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Hi everyone, I`m back with another review for you! Today my post will cover my thoughts regarding Bioré`s new Baking Soda Cleansers line. Everything written below is my honest opinion so let`s get started:
Background: I have combination skin where my T-zone is the most problematic with oils and breakouts, while the rest is on the dry side. The pores that I find to be clogged with dirt and oils would be on my nose and the middle of my forehead, while my chin and jawline have dry, flaky skin. My skin is also on the sensitive side where I tend to have a reaction to certain products. Thus, I generally stick with products that are meant for sensitive skin or products that I have used and trusted. I personally love Biorés cleansing pore stripes but havent tried any other products, so I was excited to receive the Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub and Pore Cleanser!
Review (Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub):
-Design: I really like how there is a button you press to flip open the cap, which makes it a lot easier to open when your hands are wet. However, I find the bottle to be a bit bulky if I were to take it with me when travelling. I would prefer the bottle to be more of a flatter and slimmer design with the flip-cap of course. Another feature I liked was how the bottle is clear, such that you can see how much product you have left.
-Scent: At first I thought this product had no scent, as baking soda is odourless. However, this product has a slight grapefruit scent. I found it quite enjoyable as it isnt overly sweet and it came across as a more natural smell.
-Texture: The baking soda felt soft and silky. However, I noticed that there were small sugar/salt like crystals used for exfoliation that made the product feel a little coarser. When mixed with water, the baking soda will activate by fizzing and foaming, while the crystals were left almost untouched so you could use it as a scrub. On a side note, the more water you add, the softer the cleansing action will be.
-Price: At Walmart (Canada), one bottle (128g) is priced at $11.97. I personally find this product to be priced a bit higher than other products found in drug stores. Originally, I thought this product would cost around the $8-$10 range, with $10 being the max.
-Overall: I like the concept of this product where a natural ingredient like baking soda is used to cleanse the skin. I was really excited to give this product a try, as Bioré is a brand that I trust, and I liked how this product was targeted specifically for combination skin. Every time I used this product, I felt like I was a little kid again excited by the fizzing like youd see in a science experiment. When the product was applied on my face, I would massage it all over for a few minutes, where I would focus more of my scrubbing on my concerning areas (T-zone). While massaging the product, I really liked how silky the product felt and found it be gentle on my skin. After washing the product off, I immediately noticed that my skin didnt have a reaction to the ingredients (yaay!) but also found my face to feel tight. I wasnt sure whether the tightness was because of more pores tightening or my face feeling dry. I decided to wait a few minutes before applying a moisturizer as I wanted to see what my skin was like, and I began to see my cheeks starting to flake up. Since I wasnt sure if this was a one-time thing as it was my first time using it, I decided to continue using this product where I originally started using it two times a week. However, I decreased the frequency to once a week, as my face was feeling quite dry. As a result, I do agree that this product did help with my T-zone pores, but unfortunately not for the rest of my face. I would continue using this product strictly for my T-zone. However, it may take me a bit longer to wash my face due to me needing to use more than one product. With that being said, I feel ambivalent purchasing this again because its not the perfect fit for me. But once again, everyones skin is different even if they fall under the category of being combination.
Review (Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser)
-Design: What I really like about this bottle is how sleek it is. I prefer my products to have a slim design as its easier to travel with and it doesnt clutter up my counter or vanity. Just like any bottle, this product has a pump dispenser. I like how the bottle is clear, as it makes it easier to know how much product I have left.
-Scent: I originally thought this product would have the same grapefruit like scent as the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub, since they are from the same line. But to my surprise, it was not. I cant really pinpoint what the exact smell is like but it smells very nice. It reminds me of the shampoos by Garnier. If I were to make a recommendation, it would be that the products should smell the same as they are from the same line. I would prefer products to smell the same so they dont clash with other products that might be scented. Personally, this scent isnt overwhelming where it clashes with the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub but I would have liked them to be the same scent.
-Texture: Unlike the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub, this product is on the wet side (before adding water). It has a cool feel to it and contains tiny sugar/salt like crystals that are meant to help exfoliate the skin. When mixed with water, this product lathers up nicely where its not overwhelming with bubbles.
-Price: At Walmart (Canada), one bottle (200g) is priced at $7.97. I personally feel like this product is better priced than the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub, as it is more affordable and is reasonably priced for a drug store product.
-Overall: I originally started using this product every day before bed, but decreased the frequency to every other day. And have been using this product for over a month in conjunction with the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub. When massaging this product on my face, I liked how it was gentle and that it didnt lather up like crazy. The sugar/salt like crystals did a good job scrubbing away the build up in my pores. However, after rinsing the product off, my face immediately felt dry. Before applying moisturizer, I looked in the mirror and saw dry and flakey skin on my cheeks. This product did wonders for my T-zone pores but not so much for the rest of my face (as it was quite dry). I do plan on continuing to use this product but only on my troubled areas like my T-zone. But my routine will be less efficient than before as I would need to use more than one product to get the job done. Yes, the product says its great for combination skin; however, everyones skin is different. Its best to give this product a shot yourself to see if it works for you.
I received these product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
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