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Neutrogena - Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub.

24 April 2014
So I was coming up to a time when I was feeling like I needed a new face scrub in my life because I like to keep one on the sink and one in the shower, my sink scrub (Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant) is a powder and definitely not going to be safe in the shower so there was no option of just moving that from place to place. When I saw Instyle magazine had the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub as a bonus GWP I was pretty pleased with myself, had I been able to see the future I would have walked away and bought something else, you see the magazine kept me amused for about 3 minutes which was how long it took me to flip from front to back cover and the scrub is the shittiest tube of pathetic excuse for a scrub that I have ever experienced.

Let me start off with the packaging, it's a typical squeezy tube which is great, I like tubes. Visually I don't mind the packaging, it's made from "up to 50% post consumer recycled material", the 'up to' bit makes me wonder which scale of the 0-50 my bottle contains but really that's neither here nor there. It looks a bit like a biodegradable plastic but it's not, in fact I don't even think it can be recycled as it doesn't have the safe recycling symbol anywhere on the packaging which seems odd to me. The packaging is also stamped with The Nature Conservancy Logo but Neutrogena pay to use this logo, the company does not endorse any of their products.

You can see where I'm going here can't you?

Let's talk about the Natural claims.

The package clearly states (on the back in small writing) that the ingredients are 94% naturally derived, that's great but most ingredients found in all skin care are naturally derived. Almost all of it comes from a natural source but it also goes through a rigourous process to get in our bottles, jars and tubes and by then they are far from 'natural'. Neutrogena are essentially telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth but they are also leaving out key pieces of information so this range sounds more natural that it really is. When I think about natural skin care I imagine a honey and avocado mask or placing cool cucumber slices on my eyes. This product is just as natural as many other products that don't claim to be natural.

Although I think it's good that Neutrogena has listed the ingredients and what they are derived from, I feel the ingredients are misrepresented as natural.

When it comes to how the product performs I'm so not impressed.

The consistency is like a watery gel, it uses the tiniest little jojoba beads to exfoliate and the amount in there is far from generous.

The smell is nice and one of the few things I like about the product, I'm not sure what the fragrance is but it's kind of fruity and fresh.

It doesn't foam up a whole lot but my skin still feels clean after using it, when it comes to how it performs with the exfoliating side of things I think it fails so miserably, when I use it I get no 'scrubby' feeling, to me it feels like I'm just using a standard face wash, the beads feel like they are perfectly spherical and too soft for me, it does nothing for me except make my skin feel a little dry. This product could possibly suit people who find most scrubs are too harsh for their skin and need something super gentle.

  • Smells good.
  • Packaging appeals to me visually.

  • Doesn't scrub!
  • When it comes to the 'natural' claims I feel like it's all smoke and mirrors.

This product range pisses me right off, I don't like the false transparency and clever wording used to make the products appear more natural than they are. If you are looking for truly natural skin care it's best to go on the hunt for Australian made skin care that is certified organic, there are regulatory organisations that require companies adhere by strict standards to ensure that organic skincare made in Australia is of the highest quality and as close to truly organic as possible, these companies do not regulate organic skin care that is not made in Australia though so do your research!

Have you tried any of the Neutrogena Naturals range? Let me know your thoughts.

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3 comments on "Neutrogena - Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub."
  1. You read & transcribed my mind in a very eloquent manner, thank you. I hate hate hated this with all my guts, luckily I won the entire range instead of wasting money on it because I hated all of it too.

    From the artificial fragrance to the crap ingredients and poor scrubbing action, it sucked and I despised Neutrogena for marketing it as natural - I would imagine it to have essential oils, and heaps of plant extracts but to have fragrance in it...what the hell.
    The fragrance of their makeup remover cleanser in this range made me feel like I was rubbing shampoo on my face. Ugh so good for the skin.

    The balm was crap and weirdly tingled a lot. The face & body bar was drying and gross. The makeup remover worked but stunk and stung my eyes.

    Like I said, you were much more eloquent, love this post :)

    1. I'm glad I'm not alone in seeing through the crap that Neutrogena has produced with this line, there was another product of theirs that I wanted to try, a grapefruit scrub I think it was but I'll be giving it a miss because this product turned me right off!

  2. Was going to buy the mag because of the scrub. Glad that I didn't though, great review x