Filling in another Influenster survey resulted in a little package of Bioré's Baking Soda Pore Cleanser and Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub* at my door. Each includes baking soda as a physical exfoliator during cleansing. Deep cleaning and gentle exfoliation is a great way to fight clogged pores and these products promise to purify, absorb oil and gently exfoliate.
I immediately honed in on the Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub* since I hoped it might be an inexpensive dupe for the Dermalogical Daily Microfoliant or the DHC Powder Face Wash (reviews of both to come). Bioré delivers a powder scrub, activated by water, that is supposed to gently fizz and dissolve oils while washing. The scrub is fine and naturally dissolves as you wash so there is no risk of over scrubbing. I didn't notice any fizzing.
There isn't much of a scent and playing around with the amount of water makes a slight difference in scrubbiness. The baking soda dissolves less quickly than the Dermalogica option and doesn't rinse off as squeaky clean (though still clean enough). There is a little more of a scrub with this option.
A more traditional liquid cleanser, the Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser* is a daily cleansing option which promises to deeply exfoliate without being rough on dry spots.
It has a gel texture and the soda particles are spherical, not harsh. The particles are very dispersed in the thick gel which wasn't enough to provide the "deep exfoliating" experience promised. But this does allow the product to be used daily if it weren't for the fact that this gel didn't cleanse that well. I wouldn't trust it to clear away all dirt and oil. It might be good for morning use but not after a long day.
Of the two, I'm prefer the Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub. If I hadn't used a powder face wash product before, this would seem like such a cool product to try (and it still is anyways). It cleaned better than the Cleanser option, was a neat way to wash my face and the button pop top is great for keeping the powder dry. I'm becoming a fan of powder to liquid face washes in general and will update you on three other powder options I've been using.
Have you incorporated baking soda in your beauty regime before?