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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.
I received this Checks and Balances face wash as part of a reduced set of Origins products that I purchased. I had previously used the Perfect Deep Cleanser that I have already reviewed and therefore was interested in seeing how this product would differ from it and whether I would prefer it.
Origins state that the cleanser is meant to be for combination skin and cleverly cleanses faces with dry and oily places. Ingredients include the following:
Konjac Powder which seeks out oil, soaks it up then keeps it well in-check
Wheat Protein which balances and protects dry prone zones
Broadleaf Kelp which breaks down dirt, disperses excess oil and sends dullness down the drain.
Aromatic Bergamot, Spearmint and Lavender which add pleasure to the process.
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 which is almost like a mousse and is a slightly off white colour. It smells strongly of mint which is very refreshing. It lathers up very well in my hand when I mix it with a little water and when I apply it to my face is quite frothy without feeling too heavy.
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 and is gentle on my face. I don't really have noticeable dry patches on my face so I don't know if it will help with these but the formula does feel very rich and creamy and quite nourishing for my skin.
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 £17 for 150ml, although I normally manage to buy it cheaper when it is on offer. I think that it is a lovely fresh cleanser but like some other Origins products I am not sure that it works that much better than cheaper cleansers so I no longer use it regularly.
I had some spare time at the airport a year ago and found myself browsing the Origins counter. I have combination skin so this cleanser really appealed to me as it promises to balance oily areas and dry areas and help clear up any problem bits without drying out your skin.
I have now used this for a year and I'm really pleased with the results. Firstly it lasts for a LONG time. You only need a tiny dot of it as it froths up so much with warm water. Secondly, it really does 'what it says on the tin' - I find that my oily areas are now much drier, and my dry patches have vanished.
It is quite expensive, about £16 for a 150ml tube, but as I said above it lasts such a long time that I think it's pretty good value. I'm still on my first tube after a year!
Origins is my favoured skin care and I usually use another version of their facial cleansers until I received this one in a Christmas gift set.
Origins advertise their 'Checks and Balances' cleanser as a best selling product and it's best suited to individuals with dry and oily skins. I don't normally have dry skin and don't experience that much oil apart from in the t-zone; however, as its winter and my skin is subject to early school runs and central heating I figured the product may give me a helping hand.
According to the Origins website, the Checks and Balances cleanser consists of konjac powder which soaks up and controls oil and wheat protein which protects dry zones. The product also contains broadleaf kelp which is reported to break down dirt, disperse excess oil and eradicate dullness while bergamot, spearmint and lavender add pleasure to the cleansing process. I'm not entirely sure what pleasure they add; however, this is what Origins report.
The packaging is very simple and the product is available to purchase for sixteen pounds for a 150ml tube.
The product is very easy to use and the tube features a flip top lid which is easy to open with wet hands. Origins recommend that you use this product morning and night; however, I have found the product to be quite drying so I only use on a night. Origins also suggest that you squeeze a small amount of the product into the palms of your hand, add tepid water and swirl over your skin avoiding your eyes; however, I prefer to wet my face prior to use and then swirl the product around the surface of my skin using my finger tips in a circular motion. The product is supposed to be a frothy face wash; however, I have found that it doesn't create too much lather but it is simple to use and very easy to rinse away. The product does leave my face feeling really clean and is effective at removing all traces of makeup; however, it tends to leave my face feeling dry and a little too tight for comfort but this could be because I class myself as more combination/oily than dry/oily skin.
As with all Origins products, you only need a little and it goes a long way so although the initial outlay is quite expensive it will last you a significant amount of time. The only downside to the cleanser for me is the smell, I'm not sure what it is but it smells like a combination of something medicinal with a bit of toothpaste thrown in for good measure so whenever I use it, I make sure I am quick about it.
Overal I would give this cleanser a three star rating, it does clean your skin effectively but it doesn't leave me with a fresh glow and I just can't get away with the smell.
I have been using this for a couple of weeks now since I was given it as a gift. As I have sensitive skin I have used Origins products before and always found them to work well. Checks and Balances is no exception to this rule. Only a small amount is needed and it is easy to wash off leaving my face feeling clean but not tight nor dry.
