Aubrey Organics Sea Buckthorn Cleanser

This Aubrey Organics cleanser Sea Buckthorn & Cucumber w/ Ester C Facial Cleansing Cream for Combination Dry Skin has a mouthful of a name but is quite a simple and straightforward cleanser.
I purchased this creamy cleanser due to a co-worker’s suggestion that I was over-drying my skin with cleanser for combination oily skin. I figured I’d see if she had a point. It took me a while to find how well this worked for me but once I did, it turned out to be okay.

Here’s how I use it:
– I had to try different ways of using this cleanser. The best clean I got from it was by applying it to dry skin and massaging in for a bit before adding a little water. This technique got my skin feeling soft and clean and got completely rid of my makeup.
– Alternatively, when I applied water first, it didn’t quite get all of my eye makeup off or get my skin feeling clean enough.

The upsides:
– The reviews on their site are from people saying this cleanser was one of the few products that helped long standing acne. This definitely intrigues me and I have made a point to recommend it to my sensitive, dry, acneic clients, which can be the hardest skin type and skin condition combination out there.

The Ingredients
– It’s totally natural and made by a company with a great philosophy that includes honoring the interconnectedness of Gaia and her inhabitants.

Our purpose is to leave the Earth in better shape than it is today. From the all-natural ingredients in our products, to the biodegradable, recyclable and recycled packaging we use, we are careful to a fault. Profit is never the overriding factor in our packaging or ingredient decision-making. We use sustainable, plant-based ingredients in all of our products. We never use petrochemicals or other non-sustainable ingredients.

The not-so-upsides:
– The smell. It has this alcohol-y smell that makes me think I’m massaging vodka or whisky into my skin – it doesn’t FEEL that way, just smells. Alcohol is the second ingredient, which I’m sure is WHY but I don’t like it. I’m really into pleasing my senses and I feel strongly that people will use a product more often if it feels and smells good – unless the benefits are outstanding and so obvious that it’s worth dealing with the unpleasantness. This cleanser, however, didn’t take me there.

– I admit that I could have been more regular about using it to see if it helped keep my pores clean. It didn’t make them dirtier – that’s for sure – but I’m just not sure it’s worth it. That’s why the jury is still out.

All of you product junkies with combination, dry and acneic skin, please, I need your feedback – tell me if you love it and why here in the comments. I really want to love it because I love the company and I want to support it.
Stay tuned, I’m going to keep trying their products and writing about them! I’m sure I’ll find a LOVE it in one of them.

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