[Patricia] Day 19: Discovering Oil Cleansers
Today I purchased a new facial cleanser called Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser. Typically I research a product online first, then investigate the ingredients and finally choose a product. Instead today I wanted to put my knowledge to the test and pick a product based on what I’ve learned so far in the #Organic30Day challenge. The main ingredients I was looking to stay away from was SLS, Phthalates and Parabens. I was in the all natural aisle and it was still harder than I thought to find a cleanser that didn’t have any of those 4 ingredients. After about 15 minutes, I finally found a winner with Burt’s Bees.
The cleanser smelled like I was washing my face with orange juice. Fresh orange juice, not the Minute Maid from concentrate stuff. The consistency didn’t feel like any face wash I’ve ever used before. It felt REALLY oily. When I applied it on my wet face, there was no foam or bubbles. I was a bit confused, so I applied more. Not only did it not foam, but as I rubbed in into my skin it felt the opposite of squeaky clean. I was pretty stumped. To my surprise, I looked at my face afterwards and it took all my make up off (I caked it on today) and my skin didn’t feel like I needed moisturizer. 10 minutes later my skin felt just as clean as it would with my Neutrogena face wash with all those lovely no-no ingredients in it.
I looked up the product on the EWG cosmetic database site and was pleasantly surprised. I’ve never used a product that scored so high in every category of non-toxicity. I realized most of the ingredients were made of different types of oils (explains a lot about the texture). Vegetable, Olive, and Rosemary Leaf Oil were main ingredients that scored 0 ranking in toxicity (0 nontoxic hazard, 10 extremely hazardous)
Following my path of exploration, I come to find that there’s a whole world of oil-cleansing methods that clean your face naturally and more effectively than conventional cleanser brands we’ve come to know. Oil cleans Oil. Who knew? Looking forward to writing about it tomorrow. Stay tuned.