Last month I wrote about the lovely Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser, and how much I was enjoying it. Turns out, it’s just a touch too strong for my Winter skin – as I walk to and from work every day, the cold weather can really take its toll, so I need to use gentler products than usual. The Boscia Cleanser is going to be perfect once the warmer weather comes back around, as it really cleans the skin well, but for now, I need something a tad less effective.
I picked up a travel size of Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser last month while at Sephora, and initially was using it in the morning, with the Boscia cleanser at night. Now, I’ve flipped my routine, and I’m using only water on my face in the AM to perserve more protective oils on my skin through the brutal walking commute, and then the Ole cleanser at night to remove all traces of makeup, dirt and oil. I find it quite effective at multi-tasking, and unless I have very heavy makeup on, I don’t require using a makeup remover first.The smell of the Ole cleanser is very pleasant, just like the Truth Serum – it has the same kind of fruity scent, not identical, but in the same vein (there’s blackcurrant seed oil in there, so that could be it). It has a pump dispenser that creates a foam as it comes out – which is actually a drawback in my opinion, as I find this makes the product get used up faster – and the foam feels sort of creamy when applied to the skin. Once rinsed, my skin feels clean yet not stripped in any way (it contains shea butter, which helps) – aside from my usual two dry patches of eczema on my forehead, and around my mouth, my normal-to-slightly oily skin could go without moisturizer. In fact, I think this system of just rinsing with water in the morning, and using this cleanser at night has improved the two patches considerably, which makes me extremely happy!This is a fairly no-frills cleanser; though it states it contains antioxidants, I’m not sure how much it’s truly doing for my face in that regard. But, it’s very effective and is a perfect cleanser for slightly dry/normal/slightly oily skin, as it cleans very well but not to excess. I think it would also be suitable for sensitive skin (as it states in the description), as it hasn’t irritated my eczema in any way, and as I said, may be contributing to the improvement of it. Even just due to the smell alone, I think this product would replace my beloved Purity cleanser as a great basic cleanser that could be used in a pinch in all seasons and situations. At $38CAD for 7oz, it’s a bit of an investment (Purity is $28CAD for 8oz), but I’m enjoying it so much that I wouldn’t mind paying that price for such a lovely product! Unsure? Try out the travel size – $12 for 1.5oz, it’s a great way to see if it’s right for you.
Have you used this product? What are your thoughts about it? Do you have a staple cleanser that you always know you can fall back on?