As I have combination skin I was a little concerned when I first applied it that it felt a bit drying on my cheeks. The best way I can think of describing it is similar to the feeling you get when applying a face mask. Once water was applied however it felt quite creamy and lost that drying feeling. The blurb on the back of the product explains this "Konjac Powder soaks up the oil then keeps it well in-check, while Wheat Protein balances and protects dry prone zones." Although I have never heard of Konjac Powder before the product certainly suits combination skin as my T-zone is nice and clean and my cheeks nice and soft.
Like most Origins products the packaging is simple - a clear tube with the Origins name along the top. The product is aptly named "Checks and Balances" as it is designed for combination skin. Stockists include Department stores such as John Lewis and larger branches of Boots so it is fairly easy to get hold of.
As I was given it as a gift the question has to be whether or not I would buy it. In my opinion the product does work well however there are other similar products which are cheaper. I would buy it but only when I felt in need of a treat. Checks and Balances does sometimes appear in Origins gift sets and then I think it would be good value for money.
Origins is my favourite brand of skincare and beauty products, every single product I have used I have been so happy with and use on a daily basis. This cleanser is no exception, I use it every day and I love how my skin looks and feels now. I have combination skin and it's also very sensitive to products containing too many chemicals or perfumes, so finding the perfect cleanser has been very hard.
Origins Checks and Balances manages to combat oily zones whilst balancing and moisturising dry areas. It is also very gentle, which makes it perfect for sensitive skin as well. It does all this with the help of added Konjac Powder to seek-out oily areas, soak it up and keep it in check, Wheat Protein to balance and protect dry areas and Broadleaf Kelp to break down dirt, disperses excess oil and combats dullness. It also contains Bergamont, Spearmint and Lavender which gives it a gorgeous, refreshing and calming smell. The result leaves your skin perfectly balanced, with no sight of any oil or dryness.
Squeeze a small amount of this luxurious foaming cleanser into your hand, adding some tepid water to create a lather, massage into your skin in circular motions avoiding the eye area. Rinse thoroughly. Use twice a day, AM and PM.
Just a little advice, only a very small amount of the cleanser is needed, I made the mistake of using the same amount as my last cleanser (quite a bit) and trust me, there was foam everywhere. I now use the amount of the size of a pea.
Origins Checks and Balances is avaliable at Origins Counters found in most large department stores like John Lewis and also at www.origins.co.uk. A 150ml bottle will retail at £15.00, which I think is very good value for money for such a quality product and it will last ages. I would also recommend signing up to the mailing list at Origins online as they will send you e-mails informing you of any special offers and new products.
If you have combination skin I would definately recommend this cleanser. I have tried so many cleansers in the past which claim to balance oil or be oil-free and they just leave your skin feeling dry, tight and dull. This one does, quite simply, the opposite. It is also really good for blemish prone skin, since I have been using this I've had not one spot!! Your skin will be left refreshed, soft, oil-free, radiant and balanced.
I have only very recently tried this fab face wash as it was part of a three piece gift set I received at Christmas.
I really like foaming face washes, the Liz Earle cleanse and polish being my everyday face wash, so I knew I was going to like this product even before I started to use it.
When the cleanser comes out of the tube it has a lovely creamy consistency and when water is added it lathers up beautifully. When applied to your face it feels lovely and soft and a real treat for your skin. The wash rinses away really easily and leaves your skin feeling clean and seriously indulged.
A nice surprise is the great fresh minty fragrance of the product - not overpowering at all, just a lovely way to wake up your face and start the day - it is like the equivalent feeling of a clean minty fresh mouth after you have cleaned your teeth in the morning, just over your face instead.
Origins advertise this cleanser as being able to balance the needs of both oily and dry patches on your face by using konjac powder (whatever that may be) and wheat protein to target specific problem areas. I have pretty standard skin type so I can't say from personal experience whether this works, although I can say that this makes my face feel really clean and soft.
