Wednesday, 18 July 2012

SKINCARE REVIEW: Etude House - Baking Powder Crunch Pore Scrub

I am a fan of scrubs, but sometimes they can be a bit harsh on my skin - either the exfoliating beads are a bit too big and feel 'scratchy' against the skin ( a big problem for those with problematic skin), or the formula leaves my face feeling dried out afterwards. 

Happily, I can report that the Etude baking powder scrub is neither harsh, nor drying! 

It's formulated with baking powder to "penetrate, exfoliate and cleanse skin deep within pores, to remove make up and residues", and also includes peppermint to soothe skin. It cleanses effectively, whilst leaving the skin feeling fresh and clean - without that 'oops, I scrubbed too hard and now my face feels stripped!' feeling~

The scrub comes not in a bottle, but in 24 handy, pyramid-shaped sachets. Each sachet carries 7 grams of product. 

Hehe, I think the packaging is different and kind of cool, and these individual sachets are perfect for travelling. But honestly, I would just prefer it to come in a normal squeezable bottle...

Instructions & Ingredients - click to enlarge

Though these sachets are intended to be used once, 7 grams of scrub is actually quite a lot! 

I find that one sachet can be stretched to about 3 separate uses - or 2 uses if you use it on your face and back. 

That's actually a good thing for me because the value for money suddenly increases, allowing you to turn 24 face washes into 48, lol. The sachet will keep the product from drying up, and you should find yourself using only one sachet per week. 

One of the things I really like about this scrub is that the exfoliating beads (or is it the baking powder?!) are very fine - they won't irritate problem skin, but will still be effective in cleansing the face, removing dead skin build-up, as well as any last traces of dirt or make-up. 

The scrub highly resembles wet icing sugar when it gets squeezed out, and it feels like it too - slightly thick and grainy. When it comes into contact with water, it becomes thinner and more clear. 

I find it quite gentle on the skin - but it's important to remember that just because the beads are tiny, it doesn't mean you have to scrub harder in order for it to exfoliate properly! All that will do is irritate the skin, and cause redness or dryness. 

Mixed with water - it has a very fine, grainy texture

It has a quite noticeable scent upon opening, a very refreshing citrus (lemony) smell. The scent doesn't stick around, and I don't have a problem with it because it makes me think of those chewy fruit lollies! 

It's recommended for use 1-2 times per week.

  • gentler than other scrubs which have bigger exfoliating beads that can feel harsh on the skin
  • leaves skin clean, fresh and smooth (not feeling stripped or dry)
  • individual sachets great for travelling

  • none - unless you're not a fan of lemony-citrus scents :)

Overall, a nice and gentle scrub that cleanses well, and leaves my skin feeling fresh and smooth. I think those with oily skin will love it, and those with problem skin might like to give it a go since it's not as harsh as other scrubs.

How about you - are you a fan of face scrubs? I like them a lot, but after I finish these I'm going to try a gel peel since I'm curious as to how they compare~

Thanks for reading! 


  1. Ahhh this sounds terrific!! I really want this now! 48 uses is *a lot* of product. Such a good value!
    I'm really curious with gel peel or chemical exfoliators too...I've only tried scrubs so far, but I hear the others are even more effective!

  2. Thankyou for the review. :D And I love lemon scent haha!

  3. Looks interesting ! And the packaging is so unique - it's cool ! >u<
    I love lemon scent ! Well, anything that's citrus ! ^3^
    Thank you for the review ! ^^

  4. The packaging is quite attractive although I understand that it's just much easier in a bottle. Thanks for the review!

  5. thanks for the review! the packaging kinda looks like some food/lolly packaging xD

  6. thanks for review, super love the packaging :3

  7. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ETUDE HOUSE'S BAKING POWDER RANGE! I have used their baking powder cleanser too (but the one that comes in a tube) and I LOVED it! It's amazing!
    These packages are so cute too! May try these after I finish my tube.. which will probably be a while though since a little goes a long way with this cleanser...... which makes me love it even more!

  8. I honestly could find no major faults with this!
    Yep, I heard peels are more effective, and also less harsh on problem skin so I'm eager to try them. I just bought a SKIN79 peel so I can't wait to try that :)

  9. Thanks for reading! Yep, I think lemon scents are really refreshing :)

  10. I agree - the packaging is different and interesting! I like anything with a fruity scent ^^
    Thanks for reading!

  11. Hehe, I guess I just like simplicity!

  12. Thanks for reading! Hehe, yeah it does look like lollies!

  13. Ooh, I'm interested in the baking powder cleanser too - good to know it works great!

  14. great review!! i've heard great things about etude house and sounds great that this doesn't disappoint! i agree, lots of scrubs are really harsh on my skin and leaves my skin feeling...not so pleasant! the packaging is super cute! though i can see it being a bit annoying in terms of accumulating waste D:

    i LOVE face (gel) peels! i've been using the Mangosteen Peeling Gel by Ishizawa Lab and i LOVE it! definitely recommend :)

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  15. I haven't tried this before but it sounds really good from your review! I like scrubs that have finer particles as well, since they don't feel so harsh against my skin. I like that these are packaged individually - they would be great for traveling.

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  17. Great review! I love exfoliating as well. I've never heard of this product before.

  18. This scrub looks great!! I bought a pack of these a while back but I am still trying to use up my Kiehl's microdermabrasion scrub (really rough on the skin)..... Maybe I should use the Etude one tonight ^-^


  19. Hehe, it was a struggle to think of any cons! I used to used to be a fan of harsher scrubs until I found out they weren't good for the skin~
    Yep, the packaging is pretty cool!

  20. Thanks for reading ^^
    I don't think this is sold at very many places online~

  21. I like this one quite a bit - it's the 1st scrub I've used in awhile so I'm happy it works well for me!
    Hehe, hope you like yours too ^^
    Thanks for reading!

  22. Thanks for the rec! I'll have to look into it ^^
    And thanks for reading~

  23. Hello Tulip, I love your review! you make me feel like getting some of the scrubs right now lol :) Glad it works for you! I have long ditched face scrubs for some products by companies that name them as exfoliators since they are not soo grainy :)

  24. haha yeah I prefer it when these things come in tubes rather than sachets! I love the scent of citrus fruits, so that is definitely not a con. It's really good that this isn't harsh on your face! I really want to try this now :)

  25. Yep, it'd be more convenient and less wasteful in a tube! Thanks for reading!

  26. Really nice review..Thanks sweetie...

  27. Great review! Now i'm positive that I'll buy these :3 muehehe



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