All posts tagged: cleanser

Review: Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser

I stray farther from Innisfree products than I should. It is a great brand that makes lovely cosmetics, but Innisfree tends to be heavy-handed with the artificial fragrance & I have given away many of their well-formulated cosmetics due to the scent. As soon as I heard about this product though, I knew I had to tango with Innisfree once again. Innisfree is a South Korean company that launched in 2000. Their products focus on natural ingredients & they are one of the only Korean cosmetic companies that is ECOCERT certified, an organic & free trade certification. The company promotes local socially conscious efforts that can be done by everyone, such as promoting recycling cosmetic containers & selling handkerchiefs as an alternative to disposable tissues. I do prefer to see more global efforts & corporate transparency from such a big brand, but Innisfree’s parent company is AmorePacific & I have rambled many times about their great efforts to make the world a better place. PURPOSE This is described as a soft foaming cleanser that rebalances your …

Review: Burt’s Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser with Royal Jelly

Honey-based ingredients was the skincare trend everyone had to have last season, but I am still on the propolis hype train! If you are into the royal jelly life, you’ll definitely be intrigued by the ingredient list for this particular cleanser. Burt’s Bees was founded in 1984, but the company would not be recognizable back then as we know it today. An American couple owned a bee farm, using leftover beeswax for candles & lip balm. The brand’s focus did not shift to personal care until 1994, but the company maintained it’s natural care philosophy despite being bought by Clorox in 2007. Burt’s Bees is highly active in sustainability in all aspects of their company & I am a huge supporter of them. They responsibly source ingredients & only partner with certified suppliers, they are active in recycling & water restoration projects, and they support their employees by providing paid time-off for volunteering in community projects. They have their sustainability reports & 2020 sustainability targets listed online. PURPOSE The product is a creamy water-based cleanser, formulated for normal to …

Review: A’True Sweet Song Black Tea One-Step Cleansing Water

I am always testing new techniques or looking for alternatives in my skincare routine to cut down on my skin dryness. My longest standing skincare modification has been replacing a traditional cleanser in my AM routine with micellar water. My face definitely thanks me for having one less harsh wash with tap water per day. My long-standing micellar water favorite has been the cult classic, Bioderma; though I like to test new micellar waters on occasion! A’True [Short for A True Lady, A True Moment] is a South Korean brand with a niche market. They combine old-world French ingredients with modern Korean cosmetic formulation to produce skincare fit for European Royalty of the Renaissance. The brand has a contract with the oldest French black tea producer, an ingredient that serves as the base for their cosmetics instead of water. Another feature of A’True products that does not get mentioned as often are the natural ingredients, many accompanied with organic & sustainable certifications. While some of the ingredients may be European, the brand vision is definitely an Eastern …

Review: Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser

My mission for the perfect non-foaming cleanser seems to be a never-ending journey. I swore off foaming cleansers due to my skin feeling stripped & irritated after use; but it would seem that the trifecta of non-drying, pH balanced & good ingredient list for cleansers is non-existent. CeraVe Hydrating failed me with the filmy residue. Innisfree Anti-Trouble Gel lacked the strength to even remove the oil of my first cleanser. Sum37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick burned my eyes, both literally and the high price tag. Then my journey led me to this: The Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Cleanser. I had hope again for the perfect cleanser. Hada Labo is Japanese company that started in 2004, the brand name translating to “Skin Lab”. Their skincare lines emphasize hydration with Hyaluronic Acid being a key ingredient for all their products, a naturally occurring compound that attracts & binds water agents. The company is owned by Rhoto Labratories, which is a leader in Japanese cosmetic development; but unfortunately is not as corporately transparent or as sustainably oriented as I like …