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Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is touted as a gentle "hypoallergenic" face wash powered by lavender, but let's take a "deep dive" into why this is not what your skin needs.

First off, hypoallergenic is an unregulated term, meaning anyone can slap it on their label without adhering to an agreed-upon criteria to prove that it's non-irritating for skin.

In this case, the fragrant ingredients, especially lavender oil, actually put all skin types at risk of irritation. Thankfully, because this is a rinse-off cleanser, those ingredients have less contact time with your skin, but it's always a better idea to go the fragrance-free route, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Otherwise, you're left with a basic gel cleanser that does an adequate job of removing oil and makeup, but isn't worth paying the extra money for the algae extract and antioxidants, which are more of an afterthought that get rinsed down the drain because they can't cling to skin in a cleanser formula.

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  • Removes oil and makeup.
  • Formulated with irritating lavender oilthe last thing sensitive skin needs.
  • Highly touted "antioxidant marine ingredients" get rinsed down the drain before they can have much impact.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
This hypoallergenic face wash removes excess oil, impurities, & all traces of waterproof makeup without over drying skin. Powered by a natural blend of lavender, antioxidant marine ingredients & brightening vitamin C, this gentle vegan cleansing gel is free of sulfates & artificial fragrances, & it helps condition & soften as it maintains skins natural moisture balance.
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Propanediol, Sodium Coco PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyquaternium-10, Fructosyl Cocoate/Olivate, Sodium Chloride, Glyceryl Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Cocoyl/Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Oat/Wheat Protein, Potassium Sorbate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Sodium Glycolate, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Cocoyl Hydroxyethyl Imidazoline, Methyl Alcohol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Algae Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Linalool.

Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that would prove that glamour can be good for you. This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.

This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulassilicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, well forgive them that as whats ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.

However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundationsnoted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.

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