Like Signature Club A's other Meltdown cleansers, this version is similar to classic cold cream and is highly fragranced (even though fragrance isn't skin care and causes problems for skin). This works to remove all types of makeup but tends to leave a residue if not used with a washcloth.
In many ways, all of Signature Club A's Meltdown cleansers are truly dated formulas, and the jar packaging adds another negative to the mix. It's not hygienic to dig your cleanser out of a jar, not to mention it can hurt the stability of the natural ingredients this contains, and that includes the argan oil and "tree of life" baobab mentioned in the claims (and, by the way, baobab is an intriguing ingredient, so seeing it go to waste in a product like this is disappointing).
As for the argan oil, it isn't "precious" or the best plant oil around (clearly Signature Club A doesn't think so or they'd include argan in all of their products). Rather, argan oil (or extract) is but one of many very good plant oils to consider. But with this product, the benefits of argan oil are muted by the problems the high amount of fragrance presents.
One more thing about argan oil: The intense hype around it mirrors other ingredient crazes we've seen over the years and, like every one of them, will fade into the background when women realize it doesn't live up to the claims. See More Info to learn more about argan oil.
- Removes all types of makeup without making skin feel dry.
- Jar packaging is an unsanitary, inelegant way to use facial cleanser.
- The argan oil and other natural ingredients won't remain stable once this cleanser is opened.
The fact that this cleanser is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Non-fragrant plant oil expressed from the kernels of rarified argan trees. Argan trees are extremely capable of adapting to severe environmental conditions, including droughts. Argan oil contains several beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and especially linoleic acid. It is also a good source of vitamin E (Tocopherol) and, like several other plant oils, is a source of antioxidant compounds. Argan oil is a natural source of the antioxidant ferulic acid. The cosmetics industry is hailing argan oil as a restorative wonder owing to its use by Moroccan women for years to tend to their hair, skin, and nails. Despite the folklore stories (which is irrelevant because not all Moroccan women have great skin, hair, and nails, or use argan oil, not to mention different cultures in the Middle East use different oils with mixed results), and limited availability of the trees (plus the difficult extraction process to obtain the oil), argan oil isn't a miraculous ingredient by any stretch of the imagination.
The research on argan oil has shown that, like sunflower and olive oils, its fatty acid and antioxidant content has health benefits (such as lowering cholesterol) when consumed orally. As for topical use, there is limited information about argan oil's unique benefits. In one study, 20 subjects with combination to oily skin were evaluated using a cream containing argan oil, saw palmetto, and sesame seeds. Subjective and qualitative analysis showed that the oil was reduced by 20-42% depending on the inherent oiliness of various parts of the face. The study did not demonstrate that argan oil played a specific role in the results—all we know is that the random formula itself showed the benefit and it wasn't compared to any other product so the results are irrelevant. Moreover, the cream was only used for four weeks, so we don't know if ongoing use may have caused breakouts (and given the fatty acids present in argan oil, there is a possibility it can cause breakouts). Argan oil is a good plant oil to consider if skin or hair is dry to very dry, but is not better than many other non-fragrant plant oils used in cosmetics (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2007, pages 113–118; Clinical Nutrition, October 2004, pages 1,159–1,166; European Journal of Cancer Prevention, February 2003, pages 67–75; and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, October 1999, pages 7–14).
What we know to be true at this point is that argan oil isn't the one oil to look for, nor is it the best (Source: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, December 2010, pages 1,669–1,675).