Recently I noticed an IGer I follow, who has GORGEOUS skin btw (find her here), had been posting about Soap & Glory’s The Ultimelt Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser fairly regularly. Given this endorsement, and the very reasonable price point of $14, I had to give it a try!
The cleanser has a delightful scent–natural and almost medicinal (for the Bobbi Brown fans out there, it’s reminiscent of some of her products). It feels creamy, and is a non-foaming cleanser.
It comes in a 100 mL tube, with a cloth included. There is a slight cooling/tingling sensation during the cleanse. I would recommend using a makeup remover prior to using this cleanser as it will not remove more stubborn waterproof formulas easily.
You all know I’m a fiend for ingredients, so let’s work our way down the list:
- Water: Pretty self-explanatory here.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: This is an emollient which aids in the spreading of formulations. It has also been shown to promote penetration without leaving an oily feeling on the skin. A skin-conditioning agent. Made from coconut oil.
- Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter: This is the scientific name for cocoa butter–one of the most widely used natural ingredients in skincare formulations. This ingredient softens and lubricates skin, as well as offering temporary protection. Cocoa butter also slows the loss of moisture by forming a protective barrier on the surface of the skin. The caveat–this ingredient is considered comedogenic and can cause allergic reactions. Fortunately, in this preparation, the ingredient isn’t left on the skin so I wouldn’t anticipate any issues (it hasn’t caused any for my reactive, somewhat sensitive skin).
- Glycerin: This humectant is used in moisturizers and other skincare preparations. In fact, it is the second most used skincare ingredient, after water. One benefit of glycerin is that it is water-binding and pulls moisture from he air, so it aids skin in moisture retention. Glycerin also prevents the loss of moisture from skincare and cosmetic products so they do not dry out. There is no evidence that glycerin can cause allergies, but it may be irritating in heavy concentrations–the concentration in this product and the fact that it does not remain on the skin make it harmless.
- Cetearyl Alcohol: This was is emulsifying and stabilizing, and can be used as an emollient. Keep a formulation from separating into its oil and liquid components. There is no evidence of potential irritation.
- Cetyl Esters: These are thickening agents to give body to emulsions and stabilize them. Act as a lubricating ingredient on the skin. There is no potential for irritation.
- Sorbitan Stearate: An emulsifier for water-in-oil creams and options, and a solubilized of essential oils in water. No potential for irritation.
- Polysorbate 60: An emulsifier, wetting agent, and detergent emulsifier. Widely used in cosmetic preparations.
- Synthetic Beeswax: This is a synthetic ingredient meant to be indistinguishable from the natural counterpart and is used in preparations to keep them from separating into their oil and liquid components. Used in many types of cosmetics.
- Phenoxyethanol: A preservative with fungicidal, bactericidal, insecticidal, and germicidal properties. Has a low sensitizing factor in leave-on preparations, so it should not pose any threat in this rinse-off formula.
- Caprylyl Glycol: Works in concert with phenoxyethanol as an anti-microbial. An emollient with moisturizing and stabilizing properties.
- Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil: An emollient with soothing properties.
- Panthenol: A penetrating moisturizer that appears to stimulate cellular proliferation and aid in tissue repair. Imparts a non-irritant, non-sensitizing, moisturizing, and conditioning feel and promotes normal keratinization and wound-healing.Enhances skin suppleness. Non-comodegenic.
- Disodium EDTA: A preservative.
- Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil: A fragrance. Considered an all-purpose oil (anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-spasmodic, balancing, energizing, soothing, and toning). Works well on all skin types. Effective when used for oily skin and in the treatment of acne, burns, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. Claims to help relieve stress. Considered non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.
- Linalool: A fragrant component of lavender and coriander. Serves to perfume, deodorize, and mask scents.
- Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil: Botanical. Credited with soothing properties. Has a more delicate fragrance than sweet orange for those sensitive to fragrance.
- Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil: Also known as rose geranium oil. A volatile oil. Masks odors.
- Pantolactone: A humectant. Not known to cause irritation.
- Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil: Has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Used to refresh the skin. May have aromatherapeutic properties such as promoting cell regeneration for normal, dry, and sensitive skin.
No big red flags in the ingredient department. Again, may require a pre-cleanse or the use of a remover for waterproof formulas. For those with severe sensitivity, I might recommend a spot-test prior to all over use.
At $14, I would definitely recommend this cleanser to anyone looking for a relaxing, aromatherapeutic cleanse.