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I Pekar Facial Cleanser Review

is a Solution for:
Acne, Dry Skin, Dull Skin, Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation, Redness, Uneven Skin, Wrinkles
Reviewed by Marta January 5, 2015 6 Comments
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Pros

Gently and thoroughly cleanses skin

Cons

None
An all-natural, non-sudsing cleanser that is one of the best I have used

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

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  • January 22, 2015

    by Jennifer Bowen

    I would love to try this cleanser because you are recommending it based on someone that you have worked with for so many years with your own skin. I am not shy about spending on really great products, but I am shy about trying new things on my skin, the hits are so great but the misses are equally frustrating, and I have had a lot of misses on cleansers. For me they are such an important part of my ritual because I use a cleanser more regularly than any other product. For example day to night treatments vary, some serums I use every other night, seasonal treatments vary, and certain issues require different treatments, even certain masks I use only once or twice a week, but.... the cleanser is the most ubiquitous and I would love to tap into one that I am totally happy with!

  • January 20, 2015

    by Donna

    I want to try it because of the all natural ingredients, and it sounds very good.

  • January 20, 2015

    by Len

    I am the perfect person to test the I Pekar cleanser... with reactive skin that's sensitive, acne prone and combination....I need a cleanser that's gentle and calming. Less is more and natural ingredients are the only products I put on my skin. I would love to test I Pekar and share with you how wonderful the results are!

  • January 20, 2015

    by Cheryl Thompson

    Hi, not sure if thus is where I ask to try this cleaner,
    Reason is I am over 50 and everything been going down hill since.
    I have everything this cleaner does, but the dryness/redness.
    Hope to try it soon.

  • January 20, 2015

    by Melanie

    I would l Iove to try this cleanser. I have dehydrated, highly-reactive skin that is worsening with age. I have had success with products that are natural and would be thrilled to discover another range that I can use.

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