What is it?
‘A Shiso-infused cleansing liquid balm formulated to thoroughly cleanse the skin and help remove impurities and make-up.’
Who is it for?
All skin types.
What’s in it?
Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Tested on animals/sold in China?
What’s not in it?
How do you use it?
You can either apply to dry/damp skin and massage through – then remove with a flannel as per usual or you can apply, massage, emulsify and rinse.
As always I am in the former camp, but this does emulsify brilliantly for those of you that like sort of thing.
Although this does remove makeup, because of the quality of the ingredients and the price point, this is going firmly in the ‘skin cleansing’ category for me. Either a second cleanse in the evening or a lovely single cleanse in the morning.
What’s good about it?
A lovely skin cleanser, this contains perilla seed oil, the same oil in Dr Lens’ Shiso capsules. Perilla oil is higher in omegas than fish oil and is a massive anti-inflammatory. The consistency is beautiful, light yet obviously nourishing.
This removes all makeup (obviously I tried it despite preferring it for skin cleansing!) including eye makeup. I didn’t test on waterproof, but my advice re waterproof is to always remove with a dedicated eye makeup remover if you can, it’s gentler on the eye.
The freshness and ease of use of this has made it a firm favourite with the men in the house – all of whom cleanse in the shower (‘wash their face’), none of whom read this blog. 🙂
What’s not so good about it?
Nothing to be honest. It does exactly what it says on the bottle, my skin likes it.
As always, Zelens is not the cheapest of brands, but you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. 🙂
Where to use in your routine?
Depending on your preference, either first or second cleanse. My preference is in the morning, because the Zelens scent is perfect for a minty wake-me-up. Nothing floral here.
This is a hybrid between a gel and an oil for me – so nothing quite sits in the same category – but if I had to pick similar..
OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel
NUDE Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser
would be in the ballpark
The website is full of information on both the Doctor, the brand, the products and clinical trials. Whilst it has a beautiful section entitled ‘Zelens Garden’ which lists all of the botanical ingredients in detail, it only lists the ‘active’ ingredients and doesn’t give a full ingredients list.