Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash

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This isn’t Soap & Glory’s best offering…

From a great skincare product to one I didn’t love as much. If you haven’t heard of the Soap & Glory brand, you will soon. This is a well known UK brand that’s priced at the higher end of drug store level. They started out in body and skin care and are now expanding into cosmetics (FYI, their Kickass Powder is my holy grail touchup and setting powder). Here in the US, you can find the Soap & Glory brand at drugstores in more metropolitan areas or at Ulta.

What’s eye catching about Soap & Glory is their cute packaging with cheeky names and slogans. I’ve been dabbling into their products this year. Like many drugstore body and skincare brands, I’ve had some hits and misses. For instance, I absolutely love their Breakfast Body Scrub and Righteous Butter, but am still on the fence on their Clean On Me Shower Gel.

Despite some misses, I do really enjoy this brand and love trying out their stuff. I was stoked when I saw they were collaborating with Ipsy. I received the Face Soap and Clarity Facial Wash (USD $12.00, full size 11.8 oz). First thoughts: you get a ton of product for a relatively good price. This is definitely at the more affordable end of skin care.

If you look on Ulta’s website, you’ll see that this cleanser has almost a perfect 5 star review score from users. That was extremely promising. Those that tried this out said it was a good clarifying cleanser that didn’t dry out their skin, which is exactly what I look for in a cleanser.

The first thing I noticed when using the cleanser was the overwhelming “fresh” scent it had. It wasn’t a bad scent, but as you can see from my previous posts I’m not a huge fan of fragrance in my daily skincare products. If it’s a mask I use occasionally, I’m more forgiving. But daily exposure to fragrance on my face? Pass. Daily exposure to fragrance will make my skin feel overly sensitive.

The good news is that this cleanser is not drying, especially for combination/oily skin. It does a good job of cleaning the face without having it feel overly stripped. Granted, my skin did feel slightly tighter than it does when I use my Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser, but not dried out.

The bad news is that, as predicted, the fragrance in the cleanser did begin to trigger sensitivity. There wasn’t any externally visible irritation, but my skin did start to feel slightly stingy to the touch. I’m not a fan of having my face feel tender, especially since it can make applying other skincare and makeup unpleasant.

Looking at the ingredient list, I’m not overly impressed with what I’m seeing. I know it’s an “affordable” cleanser, but Cerave also falls into that category and they pack some pretty great skincare ingredients into their cleanser, while only being 99 cents more expensive.

Bottom Line: This is a definitely pass for me. While it had some promising reviews online, Soap & Glory’s Clarity Facial Wash just misses the mark. It does do a good job of cleansing the skin without being too drying, but unfortunately the amount of fragrance in the cleanser just triggers too much skin sensitivity. For now, I’m going to stick with my usual cleanser. Soap & Glory does have some great products in their line, but this didn’t work out.

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February 2016 Birchbox Review #3: BORGHESE Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser

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Oh, Birchbox. At least you tried.

A lot of times when I get skincare items in Ipsy or Birchbox, they miss the mark by a mile on my skin type. When I was a teenager and in my early twenties, my skin was quite oily (thanks, hormones!) and I would have killed for a good clay based cleanser. As I’ve gotten older, my skin as gotten a little drier. Now, I have more combination skin (normal with a slightly more oily t-zone). So with this clay based cleanser, they sort of got it right.

I’m incredibly picky about my face cleansers, because even though my oiliness has calmed down I can be acne and irritation prone. I did a ton of research before committing to my current cleansers, which have worked out really well. I wasn’t in the market for a new cleanser, but I thought why not? Let’s see how this does.

Borghese Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser (USD $30.00 for 3.5 oz) is a pricey clay based cleanser. Granted, you are getting 3.5 oz, but $30 is still a pretty penny to pay for a cleanser. But some high end skincare is super amazing, so I won’t hold the price against it. ┬áThe packaging of the full size is also a squeeze tube, which is perfect for dispensing without exposing the cleanser to the elements and bacteria.

What this cleanser has going for it is that it’s suppose to be a gentle cleanser made out of Tuscan clay. Let’s be real, it doesn’t really matter where the clay comes from…dirt is dirt. But clay can absolutely be a great oil extractor for those of us with oily patches. As for the “gentle” claim, the ingredients almost all check out. There are a lot of safe, natural, and beneficial ingredients such as some clarifying oils, amino acids, and (my personal favorite) hyaluronic acid. These are all great because they will gently cleanse and repair the skin without leaving behind excess oil.

The one flaw: this cleanser has fragrance, skincare enemy number one. I did some research and it looks like this doesn’t have too much fragrance in it. Plus, since the cleanser does wash away it won’t stay on the skin. Still, if you have very sensitive skin and know you don’t react well to fragrance, you may want to keep away.

I actually think this could be a fabulous cleanser for folks that have extremely oily skin and a normal cleanser just isn’t cutting it. However, my skin was not a fan. The problem was that the clay and a few of the oil cleansing ingredients extracted too much moisture from my skin.

What I did was swap my typical nighttime cleanser, Marcelle Hydra-C Facial Exfoliating Gel, for the Borghese. I use a more exfoliating cleanser at night, to control my oily t-zone. This one from Marcelle works great for my combo skin and doesn’t dry out the rest of my face. I could tell immediately that the Borghese was doing its job of extracting oil. My skin felt super tight and dry, even after going through my moisturizing routine. This bad boy is powerful.

But it absolutely overpowered my skin. By day 5 of using this cleanser, my skin looked severely parched and was starting to feel itchy from being dry. I immediately stopped using it and did a few moisture masks to reverse the effects.

I don’t think this cleanser is bad at all. It’s just not a good match for someone who has anything drier than oily skin. I think someone with my skin type is better off sticking with gentler cleansers and just using the occasional clay based mask on their oily areas.

Rating: 4/5. While this cleanser was not a good match for my normal/oily combo skin, I do think this could work wonders for people who have severely oily skin and need to get it under control. Fragrance aside, the ingredients are very promising and, in my experience, do work at extracting oil.

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