I am very excited to be writing a new Good Molecules product review today! Good Molecules makes some of the best affordable skincare with innovative formulas. I previously reviewed the Niacinamide Brightening Toner and Vitamin C Booster Powder from Good Molecules. I recently added a new product into my skincare routine: the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder. This product intrigued me from the first time I heard of it because I’ve used both scrubs and chemical exfoliants (in liquid/gel form) to exfoliate the skin on my face, but I’d never used an exfoliating powder. This powder combines both physical and chemical exfoliation.
The chemical exfoliants I’ve used before are AHAs and BHAs, but this product uses a different type of ingredient for chemical exfoliation: fruit enzymes! People with sensitive skin or skin that is not accustomed to exfoliation may not be able to tolerate AHA or BHA products. Those types of exfoliants have the potential to irritate skin after dead skin cells are cleared away. Fruit enzymes generally break down dead skin cells without affecting the fresh healthy skin underneath, therefore avoiding irritation. 🙂
This is a really interesting product, so I encourage you to continue reading for my full product review!
Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder product claims directly from GetGoodMolecules.com
Encourage gentle physical and chemical exfoliation with this cleansing powder containing bromelain, a mixture of enzymes naturally found in pineapples. This helps remove keratin proteins from the skin’s surface to reveal brighter, fresher skin.
Other product details
- Price: $16.00
- Net weight: 2.1 oz. | 60 g
- Made in Korea
- Does not contain silicones, mineral oil, alcohol, or PEGs
- Shelf-life: 18 months
- Where to buy: GetGoodMolecules.com or Beautylish.com
- GetGoodMolecules.com ships internationally.
- Beautylish.com ships to 56 countries (see the list here)
- Overall rating: 8.8/10
- Packaging: 9/10
- Ease of use: 8/10
- Exfoliation: 10/10
- Ingredients: 7/10
- Price: 10/10
Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.
Good Molecules made great choices when designing the packaging for the Pineapple Exfoliating Powder. First, and most noticeably, this product is packaged in an amber glass bottle. I like glass packaging because the weight of it makes it feel more luxurious. Beyond that, the color is important to note. The amber color of the glass provides UV protection which is very helpful in preserving the integrity of the active ingredients.
Since this is a powder product, it is dispensed through a hole that’s a little over a quarter of an inch (8 mm) wide. I like this simple yet effective design; it’s easy to pour out the desired amount of product and if a little too much comes out, you can put some back without much difficulty. The one potentially problematic thing about this opening is that it allows air to reach the product every time the cap is removed. Air, just like light, can cause ingredients to degrade more quickly. However, since this is a powder instead of a liquid, I’m not sure that’s actually a concern.
Ease of use
If you’ve never used a product like this Pineapple Exfoliating Powder, you might be confused about how to use it correctly. The directions on the bottle state:
“Dispense a teaspoon of powder into palms. Mix with a few drops of water to form a creamy foam. Use more water for gentler exfoliation. Massage into skin with circular motions. Rinse thoroughly.”
I think an additional step should be added. I find that wetting my face before using this exfoliating powder makes it easier to massage into my skin. After adding water to the powder and rubbing my palms together, it can dry out quickly. Having water already on my face helps it to remain easily spreadable over the skin.
This is my order of operations when using this product:
- Spray a small amount of water (using a spray bottle) on my face to dampen skin.
- Pour Pineapple Exfoliating Powder into my palm.
- Turn on the faucet, wet fingers, and let some water drip onto the powder.
- Rub palms together until all the powder has combined with the water to produce creamy foam.
- Massage foam into the skin, focusing on any rough patches.
Good Molecules recommends using a teaspoon of this product, but I find that to be excessive. I’m not sure if that’s just my personal preference or if it’s because my face is a little smaller than average. I’d recommend using maybe a half teaspoon the first time using this product to determine how much you really need. The same applies to the amount of water needed; start with a good amount of water mixed in (for the gentlest exfoliation), and reduce the water going forward until you reach your ideal level of exfoliation.
As I mentioned in the previous section, Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder is a very customizable exfoliating product. Those with sensitive skin may want the lightest possible exfoliation and this product is perfect for that! More water can be added to it until it’s properly “diluted.” For those that need a little more intense exfoliation, this powder can be mixed with a very small amount of water to soften rough patches and clear away dead skin.
While this product can feel more intense than you might expect, it’s definitely not as exfoliating as a face scrub. Some people may not like that, but I appreciate its gentleness. The flexibility of this exfoliating powder makes it a great choice for nearly every skin type.
