What is it?
‘An innovative creamy, moisturizing cleanser that gently removes impurities and makeup without stripping skin of essential moisture.’
A hybrid between a cream/oil cleanser.
Who is it for?
All skins, especially sensitive and/or dry/dehydrated.
What’s in it?
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Water, Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters, Manuka (Leptospermum) Honey Extract, Goat Milk Powder, Lactose, Milk Protein, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid
What’s not in it?
parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, shea butter
Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
How does it smell?
Unlike the original Goat Milk products, this smells lightly of vanilla. It’s very pleasant and not overpowering.
How does it feel on the skin?
At first contact this seems to be a runny cream, almost congealed gel. Upon application and massage however, it immediately turns into a cream/oil consistency.
How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?/1st or 2nd cleanse?
‘Apply a small amount to dry face and neck and massage gently for 30 seconds.’
I would only add ‘remove with warm facecloth’ – although it does emulsify upon contact with water, so you can splash off if you prefer.
I would use this for mornings or second cleanse in the evenings.
How long before you should see results?
If you’re sensitive and have been using the incorrect cleanser, your skin should feel softer after the fist application and should present with less redness post-cleanse.
How long did I test it for?
How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
$34.00 for 120ml. Used once a day this should last about 8 weeks, used twice a day it should last around a month, depending how heavy-handed you are, so either way around .53/54 cents a go. (please bear in mind these are very rough estimates!)
What’s good about it?
Praise the MAKER finally a cleanser from Kate Somerville that I can get on board with.
Prior to this, the brand only really offered foaming washes – very USA, and in fact, very ‘L.A.’. Whilst it’s understandable that most US brands have foaming cleansers due to the warmer weather, Californian brands in particular are fond of anything that can be applied and removed in showers, such is the long term and ongoing water shortage. Sounds nonsense, but ’tis true.
I did buy the Moisture Milk Cleanser when I was in LA in January, and I have high hopes, but trialled this one first.
This is a lovely cleanser, that does not in any way leave the skin tight or dry. It’s gentle, oily yet not greasy, and leaves the skin clean, fresh and comfortable. It’s pleasurable to use.
What’s not so good about it?
It still contains fragrance so if you have really sensitive skin, or any problem with fragrance, even though it states ‘clinically tested for sensitive skin’ you’d obviously have to take that into consideration.
At $34.00, and probably around £30.00 when KS does eventually come back to the UK (2017), it’s definitely in the more expensive category of cleansers. Bear in mind though, that the best-selling high end cleanser in the UK is still more than double the price of this in the US for a similar amount.
Works well with?
Any acids for toning would be fine, and any pre-cleanse eye makeup remover would be fine.
Would I purchase/repurchase?
What’s the website like?
Brilliant. All information including ingredients are listed and you can shop by category/concern or collection. One of my favourites. www.katesomerville.com
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*UPDATED MAY 2017 – THIS IS BEING REFORMULATED. GGRRRR
Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cleanser is $34.00 for 120ml and available from katesomerville.com
*I did find out that Kate Somerville are discontinuing my favourite CC Cream at some point this year – I stocked up in LA – just a head’s up. I use 04 Medium for reference. sephora.com/katesomerville
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