Oct 122017

Laidbare DIY! Two In One Cleanser & Toner thoroughly removes makeup and grime, while also providing antibacterial benefits.

Laidbare DIY! Two in One Cleanser & Toner Review

Facial cleansers and I – we have quite a peculiar relationship, especially when it comes to cleansers, which are based on foaming agents – derived from natural sources, such as coconut, or not – my skin is just not fond of them; I much prefer cleansing balms based on butters and oils, and, of course, cleansing oils.

Toners are a must in my skincare routine – whether it’s (just) a hydrolate, various hydrolates, toners with other added ingredients – it’s a must. I use toners for additional cleansing as well as for refreshing the skin and makeup. So, I was a bit skeptical with a claim that this product is a cleanser and a toner all in one – because a toner is, in my opinion, a watery substance. So this Laidbare Cleanser is for me just that – a cleanser.

Now, seeing the ingredients, I was a bit apprehensive about this cleanser, as it contains quite a few foaming agents, with the one – cocamidopropyl betaine – being the ingredient my skin just does not respond well to. But I thought I’m going to give it a try nonetheless and see how it works.

First, the Laidbare Cleanser comes in a simple plastic tube. The cleanser is of a transparent, gel-like texture; the scent is quite refreshing and citrusy due to citrus essential oils. The cleanser spreads easily and not much of it is needed in order to cleanse the skin.

Given it contains the above mentioned foaming agent, I try to be quick when using it – I spread the cleanser on my skin, massage it for about 20 seconds and then thoroughly wash if off with warm water – the cleanser comes off easily. And even though I am quite fast with applying and massaging, the cleanser still removes all the makeup and grime. To my surprise, the Laidbare Cleanser leaves the skin smooth and soft, but at the same time, due to cocamidopropyl betaine and alcohol, I have noticed some dryness on my skin as well as a few bumps at the beginning (I massaged the cleanser for longer than approximately 20 seconds) – as mentioned – due to the foaming agent. Now, this cleanser also contains a few foaming agents, which are gentler and to which my skin does not react negatively – namely –  decyl glucoside and coco-glucoside, so I would have much preferred had this cleanser contained only these foaming agents.

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The Laidbare Cleanser also contains skin-beneficial ingredients, especially if your skin is more on the oily side – there are astringent and antibacterial ingredients, such as Liquorice and Aloe Vera and the potent antioxidants such as green tea and pomegranate extracts. So aside from a few patches of dryness here and there, this cleanser does leave the skin soft, smooth and toned.

One thing I would like to point out here – the cleanser is said to remove eye makeup as well. I suspected, given the ingredients, this might happen, just did not think it would be to such an extent – do not use this cleanser as an eye makeup remover! It wasn’t just this cleanser left my eyes feeling like they’re going to burn, there was actually this terrible pain I left in my eyes, like my eye lashes were glued and pulled – and all of that without even easily removing mascara. As a facial cleanser – yes, it thoroughly cleanses the skin, removes makeup and leaves the skin soft and smooth, but as an eye makeup remover – just – don’t!

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So how about ingredients? There’s some foaming agents, some better some worse and there’s a good mix of antioxidants and anti-bacterial agents as well.

Ingredients: Aqua(water), cocamidopropyl betaine (coconut), sodium coco-sulfate (coconut), aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, decyl glucoside (coconut), coco-glucoside (coconut), sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate, lauryl glucoside (coconut), dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol (naturally derived preservative), sucrose laurate, alcohol (coconut), glycerin (coconut), sodium chloride (sea salt) citrus medica limonum (lemon)peel oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, pumica granatum (pomegranate) seed extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, bertholletia excelsa (brazil nut) seed extract, purus malus(apple) fruit extract, tocopherol (vitamin E), citric extract (citrus fruits), potassium sorbate (naturally derived preservative), sodium benzoate (naturally derived preservative), citral (essential oils), linomene (essential oils)

Aloe vera hydrates and rejuvenates skin. Licorice is an emollient and has anti-inflammatory properties. Lemon peel oil has astringent, anti-irritant, anti-bacterial and anti-toxin properties and it promotes cell regeneration. Lime oil has an antiseptic and astringent properties. Pomegranate seed extract, a potent antioxidant, is high inessential acids and Omega5. Green tea leaf extract is a potent antioxidant with astringent and antimicrobial properties.

Cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium coco-sulfate, decyl glucoside, coco-glucoside, sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate and lauryl glucoside are surfactants, foaming agents and even if derived from coconut, they are still not natural ingredients. Sucrose laurate is an emulsifier.

Potassium sorbate and Sodium benzoate are preservatives and, again, naturally derived or not, are not natural ingredients, but since this cleanser is water based, such preservatives are a must.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

  • Benzyl alcohol (EWG score 5) can be naturally occurring in essential oils or synthetic. Benzyl alcohol is is used as a solvent and preservative. EU regulation allows a maximum of 1% in cosmetic products. Benzyl alcohol can be a skin allergen and can cause skin and eye irritation.

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My final word?

Laidbare DIY! Two in One Cleanser & Toner Review

Laidbare DIY! Two in One Cleanser & Toner is a lot more cleanser and not much of a toner – but as a cleanser, it works well and does what a cleanser is suppose to do – remove makeup and grime, leaving the skin refreshingly cleansed, soft, smooth and toned. Those, who have no issues with various foaming agents – you’re going to like this cleanser a lot. For me, the cocamidopropyl betaine is the ingredient which, in most cases, makes me stay away from a product containing it; with the Laidbare cleanser, I managed to keep the effects of this foaming agent as much at bay as possible, but, along with alcohol, it did leave my skin dry here and there. The final result was quite good, since the cleanser also contains quite a few much needed ingredients – antioxidants and, for those with oily skin – astringents and anti-bacterial ingredients.

The price? Now that’s a kicker – just as with Laidbare For Richer and Porer Mask, which I really like and am on a second tube already (read my review here), so is the price of this cleanser – super affordable – around 8€ for a 125ml tube, which should last you around at least 5 months with a daily use as only a small amount is needed. I’ve got this cleanser back in May – it came in my Love Lula Beauty Box – and I still have around 1/4 of it left – while I haven’t been using it every single day, I’ve been using it quite often nonetheless – so this is another thorough review after 6 months use of this product.

Would I buy it again? I don’t know; there’s nothing inherently wrong with this cleanser (aside from that foaming agent – but that is only based on my skin’s preference and does not minimize the quality of the product itself), it does the job as promised and is very affordable – I just prefer oil and butter based cleansers or cleanser, if containing foaming agents for them to be of a more mild variety. However, given it’s affordable, I say – why not give it a try and see for yourself?

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Are you familiar with the Laidbare products? Have you tried their cleanser yet? What type of cleansers do you prefer – foaming agents based, cleansing balms, cleansing oils? Let me know!

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For more information on Laidbare, please visit their dedicated brand page.

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