[unpaid/sample] I’m surprised it’s taken Erborian so long to hitch a ride on the Centella bandwagon, but they have and the wait is worthwhile. As an ingredient, I like centella – it’s a prime example of a natural product that’s been used for centuries for good reason making its way into mainstream products, again for good reason.
Centella asiatica is otherwise known as asian pennywort, tiger grass or gotu kola which I am sure will ring bells as appearing in several well-known creams but hasn’t really been given the credit it deserves as a soother, an antioxidant and rich source of amino acids. There’s also some squalane and chamomile in the blend. Erborian Centella Cleansing Gel is my favourite of the two but if you want belt and braces, you could use the Cleansing Oil to remove make up and follow with the Gel to cleanse the skin afterwards.
You really do get a very clean feel from these – the oil whipped through mascara and lipstick and left my skin feeling soft and supple, and following on from the make up removal, the gel gave a non-drying but effective cleanse all ready for moisturiser. The scent is a draw for me because its a kind of clean herby-botanical aroma – certainly the scent backs up the efficacy – like it acts as clean as it smells if you see what I mean! They’ve got smaller size bottles for £8.50 (gel), £9.50 (oil) if you want to dip your toe in the water, but if you like a wash-off cleanse, I think you’ll like these. They’re HERE. Actually, I still love their Double Mousse Cleanser – one of my favourites of all time.
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Hi! I wonder why a product has the ingredient on which it relies and its sales on it, sixth from the end in the list of ingredients. Also, excellent ingredients such as tocopherol and bisabol are in the end, which means in minimal quantity. They are cleansers and will washed away, but i have noticed in skincare products, good ingredients are very low on the lists. Do you know why this happens? By the way, the name Tocopherol (vit E) comes from the Greek words “tokos” (birth, creation) and “fero” (fetch, bring), because their absence has been associated with problems with reproductive function, such as miscarriages. Have a wonderful day, spring is coming.
Put simply, it’s marketing. In fact, brands often talk about a ‘marketing dose’ meaning that a particularly trend ingredient can be claimed as part of the formula although it’s probably doing very little or nothing at all. But, here’s the thing, people kind of know this now – it’s something that in part, social media, blogs in particular, can be proud of for ensuring that consumers know what to look for now. They understand an INCI in a way that no non-science person did a decade ago. So, I’m happy you’ve questioned this because for years, nobody ever did. I found them to be very pleasant, gentle cleansers and both felt skin soothing but you’re absolutely right, there are no real benefits of anything when it’s washed off in two seconds flat. It comes down to texture and preference after that.