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I have known my esthetician, Ildi Pekar, for more than 10 years and have nothing but respect for her integrity, knowledge and dedication to high performing treatments and natural ingredients. When I first started Truth In Aging, Ildi’s encouragement gave me the courage to keep going. And we all know where her infectious enthusiasm for LED, microcurrent, ultrasound and tools in general has gotten me. Ildi has always wanted to create her own skin care line that would be completely natural but effective at anti-aging, and finally, after months and months in the making, I Pekar has launched with a cleanser, moisturizer and eye cream.
I am kicking off with a review of the I Pekar Cleanser ($65 in the shop). It is a creamy but light cleanser that doesn’t produce suds but lubricates well on damp skin. I find it extremely cleansing, while being totally gentle. It is one of the best, if not the best cleansers I have used. It leaves my skin feeling very soft and looking healthy. The light scent is deliciously gingery with honey overtones.
Honey is the star ingredient running through the I Pekar line. It is a natural healer and a topical antimicrobial agent that has been used for centuries in wound care. Honey’s antioxidant properties came to be known relatively recently and are due to the presence of a number of polyphenols, including caffeic acid and apigenin.
Willow bark and aspen bark are rich in salycin, an aspirin-like substance, which is considered to be analgesic, anti-inflammatory, calming and healing. The surfactants are all coconut-derived and cleanse well without being drying (note that I wear scant makeup, and so I am not a good witness for its removal abilities). With a formula free of nasties, the preservative used is radish root.
I am so excited for Ildi. I Pekar deserves to be a success. Ildi has created a skin care line that is everything she wanted it to be. Having lived with her through the (inevitable) ups and downs of manufacturing, I have watched as she stuck to her guns and refused to compromise on what matters to her. As a result, I Pekar has wonderful all-natural ingredients, the products are very effective to use (I can’t wait to tell you about the moisturizer in my next review) and the line is beautifully packaged. And I like to think that the “I” in I Pekar stands for integrity.
Editor's note: This product has been recently reformulated. The original ingredients were: Purified Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Juice), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (Vegetable Oil), Polyglucose/Lactylate (Plant Based), Sucrose Cocoate (Sugar Beet Fatty Acid), Cetyl Alcohol (Wax from Grapeseed), Radish Root Ferment, Coco Betain (derived from Coconut Oil), Grapefruit Seed Extract, 100% Natural Raw Honey, Salix Alba (Willow Bark Extract), Populus Tremuloides (Aspen Bark Extract), Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Ginger Milk