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It’s my first encounter with this Australian line, Kosmea, and a quick glance at the packaging – NO mineral oils! NO artificial colors! NO petrochemicals! (yes, all caps there) – revealed this to be the eco-conscious, chemical-eschewing Aussie’s skincare brand of choice. The box also promised to “remove the day,” and since I was wearing makeup then, I thought, “Why not?”

Squeezing a pea-sized drop of the Kosmea Purifying Cream Cleanser on my palm, I proceeded to work up a lather with my fingertips, the way Japanese women do it. I know, because an actual Japanese woman once demonstrated this move to me! To my surprise, no bubbles came. Of course, it does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate, the chemical that brings about that foamy shampoo lather effect. Unfortunately, some reports have surfaced that SLS can be bad for you. Kosmea’s tagline reads “Skincare as nature intended,” so it would have no place in this one, right?

The lack of bubbles prompted me to squeeze out a little more product than usual, but upon spreading it on my skin, I found that it worked well enough. It got rid of my liquid eyeliner, lipstick, and face powder, to think that I had skipped the makeup remover before washing. The cleanser left me with this fresh, dewy look, with none of the tightness and dryness I’ve experienced with other brands. 

Would I use it again? Absolutely! In fact, my skin was kind of stressed and breaking out when I discovered this, and I found that after a few days, it seemed to have calmed down a bit. If you’re one of those girls who like that super squeaky clean feeling, this may not be for you. But if you want an all-natural product that works, by all means, give this one a try.

The lack of foam takes a bit of getting used to, but if you’re a fan of gentle cleansers like Cetaphil, this has a rather similar effect. Besides, all those chemicals that can be found in other products can’t be good for you. Here’s hoping switching to a beauty routine that’s chemical-free will pay off in the long run!

Have you tried an all-natural facial wash or given Kosmea products a go? Let me know what you think!

-Nana