Elena Rubin Solace- reader reviewed and recommended
I have been using Elena Rubin’s Solace Mild Cleanser ($39) for the past month (or more), in the morning and evening. Elena Rubin is a facialist in New York City, and based on reviews that I have read, has a magic vibe and touch that makes people feel great at her wellness center. Solace is the cleanser she designed for sensitive skin.
I would say that I have somewhat sensitive skin, and tend to stick with the same products for ages to avoid any upset. At 3.3 fl. oz ounces for just under $40, this is a pretty expensive cleanser; however, it is worth it. The pump bottle dispenses the perfect amount of cleanser with one press of the finger to lather face and neck with a lovely foam. It really does clean the face in a loving and gentle manner, without stripping or making my skin feel tight afterwards. It rinses off easily, and is a straightforward and easy-to-use product.
The only aspect I hesitated over is the faint, somewhat detergent-type scent of the clear, thick, golden cleanser; it reminded me a bit of my teenage years when I washed my face with whatever medicinal product was supposed to help clear up my acne. However, it is obvious Ms. Rubin is not trying to mask anything, or make her product “luxurious” by adding fragrance that could mess with sensitivities. After a week of using the product, I no longer had any issues with the scent, and just enjoyed my clean and soft face after cleansing. The ingredients label lists shea butter, vitamin E and blue lotus root (just looking at a picture of a blue lotus flower gives me a feeling of peace). Solace definitely lives up to its name and I certainly feel it is a boon for the hypersensitive. Pricey, yes, but perhaps just what is needed to reset and renew a beauty routine.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Amaranth Protein, Nymphaea Coerulea (Blue Lotus) Flower Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Zeolite, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Decylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate