Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Review: Neal's Yard Chamomile Cleanser.
Deeming this my Holy Grail cleanser without having tried any similar products is perhaps me getting a little ahead of myself, but, I am a firm believer in that once you've found something that works for you, sticking with it can only be a good thing. Like with every product there are some negatives however for me personally, the positives far outweigh any minor niggles I have.
Neal's Yard say - "Lifts away impurities and make up without upsetting even sensitive skin. Calming restorative organic chamomile is blended with moisturising shea and organic coconut. Gently yet effectively removes eye make up."
My skin is stupidly sensitive, ever since I suffered from acne when I was 18 it's been aggravated by many products but this cleanser really does soothe while removing my make up; I'm both very impressed and very happy. This has a very subtle chamomile scent to it that I really like & I think you'd struggle to really dislike. Consistency wise it's a thick cream that feels so luxurious as you massage it into your skin, it's one of those products that I really look forward to using.
As someone with oily eyelids & very watery eyes I have to use waterproof mascara to stop any transferring/running throughout the day and because of this I use a separate eye make up remover first. Now, I use a lot of mascara so I often find that not all traces are removed but this cleanser does an excellent job of removing any left over product. The formula is gentle enough for me to use around my sensitive eyes, which to be honest is nothing short of a minor miracle!
I read their recommended way of using the product - "Apply a pea size amount to cotton wool and wipe away daily impurities from the face. Rinse with warm water." - and promptly ignored it! Personally I think a far more effective way of using this is to massage the cream into your skin and remove with a warm muslin cloth a la Liz Earle's hot cloth cleanser. This allows for the gentle exfoliation of your skin each day as well as ensuring all traces of make up being fully removed.
I only use this on days where I have been wearing make up, there's no real reason for this other than I don't want to use it up too quickly. At £11.50 it's not hideously expensive but it's not something I want to have to repurchase often because unfortunately for me, money doesn't grow on trees! However, having said all this I do find that a little goes a long way and although it's a thick cream, it spreads easily. So for me I'd say one pot would last maybe 4-6 months, which isn't bad at all.
The main question is, would I repurchase? My answer is yes, absolutely! I don't think I could be without this now! It costs £11.50 for a 50g pot and you can purchase from Neal's Yard stores & NealsYardRemedies.com.
Have you tried any Neal's Yard products? What's your favourite cleanser?