MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator Review

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MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is described as "A highly effective cleanser and exfoliator that unclogs pores and adds instant moisture. A dual purpose cleansing and exfoliating that blends natural volcanic ash with fine sugar crystals. Highly effective, the mineral rich, concentrated formula foams on to refine and unclog the skin and add instant moisture, leaving skin feeling soft and comfortably clean."

As you all know I love exfoliators especially chemical exfoliators like BHA and AHAs which help to remove the dead skin cells overnight or over a period of time but sometimes you just need to scrub your face and get that instant smooth know? yeah I am weird at times..but anyways thats where the physical exfoliators come into the picture. I had heard great things about MAC Volcanic Ash exfoliator so when I was KL I decided to pick up a sample and absolutely loved it! Once back I couldnt find it in stores as it was constantly out of stock so when I finally found it I had to buy it right away.


MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator comes in see through tube, I love the packaging, its fuss free and simple plus you can always see how much product is still left. I have been using MAC Volcanic Ash exfoliator for about 6 months now and I would say I still have about a months use left so it will last you a long time. I use the exfoliator once or twice a week only since I also use BHA/AHA in routine and I don't want to over exfoliate my skin. 

Lets take a look at the main ingredients

Sucrose - Sucrose is nothing but Sugar in layman's language. Sucrose is all natural and has hydroscopic properties ie it retains and attracts moisture. It also acts as a natural exfoliator and helps with acne and helps to restore the balance of the skins natural oils. The natural glycolic acid in the sugar not only moisturizes the skin but also helps to protect it from pollutants and toxic substances. 

Volcanic Ash - Also known as Sodium Bentonite Clay, also known as the "swelling clay" due its strong absorption properties. Sodium Bentonite clay is negatively charged while harmful bacteria and toxins are positively charged. When applied as a mask the clay's negatively charged microscopic platelets attracts the dirt and harmful toxins which are positively charged like a magnet thus removing the impurities from our skin.


Texture - The consistency of the scrub is very very thick as you can see in the picture below. On a bare dry face it can be a tad bit difficult to apply but what I like to do it to spray little bit of water or rose water and then apply the scrub on my face. Word of caution though - I have read lot of people face problem of this scrub dissolving very fast this happens when you have completely wet face the sugar granules will dissolve faster. Hence start with moist face and spray some water/rose water and gently start scrubbing, this way the sugar granules will not dissolve immediately.

Performance & Results - MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator works amazing well as a scrub. The sugar granules are extremely fine and hence not at all abrasive on the skin. It helps removing dead skin cells and dry patches and leaves the skin soft, supple and moisturized! The first time I used I remember being pleasantly surprised of how moisturized my skin felt afterwards. It also does not leave behind any residue whatsoever which is a huge plus in my books! And yes it does work on blackheads! I don't normally have major issues with blackheads but few months back I did get a couple but with volcanic ash exfoliator they did go away in a week!


I would highly recommend MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator for anyone who is in the market for a new scrub of is facing issues with dry patches and pesky blackheads!

Rating - A+ 

Price - 29$ or 2300 INR

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is available at MAC| Nordstrom | Macys and across all MAC counters.

Hope this review was helpful, until next time take care and stay beautiful.


  1. I've been on the lookout for this for a while now. Now that you've given it a raving review, I need it.

  2. im almost done with my st ives green tea scrub definitely finding it...hope this is available!

    1. You'll definitely love it! I hope its in stock! Let me know how you liked it

  3. I've been wanting to give this a shot... I think I'll pick it up once my Freeman Charcoal mask runs out!

  4. Srsly???!!! I thought it will be drying.. great review gal :-* surely buying it this weekend... I was already searching for a good scrub..

    1. Oh no girl..its not drying at all! Definitely give it a try!


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