The Ultimate Facial in a Jar: Tammy Fender Epi Peel

 An award-winning, multi-tasking, micro-exfoliating peel from the clean beauty world…

Tammy Fender Epi-Peel review & demo

Packed inside The Detox Box for this month were two holistic, natural skincare treasures from clean beauty creator Tammy Fender, including her award-winning Epi-Peel.  After my very first use, I felt it was deserving of its own review…

Tammy Fender Epi-Peel

Tammy Fender’s Epi-Peel is essentially a mini facial in a jar.  In a little over 5 minutes, it works to gently polish and remove dead surface cells, decongest and draw out impurities, and energize and revitalize, all while soothing the skin.

Key ingredients:

  • Kaolin clay softens skin and refines pores
  • Watercress repairs damaged tissue and slows aging with Vitamins C and A, plus beta-carotene
  • Pure Moroccan Rosemary, Far West Native Spearmint and Panax Ginseng energize, decongest, clear, and oxygenate skin
  • Great Burdock detoxifies and counters impurities
  • Grapeseed oil and shea butter soften and soothe

Full Ingredients: *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Water, *Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Water, Kaolin, Silica, Beeswax, ^Emulsifying Wax, ^Stearyl Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), ^Tapioca Starch, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, ^Sclerotium Gum, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Quillaja Saponaria (Soapbark Tree) Bark Extract, ^Glycerin, Iris Florentina (Iris) Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Vitis vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa (Great Burdock) Root Extract, Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract, ^Sodium Benzoate, ^Potassium Sorbate  (^Vegetal Source, *Certified Organic)

Tammy Fender Epi-Peel review & demo

‘Our luxurious formulations are handcrafted in freshly prepared small batches and made from nature’s most exquisite plant extracts – whether sustainably wildcrafted or organically grown, therapeutic grade essential oils and nourishing plant butters. All are carefully created to maintain molecular integrity, transmitting the elegance, Pure Living Energy® and perfection of nature’s divine healing.’

Tammy Fender Epi-Peel face mask review & demo

Tammy Fender Epi-Peel Review

I have combination skin (oily T-zone, dry everywhere else).  In the winter especially, I constantly battle with dry flakes, and rough spots, so I’m always using micro-exfoliating scrubs and masks.  As opposed to more intense, grainier scrubs, micro-exfoliators are gentle enough to use every other day, plus I find they do a much better job at creating a smooth surface without scratching the skin. Currently, I’ve been using DERMA E’s Microdermabrasion Scrub, a favorite of mine, so I was curious to compare it to Tammy Fender’s Epi-Peel.

At first glance, DERMA E’s scrub and Tammy Fender’s are very similar in texture.  They both have a creamy feel and are loaded with tiny polishing granules.  Tammy Fender’s Epi-Peel however feels a lot gentler and also more soothing.  On the flip side, Tammy’s is definitely pricier ($80 for 1.7 oz), and you get a much smaller-sized jar.  (Though fortunately, it only takes ~2 pea-sized dollops to cover the face, so I estimate it will last at least 2-3 months, used twice a week.)  So is it worth it?

For my first application of Tammy Fender’s Epi-Peel, I began by dampening my face and fingertips with a bit of water, and then gently massaged the formula over my skin using circular motions for about one minute.  I could feel hundreds of tiny granules in the Epi-Peel gently polishing without feeling abrasive. Meanwhile, the formula’s creamier base helped soften and soothe.  I let the formula sit for five minutes to further draw out impurities, and finally rinsed it off with warm water.

Tammy Fender Epi-Peel Before & After

Tammy Fender Epi-Peel review, before & after 1

After patting my face dry, my face felt baby soft and incredibly smooth.  My skin also looked better – the oiliness around my nose and roughness on my cheeks almost completely disappeared, and my skin had a healthy, glowy sheen to it.  I felt like I had just gotten all the benefits of a microdermabrasion scrub, a mask, and a light peel, with zero signs of irritation, stinging, or redness.  It by far beat my DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub out of the water when it came down to its multi-tasking abilities, quick results, and gentle formula.

For the before and after photos above, I wanted to take a photo of my skin immediately afterwards so you could see the results from the peel only, so I held off on applying serum/moisturizer.  I was freaking out in my head, expecting the tightness and dryness to start coming on, but it never did!  Miraculously for a peel, the formula does not strip or dry out my skin.

I’m been using the scrub for 3 weeks now, 2x a week, and have only seen improvements.  Overall, I highly recommend Tammy Fender’s Epi-Peel for all skin types – even dry and sensitive.  (It is however not recommend for use on sun burned skin or severe acne.)

Available at The Detox Market, Saks, Dermstore, Cult Beauty, & Amazon


Have you tried Tammy Fender’s Epi-Peel?  Have a favorite natural mask/peel?