“ Brand: Origins / Type: Cleanser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, „
Origins are a natural skincare brand whose motto is "Powered by nature, proven by science." They have won several beauty awards and their range uses potent plants, organic ingredients and essential oils.
One of the Origins ranges is called A Perfect World and I use several products from this range. It uses the natural ingredient Silver Tip White Tea which is beneficial to skin to help banish signs of aging and deterioration and create health and vitality.
The Perfect World White Deep Cleanser is an everyday cleanser that is formulated with White Tea and other dirt-grabbing minerals, which are meant to help detoxify and free skin of harmful, free radical-releasing impurities.
The cleanser is especially gentle and won the IMAGE Beauty Awards 2009 - "Best for Sensitive Skin".
The cleanser comes in a white plastic container with the green Origins logo printed on it which has quite a minimalist design. It has a flip lid which when opened reveals the hole that you squeeze the cleanser through. The shape of the container means that it can be stored standing upright on the lid which is helpful when storing it in your shower rack as it does not fall over.
On squeezing the cleanser into my hand it has quite a thick consistency and is a slightly off white colour. It also smells really fresh and lovely. I tend to use it by adding a little water and making it into a lather in my hand, before applying it to my face. On application it feels quite smooth and nourishing but not too heavy for my skin type and is really refreshing.
The cleanser works well at removing any dirt or make up on my face and after use my face feels clean and smooth. It does not leave my skin feeling tight at all, although I still normally use a moisturiser or serum afterwards
You only need to use a small amount of this cleanser for each application so the 150ml container normally lasts me about 6 months. It can be bought from a range of retailers including Boots and Debenhams and is expensive at £18 for 150ml, although I normally manage to buy it cheaper when it is on offer. I think that it is a lovely cleanser but I am not sure that it works that much better than cheaper cleansers so I no longer use it regularly.
I have oily skin that is prone to developing blemishes. I can keep my skin looking good as long as I use specific skin products and as long as I cleanse my skin efficiently both morning and night. I am quickly approaching the big 30 and so when I saw a cleanser which both cleanses the skin and keeps it looking younger, I snapped it up.
What does the product do?
The product promises to cleanse the skin deeply by removing dirt and grease. It detoxifies the skin, removing impurities and skin aging toxins which should keep the skin looking younger for longer. It has a gentle and foaming formula containing the natural ingredient of White Tea which is an antioxidant. It also contains Rose flower water to soothe the skin and orange extract to help tone the skin.
How do you use the product?
The product can be used both morning and night to cleanse the skin. You need to splash some water onto the face to dampen the skin. Then dispense some of the product into your hands and then massage the formula into the face with the eyes closed. After you've finished massaging the product into the skin, you need to rinse off the product with warm water thoroughly and then pat the skin dry with a towel.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a white tube which is pretty plain apart from writing in the tube. The product can stand on its lid so it will look tidy in your bathroom. It has a flip top lid which is easy to open and close even with wet and soapy hands. The tube is made of thin plastic so you only need to squeeze the bottle gently in order to dispense the product. This one doesn't come cheap and it will cost you around £18 for 150ml. It be bought from large department stores like Boots and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product has a strong fragrance which is evident for the whole time that you use the product. It is like a mixture of citrus fruits which flowers and for me it just doesn't work. I don't like it at all as I prefer my facial skin products to be fragrance free but I still gave it a chance. The product has the consistency of texture that you would expect from a facial wash. My skin can be quite sensitive but this is advertised as being a gentle cleanser. As I massage the wash into my skin, it does feel quite strong and as I massaged it over my closed eyelid, it did sting a little bit. This felt a little harsh for my skin from the moment I applied it. It did foam a little bit but not as much as other facial washes which I have used.
I rinsed off the formula and patted my skin dry using a towel only to see that some of my make up, particularly my mascara hasn't been washed away. It made my question how deeply this product was cleaning if it hasn't removed my make up? My skin did feel quite fresh after using the product but it also felt a little tight and dry. I felt the need to moisturise my skin straight away. My skin was a little reddened after use because the formula must be too strong for my skin. It didn't cause me to develop any blemishes but my skin didn't look particularly healthy or in a good condition after use. As for the anti aging effects, it hard to know how my skin would be aging without it but I haven't noticed a reduction in the fine lines that I do already have.
All in all, this product didn't tick many boxes at all for me. I found this to be too strong for my skin and it stung my eyes when I used it on that area. It reddened my skin and didn't remove all of my make up which made me feel that it wasn't cleansing my skin very deeply at all. This may be better for those who have skin that is tougher than mine but this just didn't work for me.
After my Dermalogica Cleanser leaked its remaining fluid over my make-up bag on my recent trip to New York I faced up to the fact that the cleanser I'd been using for two years had finally run out and I needed to buy another one! I fancied a change after two years of the same product (seriously, one bottle lasted me that long!) and I've been impressed by the Origins A Perfect World range before, so their A Perfect World Deep Cleanser was an easy choice and one I'd wanted to try for a while.
The key ingredient of the Perfect World range is Silver Tip White Tea, a well known anti-aging product containing more antioxidants than you can shake a stick at. The ingredients in this are intended to work to help detoxify skin from harmful free radicals (the nasties that make you age quicker) before they can cause any oxidation, dehydration or irritation. It's formulated without Parabens, synthetic colour or fragrance or animal ingredients and isn't tested on animals so like all Origins products, very ethical! Looking down the ingredients list, the number of essential oils is noticeable - bergamot fruit oil, lemon oil, sweet orange oil, spearmint leaf oil - I could go on, but suffice to say that essential oils are a luxury ingredient in beauty products and are great for the skin as well as smelling lovely!
The cleanser comes in a bottle with a flip top lid, making it easy to dispense just the amount you need, and you don't need a lot of this - just a pea sized amount will be enough to cover your whole face. Rub your hands together to lather it up slightly and then gently massage over your face in circular movements. The lather it creates is perfect - enough so that it feels silky and you can see where you've applied it, but not so much that you can't control where it's going!
Like all of the Perfect World products though, the best thing about this is the smell - it's divine! It's very delicate but really refreshing and citrusy and great to wake you up in the morning - whenever I'm feeling a little bit rough from the night before this perks me right up!
I have odd combination skin and find that lots of cleansers can leave my skin feeling tight, but this manages the double feat of leaving my skin lovely and soft and moisturised, but also working to mattify any oily patches. It feels really kind on my skin, but also leaves it feeling really clean and refreshed. Although it's named as a deep cleanser, I find it's more than kind enough to the skin to use daily. I've tried following this in combination both with and without the other products in the Perfect World range and I have to admit that it did seem to give a much better base for the Perfect World White Tea Skin Guardian and then the Perfect World Moisturiser than my previous Dermalogica cleanser, leaving my skin much softer and more moisturised. I've also found that when I use this before my rather average Clinique Superdefence moisturiser, it allows it to give my skin much more of a moisturising effect - I could almost be persuaded that the Clinique moisturiser wasn't as rubbish as I'd thought before!
Priced at £14.68 for 150ml it's not cheap, but I feel it's well worth the money.