Calming Chamomile Daily Cleanser
St. Ives can be hit or miss when it comes to cleansers (many of their offerings contains problematic ingredients) – but we’re happy to report Calming Chamomile Daily Cleanser is a hit!
Housed in a clear plastic bottle, this fragrance-free gel cleanser transforms into a cushiony, very light foam when it contacts water. It smooths across skin easily, capably removing, dirt, oil, and debris, and rinses cleanly without making skin feel stripped or parched, thanks to the gentle cleansing ingredients it contains.
One note: this is not adept at removing makeup, even non-waterproof formulas (though St. Ives doesn’t make specific claims that it is either). If this is your cleanser of choice, we recommend using a separate makeup remover or oil cleanser first.
In addition to gentle cleansing agents, there’s skin-conditioning panthenol, antioxidant vitamin E, and skin-soothing chamomile extract as claimed (though chamomile is the last ingredient, not front and center like you might expect given the name). Although this is a product that’s rinsed from skin, these are still thoughtful inclusions that will leave it feeling softer after cleaning. It’s a step in the right direction for St. Ives, and one of its better products!
- Cushiony, lightweight gel-to-foam formula does a good job removing dirt, oil, and debris.
- Rinses cleanly without stripping skin.
- Includes gentle cleansing agents, plus some skin-conditioning and soothing ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
This gentle everyday cleanser, made with 100% natural chamomile extract, leaves skin feeling naturally healthy.
St. Ives At-A-Glance
Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.
For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, visit www.stives.com.
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