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 subtle, 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, Credo Beauty, goop, Saks, Dermstore, Cult Beauty (UK), & Amazon

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


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