Considering how much everyone on Truth in Aging extols Terralina (its facial moisturizer, body moisturizer, and toner all earned very high marks), you'd think that one of us owns some stock in the company.  I wish, because it is going places.  Good places where nasty chemicals are checked at the door and wholesome botanicals roam free.  The Gentle Facial Cleanser is no exception.

I consider myself a cleanser connoisseur, having tried everything from harsh scrubs that irritated my skin to oil-free acne washes that stripped my face of its own oils.  Despite years of exhaustive cleansing experience, I have never come across something as pure and potent as Terralina's Gentle Facial Cleanser.  Belonging in the extremely light exfoliator category, it is gentle enough for daily use and so pleasant that you won't be able to stop yourself from using it every day.  Its miniscule grains tread lightly, lending a slightly granular feel to its lightweight, creamy consistency.

Though I admit that it was love at first sight with Terralina, I made sure to do a thorough side-by-side cleanser comparison and test it on my skin under all conditions.  Sensing an impending breakout, I washed with Terralina- my blemishes were kept at bay.  I even did a toner test after cleansing to see if Terralina left any lurking impurities from my makeup - my cotton swab came out completely clean.

Because there are no detergents in this cleanser, there is accordingly no lather.  As you rub Terralina over your face, you'll notice a slightly sweet fragrance, given off by a combination of rosewood and white tea.  The formula rinses off after a couple of splashes and leaves skin moisturized, thanks to several offshoots of olive oil.  In addition to nourishing olive oil extracts, cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate make up a plant-derived self-emulsifying system, which might be a mild irritant in rare cases.  A blend of oats and botanicals with medicinal properties balance out skin, imparting a fresh-faced feel and clean complexion.

Terralina doesn't stray far from nature even when filling out the often dicey preservative department.  A natural preservative derived from glycerin, ethylhexylglycerin is a desirable component for its skin conditioning and deodorising properties.  Though it was implicated with contact dermititis in a Denmark study, it is generally a positive alternative to parabens.  Potassium sorbate, a naturally-ocurring fatty acid with anti-microbal and anti-fungal power, functions as a mild, non-sensitizing preservative.

As is so often the case in modern cosmetics, Terralina's cleanser lowered its standards to let in the potentially irritating preservative phenoxyethanol.  Yet, at 99.85% natural, Terralina's formula can be forgiven for a fraction of synthetic ingredients.  No product is perfect for every skin type or ever-friendly for the environment, but Terralina's cleanser comes darn close.

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Water, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance.