Jan 282020

Kathleen Natural Refreshing & Lightening Cleansing Lotion is gentle to the skin while thorough in cleansing the skin; a great choice of a cleanser for any skin type and for any season as well as gentle enough as an eye makeup remover. 

Kathleen Natural Refreshing & Lightening Cleansing Lotion Review

In December I posted my Best of Green Beauty 2019 post, which featured, as an honorary mention, the Kathleen Natural Refreshing & Lightening Cleansing Lotion as one of the best products I’ve been using in the previous year but which has not received a full and thorough review yet. I’ve decided to open the year 2020 on my blog with one of the best facial cleansers I’ve had a chance to try so far – the Kathleen Natural Cleansing Lotion.

My skin is very and especially picky when it comes to cleansers: cleansers based on foaming agents have always been the least favorite of mine, while oil cleansers the most favorite, but that’s in general, since oil cleansers do not suit my skin during hot weather – as opposed to light cream, lotion or gel cleansers.

Kathleen Natural Refreshing & Lightening Cleansing Lotion Review

While by that time, I’d already had a pleasure of trying quite a few products from the UK brand Kathleen Natural, I was introduced to Kathleen Natural Cleansing Lotion by Love Lula Beauty Box in last July (yes, that insane edition, valued at £101). My skin accepted it immediately and it was a perfect choice of a cleanser in that hot weather. Since then, this cleanser has been featured in my many skincare routine posts – both morning and evening, as the cleanser is perfect for any time of the day, any season and basically any skin type. So, after 7 months of using this gentle yet thorough cleanser, I am presenting my thoughts.

The Kathleen Natural Cleansing Lotion comes in a plastic 150ml with a pump – for a handy and easy use. Its texture is quite runny – after all, it’s a lotion cleanser (as opposed to a thicker gel or creamy cleanser) and thin as the cleanser is water-based – it makes for a quick and easy application. The scent is also very lovely, flowery: roses and a hint of lavender.

Half of a pump is enough to spread the cleanser all over the face due to its thin and runny consistency. I apply the cleanser on my dry skin, and then massage the cleanser for about a minute before rinsing it off with a warm water – and the cleanser comes off easily, without having to pull or tug the skin.

Kathleen Natural Refreshing & Lightening Cleansing Lotion Review

The Kathleen Natural Cleansing Lotion is a great choice of a cleanser to be incorporated in your morning and/or evening routine. I use the cleanser on its own in my evening routine when I don’t wear a lot (or any) makeup during the day. I also use it when double cleansing, as the second cleanser, following a more foaming/gel cleanser for the days when I, especially, wear foundation – as a second cleanser, the Kathleen Natural Cleansing Lotion makes for that cherry on the top, gently removing anything left from the first cleanser, while nourishing the skin and leaving it very soft without any tightening feeling. As a gentle, soft and non-irritating cleanser, I also use it in my morning routine – its application is quick, a minute of massaging the skin in the morning  and my skin is gently cleansed of the oils and products from the evening routine collected on my skin during the night: it prepares the skin for a morning skincare ritual just nicely!

Kathleen Natural Refreshing & Lightening Cleansing Lotion Review

As you wash off a facial cleanser, it’s bound a bit of it might end up in your eyes, and since I have very sensitive eyes, I’ve always had a difficult time finding the right cleanser for my eyes: one that would remove my eye makeup, preferably with as little tugging of the gentle skin around my eyes, and for the cleanser to not irritate my eyes. Well, once I’ve figured that my eyes were not irritated, at all, by Kathleen Natural Cleansing Lotion, I said I gotta give it a try as an eye makeup remover – and it worked perfectly as that as well: I apply it on my eyes, swirl and massage around my eyes and just rinse it with water. Eye makeup is removed and my eyes are not irritated at all. After that, the Kathleen Natural Cleansing Lotion place in my skincare routines was pretty much reserved as an eye makeup remover.

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So, how about the ingredients?

Ingredients: Aqua, organic vegetable glycerin***, organic tamanu (calophyllum inophyllum) seed oil***, organic avocado (persea gratissima) oil***, organic rosa damascena flower water***, organic lavandula angustifolia flower water***, emulsifying wax (cetearyl alcohol & polysorbate 60)*, potassium oleate**, palm stearic acid*, xanthan gum*, lemon (citrus limon) extract*, potassium citrate*, citric acid*, potassium cocoate**, benzyl alcohol*, dehydroacetic acid*, benzoic acid*, sorbic acid*, parfum ***licensed by Soil Association **organic origin *natural plant origin

Tamanu Oil promotes new-tissue formation and healthy, soft and glowy skin. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibiotic as well as healing properties. Avocado Oil contains high content of vitamins; it regenerates and moisturizes skin. Lavender flower water has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Lemon extract has astringent, anti- irritant, anti-bacterial and anti-toxin properties and it promotes cell regeneration.

Potassium citrate is a buffering and chelating agent. Citric acid is a pH adjuster, buffering and masking agent. Potassium cocoate is a foaming/cleansing agent, derived from coconut oil.

Benzoic acid and Dehydroacetic acid are preservatives.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

Benzyl alcohol is a preservative. It can be a skin allergen and can cause skin and eye irritation.While Benzyl  alcohol is also a naturally occurring ingredient, found in essential oils (jasmine, ylang ylang), in cosmetic industry, the synthetic one is mostly used.

Sorbic acid, a preservative, which can be a naturally occurring or synthetically produced compound when used in cosmetics. It can be a potential human skin toxicant or allergen.

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My final word?

Kathleen Natural Refreshing & Lightening Cleansing Lotion Review

Monthly receiving Love Lula Beauty Box and being introduced to either newly launched products or products I may not have otherwise paid attention to – it was precisely the Love Lula Beauty Box that introduced me to this great cleanser. When I had a chance to get another Kathleen Natural Cleansing Lotion about a month ago, I did not hesitate to jump on it; while I do avoid hoarding the products and as a green beauty blogger I try to test and therefore review as many different products as possible, given that this cleansing lotion falls under “wait, is this bottle leaking?” category (read: this is such a great product I am using it all the time and even if I just got it, it’s nearly run out already), I’m glad I had a chance to re-stock my cosmetic shelf with this one – it’s gonna run out soon anyway, hehe.

As my skin reacts negatively to so many cleansers, either immediately or eventually, due to foaming agents and/or concentration of foaming agents, it’s hard for me to find a cleanser, which would not irritate my skin and thoroughly cleanse as well – Kathleen Natural Cleansing Lotion does just that, along with leaving my skin soft and nourished. Yes, this is a water-based cleanser, meaning there are such ingredients as various emulsifiers as well as preservatives (only a strictly oil-based cleanser would not need preservatives) and someone else’s skin may react differently to any of the ingredients in this cleanser – after all, everyone’s skin is different. I am glad my skin has been having such a positive and accepting reaction, and even more so – I am glad that I can use this cleanser as an eye makeup remover for my very easily irritated eyes.

The price? £29,50 for a 150ml bottle – for a cleanser, that is quite a steep and not easily affordable price, despite the fact that half a pump more than adequately cleanses the face and would thus a 150ml bottle last for about 4 months.

Performance-wise, though, Kathleen Natural Cleansing Lotion comes highly recommended by me: if you’re looking for a gentle cleanser, which will thoroughly cleanse your skin, but leave it soft and without a tightening feeling and without stripping your skin.

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Are you familiar with Kathleen Natural brand? Tried any of their products yet? What type of facial cleansers do you prefer: cream, lotion, gel or oil cleansers or does it depend on the time of the day and season? Let me know!

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Kathleen Natural Refreshing & Lightening Cleansing Lotion gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

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