Getting a facial cleanser for oily skin right can be a tricky thing and often results in something more akin to paint stripper. Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel ($14, 2oz) – which, strictly speaking, is for normal to oily skin – has pulled it off with a simple, yet well-thought through formula.

I have been trying my sample of Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel for several weeks and like the way that it leaves my skin clean, but not dried out. My face has a tendency to be slightly oily, especially in summer, and this cleansing gel (it doesn’t foam, which is fine by me) seems balanced for my skin. Having said that, I can envisage needing to swap it out on cold, dry days when my skin needs more nourishing.

It is my belief that the success of this cleanser’s formula is due to a tongue-twisting ingredient: xylitylglucoside anhydroxylitol xylitol. Trying saying that after your first cosmopolitan of the evening.

This scary sounding thing is actually a sugar found in wheat and olives that helps skin retain moisture and boosts the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid. It improves the barrier function of the skin, increasing ceramide synthesis. The company that manufactures it calls it Aquxyl and claims that it is hugely more effective than sodium hyaluronate (and SH is already pretty impressive as it is said to be able to hold 1,000 times its own weight in water). Anyway, I think this is how Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel manages not be drying.

Apart from the aloe base, there’s not much else going on here a part from benign surfactants, mostly derived coconut and used as gentle replacements for laureth/lauryl sulfates. Even the preservative, dehydroacetic-acid, has a record for being non-toxic and non-irritating.

If your skin is a little oily, needs a summer refresher and you tend to go for simplicity then Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel is worth a look.



Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Xylitylglucoside Anhydroxylitol Xylitol, Sclerotium Gum, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol

*Ingredient from organic farming, 99% of the total ingredients are from natural origin, 51.51% of the total ingredients are from organic farming