03.17.2015
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Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser
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8.4 fl. oz. for $38
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Cleansers
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Sadly, this isn't a great cleanser for those with breakout-prone, oily skin or enlarged pores. Cucumber juice (which is 96% water) has no ability to tone or make large pores smaller, though it's not a problematic ingredient, just not capable of doing what Eminence claims.

Although this moisturizer contains the AHA ingredient lactic acid and the BHA ingredient salicylic acid, the product's pH is too high for either of them to function as exfoliants, plus these ingredients will be rinsed from skin before they have much time to work. And despite containing yogurt and yogurt being a source of probiotics, there's no research showing probiotics applied topically help skin, breakout-prone or not.

The formulary concerns for breakout-prone skin are one thing, but the main reason this cleansing milk isn't recommended is because it contains menthol, which is a skin irritant. Irritation is not the way to help breakout-prone skin become clearer, but it can potentially make it and oily skin worse. Also, in a cleanser, the AHA and BHA ingredients plus the menthol and tea tree oil are each problematic when used around the eyes, which you're likely to do when washing your face with this product.

Don't even get us started on the questionable manner in which the company lists the ingredients for this product. Some of them are not in compliance with regulatory standards for disclosing cosmetic ingredients—a trait common to many natural-themed lines.

Pros:
  • Contains some beneficial plant ingredients.
Cons:
  • Milky texture doesn't cleanse all that well and can leave a residue.
  • Probiotics in yogurt are not proven beneficial for topical use on skin..
  • Cannot make pores look smaller or control oil production (the latter is governed by hormones, not skin care).
  • Contains known skin irritant menthol.
Claims

Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser purifies your skin without stripping essential moisture for a clearer, more radiant complexion. Tea Tree oil neutralizes bacteria to prevent breakouts while astringent willow bark controls oil production. Lactic acid exfoliates while cucumber juice tones and shrinks pore size. A biocomplex of vitamins A, C, E, Coenzyme Q10 and antioxidants reduces the visible signs of aging.

Ingredients

Cucumber Juice, Willow Bark Extract, Sweet Almond Milk, Yogurt, Lactic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin , Xanthan Gum, Biocomplex (Vitamin A, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid), Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Tea Tree Oil, Menthol.

Brand Overview

Eminence Organic Skin Care At-A-Glance

Strengths: All of the sunscreens provide UVA protection via zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide; one worthwhile moisturizer.

Weaknesses: The inclusion of irritating ingredients with no proven benefit for skin; lack of preservatives in every product along with jar packaging; limited choice of sunscreens; very irritating cleansers and toners; expensive products that have short shelf lives (due to the jar packaging).

Originally hailing from Hungary, Eminence Organics is now distributed from Canada, and is a huge assembly of products sold primarily in spas. As the brand's name states, its claim to fame is the use of organic ingredients. Moreover, it uses more food-based ingredients than any other line we know of, except for Lush. But are "organic" ingredients enough reason for you to consider this line? Possibly, if you're looking for lunch—but if you're looking for great skin care, you'll find dozens of options superior to this one.

The whole issue of organic cosmetics could fill a book, but to put it briefly there are still no FDA-approved standards to meet for labeling cosmetic products as organic. The same is true in Canada, except in the province of Quebec. Beyond that, another element complicating this issue is the fact that even though lots of cosmetics contain organic ingredients, it's rarely the case that the entire formula is organic. Why? There are various reasons, but mostly it's because a number of synthetic ingredients, such as preservatives, are essential components of many cosmetic formulas. And they're there for a reason: The organic ingredients are not stable and will deteriorate without them. It also helps to remember that you can't put avocados (or any other food item) on your face to "feed" your skin. To make a long story short, these factors help explain why, until acceptable standards are in place, any cosmetic can sport an organic label without having to prove the claim.

More important than getting labeling standards in place is the fact that lots of plant extracts and essential oils have irritating properties that won't help skin in the least—so what difference does it make if they're organically grown or not? Environmental impact and sustainable farming notwithstanding, peppermint is a problem for skin, whether it's grown with or without pesticides. And lest we forget, the process of extraction is anything but natural.

One of Eminence's main issues is that not one of its products contains a reliable preservative system (or any ingredients with known preserving qualities, at least against a wide spread of molds, bacteria, and fungi). This in itself is a problem, but it becomes a bigger problem because Eminence uses so many spoilage-prone food ingredients, including fruit pulp, yogurt, and pumpkin. Also, jar packaging is rampant, which means these light- and air-sensitive ingredients will degrade much faster than they would in better containers. According to correspondence we had with the company, they preserve their products with a blend of honey, lemon, and salicylic acid. Honey is not known to have any preservative qualities in the small amount present in cosmetic products. Lemon oil has some preservative ability due to its limonene content, but it must be present in at least a 4% concentration unless it is paired with other preservatives (and that amount would most definitely be irritating), and that is not the concentration used in these products. Salicylic acid is the most reliable preservative of the three, but even this is subject to formulary restrictions that Eminence doesn't consistently follow. Considering that salicylic acid is not a broad-spectrum preservative, you'd likely end up with a microbial soup (Source: Preservatives for Cosmetics, 2nd Edition, Allured, 2006).

Another questionable issue is Eminence's incorrect listing of certain ingredients. Of course, the plant and food ingredients are spelled out clearly, but the phrases "natural cream base," "glycine derivative," and "natural moisturizing factor" keep consumers in the dark about what these products really contain, and they don't meet the labeling regulations of Canada or any other country. We suspect that the wordplay has to do with Eminence's goal of making sure that their labels appear to list only natural ingredients.

There really is very little to recommend about this line; even their decent products could easily be made at home with food ingredients, oils, and a blender. We wouldn't recommend making your skincare products in your kitchen, however, because your skin deserves better support. For those who are intrigued by the concept, the homemade option would beat spending the amount of money Eminence Organics products cost.

For more information about Eminence Organic Skin Care, call (888) 747-6342 or visit www.eminenceorganics.com.

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07.20.2014
Love the Entire Probiotic Line from Eminence

I have been using this cleanser for almost two years. It gently cleanses my combination skin and balances it out. It feels refreshing on the skin and I even use it to remove eye makeup. I don't find it irritating in the slightest.

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Julie S
05.30.2014
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After buying the bottle, it has held up, particularly in conjunction with the sample of vanilla lotion I got with it. Wish I could afford it and wish it was properly labeled. It makes your skin feel so clean, with no tightness from being too dry. It's awesome, but too expensive, and dishonestly packaged. But if they ever get their act together, it works really well!

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Joan V
12.28.2013
Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser is good

I actually loved how this made my skin feel - clean but not dry, and it felt that way for days after washing (I was traveling). I used samples and loved it. Just bought the way-overpriced bottle so we'll see how it goes once you use it more often.

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