Pink Papaya Water Lily & Bamboo Facial Polish Review

Pink Papaya


I recently received two of Pink Papaya’s products to try, and today I’ll be reviewing one of those products: the Water Lily & Bamboo Facial Polish. Having never heard of the brand, I was a little skeptical initially regarding their performance. Fortunately, once I tried them, I loved them both!

Ingredients (provided with product packaging)- purified water, polyethylene (micro-crystals), stearic acid, orange peel extract, sweet cherry fruit extract, rooibos leaf extract, honey extract, carrot seed extract, licorice root extract, water lily extract, bamboo extract, coco-glucoside, sunflower seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, citric acid, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glucose lactoperoxidase, xanthan gum, lecithin, magnesium aluminium silicate, natural fragrance, silk powder, sodium hydroxide, cetyl alcohol, glucose oxidase.

The Cosmetics Database was down when I tried to search for this product and/or create a preliminary report for it, so I’m not sure what the hazard score would be. However, I didn’t see any red flags in the list of ingredients (i.e. ingredients I know for a fact to be harmful), so I can’t imagine the hazard score would be high at all. Still, I plan to create a preliminary report as soon as I can just to be sure. My biggest concern is whether or not the “natural fragrance” is phthalate-free.

Some great things about this product:

1. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, and phenoxyethanol.

2. It’s cruelty-free.

3. It’s made with fair trade ingredients.

Product Description(provided at

This polish combines a cocktail of powerful extracts that exfoliate, hydrate and improve circulation.
  • wild cherry, bamboo and orange extracts and ultra-fine crystals work together to eliminate free radicals and exfoliate skin
  • stimulate circulation and moisturize with rooibos tea and carrot seed extracts, while licorice extract provides a moisture barrier
  • use 2 to 3 times a week prior to using anti-aging treatment products

Price– $25 for a 5 oz. tub.

Performance– Talk about soft skin! The texture of this product is just right, with the finest exfoliating particles I’ve ever encountered. It gently and effectively exfoliates my skin, leaving it both radiant and smooth. I like to use it prior to cleansing (with a gentle soap-free cleanser) to ensure that all the exfoliating bits are washed away.

Scent– Nice and clean with a citrus twist.

Rating– I’ll say 8/10; this product lost a point for the lack of transparency concerning the “natural fragrance” and another for the price. I’ll come back and adjust the rating if I need to concerning the ingredients.

Would I purchase this item again? Yep!

*Product was provided by Pink Papaya. Opinions provided by me, as always.

by Dawn Grimes

Filed under: health and beauty, natural products, product review, skin care