Facetheory Deeply Nourishing Jojoba Cleansing Oil Review

Cleansing oils have really shaken up the skincare industry…we are moving away from harsh cleansers which irritate and strip the skin and instead are being drawn to the array of alternatives on offer. I am sure we are all guilty of turning to those pesky make-up wipes, which although quite convenient, prove to be an abrasive choice for our delicate skin. I am ashamed to admit that this was my staple make-up remover for a good while…

I have been using cleansing oils for several months now and I can say I am a fan. They are nourishing and feel a much more pampering option. It is the Facetheory Deeply Nourishing Jojoba Cleansing Oil that has introduced me to this form of make-up remover; an affordable oil with some formidable powerhouse ingredients including the anti-aging hero rosehip oil and the vitamin E-rich cranberry seed oil.

Description

  • It retails at £24.99 for a 100ml bottle; but is currently on offer at just £13.99.
  • It combines some of the most effective face oils, to create a luxury cleanser for the skin.
  • It is suitable for all skin types.
  • It contains a small amount of a natural emulsifier which means it is an oil that can actually be washed off effectively.
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This products boasts such an impressive array of organic oils, it really is a steal.
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The consistency is like that of a regular oil or serum.

Ingredients

Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil (organic), argania spinsosa (argan) oil (organic), rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil (organic), vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil, polyglyceryl-4 oleate, tocopherol (1% naturally derived).

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The 100ml bottle should last a while as it is only a few drops that are required each time.

How I Use It

I use this as my second cleanse after I have removed my make-up. It helps to remove any last trace of residue while leaving my skin nourished and clean, without that tight feeling. I massage a few drops onto my skin and use my warm wet facial cloth to wash it off. I have oily skin and this product does not exacerbate it. I can also attest to it being extremely gentle; I used this on my angry, inflamed skin when I was suffering from an allergic reaction and found it soothing and nourishing.

Verdict

I must say I have become a real fan of this upcoming British brand. I wholeheartedly recommend this cleanser; and it will definitely be something that I will continue to purchase, that is not something I say about a lot of products. It is regularly on offer on the Facetheory website, and I honestly cannot think of another product boasting such superb ingredients at such a reasonable price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Balance Me – Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm

 

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I am over half-way through this…which explains the mangled tube…

Oh. My. God. Where do I start? Cleansers for me should: Take off my make-up effectively, be affordable, contain natural ingredients, do not need to include any skincare heroes (they are wiped off nearly immediately, so what is the point!), should not strip my skin and should also make me feel like I have been treated to the most luxurious spa treatment…don’t ask for a lot do I!

Product Description:

And I think I have found my HG product which ticks all the above boxes for me…it is the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. It is ‘an anti oxidant rich, oil based hot cloth cleanser blended with a trio of butters to deeply purify and hydrate; and Oat Powder to gently polish and brighten even the most sensitive skin.’ It is £20 for 125ml.

Take a look at the 100% natural ingredient list:

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Nut Butter***, Polyglyceryl-3 Dicitrate/Strearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil***, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Red) Peel Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Petitgrain) Leaf Oil*, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil*, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Limonene**, Linalool**, Citral**, *Natural Pure Essential Oil, ** Naturally Occurring in Essential Oils, ***Certified Organic Ingredient.

My Thoughts

I love supporting British companies that produce natural and affordable options in skincare/beauty. Especially with a cleanser: Why would you want to use more chemicals when trying to remove the chemical cocktail of gunk that is make-up?…it honestly does not make sense to me. This product also uses fine oat powder for very mild exfoliation—one step ahead of other companies who may need to re-formulate their microbead-laden products which have recently been banned in the UK.

I have oily skin and honestly this is not too rich for it; in fact it leaves my skin nourished and glowing. I personally love the smell, it reminds me of that facial spa aroma and catapults the cleansing process from a chore to a pampering, relaxing ritual. I use this product as my second cleanse; and instead of a muslin cloth, I use bamboo face cloths which I purchased from Facetheory. I like to press the hot cloth over my eyes and just breath in the aroma – which I believe momentarily provides me with a hint of calm. (Note: I don’t directly rub this cleanser into my eyes.)

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The consistency does tend to separate…but I feel that this is inevitable due to the natural ingredients.

