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Friday, 6 November 2015

Cleansers Round-Up Reviews

You know you're due for a blog post when you try to rave a cleanser to your boyfriend and he just continues mindlessly playing his Minecraft without batting an eye. This then leads you to groan in frustration, which manages to carry an eery resemblance to the noises the zombies make in the game... So since I have realized I'm wasting my time explaining to him brilliant ingredients and formulations, I thought I'd just let you guys all in on the amazingness instead.

I have 3 reviews ready for you in this post, so fasten your seat belts cause it's gonna be a slippery ride! (cause of oil cleansers, get it?? get it?? ha...)

Let's start off with the one I was most excited for and sadly most disappointed by:

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Water, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Sucrose Laurate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Prunus Avium (Sweet Cherry) Seed Oil, Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Limonene, Citral, Annatto (CI 75120).

Oh, how I wanted you to be good! This cleanser manages to fail at being a 1st cleanse and 2nd.
It's not efficient at breaking down makeup, which I think might be because it does not have enough "melt" to it. It doesn't really melt into an oil like most balm cleansers do, but rather it remains in its jelly form. You need to do a lot of massaging in order to break down most of your makeup, but it doesn't manage to remove 100% of it. Nor does the cleanser itself wash off completely. Doesn't matter how much water you splash on your face, you're always left with an unpleasant slimy/oily residue on your face. A second cleanse by a different cleanser will remove the residue, but nonetheless, it's not a feature a cleanser should have.

And it doesn't make a good second cleanser because the main ingredient (Ethylhexyl Palmitate) of the cleanser tends to clog pores when left on the skin. I noticed a huge increase in blackheads when trying this cleanser out as a second cleanse/morning cleanse. You will always have some residue left from a second cleanse, which can be good (if the ingredients aren't clogging), but in this case wasn't. That's why it's main purpose is make-up removal, which sadly it fails miserably at.

Aqua (Water/Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter Oils, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Synthetic Beeswax, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Linalool, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Pantolactone, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil

Now this a goodie. Simple and practical. Can we just start with the packaging? This is the best packaged cleanser I have ever had, it's BRILLIANT for travelling. This is what I'd call the perfect morning/2nd cleanse. It's very much a cleansing milk in terms of consistency, which is my personal favourite for second cleansers. It's also very moisturizing for a cleanser, which I believe is down to the almond oil. My only complaint is that it's not ideal for those with sensitive skin down to the essential oils. I'm normally fine with most essential oils, apart from lavender oil, which this cleanser does in fact contain. Every now and then I would feel my skin react every so slightly during application. But I loved it all the same.

Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Water, Cetearyl Octanoate , Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Myristyl Myristate, Glycerin, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Seeed Oil, Hellianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Oryzanol, Bisabolol (source Chamomile Oil), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Berry Oil, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (source Aminoacid), Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Cinnamomum Linalloliferum (Ho Wood) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool.

This is my newest obsession in terms of skincare. One of the best cleansers I have ever tried in fact. It's a beautiful creamy cleansing milk that just does the job without questions. Not to mention, it has stellar ingredients, which feel amazing on the skin during application. This is absolutely perfect for anyone with sensitive skin. It's not as moisturizing as the Soap and Glory cleanser, but it's in no way drying either. The packaging is also very solid.

So these are the cleansers I've been trying out for the past few months. Let me know what your thought are on them! :)


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