Cleansers are my jam.
If you had told me five years ago that my skin would be defined by something that stays on for less than a few minutes, I wouldn’t have believed it.
As someone who has always been breakout prone, had acne and was on Roaccutane, I always judge the condition of my skin by the number of spots I have. Once they go away I start looking at other things, but only when I am blemish free.
I love a cleanser’s ability to immediately calm my skin and calm my senses. There is nothing more luxurious to me than a good-old long cleanse. I tailor my cleanser choice to my mood and love how different textures and scents can cater to my needs. I just don’t get that from other parts of my routine – even the oils.
I love most types of cleanser (except foaming obvs).
Balms have got to be top of the list and I was introduced to them via ‘the best cleanser in the world’ – Eve Lom. I adored this stuff, more for the experience than the effect it had on my skin (I used during my peak acne/Roaccutane phase – probably not ideal). I almost wept when I got to use again it after spending three weeks in the Cambodian jungle with no hot water.
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm then arrived in my life and has stayed ever since. I used to use it everyday as a first cleanse (I’m a hard-core double cleanser), but I now keep it for days when I really need the ‘experience’ and when my breakouts are less active. I adore this stuff and will always have a pot in my stash.
The reason it has taken a back seat (and the reason I wanted to write this post) is because of the Plie Treatment Cleanser by Jordan Samuel Skin.
I wasn’t expecting to love this cleanser. I was expecting to like it, because I’d read some great reviews and had every confidence in it’s performance. But this is a gel to oil formula, and being huge fan of luxurious cleansing balms I didn’t think I would love it (in the same way I don’t love the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which has a similar texture).
But I do love it, so much so that I have used it everyday since I got it and my Emma Hardie has firmly taken a back seat.I already have two back-ups.
This cleanser is like a safe pair of hands – I totally trust it not to aggravate any breakouts (which have been minimal since I started using Jordan’s range btw) and its mild exfoliating properties stop my skin looking dehydrated and dull.
Compared to the Oskia cleanser there is something about that is just more luxurious. I feel it gets deeper into my skin – as I massage it in it really sinks in, whilst I have always found Oskia to stay on the surface.
The ingredients are beautiful – there is nothing in this cleanser that doesn’t need to be. It has a light citrusy scent that is beautiful and refreshing. I personally massage this into dry skin and remove with a warm flannel (wash cloth). I wouldn’t recommend starting with damp skin as it gives the product to much slip and I don’t feel I can massage it in properly.
This cleanser would be great for all skin types, although those with very dry skin may miss the comfort of a heavy balm. It is also really affordable (US$24) so I reckon its a great options for teens.
If you haven’t come across Jordan I highly recommend checking out his Youtube channel. His ‘less is more’ approach has really changed the way I treat my skin (I now use exfoliating toners about twice a week as supposed to twice a day) and as I result I think my skin is healthier and stronger. I’m getting way less breakouts so that’s got to be a good sign!
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Water, Sucrose Laurate, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Rhizome/Root Extract, Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Citrus Fruit Extract Blend, Simmodsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylhyroxamic Acid, Capryl Glycol
Some of my other favourite cleansers over the years (ones I have or would definitely repurchase) include:
- Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser (what I used in the jungle when I had no hot water)
- Clinique Take The Day Off Balm (took me a while to get into this, but love it for its simplicty – I know it’s not going to aggravate any breakouts)
- Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (I avoided the balm due to shea butter content)
- Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm (dreamy, expensive, always on the wishlist)
- Sunday Riley Blue Moon (have only ever had samples, but really like this and plan to purchase)