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This is the first enzyme powder wash I’ve ever tried and it was always a pleasant experience using it. I thought enzyme powder cleansers were just a novel idea without a significant purpose or difference from liquid cleansers, but I realized after using this SRB Enzyme Powder Wash that it did have some advantages over liquid cleansers. For instance, I like how I can control the grittiness of this cleanser so I can use it either as a mild physical exfoliant or as a plain cleanser. All I have to do is pour a pea-sized amount (1g) onto my palm, add a few drops of water, and then rub my hands together to form a lather and dissolve the powder until I get the level of grittiness I want. I usually use it as a plain cleanser and not as a scrub because I often have acne, and physical exfoliation is not good for that. But if you don’t have any acne, you’ll probably enjoy using this as a mild facial scrub.

Another thing I love about this cleanser (and perhaps what I love about it the most) is that it has a pH level of 5.5-6.5. Low pH cleansers are all the rage right now, as more people, including myself, have been discovering the importance of protecting and strengthening our skin’s natural barrier. Indeed, this cleanser is so gentle, it leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturized. And since it lathers well, I can still feel its effective cleansing action.

Speaking of it leaving my skin soft and moisturized, this can surely be attributed to the cleanser’s short but impressive ingredient list. Rice has been known as a gentle skincare ingredient that has brightening, hydrating, and soothing effects. Rice bran extract is number 4 on the ingredient list. It is preceded by corn starch (a natural surfactant), plus two other surfactants/foaming agents. After the rice bran extract are other ingredients that contribute to the soothing, hydrating and anti-oxidant effect of the cleanser. It also has papain, a mild and natural exfoliant, as one of the ingredients.

 

Full Ingredient List

Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Pollen Extract, Allantoin, Collagen, Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sorbitol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Papain, Fragrance

 

Other Details

Scent: Powdered children’s milk with a hint of raw rice
Texture: Grainy but forms a light bubble foam after adding water and rubbing
Color: Off-white
Packaging: Looks very basic and even cheap, but this one is a perfect example of why we shouldn’t judge skincare products by their packaging. Lol!😂
Price: US$25 (PHP 1,300) for 70g of product on Style Korean.

 

The Verdict

I’ve been using this SRB Enzyme Powder Wash in rotation with my other cleansers for three weeks now and I find it very much compatible with my oily, acne-prone skin. I’m glad that it did not break me out because I’ve always wanted a rice cleanser, but The Face Shop’s much-raved-about Rice Water Bright Cleanser caused my skin to react. I love that this SRB Wash has a few but good ingredients, is low pH, is hydrating, brightening, and very gentle. I noticed that even though I have completely dissolved the powder in my hands, it can still mildly exfoliate my skin, leaving it smoother and brighter than before. What makes it stand out from my other cleansers is that it leaves my skin noticeably soft to touch. I do think it’s worth the price, considering it can be used for a long time if you follow the recommended use of 1g per wash. Having said that, the only problem I see here is that it’s a bit difficult to control the product that comes out of the bottle. I often end up pouring out more than enough. I can’t think of any other cons, actually, except maybe for the cheap-looking bottle that doesn’t look good in pictures. Haha! But what matters is what’s inside, so yes, I would recommend this cleanser and probably even purchase it myself after I’ve emptied all my cleansers already.

This product was provided to me by Style Korean in exchange for my honest review.