Rodial — Stem Cell Cleansing Cream Review

This week is going to be facial cleanser week! I actually have several cleansers to review, and thought it’d be nice to round them all up to be reviewed together.

This review is part of my week of facial cleanser reviews!
Here are the links to the other products I talked about:

Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil

Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil

philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

First up is a winner! I received a generous 30 mL (1 oz) sample of Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream in an Ipsy bag, and started using it a few months ago. (Note: the product has since been renamed Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser.)

Up until then, I was not keen on cream cleansers…at all! I would find that they slipped all over my face and never rinsed off cleanly (one of the worst ones for me was La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser). I just figured I didn’t have the right skin type for a cream cleanser, despite actually having dry skin.

But then I slowly grew to love the Nuxe Melting Cleansing Gel (it is, weirdly, sort of in-between a light cream and a gel) that I’d initially poo-pooed, got back into an unfinished Valcena Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk, and finally grew curious enough to try the sample of Rodial cream cleanser sitting at the back of my stash.

Well, whaddya knnow—I kind of love it!

It is a thick, very rich and luxurious-feeling cream. Rodial says it also doubles as a facial mask, but I have not yet tried using it that way.

From Rodial:

A nourishing dual-action cream facial cleanser and mask for dehydrated skin with advanced stem cell technology, rose hip and vitamin e. A potent super-food complex of anti-oxidants, Coconut Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Rose Wax and Coco Butter gently cleanses and feeds essential nutrients to the skin for instant relief to dehydrated complexions. When massaged into the skin with the 100% cotton muslin cloth, the gentle exfoliation enables younger-looking skin to be revealed, boosting skin’s vitality for a visible glow. Advanced stem cell technology from the PhytoCellTec Alp Rose improves cell vitality to protect against future damage. Can be used to remove make-up. Ideal for those with dry skin or with dull, lacklustre skin that needs a radiance boost.

Key Benefits:

  • Marula Oil: Anti-oxidant with fatty acids soften and condition the skin.
  • Stem Cell (PhytoCellTec Alp Rose Flower): Protects against environmental stress and helps improve the skin barrier function.
  • Coconut Oil: Helps to smooth the skin and rich in anti-oxidants and natural antibacterial agents.
  • Cocoa Butter: Cleanses whilst nourishing the skin.

I don’t believe a jot of the claims about plant stem cells in skincare products (or in haircare products), but I do think this cleanser works beautifully on my dry skin.

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Crawford Street Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Soothing Cleanser

Crawford Street — Rose Geranium 2-In-1 Soothing Cleanser Review

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.

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