Tarte Frixxxtion Stick Cleanser Review

Tarte Cosmetics Frixxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser Review

“With a clarifying cleansing gel powered by the Rainforest of the Sea™ complex and suspended diatomaceous earth microexfoliants, the vegan friendly formula draws out surface oil and reduces shine, while purifying pores for the deepest clean possible. Great for all skin types, it can be used on a regular basis without stripping skin’s moisture or left on as a treatment mask to absorb toxins and reveal smooth, sexy, glowing skin. Ideal for the on-the-go gal, this travel friendly cleanser features a targeted, straight-to-skin applicator that can be massaged directly onto the face so you can get dirty and then sparkle clean all in one frxxxtion fix. “   

I am such a sucker for skincare, and when I noticed that Tarte had a delightful looking skin care range AND free shipping, it was hard to resist. I have used a number of Tarte products now and I have honestly loved (almost) every one. Tarte is fast becoming one of my favourite brands, not least because it is cruelty free and many of their products are also vegan.

I honestly hadn’t and still haven’t heard anyone else talking about this product – so this is a review written completely in a vacuum!

Tarte Frixxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser is part of the Rainforest of the Sea collection. It is cruelty-free, vegan friendly and comes in at £18.

Buying Tarte Cosmetics in the UK

I bought Tarte Frixxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser directly from the Tarte website where they had free international shipping – the three most glorious words in cosmetics perhaps? Trate almost always have some kind of deal available, so I would recommend signing up to their mailing list if you haven’t already to keep up with offers.

The products did not take long at all to arrive, and Tarte automatically add on customs charges at checkout, so in my experience, you never have to pay customs afterwards which can hold up delivery. However, because my order was under the threshold for customs, I didn’t pay anything. TOP TIP – when there is free shipping, order individual items separately to avoid customs charges. You’re welcome.

I was sent a standard confirmation email right after ordering, and a subsequent email when my product shipped. You can also track your order on the Tarte site, and subsequently with the local courier. I have not yet had any direct dealings with Tarte customer service, but they seem like a pretty on it company.

Packaging of Tarte Frixxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

The packaging is really pretty. Dark purple, turquoise and gold make it really stand out from other skin care brands and you can tell its high quality. The actual product packaging is also nice, it feel sturdy and I would be happy to travel with this or throw it in my bag.

First Impressions of Tarte Frixxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

Not gonna lie, I thought it was a little small when I first opened it. I’m not sure how long this will last, but if it lasts a while this will be an excellent travel companion. You also don’t really need to use much of the product if you don’t want to. Day-to-day, I will use a couple of swipes on my cheek and once a week basically colour in my whole face. There isn’t much of a smell to the product, its subtly scented with a spa type smell, but its definitely very discreet. Tarte Frixxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser contains charcoal powder, known for clearing away impurities and giving the products a dark charcoal colour.

Using Tarte Frixxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

I think my favourite thing about this product is how EASY it is to use. Twist, swipe, scrub. It is the lazy girl’s dream and I find myself reaching for it even where I had intended to use a regular cream or oil  cleanser. Surprisingly, it is not at all messy. I have previously used Lush Cosmetics Dark Angels, which is also super black and that makes such a mess. However, Tarte Frixxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser doesn’t really leave any black drips as I had anticipated.

My other love for this product stem from how ‘scrubby’ it feels. The granules in the stick are super fine, so I feel like they are really getting deep down into my pores and getting the dirt out. The stick itself is almost the texture of a gel, and is surprisingly wet on the skin when you swipe it on. I have also tried swiping the stick and then adding another cleanser on top which seems to work well.


Tarte Frixxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser left my skin SMOOTH. Like baby but smooth, and also really glowy, if not a little red. I do find the texture of my skin has improved after using this for around a month. I struggle with mild acne scarring, and this has helped. Not dramatically, but in terms of overall skin texture. Tarte haven’t really been singing from the rooftops about this product, and the fact that I haven’t heard much about it in beauty circles is odd because it’s great. The product promises to draw out surface oil, to reduce shine, to purify pores, to fight dullness, to polish and cleanse, that it can be used regularly and  to absorb toxins. I can attest to the fact that it does perform in most of these areas, however I don’t suffer from oily skin so can’t make comment on that.

Ryot GRL Tips

  • Swipe all over and leave on for 10-15 minutes as a detoxifying mask
  • Single solution for all your skin care needs when travelling
  • Top with your favorite cleanser for a luxury facial
  • Use daily for super smooth skin, or to treat mild acne scarring
  • Goes well with: Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel
  • Goes well with: Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturiser

Would I buy it again?

HELL YEAH. Getting another for my summer travels for sure.

Similar products/dupes?

  • Lush Cosmetics ‘Dark Angels’
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Good value for money?

I hope so, still waiting to see when it runs out. Daily use for  a month and looks barely used at this point!

Cruelty free?




Where to buy?

Directly from our friends at Tarte:



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