I’ve surprised myself by liking this hugely – for some reason, I felt cynical about it and aside from the terrible muslin cloth (a sad thing wet and an aggressive thing dry) this is a great duo that really does leave your skin feeling gorgeous after using.
Unusually for a cleanser, the first ingredient in the Citrus Oil Radiance Cleanse isn’t water – it’s coconut fatty acids (Capric Triglyceride) so it feels like a gel-oil on your face. It’s got good slip so massaging your skin with it comes naturally and that’s always a bonus if you spend a couple of moments increasing blood flow. I am always attracted to citrus scent and to my nose, this is more vanilla-lemon grass than freshly cut, zesty lemons. It did a perfectly decent skin cleanse and make up remove (although I didn’t trust it to my eye make up) that prepped my skin for Step 2 without it feeling stripped or dried.
Usually, I don’t recommend a clay or charcoal mask for skin that’s dry but these days, formulas tend to counteract any subsequent skin tightness by using softening ingredients and oils. Coconut oils feature again here, and you use the Purifying Charcoal Cleanser not as a mask that goes hard but as a second cleanse. Massage it over your skin until the grey goes white and then rinse off. Both products contain linalool and limonene which I know that some can be sensitive to.
The muslin cloth is actually key as a natural skin exfoliator but I think you might have a better one stashed at home – if not, it will do, but I’d like to have seen a more luxury version. The Cleansing Ritual Set is £32.50 which doesn’t seem unreasonable and it’s a skin velveting kind of treatment – you’ll certainly feel the difference and I will swear that my skin looked brighter, too. It’s HERE.
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