Let’s start our Therapi Honey Skincare reviews with their Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser.
Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser is from Therapi’s Orange Blossom/Balancing line, created for normal skin. I, myself, have an oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin. While this cleanser is gentle enough to be used by almost any type of skin, and won’t strip the skin of its oils, nor will leave the skin dried out, it does, however, consist of a few ingredients, which may not be suitable for every skin type, but I’ll analyze the ingredients later on.
Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser is packed in an elegant, 100 ml white glass pump bottle for easy application, as well as for keeping the ingredients in tact – this is especially important with natural organic cosmetic products. The glass bottle can be re-used once empty as well. Two pumps will do when cleansing the face. The smell is pleasant; the association I get is orange candy or orange bubble gum.
Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser has a light orange color. Its consistency is that of a light gel, which, when spread on the skin, turns into a white, light cream-like consistency. I’ve tested its strength while using liquid foundation, BB cream and mineral foundation (not all at once, mind you, hehe). The cleanser is efficient, so you don’t have to rub it too strong or for too long, but it does not remove make up completely, so I use toner/hydrolate after cleanser as well.
Cleansers could be used both in the morning an in the evening, however, I would suggest you use a cleanser twice a day only every now and then; too much cleansing can strip the skin of its natural oils, stripping the skin’s moisture barrier.
Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser’s most precious ingredient is – honey – and the cleanser consists 11% of it. Honey is a natural moisturizer, as well as an antibacterial agent. Honey is the ingredient which will leave your skin smooth, soft and nourished. Sea Buckthorn Oil is an antioxidant, rich in essential fatty acids. Yucca Vera extract has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being saponin – a natural foam-forming detergent. Orange oil, from orange peels, has anti-toxin properties and works as natural exfoliator. Neroli oil, with its pleasant citrus smell, balances sebum production and has soothing properties.
Calcium gluconate (gluconolactone is an antioxidant polyhydroxy acid -PHA,) acts like an exfoliator, promotes cell turnover and plumper, hydrated skin as well as it might reduce dryness. While gluconolactone can be found in honey, gluconolactone could also denote a food aditive (E575) – these kind of food additives are surely not on my favorite list. Decyl glucoside and Lauryl glucoside, usually derived from coconut, act as cleansing agents. Some could find these two cleansing agents irritating.
I’ve been using Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser for over a month now. While all the natural ingredients and its consistency deserve praise, my skin had a reaction, a negative one: itchiness, a bit of redness and a few acne and that most certainly is not good. What could be the source of this? I suspected something like this could happen when I received the cleanser and saw ingredients list.
Cocamidopropyl betaine. A coconut derived surfactant (a detergent, which washes off oil and dirt), a foaming agent. Coconut oil on itself can be comedogenic ; even more so certain -propyls. Cocamidopropyl betaine is usually found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths and cleansers. This ingredient can be an irritant, and can even cause contact dermatitis (American Contact Dermatitis Society named cocamidylpropyl betaine Allergen of the Year in 2004). Cocamidopropyl betaine received a not so flattering 4 on EWG. With Yucca Vera extract, acting as saponin, and two cleansing agents – Decyl glucoside and Lauryl glucoside – it would be far better if Therapi Honey Gel Cleanser did not contain this ingredient.
Another ingredient I’ve been side-eying, with a good dosage of skepticism, in natural organic products for quite a while now: Sodium benzoate. A preservative, accepted by EcoCert and, obviously, Soil Association. Benzoic acid (a preservative), a precursor to Sodium benzoate, is a known comedogenic ingredient. But more on this at some later time.
So, the final verdict on Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser? Cocamidopropyl betaine has got to go. All other ingredients, the natural ingredients, from honey to aloe vera, and Buckthorn Oil to Orange oil work in synergy; the cleanser, while not for heavy makeup, cleanses well and leaves the skin smooth immediately upon using. But Cocamidopropyl betaine has no place in such a product. Keep in mind: just because my skin had unfavorable reaction to this ingredient, your skin may not; great reviews of Therapi Honey Gel Cleanser prove this. At any rate, I would not advise any natural brand to use this ingredient.
Would I continue using Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser and purchase it myself, even two other cleansers from Therapi? I’d love to, and I am very curious about Lemon Myrtle Honey Gel Cleanser and especially about Rose Otto Honey Gel Cleanser, but as I said, Cocamidopropyl betaine has got to go first.
The price for 100 ml is 30€. It might be a bit on a pricey side, for a cleanser, however, the ingredients, not counting in Cocamidopropyl betaine, of course, are worth it and 100 ml, with only two, at most, pumps needed for one cleansing session, would last for quite some time.
Ingredients: Aqua, Mel (Honey)*, Lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Gluconolactone, Xanthan Gum, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Yucca Schidigera (Y. Vera) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil*, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Parfum*, Limonene+, Linalool+, Citral+ * Organic + Naturally occurs in essential oils
Have you tried Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser? Did you like it? If you haven’t had the chance to try it, make sure to check back as we will be giving away Therapi Honey Gel Cleanser in the up coming days!
In case you’ve missed:
– Therapi brand presentation and an interview with Therapi founder
– Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser Giveaway
– Therapi Lemon Myrtle Honey Moisturiser Review
– Therapi Lemon Myrtle Honey Moisturiser Giveaway
– Therapi Rose Otto Facial Toner Review
– Therapi Rose Otto Facial Toner Giveaway
For more information on Therapi brand and where to buy it, please, take a look at our Therapi dedicated page.
Therapi Honey Skincare Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser has been provided to Nature of Europe by Therapi.com as a PR sample for the purpose of an honest review.