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Glycolic Exfoliating Cleanser/Face Scrub (E1)

with Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Pumice.

Vegan ✔ 365 day guarantee ✔ Cruelty-free ✔ Paraben-free ✔

    • 3 April 2019 update! The product now has more scrub and is packaged in a more eco-friendly amber glass jar.
    • Sulphate-free AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser with glycolic acid and salicylic acid . Tiny pieces of pumice and crushed walnut shell provide a very gentle exfoliation without the harmful environmental effects of microbeads.
    • If you would like a stronger acid cleanser, you may want to check our Clarifying Cleanser C2.
    • Great skin feel - Skin feels cleansed, purified, fresh, and soft and without any redness. Can help reduce appearance of enlarged pores and fights and cleanses blockages. Look brighter, more energized. E1 is great to use daily.
    • Natural - This product is paraben-free and doesn't contain sillicates, polyethylene glycols (PEGS), SLS, SLES, mineral oils or polluting microbeads - and is not tested on animals (cruelty free). We manufacture all products in the United Kingdom to exacting standards. The scented variant has a small amount of 100% cold-pressed mandarin essential oil for a fresh citrus fragrance.
    • Concentrated and long-lasting - A pea-sized amount of cleanser is enough to wash your face in the morning and evening. 200ml usually lasts our customers around two months.
    • Updated packaging - Now in easy to dispense tubes.

    Our best-selling cleanser.Available unscented or with a hint of mandarin for a great citrus smell, Exfoliating Cleanser E1 is full of skin-scrubbing, cuticle-caressing ingredients to leave your skin feeling bright and refreshed. Glycolic acid (2%) salicylic acid (1%) and just the right amount of ultra-fine grains remove surface oil and dead skin – without causing redness and discomfort.  It's perfect for combination skin or oily and acne-prone skin. It's sulphate-free - and with no nasties too.

    My fave cleanser! The skin feels just so clean and refreshed. Its gentle on my skin too so i dont have to worry about irritating it. Love the mandarin scent, very subtle.

    Karolina Mysliwiecka, March 2018
    Skin type suitability

    Most skin types from combination to oily and acne-prone skin.

    Active Ingredients
    Glycolic Acid 2%
    An alpha hydroxy acid (known to its friends as AHA), glycolic acid help exfoliate skin cells by breaking down the bonds that hold them together. Not only does glycolic acid exfoliate, it also reduces the effects of ageing.
    Pumice Stone
    Tiny pieces of natural pumice stone that will gently exfoliate your skin.
    Salicylic Acid 1%
    A beta hydroxy acid (known to its friends as BHA), salicylic acid resurfaces your skin to leave it soft and bright. And while it’s powerful stuff, the 1% formulation in Exfoliator E1 keeps things light and gentle.
    Willow Bark Extract
    Bark with big benefits, Willow Bark Extract is an anti-inflammatory that cleanses your skin and unblocks your pores.
  • Splash your face with warm water. Apply a pea-size amount and massage in. Leave a minute and rinse with more warm water at body temperature.
  • Aqua, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (surfactant derived from sarcosinic acid), prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil, cetyl alcohol (fatty acid), stearic acid (fatty acid), glycolic acid (aha acid), glycerin (humectant), salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid), xanthan gum (rheology modifier), glyceryl caprylate (emollient), pumice (ground), juglans regia (walnut).

  • pH3.75
    TextureMedium viscosity cream cleanser with exfoliating grains.
    Sulphate-free / SLS-free

4.63 Average

410 Reviews


This scrub has a lovely fresh scent, leaves your face feeling fresh and clean. Highly recommend.

Ricardo Noel

Lovely scrub makes my skin feel super soft.

Mesha Hyde

Nice gentle scrub and you don't need much. Doesn't scratch your face off like others. Use it once every couple of days and keeps my skin clear and soft. Use as part of a skin care routine :)


Amazing scrub. Highly recommend this. My skin is baby soft after using it

Natasha Thomas

I just love this stuff! Unsure whether it does anything but I love applying it to my skin and feeling the little exfoliant beads rub against my skin. Plus smelling gorgeous!


I have combination skin, which is also sensitive and it was always difficult to find a scrub which dealt with the oily parts of my skin without irritating it. I am so glad i found this! My face feels clean, and its not harsh on my skin. Will definitely buy again!


