Review: Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

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?

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  1. #1 by Alicia on January 8, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    I know this might be really weird…. But is that a mole on the palm of your hand? Hahaha I seriously have one in the same place. I didn’t know other people got them on their palms… I thought I was weird.

    • #2 by Latoya on January 9, 2012 - 4:47 pm

      LOL I guess we’re weird together then, Alicia! Yep, it’s a mole 🙂 It’s a more recent development (say, within the past 10 years), but I don’t think it’s anything strange or bad. Well, maybe a bit strange since we don’t suntan our palms (at least, I don’t lol), but I think mostly just unique. Good eye! 😛

  2. #3 by Eugenia on January 9, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Toya….I’m always on the lookout for effective cleansers, and while it may be a touch pricey, the cost of trying to correct skin damaged by less than effective products, always winds up being even higher – in more ways than one! Have you tried the Korres White Tea cleanser? It was sent to me a while back and I only recently started using it (still have a backlog of skincare products to slog through – my review on the Korres is in the works, I promise!) and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to anything else again! It even works amazingly well on my daughter, and she has acne-prone skin. Another item which I may have already mentioned to you (if I’m repeating, I apologize!) that can work well on your eczema, would be to get yourself to a health food sore and pick up some borage-seed extract capsules or even better, rosehip-seed oil capsules and apply them neat (directly) onto the affected areas. Skin that is prone to eczema is also lacking in certain fatty acids, and these two natural products are loaded with Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. Let me know what you think!

    • #4 by Latoya on January 9, 2012 - 4:44 pm

      Hmmm, I just looked up the Korres cleanser, and it sounds right up my alley as well! I’ll have to take a closer look when I’m next at Sephora, thanks for the recommendation Eugenia! You have mentioned the oil capsules – I really have to get off my butt and to the natural foods store to try this out. My skin has been a bit of a trial since moving in with my bf and his cat (I’m allergic) – I’m trying to win the battle, but am only successful half the time LOL. A big help on the improvement side is being much more careful about what I put on my skin – sometimes I have to forgo the ‘fun’ products to be more sensible. One day all the trouble will be in the past – but in the meantime, I need to get me some rosehip seed oil!!! 😀

  3. #5 by Barb on January 9, 2012 - 11:32 am

    try Josie Maran’s pure Argan oil on those dry patches! it works… i say if i could drink a shot of that daily i would… it’s amazing!

    • #6 by Latoya on January 9, 2012 - 4:45 pm

      Actually, I have a small bottle of this Barb, and I’ve been using it on the weekends and it does help a fair bit. Good thought, thanks so much for the suggestion!!

  4. #7 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on January 9, 2012 - 8:40 pm

    Good enough to replace Purity? *falls down*

    I’ve been using Boscia Purifying Cleanser which is fine for my oil slick of a face. I’m quite happy with both the Boscia and Purity but I’ll be keeping this one in mind for when I get bored, which is bound to happen at some point!

    • #8 by Latoya on January 10, 2012 - 9:47 pm

      LOL Truly, I think I may have found something that unsurps Purity’s awesomeness! Side by side, they work similarly – cleansing without striping the skin – but OMG the smell of Ole’s is to die for, and it’s not added fragrance either, which I entirely steer clear of now. Down the road, try out the travel size just to see – I’d love to hear your opinion!

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