I discovered Toronto-based Crawford Street last year, with their Grapefruit Mint Salt Scrub that I really enjoyed.
Since then, I’ve bought two more products from them, the Rose Geranium Toner and the Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Soothing Cleanser, which is the product I’m reviewing today.
From Crawford Street:
This cleanser will remove make up and gently clean your skin at the same time.
Made with anti-inflammatory castor oil to calm and soothes the skin. It also helps reduce acne and rosacea. The enzymes in the Papaya extract are gently exfoliating, and promote new cell formation. Vitamin C , a powerful anti-oxidant, will leave your skin softer and smoother. Rose Geranium essential oil is balancing and astringent.
For: All skin-types
Shelf Life: 6-9 months. Store in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight.
Initially, I did like this cleanser quite a lot! Even though I have dry skin, I normally have a hard time liking cream cleansers like this one. I always feel like they’re bad at cleaning (forget removing makeup!) and leave my skin feeling dirty or greasy, or both.
The Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Cleanser is a lovely, light cream that actually does a reasonably job of cleaning the skin! I mean, no, it doesn’t do a great job of removing makeup (what cream cleanser does? I wish they’d stop claiming to!), so you’ll have to remove that first.
I am currently using cleansing oils/balms to remove makeup, so I used this cream cleanser as a morning cleanser, and again at night as a second cleanser to remove any remnants of cleansing oil.
As it is a cream cleanser, you have the option of wiping it off with a cotton ball or rinsing it off with water; I’m totally a rinse person, and this cleanser rinses off very well and doesn’t leave a film on my skin.
This cleanser also smells lovely: it’s an herbal, wet rose, like an English garden. All the scents come from actual plant extracts, which brings me to the issue I had with this cleanser.
I don’t fall for “all-natural” marketing at all—just because a chemical comes from nature doesn’t mean it’s good for you (cyanide or formaldehyde, anyone?) and plenty of synthetic ingredients are very useful. And, in the case of this cleanser, most of the ingredients are indeed of natural origin, and I think I’m allergic to one or more of them.
I should have taken note when I first used the cleanser: I got a very, very mild tingling sensation on my cheeks when I used it—and only upon first applying it to the skin. It was so mild that I didn’t think much of it, and to be fair, I don’t believe my face reacted badly to the cleanser at all.
The problem was that I already had a bit of eczema on my right hand, and since that’s the hand I use to wash everything, the cleanser aggravated it, and within a few days, my eczema had become much worse. I stopped using the cleanser, and it took about a week or so for the eczema to go back to the way it was. I tested the cleanser again, and the reaction happened again.
From the ingredient list, I’m quite sure I’m not sensitive to sodium cetearyl sulfate, beeswax, sunflower oil, coconut oil, rose water, aloe vera, and lavender oil—though the irritation could be due to a usually harmless ingredient being present in a higher concentration. Eczema adds a layer of complication, of course. But I’m betting the culprit is one of the castor oil, papaya extract, raspberry oil, rosemary oil, or geranium leaf extract.
It’s a shame, but I’ll have to stop using this cleanser, at least until my eczema completely goes away. The product has a shelf life of 6–9 months, though, so I’m not sure I’ll make it.
If you’re not sensitive to any of the ingredients, then I do recommend this product for dry skin types. It’s quite a nice cream cleanser, overall, and I do like to support a local company. But for now, I will go back to Nuxe Melting Cleansing Gel as a second cleanser, and it’s also rose-scented. (I actually did not like this Nuxe cleanser much when I first got it four years ago! But now that I am oil-cleansing first to remove makeup, it turns out it is a fantastic second cleanser for dry skin. I should probably amend my MUA review, heh. And write a brand new review here, of course…)
sodium cetearyl sulfate, cera alba (beeswax), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, carica (papaya) fruit extract, rose damascene (rose) water, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, aqua, rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf extract
Crawford Street Rose Geranium 2-In-1 Soothing Cleanser contains 4 fl oz / 125 mL and retails for CA$15. It is sold on its official website and at Well.ca (referral link), which is where I purchased it. The products are handcrafted in the company founder’s own kitchen and are free of “petrochemical derivatives, such as mineral oil and petroleum, parabens, sodium laurel sulphate, artificial dyes and fragrances”; in addition, “she chooses free trade or organic products when available”.