After having used Green People's cleanser for a few months, I decided it was time to find something similar that wasn't quite so overpriced. I also like to choose the product with the fewest ingredients if at all possible, thus decreasing the risk of any adverse reactions. Organic Surge as a brand seems to be more well-known and more widely available than it has been previously, so there must be a reason for it?
Priced at £4.99 for a 200ml bottle, Organic Surge's Gentle Cleansing Lotion appears to be one of the cheapest organic and natural cleansers out there at the moment. In addition, the "New" sticker on the bottle gave me high hopes for this product. The bottle states that this lotion "Cleanses, comforts and hydrates with skin loving ingredients" and that it contains organic rosemary and lemon essential oils. The lemon appealed to me because I associate this with cleanness, but I also wanted a product that was gentle on the skin.
Allegedly, this cleanser is for all skin types, and to be fair, I have not had anything untoward occur since I have been using it, despite having very sensitive skin. The lotion has a subtle but pleasant and natural smell, which seems to be largely from the rosemary, and you can't really smell any lemon. Its opaque, white appearance also makes it seem natural and unadulterated.
The moment the lotion touches your skin, it feels smooth and gentle. A moment later, however, it's gone. So you apply some more, and that disappears as quickly as the first lot. Admittedly, the directions do say "Apply generously", but this is a little extreme. I used cotton wool to apply the product, but you can also use your fingers. Unfortunately, though, it just seems to soak straight into the skin before you can use it to remove make-up. The result is that when you've finished, you can't be sure your face is clean. The other problem is that it doesn't do a terribly good job of removing eye make-up, particularly mascara and eyeliner. It does work, but, as with the rest of your face, you need quite a lot of it to do the job.
The lotion is quite thin, which made me think it would go further, but I have used far more of this product than I would have expected in the first week, making the £4.99 seem like less of a good deal after all. If you don't wear make-up and simply want to clean your face, I don't think this cleanser would be a bad choice. It glides over the skin easily and does soften it quite nicely. Sadly, though, if you are a make-up wearer, I'd have to recommend you buy a different product.
My final criticism is of the packaging. The bottle is quite narrow and a good shape to hold, but the lid is such that you push down one side and the other side (the side with the dispensing hole) comes up. If you tip the bottle up, nothing much comes out, so you need to squeeze it, but the plastic is quite rigid and you have to squeeze reasonably hard, even when the product is new. This increases the likelihood of dispensing too much at once. I can't imagine I am going to be able to get every last drop out this way. Fortunately, though, the lid also unscrews, so because the consistency of the product is fairly thin, I expect it will be possible to pour the rest out.