Things We Finish: Arcona Cranberry Gommage


After four months of studying abroad in Paris, you would think that I’d have come home with every French-girl beauty product known to mankind. You would be right. However, while Bioderma, Homeoplasmine, and Nuxe all have spots on my (now very limited) bathroom shelf, there's a single product I discovered in France, the Arcona Cranberry Gommage Exfoliator, which happens to be from Los Angeles, that definitely deserves a shout out of its own.

Of course, that whole "my only beauty products are cleansing milk and cigarettes" thing that French women have going on sounds pretty sexy, but, alas, that routine just didn't work for me. And apparently I wasn't the only one because when I asked one of my good friends (hey Alex!) studying with me—who has maybe the most glowing skin known to mankind—for her secret, it was Arcona's cranberry scrub with a deceivingly French-sounding name" "gommage." Tricky! While the idea of rubbing cranberries on my face for exfoliating purposes seemed a bit suspect, after a little online research and seeing some astounding results on my friends, my pores began to experience some serious FOMO (“fear of missing out," Mom!). I needed to get in on this.

I've not only become a believer in the stuff itself, but also in those online beauty review sites—they weren't lying. After only a week and a half of using it, I began wearing less and less makeup to cover my somewhat uneven skin tone. The product smells crazy incredible, and it's smoothed my skin and even helped unclog my pores. All I need is a nice light scrub in the morning and my face is good to go. I even defy the lazy college student mold and use it on my neck and chest. The instructions say to apply only two to four times a week, but I've been teetering on the higher end of those regulations to the point that I am currently squeezing the life out of the generously-sized tube to get the last little bits. Seriously, this stuff is addicting.

—Kim Johnson

Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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  • Mademoiselle nature

    So agree with your miss. Was thinking about Arcona today heheh! wish I could try some of their goodies!

  • Alex_vancouver

    Is this product polyethylene free? I've had to throw out my scrubs that damage the waterways and fishies.

    • bluesky557

      The link to the product has the full ingredient list. It doesn't seem to have polyethlyene.

    • Aparnaa

      Doesn't look like it? But I am not a scientist. Here are the ingredients:

      Agua (Distilled Water), Diatomaceous Earth, Jojoba Esters (Beads), Glycerin*, Milk Caprilic/Capric Triglycerides (Plant Oils), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Behenyl Alcohol, Sucrose Stearate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) Extract, Zeolite, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Salicylic Acid, Acacia Gum, Alcohol Denat., Volcanic Minerals, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol * Denotes Organically Sourced.

    • CherHorowitz

      Aw, man, I had no idea about this polyethylene thing! The scrub I currently use has it :(

  • vvn

    I'm not sure if all gommages are the same kinda product, but if they are, my favourite is Guinot Gommage Biologique. I've been using this for 10+ years now and I still think it's an amazing product! Based on the types of ingredients, sounds like this Arcona gommage might be similar and I might hafta give it a try when I'm done with my current tube of Guinot :)

  • Transitive Verb

    I have a grammar question. It's it supposed to be "addictive"? Yet in many places I see the usage, "This X is so addicting." I know that in most cases a gerund usually functions as a noun, but this kind of usage seems redundant, incorrect, and (to my distress) increasingly more common.

    • MsEaves

      That link shows a convincing argument that 'addicting' is acceptable and grammatically correct.

  • Lilli

    speaking of FOMO i think there is a new one - FOGO (fear of growing old) hello new ad campaign for anti wrinkle creams!

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    FOMO! I love it!

  • Portia

    Just spent the better part of an hour looking through Arcona online retailers but noone ships to Aus! Anyone know of a trusted stockist which does ?

    • Lindsay923

      Try Nordstrom!

  • Eliza

    Just starting using my first Arcona product, an antioxidant serum (aka sunscreen helper), and this is next on my list! The reviews are amazing.

  • Ruby

    Arcona makes such great products. I've been waiting for people to talk about this brand--it doesn't seem to get any play. I was so happy to see Elle Blue mention the Gentle Solution in her Top Shelfie. The cranberry toner is awesome as well as the desert mist. The youth serum is amazing. I just switched to using the magic white ice for summer. Love this brand.


ARCONA Cranberry Gommage Exfoliant