I have been using Boscia Tsubaki Oil Infused Exfoliating Powder a few mornings a week for a couple months now, and I quite like it. After testing out Tatcha’s Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (full review HERE), I knew I wanted to try out as many other powder cleansers as I could. Powder cleansers are totally awesome, and I’m now a convert. I love that the bottle lasts forever, since you generally don’t need to use much. Plus they are travel friendly and provide really gentle exfoliating action. The exfoliation is usually via the use of something like rice bran or corn starch, which is what this one uses. It also contains tsubaki oil (also known as camellia oil), which provides some hydration. Although, don’t expect it to be too hydrating since there isn’t much camellia oil. It’s also not on your face long enough to really do that.
Ingredients: Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Phasealus Angularis Seed Powder, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Water.
Boscia Tsubaki Oil Infused Exfoliating Powder is a great option if you’re looking for a lightly-foaming exfoliating cleanser that is suitable for sensitive skin. If you have a hard time with other physical exfoliants, then you might like this one since it isn’t very abrasive. Most of the powder dissolves into a light foam. Some of the particles are ground up seeds, which means the actual gritty particles that exfoliate are not perfectly spherical. So don’t scrub extra hard, since that could cause damage to your skin. But that principle applies to any gritty product you rub on your face to exfoliate, not just this one. Always use a very light pressure when exfoliating with a physical exfoliant.
So the final verdict: is it better than Tatcha’s cleansing powder? I don’t think so. You need to use way more per use. It also doesn’t dissolve into a foam as well as the Tatcha cleansing powder. I have found that I need to use at least 1 tsp per use of the boscia powder, or sometimes even 1.5 tsp, to get a good lather going. If you don’t use enough it doesn’t really foam up very well. It will just form a thick paste and the powder won’t really dissolve. The Tatcha powder, on the other hand, only requires 0.5 tsp or a bit less. And that 0.5 tsp of the Tatcha powder will provide a lot of foam.
So using that logic, even though the Tatcha cleansing powder is way more expensive than the Boscia, it’s probably a better deal since you need so much less each time.
I do recommend Boscia Tsubaki Oil Infused Exfoliating Powder though. It’s a good product if you want to try out a cleansing powder and I enjoy using it as my morning cleanser. It seems like Sephora has stopped carrying it since I bought mine, but you can still find it in a 2.1oz bottle for around $30 USD on Amazon