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Being a bit of a beauty product addict, I always like to try out new things and vary the brands that I use. One of my most exciting discoveries has been finding online companies that provide beauty boxes. The idea is that you will be sent a box every month, and this will usually contain a selection of various make-up, skin care, fragrance products etc for you to try out. I have been trying a few from different suppliers, and received this Creamy Coconut Cleanser by Essential Care in a previous delivery from Amarya. You can find further information at www.essential-care.co.uk
The Creamy Coconut Cleanser is available in two different sizes: 150ml costing RRP £18 and 30ml costing RRP £7. It comes in a simple white tube which looks quite boring and uninspired. One of my pet hates is not being able to see how much product is left inside of the packaging, and the solid coloured plastic makes this impossible. There is a screw-off lid at the base of the tube, and the cleanser is dispensed through a small hole underneath the cap.
*An important thing to note that wasn't stated on the packaging - and is essential to know if you are new to cream cleansers - is that the product should be applied to dry skin, using dry fingertips, and then removed with a wet flannel or cotton pads soaked in toner. I personally prefer to use hot water and a flannel or muslin cloth to wash the cleanser away, and then follow up with a separate toner and moisturiser afterwards.
The cleanser itself is a plain white colour. It has a light texture that feels a bit runny and oily, and it spreads easily over the skin. I find that it almost seems to be soaked up by my skin as I am applying it, and it doesn't sit on the surface in the same way that other cleansers normally do. Because of this I do end up applying quite a large amount to cover my entire face and neck, and then use an extra bit to remove any make-up from around my eyes. I have been using this in the evenings on a daily basis. It feels very gentle and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean afterwards, with a soft smooth finish, as well as helping to keep my combination skin type in balance. To start with I didn't think it was going to be very effective in removing my make-up as it didn't look to be doing anything as I applied it, but as soon as I wiped the cleanser away my make-up just disappeared. It even managed to lift off my eye make-up straight away, including my mascara. I felt very comfortable using this cleanser around my eye area as it did not cause any irritation at all and made it so simple and quick to get my skin fully clean again. I think my only real disappointment is that the product does not have a strong coconut scent, instead it has quite a delicate natural fragrance that is pleasant enough but not anything special in my opinion. This cleanser is intended for use on all skin types, so should be suitable for most people.
Overall I think this is a nice cleanser that gives good results. It is easy to use and keeps my skin in great condition as well as removing all of my make-up at the end of the day. I do really like it, and the only problem is that it's not the most economical option available. If you are looking for a mild but effective cleanser then I can definitely recommend this one.
Taking makeup off at the end of the day is a chore many women have to endure, however tired they are, but there are some products which make life easier, wipes for example, are quick and convenient, but not necessarily good for the environment. I tend to use a combination of things, wipes for travelling, and late nights, and a lotion and cotton wool for those days at home when I have plenty of time.
I have recently been looking into buying products which are organic and free from parabens, and I have been delighted with the performance of a product I purchased from Ethical Superstore at www.ethicalsuperstore.com.
Creamy Coconut Cleanser made by Essential Care is a lovely natural product made with the addition of coconut, clary sage and olive, and is designed to use on normal, dry or sensitive skin. A large 150 ml tube will cost £11.95, which is a hefty price tag, but it is made by a small producer and is free from chemicals. It is possible by clicking through from a cash back site such as Quidco or Topcashback to gain 10% all purchases from Ethical Superstore, so this will reduce the price further.
Shopping direct from the producer at www.essential-care.co.uk is also possible, though a little more expensive, and a visit to this website will reward you with a peek into their range and enlighten you with some details about the history of this company. The ranges are also available in some health food stores, and a full list of stockists can be found on their website.
Made by hand in Suffolk these toiletries are endorsed with "The Organic Standard" logo, and are as natural as they can possibly be. The company began to market their products in 2003, but this followed a long history of production by the owner Margaret, who has studied aromatherapy and herbal medicine for many years. The company of three including daughter Abi are committed to making products which are free from any synthetic chemicals.
Not only do they source the highest quality ingredients, but also they are committed to fair-trade, and to the environment, which is an integral part of their philosophy, and how and why they operate their business, so I love buying from them, as ethically they are spot on, mirroring my beliefs and philosophies.
Now so popular they are selling to 12 countries and are producing over 60 products. They never test on animals, and apart from ranges containing bees wax, the products are vegan. The Coconut Cleanser is vegan.
The Coconut Cleanser also has lemon which acts as a detoxifier, and eucalyptus which together with clary sage, lifts off make up and any dirt with ease. You can either use cotton wool or you can simply rinse with warm water and towel dry.
The cream is lightweight and it smells lovely and fresh. Actually it doesn't smell of coconut in particular, but is a marriage of all the ingredients which result in a pure fresh aroma which is rather like baby lotion.
It works beautifully and you only need a little. It lifts off make-up including waterproof mascara with ease, and it leaves my skin soft and feeling really lovely. I do follow it with a moisture cream, but to be honest it seems to also moisturise the skin beautifully leaving it clean and fresh every time.A little goes a long way so it is not as expensive as the price tag might suggest.
I actually think this is the most ideal if you have mature skin, so 40s onwards, as it really does leave the skin feeling cared for and soft.
An added bonus is if you buy from the company direct they do a handy 30ml size, which is perfect for travelling. I have been so impressed with this product I am thinking about ordering this size and taking it away with me, instead of wipes, as I really prefer the way my skin feels after using. Looking on the website today I noticed they also do a rose petal tonic, which I am certainly going to try, and I also love the fact that none of their packaging has been air freighted and is fully recyclable.
A section on their website entitled "Why Organic" is something which I respect as it is well written and provides an insight into the reasons why maybe we should be thinking about trying to minimise the amount of chemicals we put on our skin. I particularly like the reference made to Nicotine patches and HRT as an example of how what we put on our skin may end up in our bodies, and a special reference is made to hormone concerns related to certain chemicals used in toiletries which may be cancer forming.
Certainly natural ingredients may be less likely to trigger allergic reactions.
All the ingredients they use are grown organically, so this also limits the pesticide residues in the products which is also very encouraging.
This is the first product I have tried from their range and I have been delighted. I know the price is a premium one for a natural product, and certainly I could find cheaper ways to remove make up, but I am happy that this product performs extremely well, is fragranced beautifully, lasts ages, and is made from organic ingredients. Added to this it is supporting a small Suffolk business, and I am pleased with all the attributes this product has and will continue to purchase.
If you are a maturing lady looking for a lovely natural cleaner then you may just have found a good possibility here, I certainly have!
A blend of organic skin-conditioning coconut & olive oils with essential oils /