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When someone gave me a large tube of Origins Plantscriptions Anti-Ageing cleanser to try I was really pleased. I have been using Origins for about 15 years and I really do love most of their products. My prefered form of facial cleanser is always a foaming wash-off cleanser so this had everything in its favour. I don’t use make-up so cleaning my face is less of a big deal than for those who need to remove lots of make-up and I obviously can’t comment on how effective it would be for that.
Origins used to be hard to find in the UK and for years I bought their products in the USA where the prices were usually the same number of dollars as pounds - so a major discount. Now they are available in some of the bigger department stores and even in a few airport Duty Free outlets.
Origins is the younger, more natural and slightly ‘funky’ arm of Estee Lauder - a brand with more fun than Lauder, the same technological credentials but more natural ingredients. What’s not to like about that? They take more risks, introduce some weird products (I recall a relaxing bubble gum they launched) and aren’t afraid to have fun.
My 150 ml tube has a RRP of 26.00 and yes, before you say it, I agree - that’s a LOT of money for a foaming cleanser. However, it’s a big tube and you need only the tiniest amount. I’ve been using it for almost a year, at least 2 or 3 times a week and I’ve still got a few more weeks worth still in the tube. The tiniest blob - really a very tiny one, think lentil size rather than pea sized - activates with water to create a rich, fluffy lather. It rinses away cleanly without leaving any tightness on the skin and prepares it well for moisturisers to follow.
I don’t understand how a foaming cleanser can be anti-ageing and I can’t tell you whether it really works. I was using a bunch of other anti-ageing products at the time and I really don’t know how anyone can really say a product is effective without lots of scientific testing. I believe it contains a few chemical exfoliants to encourage the dry dead skin cells to be shed and new ones to replace them, but I forget now where I read that. I’m sceptical about wash off products having enough time on the skin to make a big difference to its condition.
Origins Plantscription anti Ageing cleanser
I was very pleased when our Boots in Derby opened an origins counter and since then I have bought quite a few of their products.
You may or may not be aware that Origins offer free facials to anyone if you book and this way you get to be pampered, try their products and come away with a few samples. They obviously want you to buy some but I usually either buy one item or make an excuse such as to say' I will ask for it for my birthday or similar.' I always come away with a few samples and have a really nice facial, even if it is in the shop.
Origins mission is" to create high performance natural skincare that is powered by nature and proven by science. (They) use potent plants, organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils." They also avoid the use of parabens, dyes and mineral oils in their products. On their website there is a lot of information about how they discover, and source their plant based ingredients and also about their 'long-standing commitment to protect the planet, its resources and all those who populate it'. They are suitable for vegans and none of their products contain any animal ingredients nor are they tested on animals.
WHAT IS THIS STUFF?
This is a cleanser, not a make up cleanser but more of a gentle face wash cleanser. The idea is that you use this on your face daily twice a day to wash you face prior to using the other Origins Plantscription products such as the serum and the moisturisers.
This product comes in a plastic upside down tube so that it stands on its lid and the product is down where the opening is. The plastic tube is recyclable and it also means that it is easy to get all the product out so there is no waste. It comes in the rather dull green colour of the plantscription range with a gold coloured lid.
The idea is that you squeeze a little of the very white coloured creamy stuff out and gently massage this onto your face in circular motions with a little water so that is lathers a little and is easy to move around on your face. Once you have given your face a gentle massaging wash with this then pat your face dry, tone and moisturise as normal.
This has a lovely fresh almost lemony scent and after I have used it my skin feel lovely and fresh and clean but without feeling stripped.
WHAT HAVE THEY PUT IN THIS?
The magic ingredient is this Anogeissus extract which is from the plant of that same name found in Ghana . The extract comes from the leaves and bark of the tree and is a natural healer and is antimicrobial. I have never heard of this but take their word for it as they have taken some years of research to create this serum.
"This gentle foaming cleanser with Anogeissus plus Jasmine Flowers and conditioning Oat protein helps dissolve dirt and impurities and release dead cells. Leaves skin looking radiant, smooth and youthfully alive. "
I have been using my sample of this for about a week now and do really love the smell of this as I am using it, really fresh and awakening. I like the way it is gentle but gives a really fresh feel to my face after using it. It is gentle so my skin doesn't feel as though I have stripped it of its natural oils.
Once I have rinsed it off and dried my skin, I tone it with my Lush toner ( not yet managed to get a sample of an Origins tone!) then I use the Origins serum in this range and then my I have noticed that my skin feels well looked after and looks a bit brighter and also feels nice and soft. I can't say that all my fine lines have disappeared but if I keep using their products I have high hopes that at least they won't get any deeper.
You can buy this from origins counters in a number of shops or on line or from Amazon but beware as Amazon can sometimes cost more and Origins offer extra bonuses when buying from them. This is not a cheap option as 150ml costs about £25 but I found that a little goes a long way
Yes I would. I find this does a good job of cleaning my skin but I am not sure that it is worth the price tag as the Lush cleansers are a lot cheaper and I have been happy with them and probably won't be buying the full sized version. So yes, a really nice cleanser but it comes with a high price tag so I am glad I got to try it but not one I will be buying regularly.
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