The green beauty world is abuzz about cleansing with raw manuka honey. It’s full of enzymes, gentle antibacterial agents, and probiotics (6 species of lactobacilli plus 4 species of bifidobacteria). Raw honey is beneficial for those suffering from acne, eczema, rosacea, and prematurely aging skin. Manuka honey works well for dry or oily skin. It’s amazing stuff. But if you’re not ready to set a jar of honey on your bathroom counter quite yet, why not consider a gentle cleanser which features that magic ingredient, yet isn’t as sticky or messy to work with.
A Gentle, Creamy Cleanser
The Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser is a creamy, low-lather facial wash which leaves skin soft without stripping skin. Personally, I find that it doesn’t remove makeup well, so I usually keep this one in the shower to use in the morning. But the way this cleanser makes my skin smooth while gently balancing the oilier and dryer parts of my face make it one of my favorites.
Inside the Ingredients
Ingredients: water, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, vegetable glycerin, kumerahou flowers/leaf extract, glucose, manuka honey, fragrance from natural essential oils, sclerotium gum, decyl glucoside, meadow foam seed oil, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, vitamin E, manuka oil, limonene, linalool.
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Beyond the honey content, a few other plant-derived ingredients are immensely beneficial to the skin. Avocado oil contains vitamin A, vitamin E, and sterolins. Sterolins are natural steroids which may be helpful in restoring a youthful look to skin. Macadamia nut oil is a relatively stable oil with a long shelf life (2 years) which is unique in that it contains an exceptionally high concentration of palmitoleic fatty acids–somewhere between 16 and 23%. Aging skin is often depleted in palmitoleic acid, which is another reason this cleanser is excellent for mature skin.
Kumerahou, an exciting addition in many Living Nature products, is a plant with cheery yellow flowers native to New Zealand. It’s common name is Gum Diggers Soap, as washing with the raw flowers creates a cleansing lather. Living Nature effectively uses kumerahou as an alternative to harsh surfactants such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate).
Inside the Ingredients
The Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser is $30 for a 3.4 fl oz bottle. Purchase it here.*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. **Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.