It is only very recently, I started counting facial cleansers as skincare products. Call it a boom in skincare consumerism or power of marketing gimmicks, cleansers have now become the starting point from where skincare really starts. It seems, almost every week, there is a new kind and category of cleanser introduced by plethora of brands.
I remember the very first cleanser that earned respect from me was from Cetaphil. I loved it, and could see what difference it made to my acne-prone skin. But I always thought it is a medicinal kind of product, no glamour attached to it whatsoever.
Second cleanser that got my sincere appreciation was Gel pureté foaming gel cleanser from Chanel– everything glamorous about it but I also thought that it helped my skin not to break-out by balancing the oil and pulling off all the gunk and dirt from my face in the most gentle manner. I vouch for this gel cleanser because it proved its worth during my PhD fieldwork. Someone who has done research fieldwork would agree how harsh the conditions can be-dirt, heat, hard water, diet-imbalance and poor skin pays the price.
So in short I can say that I have also jumped on the bandwagon of experimenting with cleansers and giving them due respect for what they do to our skin.
Coming to the cleanser that I want to share my experience with today is Herbalism from Lush cosmetics.
Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Kaolin, Glycerine, Nettle, Rosemary, Rice Vinegar Extract (Urtica dioica, Rosmarinus officinalis), Rice Bran (Oryza sativa), Water (Aqua), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria Chamomilla), Sage Oil (Salvia officinalis), Fragrance, Chlorophyllin. *Occurs naturally in essential oils
What the website says:
Natural herbal wash
Battling with oily, troubled skin? Cleanse with the power of herbs. Our gentle green giant has an exfoliating, deep-cleansing base of kaolin clay and rice bran to mop up excess oils, and a toning blend of rosemary, nettle and chamomile to leave skin feeling fresh, clean and calm. Herbalism gets its color from chlorophyllin, which is extracted from alfalfa plants: it’s rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals and helps to balance out your skin’s oil production. Say hello to clear, balanced skin!
I have been using Lush Herbalism twice daily for a few weeks now. So far, my skin is absolutely loving it. Although, it requires extra steps in comparison to pump cleansers, I find it very exciting to use, given its very green, herbal and crumbly texture.
I take a small amount into my palm and slowly add water to make a paste. I love this pista-green paste to apply all over my face. It is also meant to be a body cleanser but I have been using it strictly as face cleanser. I rub it onto my face and then rinse it off with lukewarm water following by a splash of cold water on my face, while wiping off the grainy bits, if they get stuck around my forehead baby hair.
It has a very organic feel to it. Because, I personally prefer cleansers that lather up, I use my regular cleanser first (these days I am using the one from Boscia) and then I use Hebalism. I am sure even if you use it on its own, it will work wonders but as I said I have this mental block with cleansers that do not foam.
Fragrance: The closest I can locate the scent is of oats/wheat paste with a hint of sage. I am not a great fan of this Herbalism’s fragrance, but I know it goes away as soon as rinsed off. So I can live with this not so pleasant scent.
Will I repurchase it? YES , it not only makes my skin squeaky clean, it moisturizes and brightens the skin. What else can I ask for in a cleanser that is all natural. It retails for about 10 Euro for 100 gm. The tub should last me upto 2-2.5 months easily, I use it only as a facial cleanser.
Disclaimer: Purchased with my own money, like I did for every other product that I have reviewed so far, no sponsorship involved whatsoever. Review is purely based on my own experience. Ratings that I give are basically my personal evaluation of the product based on my expectations, and my experience related to the use of the product, the effect I see and feel after the use, and of course the money I spent on it. So please know rating is as subjective as my personal excperience with the product.
Do you have any opinion on this cleanser? Any favourite cleanser you want to recommend?