Exfoliating Powders - S.W. Basics + Root Science



Powder-based exfoliants seem to have really come into the limelight over the past year or so. I think part of the appeal must be how customisable they are, plus it's kind of fun to feel like a bit of a scientist in your own bathroom too! The basic idea is to simply mix the powder with a few drops of water to transform it into a face scrub, but the best part is you can tailor them to your own needs by mixing with other things like hydrosols, serums, or even yoghurt or honey. Needless to say I was intrigued by the trend so decided to give a couple a try for myself!

  • S.W. BASICS EXFOLIANT
  • S.W. Basics are known for their simplistic approach to skincare, using as few ingredients as possible. Their Exfoliant only contains organic oat flour, organic almond flour and sea salt - talk about simplicity! I know you're thinking it sounds like it belongs in the kitchen rather than your beauty stash, but each ingredient has their own skincare properties! Oats are often recommended to soothe and soften irritated skin, almond flour is perfect for gentle exfoliation with nourishing effects, and sea salt has a high mineral content and is said to help balance skin.

    The powder is mostly finely ground with a few larger pieces so it's just coarse enough to exfoliate. To use, I prefer to mix with just a few drops of water and scrub onto the face in circular motions. It's a bit of an odd experience to smell like your breakfast porridge(!) but I often leave it on for 5 minutes or so, like a mask, which leaves my skin feeling calm and smooth. I love the glass jar, packaging and overall simplicity, but to be honest at £28 a jar it's not something I'll be jumping to repurchase. (This was one of the products included in the £20 A/W abeautifulbox from last year so wasn't full price!)

  • ROOT SCIENCE FACE SCRUB
  • Root Science are a US-based skincare company with a strong focus on organic ingredients and formulas with healing properties. I first heard about the brand through a Petit Vour box* back when they were still shipping to the UK, so unfortunately I don't think the brand is available over here at the moment. The RS Face Scrub is said to be suitable for all skin types and aims to exfoliate, draw out impurities and even skin tone. It contains a slightly more diverse blend of sodium bicarbonate, almond, spearmint & peppermint leaf, kaolin clay, arrowroot, bentonite clay, orange peel, neem leaf, slippery elm, marshmallow root and vanilla bean.

    The powder is grey in colour with a slightly minty, earthy scent and turns green when mixed with a few drops of water, although I actually prefer to use this one with an oil or serum instead so it's more hydrating. The particles are so small it doesn't even feel like a scrub at all, but still manages to gently exfoliate. I find that this scrub can sometimes leave my cheeks a little red, so focussing on just on my nose and t-zone works much better for me. After rinsing off, my skin looks slightly brighter with noticeably tightened pores and feels incredibly clean. 

    Since I'm a huge fan of exfoliating balm cleansers, I'm not sure if I'm completely sold on exfoliating powders just yet! I know some people might swear by them... personally I just can't see myself using a powder-based exfoliant on a regular basis, although I think it'll be nice to keep one in the skincare stash for occasional use!

    What do you think of exfoliating powders? Have you tried any before?

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    26 comments :

    1. I've recently tried the Province Apothecary exfoliator which is ahhhhhhmayzinggggg. Great post xx

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      1. Ooh I've not heard of the brand before, I'll have to check them out :) x

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    2. Hmm, like you I'm a massive fan of exfoliating balm cleansers and oil scrubs so 'm not sure I could be bothered or see much benefit of using a powder except for it does cut down on the ingredients. The root science one sounds interesting, but I don't think for that price i would buy the sw basics because i love to use raw whole oats on my face anyway and that does a great job. its a nice idea though and a good alternative to have to change up your routine. x

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      1. We're totally on the same page! For me it's more of a novelty but maybe I just haven't tried the right one yet :) x

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    3. I'd love to try Root Science! I've most recently used up my travel size of the One Love Organics Brand New Day and loved it.

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      1. I've been meaning to try the OLO scrub, will have to get a travel size soon!

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    4. You're right, powdered cleansers and scrubs are so popular now - I've even seen them popping up from more mainstream brands! I really like the Root Science one, as well as the Bamboo Tapioca Beads from Kaia. I usually mix either one with a cream cleanser to keep them a little more gentle :)

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      1. I've mixed mine with oils before but not cream cleanser... I'll have to give that a try next time :)

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    5. Great post! I've been using a powder exfoliant for about a year now. I am obsessed with the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant from Eminence Organics. So lovely and great to add to any cleanser/mask! The Root Science one sounds really nice, xoxo!

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      1. Ah thanks Lauren :) Strawberry Rhubarb sounds pretty awesome! x

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    6. Nice try :-). I love face scrubs and I like to use the cream ones too since the powder ones required a bit more time. The price tag can be a little steep for some brands (aka sw basic exfoliant) considering the number of ingredients....Perhaps you havent found yet "the" one :-)) x

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      1. Agreed, some of them seem just a bit too pricey for what they are! I've only tried these two so far so I'm sure there might be another one out there that might convert me ;) x

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    7. I've recently been getting more & more into exfoliating powders. My skin got so dry on holiday and I didn't take any exfoliators - I came back and did a gentle scrub with a sample of Laurel's exfoliating powder and it worked really well :)

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      1. Heard a lot of good things about Laurel lately! More to add to the wish list :) x

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    8. Great post and I love feeling like a chemist in my own bathroom and really personalizing a mask/scrub. Great comparison!

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      1. Makes skincare a bit more fun when you're making it yourself! :)

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    9. I really like exfoliating powders, you can easily use them everyday because they're so gentle<3 And they are also really easy to DIY :)) xx

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      1. I'm definitely going to try a DIY powder soon! x

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    10. Powders seem like a great idea, but I'm so used to liquid exfoliators I'm not sure if I'd get on with them so much xx

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      1. I'm the same, I think I'm just too used to traditional exfoliators so it's a bit of a change! Great for really sensitive skin though :) x

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    11. I'm just starting my journey on face powders :) nice post xx

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      1. Thanks Louise! They're definitely interesting to try :) x

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    12. I like to use them every now and again, the ones from Kaia Naturals are good! x

      Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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      1. I'll have to check them out, seen some great reviews before :) x

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    13. Hey, just found your blog on Blog loving today. I like this post a lot and have JUST started using an exfoliating powder. I bought the coconut vanilla powder from rocky mountain soap. I used the tiniest bit and mixed it with grape seed oil. I liked the result and smelled like cookies :)

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    14. I also got the Root Science product in my Petit Vour box. I have yet to try it, but I see a few brands making these types of products. I'm actually excited to try mine now. I'm due for a mask this week anyways, so here's to it!

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