product. This product could also be used as a face mask if you leave it on for around 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water. The first time I used this product, I was a bit shocked at how coarse it feels against my skin. Admittedly I haven’t been using mechanical scrubs like this on my face for a long time since I’d started using chemical exfoliants. However, my skin felt a bit irritated and painful after I rinsed off this scrub. The next time, I mixed this product into my gel cleanser and it works much better that way for me. The coarseness of the brown rice powder included in this facial polish was cushioned by the gel texture of my cleanser. When I rinsed off this concoction, my skin felt much smoother and brighter without the irritation that I felt previously when I used this product on its own. It’s for this reason that I don’t reach for this product as much as I reach for my Orbis Powder Wash (which is also an enzyme exfoliant that’s much softer to the skin). That’s not to say that this product is not a good product, it’s just that for me personally, since I’m already using chemical exfoliants frequently, I might not be the intended target user of this product.
Where can you find it?
I bought this product from the physical stores in Mecca Australia. It retails at AU$32 (2oz sized).
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