As a huge fan of the Neal's Yard Almond moisturiser, I decided to try out a cleanser as well. I had been using Tesco disposable cleansing wipes previously, (which are brilliant) but not as good for the environment as a face cloth!
I chose the Calendula cleanser which is formulated for dry and sensitive skin. Neal's Yard have beautiful packaging, especially their blue jars, and it feels like a real 'treat' to get a new cream, especially as they are quite expensive. I love the delicate smell of lemon with hints of witch hazel, especially compared to the quite medicated smells that a lot of synthetic cleansers have.
Unlike the almond moisturiser, the cream is quite dense - it's easy to pick up a big blob. The first time I tried it out I put some on my face and when I went to wipe it off with the wet flannel, it had already completely sunk in. This was fine on my cheeks and neck where I don't wear a lot of make-up, but not for taking off loads of eyeshadow and mascara. Now, I apply it to the flannel and give my eyes a wipe. It still takes a while to come off, and mostly I still get panda eyes in the morning.
I don't know if I am really sensitive about my eyes, but it doesn't feel good to use such a heavy cream right on my eyelashes. Sometimes a tiny bit goes into my eye and makes a film over it for few seconds. It isn't sore but it is annoying. I much prefer using a liquid cleanser near my eyes than a cream. Perhaps it's partly my problem for using this product to remove mascara, but it does say on the packaging 'removes impurities and make up from the face and eye area'.
The very very good thing about this product is that it is so rich and nice that after I have washed off my make up and washed my face, my skin still feels very plumped up and moisturised. I am very tempted to use it as a straight up moisturiser when my Almond one runs out. As I mentioned in my other review, Neal's Yard try to make their products as organic as possible, they are against animal testing, and take a strong ethical stance, which also encourages me to part with my money for this product. I like the idea of 'natural' skin products, and feeling good about what you put on your skin.
At the moment I use this cleanser only when I haven't been wearing any mascara. So I can't honestly say that it's brilliant as a make up remover. But if you cleanse your skin every night, make up or not then it would be great for using on the face and neck, very rich but not greasy, sinks in well, leaves skin soft and plump.
The cleanser is available for around £10.50 online from Neal's Yard Remedies, or a range of other retailers.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl alcohol, Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil, Witchazel (Hamamelis virginiana) extract, Calendula flower (Calendula officinalis) extract, Alcohol denat / , Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) butter, Olive (Olea europaea) oil, Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) seed oil, Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) oil, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Lemon (Citrus medica limonum) oil, Benzyl alcohol, Tocopheryl acetate, Amigel, Panthenol, Cinnamal, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool / Organically produced ingredient / Organic calendula and jojoba are combined to nourish and enrich dry or mature skin types in this gentle cleansing cream / Benefits: Gently cleansing / Nourishing / Also suitable for very sensitive skin / Directions for use: Apply a pea-sized amount to cotton wool and wipe away daily impurities from the face / Repeat as necessary / Rinse with warm water / Ideal as a daily cleanser, make-up and eye make-up remover /