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We know you all love a good K-Beauty dupe! Here’s another swap you’re going to swoon over.



Our community of skincare enthusiasts is always asking us for more affordable yet effective skincare, and when it comes to K-Beauty products there are a veritable buffet of dupe options. Today, we’ve got another incredible product swap that will save you a small fortune – meet SRB Enzyme Wash.


Enzyme powder cleansers have been gaining popularity lately, thanks to their low-foaming lather with a touch of customizable grittiness. Unlike ordinary cleansers, which nearly always have water as their first ingredient, because powder washes contain no water, they go much further than their liquid counterparts and are perfect for travel, as they’re less likely to squirt everywhere in your bag.

Because they’re dry, it takes a very long time for these multi-tasking cleansers to go bad, as bacteria and mould have a difficult time growing in them.

The concept of a rice-based cleanser is not new in Korean Beauty, having been inspired by the practice of “rice washing” in Korea. This method was originally used by the women of the palaces who would wait on the King; they used to use rice water to keep their skin looking healthy and fair, as rice water is known to be a natural brightening agent.

SRB Stabilized Rice Bran Enzyme Powder Wash is based off this time-honoured Korean tradition of rice washing for brighter, clearer, cleaner skin. So let’s take a look at it:

SRB Rice Bran Enzyme Powder Face Wash

SRB’s Rice Bran Enzyme Powder Face Wash is a pH 5.5 balanced cleanser, thanks to its natural amino acid surfactants. It is thankfully free from mineral oil and parabens.

While other powder washes in the market simply use a rice flour based formula, SRB features rice bran extract, which creates a soothing effect on skin. It is also incredibly gentle on skin, helping to soften as well as brighten it.

Rice bran extract also contains the nutrients and enzymes (like GABA, Lycopene, Carotenoids, folic acid, phytic acid, B vitamins, triterpene and sterol ferulates and Coenzyme-Q10) that provide this cleanser with its anti-inflammatory and nourishing properties.

The other key ingredient is papain, an enzyme found in papaya.

The formula is rounded out by collagen, allantoin, and aloe juice, which help to hydrate, soothe and brighten skin.

While SRB (AUD $33.95) runs more expensive than Tosowoong’s Enzyme Powder Wash (AUD $21.95) (which is coincidentally also a dupe for Dermalogica’s Daily Micro Exfoliant!) it is significantly cheaper than Tatcha’s Rice Polish Enzyme Powder (AUD $99).

Let’s a take a look at Tatcha:

Tatcha Rice Polish Classic Enzyme Powder
Tatcha’s enzyme cleansers have developed a dedicated fan base, thanks to their gentle, skin-tertainment worthy formulas.
The classic formula, which is the closest in function and formulation to SRB is similarly based on rice bran (albeit Japanese rice bran in this case), and papaya extracts, which the brand claims “work in harmony to tackle fine lines, uneven skin tone and texture, hyperpigmentation and congestion”.
The similarities don’t end there – both formulas are pH 5.5 balanced, and based on an amino acid base, and are similarly free from parabens or mineral oil.
Tatcha even has the same story about Japanese women having cleansed with rice water for centuries!
There are some differences though – Tatcha’s formula has a few extras in it that aren’t in the SRB formulation (like green tea and algae) but these are unlikely to make a material difference to the product’s cleansing abilities. SRB’s formula notably does contain fragrance, albeit as the last ingredient, and does include sulphate detergents, which Tatcha’s product skips out on.
Both are designed to be used as Step 2 in the double cleanse method.


While it’s clear that there are some differences between the two products in terms of formulations (and packaging – #letsbehonest Tatcha is hard to beat there), these are similar products.

If you’re interested in stepping into the world of rice based cleansing powders, looking for a dupe for Tatcha or even just a more travel-friendly version of the cleanser you’re currently using, SRB is a solid choice.

SRB’s handy packaging, easy to use and gentle formula plus the $65.05 price saving compared to Tatcha makes it hard to go past.

Let us know which one you would choose in the comments!