A product not worth the hype. It turned my face into a mess.
There, I said it. Upon reading tons of raving reviews about this cleansing butter and finding it on sale for €8 instead of €14, it found its way into my bathroom. I was as excited as a little child to try it out and my intial reaction was positive. The butter has a nice, light scent – my nose finds it very similar to Chanel’s Chance Eau Fraiche. The first two or three washes I liked what it did to my skin, it felt soothing and I felt like it actually removed all makeup besides the mascara. I wear contact lenses, so my eyes react to just about anything, and the attempt to get mascara off with this butter left me with blurry vision for five long minutes.
That initial reaction wasn’t that bad. Pleasant scent, nice texture, does the job. Until I started waking up with huge, blind pimples day after day. One on my cheek, one just next to my nose, one on my chin, another one on my cheek. I looked terrible. At first, I thought it was just hormonal, but the calendar reassured me that I was wrong. After using it for about a week, I also noticed that if I didn’t apply a face creme as soon as I dried my face off with a towel, my skin would start to pull and look dry. The most interesting thing about this product is its versatility – “ALL SKIN TYPES” – says the jar. Yet, when checking the ingredients, (something I should have done before maniacally buying it) a bad ingredient can be found at the very top of the ingredient list. Little research reveals that Ethylhexyl Palmitate is highly comedogenic, which is undoubtedly not very ideal for someone prone to acne, or anyone with sensitive skin. I am quite amazed that a product containing so many conditioning agents (says the ingredient list on thebodyshop.co.uk) can make such a mess on my face.
I stopped using the butter as soon as I made the connection and my face cleared up in a matter of days. To make sure that I wasn’t just paranoid, I tried using the butter one more time, after which a large blind pimple appeared at the center of my forehead the morning after. That bullseye on my forehead taught me a lesson and the butter has been sitting on my shelf ever since. I need to find a friend who is willing to try it out and hopefully reach the bottom of the jar instead of me.
What I liked:
- nice fragrance
- removes most of make up
- generally good ingredients that aren’t tested on animals
What I didn’t like:
- doesn’t remove mascara without making vision blurry
- packaging not very hygienic
- highly comedogenic ingredient caused many painful pimples on my skin
- left my skin dry, flaky and dehydrated