Review | Olive + M Face Polish Brighten & Smooth Exfoliating Treatment

Last year, I reviewed the Olive + M Cleansing Oil that I still often use especially to remove tough makeup and liquid matte lipsticks. After connecting with the team behind the Texas-based and sourced brand through email, I was super ecstatic when I had the chance to finally meet them in person at Indie Beauty Expo! The founder and brains behind the concept, Mariska, was nice enough to gift me their newly released Face Polish. I remember mentioning in my review that I hoped to see more products in the future...and here they are! In addition, there are two other new products in the Olive + M collection: Body Polish and Eye Serum. If you already have the original products from the line, you can easily add these to your routine!

The Ingredients

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Using many of the same oils as its Cleansing, Face and Body oils, Olive + M has created a way to exfoliate with the same nourishing ingredients.

Ingredients: Oat Flour, Sodium Chloride, Olive Fruit Oil, MSM Powder, Hydrogenated Olive Butter, Castor Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Olive Leaf Extract, Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Organic Calendula Flower Extract, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Rice Bran Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Sunflower Extract, Vitamin E, Cardamom Oil, Lavender Oil, Bergamot Oil

When I used the Face Polish, my skin didn't feel stripped at all. You can also tell by the scoop from my jar that it's a pretty gentle exfoliator thanks to the oat flour (no ground almonds to make me break out -- thank God). In fact, I felt quite moisturized even before I even moved on to my third and final step with the Face Oil. I honestly don't think it would hurt to skip the Face Oil, but if you want to stir up some serious morning glow while you get your beauty sleep at night...a few drops should suffice. Don't get too heavy-handed like me! 

What does it do?

The Face Polish fulfills the exfoliating need in the Olive + M skincare routine and brightens + smoothens the skin. Like the rest of the brand's products, it contains olive oil as well as other oils that benefit the skin in several ways. A light layer really does go a long way to deeply removing dirt from the pores.

From the packaging: Splash face with warm water and apply a thin layer of product to clean skin. Gently massage in a circular motion for 1 minute and remove with a warm washcloth. For best results, use 1-3 times a week and follow with Olive + M's Face Oil.

My Routine

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For my routine, I wanted to use all Olive + M products to see how they would work together, so here's what I used:

Three simple steps that will thoroughly break down and clear the pores of makeup for my full-face readers. Sometimes my favorite gel cleansers don't cut it when I'm wearing a lot of makeup and I love that the Face Polish continues to break everything down even in the second step of my routine.

Interestingly, I don't have very many exfoliating skincare products...and the ones I do have aren't exactly my favorites. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Exfoliating Treatment has definitely been a go-to, but these two products are in two different ballparks when it comes to ingredients. It really depends on what you're going for! If you want something that's effective with ALL natural ingredients, then Olive + M is an excellent option. This is also much more affordable than some of the clinical/botanical ones that I actually do like, and I'm happy to have it in my beauty arsenal!

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I received this complimentary product from Olive + M for review purposes. All opinions and thoughts are my own.