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Herbfarmacy Cleansing Mousse & 27 Skincare Oil Cleanser

Today I wanted to do a mini review for two cleansers I have been testing. The downside of having sensitive skin and being a guinea pig for your blog is causing break outs. I have recently broken my own rules of sticking to a regular cleansing routine. My pimple explosion could be down to the PH balance of the cleanser not being suitable for me (Thanks Sarah beskincareful for the tip). Equally it could be due to hormonal imbalance or simply being run down from my recent cold. I have had to abandon testing these cleansers for the time being but still wanted to mention the products. The first product is from Herbfarmacy and is their Wash Off Cleansing Mousse.  I have been testing this cleanser for about 3-4 weeks.  This is described as - "A deep cleansing mousse containing soothing Chamomile and Marshmallow and essential oils of Rose Geranium and Ylang Ylang. This wonderful cleanser is effective even when removing face and eye make-up and leaves the skin beautifully refreshed. Simply massage onto a dry face and rinse off with warm water." 

Seems a bit daft to point out the obvious but this is similar to mousse. It has an air whipped texture when you scoop from the pot and feels thick and creamy when applied to your skin. The ingredients make it ideal for sensitive types and I certainly have not experienced any irritation. I like the concept of this cleanser but there are elements I dislike. Fragrance is subject to individual tastes and for me this one is awful. I am struggling to explain it but the words that popped into my head are musty and cardboard. I have also found that compared to balm cleansers my skin feels slightly tight and dry immediately after removing. I don’t feel stripped of moisture just mildly drier than what is normal for me. This product is nice but it does not wow me in any way or appear to offer me that “glow” I get from other cleansers. 

The second cleanser (which I have only had for a couple of weeks) is from 27 Skincare. I had not heard of this company until it appeared on my Twitter Who to Follow List. 27 Skincare offers a Lavender & Chamomile Oil-Gel Cleanser which they describe as “A mild, antioxidant oil-gel that gently cleanses, calms, soothes, and nourishes without leaving an oily film. Also an effective eye make-up remover.” 

This cleanser comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser. One pump is more than sufficient for the entire face. The product starts as a liquid but when massaged into skin transforms into a balm. I love the fragrance; it’s a light floral scent of lavender and chamomile, two ingredients which are known for their suitability on sensitive skins. I remove the cleanser with a damp muslin cloth and my skin is left feeling soft and moisturised. I love the packaging it looks smart and feels expensive. I have enjoyed using this cleanser and I will come back to it in the future. I recommend you check out the website as other skincare products are available. I paid £8.49 for a 60ml bottle which I think is very inexpensive for the quality. 

Both these companies offer natural skin care that is free from SLS and Parabens (check individual websites for further ingredient information).  Has anyone else tried these brands?  What did you think? Leave a comment below.

Sarah x

10 comments:

  1. I think it is the weather or something causing everyone's skin to go mad. I am having a huge breakout at the moment and havent changed a single product. A couple of people at work have said the same. The second cleanser sounds really good, and something I would like to try. x

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  2. @Bright Town Girl - yes that's a good point could be the weather, it's so fickle at the moment cold then mild. I will try again with the 2nd cleanser once I get things back on track.

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  3. The scent of the first one sounds awful! I have the same problem as you. :( Anything new seems to cause my skin to go crazy, it seems for my skin to get used to it, it takes about a week. How exactly would you define sensitive skin on the face?

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  4. @Vintage Makeup - I think most people find your skin needs to adjust but if it continues after 2-3 weeks I would say the product isn't suitable for you (this is what's happened to me). My definition of sensitive skin would be dryness, irritation which causes redness or rash, anyone with roascea, acne, dermatitis, eczema.

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  5. Hi sugarpuffish! I hope you had a nice christmas and I'd like to wish you a (belated) happy new year. I haven't been reading blogs in a while so I'm reading all the lovely blog posts I've missed.
    I adore the packaging of the second cleanser. My skin has been awful these days :(
    xx

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    1. A belated Happy New Year to you as well. I think I am going through some sort of hormonal flux & my skin is going bonkers. Do you know what might be causing yours?

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    2. Thank you :) No idea. It has been this way since around Spring last year. Probably stress related because of uni :( x

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    3. Stress has always been a trigger for my eczema my last year of Uni was the worst, right before exams massive breakout worst I had experience since a child.

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  6. I buy Made from Earth's Green Tea Cleanser for my 12 year old daughter. She has sensitive skin and this is perfect for her. Keeps her skin clear and beautiful. Very gentle cleanser that is well worth the great price.

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    1. Thank you for the recommendation, this is not a cleanser I have heard of so I will have a look into it :)

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