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Reviewed and recommended: Suki exfoliant cleanser with lemongrass

Reviewed by Claire September 11, 2008 2 Comments

Pros

vegan and food-grade quality ingredients that promote skin-cell turnover

Cons

contains lemongrass and limonene, possible skin irritants
leaves skin softer and brighter and improves overall complexion

Suki’s Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser with lemongrass extract and natural sugar is the treat of treats. Buy it for yourself, buy it for a friend. Oh and definitely make sure to buy it for all the allergy-challenged ones in your life. Even better if they're a vegan! With all-natural, organic and biodynamically-produced products, Suki is free of synthetics and petrochemicals of any kind, as well as genetically modified ingredients, fragrances or dyes and without any animal ingredients.

To begin, it smells wonderful, like what I imagine Scarlett O’Hara must have recalled when describing her mother’s classic lemon verbena scent. And it doesn’t stop there, it also tastes wonderful.  All of Suki’s ingredients are of the food grade level, so it’s perfectly acceptable to stick a teaspoon in and have a taste, or just enjoy the lingering sweetness on your lips as you wash it off at night. It's also 100% vegan.

Natural sugar crystals give the formula a bit of gravitas, and do a good job exfoliating my skin along with the rice flour. As you know, exfoliation is important for skin-cell turnover and renewal, and so should be an important part in anyone's anti-aging routine. I just apply a dime-sized amount and start massaging away.  I like to apply it to a damp, but not wet face (it helps the formula glide over my skin) and then add just a bit of water afterward to melt the sugar crystals and really get the foaming action going.

What I like about this cleanser is that it really does foam. Now I know you don’t need foam to get a good cleanse, but I’ve been conditioned to think so.  And so I like seeing how Suki’s cleanser foams up all white and creamy.  It makes me feel like something’s really going on.

I’ve used this cleanser maybe seven or eight times, and it’s all been pretty easy.  Although one time I had just a bit of problem with my eyebrows getting a bit sticky.  However, this immediately followed the day after my jar accidentally falling into my sink, which allowed probably more water into the formula than is good for it. All in all though, my skin feels incredibly smooth afterward. Smooth and conditioned and smelling of lemon drops.

When it comes to the ingredients there aren’t that many, which I’m now generally interpreting to be a good thing.  Put the right ingredients in and at the right concentration and that’s all you need.

Here, olive oil and calendula provide the moisturizing effects. Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, and has a whole slew of other polyphenolic antioxidants that work to scavenge free radicals bent on destroying skin cells. Calendula, which is an extract from the marigold flower, is extremely soothing and has been used topically for years to treat everything from acne and rosacea to eczema and psoriasis. And now backed up by clinical research, calendula has also been shown to be effective in treating premature aging, spider veins, wrinkles, burns and stretch marks to name a few.

Lemongrass provides the cleansing power, as well as the scent along with limonene, orange peel and lavender. Some studies report that both lemongrass and limonene to be skin irritants (see: What is it: Lavender and skin safety), BUT in Suki's hands I think you are safe. The Suki brand prides itself for being both gentle and effective on the most sensitive skin. In fact, it's its entire raison d'etre. But just in case, chamomille is there as an all-around healer and soother.

Now I can't quite pick out which of the ingredients qualifies as the AHA rejuvenator that Suki promises is in this formula.  Is it the orange peel? All I'm finding is that it tones and soothes. Seaweed extract? Nope, it nourishes and detoxifies.  So what is it? I'm not sure but I'll find out.

Nevertheless, it smells great and works: it removes all my makeup, sloughs off the dead skin, brightens my complexion, and makes my face feel baby soft to the touch. Oh yeah, I almost forgot! Almost most importantly, I do have to say that there has been a definite reduction in the size of my pores, some head way made into tackling the small black heads that stubbornly persist along my chin, and those few spots that popped up from hormonal fluctuations last Tuesday? Well, they were gone in time for my Birthday party this past weekend.

Ingredients:

 

non-gmo rice flour*, natural sugar, saponified olive oil*, calendula*, chamomile, lavender, lemongrass, orange peel & seaweed extracts, aroma (pure premium steam distilled essential oil & limonene)

  • August 15, 2013

    by Erica

    The beautiful lemongrass scent makes Suki Exfoliate Foam Cleanser is the most refreshing cleanser I've ever used. And the natural sugar exfoliant works gently to whisk away dirt and dead surface skin. Manual exfoliants have often irritate my skin and cause me to break out. Suki is so delectable you'll want to eat it!

  • May 8, 2009

    by Gin

    This product sounds wonderful.

    I love that the line is entirely organic but can you tell me if all the ingredients are non-comedogenic ?

    Thanks!

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