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I've been using this for a few years now, and I can honestly say its the only cleanser I've ever stuck with - the only one that delivered results good enough to make me keep buying it! This one is aimed at oily and combination skin, and it's designed to decongest and remove impurities, while still being gentle and not stripping the skin or drying it out. It comes in Neal's Yard's trademark dark blue bottle (100ml). The bottle itself is glass (be careful when picking it up with wet hands!), and has a pump dispenser. I personally think Neal's Yard products look lovely on the bathroom shelf, but no doubt you're more interested in what the products do, rather than how they look! As I said, I've been buying this for a while, and the only thing that bugs me is the almost constant steady price increase. It seems that every forth or fifth bottle I buy, the price has gone up; 20p here, 30p there. Not so long ago, this cleanser cost around £11 for 100ml, but it's now £14. It's still worth it, but it's creeping from a reasonably inexpensive product into a mid range one. In terms of ingredients, there's quite a lot going on here, including nettle extract, marigold flower extract, tea tree leaf oil, frankincense oil, coriander fruit oil and of course palmarosa. According to Neal's Yard, it's made with 83% organic ingredients. To use the product, you just need to twist the pump dispenser to unlock it. You can twist it the other way again to re-lock it, meaning that you can travel easily with the bottle without worrying about the product getting all over your stuff. I've found that one pump is more than enough to cleanse my face in the mornings. I generally use two pumps at night when I'm removing makeup, but you could probably still get away with one. You massage the cleanser into damp skin, and it foams up nicely. You then just rinse it off with water. It does rinse easily, and doesn't leave any residue behind. I don't find that this cleanser has a strong smell, but the one it does have is pleasant enough. A bit herbal, perhaps. Definitely quite subtle. Since using this product, I've noticed a definite improvement in the texture of my skin, and in the smoothness. It helps keep blemishes at bay but it doesn't dry out my skin or make it feel tight. My skin can be sensitive to harsh products, and often reacts to "purifying" cleansers, but not to this one. Some people find that this cleanser helps control oiliness on their T-zone. I don't think I've noticed that, but it definitely helps with breakouts, and I feel happier knowing I'm using a product that's gentle on my skin.
This is my first buy from Neal's Yard and I am very impressed. I have oily skin and get the usual raid of spots every month. Since using this product, my skin is (very) much clearer and the spots seem to be under control and so is the shine. I normally like to try to different products and I am going to stick to this one (for a very long while at least!). One or two squirts of it is adequate as it develops into a mild lather and leaves a refreshing feel on the face. It is not drying on the skin and smells lovely too!
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Glycerin, Glyceryl laurate, Urtica dioica (Nettle) leaf extract, Alcohol denat / , Panthenol, Calendula officinalis (Marigold) flower extract, Sambucus nigra (Elder) flower extract, Propolis extract, Cymbopogon martinii (Palmarosa) herb oil, Canarium luzonicum (Elemi) gum oil, Citrus limonum (Lemon) peel oil expressed, Citrus aurantium (Neroli) flower oil, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) leaf oil, Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) leaf oil, Coriandrum sativum (Coriander) fruit oil, Levulinic acid, Citric acid, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool / Organically produced ingredient / 83% Organic / A soft and gentle facial wash that cleanses without removing moisture / Benefits: Gently cleansing / Decongesting / Purifying / Directions for use: Using the pump dispenser, apply a small amount to the palm of the hand / Massage with circular motions onto the damp skin of the face before rinsing off with cool water to close the pores /