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I was so impressed with the exfoliating scrub that I bought previously from Green People, that as soon as my face wash got low, I decided to try one from Green People.
I ordered this Foaming Face Wash from Feelunique website for £8.99 for a 100ml bottle. This is a foaming wash that is designed to prevent spots. When I bought this, I didn't know it had antibacterial properties and it was neither something I was looking for personally as I don't have problems with spots. When the product arrived, I was a bit worried as normally blemish preventing products are quite strong and dry out the skin, but this one is supposed to be gentle and is based on natural ingredients, so eventually I decided not to return it.
----- Basic information -----
The wash is a thin liquid in a bottle with a pump. In order to use it, you need to shake the liquid and then press the pump to release the foam, then apply the foam to moistened skin, massage gently and rinse off. In my experience, I need two pushes of the pump in order to cover my face with the product.
The bottle doesn't really have anything special about it. It is a non-transparent, quite plain-looking white bottle. Although it is not transparent, you can still check how much of the liquid is left in the bottle by looking at it against a window or light bulb.
The wash is suitable for all types of skin and is designed for daily use. This is a soap-free anti-blemish cleanser for daily use and all skin types. It is supposed to deeply clean the skin from pollutants and impurities, prevent spots, remove make up and tone the skin.
----- Smell & main ingredients -----
I was complaining a lot after buying the exfoliating scrub from Green People that the smell is unpleasant. Before buying the face wash I read the ingredients list to check for any 'offending' smells, but found nothing worrying. The main ingredients were green tea, witch hazel & rose geranium.
How surprised I was after using the face wash for the first time - the smell was strong and frankly speaking disgusting. I really found no pleasure in using this product. I could also clearly distinguish sage. I have no problem with sage in my food, but don't want to smell it in my cosmetics.
Other notable ingredients: aloe, chamomile, larch tree extract & bergamot oil. All ingredients are fairly traded and 96.49% organic. The product is vegan friendly, not tested on animals and contains no allergens like parabens, lanolin, alcohol, PEG's, phthalates or other harsh additives.
----- Does it work? -----
The face wash is very delicate and the foam feels pleasantly soft on the skin. Unfortunately, I noticed it doesn't clear my skin from excess sebum and doesn't work well at removing make up from the skin. In terms of sensitivity factor - I haven't noticed any stinging in my eyes or excessively dry skin after using this product. I don't feel that my skin is particularly well cleaned and I often have to wash it again, just to be able to remove dirt at the end of the day.
However, I noticed that my skin is a bit itchy and surprisingly... from time to time I notice a spot on my skin. This did not happen when I was using my old product.
----- Longevity -----
Unfortunately, this is another negative point of this product - it doesn't last very long. I think a lot of the liquid is required to form the foam and the 100ml bottle only lasted for 3 months, and I haven't been using it every day. For some of you, this will be ok, but for me is not enough as my previous face wash (150ml) lasted more than 6 months with everyday use.
----- Any good points? -----
I have started with the negatives, but this face wash also has some good points.
As mentioned before, all ingredients are natural and fairly traded, mostly organic. The packaging is recyclable and non air-freighted. The product or its ingredients have not been tested on animals so the face wash is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. There are also no nasty ingredients involved - no alcohol, parabens, artificial perfumes, phthalates or other nasty stuff that some cosmetic companies add to their products.
----- Recommendation? -----
Although the product is organic, natural and not tested on animals, this is not enough to make me like it. The most important is whether a product works or not, and for me this has been almost a disaster. I don't like the smell, I don't think the product is effective, it doesn't last long and is expensive for what you get. I suspect my skin doesn't like some of the ingredients used, which is why it itches.
I won't buy this face wash again and wouldn't recommend it to a friend either.
I've been using Green People for many years and I always prefer to use a wash off cleanser due to having areas of my face that can get quite greasy. This is a gentle, soap free and anti blemish cleanser and I agree it does what is intended. It is 96.49% organic which is quite high compared to some other organic cleansers I have tried.
First impression is that the bottle itself is rather bulky with a large pump and lid that you have to take off everytime to use it, both of these are negatives, especially if I was travelling. Although for travelling it would be a sturdy bottle nevertheless.
It has the same white and pale blue branding as other Green People products and I like the look of it in the bathroom with all the other bottles. It costs £9.99 for 100ml but this is a little expensive. The Green People website have a monthly offer ie free sachet of another product or last month was free postage so keep an eye out for these if ordering.
It is a liquid product but the pump turns it into a foamy substance. This quickly disappears to nothing though. It contains 100ml but I find I need a good 3 squirts minimum to have any sort of substance to rub into the skin and it is hard to get any lather going at all to make it effective so you end up using 1-2 more squirts to try and wash with it so I don't think it will last very long compared to other 100ml face washes.
The fragrance I like, it is green tea, witch hazel and rose geranium and to me smells typically organic/natural and not overpowering. It also contains sage and bergamot.
It has a really nice effect on the skin however and seems reasonably effective if used in large enough quantities and I haven't found it too drying but then my skin is a bit greasy.
The downside for me is the large bottle and the fact you need a lot of the product to get anything to wash with so although I like the effect I am undecided whether to rebuy.
I was excited to win this face wash in a prize draw, as I prefer to use facial wash that lathers up and make me feel squeeky clean in the shower, rather than cleansing lotion. This foaming face wash is an anti-blemish cleanser, so it ought to suit my problem skin down to the ground. And the more I read about Green People's eco-credentials, the more I wanted to like this product. It is certified organic, suitable for vegetarians, is fairly traded and is soap-free. Even the packaging is recyclable and non air-freighted.What's not to like?
The first problem for me was the fragrance. Green tea I love and witch hazel is fine - it's a refreshing combination often found in deep cleansers like this one - but the addition of rose geranium was a turn-off for me.
http://www.greenpeople.co.uk/ stocks this facial wash for £9.80, which is a lot of money for 100ml. However, maybe it would sort out my blemishes once and for all.
Alas, more disappointment came when I applied the foam to my face. I felt like Father Christmas with my bubble beard. Because it was already foam, I could not get it into a lather, which was very unsatisfying. I didn't feel like the product was doing anything, certainly not deep cleaning or refreshing. I used two or three pumps of foam to get a good coverage of my face, but I can imagine it would be a temptation to keep using more product in the hope of getting that "really clean" sensation. Massaging the foam into my skin made no difference. I couldn't wait to wash it off. Gentle, yes; effective, no.