This OLEHENRIKSEN Transforming Walnut Scrub should be rated as “okay” to “mediocre” at best. While the crushed walnut shells are small enough to not be too harsh on the skin, they are a bit too big to really create a uniform skin polishing. I’m always left with random flakes of dry skin after each use of this scrub – and at first I thought that the product was simply drying my skin – but I discovered the culprit is that the product misses spots. Even when applying it carefully with just a little added water, the scrubby walnut bits disperse and end up missing areas of your face.
The formulation itself isn’t drying, and seems moisturizing without being heavy or oily – so I give this OLEHENRIKSEN Transforming Walnut Scrub points for that. While I love face scrubs, I can’t say there’s anything outstanding about this version by OLEHENRIKSEN despite the Sephora sales associate who assured me it was really great. The scrub reminds me very much of that much less expensive apricot scrub by ST. IVES.
This scrubby face cleanser by OLEHENRIKSEN contains walnut shell and apricot seed powder. The brand describes this product as a “2-in-1 lightly foaming facial scrub that exfoliates and cleanses to purify pores”, containing “walnut powder, ginseng and chamomile extracts, this facial scrub goes beyond exfoliation for a deep cleansing, pore-purifying action that diminishes dullness for a transformation you can see and feel.” The suggested way to use this scrub is to apply it to wet skin and massage gently with upward, circular motions. Rinse thoroughly, and use 3 times per week.
According to OLEHENRIKSEN, this walnut scrub performed as follows during a consumer study consisting of 35 women who used the cleanser for one week: 97% said the product created “healthier-looking skin”, 94% said it made their skin “radiant”, 94% said it “purifies pores”, and 94% said it “evens skin texture.”
This face scrub is scented with and artificial cherry aroma that smells slightly chemically, and could be mistaken for the scent of almonds. Which I thought made sense at first, until I remembered that the product contains crushed walnut shells, not almond shells.
I was disappointed to see parfum/fragrance so high up in the list of ingredients, and the good stuff way down at the bottom (ginseng, chamomile) calendula, and aloe vera). For anyone with sensitivities, be aware that this product does contain linalool, hexyl cinnamal, and limonene. For the complete list of ingredients, click here.
The texture of this OLEHENRIKSEN Transforming Walnut Scrub is scratchy bits of shells mixed with a thick, lotion-like base that isn’t soapy, but froths slightly. If you vigorously rub the product between your hands, you will get a tiny amount of foam, though the product does leave the skin feeling cleansed despite the lack of suds. While the crushed walnut shells are scratchy – and you certainly can feel them against your skin even when scrubbing gently – the texture isn’t entirely unbearable. The product does wash off easily, though like any gritty face wash, you will end up with some bits of walnut in your hair.
I was much more impressed by the PACIFICA Glow Baby scrub that left my skin rosy and glowing, and contained calming ingredients like arnica, lavender, and chamomile. Of course, comparing this product to scrubs by GLAMGLOW, this walnut scrub comes to about half the price, but with perhaps not as good results for those with dry skin.
On a positive note, this OLEHENRIKSEN scrub didn’t irritate my skin, and it does seem to have a gentle formulation that even reduced my rosacea. Though it did leave my face moderately red after each use – which isn’t surprising as its a moderately textured product. It is a moisturizing scrub – which is nice since it’s intended to get rid of dry skin. And like I mentioned above, you may notice bits of dry skin on your face after each use, but this is just spots of skin that didn’t get polished enough.
If you are looking for a moderately rough scrub for the odd dry patch on your face, this walnut mask may work for you. It’s not that this product is horrible, it’s just not robust enough for all-over flaky skin that requires a good bit of elbow grease to remove. Once you add water to this product, the walnut pieces disperse and it’s a bit of hit and miss if you are targeting large areas of dry skin.
This OLEHENRIKSEN Transforming Walnut Scrub is available at Sephora, or directly from OleHenriksen.com. The 2017 price for a 3 oz (85 g) tube is $28 USD or $34 CAD. For those looking for products void of animal ingredients, this Transforming Walnut Scrub is vegan.
Overall, there’s nothing really transforming about this OLEHENRIKSEN Transforming Walnut Scrub unless you require a minimal amount of exfoliation. This was a product I was really excited to test and was hoping I’d love, but in the end it really just reminded me of a less soapy version of St. Ives apricot scrub I used to use years ago – only this product was much more expensive. For about the same price per gram, I highly recommend the PACIFICA Glow Baby face scrub.