Man, I feel bad writing not-so-stellar reviews about products two weeks in a row but I have to do it. It was one of my 2015 Beauty Resolutions, after all. I want to talk about the Grown Alchemist Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser. It has Olive Leaf and Plantago Extract - which are touted to be soothing to the skin, promote cell tissue regrowth and also provide some anti-microbial properties. Sounds awesome! The Grown Alchemist brand is organic (and Australian, in case you missed my previous post about their products - catch up on it here) and I was excited to use this cream cleanser during the harsh cold winter months.
The packaging is beautiful. It's what drew me to the brand to begin with. I like their philosophy and general aesthetic. Sadly, that's where it ends for me when it comes to this product. The texture of it isn't out of the ordinary - it's a rich white cream that you squeeze out of the tube. It has a slight cooling sensation when you massage it on the skin but it doesn't cleanse efficiently and it has a very very strange strong (and unpleasant) herbal smell. It almost smells like gasoline when you first apply it. It's intense. I can get over a bad smell if the product delivered in other aspects but sadly this misses the mark for me. It wasn't particularly soothing, it left an unpleasant residue on the skin and it didn't remove makeup well at all. I didn't initially purchase it for makeup removal but wanted to test its capabilities regardless for the sake of this review.
If you want a gentle, natural cream cleanser I still stand by the Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser - it hasn't been knocked off the top spot!