I like using this exfoliating powder a lot of mornings because I feel that it gives my skin the perfect fresh start before applying my morning skincare products. I think I mix about five drops of water in with it so I don’t get the lightest exfoliation, but not the strongest either. I don’t want to over-exfoliate since I also use Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant most nights.
There are so many things I like about Good Molecules, but one in particular is that they recently became transparent about the concentrations of all ingredients in their products (I’ve not heard of any other companies doing this). Unfortunately, I purchased the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder before the packaging was changed so I don’t have that detailed breakdown. I just wanted to share that information for those of you that are considering purchasing this product!
Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder contains 17 ingredients, including several that are new to me (like pineapple extract!). It was very interesting researching these ingredients to find out what makes this product work. Here is the full list of ingredients for this exfoliating powder:
Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Diglycerin, Silk Powder, Calamine, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Papain, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Allantoin, Maltodextrin, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Water, Butylene Glycol
I had to keep an open mind when researching these ingredients since this is a unique product. This is the only product I’ve ever used that both physically and chemically exfoliates the skin. Some of the ingredients are rather controversial, but I know Good Molecules strives to make products that are safe for its customers.
A good number of the ingredients are what I’d call “neutral” because they create the right texture, foaming ability, etc., without directly helping or hurting the skin. There are several “good” ingredients too, as well as a few ingredients that I am unsure of. I’ll start by describing all the ingredients that help to exfoliate or contribute to healthy skin in other ways (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):
- Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch
- Physical exfoliant
- Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract
- Skin conditioner
- Contains ferulic acid, a potent antioxidant
- Moisturizer that minimizes water evaporation from the upper layer of skin to keep it well-hydrated
- Silk Powder
- Physical exfoliant
- Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract
- Contains bromelain, a group of enzymes that gently exfoliate skin
- Also contains fruit sugars and amino acids to soothe and moisturize skin
- Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract
- Great source of antioxidants including vitamin C and polyphenols
- Skin soothing and conditioning agent
- 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid
- Very stable form of vitamin C
These ingredients come together to promote healthy, bright, soft skin. I was especially impressed by the pineapple extract, which seems to be quite the superstar skincare ingredient!
Some may be surprised that I didn’t include calamine, papain, or arnica montana flower extract in that list of “good” ingredients. These are the controversial ingredients that I previously mentioned.
Calamine is used to treat itchy skin, but ironically it can also cause skin irritation! Papain is a fruit enzyme extracted from papayas, but unlike pineapple extract, it is a potential skin irritant. Lastly, arnica montana flower extract…some sources state that it has anti-inflammatory properties, but it can cause skin irritation. I fortunately have not experienced any irritation from this product, but I do have these ingredients marked as “bad” on my list since they are likely to cause irritation on very sensitive skin.
I’m really surprised that Good Molecules included three ingredients that are known irritants for some people. Other than those few, I’m very pleased with the ingredients in this product. They are definitely effective! I’m also happy that there is no fragrance (which would be another potential irritant) because I know other brands would be tempted to add pineapple fragrance (if you’re wondering, no it does not smell like pineapple at all).
Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder is $16.00 ($7.62/oz.), which I believe is an amazing price! There are very few products similar to this one, and the amount of product in the bottle is very generous. Since most people won’t use this exfoliating powder every day (Good Molecules advises up to four times per week), the 2.1 ounces of product will last a very long time.
Some people compare Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder to Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator (please note that Dermalogica is owned by Unilever, which is not cruelty-free), a much more expensive product at $59.00 ($22.69/oz.). I’ve never tried that product, but even if it’s not an exact dupe, the Good Molecules product is definitely a steal by comparison!
I still use micellar water for my morning cleansing on days that I’m short on time or feeling lazy, but I’ve really enjoyed using the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder most other mornings. It makes my skin feel very smooth, fresh, and ready to absorb my leave-on skincare products. It is a shame that it doesn’t smell like pineapple, but I’m happy to sacrifice fragrance since I know that would be irritating for a lot of people.
I think Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder would be a great addition to almost every skincare routine. The only people that I think should avoid this product would be those that have very sensitive skin. While there are a few possible irritants, I don’t think they’ll cause problems for most people since this is not a leave-on product.
Good Molecules is a fairly young brand, but they’re also innovative. I’m always on the lookout for new Good Molecules products. I look forward to trying more from them in the future! Have you tried anything from Good Molecules yet? If so, which product is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!