My skin is really sensitive, so I try to stay away from products that contain parabens and fragrance/parfum. My original go-to cleanser was Avalon ve Organics Lavender Skin Care Cleansing Milk but decided to try out Burt's Bees as a cheaper alternative (by about $5 or so). I love it. My biggest gripe with the cleanser is that it doesn't remove makeup on it's own, so I usually wipe my face with jojoba oil first before washing my face. That helps a lot.
Whenever I try to use another kind of cleanser, my face breaks out and I tend to resort back to good ol' Burt's Bees. It smells great and has a refreshing, tingling sensation while washing. It's good for every-day use and doesn't dry out my skin (which is sensitive/dry to begin with). I recently paired it with Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion and it's a great duo. (The moisturizer can make your skin a bit oily, so I try to use no more than 1 1/2 pumps.)
It's a great product. I've been using it for over 3 months. I use to use it twice a day, in the mornings when I wake up and night to remove foundation and cleanse skin. However I noticed that when I would use a toner afterwards that the cleanser was not cleaning all the make-up off. So now I only use it the mornings when I take a hot shower, it feels really good and cleans the excess oil off my face without leaving my face feeling dry but smooth. If you want a great cleanser that will get all the make-up off I recommend using Cetaphil daily facial cleanser for normal to oily skin.
I use that at night and use the Burts in the mornings.
I really wanted to like this. Gentle, organic-y; and I for one love products with menthol (Japanese eyedrops, anyone? Best ever). I thought since I'm 23 my skin would be over the acne thing and I could just wash my face with nature.
After using this for a little while and blaming my skin problems on my moisturizer, I realized that the reason little blackheads are beginning to multiply on my chin is probably because my pores have been left to fend for themselves. I think I need to go find something that cleans more deeply.
I'm still going to keep this for when my skin feels really dry, but I'm going back to Eucerin on a daily basis.
I bought this from my local chemist when I had run out of my normal ASAP cleanser and my other backup cleanser 'Cetaphil oily skin'.
As soon as you apply it, it feels and smells lovely. As I normally use cleansers that foam slightly, it was odd to have one that felt so waxy and dense and it left a film over my skin which I didnt like. It also didnt remove all the makeup from my skin which was disappointing so had to cleanse twice.
The minty cold feeling when cleansing was nice though, but overal, I think it would be suited to someone that wasnt prone to acne. Ill be giving this one to my BF to use up.
If you're a fan of foamy cleansers, then you might not enjoy this one. Its creamy consistency dissolves to form an almost invisible, waxy texture when you rub it on your face. Doesn't get rid of all traces of make-up - it's a good habit to double cleanse your face anyway - so needs to be followed-up or preceded by a designated gunk remover, though it does a decent enough job. Been using it for a few weeks and found it unclogged+tightened most of my pores and my skin stays relatively oil-free throughout the day. Quite a feat considering other cleansers can't seem to do the same. The minty after-feel is also a bonus & a perfect perk-me-up in the morns :) Will repurch! continued >>
I got this product as a cast-off from someone else who said it didn't work for her. This cleanser just seemed like overpriced Noxzema to me. The skin-tingling feeling, the camphor/eucalyptus fragrance............I think I can pretty much get that using Noxzema. In fact I think I prefer Noxzema over this, because it costs less and I think the blue jar is kind of pretty. Having used both Noxzema and this product I will take the Noxzema, thank you. I am not a big fan of the whole face-tingling cleansing experience but that is just me. I don't know if I will use up the entire tube as I just dont care for it. I am glad that I tried this for free but I won't be buying it.
This is one of those products where you buy it the first time, love it and buy another... and then your face breaks out like nobody's business.
I personally love the smell. It reminds me of lime flavoured lollypops :D! I also love the creaminess, and that it completely removed my foundation (keep in mind I don't wear that much) and reminants of my eye makeup remover. I also really love the feeling and smell of menthol. I find it relaxing.
The not so good:
After moving onto my second bottle, I noticed that I was getting tiny pimples all over my cheeks. I thought it was my foundation at first, so I stopped wearing it. When that didn't chang anything, I switched to washing my face with Cetaphil instead of the Burt's Bees cleanser. The pimples cleared right up! So unforunately, this cleanser made my face break out. I found too that it kind of aggravated the redness around my nose and blackheads :(
Overall, I would not repurchase again. The price isn't bad if this works for you though. You only need to use about a pea-sized amount for your entire face. Also, the smell! So delicious!!!
i got this in a variety pack with a bunch of sample sizes, and i definately plan on buying the full size when the sample runs out.
initally when washing with it you get a nice minty, tingly feeling (so be careful not to get it too close to the eye area!). then you rinse and the skin feels taut and almost a little dry for a little bit, but then when your skin dries it doesnt feel dry at all, but soft and supple. i've been usin it every day for about a week now, so if i were going to get breakouts from it i think i wuld have by now, but i havent =) yay!
I find that cleansers that lather will cause initial dryness and then oily craziness later on in the day (which just seems to fuel the acne around my chin area to greater heights-ugh). This cream cleanser takes care of both problems. It leaves behind a very light layer of glycerin. I don't need to use a moisturizer afterward and voila - no more oil slick either.
I can imagine that the menthol in this product isn't for everyone. It's a little overpowering. I find that the menthol is fine as long as I don't attempt to use this cleanser as an eye make up remover.
Altogether, I'm on my second purchase of this cleanser and will continue to purchase.
It took me a long time to get used to the scent.... its just kinda gross-medicinal and chamomile :-(
Also... it says "avoid contact with eye area," probably because the menthol will sting your eyes. Even after you rinse it off. Why buy a facial cleanser that you can't use near your eyes?? There are many cheaper cleansers out there that remove makeup better, don't stink, and you can use near your eyes..