Quest complete: this beauty editor found her perfect face wash
As co-editor of we heart this, it’s no surprise I’m obsessed with makeup. But surprisingly, my number one favorite product to review is face cleansers. I truly have combination skin – my forehead and nose can be oily, while my cheeks and areas around my eyes are prone to dry flaky patches. Throw in some redness and the occasional break out, and you get an editor obsessed with finding the perfect do-it-all face wash.
Take note, dear readers – I’ve found a contender! Lately we’ve been raving over the skin care line of Michael Todd True Organics. Our review team has found their cruelty-free products deliver what they promise; and they were impressed with their cutting edge, organic ingredients and luxurious feel. I’m jumping aboard the Michael Todd love train after testing the Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Gel Cleanser ($24); a one-stop face cleanser that has pushed all my other washes to the side.
Let’s start with the basics – the packaging. The pretty purple bottle comes as is – no need for a wasteful box with paper leaflets tucked inside – what you see is what you get. The lovely lavender hue is easy to spot with half closed eyes when I reach for it while in the shower or draped over my vanity. It has a simple, sturdy pump (my favorite applicator) that dispenses the perfect of amount of the gel-like formula for one face wash.
Speaking of the formula, the bottle lists each and every ingredient right on the bottle – with certified organic ingredients, there’s nothing to hide. This deep cleaning wash uses Activated Charcoal (known for its absorbent properties) to reach into pores and draw out dirt, oil and other impurities. Meanwhile Organic Aloe and Lavender soothes stressed skin, while Organic Rooibos Tea (a natural anti-inflammatory) helps to tone, reducing redness and calming acne flare-ups.
Yep, with that combination of ingredients the Charcoal Detox Cleanser is a little bit magical for my skin. And that’s not the end of the tricks. When dispensing the cleanser, the formula is a deep gray-black in appearance, but quickly foams up into a creamy, white lather. And hidden in that lather, I swear I feel a few gentle beads buffing my skin.
While the wash is a thorough cleanser, it’s gentle enough for most skin types (normal, combo and oily skin types will all love it). I’ve been using the Charcoal Detox Cleanser every day, and couldn’t be happier with the results. After using this wash my face feels completely clean and refreshed, my skin is free of shine, even my pores seem smaller – all without a hint of tightness or dry patches. And did I mention this cleanser also washes away all traces of makeup? It does!
• Thoroughly cleans skin without drying it out
• Cleans deep into pores – making them look smaller
• Certified organic ingredients
• Vegan and Cruelty-free
• Free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance and artificial dyes
• A little pricey (but well worth it in my opinion!)
we heartsters – Are you aboard the Michael Todd True Organics love train as well? Share your favorite Michael Todd products in the comments!
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skin tone: NW 20/25
skin type: combination
favorite beauty product: eye shadows and lip balms