Natural Being Manuka Cleanser Review
Cleanser is just one of those beauty items I never seem to have enough of. I feel like I go through the stuff like water. It is the staple in my nighttime skincare routine. And by staple I mean, the only product I’m using in the evening lately. This is partly laziness, but mostly because I find that a good cleanser does everything I need in one go. There are only three things I care about after 5.15pm: taking my makeup off, getting into pyjamas, and one other thing I can’t think of right now. As a girl that frequently has stroppy skin, I am a keen supporter of ‘less is more’ approach so finding an amazing cleanser is high on my agenda. Without further waffling, this is my Natural Being Manuka Cleanser review.
Natural Being Manuka Cleanser Review
Thanks to the lovely people at Natural Being, I was sent their Manuka Cleanser* to try. I chose the one for normal to dry skin because dry patches aren’t cool. Also, as I’ve recently transitioned to wearing basically no foundation during the day, I don’t want to have a flakey face (thanks, winter).
Why it’s lovely
- Creamy consistency
- Takes make-up off touts-suite
- Hydrates skin
- Natural ingredients (BDIH certified)
- Not tested on animals
Aqua (water), Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) seed oil, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Glucose, Sclerotium gum, Decyl glucoside, Mel (manuka honey), Potassium sorbate, Fragrance*, Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*. /*From natural essential oils
Translation of science speak
- Cetearyl olivate / Sorbitan olivate – a nontoxic blend derived from olive oil (source)
- Sclerotium gum – a natural gum produced by the bacterium Sclerotium rolfssii (source)
- Decyl glucoside – derived from vegetable origin, a combination of plant based fatty alcohols and glucose (source)
- Potassium sorbate – not really the best preservative to use on skin, there’s a mixed debate as to it’s toxicity to humans (see this video)
- Glucose oxidase – a natural preservative found in honey (source)
- Lactoperoxidase – an enzyme found in milk with antimicrobial and antioxidant properties (source)
Aside from the use of potassium sorbate, all the hard-to-pronounce ingredients are nothing to sweat about. Whilst I’m not overjoyed to see potassium sorbate, this is after-all a beauty product that contains water and so needs something to prevent it going mouldy. It is personal preference whether you feel it will have an affect on your skin. If your skin is particularly hyper-sensitive or you have acne-prone blemished skin, you may not feel it will work for you.
The skincare benefits
- Macadamia oil – this study in the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science (1973) found that macadamia oil extracted from nuts of M. tetraphylla and M. integrifolia were high in oleic acid (59.1%) and very low in linoleic acid (1.8%). This is brilliant if you have dry skin due to the excellent moisturising affects, but not great if you suffer from oily or acne-prone skin.
- Avocado oil – this study in the Journal of American Oil Chemists’ Society (1986) observed that avocado oil is high in oleic acid (67-72%) and fairly low in linoleic acid (10.4-12%). Again this is well suited to dry skin but not for acne sufferers. It has also shown to have regenerative properties, ‘reversing’ the affects of ageing and sun damage (Phytotherapy Research, 1993).
- Manuka honey – it has been widely documented that Manuka honey has incredible antibacterial and skin softening qualities. See my blog post about Manuka and raw honey benefits for skin.
Great cleanser for dry skin
As it clearly says on the packaging, this Natural Being Manuka Cleanser is definitely well-suited for normal and dry skin types. The oils are nourishing, skin softening and will add extra hydration. Since my skin has felt like it’s fluctuating between dry and oily, I’ve mistakingly chosen the wrong cleanser for my skin type with the confusion of the changing seasons! In hindsight I should have opted for their combination skin cleanser (also formulated with Manuka honey and Manuka oil). I have since put it in my wish list to purchase in the next few weeks ?. So for me personally, the normal/dry cleanser does not alleviate the excess sebum on my skin but that’s by my own fault. I have however been using it to remove eye makeup (the only place I’m wearing the most makeup anyway). I have to say it does a fine job of removing mascara and eyeliner!
I’d definitely recommend the Natural Being Manuka Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin for those with the opposite skin type to me, as the oils have been very well selected to counteract a parched complexion.