While I am a very big Michael Todd True Organics believer (oh, their eye cream…my desert-island must-have), I’m extremely picky about my cleansers. When I agreed to try the Michael Todd True Organics Cleanse and Tone One Step Cleanser / Toner ($19), I figured that, like most cleansers, I would be dissatisfied and eventually return to my tried and true: basic Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash ($5.49). I have very oily skin, so I generally cleanse and tone twice a day. The last couple of months have easily been the most stressful of my life (both work-stress and planning a wedding for December). I don’t know what I was thinking, switching up my cleanser so close to the wedding date, but I’m so glad I did!
This One Step Cleanse and Tone product is amazing — it didn’t dry out my skin, and it really helped reduce the amount of oil my face produces during the day. I will admit to still toning (with a product with alcohol) once a day a couple times a week, as I’m desperately trying to avoid any major breakouts before the wedding, but otherwise, my routine was the same as usual. I cleanse, tone, moisturize, eye serum, eye treatment and then makeup (or bed). To be completely honest, I could have done away with the additional toning, but I like the tingle and cleanse I get from my regular toning. I had absolutely NO breakouts while using this cleanser (usually I have a couple a month) and was overall extremely happy.
What I really loved about this product was that, not only does it have a slightly gritty feel so you can actually feel the charcoal getting into your pours and cleaning them, but it contains antioxidant vitamins, organic teas and oils. My face, despite the charcoal, never felt too dry or chaffed after using this cleanser — but it still reduced the amount of oil produced throughout the day. Also, the pump bottle was wonderful, as it made it very easy to get the right amount of product without wasting.
While I will definitely be changing my beauty routine to add the MTTO Cleanser/Toner (really, it’s not much more expensive than Neutrogena), it does have a couple of minor downsides (at least in my opinion). First, it doesn’t lather or show any real signs of where it’s already been applied. Sometimes I space out while washing my face and there were times I’d try to recall the areas I’d already washed — but without any lather or visible signs of where the cleanser was at, it was sometimes hard to verify that I’d covered my entire face. Also, the color (dark gray) is to be expected from a product relying on strongly on charcoal to assist in the cleansing process, but it’s a little intimidating and not terribly aesthetic — though that’s often the trade-off with organic products. Even with these minor drawbacks, I completely recommend trying the Michael Todd True Organics Cleanse and Tone One Step Cleanser / Toner. I think it’s a great fit for most skin tones, it’s a great organic product, it combines routines and it is reasonably priced. Overall, an "A" product!