Sonya Dakar Buriti Purifying Cleanser

What is it?
‘Effortlessly dissolves make up, dirt and impurities to leave your face feeling like velvet.’

Who is it for?
All skin types – particularly dry, mature or sensitive.

What’s in it?
Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Triisostearyl Citrate, Diisostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Guaiazulene, Natural Essential Oil Blend

What’s not in it?
mineral oil

acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?

essential oils

Natural? Organic? Man
made? Vegan?

‘synthetic-free’ aka natural

Tested on
animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?


How does it smell?
It doesn’t really ‘have’ a smell to me.

How does it feel on
the skin?/Absorption rate?

Soft oil, not greasy.

How do you use it?/Where
to use in your routine?

This is great for either first or second cleanse – or morning cleanse.
Apply to dry skin with dry fingers, massage into skin and remove with warm flannel. You can emulsify if you wish. The oil is water soluble. I don’t.

How long before you
should see results?


How long did I test
it for?

I’ve had this for a few months.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate
cost per usage?

It’s 113ml for £50.00/$67.00.

What’s good about it?
I love this cleanser. This and the Sonya Dakar Eye Wash are my favourite oil-based liquid (as opposed to balm) cleansers at the moment. They’re completely gentle, yet destroy makeup in seconds. A joy to use. Neither cause any further irritation and skin is left completely comfortable.
This washes off clean enough to use your prescription retinoids on the clean skin straight afterwards (as you always should) without needing to tone. No residue.

What’s not so good
about it?

Actually not so sure if it’s a negative but this is fragrance free, yet contains essential oils. Unsure why or which ones, but bear that in mind if they are an issue for you. Otherwise, crack on.

Works well with?
The Eye Wash is great before this, and all acids are obviously good afterwards. 

What’s the website

Great with the exception of no full ingredient listing, which lets it down. Otherwise all good.

Would I repurchase?
Yes. And back up. 

Similar products?
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (only Ultime8)

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