If there is one type of product I am never faithful to it’s face cleansers. When it comes to cleaning my face I need change. I don’t like to use the same cleanser for long periods of time even if it works for me. When I visit someone’s bathroom I will always look at the cleanser they use, smell it and even try it if I can. I just love trying different cleansers and will spend long minutes in a drugstore aisle trying to decide which cleanser I will try next. Usually the process consists of me checking the brand and packaging then reading the label and of course checking out the ingredients. As you know, I will run from anything containing sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate which immediately disqualifies quite a lot of cleansers. So when I saw the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser I decided to give it a try as it is supposed to be a better alternative to the fully chemical cleansers available in drugstores.
Now I will admit that I am a little bit skeptical when it comes to Neutrogena’s claims of offering a “natural” product. Actually to be precise, they claim to use only “naturally derived” products. From their website (I put some words in bold for emphasis):
“The majority of our ingredients are derived from a mineral, plant or fruit based source. All ingredients in personal care products are processed to some degree, both for safety and for suitability of use in product formulations. The naturally derived ingredients in Neutrogena® Naturals originate from mineral, plant and fruit sources that are then combined to produce our gentle, clinically proven products.”
Now that sounds really nice but I am guessing that most chemicals come from a natural source originally and then are transformed to become the chemicals we will find in our products. But then again, they do clearly claim that the products of this line are formulated without harsh chemicals, sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, dyes and phthalates which is more than maybe 90% of the cleansers available in drugstores can say. So in a sense, Neutrogena is doing something good with this line, which has to be appreciated, but as it is always the case with big brands, I cannot help but be a little skeptical. The information in the website is not as straightforward as it could be and you have to dig a little bit for straight answer to your questions about how natural the product really is.
Now, that being said, I really like this cleanser. It is a clear gel, it smells like green apple and foams nicely. It remove makeup well and my skin feels clean and soft after use. It doesn’t leave my skin feel dry or greasy. It contains natural salicylic acid found in Willowbark bionutrients and that probably helped me as I don’t have any breakouts to report. Although I am almost at the end of the bottle and, as I said at the beginning of this post, I will probably move on to another cleanser; I will use it again in the future because I really enjoyed it.
It is a cleanser that I would buy again and therefore I recommend it! It retails for 12.99$. Buy it here