Reviewed by Karlyn

I received a 1.7-oz. bottle of the Snowberry Instant Deep Cleanser and have been using it on my face in the evenings for the past six weeks. This product is manufactured in New Zealand. This product sells for $52 for 1.7 fluid ounces (yes – you got that right. No typo).

The strange-smelling (not unpleasant but too raw for my nose) cleanser is bright orange in color due to the lycopene content in the cleanser. It will stain, so do not use it with light-colored washcloths and definitely do not use with your Clarisonic, as it will stain the brush heads. It has a hybrid texture between oil and gel and does not foam. Basically, one should regard this as a cream cleanser.

This cleanser is mild enough to be used every day without irritation. I used four to five pumps each time for my whole face. Once on my skin, the product felt like an oil cleanser (neem seed oil is the first ingredient on the list), and the oily residue stays on even after two washes – more pronounced than using the typical oil cleanser. I generally would follow use of this cleanser with my dermatologist-recommended foaming cleanser. I removed the Snowberry cleanser with a (dark-colored) washcloth. There is definitely some residue left over after rinsing, so I would recommend you double cleanse if you have combination/oily skin. I would consider this cleanser as a pre-wash because it is rather effective in removing makeup and surface dirt. However, I consider this product too expensive to be used merely as a pre-wash.

So, yes, Snowberry is all natural, and the company even claims to be certified carbon neutral, meaning that “the carbon the company produces at any given time is neutralised by mechanisms such as registered forest regeneration, which extracts the same quantity of carbon dioxide from the air.” But, bottom line: Even though this is a light and effective “green” cleanser, it is just too pricey for me to justify spending so much money on a cleanser. I prefer to spend my top dollars on Tretinoin (Retin A), glycolic acid, preserved topical vitamin C, and a good zinc-based sunscreen.

Ingredients: Melia azadirachta linn (Neem) seed oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Plukenetia volubilis (Inca Inchi) seed oil, Olive Oil sqalane, Passiflora edulis (Passion flower) seed oil, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides & Cymbium grandiforum, Candida Bombiola extract & Glucose & Methyl Rapeseed Ferment, Rubius chamaemorus (Cloudberry) seed oil, Echium plantagineum oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis leaf extract, Polydecene & Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) extract Lycopene extract,Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Macadamia Ternifolia seed oil, Coleus Forskohili (Coleus) oil