FRESH CLEANSING + MAKEUP REMOVER
“Pure, natural skincare. Real results.” – Neutrogena
PRODUCT RATING: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)
PRICE: $7.99 for 6 fl.oz.
ROAR!: An okay cleanser, an okay makeup remover.
the REVIEW (05/02/2011): First let me start by saying that Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover is not an organic product and shouldn’t be considered one. It’s really only “sorta” natural – and they are smart for trying to redefine it as “The New Natural”. Honestly, I’m not overly concerned if a product is totally natural – I care if it works. If its natural (like Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser) and works like a sweatsuit in the Summer, its a nice bonus. This attempt by Neutrogena to ride the green wave is a good one – but only in the drugstore arena. Simple packaging and formulas void of sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates (see below for “What are Phthalates?”) gives Neutrogena Naturals a greener edge over other drugstore offerings.
Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover is a thicker, creamy white cleanser with a clean fragrance that foams up well and easily removes most face makeup. The only makeup it failed to remove was my eye makeup, simply because it burned the daylights out of my eyeballs (I didn’t use it any differently than I would the Philosophy Purity Made Simple). This alone knocked off a few stars – if it didn’t say “Developed for the gentle eye area.” as a selling point, it would have been rated an 8. The formula rinsed fairly well, it did require a few extra splashes but skin was left feeling clean although a little dry. I wasn’t particularly impressed by this cleanser – I still prefer Conju Princess Soap, but for a less expensive face wash, Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover is a reliable choice.
TIP: Be sure to massage well into skin for at least 30-60 seconds before rinsing completely with warm water. Keep out of eye area, especially if you have sensitive eyes – I don’t recommend foaming cleansers to be used in the eye area as much as possible.
OTHER PRODUCTS LIKE THIS: Philosophy Purity Made Simple, Sircuit Skin X-Trap
NEUTROGENA NATURALS FRESH CLEANSING + MAKEUP REMOVER DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Completely cleans skin and removes makeup in one step without stripping skin’s natural moisture. This Peruvian Tara seed bionutrient rich cleanser leaves skin soft and rinses clean. Developed for gentle eye area. – Neutrogena
NEUTROGENA NATURALS FRESH CLEANSING + MAKEUP REMOVER INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Vegetable Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycol Distearate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance (from MakeupAlley.com)
MONSTER BITES: WHAT ARE PHTHALATES? Phthalates, or phthalate esters, are esters of phthalic acid and are mainly used as plasticizers (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity). They are used primarily to soften polyvinyl chloride. Phthalates are being phased out of many products in the United States, Canada, and European Union over health concerns.¹
USES: Phthalates (pronounced Th-ah-lates) are used in a large variety of products, from enteric coatings of pharmaceutical pills and nutritional supplements to viscosity control agents, gelling agents, film formers, stabilizers, dispersants, lubricants, binders, emulsifying agents, and suspending agents. End-applications include adhesives and glues, agricultural adjuvants, building materials, personal-care products, medical devices, detergents and surfactants, packaging, children’s toys, modelling clay, waxes, paints, printing inks and coatings, pharmaceuticals, food products, and textiles. Phthalates are also frequently used in soft plastic fishing lures, caulk, paint pigments, and sex toys made of so-called “jelly rubber”. Phthalates are used in a variety of household applications such as shower curtains, vinyl upholstery, adhesives, floor tiles, food containers and wrappers, and cleaning materials. Personal-care items containing phthalates include perfume, eye shadow, moisturizer, nail polish, liquid soap, and hair spray. They are also found in modern electronics and medical applications such as catheters and blood transfusion devices. The most widely used phthalates are the di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate (DEHP), the diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and the diisononyl phthalate (DINP). DEHP is the dominant plasticizer used in PVC due to its low cost. Benzylbutylphthalate (BBP) is used in the manufacture of foamed PVC, which is mostly used as a flooring material. Phthalates with small R and R’ groups are used as solvents in perfumes and pesticides.¹
Read more about phthalates including a list of the most common phthalates at Wikipedia.org HERE.
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