April 12, 2012

Consonant 10% Clay Exfoliating Cleansing Bar Review, Workshops and Contest!

Consonant 10% Clay Exfoliating Cleansing Bar - 90g - $18 - contains 10% Manicouagan Clay from Quebec to gently exfoliate the skin on your face.

Manicouagan clay is very fine making it a gentle, yet effective natural exfoliator that leaves skin feeling softer and smoother than ever before. This mineral rich clay helps to draw out impurities while gently exfoliating. Recommended for use on the face twice a week. The lower concentration of clay makes this bar gentler than the 20% bar which makes it great for the most sensitive skin. But if you want more heft, go with the 20% instead.

I knew that I needed just the right person to test this out for me (my husband has the right skin type but as he continually proves, he is useless at giving me any useful info or feedback about any product) so I turned to my friend Fiona who is a bit of a Consonant fiend as well as being the Youtuber extraordinaire behind Product Wars - you'll especially enjoy this review since you don't have to see or hear her blather on and on for a change - just read it! Anyhow she was totally game to give it a whirl (or at least before she saw this intro she was) and here's what she thought:

"Just to give you little background, I have extremely acne prone skin that's super oily and highly sensitive to a lot of ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, sulphur and sodium chloride. I have been battling acne for years and over-the-counter topical treatments and antibiotics do not work for me. I am constantly on a quest for products that will help decongest clogged pores, reduce my acne, and hyperpigmentation.

I have tried a lot of exfoliators in the past, from drugstore to high end department store brands. I always had to use exfoliators in conjunction with masks to truly get the full benefit of having all the impurities being drawn out. The fact that my skin is highly sensitive to so many products, it means that my pores get clogged really easily and as a result, acne forms. 
With the 10% Clay Exfoliating Bar, it eliminates the need for me to use an exfoliator and a mask. It draws out majority of the impurities, makes my skin feeling extremely soft, and allows for my acne treatments to deeply penetrate my skin and become more effective.

I use it twice a week after I remove all my makeup and when my face is damp. It was odd at first to be rubbing a bar of soap on my face.  Since the soap contains Manicouagan Clay and is meant to be an exfoliator, it does initially feel itchy on your skin. A word of caution: do not rub it on your face too hard or else you will damage your skin. Be gentle. After you rub the soap on your face, you will get a tacky layer of soap on your face. Just take some water and rub in circular motions as if you were using your face wash. Speaking of which...you can skip using your face wash when using this product! Immediately after, you will notice your pores being less clogged and how smooth your face is.

Storing the soap is a bit out of the ordinary. Normally exfoliators come in a squeeze tube or jar. Instead, this is a bar of soap. Each box comes with a small sponge. I suggest that you place the sponge in a container then the soap on top of that right after you finish using it and in a dry location. This ensure that minimal product is lost after use. One time I put the soap outside of my bath tub. BIG MISTAKE!  Because the soap was still wet, it got tacky and stuck to edge of my bath tub. Don't use a wet sponge to remove the remnants of soap that got stuck to the bath tub or else you will create suds and water will run down your tub.  Instead, take your current bath towel that's a bit damp and just wipe the edge.

I am a huge fan of Consonant because their products are organic and don't irritate my sensitive skin. This product isn't any different. Even though it contains oil, it has not clogged or irritated my skin and I've been using this for 3 months. Initially I thought that this would be too abrasive for my skin; it is if you use it everyday. That's why they recommend it be used twice a week. It does everything I ever wanted in an exfoliator and more. What it really is, is a 3-in-1 product: exfoliator, mask, and face wash.

Still not sure if I like it? Let's just say, I will forever be stocking up on this product!"
And since Fiona loves this product so much, we wanted to give 5 readers a chance to try it out for themselves!

This contest is open to all our Canadian followers and it's very easy to enter, just leave a comment letting us know that you follow through Google Friend Connect or Facebook Networked Blogs (if you aren't a follower you can do that now - sign up buttons are in the right sidebar).

1 entry for following and answering the question - What do you usually use to exfoliate?  Please also leave your e-mail so we can find you if you win! 

And for extra entries: 
Follow @BeautyCrazedCan on Twitter and tweet the contest.
Follow @ConsonantBody on Twitter and tweet the contest.

If you prefer not to leave your info on a public post, please leave a post saying you want to enter with your answer to the question and then e-mail your info to info@beautycrazed.ca, please put "Consonant Contest" in the subject line. Remember to leave the post or you name won't actually end up in the draw! Winners to be decided by random drawing and you have until April 27th to enter. Good Luck! 
And while you are waiting to see if you won sign up for one of the skincare seminars that Consonant is hosting, details as follows:

Participants will be joined by experts Marina Cortese (B.Kin, RHN, NNCP) and Donna Bishop (Editor-in-Chief, Bamboo Magazine, Natural Beauty Expert on Marilyn Denis Show) for an evening of education and discussion. The seminars will take place at the flagship location at 2479 Yonge St. and include refreshments and a take-home package full of product, great tips and helpful facts from the experts.

“Beautiful Skin Throughout & After Pregnancy” seminar: Monday, May 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - FREE
Topics will include:
  • Important nutrients before, during and after pregnancy
  • Healthy weight gain during pregnancy and weight loss post-pregnancy
  • Healthy eating for healthy skin
  • Key things to look for on personal care product labels for you and baby
  • Makeup tips to enhance your beauty in two minutes or less, and much more
“Radiant Summer Skin” seminar: Monday, May 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – FREE
Topics will include:
  • Beyond basic salads – healthy and delicious meal ideas to keep you looking fit and fabulous all summer
  • Healthy eating for healthy skin
  • Summer skin protection; sunblock vs. sunscreen
  • How to get a healthy summer glow
  • Summer makeup demos, and much more
Call 416-925-2855 to RSVP

- Lisamarie -


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  2. GFC - Happy Chinadoll
    Following @BeautyCrazedCan & @ConsonantBody (@happy_chinadoll)

    Tweeted - https://twitter.com/#!/Happy_Chinadoll/status/190488505158348800

    I usually dont exfoliate but when I do I use Burt's Bees or use the little sample I have of Brighten Up

    Source: beautycrazed (http://s.tt/19ej7)

  3. GFC - Zaria S.
    Email - zaria.ren@gmail.com
    And I usually go with the Body Shop's Vitamin C Microdermabrasion (but only once a week - it's pretty intense!)

  4. GFC- Canadian Beauty
    email: canadianbeautyreviews@gmail.com
    What do you usually use to exfoliate? LUSH Ocean salt! It is amazing and I LOVE it!

  5. I follow via GFC: Sarah Woodward

    Tweeted and follow both: https://twitter.com/#!/smwoodwa/status/190535524690313216

    I usually use a gentle facial scrub that comes in a tube like a facewash, my fav brands are Biore, Aveeno, and Burt's Bees

  6. I use a brush from Sephora and Philosophy micro massage exfoliating wash.

    I also follow you via BlogLovin

    lori dot mckinnon72 at gmail dot com

  7. I follow via GFC as Glogirl.
    I use a sugar scrub to exfoliate my body and an apricot scrub for my face.


  8. I follow you on Twitter @glogirl3 and tweeted:


  9. I would like to enter the contest and follow via GFC as Matsie. I exfoliate with my clasionic mia and a regular face cleanser. I will send my info via email.

  10. I usually use some sort of BHA ( Paulas Chioce ) and AHA ( Alpha Hydrox ) to chemically exfoliate a few times a week.

    This would be nice to try since i do have one of their foaming face washes.


  11. I use the Mary Kay TimeWise microdermabrasion set for exfoliating. Emailed my info. I follow through GFC and Twitter.

  12. GFC- Rebecca
    email: rn_hill (at) hotmail (dot) com
    What do you usually use to exfoliate? Vasanti's BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

  13. I follow through Google Friend Connect (blueice) and I usually exfoliate my face once a week with baking soda.


  14. I follow through Google Friend Connect! I love how informative your blog is!

    I always exfoliate whenever I shower using a textured face scrub that buffs away the dead skin...it's super effective!


  15. I use whatever is on sale at the drug store to exfoliate!
    I follow with GFC (Rebby)
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

  16. I am following Beauty Crazed on Twitter and tweeted
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

  17. I am following @ConsonantBody on Twitter and tweeted
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

  18. I normally use a body scrub from Bath & Body Works or Clinique!

    GFC: OPI Addict

    I follow both accounts on twitter @opiaddict and tweeted here - https://twitter.com/#!/opiaddict/status/191887782531186690

    Thank you!

  19. I usually use a BHA or AHA exfoliant from Paula's Choice.
    I follow via GFC and Google Reader as BooBooNinja
    I follow both Twitter accounts and tweeted. I'm emailing you with my details :)
    My email is: hermano (dot) buster (dot) bluth (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. I follow through Google Friend Connect as "M", and I usually make my own sugar scrub when I really need a good scritching.
    My email is azurielm@aol.com

  21. I'm a Google Follower :) I use ROC cleansing pads to exfoliate my face and Aveda scrub to exfoliate my body.

    abamda @ gmail.com

  22. I follow Beauty Crazed on Twitter and tweeted about the contest!

    abamda @ gmail.com

  23. You know I stalk you on Twitter (@fionaman), Google Friend Connector (fiona.man(at)gmail(dot)com), and outside your home ;)

    You know what I use to exfoliate....Consonant 10% Clay Exfoliating Cleansing Bar, DUH!!

  24. Exfoliation - I'm not loyal to any particular product, I've tried lots...currently using a sample of Dermalogica daily microfoliant. It's nice.
    GFC follower jonandjules

    1. forgot to leave my email
      jonandjules (at) hotmail (dot) com

  25. following BeautyCrazedCan on twitter & tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/kimhoa1/status/192462582873985026

    jonandjules (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  27. I use Garnier The Expert Exfoliator Daily Exfoliating Gel. I follow on google friend connect and tweeted the contest on twitter both times!

  28. I follow via GFC ((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com)) already!

  29. For my face I use Philosophy's Daily exfoliator, & I just started using the new Dove exfolliating bar (it says it's for men & I bought it for my Hubs, but I tried it & it is pretty good!) I'd love to try this one tho--sounds FABulous!!!((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com)) Thanks for the chance....

  30. GFC: Victoria

    I just use the St. Ives apricot scrub to exfoliate once a week. It's cheap and effective. I figured that since I'm only using it once a week, even drugstore brand products should be okay!

  31. I've been using the Clinique's Men's face exfoliator. I'm not sure if I'm loving it as much as I used to, its just so, rough lol.. So I'd looove to try this!

    GFC: Steph S
    email: steph.schlarb@gmail.com
    tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/GlitterBalm/status/193033519465902081


  32. I use Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant. It's amazing!

  33. Following via GFC as mandyzhou and I use an exfoliant from a korean brand called Missha
    mandyzhou at live dot ca

  34. I'm following via Facebook Networked Blogs as Soph Yee.
    I usually use either an exfoliating glove or some sea salt to exfoliate.
    Following both @BeautyCrazedCan and @ConsonantBody on Twitter
    Tweeted the contest: https://twitter.com/#!/FabAndSassy/status/195019525610147840

  35. Follow via GFC

    I use MONU Professional Skincare's Microexfoliant.

    cfjc_17 at hotmail dot com

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