• 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. The…

  • 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…

  • J.Estina Crystalline Cleansing Balm
    first cleanse,  J.Estina

    J.Estina Crystalline Cleansing Balm

    the claim The J.Estina Crystalline Cleansing Balm is said to be a melting balm type cleanser that contains tourmaline to cleanly remove heavy makeup leaving moisturized crystal skin.     the science Represented at the highest concentration in the balm is Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, an oily liquid that functions as an emollient to defend against dryness. It also enhances the spreadability of the product. Similarly, Isopropyl Myristate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride and Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 support emollient function, this characteristic dominating the INCI. These ingredients are able to strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier and help to keep it hydrated by reducing moisture loss. They are also useful to improve overall…

  • Roccoco Botanicals
    first cleanse,  moisturize,  Roccoco,  second cleanse

    Roccoco Botanicals Brand Review

    the brand Jacine Greenwood is a cosmetic chemist and the founder of Australian brand, Roccoco Botanicals. Her vision was to create a safe, plant based range of products that manage skin without the risk of acne breakouts or allergic reactions. The brand philosophy dismisses skin peeling for acne treatment, claiming this causes stress and inflammation, reducing the integrity of the skin barrier. Rather, they rely on the soothing properties of plants and enzymes for gentle exfoliation, since they work on redundant cells, living tissue remaining unaffected. Her fascination for France and its architecture is the inspiration behind the brand name.     the review I was gifted various sample sized…

  • Leegeehaam Life Pure Cleansing Oil
    Dr. Ceuracle,  first cleanse

    Dr. Ceuracle Life Pure Cleansing Oil

    the claim Rebranded from Leegeehaam, the Dr. Ceuracle Life Pure Cleansing Oil is formulated with sunflower seed oil. It claims to gently and effectively melt away makeup and impurities, leaving skin clean and refreshed.     the science Dominating the formula is Sunflower Seed Oil, a well absorbed, light weight oil without residue and rich in linoleic acid and Vitamin E. Essential fatty acids help to maintain the skin barrier and decrease transepidermal water loss, keeping skin supple and soft. Its emollient nature ensures smoother more hydrated skin for longer. Antioxidants provide anti-ageing advantages, fighting free radical and UV damage, thus protecting against premature ageing. Caretenoids make it a good…

  • Style Korean Glowing Clover Set
    Abib,  Benton,  body,  first cleanse,  Heimish,  HelloSkin,  Hyggee,  mask,  second cleanse,  Style Korean

    Style Korean Glowing Clover Set

    the set The Style Korean Glowing Clover Set comprises products from leading Korean skincare brands. The set includes the following five items:   Abib, Hand Crème Type V Fragrant Tube Benton, Tea Tree Cleansing Water Heimish, ph 5.5 All Clean Green Foam HelloSkin, Jumiso First Skin Lightening Mask   Abib Hand Crème Type V Fragrant Tube The Abib philosophy is to take skin that has been exposed to and suffered the effects of pollution and other stimuli and return it to a natural state. The Crème Type V  focuses on the hands and is defined by a scent inspired by Vincent van Gogh. It starts off with a strong citrus…

  • Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water
    Benton,  first cleanse

    Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water

    the claim The Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water is naturally-derived and said to give a refreshing and calming effect on tired skin while mildly cleansing. The product revitalizes irritated, stressed-out skin with redness and helps to ease acne.     the science Tee Tree Oil  is an essential oil with a fresh camphor scent derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, native to Australia. Aborigines have been using its healing qualities for thousands of years. Tea Tree Oil is made up of around 100 substances, including terpenes which are responsible for the ingredient’s reputation as a remedy. Tea Tree Water is basically Tea Tree Oil dispersed in water, whereas Tea Tree…

  • Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Oil Reducing Cleanser
    first cleanse,  Paula's Choice

    Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil Reducing Cleanser

    the claim The Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil Reducing Cleanser is a blend of gentle cleansing ingredients which thoroughly remove makeup, excess oil and impurities while soothing skin.     the science The primary cleansing agents in the Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Cleanser are gentle surfactants. They work by lowering the surface tension of water helping it to bond with and wash away dirt, oil and other impurities. Additionally, they provide a mild lathering effect to the formulation. Both Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate and Sodium Lauroamphoacetate are naturally derived from coconut oil, ensuring an oil based product suitable for a first cleanse. When combined with other fatty ingredients, Stearic Acid, acts…

  • Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil
    first cleanse,  Klairs

    Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

    the claim The Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil is easily washable and allows mild yet effective cleansing of dirt and makeup without causing any trouble or irritation. It also maintains skin moisture after cleansing.     the science Taking on the role of spotlight ingredients in the formulation, both Blackcurrant Seed Oil and Black Soybean Oil are anti-inflammatory agents, rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. As such, they are able to soothe skin conditions such as acne, protect against free radical damage and provide nourishment and moisture. Several other oils are included to boost these functions. Jojoba, Sesame, Carapa Guaianensis and Cranberry Seed Oils are gentle, soothing, hydrating…