Price-wise – I think its probably at the upper end of what I would pay for a cleanser but I think it is a reasonable price for the amount (125ml instead of the standard 100ml of most cleansers) and quality.

I love this cleanser so much I will continue to repurchase it…and that is not something I say about a lot of products.

Jas x

W7 Cosmetics – It’s Magic! Make up Remover Cloth Review

A friend of mine recommended this to me – (thanks Leyla!!) I normally use cheap wipes to take off my make-up; spending loads of money on expensive ones doesn’t even enter my mind. It is bad though, we are happy to spend loads of money on the make-up itself, because we want to look our best, but scrimping on wipes could potentially ruin skin long-term. According to this article from Marie Claire, we should actually be washing our face after using the make-up wipes because of the harsh chemical residue they leave on our face… (I haven’t been doing this…oops.) So surely, just using water should be much kinder and far better for our delicate skin.

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The cloth comes in an elongated shape…there is quite a lot of surface area here to clean your entire face.

So this ‘magic’ cloth just needs warm water and it can be used to wipe off the day’s make-up – including waterproof mascara!! It is reusable and can be picked up on the internet for around £3-£4. I have purchased 3 of these (I will buy 1 or 2 more if I find I need them)…with the intention of chucking them in the wash after every use. I do laundry every 2-3 days (with 2 small children it is unfortunately an endless cycle of laundry…) & at last there is a benefit of this incessant washing for me! I guess compared to someone who only does laundry once a week or so, I am better placed to continually have a fresh cloth to hand. So my plan is to wash them quickly by hand and then chuck straight into the machine. I also use Dettol Laundry Cleanser in each wash…which kills off all the bacteria in my wash – I guess this will help the cleanliness of these cloths for me too.

Another benefit is that in theory, you should never need to buy make-up removing wipes or lotion ever again…so that should save a lot of money in the long run 🙂

When I searched the internet, this product did seem to have amazing reviews overall…that is always a major pull factor for me…I just had to try them. But how did this potential wonder product fare…?

Day 1

Make-up applied on day: Primer, BB cream, Setting Powder, Waterproof Mascara, Cream Eyeshadow Stick (as eyeliner), Liquid Lipstick, Highlighter, Blusher

How easy was it to take off? I am quite lazy when it comes to taking off make-up, I just quickly wipe off what I can before I get bored lol. It took off pretty much all my make-up. My waterproof mascara came off better with this than any other remover or wipe…I normally always have a bit of black residue around my eyes (which is more obvious the following morning :0 …) I still had a tiny bit of shimmer from the cream shadow stick – but it was only very slight. And maybe that was due to me not being as thorough as I could have been. Overall, I am very impressed with results 🙂

Day 2

Make-up applied on day: Primer, Estée Lauder Double Wear (this stuff is extremely full coverage..!), Setting Powder, Waterproof Mascara, Cream Eyeshadow Stick (as eyeliner), Liquid Lipstick, Highlighter, Blusher

How easy was it to take off? So I thought I would try this cloth once more before giving my verdict and I upped my make-up a bit – to make it more full coverage I used Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. I would say the previous day when I used the cloth to take my make-up off – everything had slid off quite a lot by the time I actually used it. But this time, I had a full face of make-up still on (this EL foundation seriously doesn’t budge!!) Again though, I was so impressed. Waterproof mascara – gone so easily 🙂 This time there were no shimmery specks near my eyes. Also, I find my skin feeling a little bit irritated and sensitive after using make-up wipes (or make-up remover-soaked cotton pads), but with this my skin just feels clean and for some reason tighter?!

Verdict

I think the fact that it can take off waterproof mascara with ease says it all really. That is the big pain when I remove my make-up – and, for me, if it can tackle that so well, it is an fantastic product 🙂 As I mentioned before, whenever I look in the mirror in the morning – I can, without fail, detect some of the previous day’s eyeliner/mascara – after using this cloth I no longer have that problem – that is how good it is…

I also think, if you can be bothered, using the cloth with filtered or boiled but warm water could be even better, as it would be an even cleaner substance that you would be rubbing into your skin (as opposed to tap water.) It is an amazing product & if you, like me, do regular laundry anyway – it would be so easy to incorporate these little babies into your life/make-up routine.