This poorly formulated cleanser has a castile soap base that can be very drying for all skin types, plus it contains numerous fragrant irritants that are known to irritate skin. The fragrant plant oils are also problematic to use around the eyes, making this cleanser a bad choice despite its highly affordable price point.
Castile soap is still soap, and the components that create it in this product can make for a cleansing experience that leaves skin feeling dry and tight. Tall oil, in particular, can be sensitizing due to its rosin content, an aromatic component that become sensitizing when exposed to oxygen (Source: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, December 2008, pages 257-263).
This foaming cleanser contains some gentle, soothing plant extracts, but their not enough to overcome the significant drawbacks this cleanser presents.
- Drying soap base is highly likely to cause irritation and leave skin feeling stripped.
- Contains fragrant oils that are known to be irritating.
- Several of the fragrance ingredients are concerning when used so close to the eyes.
Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products. (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).
Tea Tree Oil, awapuhi, orange peel and lavender make this face wash strong yet gentle, refreshing without being astringent, as rejuvenating for your skin as a day at the spa.
Catsille Soap (Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tall Oil, Potassium Hydroxide), Glycerin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canafensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract (Awapuhi), Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (Bladderwrack), Cymbopogon Martini Oil (Palmarosa), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Callitris Introtropica Wood Oil (Blue Cypress).
California-based specialty grocer chain Trader Joe's isn't the first place you may think of when shopping for skin care, and rightly so: the bulk of this store's inventory is, not surprisingly, foods and beverages. However, they've recently ventured into sun care and offer a couple of worthwhile, inexpensive sunscreens as well as a remarkable facial cleanser. The sunscreens from TJ's we recommend aren't knock-your-socks-off spectacular, but are quite the beauty bargain. If you have a Trader Joe's in your neighborhood, some of the sunscreens are definitely worth a look, especially if you have a family to cover from head to toe during summer months when more of us are outdoors for long periods of time. For more information about Trader Joe's, visit www.traderjoes.com.