Our Rating: 4 stars

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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