Natural beauty and well-being

12 May 2015

Andalou Naturals Meyer Lemon creamy cleanser: the verdict

Andalou Naturals is a US brand that is not easy to find in Europe, if at all. It is liked by many bloggers, including Mary from Make-up by Mary B or Nicole from Live it, Love it, Green it! On a US trip, my husband brought me back some Andalou Naturals products including the Revitalizing serum that I recently reviewed (read here).
He also got me one of their face cleansers: the Meyer Lemon creamy cleanser. So what are my thoughts?

Product name: Meyer Lemon creamy cleanser
Certified: no
For: normal & combination skins
Texture: gel/cream
Price: $13.00 for 6oz (180ml)

My opinion

     Housed in a opaque dark-green pump bottle, the cleanser is well protected from light, air and over-exposure. Nice!
      It is a water-based cleanser, which is a type I really love. And this one from Andalou is indeed, as I hoped, creamy but not too rich with a slightly gelified texture. What makes this cleanser appealing to me is the presence of Manuka honey, a now famous rich honey originated from New-Zealand. Packed with vitamins and sugars, Manuka honey is incredibly soothing yet exerts antimicrobial effects on the skin. Included in the formula are a few soothing plants oils (Sunflower, Jojoba, and Rosehip) infused with a blend of aromatic essential oils such as Ylang Ylang, Orange and Lemon.
The other star ingredient is the Citrus Meyer extract. A Citrus Meyer is a Lemon crossed with a Mandarine or an Orange and is meant to have a sweeter taste. It is known for its content in flavonoids, which are the pigments that give the color to the fruits (yellow or orange etc) and can act as anti-oxidants and skin luminizer molecules. If you have a sensitive skin, make sure to patch test it before use, since it contains citrussy extracts/essential oils and these can be irritant.
     The cleanser also contains a gentle detergent (decyl glucoside), which aims to lift away dirt and daily grime.
     In terms of routine, I like to use this cleanser in the morning or as a 2nd cleanser in the evening (after my beloved Beauty balm - see review here).  I love the scent: citrus but incredibly subtle at the same time. Because it is lighter than a cream and richer than a gel, it makes it very easy to massage onto the face. I insist on the forehead and nose and usually leave it for a couple of minutes. Then I rinse it out with lukewarm water. However, this part I find a little less convenient - I need to insist a bit in order to properly rinse it out. Perhaps a small flannel would help, but this will make the routine less quick or simple in my often busy morning.
    In terms of the results, I am really happy: skin is absolutely really cleansed, feeling confortable with a fresh look- almost glowing!
For that price and despite the little effort to remove it, I am quite impressed and I am ready to keep that cleanser as a beauty staple for quite some time!

++ excellent value for price
- a bit tedious to rinse out

My overall grade: 8.5/10

Composition: Aloe barbadensis juice,* decyl glucoside, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) oil*, Manuka honey, vegetable glycerin, sorbitol, Citrus medica limonum (Citrus meyer) extract, Simmonsia chinensis (Jojoba) and Rosa Canina (Rosehip) oils, lauric acid, cetearyl alcohol, Hippophae Rhammnoides (Sea buckthorn) oil*, fruit stem cells (Malus domestsica, solar vitis) amd bioactive 8 berry complex*, magnesium ascorbic phosphate (Vitamin C), Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) polyphenols, allantoin, Camellia sinensis (White tea) and Hibiscus sabdariffa extracts*, tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vanilia planifolia and Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) extracts*, phenythyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang)*, styrax benzoin, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) oil*.

Get it here.

What do you think? Have you tried any Andalou Naturals cleansers?
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