Our Rating: 5 stars

Finding the right facial cleanser (that is, one that cleanses without dehydrating) has always been a challenge for me. Living Nature’s fabulously soothing Vitalising Cleanser was the lone exception – until now. Sevani Botanica creates chemical free – and effective – anti-aging skincare products that have received lots of love from Marta as well as members of the Truth in Aging community. I recently had the chance to test Sevani’s Ageless Radiance Refining AHA Cleanser ($39/4oz in the shop) – and now I get it. This product was an absolute pleasure to use! The first time I applied the creamy cleanser, while in the shower, I was immediately struck by the citrusy aroma. It smelled as if I were actually peeling an orange. This comes courtesy of orange fruit and lemon extracts.

Of course it gets better. The cleanser did a great job of removing oil and makeup. However, I did follow up with a toner, as recommended, to remove any stubborn residue. Afterward, my combination skin looked and felt soft and smooth. Since using the cleanser, I’ve also seen a noticeable reduction in the hormonal breakouts my 30-something skin sometimes gets. I could attribute this to anti-inflammatories, such as willow bark extract (which contains salicylic acid) and gotu kola extract. The formula also contains potent antioxidants algae extract, pomegranate extract, and red tea leaf extract. Furthermore, the high vitamin C content helps fight free radicals and promotes collagen production.

As a bonus, this product multitasks as a face mask, which makes sense since it contains a good amount of fruit acids (alpha hydroxy acids). The directions are to use twice weekly by massaging the product onto cleansed skin and letting it absorb from 15 to 20 minutes. I put this to the test and found that my skin actually did look brighter afterward yet not quite as hydrated as when I used the product as a cleanser. Which is probably why the directions do say to complete the regimen with moisturizer.

Overall, I was pleased enough with this product to want to create a permanent place for it in my bathroom cabinet.

Ingredients in Sevani Ageless Radiance Refining AHA Cleanser: *Aloe Vera Juice, Avocado Oil, Argan Nut Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Derived), Bilberry Fruit Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Lemon Extract, Olive Fruit Oil, Willow Bark Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, *Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Preservative), Indian Fig Flower Extract, Gotu Kola Extract, Palm Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Mandarin Essential Oil, *Amla Extract, *Gojiberry fruit Extract, *Acai Fruit Extract, *Pomegranate Extract, *Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract, *Bulgarian Rose Extract, *Neroli Blossom Extract,*Neem Leaf Extract, *Sacred Lotus Flower Extract, *Rooibos Tea Leaf Extract

*Certified Organic

Editor's note: Sevani Ageless Radiance AHA Cleanser's ingredients have changed slighty; below is the most up-to-date ingredient list:

*Aloe Vera Juice, Avocado Oil, Argan Nut Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Derived), Bilberry Fruit Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Lemon Extract, Olive Fruit Oil, Willow Bark Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, *Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Indian Fig Flower Extract, Gotu Kola Extract, Palm Stearic Acid, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Red Mandarin Oil, *Amla Extract, *Goji Berry fruit Extract, *Acai Fruit Extract, *Pomegranate Extract, *Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract, *Rose Extract, *Neroli Blossom Extract, *Neem Leaf Extract, *Sacred Lotus Flower Extract, *Rooibos Tea Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate

*Certified Organic