Arcona Four O'Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream Review

Arcona Four O'Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream Review
Arcona says "This gentle cleansing cream purifies, soothes and calms all skin types - especially sensitive and delicate skins. Gently and effectively removes dirt, pollution and make-up without disrupting the skin's natural protective barrier. Four O'Clock Flower Extract (mirabilis jalapa) calms and reduces the appearance of redness while Green Tea and Chamomile extracts neutralize damaging free radicals. A complex of Seaweed and Hyaluronic Acid restores and replenishes skin's lipids, improves texture, and helps to prevent dehydration and dryness. A blend of French Clay and Moringa Seed Extract gently purifies and hydrates, leaving skin beautifully clean, balanced and restored." The Four O'Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream contains 110ml (3.67oz) and retails for $46USD at Nordstrom and select spas, or $64AUD at Sephora in Australia. Arcona is certified cruelty free, and most of their products (including this one) are vegan friendly. This cleanser was made in the USA.

Arcona's Four O'Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream comes in an opaque grey squeeze tube with a flip top cap. Labeling is quite straightforward on the front of the tube, with product information and directions for use printed on the back. This cleanser's packaging is recyclable.

The Four O'Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream is a slightly off-white, medium weight cream. I like working a decently sized dollop of this cream cleanser onto dry or only slightly damp skin until it's almost sunk into the skin. A little splash of water creates a very light, easily rinsed lather - I like to wash it away with a washcloth, but it isn't necessary. I mainly use Arcona's Cleansing Cream in the morning, or occasionally as a second cleanse. Four O'Clock Flower is capable of removing light makeup, but I wouldn't recommend it, as I find this cleanser quite stingy on the eye area.

At first, I was treating Arcona's Four O'Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream as a "sometimes" product because I thought it would be a bit too much for daily use, but it turns out my skin loves it - it's been looking great since I incorporated it into my daily routine! This cleansing cream is very soothing, it softens and calms my complexion with each use, reducing redness and leaving me with fresher looking skin. If you have dry to combo skin that tends to get a little upset, but isn't prone to congestion, this is the clay cleanser for you.

This cream cleanser has a base of water, gentle surfactants, gylcerin, and two types of clay. The featured ingredient, four o'clock flower extract, appears right up among the top ten ingredients, which is quite impressive. This botanical extract is meant to be a soothing anti-inflammatory. High doses of hydrating hyaluronic acid, calming chamomile and green tea, and toning witch hazel can be found in the middle of this cleanser's ingredient list. A handful of botanical oils like lavender, rose, and ylang ylang oils are included towards the end of the ingredients, and give this cleanser a potent essential oil scent that I could personally do without. Four O'Clock Flower's ingredients round out with some standard texture enhancers and natural preservatives. 

Arcona is a brand I've been interested in for a couple years, and I think their Four O'Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream was a nice introduction to the brand - it's definitely strengthened my interest in trying other Arcona products. That being said, I wouldn't personally repurchase this cream cleanser, not because it has any severe faults - it doesn't, I really do like it, but because trying new cleansers is almost an addiction to me. If you're curious about Arcona products like I am, or want to incorporate a luxury cream cleanser into your routine, Four O'Clock Flower is worth trying out. 


Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Kaolin, Glycerin, Mirabilis Jalapa Flower/Leaf/ Stem Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Purified Clay), Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Propanediol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Oil*, Nardostachys Chinensis (Spikenard) Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alcohol


Disclosure:
I won this product in a brand sponsored giveaway. My opinions are not influenced by Arcona or any other third party. 

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