Tested on animals:No
This water-soluble foaming cleanser contains some good ingredients for cleansing oily skin, but the fragrant oils make it too potentially sensitizing (see More Info for details).
Another ding against this cleanser is that it can't work as claimed. It contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that when used in a well formulated leave-on product can work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, BHA is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser. That’s because it's rinsed off before they it begins to work. If you are hoping for this cleanser to provide exfoliating benefits (like clearing pores or blemishes) think again.
Some of the plant and fatty acids this contains are great for breakout-prone skin, but as with the salicylic acid, their benefit is negligible when included in a cleanser.
One more comment: Nothing about this cleanser makes it "deep cleansing". Such a concept is pure marketing spin, nothing more. Plus, it takes more than a cleanser to get clear skin!
- Contains gentle yet effective cleansing agents.
- Rinses cleanly.
- The salicylic acid cannot offer much help for breakouts due to its brief contact with skin.
- Contains fragrant plant oils that pose a risk of aggravating skin.
Note: This product was formerly named Clean Start Wash Off.
Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin’s healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement pages 1-43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 11, pages 789-798
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, issue 4, pages 191-202