Karen’s Botanicals Gentle Cleansing Lotion Review





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Karen's Botanicals Gentle Cleansing Lotion

When I heard Danielle raving  about her two new Karen’s Botanicals products, I knew I had to try them for myself. We have similar skin types and look for the same things in cleansers/moisturizers, so I figured they’d be right up my alley. Also, I’ve tried and loved several of Karen’s products before. In the process, I learned that her gentle and safe ingredients are hard to match and even harder to beat. For these reasons, I was positively giddy when Karen agreed to send me her Gentle Cleansing Lotion and Perfect Lotion in the mail for review. Below is my review of her Gentle Cleansing Lotion, and coming soon is my review of her Perfect Lotion.

Ingredients (provided at karensbotanicals.com)-“Distilled Water, Witch Hazel, Vegetable Glycerine, Coconut Oil*, Jojoba Oil*, Balm of Gilead buds*, Extracts of Burdock* and Sage*, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Xanthan Gum, Rosemary Oil Extract, Clary Sage Essential Oil. *Denotes certified organic.”

You can probably guess by simply reading through the ingredients, but this product receives a hazard score of 0 on the Cosmetic Safety Database.

Some great things about this product:

1. It contains organic ingredients.

2. It’s free of parabens & sulfates.

3. It’s soap-free, which is exactly what the sensitive skin on my face needs.

4. Did I mention that it has a hazard score of zero?

5. This product, and all of Karen’s Botanicals products, are cruelty-free.

6. The bottle is #1 plastic and can be recycled in Lake Charles.

Product Description (provided at karensbotanicals.com)- “A very gentle, soap free, and lotion-like cleanser for all skin types. Excellent for use as make up remover. Leaves skin feeling dewy and soft. With natural salicylic acid from Balm of Gilead buds. Non-foaming cleansers are pH balancing, mild, and effective for all skin types: oily, dry, mature, sensitive, and normal. Botanical oils and extracts dissolve excess oil and give skin increased flexibility and suppleness. Very lightly scented with pure, steam distilled Clary Sage essential oil. Massage ½ to 1 teaspoon into face for a minute, then rinse with lukewarm water.”

Price– $12.50 for a 4 oz. bottle or $18.00 for an 8 oz. pump. Since I’ve only been using about a dime-sized  amount each time I wash my face, I have a feeling this stuff will last for a while…which makes the price seem very reasonable, in my opinion.

Performance-My former facial cleanser was a little too drying for my skin type, but this product is just right. It cleans my skin without making it feel squeaky clean or tight. I’ve been using it both morning and night with increasingly positive results. I no longer feel the need to apply extra moisturizer around my nose and mouth after cleansing, and the small dry skin bumps that I occasionally suffer from are nowhere to be found. When I feel the need to exfoliate, sometimes I add a little of Karen’s Botanicals Exfoliating Cleansing Grains into the mix and gently massage my face with a wash cloth. Hello soft, glowing skin!

Scent– The product description says this cleansing lotion smells like Clary Sage essential oil. Since I’ve never smelled Clary Sage essential oil on its own, I can neither confirm nor deny these claims. I will say this, though: I’m reminded of Earl Grey tea (which happens to be my very favorite black tea) when I wash my face with this product, and I love every second of it.

Rating– I cannot think of a single thing I’d change about this product. The ingredients, performance, scent, and price are all fantastic, so 10/10 it is!

Would I purchase this item again?– Of course! I’d be crazy if I didn’t.

*This product was provided by Karen’s Botanicals; the opinions were provided by me.
by Dawn Grimes

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  • Faye

    Oh i can’t wait to buy this! Thanks for the review Dawn!

  • Cara

    I’m using Yes to Blueberries smoothing cleanser right now and its been fantastic! I AM dying in anticipation for my Karen’s lotion to come in the mail, but this cleanser is screaming for me to try it out! 😀

  • Dawn

    No problem! I hope you like it as much as I do!

  • Dawn

    You should definitely give it a try; it’s wonderful. 🙂

  • Faye

    I just ordered this cleanser and the Exfoliating Cleansing Grains! Also I ordered some products (I can’t say which ones) for Katie Doughty’s birthday next week. Thanks for the reviews, I love your advice.

  • Dawn

    Oh, Selena! You’re gonna love both products. After Katie’s Bday you should let me know which ones you ordered and if she likes them!

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  • I love this cleanser! I just recently got a sample of it and I am going to have to get a full size. It is amazing!

  • Dawn

    I’m so glad you like it, Selena! Doesn’t it make your skin sooo soft?!

  • Anonymous

    I’m so glad you like it, Selena! Doesn’t it make your skin sooo soft?!

  • Bena

    I am almost out of the cruddy facewash I’ve been using so it’s time to replace!  I may try this.  Do you think 4 oz will last a while or should I get the full size?  Also, do you know of any shops I could find this or should I just order online?  I was thinking of looking at Whole Foods if I can motivate myself to drive there.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had my 4 oz bottle for around 3 months and there’s still about 1/3 of the bottle left. And since I consistently wash my face twice a day, this stuff lasts for a while. It doesn’t take much to get the job done, and a larger bottle might go bad before you use it all since natural products tend to have shorter shelf lives. I’d go with the 4 oz bottle! As far as finding it at a store near you, I’d say your chances are slim. I’ve never seen it at whole foods. You can definitely get it online at the Karen’s Botanicals website (http://www.karensbotanicals.com/) or Caren Online (http://www.carenonline.com/Karen_s_Botanicals_s/32.htm). The awesome thing about the latter site is that you can buy try me sizes of several natural brands (including Karen’s Botanicals) for pretty cheap (http://www.carenonline.com/Try_Me_sizes_s/73.htm).

  • Bena08

    Thanks Dawn! 

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  • Jessica Lemonhead

    I have very sensitive skin and have recently been using Noble Formula zinc and emu oil brand soap. I have had success, but my chin has become dry and irritated with small bumps. Will this product irritate my dry/sensitive skin?

  • dawngrimes


    I’ve just responded to your concerns via email since you also contacted me in that fashion. Hope I managed to be helpful! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by,