Origins currently have an offer for a 250ml tube for £19, which I would imagine would last a fair while. Still quite pricey, but if you after a good quality face wash then I think this would be a good one to try.
Will I be buying this again? Well, it will take a really good face wash to tempt be away from my tried and trusted Cleanse and Polish, but, once in a while, I could be tempted to try this for a change, if only for the fresh and minty wake up in the morning.
Origins Checks and Balances is one of the very few cleansers designed for combination skin. Suffering with combination skin for my entire adult life, I have previously found it very hard to find a long-term cleanser which works well on both my oily and dry patches, which is where this product comes in.
The cleanser itself is a light, almost fluffy consistancy and you only need a very small amount to work into a good lather. It foams nicely on the skin and washes off easily to leave the skin feeling nicely clean without feeling too dry or not clean enough. It leaves the skin feeling nicely comfortable, although I still like to use an oil free moisturiser afterwards as I find it tends on the drier side rather than the oily.
All in all I'd say that this product is worth trying out of you have combination skin as it is difficult to find something for combination skin and it is worth a go.
The Origins Checks and Balances is a lovely face wash that I would recommend to anyone.
I received it in an Origins gift set at Christmas, and have since bought some more cause it was that easy and pleasurable to use.
It is a cleanser for both skin types where your skin may be oily or dry and when it's applied it soaks up the oily parts but also moisturises the dry areas.
This made my skin feel so different after using it and really soft.
I always use this in the morning, all you need is a tiny blob on your hand, rinsed in with warm water and then rub it together and you'll get this amazing frothy soap which you just rub in over your face and then rinsed off afterwards.
It has this gorgeous fragrance a very subtle spearmint scent which is so refreshing keeping your skin smelling lovely and also soft and cleansed.
I have seen this in John Lewis or you can get this from the origins website, its £14 for a 150 ml which I know seems a lot but due to the minimal amount you need to use, it lasts for ages! And if you shop around on the net you may find it slightly cheaper.
In my Christmas set I received a 50ml tube and it lasted for months, so if you get a 150ml, im sue you will find it lasts you forever almost. It comes in a squeezable tube which is clear therefore you'll be able to see when the cream is close to running out.
It's very easy to use and apply, it hasn't disappointed me and I will carry on using it, it's a pleasure to use and certainly wakes me up in the morning with that lovely fragrance.
I was given this in a gift set for Christmas 7 months ago- and its still got life yet! It just seems to last and last, its very dense so you really only need a tiny amount to wash your entire face, neck and under your chin. This product is expensive, but also value for money.
It comes in a really soft matt tube, which you squeeze to use, it actually feels nice to use, and looks good in the bathroom, its minimal without looking cheap, and the matt finish gives it a quality feel.
Its a white cream, and smells mildly of mint. All of the essential oils in Origins products are 100% natural, so you dont have to really worry when using this, what the scent is really covering up, its piece of mind. It lathers up as soon as you rub it on your skin with water, very quickly, very frothy and very soft.
Rinsing it is easy, it comes off your skin far easier then many other cleansers I have used, it leaves your skin feeling clean, and leaves it with a very well washed feel. It can feel a little tight, but if your used to using your moisturiser after washing your face, you really have no problem here.
I would advise anyone to use this, I have just taken a breif flick though some other reviews, well I have very dry skin- flakey skin even, and this product is still very nice to use. I have not experienced any issues with it, haveing said that, my skin care regime is to wash with a cleaner at night, then just to rinse with water in the morning. Perhaps this is why my skin has never become too dry with this product?
I would also advise this for other parts of the body, like upper arms, chest, neck, it can clean so well that it could help with any spots that are caused by bacteria on the skin. (n/b, not all spots are caused by bacteria and this should never take the place of prescription treatments.) I have now found all the spots on my upper arm have not come round for summer, I have also been using this cleaser since Christmas, it could be coincidence, but I dont think so!
