Thursday, 25 April 2013

Avon Solutions Sensitive Botanicals Rejuvenating Toning Facial Cleanser (review)

Avon Sensitive Botanicals Toning Facial Cleanser
If you've been following this blog you might know that I've been working my way through the entire Sensitive Botanicals collection from Avon, and so far, so... poor. Maybe the Rejuvenating Facial Cleanser which is thankfully dye-free, preservative-free as well as fragrance-free will perform better?  The entire Sensitive Botanicals range is listed below:

 - Rejuvenating Facial Cleanser

 - Soothing Gel Mask
 - Repairing Serum
 - Gentle Day Moisturiser SPF 20 
 - Vitalising Eye Cream SPF 15 

Being fragrance-free means no artificial perfume is added, but that's not to say it doesn't smell nice, it smells like freshly-sliced cucumbers! Like the rest of the range, it's not especially pure, being made with sodium laureth sulphate and propylene glycol, but there are lots of natural extracts to help make up for it.

The formula is quite runny, so care is needed not to drip it everywhere, but it lathers well (not surprisingly considering the presence of SLES). This is certainly a very fresh face wash, it feels invigorating and even tingles a little like it's really working deep down to slosh away oil and impurities. The downside to this, of course, is you cannot use it for all-over make-up removal because if you get it in your eyes it stings! And carries on stinging for ages. Trust me on this one.

I don't find it at all drying, though, and could even use it with a facial exfoliator pad for the occasional extra-deep clean. That's not something I would recommend for dry or sensitive skin types; in fact if I were you I'd skip this cleanser altogether as I think it'll be too strong. For us oilier people it's not a bad face wash at all.

The biggest let down for me is the price. At over five pounds per hundred millilitres it's veering dangerous close to the premium Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser, and that is nicer to use, just as effective, gentler and less runny.  Other than that, though, it's fair to say this is the best Sensitive Botanicals product I've tested so far; so if you're going to try anything I'd give this a shot.  Just don't get it anywhere near your eyes!

Surprisingly not drying
Poor value for money
Deep clean, fresh feeling
Stings badly if you get it in your eyes
Easy to use flip-cap
Contains some unnecessary ingredients


Brand: Avon

Size: 75 ml
Price: £4.00 (£5.33/100 ml)

Manufactured: Germany

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Glycerin, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, PEG-150 Pentaerythritl Tetrastearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Menthyl Lactate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pyrus Malus Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Extract, Linum Usitatissimum Oil, Rose Extract, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Lagerstroemia Indica Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare Extract

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