I’m the kind of person who finds a great moisturizer and sticks with it, but I love trying new facial cleansers. In the past several months I’ve tried and loved two others: Karen’s Botanicals Rehydrating Olive Oil Cleanser and Aubrey Organics Vegecol Facial Cleansing Lotion. Despite my contentment with my cleansing lotion, I was eager to try something new when I received Acure Organics Olive+Mint Facial Cleansing Creme in the mail for review.
The following product was given to me by the kind people at Acure Organics, but my opinions were given to me by no one. : )
Ingredients (provided at acureorganics.com)- “Organic Curoxidant™ Blend (Organic Acai Berry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Rosehips, Organic Elderberry, Organic Nettle Leaf, Organic Cranberry, Organic Goji Berry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Pomegranate, Organic Blueberry), Organic Calendula officinalis, Organic Chamomile, Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Emulsifying Wax NF (Vegetable), Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Cocoa Seed Butter, Organic Safflower Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (vegetable derived), Lauryl Glucoside (vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside (sugar soap), Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Olive Oil, Organic Chlorella pyrenoidosa (Chlorella Growth Factor), Glucono Delta Lactone (fermented sugar), Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Essential oils of Sage, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Spearmint.”
I couldn’t find any of Acure Organic’s products on the Cosmetic Safety Database, but after searching the suspicious-looking ingredients individually..Emulsifying Wax NF has a hazard score of four and a large data gap, which isn’t at all ideal. Potassium Sorbate only has a hazard score of one, but it isn’t my fave since it’s a preservative, has a large data gap, and is linked to cancer.
Lauryl and Decyl Glucosides, which both sound suspicious, have hazards scores of zero but also have large data gaps. Chlorella Growth Factor and Fermented Sugar both have zeros and large data gaps as well.
Some great things about this product:
1. It’s vegan.
2. It’s sulfate, paraben, phthalate, PEG, petroleum, silicone, and cruelty-free.
3. The bottle is #1 plastic, so I can recycle it in Lake Charles!
Product Description (also provided at acureorganics.com)- “This extra-gentle, creamy facial cleanser features the moisturizing benefits of Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Olive Oil and Cocoa Butter, the antioxidant power of Blackberry and Blueberry and the mild cleansing of mint. It quickly removes makeup, dirt and impurities without stripping the skin’s natural acid mantle. Great for even the most sensitive skin.”
Price-$14.99 for 4 oz.
Performance– Here’s the thing. I need a cleanser that isn’t going to dry out my skin at all, especially in the winter months. It doesn’t even need to foam; I just want something that I can rub on my face that makes my skin soft and gets rid of a day’s worth of oil and dirt. The last two cleansers that I used succeeded in doing that. This cleanser is a little more drying than I’d like. It smells wonderful and my skin is indeed soft after using it, but I’ve noticed that I need to use more moisturizer afterwards, especially around my nose and mouth.
Scent– Olive and mint are definitely present in the scent of this cleanser, but there’s something else that I can’t put my finger on. I think that it reminds me a little of a sweet and delicious Thai dish that I’ve had before. Red Curry, maybe? Don’t let that deter you. The scent is still very pleasant. I’m a weirdo sometimes.
Rating– I’m subtracting one point because the ingredients could be better and another because this cleanser is more drying than my skin is accustomed to…8/10
Would I purchase this product again?– I have friends whose skin I think this cleanser would be ideal for, but for my skin…it’s just a little too drying. Someone with consistently oily and/or combination skin would love this stuff. I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to giving it as a gift!
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Happy MLK Day, everyone!