I’m a big fan of Caroline Hirons and her excellent Beauty Mouth. She’s a passionate advocate of Proper Cleansing (capitals for a reason, grammar police!) and you can read more about it here.
As part of that, she recommends the double cleanse for those days when you’re wearing make-up or sunscreen (or hopefully both). In brief, you cleanse once to remove the base/spf and a second time to treat the skin. You can use the same cleanser if you like or you can mix it up so the products are more targeted for the type of cleanse.
I like to mix it up because my bathroom cabinets are crazy full and I love a bit of choice.
If I’m pushed for time (read ‘feeling lazy’), I’ve started trialling quicker emulsifying or cream washes for my first cleanse, then following up with my richer oil-based cleansers.
Which is how I came by these two Burt’s Bees cleansers. From left, the Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream and the Orange Essence Facial Cleanser.
The Orange Essence is an emulsifying cleanser, which means that it feels rich and oily on application and then turns to a light milk when you apply water so it can be easily rinsed away. It smells like a party in an orange grove and was such a lovely morning treat in the summer months.
The Soap Bark Cleansing Cream is a thicker, creamier cleanser but it can be rinsed off or removed with a muslin cloth. There’s mint in here based on the slight tingling sensation it gave and although it doesn’t smell unpleasant, I didn’t love it as much as the orange fragrance. I honestly couldn’t tell you what it smells like. Anyone who’s used it got any ideas?
I don’t think either cleanser was drying on the skin but I usually follow up with an oil-based second cleanse. If you’ve got dry skin, it’s never a good idea to use only wash-off cleansers. I’m sure my skin would get dry eventually and I’d miss the glowy finish you get using oils and flannels.
A note to end on – it is possible to remove eye make-up with both these cleansers but it’s also really easy to get cleanser in your eye. I always remove my eye make-up at the beginning with a separate product (currently Bioderma).
Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, £10.99
Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, stearic acid, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, polysorbate 60, cetyl alcohol, silica, quillaja saponaria (soap) bark extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, echinacea purpurea (coneflower) extract, hamamelis viginiana (witch hazel) extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, tocopherol, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, menthol, lavandula hybrida (lavandin) oil, litsea cubeba fruit oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, sucrose stearate, xanthan gum, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), glucose, sodium chloride, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, citral, limonene
Orange Essence Facial Cleanser, £10.99
Ingredients: glycerin, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, limonene, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, lanolin, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil, quillaja saponaria (quillaja) bark extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, avena sativa (oat) kernel oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, beta-carotene, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean) oil, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), canola oil (huile de colza), sodium benzoate