Scrub-a-dub-dub: Superdrug Vitamin E Facial Scrub review

Imaginative title, I know. I’m sorry.

As any vegan/cruelty free person knows, Superdrug’s own brand products are usually clearly labelled vegetarian/vegan, and their products are cruelty-free accredited. They have the leaping bunny logo to prove it! As one of the most widely available and cheapest cruelty-free out there, it’s a real lifesaver. Additionally, they try to use natural ingredients, where possible.

This is handy, because I’ve been looking for a scrub without microbeads for a while now. I know the UK recently banned microbeads – a dreadful plastic pollutant in our oceans that you just can’t get rid of – but I figured it’d probably take a while for all the products with plastic in them to get off the shelves. So, when I found this in Superdrug, I was chuffed – plus, it works as a cheaper alternative to Lush’s “Oatifix” face mask.


For £2.99 a tube, it’s a steal.

Instead of micro beads, this scrub uses bits of ground up oatmeal, popcorn kernels and walnut to scrub the nasty crap off your face. So, it should be noted that it’s not suitable for those with nut allergies! It also has Vitamin E, horse chestnut and a ton of other vitamins to help moisturise dry skin. As an added bonus, it’s also totally vegan.

You can use this daily, but I only use it once every few days, because you probably shouldn’t scrub your face too hard on a daily basis. Ask Anaab about my ‘shiny forehead’ – this happens when I use exfoliator too hard and wash it off with overly hot water. My forehead gets as polished as the Queen’s silverware. It gleams under the light. Not an effect you need if you want to look hot, but it makes you feel clean as a baby’s bum (that’s a really bad turn of phrase but it is what it is).


You don’t need a lot if you’re just doing your face, but I’m quite spot-prone so I usually rub the excess product on my back to keep it clean ‘n’ clear.

The product smells very neutral indeed, and has a hint of oatmeal. It contains 100% natural exfoliants, with a few chemicals in the rest of it. One of them is Propylene Glycol, and I only know what that is because I interviewed the folks at the Mary Rose Museum, and that’s what they use to preserve the waterlogged hull of Henry VIII’s flagship. Likewise, I assume it’s in this to preserve your face. It’s in pretty much everything these days, though, so let’s not hold that against Superdrug.

I dare say that this scrub exfoliates better than microbeads do, because the ‘bits’ in this are unevenly shaped and bigger, so they get into the nooks and crannies of your face a bit better. Plus, I love that it’s so natural, because it’s not irritating. I usually leave it on for a couple of minutes to maximise the effect before washing it away.

It certainly helps to keep dirt, blackheads and spots at bay. It keeps your skin free from excessive grease and other nasties, and gets into your pores to remove what crap is already there. Use it regularly to ensure that spots stay the hell away – it’s not a miracle worker, but it goes a long way.

This scrub leaves my skin feeling super smooth and soft. Apparently it’s supposed to be anti-aging, but I’m always a bit sceptical about that because there is no cosmetic in the world powerful enough to defeat time itself. That said, one tube lasts for ages, so it’s much better value than Lush’s Oatifix. Sorry, Lush. Well, not really actually. Maybe you should stop charging £7.50 for a face mask…

Buy again? Yes

Recommend to a friend? Yes, in fact I’ve already done so

Rating: 5/5

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