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Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser- reviewed and recommended

Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser
Is a Solution for:
Dry Skin


Stellar botanical ingredients


The price to size ratio will (unfairly!) put some people off
April 2, 2013 Reviewed by Marta 15 Comments
An anti-aging facial cleanser worth every cent

We were treated (and I do mean it was a real treat) to a visit from the lovely Josh Rosebrook, in person. It was such a pleasure for me and the Truth In Aging team to learn about how Josh got started in skincare with his sumptuous Cacao Antioxidant Mask (we’ll be publishing our interview with Josh soon). His passion for his products, process and holistic outlook on life was infectious and inspiring. Before he left, Josh gave us his brand new Moisturizing Cleanser ($27).

I must confess that when he handed us the 2oz bottle, I thought it was a sample. I almost felt my jaw drop when we were told that this was actually the full size bottle of Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser and it was retailing for $27. Josh assured us that only a small amount was needed and the cleanser could be expected to last two to three months. Although skeptical, I was excited to try it as the all-natural ingredients list included some impressive antioxidants. This was a serum posing as a cleanser, which makes it my kind of cleanser.

The first thing to say is that a little does not go a long way, instead a miniscule amount goes a really long way. Josh was right. A pea-size dollop is all that is needed to cleanse face and neck. It smooths on beautifully and is easily rinsed off. I leave it on for as long as possible first to get the most out of the ingredients. After rinsing, my skin looks bright and clear and this is achieved without it feeling at all stripped.

There isn’t even water in this extraordinary cleanser; the base is aloe gel. The soapy stuff is African black soap, which is also in Josh Rosebrook shampoo. Typically, this comes from roasted plaintain skins. Plantains are a very good source of vitamins A and C, and they have a reputation for soothing irritated skin – even combating acne. For gentle exfoliation there is anti-inflammatory white willow bark. According to Josh Rosebrook, the sea minerals listed are “tiny molecules, small enough to penetrate deeply into the skin cells to deliver a rich concentration of phytonutrients.”

There are botanical extracts too numerous to mention, but I’ll call out some of the more interesting. Seabuckthorn is a source of omega fatty acids, skullcap contains flavonoids including baicalin, an anti-inflammatory and analgesic and is used to combat cancer in Chinese medicine. Hawthorne berry is an antioxidant, as is fennel seed, while chickweed is packed with vitamins and minerals and is particularly good for flaky, irritated skin.

I love this cleanser. It has it all and absolutely no nasties. I will gladly fork over $27 to replace my sample when it runs out.

Ingredients: Vitamin-Infused Aloe Gel, Organic African Black Soap, Organic Honey, Vegetable Glycerin, White Willow Bark, Sea Minerals And Grape Seed Extracts, Lemon Juice, Organic Pectin, Organic Oils Of: Olive, Jojoba, Sesame, Evening Primrose, Meadowfoam, Sunflower, Apricot, Almond, And Seabuckthorn, Organic Herbal Infusions Of: Calendula Flowers, Bilberry, Slippery Elm, Fennel Seed, Chickweed, Skullcap, Ginkgo Leaf, Hawthorn Berry, Green Tea, Marshmallow Root, St. John’s Wort And Alfalfa; Organic Plant Sourced Kosher Vegan Xanthan Gum & Potassium Sorbate, Natural Plant Sourced Vitamins A, C & E; Vinegar; Organic Essential Oils Of: Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Litsea Cubeba And Vanilla Bean

  • July 31, 2017

    by Jo

    Hi, how does it deal with eye makeup? Is it safe; does it work?

  • May 1, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Jan, I am really pleased to hear that you are liking this cleanser. I have been using mine for over a month and have more than two thirds left. I would urge you to try a small amount - you only need a pea-sized drop.

  • May 1, 2013

    by Terri Sacco

    Jan, I just ordered the Rosebrook clenser and look forward to trying it. I have never experienced African Black Soap. Perhaps you can try using a bit less. I remeber Marta saying a pea size drop is all that is needed for face and neck. I tend to over use products if I don't pay attention. The Arcona Tea Bar is really a good price point. The bar lasts a long time. The witch hazel aroma is strong, but I love it. I use it with my Sirius Brush. You should read Marta's review here

  • April 30, 2013

    by Jan

    I indeed ordered this and used it last night and this morning. I like it very much, will see if there are cumulitive effects, but so far I think I would order it again - I too was aghast at the small size and I don't really feel this will last me 2-3 months, in fact I'm not sure it will last me 1 month. My skin felt soft after cleansing, which is what I seem to aim for having very dry skin. Perhaps I will attempt the Arcona Tea Bar next as I'm always on the quest for the best product at the best price.

  • April 24, 2013

    by Jan

    Not sure how I missed this post originally, however I'm ordering this - it sounds like exactly what I'm looking for as my skin does indeed like African black soap, but needs a bit more nourising.

  • April 7, 2013

    by Terri Sacco

    This sounds wonderful with the slew of botanical extracts and phytonutrients and if you only need a pea size amount, not a bad price. I really like the the Arcona Toner Tea Bar I've been using for the last several weeks and would like to comapare the Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser.

  • April 7, 2013

    by mabel

    i would love to try this cleanser! i've been on the lookout for the perfect cleanser for a long time, and the ingredients in this one look wonderful.

  • April 3, 2013

    by mGibb

    Awww...this sounds like such a gentle and comforting cleanser.

  • April 3, 2013

    by Aimee

    As an Herbalist, and, when reading the ingredients of this product, I became soooo excited! All herbs! I hope I get to try this.

  • April 3, 2013

    by Sharon Siqueiros

    Thanks for your honest review!! These products sound great and I'd love to try the cleanser, my face could use some brightening

  • April 3, 2013

    by Karen Watanabe

    I am looking for a good cleanser. Would love to try this product.

  • April 3, 2013

    by Cindy

    This sounds exactly like what my skin needs! I would love to try this cleanser.

  • April 3, 2013

    by Naheed

    Thanks for review Marta. An impressive list of ingredients. Would love to give it a try.

  • April 3, 2013

    by Gail DuPont

    Ingredients sound yummy! Would love to try this cleanser.

  • April 3, 2013

    by Deborah Lonsdorf

    Would live to try this cleanser. I look for products like this.

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