Thursday, 23 August 2012
Do you know what's hard? Trying to find something when your heart is not in it. Twice I had a look for a new house to live in because the landlady decided to sell her house and I struggled to find a new place to live. I think, the same can be said about a face cleanser, although at a much smaller scale obviously. I didn't want to look for a new cleanser but Boots in their wisdom discontinued my favourite cleanser and changed the formulation of another one I liked using and this left me at a loose end.
Being a high street girl with a budget of £5 or thereabouts, I was pointed out in the direction of 'Perfect Getaway' cream cleanser from Naked, retailing at the sweet price of £4.50.
I can't believe I had never tried a naked product before. This could partially be because my small boots/Superdrug doesn’t store any naked skincare products. I think years ago, they used to sell a big tub of body moisturiser my friend @drew692 and Lily (beautysbadhabit) are absolutely obsessed with but essentially, I think I had steered away from Naked products because I had this pre conception that it was going to be posh and expensive. I couldn't more wrong. If there is one thing that Naked isn't, it's posh and pretentious. Totally the opposite in fact.
They might be proud of using naturally derived ingredients without sulphates, parabens, petrochemicals or silicone but they are not posh and the brand couldn't be more accessible if you tried. The labelling and the language on the bottle reminded me straight away of Innocent Smoothies meet Aussie Shampoos, which are one my favourites brands because of their friendliness conveyed by their language and their little doodles on the bottles. It's part of their identity. While I was trying to photograph the bottle, I ended up with this extremely blurry shot and would you believe, you guys noticed straight away that it a product from the brand Naked. I am gobsmacked.
Back to the cleanser. I'm not going to hide it and I was scared I was not going to like it, simply because it was not written 'for dry skin' on it. I was scared it was not going to be suitable for my crocodile dry skin. Usually, if I use the wrong cleanser for my skin type, I am left with a very tight and dry skin if I don't moisturise straight after. Well I am happy to report that I had nothing to worry about. After cleansing at night, I left my skin bare after for a few hours and it coped admirably well. So if you have dry skin, you do not need to worry either.
Naked recommends to use the product with cotton wool, but I am a rebel and used the cleanser over damp skin and then rinsed out with water. The cream did a fab job at removing my cakey layers of foundation.
Fragrance wise, Naked didn't want to add a potentially irritant perfume in the product to suit people with sensitive skins. This doesn't mean it doesn't smell of anything. The fragrance comes from the combination of cocoa butter, aloe vera and ginseng. The scent reminded of the iconic (well, for French people anyway) savon de marseille mixed with a herbal aroma (the ginseng bit perhaps?) The result: a very fresh cleanser which I think would suit most and even men.
Considering this product is 97% natural, and that sourcing natural ingredients is generally more expensive to produce, I think naked did a great job at pricing this generous size 200ml bottle at just £4.50.
Join me to the naked side, I am glad I did :)
What: Naked Perfect Getaway Cleanser
How much: £4.50
Where: selected Boots and Superdrug nationwide and online.
Disclosure: Product was sent for review purposes