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  • body,  Mokosh,  oil,  second cleanse

    Mokosh Skincare – Part II

    the brand In Part I I introduced you to this multi-award winning Australian brand who brings us a range of natural, ethically developed skincare to heal, balance and nurture. In Part II, I review a few more items including a lip balm, oil serum, body cream and bar soap, so please read on…       Frankincense & Orange Body Cream The Frankincense & Orange Body Cream is a highly indulgent body cream concentrate that sinks into the skin to restore suppleness and elasticity. ⁣   Ingredients Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter⁺, Camellia oleifera seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) oil, Sesamum indicum (Sesame) seed oil, Macadamia ternifolia…

  • Urang Natural Cleansing Oil
    first cleanse,  Urang

    Urang Natural Cleansing Oil

    the claim The Urang Natural Cleansing Oil is a vegan blend of seed oils designed to cleanse away impurities, clear pores and remove sunscreen and makeup while also protecting the skin barrier. It’s gentle and safe, free of preservatives, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, additives and harmful ingredients making it suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.     the ingredients Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquioleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Decaoleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride  …

  • Mokosh Skincare
    first cleanse,  Mokosh,  oil,  wash off

    Mokosh Skincare – Part I

    the philosphy Mokosh is an Australian skincare brand based in Fremantle, WA. In creating natural products for face and body, it aims to remove the non-essential elements from traditional skincare, bringing together natural, potent, healing botanicals in a simple, multipurpose range. Their award winning formulas are designed to deliver pure, concentrated nutrition to skin, restore balance and promote a return to natural, radiant state.   Mokosh was founded by former medical scientist, veterinarian and pathologist Marion O’Leary. All ingredients are vetted for ethics and effectiveness before being packaged in refillable and recyclable glass.   “Nature is where the wisdom lies, and our society has lost touch with that. We are…

  • Klairs Gentle Black Fresh Cleansing Oil
    first cleanse,  Klairs

    Klairs Gentle Black Fresh Cleansing Oil

    the claim With a fresh, non-oily finish, the Klairs Gentle Black Fresh Cleansing Oil removes all makeup, oil, dirt residue and dead cells and also controls sebum production. Sunflower, Grape, Jojoba and Black Currant Oils keep skin moisturised and balanced while antioxidants and vitamins deliver skin health. Recommended for combination-oily skin.     the ingredients Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil     CosDNA returns a favourable hazard rating for the Klairs cleansing oil.     the science Sunflower Seed Oil is a well absorbed, lightweight oil without residue that’s…

  • Neostrata Resurface
    body,  Neostrata,  second cleanse,  serum

    Neostrata Resurface

    the claim The NEOSTRATA Resurface line claims to harnesses the power of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to smooth and refine the skin’s surface through daily exfoliation. Neostrata employs a Smart Amphoteric Complex gradual release delivery system to help maximise skin tolerability while using high concentrations of AHAs.     the cleanser The Foaming Glycolic Wash is formulated with 18% Glycolic Acid and 2% Lactobionic Acid to exfoliate and cleanse congested pores as well as prepare the skin for optimal benefits of the regimen that follows.     the ingredients Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycolic Acid, PEG-8, Alcohol Denat., Arginine, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Lactobionic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Citrus…

  • Commleaf,  first cleanse

    Commleaf Skin Relief Perfect Cleansing Oil

    the claim The Commleaf Skin Relief Perfect Cleansing Oil is an EWG verified gentle yet powerful cleansing oil infused with 80% plant based oils to remove makeup and impurities while maintaining moist and soft skin.     the science Vegetable oils make up 80% of the formula, Olive Oil at the highest concentration. Olive oil is a brilliant moisturiser and softener, able to penetrate deep into the skin to provide hydration and conditioning without blocking pores. It’s also a source of antioxidants, Vitamins A and E neutralising free radicals that damage collagen and cause skin dryness and wrinkles. From a cleansing perspective, Olive Oil is effective at breaking down waxy…

  • first cleanse,  The Body Shop

    The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

    the claim The The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter claims to be a luxurious way to remove all makeup while purifying, cleansing and refreshing the skin for a silky soft finish. Suitable for sensitive skin.     the science Represented at the highest concentration in a relatively short formula of 14 ingredients is Ethylhexyl Palmitate, a mineral oil replacement comprising an ester of 2-ethylhexyl alcohol and palmitic acid. Non-occlusive emollient properties help it to reduce water loss and keep skin moist and supple without creating a film on the surface. Next, Synthetic Wax, is derived form a mixture of oils and helps to bind, stabilise and enhance texture.  …

  • Neogen,  second cleanse

    Neogen Coconut Milk Pure Mild Cleanser

    the claim The Neogen Coconut Milk Pure Mild Cleanser claims to be a creamy and hydrating all-in-one milk cleanser formulated with Coconut oil and Coconut extracts to smoothly remove impurities and makeup while leaving skin moist and supple.     the science Heading the formula are the cleanser’s surfactants. Firstly, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate is an amino-acid based cleansing agent which displays excellent foam and can also reduce the harshness of stronger surfactants. Potassium Cocoate is a potassium salt derived from the fatty acids present in coconut oil. It works by breaking apart molecules, thus reducing surface tension allowing dirt and grease to be released. Cocamidopropyl Betaine is another gentle surfactant…

  • Huangjisoo,  second cleanse

    Huangjisoo Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser (Deep Clean)

    the claim The Huangjisoo Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser (Deep Clean) claims to remove makeup and effectively clean pores and skin with a 99.5% natural organic formula.     the science This cleanser boasts 99.5% natural, organic ingredients. Represented at the highest concentration in the formula is Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, a surfactant derived from the amino acids found in apple juice. It is responsible for the cleanser’s abundant but gentle foam and also acts as a natural preservative. Next come the hero botanical extracts. First of them in concentration is Japanese Mint Extract. Its main constituent (around 70%) is menthol with limonene, menthone, pinene, isomenthone, methyl acetate and piperitate…

  • Huangjisoo Cleansing Oil
    first cleanse,  Huangjisoo

    Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil

    the claim The Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil claims to be the perfect pure cleansing oil that gently removes makeup and sebum without irritating the skin.     the science As expected, a number of oils are included in the Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil, all displaying high fatty acid content and antioxidant properties. None moreso than Apricot Kernal Oil which acts as an emollient to assist in the maintenance of the skin barrier and retain moisture without congesting pores. It also contributes to the fight against acne, inflammation, ageing and dryness. A good source of Vitamin E, it helps to combat free radicals while Vitamin C content promotes collagen…