Natural facial cleansers – Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser, and REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel

Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser review

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 review

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 review

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 review

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.

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel review

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.

Review: REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask review

The REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is a chemical exfoliating mask that takes the power of fruit enzymes, glycol and lactic acids in order to gently exfoliate the skin and rid the skin of dead skin cells. I’m a big fan of REN and its cleansers. The British brand is known for their use of natural and organic skincare products, and their cleansers come in a variety of formulas for different skintones. I’ve previously used their cleansing gel for sensitive skin and it was really great to use in the mornings. I’ve also previously reviewed their Cleansing Balm here.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Renskincare.com): A potent bio active peel mask designed to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and dramatically improve skin tone.

Price: C$66 for 50mL

Scent & texture: Scented like oranges (likely attributed to vitamin C and other fruit enzymes). Texture of thick, slightly grainy and very sticky gel.

The good: The Ren Glycolactic Acid Mask is one of my favourite and most effective chemical exfoliators. It is very powerful, harnessing the power of fruit enzymes and various acids to cleanse the skin of dead skin cells and promote skin brighteness. I use this once or twice a week at most, applying it on my T-zone, temples, and around my chin and jawline (on the rest of my face I apply a hydrating mask). After leaving a thick layer on my skin for 10 minutes then washing off, my skin is noticeably brighter, smoother, and products absorb better. It never stings or burns, as long as I keep it away from the most sensitive part of my face which is the apples of my cheeks.

The packaging is functional and protects the product itself. Housed in a plastic, airtight bottle, it also has a plug to stop any air from entering the container. Since there are active vitamins in the ingredients, any oxygen would disrupt the efficacy of those vitamins.

  • Super effective at removing dead skin cells
  • Skin is left smooth
  • Products absorbs easier
  • Functional product packaging
  • Mostly does not sting

The bad: This bad boy is so effective that I can’t use it on my sensitive cheeks – it stings ever so slightly. Apart from that, no other dislikes.

  • Stings if applied on the most sensitive part of my face

Overall: The Ren Glycolactic Acid Mask is an effective and easy-to-use chemical exfoliating mask. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and I feel like products absorb easier after an application of this mask. While it does sting the apples of my cheeks, I just learned to avoid that area whenever I do use this mask. Apart from that, this mask is really great. I would recommend this to people with all skin types, except the extra sensitive. Sephora has this mask in store so I would recommend asking for a sample if you feel like you’ve never used chemical exfoliating masks or feel like it might be too harsh on the skin.

Product: 17/20
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 4/5
Overall: 25/30 | A
Repurchase? Yes

Ingredients:
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask review
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask review

Review: Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm

Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm review

I finished up my bottle of Guerlain Secret de Purete Cleansing Milk a few weeks ago and I’ve been on the lookout for a “weekend cleanser.” I use Shu Uemura cleansing oil and weekdays to get rid of makeup, but on weekends I like to use a more emollient, more luxurious cleanser to give myself a mini-facial (and also because cleansing oils can be stripping). I wear sunscreen on weekends mostly so I don’t need a heavy makeup remover product, just something that can clean off my sunscreen and help restore my skin for another week of stress/work.

On my way home from work, I walk through a Sephora. I’ve had my eyes on the Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm since falling in love with the Ren Rose 012 Ultra-Moisture Defense Serum. You use this balm like you would a cleansing oil, cleaning milk, or cleansing cream – rub it on dry skin with dry hands. I’ve used it for a few weeks and am seriously in love!

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from RenSkincare.com): A luxurious silky rose infused cleansing balm. When applied with water the balm transforms into a rich milk and leaves skin purified, calm and glowing… It gently yet thoroughly melts away dirt and make up (including waterproof mascara).

Results:

  • Calms, soothes and purifies
  • Protects the skin’s defense barrier against everyday environmental stress, free radicals and pollution

Price: $56 CAD / $48 USD for 150mL

Texture/Scent: Solid balm that melts into a thick oil upon warming it between the palms. Faint rose-floral scent.

Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm review

The good: I use this cleanser as the pre-cleanse/suncreen remover on weekends when I have more time to massage my skin. This is an ultra luxurious product that is excellent at removing every last bit of makeup, grime, dust and anything else from the skin; when I run my toner-soaked cotton pad on my skin afterwards, it is completely clean. It feels amazing while being massaged on the face and my skin feels super soft and smooth after washing this off. The scent is great for using before bed – it helps calm me down and relax at the end of the day.

  • Cleanses really well without stripping
  • Ultra-luxurious feel when using it
  • Skin is soft and smooth
  • Smells great

The bad: If I use this alone and without the muslin cloth that’s included in the package, I find that it leaves a greasy film on my skin. I just do my normal thing and use a foaming cleanser after though, and that gets rid of any greasy feeling. If I use the muslin cloth then it comes right off (I don’t like using the muslin cloth too regularly because I find it to be too exfoliating). It is also pretty expensive at $56 CAD for just 150. I found that I’m going through this pretty quickly because I like to spend some time massaging this on my skin, so I need more product than if you were just removing makeup (to prevent it from drying out on my skin). For the price though, I would have loved to see glass packaging instead of plastic, but it’s not a dealbreaker.

  • Leaves greasy film on skin if the muslin cloth isn’t used
  • Very expensive

Overall: I love this product for the fact that it leaves my skin SO clean without any stripped feeling. I also love the scent – I feel like I am giving myself a luxurious facial whenever I use this. I think if you can get over the high price, I would recommend this product for everyone.

Product: 19/20
Packaging: 3/5
Value: 2/5
Overall: 24/30 | A-
Repurchase? Yes!

Ingredients:

IRen No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm review and ingredients
Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm review