Review: Living Nature Purifying & Vitalizing Cleansers

Just like most other organic and/or natural skincare ranges, Living Nature likes to keep it simple by having only two major product categories–for dry/mature skin and for combination-oily skin.  Thus, its two types of cleansers:  The Vitalizing Cleanser for dry/mature skin and the Purifying Cleanser for combination/oily skin. Currently, I’m using both. :)

Living Nature Vitalizing Cleanser (100% Natural)

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Cetearyl olivate (from olive oil), Sorbitan olivate (from olive oil), Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Glycerin (vegetable glycerine), Pomaderris kumerahou flowers/leaf extract, Glucose (plant sugar), Mel (manuka honey), Parfum (natural fragrance)*, Sclerotium gum, Decyl glucoside (from coconut oil), Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Glucose oxidase (from milk), Lactoperoxidase (from milk), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, Totarol (totara extract), Limonene*, Linalool*. * From natural essential oils

Texture: Cream–much like a cream make-up remover. It definitely doesn’t foam. As the cream feels nourishing, I sometimes use it to massage my face at night while cleansing.

Smell: Smells like fresh wood with lemon. But if you’ve been used to the ‘artificial fragrance’, you might find the smell as resembling that of an old lotion you bought two years ago–not really repulsive, just ‘old’.

I have a way of judging how well my new cleanser does its job and that’s by wiping my face with my alternative toners (Kose Sekkisei Lotion and DHC Toner) applied on a cotton pad after using my new cleanser. If I still see traces of dirt on the cotton pad, then that means my cleanser is either useless or I simply just didn’t use it properly. Fortunately, the Vitalizing Cleanser passed the test. I especially like using it in the morning, when my face is naturally clean and I just need to freshen up. It always leaves my skin moist and supple with a comfortable layer of oil.

However, I don’t think that the Vitalizing Cleanser is effective enough for night time cleansing after the skin, while layered with sunblock and moisturizer, has been exposed to impurities and dirt the whole day . Personally, at night, I have a more rigid cleansing process which involves both the Vitalizing Cleanser (to remove the oily layer of dirt) and the Purifying Cleanser which concludes my cleansing routine while leaving just enough level of moisture.

Individual Rating: 3.5/5 Kisses!

Living Nature Purifying Cleanser (100% Natural)

Ingredients INCI: • Aqua (water), Decyl glucoside (from palm & coconut oil), Sodium lauroyl glutamate (from coconut oil), Glycerin (vegetable glycerin), Sclerotium gum, Galactoarabinan (larch tree gum), Glucose (plant sugar), Mel (manuka honey), Pomaderris kumerahou flower/leaf extract, Parfum (natural fragrance)*, Glucose oxidase (from milk), Lactoperoxidase (from milk), Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, Citronellol*, Limonene*, Linalool* * From natural essential oils

Texture: This is a gel cleanser. It lathers but does not foam like cleansers using SLS. However, it gives you a close to a ‘squeaky clean’ feel after usage.

Smell: I like the smell of this cleanser a lot. It has a very fresh and clean smell, like fresh pine trees.

This cleanser had also passed my test although I didn’t really have any doubts about its cleansing effectiveness. I mean, if the cream cleanser did the job, then the lathering gel could do even better! What I love about this cleanser most is the fresh scent and the fact that it makes you feel truly clean without stripping all the moisture off your skin. At night, I use this with the Vitalizing Cleanser as I need the consistency of the cream to get rid of the layers of sunblock/moisturizer on my face before washing up.

Individual Rating: 3.5/5 Kisses!

Having a skin that is more prone to dryness, initially, I only used the Vitalizing Cleanser. However, I recently noticed that my skin condition fluctuates from being dry to being oily every once in a while and I attribute this to the fact that I’m still quite young so my skin might still be very ‘active’. Because of this,  I find that neither of the cleansers work perfectly on their own (thus, the individual ratings). In the morning, I only use the Vitalizing Cleanser and at night, I prefer to use both to make sure that my skin is really clean and all prep for my night skincare routine–when I usually do all the massaging and apply serums.

Using both products like how I described above, the combination gets 4.5/5 kisses for me!

So have you tried Living Nature cleansers before? Please share with us your experience, too!


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  • attagurl

    Are you going to review the hydrating toner, too? I read raves about it.