Product Type: Good Things body care
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A Paraben Free Fruity Facial
Good Things Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser
Member Name: fizzywizzy
Good Things Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser
Advantages: Effective; nice scent; paraben free; doesn't cost the earth
Disadvantages: No effect on blackheads
When I bought 'Good Things: Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser' it wasn't with these problems in mind and I bought it on the strength of the information on the front of the tube, rather than the more detailed information on the back. 'Good Things' is a skincare range that has been developed (by award-winning beauty writer Alice Hart-Davis - whether she is any relation to Adam is a question for Google methinks) and is according to the blurb 'specially designed to make the most of young skin'. Of course, I only discovered this when I got home but I hoped that, given that my skin still has a youthful appearance (as well as those problems that come with youth) it might not been such a bad purchase.
Something that did appeal to me immediately was that the Good Things range is free from parabens, mineral oils and sodium laureth sulphate. It's also free from animal ingredients and suitable for use by vegetarians and vegans. The absence of parabens and sodium laureth sulphate was the most important aspect for me. I'm aware of the issues around both and while I wait to be fully convinced of the detrimental effects of both, I would prefer to avoid them if I easily can.
So, now we know what it doesn't contain, what does it contain, and why? This range is based on the benefits of superfruit extracts and this particular product has extracts of mango and blueberry, as well as willow bark; the claim is that these ingredients 'purify and decongest the skin, keeping oiliness and breakouts at bay.'
This cleanser comes in a 150ml grey plastic tube with a flip top. The writing is slightly raised which makes it easy to hold the tube with wet hands. The packaging design makes this look like a fairly expensive product; it's simple and stylish.
It didn't cross my mind when I bought this product but the description of it being a 'cleanser' might be misleading to some as this is, if you want to be pedantic, a face wash; I inferred this from it being in a tube because, of course, I hadn't really read the blurb properly, but 'cleansers' do come in many different formulations and I think that it would be better to label it as a 'face wash'.
A lovely fruity aroma bursts from the tube as soon as you flip the cap. It's not a zingy vibrant fragrance, more of a toned down scent warmly fruity with a mild floral hit. It's a fragrance that lingers on the skin for an hour or so after use; if you don't like the fragrance it's probably a product you should avoid because the scent doesn't disappear after rinsing and you'll be stuck with it for a while. The gel lathers nicely and doesn't sting or tighten the skin. The instructions say you should massage into the skin for a full minute; this is no time at all and though I'm not someone with a dedicated and involved skin care regime, I don't find it tedious to spend the time doing this. You're meant to remove the gel with a hot damp flannel then rinse with warm water; I have done this from time to time but if there's not a flannel within easy reach I do tend to just rinse off with warm water which takes a bit longer as the lather doesn't rinse off really easily.
As gentle as this product appears, it does leave my face feeling really clean and refreshed and I would go so far as to say I feel clean longer and oil free when I've used this than with more intense products such as scrubs. The only downside is that it doesn't do anything for blackheads, even though the blurb suggests it's effective in removing impurities; a couple of times a week I'll use a scrub for that problem.
Good Things recommends using this in conjunction with the brand's 'Miracle Mattifer' moisturiser, something I haven't done, but I find that a moisturiser that is meant for combination skin seems to work perfectly well with this and doesn't seem to diminish the after effects of the cleanser.
The Good Things range is available from Superdrug; this cleanser currently sells at £4.99 but the range is sometimes discounted. Boots also stocks the range and until 29th January you can buy two products from the range for £6.99 (don't forget to use your Advantage card too!) The range is also stocked by Sainsburys.
I like this cleanser a lot and find it effective and pleasant to use, though I acknowledge that I'm not really part of the target group. I don't actively look for products that are paraben free but it's always nice to find that something is, especially when it's not at an inflated price as these products frequently are.
Summary: Ethically sound, effective and good value cleansing product