Had been meaning to buy oils to cleanse with, until I saw this on sale at priceline. The ingredients list sounded great, so I tried it out, and have been really impressed.
It states that the product can be tissued-off, but i prefer to massage it onto my face, and then rise off with lukewarm water, and lightly pat dry with a towel. I don't try to dry too harshly, leaving some of the oils in the cleaser on my face, helping to keep it moisturised.
4 lippies at the moment, as have only just started using over the last two weeks. We'll see how it goes over time, but so far is really good for maintaining moisture in my skin, and really glad I bought it so far.
Only problem I can think of is I can definately see how some might say it has an 'old lady' scent. It is very much scented that way, and whilst I don't mind it, I would prefer something more modern, or at least unscented.
UPDATE 4/13: Changed this to 5 (from 4), really I cant think of any problems I've had with this. Was extra handy in a situation I needed cleanser but didnt have water. Very soothing and moisturising, would still prefer another scent but there's nothing wrong with this product at all, really nice.
My friend recommended it to me when I suffered several red/dry spots around my cheeks from Kiehl's brigtening cleanser. I use it to wash my face twice a day with my clarisonic and so far it does calm my skin down without any irritations.
What it does not help is my Blackheads and my oily T-Zone. I'm not sure is it because the Unscented 24 Hour Pure Moisture that I'm using or the Shea butter ingredient in the cleanser... but overall, it's still a good cleanser.
Got a trial size of this from an aussie friend and will be forever grateful. I agree with the poster who said this might just be the best cream cleanser on the market, natural or conventional, it beats every other product I tried in this category.
I have dry skin, so I love cream or balm cleansers and have tried a lot. Many. From Eve Lom, Estee Lauder, Dermalogica, Ole Henriksen, Clinique and natural brands like Weleda, Hauschka, Trilogy and pharmacy brands like Avène, La Roche Posay and Bioderma. I like this one best. I think this resembles Cliniques comforting cream cleanser a lot, so if youre looking for a natural, environmental-friendly and cruelty-free alternative, I'm pretty sure you're going to like this. It's creamy, cleans impressively well (removes cream eye makeup and my MUFE f&b foundation with no problems) and really leaves skin refreshed, like you used a toner. Just lovely!
So, what's the drawback? Well, for sensitive skin, it would be that A'Kin for some reason chose to use one of the most dreaded essential oils, geranium, containing linalool, which many are allergic to (it's oxidized compund to be precise). And it's pretty high on the ingredient list, too. I was weary. BUT I am happy to report that this sensitive-skinned user have not had any reactions to it - I tell myself that the risk of this product oxidizing on my skin or in the tube is minimal due to the use of the product.
Very pleased with everything about this product, from performance to packaging (eco-friendly, biodegradable). Well done, A'Kin and thank you aussie friend for tuning me in on this brand! continued >>
Love it! Great for my dry skin. My skin feel soft and not so tight after cleansing (like what other brands do to my skin).
Price is ok and this product is natural so I love it even more!
i like this product it is a 2 in 1 product which is handy, it is a lovely creamy texture, when rinsed off skin is clean and moisturise ready for moisturiser.
I give this 4 lippies because i think the shea butter clogs some of pores, my skin still break out around the forehead and chin.
I have also used the intensive moisturiser which also had shea butter and noticed it done the same thing to my skin.
I kid you not when I say that this is the best natural Cream cleanser on the market. I have been using natural skincare exclusively for the last five years. I love Suki and Trilogy cream cleansers, but my face doesn't feel clean after washing with the other cleansers. With the A'kin my face feels really clean but not stripped (squeeky clean). The ingredients are top notch. The packaging, althought not fancy, is serviceable (plastic tube). But, the best is that you get a 225ml tube for around $20. You will only need a small amount to cleanse with (pea sized) so this cleanser will last for quite a while. It does not remove waterproof mascara, so I suggest using a makeup remover first (Beauty without Cruelty makes an inexpensive one that works!).
This is a really lovely cleanser. I bought this because I fancied a different cleanser to use as an alternative to my beloved Eve Lom.
This cleanser has all the components I love, it is rich and creamy, and can be massaged around the skin without sinking into the skin and taking it and all the makeup/pollutants in with it. It is easily removed and can be rinsed off, it does not leave behind a film on my skin.
I have oily/combination, sensitive skin, with red cheeks and jawline spots. This soothes and comforts my skin with no reaction, I can use it around my eyes with no problems.
It is a good price at £12.99 for 225mls and I like the fact that it is not a pump dispenser - I like to decide how much I want to use at a time thankyou very much!
It does have a rose scent, but it is not too much and as a person who is not a particular fan of rose, it is fine for me.
An all round winner and a definate repurchase for me.
*Update* Feb 2010 - I still like and use this cleanser, but I have reduced the lippies to 4, maybe it is me, but I can't seem to get this one right, if I put too little on, it sinks straight into the skin, and if I put too much on, it leaves a greasy residue which does not come off easily.
This cleanser smells really good but leaves a film on my face after cleansing. It gives me the feeling that my face isn't really well cleanser. Doesn't dries my skin but it gives me black and white heads on my cheeks. Might be the shea butter? I'm not too sure. I pass it on to my boyfriend after half a bottle.
L.O.V.E. this product. I have sensitive skin that can get slightly oily in summer (humid climate) and quite dry in winter. This is my HG product for winter, it is creamy and smoothes on beautifully with a lovely rose scent. The scent is quite strong so if you are not keen on rose it's probably not for you. It is very moisturising and calms my skin very well during the dry winters we have in Australia, although I wouldn't suggest using it in summer unless you live in a cooler region or have very dry skin. The only downside of this product is that it lasts for a maximum of a year, at which point you really need to throw it out because it goes bad. But it's because of all the beautiful natural ingredients in it so it's not all bad ;)
so far, excellent!!!!
am in LOVE with the rose smell, very old fashioned and pretty.
love the texture, my dry skin laps this up.
will update later, but for now, another heavenly a'kin product.