Organic September Day 30: Botanicals Mandarin & Chamomile Cleansing Melt & Facial Polish
Botanicals Organic Credentials
All Botanicals products are certified by the Soil Association. The standard set by the Soil Association is that at least 70% of a beauty product’s non-water ingredients must be organically grown and harvested. As well as this the ingredients must be sustainable, not use pesticides (of course), any extracts extracted without chemical solvents, all non-organic ingredients must have a non-GM certificate and pass strict toxicity and biodegradability criteria, must not contain any nanoparticles or irritating or potentially toxic chemicals, and manufacturers must pass an annual inspection and keep detailed production records.
Botanicals Mandarin & Chamomile Cleansing Melt and Mandarin & Chamomile Facial Polish are both made with 87% organic ingredients. Botanicals seem to have recently updated their range and these products have been replaced by the Chamomile & Marigold Gentle Cleanse Melt (87% organic ingredients) and the Chamomile & Marigold Cleanse & Polish (89% organic ingredients).
I’m always surprised at the variance of how much and how little I need from cleansing balm to cleansing balm. Sometimes a pea sized amount (as is this instance) will suffice. Others, I need three or four times this amount to cover face and neck. Prior to trying this product, I was using one of the latter so I took an equal amount of Botanicals Cleansing Melt. It was way too much, a pea size amount would more than suffice. Due to the overdose, I took the opportunity to use my Foreo and give my skin a really deep cleanse, before going on to use the cleansing polish.
The fragrance is lovely and after using with my Foreo my skin was super clean and felt hydrated. Mandarin is an underrated citrus fragrance in my opinion, I can only think of Botanicals and Green People who have multiple products with this uplifting essential oil in. As well as having a bright fragrance, mandarin is used in Ayurveda for treating skin disorders including acne and breakouts. I love the combination of mandarin with chamomile too, it’s grounding but uplifting at the same time.
Now onto the Facial Polish. The exfoliants in this product are organic oatmeal and crushed rosehip kernels. They are incredibly gentle but effective. My skin felt so soft and smooth after using! My skin also felt hydrated, as though I didn’t need to moisturise so I just use a tiny amount of rosehip oil on my cheeks, neck and forehead. My skin remained comfortable throughout the day with no dryness.
This face polish would be great for most skin types, dry and combination, and especially acne and skin prone to breakouts that still has dryness.
The mandarin and chamomile combination was something I’d never seen before, but after using the Botanicals Cleansing Melt and Facial Polish I don’t know why more brands haven’t picked up on it. These products are so fresh and uplifting, even without applying them to your skin!
The Cleansing Melt was especially fun to use. You only need a very small amount and the product just melts into your skin. I literally felt my face waking up and getting softer and more radiant at the same time. The Facial Polish is more of a scrub, but is still very gentle. Both products are very nourishing and moisturising. They are also easy to rinse off with just a little bit of water or a wet face cloth, unlike a lot of other scrubs which sometimes take ages to get rid off, especially those grainy exfoliators.
Unfortunately – and just like Katria – I experienced some breakouts and heightened redness of my face shortly after using the products. This was quite surprising as both products are supposed to be suited for sensitive and acne-prone skin. However, I used these products in the evening and when I woke up the next morning my skin had cleared up again. In the end, I can’t say that I’ve had a bad reaction to these products but then I also didn’t really notice any lasting positive effects.
I don’t think I’ll using the Botanicals Cleansing Melt and Facial Polish again, which is sad because they did look nice in my bathroom.
Straight away the fragrance reminds me of the Badger products, which I love. Although, as I’ve mentioned before I prefer my scrubs to be a little bit harsh on the skin, and found that the Botanicals Facial Polish wasn’t. It’s extremely gentle and moisturising but definitely more of a facial wash than a scrub.
Whilst applying this to my face, the product felt extremely greasy and I was worried that it wouldn’t absorb quickly and leave icky residue all over my skin. This wasn’t the case and easily washed off. However, I’m sad to say that after only a few hours of using this, I noticed I was breaking out a little.
For my skin, I feel that this is way too nourishing and moisturising. Although my skin looked radiant and dewy, and felt soft and smooth, breakouts are never a good thing. This product would be great for those with with extremely dry skin!
The cleansing melt is very buttery and does what it says, it literally melts as soon as fingers touch the product. I found this had a very gentle scrub effect just like the Polish, which surprised me as I’ve never experienced a product with such richness to also work as a scrub.
Because of it’s consistency I was expecting the cleansing melt to be very moisturising, and found that it wasn’t at all. This is only a minor downside, and overall, I really liked this product in comparison to the Polish and would definitely use it again.