Review: Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub

Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub

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Edit: As the brand is not cruelty-free, I’ve removed the affiliate link as I do not want to profit from animal testing and the cruelty that entails. Instead of just removing all of the text, I’ve decided to strike through it so you can see that it was previously there, but the link itself is gone. I hope you can understand why I’ve done this and are able to respect my decision. 

Happy Wednesday, today I want to talk about a product that I’ve been both excited and extremely anxious to review – and you’ll probably understand why I was anxious a little further in to the post. Today I’m talking about the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub, which I bought from Superdrug, for £7.99 at full price. You can also pick this up from Boots, so you have options if you’re like me and keep an eye out for sales and offers.

So the product itself has been my go-to in-shower face scrub while the summer months have been in full force. I was using my St. Ives Olive Scrub for a while but it wasn’t packing enough punch for the oily aspects of my skin, so I decided it was time to swap out for a different one. This is the one I picked out from my stash because the concept of it was so intriguing. I’ll explain why when I talk about the formula, but for now, let’s get the claims and the packaging part out of the way before my excitement gets the better of me.

I tried to photograph the back of the bottle as I typically do, but the packaging is quite narrow so the left and right sides of the descriptions get cut off, so I’m going to quote it for you:

Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub gently exfoliates your skin then naturally dissolves so you never over-scrub. This innovative powder activates with water to deep clean pores and leave your skin visibly smoother in just one week!”

So let’s focus on this section first, I am in love with the claims that it won’t over-scrub my skin – an issue I’ve had with other face scrubs in the past, so to feel secure knowing my skin isn’t at risk in that regard is great. What made this a permanent addition to my shower routine is the requirement of water to use this product. I use my face scrubs after removing my masks in the shower before I started using my shampoo and conditioner, so it’s scrub and post-mask step to make sure every trace of my face masks are removed. So in that regard, this the ideal shower buddy because I don’t use my face scrubs over the sink since I find it such a messy process. Another issue it claims to tackle is the deep cleaning pores which is something I really need help with. My pores, particularly on my nose and chin, are quite noticeable (at least to me) and while I can keep them from getting worse, I struggle to tone them down further – so you can probably see why this product appeals to me in that regard too.

Moving on to application, the packaging says:

How to Use: Push button to open lid. Wet face. Dispense a small amount of product into hands. Add water to activate the cleanser. More water will soften cleansing action. Massage over entire face. Rinse thoroughly. If dryness occurs reduce usage frequency.


While the wording is more direct and simple, the application is very simple and easy. I appreciate that they advise how to use the product to cope around skin needs – particularly in regards to if your skin feels dry after using it. I have a lot of respect for brands that express interest in making their product work for you outside of the typical “use up to X times a week” as it feels impersonal to me. Maybe that’s just me though. I also like the guidance of using more (and by extension less) water depending on how you want the formula to work – I’ll explain in more detail what my experiences were like to elaborate on this, as this may sound a bit odd. While the all-caps feels a tad excessive, the reminder to close the lid is quite valid if like me, you’d keep this product in your bathroom where it would be quite damp or it’s exposed directly to water.

Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub

In regards to the packaging, I adore how ergonomic it is as it’s basically accident-proof. The lid opens by pressing the blue button at the front – which requires some pressure so you’re not going to open this up by accident. This is great in my opinion, as I am particularly passionate about secure packaging.

The product itself dispenses from the hole in the middle. I find that while the hole is quite big to look at, it isn’t excessive when pouring product out as long as you’re not excessive about tipping the packaging. You can probably catch a glimpse of the product on the lid – this is relatively inevitable, but it’s easy to clean up or wipe off and use, so I’m not upset about this. When closing the lid it has a satisfying click when shut, which is really satisfying for me – I know my product is sealed and there’s no worrying about it.

Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub

So the formula itself: it really caught my eye because the product by appearance is basically just baking soda. This isn’t the case as the ingredient’s list is more extensive than that, but the formula is very fine and powdery and there’s no chunky or lumpy parts to it. I really like this as I hate using scrubs that are too chunky as I find they’re abrasive for my skin.

Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub

So the key part of this product is that it requires water to activate it: and the photo above is the transformation when you do. It was really fun but also really strange when I first started using the product as I haven’t used a product like this before. One of the first thoughts I had was “well, is this really a scrub?” as the texture is more like a very watery foam, with no real traces of exfoliating particles in it – but after I wash it off my skin is silky smooth and feels extremely refreshed. So the product is a bit unconventional for me, but I find this really fun to use.

As the description claimed, you can adjust the ratio of scrub-to-water by adding more of the scrub before adding water to create a slightly grittier texture. I’ve experimented using more or less product when exfoliating and I find both work great for my skin – it’s never been abrasive or over-scrubbed my skin so that claim is true for me. I also haven’t found it to over-dry my skin either, so I’m really happy that this  scrub transitioned smoothly into my shower and skincare routine. I find this quite incredible since I’ve used the scrub during both good skin phases and a recent bad skin phase where stress-induced acne has been giving me trouble. It hasn’t irritated my skin at all which is something I’m really thankful for.

So I’ve been pretty positive about this product since overall I really like it – quirky as it is. The only gripe I really have is that is does have a very fresh baking soda scent, which while I’m okay with it generally – when the product is all over my face, it can be a bit overwhelming. I would bear this in mind if you find scents over-stimulating but for me this is an inconvenience I can manage.

Because this is a product designed for combination skin – with the focus on oily aspects of the skin, I don’t see myself using this in the winter, but I can see myself trying this out throughout autumn and spring and see how it works then. Annoyingly, there’s no indication of how long the product should be used for after opening, neither on the packaging itself or online. I’m not informed on the issue, but I’d guess (and please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) but because of the powder formula as long as you keep it away from damp environments or direct contact with water, it should last a very long time.

Bioré, I know you’ll probably never read this or even know I exist, but please add the shelf life stamp, it’s very important for your consumers to know when your product stops being safe to use.

Alright, got that out of my system. As I was saying, overall, I’m really happy I bought this product, particularly for the affordable price tag. I would recommend this product for normal-oily skin types as it is very gentle and does exfoliate the skin. It’s extremely subtle but very effective so I’m in love with it. My two gripes are the slightly overwhelming scent when all over my face and the lack of a shelf life stamp, but these issues aren’t intrusive enough to prevent me from repurchasing this in the future.

With that in mind, if you are a UK Amazon shopper, I’m going to leave an affiliate link *here* if you’re interested in buying this product and supporting me at the same time. You’re by no means obligated to, but this is a way to support me a little bit more if you want to.

Edit: As the brand is not cruelty-free, I’ve removed the affiliate link as I do not want to profit from animal testing and the cruelty that entails. Instead of just removing all of the text, I’ve decided to strike through it so you can see that it was previously there, but the link itself is gone. I hope you can understand why I’ve done this and are able to respect my decision. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me. I hope you are happy and healthy, and having a wonderful week.

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