Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser (review)

Reading Korres's packaging takes a while, with paragraphs dedicated to the cleanser's ingredients (“vegetable derived soap substitutes”, “oat proteins moisturising layer”), cleaning properties (“fine-lathering … 100% natural cleansing agents”) and results (“active combination … provides energy to skin cells and hydrates the skin”). For a product that's applied and rinsed in under a minute, it's a got a lot to live up to! Then there's the list of what is, and is not, included as a matter of principle... 78.8% natural, stands out, but for the full list of ingredients see the end of the review.
Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser
This face cleanser is designed for all skin types. As a general rule dry and sensitive skin types are better off with cream cleansers that manage without water, as that's less drying. However, this is a very gentle face wash, which doesn't contain any red flag ingredients. The main ingredient is white tea which “is particularly rich in polyphenols, a group of compounds that demonstrate strong antioxidant action and improve skin microcirculation.” I didn't find it drying in the slightest, and used it quite happily with my mini facial loofah for extra deep cleansing. It's not an especially lather-some product, but foams up enough for it to spread easily over your entire face and neck.

A quick massage and rinse later, and I looked and felt clean, without any tautness. The glycerine and aloe vera helped to prevent my face from feeling uncomfortable and I was cheered by the sweet scent. It's great to use at any time of day or night, and the clear bottle makes it easy for you to see how much product is left, so you never unknowingly run out. But the somewhat slippery when wet, silver-effect screw-top lid is a bit fiddly. Note that the bottle has recently been facelifted and is now completely opaque (boo!) but comes with a new flip-top lid (yay!).

The face wash comes in three separate pieces of packaging, which is pretty wasteful. There's the bottle itself, the cardboard box that it's kept in plus a cardboard sleeve to go round the box. Why?! Other than that, the only thing that really puts me off is the price. Yes, it's a bit bigger than some rival products, but at £16 a pop, it's certainly not cheap. I don't love it enough to buy it again, especially when there are so many unknown products I want to get my hands on, but there's no doubting that this is a high quality, high performance premium face wash that's well worth a try.

High quality (both packaging and contents)
I expect it to be even more natural for this price
So many lovely ingredients, and only a few bad ones
Screw lid is fiddly, new flip-top design is better

A lot of the packaging is wasteful


Brand: Korres

Website: www.korres.com

Size: 200 ml
Price: £16.00 (£8.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: Greece

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Betaine, PEG-40 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sucrose Laurate, Capryloyl Glycine, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydrolysed Oats, Arginine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Castoryl Maleate, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lactic Acid, Linalool, Magnesium PCA, Manganese PCA, Panthenol, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Coceth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Sodium PCA, Tocopherol, Zinc PCA

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