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The Sciote Gentle Facial Cleanser ($44) has much going for it and, as a certified aromatherapist, I had high hopes and great enthusiasm for its use. On the positive side, the cleanser smells wonderful since it includes essential oils and vitamin C. It is packaged efficiently, with an airless pump and a slightly opaque bottle to protect the volatile oils. I was particularly impressed with the inclusion of Lavender, Geranium and Tea Tree oils, although Tea Tree is sometimes a bit too aromatic and strong for sensitive skin.
The cleanser is sulfate-free and silky in consistency and left my skin feeling smooth and hydrated, not at all tight or dry. However, I will not be purchasing it for several reasons.
First of all, the inclusion of oregano oil is problematic, as it is one of the oils I rarely, if ever, use for sensitive skin. Oregano oil is highly antiseptic and extremely powerful. It can irritate the skin and can also make the skin photosensitive, although I doubt that this cleanser contains amounts that could cause that issue. Still, the use of Oregano Oil did surprise me, since it is a known irritant. Also, the very essential oils that give this cleanser its lovely fragrance are the same oils which irritated my eyes. Although I use a separate eye makeup remover, I like my cleanser to be able to efficiently remove any last traces of makeup or mascara, and this one burned my eyes and made them watery. I suspect the Tea Tree and especially the Oregano oil caused this reaction. If a person is willing to carefully avoid the eye area when cleansing and rinsing her face, then this may not be a deal breaker, but for me, it certainly was. How disappointing!
I finally used it up in the shower as my body cleanser and the result was quite positive. It left my skin smooth and supple, but as this is not its purpose, I wouldn't buy a pricy product to use as a shower gel.