Coming Clean, Reviewing three Cleansers

While I love face creams and night masks, there is nothing like a good cleanser to make you feel refreshed and squeaky clean.  I honestly love the feeling of rinsing away a cleanser and toweling off my freshly scrubbed face.  I get the same feeling when I take off a mask, but with a face cleanser I get the feeling twice a day. I know, it’s kind of strange. But I think I also like it not just for the lovely sensation of being clean but because it is pre- daily assessment of the skin.  

Once clean and moisturized, I will start looking for imperfections, places where concealer needs to be applied, areas where redness might need to be corrected, the baggy eyes from a sleepless night that no creams will fix, but will still make a valiant attempt at tackling. As I assess my skin I also assess both products and my life into the bargain.  Is this new skin cream working? Is that candy bar I caved and ate responsible for the new breakouts or was it the extra salt from eating out Sunday afternoon? Everything comes under scrutiny from the drying effect of my makeup remover to the sweat from my workout. Whereas with the cleanser, I just revel in the clean skin.

Sometimes the simple loves are the best.

The three cleansers I’m reviewing are all Soap and Glory products. I know I’ve mentioned them before (and I swear this isn’t sponsored) in my Love your Feet Weight loss tip.  To be honest the foot cream led me to their cleansers.  It was so good that when I ran out of the cleanser I was using, I decided to try one of theirs.  Foot cream and cleansers are the only products of theirs I’ve tried, but at some point I will probably take a deeper meander from their product line.  Once I could only get Soap and Glory products on line by ordering them at places like Sephora.  Now they are carried by Target, Walgreens and Ulta and I am so happy I can just pick them up instead of ordering.  It also encourages me to branch out through the line. Their price is also appealing.  On line the prices for these products range from $11 (Scrubatomic) to $12 (Peaches and Clean and Face Soap and Clarity).  In Target I believe they are all $10.99 each.

Admittedly, I didn’t intend at first to try three separate cleansers from Soap and Glory.  The Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk became my go to cleanser.  Unfortunately (or fortunately depending how you look at it) when I finished my bottle and went to get a new one, they were out of the product and I had to try something else.  That led to me trying two other products.

My daily standby

So first I’ll talk about the Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk. It comes in a pump top bottle which I like, and you only need one pump to wash your face.  Less product per use means a longer time I can use it (and I use it until I am scraping the bottom). It smells like the name, peaches and cream. It comes out white and goes more or less translucent when you rub it onto your skin. It doesn’t foam, but it is super easy to rinse off, just a couple of splashes and you are done, no scrubbing and no residue.

According to the website this product:

…features a special clogged-pore formula with PEACH & GOJUICE™ extracts and an OXYGINSENG™ daily skin detox which will help to purify and clarify, invigorate, soften skin, and melt away makeup, dirt, and impurities for a smooth, luminous complexion.

Now I know what peach is and I am familiar with both oxygen and ginseng (which I assume is where oxyginseng comes from) but I have no clue what gojuice actually is. The term is trademarked so I’m guessing it is something they came up with for this product. I can say it doesn’t clog my pores and leaves my skin soft and clean without being stripped. I’m fairly certain the invigorating part comes mostly from the cold water I use to slap myself awake pre coffee rather than the product itself.  However it is excellent at removing makeup.  Now I am not a big fan of waterproof make-up so I don’t wear it much, but with regular make-up I don’t actually have to use make up remover.  I just do a bit of extra rubbing on the first go round and occasionally have to go back and remove the last traces of mascara from under my eyes (depending on which mascara I used that day). For that, I’m willing to ignore the extra adjectives.

This product remains one of my go to staples.

As I mentioned before, I ran out of the Peaches and Clean and had to try another product. The one I selected was The FACE SOAP AND CLARITY™ 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash. I figured since the Peaches and Clean did four things this was the next best thing. This comes in a bottle without a pump so I had to pry open the top of the lid.  It’s not a problem, but I would suggest doing this before wetting down your face.  It goes easier with dry hands.  The scent of the product is vaguely citrus-y which I’m guessing comes from the Yuzu.

The product claims it:

smoothes and purifies for super clean, fresh and bright skin. With complexion-friendly, non-drying, easy-rinse ingredients including natural SUPERFRUIT™ YUZU and ULTRA-SOFT SCRUB-BEADS, this high-tech foaming facial wash is a multitasking miracle.

It does give you clean, smooth skin and it is non-drying. While not as hard to rinse off as some other cleansers it is not as easy to rinse as the peaches and cream. It does foam which I kind of like but don’t really need. My issue is actually with the ultra-soft scrub beads. At first I worried they would be too harsh for daily use, but they are indeed soft.  My issue is that they don’t dissolve.  They start off as little pink beads and they stay little pink beads.  They stay little pink beads in your sink and on your face. After rinsing, and drying I have found them on my towel and if I did not rinse well enough, I have found them still on my skin when I went to apply my moisturizer. The beads in fact require a lot more rinsing to remove than the rest of the product.  While everything else about this product is fine, I did not like those beads and will not be purchasing this cleanser again. A miracle it is not.

The third product I tried was actually an exfoliator. It is the Scrubatomic Daily face polisher. If you go to the site it is listed under skincare but not under their exfoliators.  After the scrub beads I was a little skeptical but hopeful since I love a good exfoliator.

A daily exfoliator you can actually use daily.

Scrubatomic claims it:

has antioxidant-rich PEACH & GOJUICE™ extracts, fast-acting FRUIT SMOOTHERS, and gentle D-CLOG™ MICROPEEL BEADS to sweep off brightness-dulling dead skin cells. It’s gorgeously foamy, super smoothing and fantastic. Use 4 – 7 times a week (according to your level of clog) and see the power of SCRUB!

Maybe it is the Peach and Gojuice, but I love this cream. While their micropeel beads do exfoliate it feels like very vine sugar and it disappears when you rinse your face. It is easy to wash off, leaves the skin smooth and soft and I’ll go ahead and say it.  I like the foam. It’s not a lot of foam, but it is nice. In addition, I purchased this to use as a cleanser.  I saw daily in the title and went for it.  I used it once a day for a month as I tested this product and had no problems with it.  Now I have to say I only used it in the morning and I tend to either wear night masks or go heavy on my moisturizer at night so it was taking off that extra residue. It is however the first exfoliator that claims it can be used daily that I have been able to use daily. Also since I’ve been working out, I started getting those odd under the skin bumps that don’t quite rise as zits and this did clear them up.

While The Peaches and Clean currently remains my favorite go-to cleanser.  I will keep the Scrubatomic Daily polish around when I need a deeper clean and give the Soap and Clarity a miss. I am looking forward to trying other products from them and I now have a burning desire to find out what the heck gojuice actually is, cause I’m pretty sure, I kinda like it.

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