Origins Modern Friction

I received a sample of Origins Modern Friction in the Birchbox November 2016.Origins is one of those skin care lines that I have always wanted to try but just haven’t. I was pleased to get this sample so that I could try the line without investing in an expensive full sized product that might not work.

Sand-blasting skin with coarse, chemical crystals? How painfully passé. Here’s age-smoothing exfoliation without irritation. Skin-refining Rice Starch, cushioned in cream, shows real affinity for rapidly removing sluggish cells, uneven patches and signs of skin damage and discolorations. Lemon Oil kick starts the process of illumination. Another age-sweeping action: skin-menacing molecules are mopped up. All while Aloe keeps skin calm and comfy. There’s no ouch, extra steps or other complications. No redness or flaking follows. The before-and-afters are amazing. Signs of fine lines and size of pores appear to shrink in size. Skin looks perfectly polished, smooth and luminous. And the perk-me-up aromas of Bergamot and Peppermint help you look on the bright side.

How to use: Two to three times a week, squeeze onto fingertips and massage over dry, clean skin in circular motions. For sensitive skin, massage over damp skin. Add a splash of water and work into a gentle lather. Rinse well. Follow with appropriate tonic

ingredients: water\aqua\eau; rosa damascena (rose) flower water; oryza sativa (rice) starch; sodium laureth sulfate; glycerin; cocamide mea; glycol distearate; acrylates copolymer; pentylene glycol; polysorbate 20; citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil*, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil*, cucumis sativus (cucumber) oil*, cinnamomum camphora (camphor) oil*, litsea cubeba fruit oil*, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) peel extract*, ocimum basilicum (basil) oil*, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil*, citral, linalool, benzyl salicylate, limonene; aloe barbadensis leaf extract; scutellaria baicalensis root extract; pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract; cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract; tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate; butylene glycol; hexylene glycol; sodium cocoate; caprylyl glycol; sodium sulfate; hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; sodium chloride; pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate; laureth-2; edta; disodium edta; trisodium hedta; sodium hydroxide; methylchloroisothiazolinone; methylisothiazolinone; phenoxyethanol; titanium dioxide 

I use an exfoliating scrub 2-3 mornings per week. I try to stick with gentle products since I use tretinoin and have to be careful to not over exfoliate. This has a great ingredient list and promises to be gentle.


That’s a very nice fresh organic kind of scent. I can smell the peppermint but cannot say what else I smell in the scent. The texture is unlike any other exfoliator I have used. It feels and looks like a paste that has a creamy clay-like texture. Once you add water it feels much more creamy. The exfoliants seem to dissolve as you massage it into your skin.

The Modern Friction did not irritate my skin at all. It did not feel too harsh and it rinsed off very cleanly. My skin felt soft and smooth after use. However, I did not notice that my fine lines were diminished nor did I see any obvious improvement in my pores.

This is a good exfoliator and I enjoyed using it. It was gentle and did not cause any redness or problems with my skin. It is a bit pricier than a drugstore brand at $20 for a 1.7 oz tube. I think that there are other products out there that work every bit as good as this for 1/2 the price. I would possibly purchase a full size of this if I found a good sale but I wouldn’t pay regular price for it. I just don’t see that it did that much for my skin.

Have you tried Modern Friction? Did you like it? What is your favorite exfoliator?

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3 thoughts on “Origins Modern Friction

  1. I’ve tried this and it was only. The only thing I didn’t like was that when rinsing, I had to be super careful not to get it near my eyes because it stings!
    Right now I’m really liking those Asian peeling gels that exfoliates really gently. I’m using the one from Tony Moly.

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