In addition to supplementary skincare, this year I will have a greater emphasis on showcasing natural skincare products. Today I’m going to share four different facial cleansers that are comprised primarily natural and/or organic ingredients – the Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser, the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, and the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel.
Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser
The Creamy Coconut Cleanser by Odylique (£18.00 for 200mL) is vegan, 100% natural, 87% organic and housed in a recycled bottle that’s entirely manufactured in the UK, where the brand is from. The key ingredients are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and rose water. This is a very milky cleanser that’s a lot lighter than the Pai Camellia & Rose Cleanser, and due to the lighter texture, I use about three pumps each time.
This cleanser is ultra gentle, but I feel like I don’t get a good enough clean each time I use it. My skin isn’t super moisturized afterwards, either, so it just feels okay. I would continue to use this, but it’s not as good as the Pai Camellia & Rose Cleanser. Keep in mind I do have dehydrated skin, so if you have normal skin then you may like this better. If you have combination or oily skin, though, it probably won’t be enough to truly cleanse your skin well enough to prep for your morning routine.
This cleanser is ideal for normal skin types.
Ingredients: Aqua, Cocos nucifera oil*, Olea europaea fruit oil*, Rosa centifolia flower water*, Glycerine**, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl glucoside, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Citrus limon peel oil*, Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil*, Salvia sclarea oil*, Lactic acid, Sodium anisate, Sodium levulinate, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Xanthan gum, limonene* (in the lemon oil)
Plain English: Coconut oil*, Extra virgin olive oil*, Rose flower water*, Non-palm plant glycerine**, Rosemary extract*, Essential oils of Clary sage*, Eucalyptus* and Lemon*, Plant origin moisturisers & emulsifiers
*Organically grown & produced ** Organic origin (total 87%)
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
My favourite of the bunch, the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser (US$78 for 125mL) is a fan favourite of the brand. For those of you unfamiliar with this brand, I will do a brand overview another day, but I wanted to share my thoughts with you on this cleanser sooner rather than later. The Regenerating Cleanser is gentle daily exfoliating cleanser that thoroughly cleanses and improves skin glow while purifying, minimizing the appearance of pores and helping to protect the skin’s natural hydration balance. It contains apricot seed powder to gently exfoliate the skin, pomegranate enzyme to clear blackheads and minimize the appearance of pores, willow bark (a natural form of salicylic acid) to fight breakouts and reduce inflamation, and french pink clay to detoxify the skin and stimulate circulation.
I use this every night, or every other night, depending on how my skin is feeling. For an exfoliating cleanser, it is very gentle. Even after one use, I can tell that my skin is smoother, more supple, more radiant, and overall looks and feels better. With regular use, my skincare products seem to be absorbing much better with improved efficacy. This is one of the more expensive products on this list, which is why I only use this once every other night if I can help it.
In addition to the skincare benefits, it smells amazingly fresh to create a wonderful aromatherapy effect. My nightly showers have turned into facial sessions, which I am quite fond of. Like I said before, it is quite expensive, but I will re-purchase!
This cleanser is ideal for all skin types.
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl olivate, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Sorbitan olivate, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) seed powder, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) peel extract, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), Oryza sativa (Rice) extract*, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit ferment extract, Salix alba (Willow) bark extract*, Kaolin (Rose Clay), Sclerotium gum, Coco-glucoside, Cetearyl glucoside, Cetyl palmitate, Sorbitan palmitate, Soybean peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, Sodium phytate, Aroma**, Citral, Limonene, Linalool
*Ingredients from organic farming
**Clinical grade essential oils blend
Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
The Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (US$50 for 100mL) is a luxurious cream cleanser from British natural skincare brand Pai. I was first introduced to this brand last year, and I was very impressed by this Camellia & Rose cleanser, which is their most popular product. It contains camellia oil as the key ingredient, along with damask rose otto oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), geranium oil, lavender oil, and lactic acid (to exfoliate).
I use this mainly in the morning when I want a gentle cleanser to wash off accumulated oil and dirt on my face after a night’s sleep, and it does a great job at making my skin feel cleansed yet still hydrated. It does come with a muslin cloth that will help with exfoliation, but because I use this in the morning I haven’t had to use the muslin cloth much. The cleanser also claims to remove makeup, and it does but only with simple base makeup such as foundation or BB cream, and nothing too intense such as heavy liners or lipsticks. The rich texture makes it very pleasant to use, and it has quickly become one of my favourite cream cleansers. I also love the fresh, rose scent that is luxurious and makes me feel like I’m getting a mini facial. I only use 1-2 pumps each time, and the 100mL bottle lasted me over three months, so despite the heftier price tag, it was worth it in my mind.
This cleanser is ideal for dry to normal skin types.
Ingredients: aqua, camellia sinensis seed oil*, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, cetearyl alcohol, vegetable glycerine*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter* , cetearyl glucoside, rosa damascena (rose otto) oil*, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*, lavandula officinalis (lavender) flower oil*, litsea cubeba fruit oil* – may chang oil, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin e), sodium lauroyl lactylate, sodium anisate, sodium levulinate, lactic acid, glyceryl stearate citrate *Certified Organic
REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel
Our third British product on this list, the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel (US$28 for 150mL) was something I used many years ago, and was just recently reintroduced to. This is a fantastic gel cleanser for those with sensitive skins. It’s lightly foaming (just a tiny bit), very refreshing, and cleanses gently without stripping.
This is another cleanser I love to use in the morning, particularly in the summer when my skin tends to be oilier in the hot weather. It also works well in the evening as the second step to a double cleanse. It has a light orange scent due to the bitter orange flower extract, and the oat ingredient also helps to soothe sensitive skin. Other than that, I have found this cleanser just to work, and nothing super special. It does a great job at cleansing, so no complaints.
This cleanser is ideal for normal to oily skin types.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Coco Glucoside, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Lactic Acid, Inulin, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water Extract, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool.
It’s always hard for me to pick favourites, but if I had to pick, it’d be the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser for morning, and then the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser for evening. If you have normal to oily skin, I’d recommend the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel for morning, and then the Tata Harper for evenings.