liz earle gentle face exfoliator review

You know me, I don’t do scrubs.

Chemical exfoliants are better in every way. They’re gentler on the skin and they go the extra mile. Salicylic acid, for example, unclogs pores – something no scrub can do.

But what if your skin can’t tolerate acids or you just love a good scrub? That’s where Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator comes in.

What’s In Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator?


What the heck are esters now?!

In plain English, good old jojoba oil is hydrogenated to create a hard wax-like texture. You can use it as is, or warm it up and drop it from a height to create small, rounded spheres that are perfect for exfoliation.

Unlike apricot shells and other similar natural particles, jojoba beads have smooth edges that don’t scratch or tear the skin. This makes them suitable for most skin types – especially sensitive.

Once you massage them on your face, they gently remove the dead cells that have accumulated on the surface of your skin, leaving it softer and brighter.

If you have dry or normal skin and don’t want to use acids, this is a good alternative to consider. Bonus points: jojoba beads are biodegradable and kind to the planet, too.

Related: 4 Reasons Why I Prefer Chemical Exfoliation


Let’s face it: exfoliation is always a bit traumatic for skin. You’re forcing it to let go of dead skin cells it wasn’t ready to say goodbye to yet.

Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator makes the process gentler with cocoa seed butter. Super moisturising, this butter creates a protective barrier on the skin, keeping soft and smooth for hours.


Thick, creamy and loaded with jojoba beads. The beads are very fine and small, – so small that when you first pump the product out you can’t see them at all. They only become visible when you start spreading the cream on your skin.


A lovely and refreshing herbal scent.

How To Use It

After cleansing, massage a small amount on clean skin. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Don’t use more than 2/3 times a week.

Performance & Personal Opinion

Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator is the gentlest scrub I’ve come across. Thank the jojoba beads for that. They remove the dead skin cells on the surface without drying out skin. Aferwards, my skin feels so soft. And the glow!

FYI, this exfoliant is gentle, but not so much you can use it everyday. At least I can’t. The first time I used it, it left my skin soft and bright. So I did it again the next day. This time, my skin felt tight and dry – a sign that I had removed too many dead cells. Ahem…

It doesn’t matter what product you use, when it comes to exfoliation, moderation is key. Use it two or three times a week, depending on what your skin can take.

I find that twice a week works best for my combination skin, leaving it in great condition without experiencing any problems whatsoever. If you have sensitive skin though, this exfoliant isn’t suitable for you at all.

Who Is This For?

Normal/dry skin that loves a good scrub.

Who Is This Not For?

  • Sensitive skin: Scrubs are too harsh for your skin type.
  • Oily/acne-probe skin: You need an exfoliate that can penetrate pores (salicylic acid). Scrubs can’t do that.

Related: Why Salicylic Acid Is Key To Spot-Free Skin


Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator comes in 4 formats:

  • 70ml pump
  • 50ml tube
  • 70ml pump x3
  • 15ml tube

Take your pick!

Does Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator Live Up To Its Claims?

This gentle yet effective exfoliator buffs away dead skin cells and impurities to reveal smoother, more radiant-looking skin.True.
Perfect for dull, congested or flaky skin.It works for dull and flaky, but not congested, skin. If you want to get rid of pimples and breakouts, you need salicylic acid, not scrubs.

Price & Availability

£7.00-£45.00 at Feel Unique and John Lewis

Do You Need It?

You don’t need it. But if you’re into scrubs or can’t use chemical exfoliants, this is worth a try.


Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Jojoba esters, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl esters, Glycerin, Cera alba (beeswax), Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan stearate, Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Limonene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium hydroxide.