Monday, 27 January 2014

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel Cleanser (review)

Aveda offer two Botanical Kinetics collections – one for dry skin, and one for oily. Naturally, I've bought a cleanser from the latter range, as my skin is normal to oily with the occasional annoying blemish. It's not a cheap face wash by any means, it's nearer twenty pounds than ten, but Aveda's products are always of the highest quality and I've liked everything I've tried from them to date!

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel Cleanser
And yes, I like this too! The trick with washes for oily skin is to cleanse effectively and thoroughly without drying out the skin. You don't want to strip your face of all oil, because – trust me on this – your skin will only panic and produce even more. Aveda has got their purifying cleanser just right. While it lives up to its promises of removing oil and impurities, it does so gently! My face doesn't sting or feel dry or taut after use at all. Instead it feels revitalised and looks fresher. For an exfoliating boost I even use it with a slightly worn facial loofah without any problems.

It's pleasant to use as well, with a light foaming action and a really lovely herb-like smell, which I assume is mostly rosemary. You can smell the lavender and chamomile oils too. There are thirteen other essential oils included in the formula as well as sunflower seed oil and vitamin E. The only ingredient that could be a cause for concern is 'parfum', which is normally a collection of unidentified ingredients kept secret for copyright reasons. There's no SLS/SLES, propylene glycol or parabens.

Aveda's animal testing policy isn't clear anymore. They say they use animal testing “where required by law”, for example the Chinese market, but Aveda never included that legal loophole in their animal testing policy originally. Being owned by Estée Lauder – which is undoubtedly involved in animal testing – doesn't look good. At least the container is 100% post-consumer PET, which is a bright spot and Aveda were the first company to manufacture their products with 100% eco-friendly wind power.

This is certainly a desirable cleanser if you have normal to oily skin, as it works well, is pleasant to use and comes in an expensive-feeling yet 100% recycled pump-action bottle for ease of use. (Although the multitude of languages on the back can be confusing.) On a per 100 ml basis, it's the most expensive face wash we've tested to date, but bearing in mind cleansing is one of the most important aspects of a good skincare regime, I'd suggest you try it to see if it suits you as well as it suits me.

Good cleansing yet non-drying!
Priced out of some people's budgets
Gorgeous, fresh fragrance and perfect amount of foaming
Aveda's animal testing policy isn't clear anymore
High quality bottle and dispenser


Brand: Aveda


Size: 150 ml
Price: £17.00 (£11.33/100 ml)

Manufactured: United States

Ingredients: Aqueous Extracts: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract, Rosamarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Powder, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Babassuamidopropyl Betaine, Caffeine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Xantham Gum, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Citronelol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Benzoate