L'Oreal Pure Clay Eucalyptus Purifying Cream Wash Review

L'Oreal says they've "combined 3 pure clays with the purifying properties of eucalyptus extract to create a foaming clay cleanser that perfectly cleanses and purifies the skin. It's formula removes impurities and excess sebum." The Pure Clay Eucalyptus Purifying Cream Wash is one of three new-ish cleansers from L'Oreal's ever growing Pure Clay skincare range. This cleanser contains 150ml (4.7 oz) and retails for $14.99AUD ($6.99USD) at drugstores and major retailers. L'Oreal is not cruelty free. This cleanser was made in France.

As is so often the case, I was initially drawn in by this product's packaging. L'Oreal's Pure Clay Cleansers come in appealing tall spring green squeeze tubes. Something about this color suckers me in every time (that explains my Pixi addiction, doesn't it?) On top of being attractive, L'Oreal's Pure Clay Cleanser packaging is functional and full of information. The front of the tube offers the product name and a few quick quips, while the reverse goes into more in depth detail about the ingredients. Directions for use and a full ingredient list are also printed on the back of this cleanser's recyclable packaging.

While I was very tempted to try all three of L'Oreal's Pure Clay Cleansers, I practiced some self control and limited myself to just the one that tempted me the most - the Eucalyptus Purifying Cream Wash. This mint green clay cleanser has an airy cream texture that borders on a mousse like consistency. While I greatly enjoy this cleanser's texture, I sometimes find it a little difficult to work with - it often slips out of my hands while lathering it up, and probably a tenth of this cleanser has gone down the drain before it ever reached my face. An honest tragedy - I love this cleanser and I don't want to lose a drop of it!

The Pure Clay Eucalyptus Cream Wash can be used like a 'traditional cleanser' - lathered up before applying it to a wet face, that's not how I prefer to use this clay cleanser. My way of utilizing this creamy face wash is to lather it slightly in barely damp fingers, then apply it to a dry face. This method causes the Eucalyptus Cream Wash to work into a thicker cream with a soft lather, as opposed to a sudsy cleanser. I then splash at it a little to loosen this cream cleanser before wiping it away with a damp wash cloth. This method results in thoroughly cleansed and very soft skin every time. I have to stress that L'Oreal's Eucalyptus Purifying Cream Wash is NOT a makeup remover and won't cause even the lightest makeup to budge. This is a fantastic morning cleanse or second cleanse, but you'll definitely need a pre-cleanse if you've been wearing sunscreen or makeup.

L'Oreal's Pure Clay Eucalyptus Cream Wash has been my cleanser of choice for at least three months for a couple of reasons. Not only do I find it to be effective for cleansing, I feel like it's had a visible impact on my skin (when used in conjunction with a few other fantastic products!). This creamy clay cleanser seems to really calm my skin, reducing redness and providing a slightly more even skin tone after each wash. The inclusion of clay has helped allign my combination acne prone skin, balancing it's oil production and helping to prevent breakouts. If you have normal to oily skin, you'll likely have similar results. I'm not sure if the Pure Clay Eucalyptus Cream Wash will fair quite so well on dry skin, but I don't find it stripping by any means.

The Pure Clay Eucalyptus Purifying Cream Wash has a base of water and kaolin clay, thickened with butylene glycol and corn starch. The three main surfactants are gentle and coconut derived. Eucalyptus extract makes an appearance pretty high up on the ingredient list - this botanical extract is potentially sensitizing to some skins, but is otherwise quite soothing. Two more types of clay and a touch of salicylic acid help aid this cleanser's acne fighting abilities. Following the preservative phenoxyethanol are colorants and several fragrance ingredients which could be done without. As aware as I am of the benefits of unfragranced skincare, I can't help but enjoy this cleanser's earthy eucalyptus scent.

If it hasn't been made clear, I love L'Oreal's Pure Clay Eucalyptus Purifying Cream Wash! This affordable clay cleanser is both efficient and a joy to use - the creamy clay consistency is so sensorially pleasing to me! The Eucalyptus Purifying Cream Wash is easily a drugstore dupe for the Broghese Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser - a former favorite that's no longer available to me. I'm nearing the end of this cleanser, and have bought another clay cleanser to replace it with, but I do think I'll end up repurchasing L'Oreal's Pure Clay Eucalyptus Purifying Cream Wash - it's the best cleanser I've tried in a long while! If you're looking to try an affordable clay cleanser, this is the only choice as far as I'm concerned.

Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Corn Starch, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Eucalyptus Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Moroccan Lava Clay, Carrageenan, Tetrasodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Montmorillonite, Salicylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Green 5, Iron Oxides, Linalool, Geraniol, Coumarin, Citronellol, Fragrance 

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