10 May 2013

Product Review: Neutrogena Neutrals Purifying Pore Scrub

Regular exfoliation of the face makes a huge difference. Not only does it help get rid of the dead skin cells that can make the skin look dull, but also clog pores and cause breakouts. And having combination skin that has always been prone to break outs, a good exfoliator is a necessary part of my beauty routine. Here are my thoughts on the Neutrogena Neutrals Purifying Pore Scrub;

What They Say:
Gently scrubs away impurities and dull, dead skin cells that can build up in pores to improve complexion for fresh, clear skin. Suitable for even acne prone skin. Gentle enough for daily use. Won’t clog pores.

RRP: $14.99 (118ml) – Available from Priceline, Pharmacies, Department Stores, and Supermarkets.

What I Say:
Being increasingly interested in more natural skincare products, I was very happy when I learned that a ‘main-stream’ company, Neutrogena has put some funds into the research and development of inventing a natural line with eco-friendly packaging.

If you’ve missed my reviews, I have recently reviewed the Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover and the Lip Balm from the Neutrogena Neutrals range.

The Purifying Pore Scrub has been formulated to be made from 94% naturally derived ingredients, while Neutrogena claims that the remainders of the ingredients are essential to blend the product together and maintain effectiveness. That also means that the scrub does not contain harsh chemicals, sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates. It is also hypoallergenic as well as it has not been tested on animals.

The Purifying Pore Scrub comes in a clear frosted plastic tube with a flip lid, and with lime green highlights which makes it stand out as a ‘naturals’ range. The plastic tube is made from 50% post-consumer recycled material. So far I am impressed!

And I like the fact that the Purifying Pore Scrub has been designed to stand on its lid, so that the product drops down as you use it, making it easier to use the complete contents in the tube.

The exfoliation agent comes in the form of natural jojoba beads and white Willow bark. The Willow Bark is used in the personal care and cosmetics products for its astringent, conditioning and soothing properties, as well as it is a natural source of salicylic acid, known for removing old and dead skin cells, as well as it also contains Vitamins C, B, and E.

In addition the Purifying Pore Scrub also contains Vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil and castor oil provide good sources of moisture, and which all also anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties and hence are suitable to use with persons suffering from acne as well, as it also won’t clog pores.

The Purifying Pore Scrub has a grainy texture from the natural jojoba beads, and when you scrub it onto your face, it feels soft and gentle, and you can feel the little grains literally wiping your pores and skin clean from dirt, impurities, oil and makeup. And as soon as I rinse off the scrub, I am left with soft, smooth and glowing skin. And unlike other scrubs containing salicylic acid, it does not dry out my skin, but rather it leaves it feeling moisturised and subtle.

This scrub has an absolute delightful natural fruity scent, which I really like. It is not too overpowering and does it linger too long.

Unfortunately, while I really like the scent of the Purifying Pore Scrub, it is at the same time also the only negative I have to say about this product, as this fragrance has been highlighted by a “*” on the back of the tube, indicating that it is not a naturally derived fragrance. So while it is fantastic that Neutrogena has introduced a product made from 94% naturally derived ingredients, it would have been even better if they had taken it one step further and made it fragrance free as well, and for that I will deduct a few points.

According to Neutrogena, the Purifying Pore Scrub is gentle enough to use every day. And after now having used the Purifying Pore Scrub for a few weeks, approx. every second day, I am happy to say that my combination skin, which is otherwise prone to breakouts, looks and feels much smoother than it has been for some time as well as I am convinced that I have less breakouts. My skin is clearer and less congested – no doubt from the salicylic acid doing its magic deep down my pores. My skin simply looks radiant and glowing.  

The actual scrub is very concentrated so you don't need very much either, a small squeeze is sufficient to spread onto my face and neck, so the tube will last you quite a while, and I therefore find that $14.99 is an absolute bargain price for a product that does not contain tons of nasty chemicals.

I am thoroughly enjoying using this scrub, and I will most definitely continue to use it, as well as I will be looking into other products available in the Neutrogena Naturals range.
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and it has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

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What do you think of the Neutrogena Neutrals range of products? What is your favourite exfoliating scrub? And are you concerned with chemical nasties, including parabens in your beauty products?


  1. Wow! You make this product seem so amazing... Almost like a high end one, I've been on the look for a good exfoliating scrub! I think you're persuaded me :)


    p.s would LOVE if you could check out my blog??

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words!!
      And thanks for visiting my blog, I'll make sure to check out yours too!

  2. This sounds really great! I was looking into it months ago but decided to go with their cleanser instead. It's okay and does well with getting my makeup off but I don't see it helping my skin any. I may have to try this out! :)

    1. I think the Purifying Pore Scrub is great to use a few times per week, in addition to the cleanser.

  3. I recently received the new naturals range to review and must say I am so impressed to see many accessible mainstream brands going down the pure and natural path. Neutrogena Naturals sell beautiful and the ingredients are much nicer than what would have been in the formulas in the past. Great review!
    Tammerly @ Spoilt

    1. I agree, it really is fantastic that a mainstream brand is using more natural ingredient. Hopefully more brands will follow this path too!


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