Pink Cloud Creamy Jelly Cleanser
Herbivore’s Pink Cloud Creamy Jelly Cleanser is a very good face wash for all skin types. It missed our top rating because of its rosewater scent, which is on the “wow, that’s strong!” side.
The clear packaging means the formula’s many natural ingredients can break down with ongoing exposure to light, so if you opt to use this, do keep it stored in a cabinet or drawer.
In use, the pump-dispensed cleanser’s light, jelly-like texture moves easily over skin, ably removing excess oil, dirt, and makeup without being harsh or stripping. This rinses cleanly and leaves skin feeling noticeably softer, too.
If only this didn’t contain Rosa damascena water as its second ingredient! Although it smells great (well, assuming you like how roses smell), this plant water contains volatile fragrance components that can irritate skin and eyes. On the upside, it also provides skin-soothing compounds, making it a mixed bag for skin, but ultimately everyone’s skin is better off without added fragrance. If fragrance free is what you’re after, check out our list of best face cleansers for our favorites.
- Light, jelly-like texture moves easily over skin.
- Rinses without a residue, leaving skin softer.
- Ably removes excess dirt, oil, and makeup.
- Rosewater scent poses a risk of irritating skin and eyes.
You asked for a low-foaming, non-drying, non-fragranced, cleanser, so we created Pink Cloud Rosewater + Tremella Creamy Jelly Cleanser. This dreamy, pH-balanced formula effectively cleanses, hydrates and preps your skin so the rest of your skincare works better. Formulated without sulfates and synthetics, Pink Cloud Cleanser is the all-natural essential first step of your skincare ritual.
Herbivore Botanicals got its start when Julia Wills and her husband Alex Kummerow started making soap in their kitchen in Seattle in 2011. The couple began selling those soaps at local farmer’s markets, then opened up a shop on arts & crafts site Etsy. As the story goes, national retailers Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters reached out to the pair to sell their products in their stores. That led to beauty giant Sephora taking notice and a couple of years later, Herbivore proper was born.
Herbivore’s core philosophy is on natural skin care, a constantly growing market with a lot of interest. The brand’s site states that its products are chemical-free and non-toxic, though those terms aren’t meaningful (or, in the case of chemicals, accurate) descriptions. Nature is full of chemicals – water, after all, is a chemical! – so none of these products is chemical-free, and no skin care product sold in the U.S. is toxic when used as directed. In short, people aren’t dropping dead from skin care and makeup, despite the occasional dire reports alleging such likelihood.
Specific to Herbivore’s products, they offer moisturizers, toners and face mists, masks, exfoliants, facial oils, and scrubs. In line with many natural-themed brands, a daily sun protection product isn’t part of the mix (yet) even though it’s the most important skin care product you can use.
While most of the products have some positive antioxidant ingredients, all of them have fragrant components known to put skin at risk for irritation. Yes, these fragrances are naturally-derived (often from essential oils or flower extracts), but fragrance, regardless of its origin, is not good for skin.
Another issue is that clear packaging and jars are used for many Herbivore products, yet this type of packaging exposes the beneficial ingredients inside to light and air, reducing their effectiveness with each use.
While we appreciate Herbivore’s desire to bring naturally-derived skin care to the masses, it would be better if the brand skipped the fragrance and focused on the non-fragrant natural ingredients (and there are many of them!) that truly have benefit for skin. Ironically, many of the natural ingredient this brand uses do have some benefit for skin; it’s just that they also present risks. There are plenty of natural ingredients that only offer the good stuff, so our recommendation is not to compromise.
You can find out more about Herbivore at https://www.herbivorebotanicals.com/.
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