This product has worked wonders. I have only been using it for a few weeks but it has made a drastic change to skin already. My skin feels so smooth. Personally I wouldn't use this product everyday due to it being an exfoliator, you want to preserve the skin not strip it. Normally I would only use an exfoliator once a week however because this is more gentle, natural and doesn't dry out your skin like a lot of them do. I have been using it three times a week which has really made a difference. I really do love this product and will definitely purchase again. It is the best exfoliator I have used so far.

Mollie Roddan

Really loved that this cleanser contained both glycolic acid and salicylic acid, however I think that the pumice was too harsh on my skin as I developed dry patches I had never had before - after stopping use they healed up and were no longer a problem. Not sure if this was because I have slightly fussy skin!


Amy Brown

Fantastic product, has left my skin softer and clearer and less dry.

Jenny Norrgård

Oh wow, this one is so amazing. I use it two times a week, and I noticed an improvement after the very first use! It got rid of my annoying and stubborn blackheads on my nose and cheeks which no other acidic product has been able to (and I've tried a lot!). Love it! Since I have very thin skin I barely use it as a scrub, basically just put it on wet skin and let it sit for a minute, then wash it off. Half a day or so after my blackheads are gone. Does not dry out the skin either.


A bit thin for my liking, it feels like the pumice is too sparse in the cleanser.


subtly mandarin smell is lovely and is exfoliating whilst not being too rough on my skin :)

Sofia Schönbeck

Makes the my skin very smooth!

Aine Moore

Great cleanser/scrub. Face feels so soft after use and looks brighter. A small bit too harsh to use everyday for me but a few times a week is perfect. Love this product so far. Definitely noticed a great difference in my skin!

Natalie Tata

Brilliant. Skin much clearer and no more breakouts after two weeks if use

Carla Valencic

This product doesn't really do it for me - it feels like there is a film left on my skin after using it, no matter how much I rinse it off. It does work as an exfoliant though.

Corinne Reineke

This product has a great polishing effect.

Michaela Berry

A Izzard

Bought this a couple of weeks ago and I’ve really enjoyed using it so far. It does require mixing in the pot because the formula separates slightly, but that’s no problem. Just use a cotton bud, as the excess can be used on the face. It’s great at retexturing and minimising pimples that pop up occasionally. I use twice a week at a maximum. I use this in conjunction with Regenecalm 2% and I really like them together. I had an awful series of breakouts after a facial and this combo has returned my skin to its normal self. So I’m VERY pleased. My only real criticism - in hopes that the feedback is used to improve - is that the walnut pieces are quite large and, although there are only few of them, they feel harsh on the skin. I am extremely gentle because of this, as I worry about micro tears. A finer texture would feel much better and is probably better for skin.

Laura Ulinskiene

Nice little smell and after you skin feels more softer.

Lilian Unogwu

Loved it

Jo Marker

Smells great, gentle on my skin

natalie woodhams


So far I’m impressed at the products ability to reduce my large pores on my nose. I use it once to twice a week with good results. It can sting a little on sensitive areas but I use Vaseline to protect those areas.

Lucy Todd

Very impressed with this cleanser. I would usually avoid anything acidic as my skin is extremely sensitive. However I have been able to use this daily for the past 2 weeks, followed by a moisturiser, and it has really improved the feel of my skin. I think I’m getting fewer breakouts too. Highly recommend for those with sensitive combination skin.

Ellie Harulow

Lovely natural mandarin fragrance to this really gentle scrub. I would have loved more of the exfoliating grains. They're super fine and great for getting into those awkward places around the nose.


I have to say that my hormone spots srrmbyo be better. There's less of them and the ones I do get are less angry than before. I would say that this is probably too harsh at my less oily times of the month as my skin does go dry now but I'm rather happy


I had bought the unscented after the mandarin one was out of stock around 2 weeks ago, and after the first use my face was sore and red, I then emailed the face theory team and they efficiently dealt with it and sent me the replacements of the mandarin bottles that I LOVE. I have combination/sensitive skin so the unscented version is surprisingly better for me! 3 stars are purely for the amazing customer service, as the product in the unscented version just was not for me, the mandarin one is definitely a must try.


I had first bought this product March of this year in the Mandarin scent. I have textured skin and this helped so much with it, which I was honestly surprised by because anyone with textured skin knows the struggle of keeping it to a minimal and getting rid of existing bumps. it lasted me around a month, but that was only because I was also using it on bumps on my body in the shower. it has honestly helped me so much, I would 100% recommend it to anyone! I use this around once a day, this can be too much for some people, I have combination, sensitive skin, but of course everyone's skin is different. I'm now on my second bottle, with my third stocked up!!