Review: MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator – one of the most hyped MAC products

This is a review for the MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. This was released as part of the Style Black collection in the summer of 2009. I have reviewed it here in case it is rereleased in the future. 

What it does: (from
A highly effective, dual-purpose foaming, cleansing and exfoliating scrub blending natural volcanic ash with fine sugar crystals. Refines and unclogs the skin, adds instant moisture, leaves skin feeling soft and comfortably clean. Mineral-rich. May be used effectively on any part of face or body. Rinses off with warm water. 
Pink Sith has a very detailed breakdown of the ingredients and what they do.

Price: $19.50/3.4 oz. This product was originally released in 2008, but the 2009 version has a different formula and the container/size/cost is different.

Scent: smells like charcoal. I really appreciate that MAC didn’t give this product a “fake” scent.


  • Exfoliates well using sugar and silica
  • Absorbs facial oils without making my skin feel stripped


  • This product is MESSY
  • This is one of the most hyped products that MAC releases, and can be difficult to find even if it is rereleased. Is it really worth the craze?
  • This feels exactly the same as a product with charcoal in it, such as the Lush Coal Face Cleanser or the Lush Dark Angels

Would I repurchase?  Maybe. If I found it at a CCO, I would definitely pick it up, but I wouldn’t want to face the craze to get it. There are other products that use volcanic ash or charcoal.

Note: Remember that you can Back to MAC this and many other skin care containers!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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4 thoughts on “Review: MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator – one of the most hyped MAC products”

  1. though this product receives lots of hypes, i really dont like cleanser with ash/coal black stuffs in it. it just gets soooo messy n sometime even stains the sink :S

  2. OMG I’ve been searching for this high and low for the last few years. I never had a chance to try it or the mask. I’ve called the head office and no dice there isn’t any left in the UK. I do have a Lush Coal Face which I love and I still have tried my Lush Dark Angels so I guess I better start using it! 

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