Tested on animals:No
Beautycounter's Routine Clean Cream Cleanser is supposed to be able to soothe and condition skin "naturally," but many of the so-called "natural" ingredients it contains are anything but soothing, which is why it doesn't get a better recommendation from us!
The brand's website makes a point that this creamy cleanser doesn't contain "sodium lauryl sulfate" (SLS) because it "can cause irritation." While it's true that SLS can cause irritation, that doesn't mean this cleanser doesn't contain other irritants, because it does.
Check the ingredient list and you'll see lavender flower extract, which has the potential to irritate skin and eyes—to say nothing of the geranium and citrus extracts (orange peel oil and bergamot oil) that can do the same. Though not present in a great amount—and this product is meant to be rinsed away—they shouldn't be here at all, especially considering that many people use their cleansers twice a day.
The rest of the formula is a pretty standard mix of gentle cleansing agents and emollients. This could have been a good option for those with dry skin, but the potential for irritation means it's not a good idea for anyone. We recommend one of the options on our list of Best Cleansers instead.
- Contains a mix of gentle cleansers and emollients suitable for dry skin.
- Contains lavender flower extract, orange peel oil, and bergamot oil, all of which have the potential to irritate skin.
This creamy daily cleanser washes away makeup and other impurities while soothing and conditioning skin naturally.
Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Maltodextrin, Allantoin, Beta Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described “serial entrepreneur” Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewart’s media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.
Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brand’s primary focus is provide what it calls “safe” skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing “harmful” is used.
For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.
Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.