Carbon Theory Exfoliating Scrub & Cleansing Bar Review

Taryn Davies
Published: August 12, 2019

Acne and breakouts are some of the most most common skin concerns in the UK, and with the skincare business currently booming, it's hard to find the right brand to trial.

Debuting on shelves across the country in 2018, Carbon Theory is your new favourite vegan beauty brand. With an aim to revolutionise beauty regimes, the brand believes in affordable skincare and uses all-powerful and natural ingredients to help with skin that's prone to breakouts and acne.

Carbon Theory Breakout Control Facial Cleansing Bar - £100g £6

The cleansing bar from Carbon Theory is made by entirely vegan products and aims to target breakouts. For years, we've been told to avoid bar soap for our face due to fears that it can cause dry skin and encourage breakouts due to bacteria. However, choosing to use bar soap today can mean reducing plastic use, avoiding unwanted chemicals and preservatives, and means you get longer use. For £6 for 100g, this bar feels smooth on the face and is easy to use. Simply lather the soap in your hands and rub the foam into your face for a smooth feel and relaxing scent. The key ingredients of this soap and their properties are:

Activated Charcoal

  • Draws out bacteria, excess oil and toxins in the skin

Tea Tree Oil

  • Purifying properties
  • Cleanses skin and kills bacteria
  • Natural antiseptic
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Clears breakouts
  • Hep reduce pore size

Shea Butter

  • Provide moisture without clogging pores
  • hydrating properties
  • Anti-bacterial, hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps to heal the skin due to Vitamin K concentration

Carbon Theory Breakout Control Facial Exfoliating Scrub - 125ml £11


Created with natural pumice particles, this scrub aims to gently exfoliate the face by removing impurities and clear clogged pores in order to prevent breakouts.

scrub review carbon theoryTo use this product, rub a small amount between your fingers and gently circle your face until you've worked all areas (or just your target areas). Once complete, rinse with warm water.

The product contains the following vegan and cruelty-free ingredients which aim to work together in order to free you from breakouts:

Activated Charcoal

  • Helps remove excess dirt and oil from the skin
  • Aims to unclog pores

Organic Tea Tree Oil

  • Purifies the skin and kills bacteria
  • Helps to reduce inflammation
  • Can help to reduce pore size

Citric Acid

  • Encourages skin cell regeneration
  • Exfoliates dead skin cells
  • Can help to reduce pore size

Pumice Particles

  • Excellent exfoliator
  • Can help unclog pores and polish skin
  • Brightens and refreshes the face

Is Carbon Theory Worth The Price?

In short? Yes. The products here felt a lot more expensive than they're listed for, and both make your skin feel a lot cleaner and already improved after use. They're a great vegan beauty brand if you're on a budget, and their cruelty-free label means you can enjoy these products without worrying about buying into animal cruelty.

You can buy Carbon Theory online, in-store at Boots and Waitrose as well as online outlets such as Beauty Bay.