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Michael Todd True Organics Honey and Oat Cleanser- reader reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Leslie May 11, 2013 2 Comments

Pros

Organic ingredients, good value

Cons

Overstates claim of deep-pore cleansing
Recommended for gentle cleansing with calming botanicals

Michael Todd True Organics founder Lewis Hendler created the line after having researched other “organic” and “natural” products on the market only to find that many of them also contain harmful ingredients like parabens and petrochemicals, such as mineral oil, which he said “suffocate the skin.” So he set out to make his own line that was truly organic. And as far as I can tell, it is. His products are also animal cruelty free.

Michael Todd True Organics Honey and Oat Gentle Deep-Pore Cleanser ($24) is indeed very gentle and has a delightfully clean fragrance of, to my nose, pink grapefruit. Other reviewers have said that it smells of honey and oatmeal, which would make more sense since there’s absolutely no citrus fruit in the ingredients list, nor does Michael Todd use any artificial fragrances. It comes in an air-tight lavender pump bottle that keeps the product fresh and shielded from UV rays. It dispenses just the right amount of light golden gel, which lathers up nicely – but not too much – and then rinses off easily.

I do find that my skin feels squeaky clean when I use it, more so than with other facial cleansers I’ve had in the past. But I can’t say that it performs any particularly deep-pore cleansing. For that I think you really need a facial mask or an exfoliating cleanser that has some kind fine scrubbing particulate in it. Based on the name, Honey and Oat, I thought this would be somewhat of an oatmeal scrub. Oatmeal is often used as a soothing agent, which I gather is what its purpose is here, more than deep-pore cleansing. So that was a little bit of a disappointment.

Not enough, however, to dissuade me from using it as my regular evening cleanser . It really takes off the makeup without feeling like it’s stripped my skin of its natural oils. And as I inspect the ingredients, I’m impressed to see that the very first one listed is organic aloe, and not distilled water. In fact, there is no water at all in this product! It’s filled with all kinds of lovely organic botanicals, including lavender, oats, and acai fruit, as well as honey and vitamins B5 and E. And the price is right at just $24 for 7.1 fluid oz, which is a good deal.

I will definitely continue using this and look forward to checking out some of the other Michael Todd products.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Oat Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Beta-Carotene, Honey, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phospholipids, Disodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol

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  • May 16, 2013

    by Sophie

    (3 out of 5)

    Serums are a mainstay in my skin regimen. I've been hearing a lot about this brand, even prior to TIA. The ingredients in the serum seem like it would make it very apt for its mission: hydration. But I am especially intrigued by their claim that this achieves a dewy, but not oily, finish to your skin. As someone with combination skin, I've found that this is usually a hard balance to strike. Would love to test this out!

  • May 16, 2013

    by Terri

    (3 out of 5)

    Hydration Boost Facial Serum may be the boost my dry skin needs. The product description reads, "Achieves a dewey, but not oily finish to your skin..." Dewey is excellent for me. DMAE and MSM are ingredients high up on the list along with a butter I'm not familiar with Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter. It shows up in several Me & the Girls products and Snowberry Nourishing Day Cream. This Michael Todd product definitely sounds hydrating and hopefully the effects are long lasting. I would love to give it a try! I'm glad to hear this line will be carried in the TIA shop. Very interesting line with a broad price range. They have a couple of new items out. One in particular I think I will try is SPF Tinted Lip Balm Trio. Also just out a Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion.

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