Today, let me introduce to you my current Holy Grail facial cleanser that has stuck with me through the great times, the bad times, the worse times and the usually unappreciated normal times. Oh, I’m talking about the many moody times of my skin. So without further adieu, I present you Garden of Wisdom’s Jen’s Green Tea Shea Cleanser!
Mild But Efficient
What I love most about this cleanser is that it never irritated my skin or triggered my odd upper eyelid eczema. It has shea butter which gets rid of oily grime and light makeup or sunscreen and yet it foams just slightly enough to give me a clean yet supple after-wash feel.
Green Tea, Finally
I’ve always wanted to include Green Tea in my skincare routine but as I was and still am using too many anti-oxidant serums already (you’ll know what I mean if you shop at Garden of Wisdom), it was akin to layering cake icing if I added another green tea-based serum. The answer to my dreams came in the form of this cleanser. Although I suspect the green tea goodness most likely just (literally) goes down the drain whenever I rinse my face, at least I now found a convenient way to include it in my skincare routine.
Smells like Betadine
Not sure if it’s just me but the smell of this cleanser reminds of Betadine, the popular drugstore solution used to clean minor wounds. It never bothered me, though. The texture of the cleanser is gel-like with some air-bubbles. The color is murky green—reminds me of lake grime the first time I saw it.
Mild vs Original
I’ve only tried the original version so I can’t comment on how the mild one works. My only guess is that the mild one would be less drying as the surfactant (Decylpolyglucoside) swaps positions with Aloe Vera gel in the ingredient’s list. From experience, though, the original version can be drying if you use TOO much so don’t get carried away. I use only a small amount of this cleanser for my face and my neck so one full-sized tube can last me at least half a year.
Toss or Keep?
Jen’s Green Tea Shea Cleanser is currently my Holy Grail cleanser. Although it doesn’t do miracles, I think it’s reasonably priced at USD$15.35 (4 oz) and it does a pretty good job of matching the mood of my skin is. It’s a perfect morning cleanser for those who aren’t comfortable using cream cleansers but want a milder cleanser to start their day. Just like most GoW products, this cleanser also comes in a smaller sample size with a cheaper price.