I’ve been using Botanics Cleansing Toner (review here) for quite a while now so I thought I’d give some more products from the Botanics All Bright range a go. I bought Botanics Micellar 3-1 Cleansing Solution, Botanics Cleansing Foaming wash (both were half price), and Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. I’ll start with the best working through to the worst. Here we go pop-pickers:
The best for me was the Botanics Cleansing Foaming wash. I was looking for a cheaper alternative to Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Wash. I use this for my morning cleanse as it provides a gentle exfoliation but oh it’s expensive. Botanics Cleansing Foaming wash has a similar action (it contains AHAs) and is much cheaper. The only real difference I’ve noticed between the two is that the Botanics version leaves my skin a tiny bit tight after use but nothing that’d stop me from using it. I actually prefer the smell of the Botanics wash, it’s a much gentler fragrance. I think Elemis smells a bit like shampoo. So, yeah this is a good purchase if you like face washes.
Botanics Micellar 3-1 Cleansing Solution does a decent enough job but I can’t see the point of it. If you have super-sensitive skin this might be a good option especially if you just want to freshen your skin up. But it’s not brilliant at makeup removal and I do feel my skin a bit tight afterwards. I wouldn’t repurchase this.
And finally, it’s Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. I read quite good reviews for this and I was looking for a cheaper alternative to Clinique’s Take the Day Off Balm (which is brilliant btw). Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm smells gorgeous and feels luxurious. I got quite excited about it initially. It feels beautiful on the skin and removes makeup easily. This sounds all excellent, you say. Yes, but then I had to remove it. I always use a muslin of face cloth to remove balms, it gives a nice bit of gentle exfoliation. When I went to remove this I was left with a really greasy film over my face and hands, water was repelled by it. I’m guessing it’s the bees wax. It took me ages to remove the film. I did give it another go, this time with a smaller amount but unfortunately the same thing happened again. And it clogged my pores up so I got a couple of spots afterwards, something I very rarely get since I started using Clinique’s Take the Day Off Balm.
A bit hit and miss for me but I will repurchase the face wash, I think it’s a great and cheap alternative to the Elemis face wash.
Have you tried any of the Botanics All Bright range?