This water-soluble cleanser is not recommended due to the inclusion of lavender oil (please refer to the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary on this site for research concerning lavender and its lack of benefit for skin) and an essential oil fragrance blend that is potentially irritating to skin and eyes. The company labels this as being for sensitive skin, which is completely off base.
Complete cleansing for sensitive skin. Washes with gentle fruit-based cleansers, as Licorice Root, organic Lavender, Arnica and White Tea calm and protect irritation-prone skin. Organic Flax and Borage Oils replenish moisture, leaving skin lightly hydrated.
Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) And Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts (Aqueous), Organic Arnica Montana Extract, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Oleamido Succinate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Aloe Barbadensis, Glycereth-7 Cocoate, Citric Acid, Phospholipids, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (Licorice Root), Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage) And Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Oils, Phenoxyethanol, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil And Other Essential Oils
Avalon Organics is one of many companies owned by Hain-Celestial, a company that specializes in marketing "natural" products. Along with various food and beverage brands you often see lining the shelves of health food stores, Hain-Celestial is also behind several other cosmetics lines, including Alba Botanica, Jason Natural, and Zia Natural (and just to be clear, none of these are all natural in the least).
Avalon Organics is most similar to Alba Botanica, but strangely enough, Avalon in many ways is the inferior line. Relative to the Alba Botanica line, Avalon Organics products cost more and their formulas aren't nearly as state of the art. A major thumbs down for Avalon Organics is the fact that none of their sunscreens contains sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. In addition, many more of the Avalon Organics products contain irritating plant oils (lavender, orange), and almost all also feature a plant tea concoction that includes not only lavender but also arnica, a problematic plant if ever there was one (Sources: American Journal of Contact Dermatitis, June 1996, pages 94–99; and www.naturaldatabase.com). It is these natural ingredients that sabotage many of the Avalon Organics products.
Avalon does include several helpful natural ingredients (among them willow herb, licorice, borage oil, and aloe), but their benefit is diminished when they must overcome the potential skin problems presented by the not-so-helpful plants. Moreover, several Avalon Organics products contain a blend of unidentified essential oils. These are used for fragrance, but Avalon opted to list the generic term "fragrance" as "other essential oils," which means that consumers do not know exactly what oils they're applying to their skin. This goes directly against FDA regulatory requirements: "other essential oils" is not a legitimate ingredient term.
It is indeed admirable that Avalon Organics is dedicated to organic farming and to sustainable agricultural practices that improve the environment, but such a mission doesn’t translate into great skin-care: farming is one issue, but brilliantly formulated products is another. In this case you can't rely on Avalon products to take care of your skin without some careful consideration. There are a handful of recommended products to consider, especially if you prefer a ratio of ingredients that favors natural over synthetic. (Note, however, this is not an all-natural line, any more than munching on Skittles candy is like eating real fruit.) But taking "the time to honor yourself" (Avalon's statement) by using products only from their line, or being swayed by this brand's "Consciousness in Cosmetics" for the sake of your skin, would be a mistake.
For more information about Avalon Organics, call (888) 659-7730 or visit www.avalonorganics.com.
Note: Avalon uses the term "other essential oils" on their ingredient lists, which does not comply with FDA or international regulations. These regulations state that you must list by name ALL the individual ingredients you include in your product for this category of ingredients.