What are Microbeads? What are the best Microbead-free scrubs?

I am a huge lover of anything exfoliating. Whether it be chemical or physical, I love getting it all over my face and removing that pesky dead and dry skin. I’d do almost anything for fresh, bright smooth skin….almost anything. One thing I won’t do is knowingly endanger the environment, especially our sea creatures, in the name of glowy skin.

Let me introduce you to an ingredient in most physical scrubs – Microbeads. I am sure you’ve met MB before, you are probably quite well acquainted. I would even go as far as saying that microbeads have been all up in your face before. Microbeads are generally responsible for the exfoliating action you feel as you scrub. Sure they feel good, but I promise you, they are evil.

Microbeads are little tiny weeny balls of plastic that create a real danger for both our planet and its inhabitants. One tube of scrub can contain upwards of 300,000 little balls of evil, that is just ONE TUBE. These beads are washed straight down the drain, too small to be filtered through sewerage systems and ultimately end up in our oceans. Filled with chemicals these mircobeads poison the water as well as marine-life. And these little devil-beads are adding up. Although there have been calls from the Australian Government to ban the use of microbeads, this still has not happened. So, currently it is up to us, as consumers, to limit the use of these products until they are phased out.


What can you do?

Opt for organic skincare, or products that highlight the use of natural exfoliants. Check labels for the keyword polyethylene and steer clear. Some of my personal favourites are listed below with not a devil-bead in sight.

Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator

This creamy scrub is perfect for dry skin. It is super gentle and hydrating. Full of rich oils to nourish and balance the skin. Plus it is completely organic, cruelty free and created by our lovely kiwi neighbours.

Skinsitut Glycolic Scrub 14%

Want something a little more cosmeceutical? This scrub definitely packs a punch. Full of glycolic acid, Tea Tree Oil and Jojoba beads. I use this when my skin is breaking out and  in dire need of a cleanout.Although it isn’t organic, it is one of my all time favourites. Not recommended for sensitive skin

St. Ives Green Tea Scrub

This scrub used to be my ride or die face scrub, we were mutually exclusive for a good 18 months. This scrub is full of antioxidants and obviously, green tea. It is great for fighting free-radicals and reducing redness in the skin. This can bit a little abrasive, so I would recommend this to normal/combo/oily skin.

Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub

I am currently loving all things Manuka Doctor. My skin really reacts well to the antibacterial and nourishing properties of Manuka Honey. This particular scrub brightens, resurfaces and refines the skin, while noy drying it out. I would recommend using this scrub on normal to oily complexions.

IndeedLabs Facial Powdered Exfoliator

This is such a great product. It is a gritty type of powder that you mix with your regular cleanser or water to get some exfoliating action.  Skin feels so smooth, polished and clean. It is full of amazing products like pineapple enzyme, bamboo extract and red algae. This powder promotes a high cell turnover, collagen production ans skin renewal.


I am sure there are many other beauty battles on our hands, and I know I am still struggling using  products that have been tested on animals, one step at a time…


Speak soon lovers,




*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.


  1. August 25, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator. Great post. #lovethearoha

  2. Esther Yeong
    August 25, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    How do you balance between chemical and physical exfoliation? I’m already using chemical exfoliation almost everyday, do I still need a physician exfoliator and how frequent do I use it?

    • August 26, 2016 / 7:41 am

      I use chemical exfoliation every other day, and then skip one of the days for a physical scrub. Over exfoliation can cause all sorts of issues with the skin. I have oily skin and find this routine works well for me. It really depends on your own skin and what feels right for you x

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