~* Origin Check and Balance *~
~* Some background information *~
I don't have the best of skin at all. Having suffered Acne Twice within the space of four year, I honestly know how it feels to have bad skin and how much of a effect it has on you. Before I had tried Origin, I had tried so many different brand names such as the normal oxy, clearasil, Lancome, SkII, you name it, I have honestly tried it. If there was one product that I would recommend to people, it would absolutely be this. This really helped me to get rid of my spots, not once but twice. Some of you may wonder why I had stopped using it when it worked miracle for me the first time around. Its because I like trying new things and especialy when my skin got better after my first round of Acne. When battling with my second round of Acne, I did exactly the same thing, I went to the origin counter and brought this stuff right away.
~* What is Origin Check and Balance? *~
'When it comes to faces with dry and oily places, it takes a clever cleanser to balance the two. This gentle, frothy face wash carefully does both jobs without canceling each other out. Konjac Powder seeks out oil, soaks it up then keeps it well in-check, while Wheat Protein balances and protects dry prone zones. And Broadleaf Kelp breaks down dirt, disperses sebum and sends dullness down the drain. Theres also aromatic Bergamot, Spearmint and Lavender to add pleasure to the process. Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing, never tight, pulled or parched.'
It honestly does exactly what the origin website says. It never dry out your skin but it really really cleans out your skin. After I use it, I can honestly feel my skin being squeaky clean without feeling dry or nothing. When your skin is bad, it is very very very attempting to wash your face with strong fae wash containing alcohol. One word of advice, honestly don't do it. I really wouldn't recommend it.
Check and Balance honestly did wonder for me. It only costs about 12-13 pounds and it lasts me round about six months. All you need to do is squeeze small amount into palm, add tepid water to lather. Swirl over skin, steering clear of eyes. Rinse thoroughly. Use it morning and night and you would honestly see a difference in your skin. If you have tried everything else, give this a go. I have great respect for the company as all of its stuff is very neutral and its not pervasive.
For all those who might not have bad skin like me, honestly do try this cleaner as it works for combination skin. It worked wonder for me and I continued to use it after I had Acne and it didn't dry out my skin or nothing. Even if this cleaner isn't for you, its still worth going to origin counters and seeing what is avaliable as all their stuff are great. I have tried origin- have a nice day, origin- out of trouble mask, origin spot remover, origin- make a difference, origin- their white tea ranger and origin- body scrub and I really couldn't fault any of them, although some might be better than others. Their face wash is a MUST BUY. I recommended one of my really good friends to use it and she has good skin and she really really liked it. So go out there, girls and boys, give origin a GO.
I'm a big fan of foaming cleansers: none of this arsing around with cotton wool. My sister had this before me and I loved the smell and how it felt when I used it so I thought I'd give it a go for myself.
CHECKS AND BALANCES
The packaging is simple, clean, and smart as is standard with Origins. It is matte but clear so you can see the creamy white product from the outside (always useful to know when you're running low). The texture of the wash is very thick, rich and creamy with a pearl element to its colour - it looks very expensive. It's not too highly scented but does have a wonderfully muted spearmint tone to it, which is great for a gentle morning wake-up.
When I first owned this I used it morning and night as I would with any cleanser. At first it was lovely and refreshing when I used it. Even a tiny half-pea sized amount would produce a rich creamy lather to generously cover the whole of my face when I dampened it.
Initially I liked the 'squeak' it gave my face when it was washed off, but a couple of weeks on I realised what that squeak meant...my face was over-clean. It does remove light foundation and mattify my face for a long time afterwards but it also started making my face feel tight after use.
I like a bit of tightness after cleansing because that means your face is nice and toned, but not when the tightness becomes mildly uncomfortable (which it had). It claims that it is designed for combination and oily skin, but I would say it's only really suitable for skin that is oily all over.
I definitely wouldnt recommend it to those with a tendency for dry skin because although the product states Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing, never tight, pulled or parched and that the Wheat Protein balances and protects dry zones I am almost certain that it would feel horribly tight for them to use.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
£12.50 for a 150ml tube - quite high for a wash off cleanser but it lasts an age because you only need a half-pea sized amount as its very concentrated.
Origins is available in some department stores and separate Origins shops. The store locator is here: http://www.origins.com/locate/index.html
I will continue using mine until it runs out but I doubt I'll be buying it again.
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