It’s time to get down and Dirtea.

As you may have gathered from previous grooming posts, I’m a huge fan of a scrub, be it for face or body, and know lots of beauty bloggers may dislike me for saying this, but the harsher the better. I want grit; I want friction (hell, give me chemicals). Scrubs are the favourite part of my skincare routine and I’m yet to find anything that works as affectively. So as you can imagine, I was smiling ear-to-ear when a package from Dirtea arrived at my desk.

The definition of multi-purpose, Dirtea is a one-man-band; purportedly a world first, Dirtea is an organic tea-based combined scrub and mask that can be used on on the face and body. The organic tea is freshley ground and mixed with carefully selected oils, minerals and vitamins.

With both the exfoliating properties a scrub and the epidermis-penetrating power of a mask, Dirtea delivers an anti-oxidant punch that leave your skin feeling cleansed and soft.

Now, Dirtea sits on the anti-chemical side of the fence and therefore this organically sourced product is paraben-free, phosphate-free, vegan suitable, cruelty-free, gluten-free as well as chemical and preservative free.

But it’s not just soft skin that Dirtea can help you with, its product’s uniquely formulated recipes can also help in the fight against acne, scarring, inflammation, stretch marks, cellulite, psoriasis, eczema, and more.

I tested the Diamond Scrub, which is packed with white tea powder, activated charcoal, sea salts and sugar cane to help exfoliate and detox the skin, combined with essential lemon and pure palm oil to hydrate, soothe and repair the skin.

Using Dirtea is easier, simply jump in the shower and get wet. Apply the scrub all over the body using circular motions and leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing off.

Overall, Dirtea is an impressive product. It’s large and gritty particles really help rid the skin of dead cells and help unclog pores. Those with sensitive skin may not like the harshness. It definitely feels more like a scrub than a mask, and I won’t lie to you - massaging it in feels the equivalent of rubbing sand over yourself right off the beach, but after washing it off, my skin looked brighter, tighter and clearer. It was also soft and smooth to the touch.

I only really found two downsides to Dirtea, one being that washing it off can get messy, it took a while to clear up the debris from the bath and sink (I tried using it just on the face out of the bath and I don’t recommend you do!) and it kept finding stray bits here and there. The other is the use of palm oil in this product - I personally actively seek to use products, and eat food, that doesn’t use palm oil. Its efficacy has been proven, but I don’t think it outweighs the affect on the environment.

However, having said this, the Chai & Coconut Scrub and Original Scrub do not use palm oil, so happy days!

Priced between £16.95-£29.95, you can buy Dirtea products here.

Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.