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Melvita Cleansing Milk- reviewed and rejected

Melvita Cleansing Milk 6.7 oz
January 28, 2013 Reviewed by admin 0 Comments

There’s a lot to like about the Melvita Cleansing Milk ($22). Formulated for sensitive skin, the product contains 98.6% natural ingredients and 31.5% were organically grown (certified by Ecocert). Skin soothers include neroli water, chamomile, and pollen extract – and the cleansing milk’s moisturizing properties come from honey, sweet almond oil, and shea butter.

A recent convert to cream cleansers (thanks to the fabulous Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser and Sevani Ageless Radiance Refining AHA Cleanser), I thought I would similarly enjoy using the Melvita Cleansing Milk. Yet I was disappointed. I first used the product, which has an almost serum-like consistency, in the summer… and, unfortunately, could only bear to use it a few times before I set it aside. While it was certainly gentle, the product did a poor job of actually cleansing. It didn’t dissolve my makeup; instead it just smeared it. And it left a sort of film on my face. Because my skin is oily in the summer, this was especially unpleasant. Granted, I didn’t follow the usage instructions of applying with a cotton pad and rinsing with a toner (I applied with my fingers and rinsed with water) but fully expected a “cleansing” product to cleanse the usual way. I don’t think that’s asking too much.

I hate to judge a product too quickly. I concluded at the time that my main issue with the product was that it felt more like a lotion, less like a cleanser. Perhaps if I used it in the winter, when my skin is much drier, I’d have a better experience. So here we are, winter in full effect – and my skin fully parched – time to revisit the cleansing milk. I decided to use a separate cleanser at night to remove my makeup and the cleansing milk in the morning – and, just as I’d hoped, my dehydrated skin welcomed its emollient ingredients. Nonetheless, I can’t get past the fact that this product is still ineffective at the very thing it was designed to do.

It should also be noted that a couple of natural-yet-controversial ingredients in the Melvita Cleansing Milk are rice bran and the preservative sodium benzoate.

Ingredients: Aqua [Water], Citrus Aurantium Water*, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Mel [Honey], Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil [Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil]*, Benzyl Alcohol, Sclerotium Gum, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter [Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Oil]*, Oryza Sativa Cera [Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax], Sodium Benzoate, Sucrose Cocoate, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Tocopherol, Pollen Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Limonene**, Zingiber Officinale Extract [Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract]

*Ingredients from organic farming

**Natural components of fragrance

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