Product Type: Soap & Glory body care
Newest Review: ... in a tall white pump dispenser bottle with pink Soap and Glory branding and a black and white picture of a woman's face. I really like the... more
Soap & Glory Clean Mary Cleansing Milk
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Soap & Glory Clean Mary Cleansing Milk
Advantages: Effective and long lasting
I'm a massive fan of the brand Soap & Glory. Started in 2006 with the aim of helping women pamper themselves without 'spending an arm and a leg just to moisturise one', the retro pink and black & white bottles and packages are a familiar fixture on the shelves of Boots and Harvey Nichols. They're also available online from retailers like ASOS. The stated aim may not be completely accurate, as the products are often more expensive than brands like Dove or Radox, but most of them are high quality. Just after Christmas last year, a limited edition set of 10 discontinued or renamed Soap & Glory products was advertised on Boots for under £30. Being a huge fan, I of course picked one of these up!
One of the items included in the set was a bottle of Clean Mary Cleansing Milk, which normally retails for around £6. It comes in a tall white pump dispenser bottle with pink Soap and Glory branding and a black and white picture of a woman's face. I really like the bottle and it looks good in my bathroom. It is stated that the cleansing milk contains andiroba oil and acid free exfoliators to keep your skin smooth and bright. It is suitable for all skin types. To use, just rub a handful onto your face and massage it in circles. Rinse well, pat dry and apply moisturiser. The product was safety tested in Italy and efficacy tested in the UK. Soap and Glory do not test on animals.
I tend to use a different cleanser in the shower of a morning, and a cream cleanser at night. Therefore I saved Clean Mary for night-time use. I normally wash my face over the sink, and dampen my skin with warm water before pumping a small amount of this cleansing milk into my hand. I really like how the pump is easy to use even with wet slippery hands. I also like how the milk isn't particularly runny, so it doesn't run everywhere!
The cleansing milk has a pleasant fresh scent which reminds me of leaves. It's nothing like the usual Soap and Glory scent, but I like it nonetheless. I rub the milk over my face gently and it lathers up slightly. Though I do try not to get it in my eyes, on the couple of occasions I have done I have noticed it doesn't sting, which is definitely a bonus! I haven't experienced any sort of skin irritation with this product, which is good as I have sensitive skin.
After use I rinse my face and remove any final traces of makeup and cleanser with a cotton wool pad soaked in toner, before applying moisturiser. I've found Clean Mary to be very effective in removing makeup - it even removes some eye makeup, though I've found I needed to use proper eye makeup remover to remove heavy eye makeup. For everyday makeup, however, it's fine.
I've been using Clean Mary for over a month now and still have over half of the bottle left. Though the bottle isn't strictly transparent, it's still possible to see how much product you have left if you hold it up to the light. It does seem to be lasting well.
Clean Mary seems to be a good cleanser for my skin. It seems to be keeping my skin under control although it hasn't worked miracles and I still get the odd spot and a bit of shine. I have, however, noticed that the pores on my T-zone seem a little less obvious. Sometimes Clean Mary can be slightly drying but this isn't a major issue for me. Someone with dry skin might find this cleansing lotion too harsh.
Overall I really like this effective, long-lasting cleansing lotion. It is a little expensive and I don't know if I'd be prepared to splash out on this rather than a cheaper version. However, the product itself is really good so I've given it four stars.
Summary: Cleanser from Soap & Glory