REVIEW | Beauty Formulas Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub

Exfoliation is one of the most important part of my skincare routine especially now that I’m in my 30s and as we all are aware, the rate of skin cells turnover is getting lower as we get older therefore it is imperative to keep the skin smooth and clear to allow skincare products to be properly absorbed into the skin.

Facial scrub is one of many ways to exfoliate the dead skin cells but combined with impurities-absorbing element like charcoal, facial deep cleansing can be done with a single step. That is basically what the Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub from Beauty Formulas is all about.

What You Need to Know:

This facial scrub is formulated with activated charcoal that absorbs the impurities while the micro ground Apricot seeds in the scrub exfoliates the skin. This combination is meant to deep cleanse, leaving the skin feeling smooth, fresh and clear.

How to Use:

  1. Once or twice a week, gently massage onto clean, wet skin using circular motions over face and neck.
  2. Gently wash off and pat dry.

Capacity: 150ml. About 6 to 9 months of twice a week usage.

Water (Aqua), Stearic Acid, Kaolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Paraffinum Liquidum, Ceteareth-20, Charcoal Powder, Fragrance (Parfum contains: Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool), Tocopherol Acetate, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea.


As shown above, the product comes within a tube with a nice cap; originally not sealed unlike Korean skincare products that come in tubes that I’m familiar with.

There are full product descriptions at the back of the tube both in English for your reference.

There’s no Manufacturing Date or Expiry Date printed at the top part of the tube like other products but there’s Batch Code that I haven’t got the chance to check with the distributor on how to read it yet. Supposedly the product can be used within 12 months after opened so make sure to write that down on your journal or right on the tube itself.


The scrub is in light grey colour, feels creamy on skin with visible Apricot seeds in it. Although there’s Kaolin; a type of clay contained in it, the scrub didn’t dried out even after I left it on my skin for about 10 minutes before washing it off.

Now it is easy to wash everything off with lukewarm water but I usually just take a damp towelette and wipe it all off then let the water run down my face.

I’ve got to say that while the scent is pleasant to most, it’s quite overwhelming and I personally would rather have little to no fragrance in my skincare products.


I’d say if you have oily, non-sensitive skin then you can surely give this facial scrub a try. While it does feels gentle on skin and doesn’t irritate my overly sensitised facial area, it is probably due to my own preference that I no longer fancy physical exfoliators like facial scrubs or cleansing brush to properly removed the dead skin cells. I noticed that my skin is getting sort of thinner in a way that it’s very easy to get irritation therefore I’d prefer to use gentle exfoliating acids to break down the bonds in dead skin cells and let them being washed away with gentle clay masks.

Overall, I give this facial scrub 3/5. I’m sure this is  great for oily skin people but definitely a huge no for those with damaged skin barrier like myself.

Remember to always use this kind of product; containing potentially abrasive physically exfoliating element i.e. Apricot Seeds with care and gently massage the facial area with it to avoid micro tear on the skin.

Also, if you find this kind of product is not suitable with your current skin condition then not to worry as you can definitely repurposed the product as body scrub or in my case as a hand scrub.


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