Reviewed by Joe

Avalon Organics Essential Lift Smoothing Cleanser was a disappointment to me. First, the name alone implies something a cleanser at this point in time is incapable of doing... lifting any part of my face. Also, the label “Organics” is a stretch when only 70% of the ingredients are organic!

I liked the smell of this cleanser. I found it refreshing in the morning and soothing at night. However, I didn’t like how it rinsed. I felt as though there was a film left on my face; eventually I used paper towels to take it off. I do not like “heavy” products or creams that make me sweat when I put them on my face.

I tried the Avalon Organics product for less than a month. I gave it a fair chance, forsaking my favorite cleanser. Truth be told, I am best friends with the creator of my go-to cleanser, but in no way does this have any influence on what I’m about to say. I originally wasn’t going to name the product but was told by the TIA team it was okay to do so.

The cleanser I have found to be absolutely the best on the market is La Vie Celeste Mother of Pearl Cleanser ($40 in the TIA shop). Not only does it rinse off in a second, I also use it to shave with.

While I do have a beard, I still groom my neck area, and usually when doing so get tugs and pulls and sometimes cuts. My routine was to get in the shower, put the shaving cream on, let it soak in, get out of the shower and shave. When I was just washing my face with LVC, I decided try and shave with it, just to see. Not only didn’t I have to leave it on for more than the time it took to wet my face (applying less than the diameter of a dime into my palm), it also gave me the closest, smoothest shave I’ve ever gotten in my life. And I have been shaved professionally, having been a hair model for Sassoon back in the day.

I am soon to be 57 and have been blessed with my mother’s genetics for good skin, but I do also take care of it the best I can despite being very low maintenance (another thing I like about the LVC line, it’s fast and simple). I’ve included a photo of me in this post, so you can put a face to the name!

Back to the Avalon Organics cleanser: I’m sure it’ll appeal to some, but it’s just not for me.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Sea Silt Extract, Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Sea Silt, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract*, Panax Ginseng Root Extract*, Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cabin (Patchouli) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Citric Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Lauryl Glucoside, Stearyl Citrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool.

*Certified Organic Ingredient