Simplistic Skin Begin Cleanser Review

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Okay, I am just going to say it now ~ this is one amazing cleanser and I will repurchase it.  It was one of my favorite products in 2016 and I really love it.  It has reached Holy Grail status for me in terms of a cleanser, which is a rare thing, btw ~ only one other cleanser has reached that and that is the above mentioned Ciracle Tea Tree Anti-Blemish Cleanser.   This 250 mL cleanser comes in a simple, streamlined, brown squared off  bottle.  I feel like I need some Danish furniture around when I use Simplistic Skin products ~ they have minimalist packaging, but aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  This cleanser has a beautiful texture ~ it is a gel and has a lovely honey-amber shade. 

The scent is also amazing to me ~ it has a light woody-pint and mint scent and I swear I can smell lavender, even though that ingredient is not in this product.  It has a coolness and freshness to it that reminds me of being in a spa.  This doesn’t contain any harmful substances or irritants and all of the ingredients register between 0 and 1 on EWG’s Skin Deep Safety Grade guide.

Ingredients of Note

Japanese Cyprus (chamaecyparis obtusa) water is the very first ingredient in this cleanser.  The Hinoki cypress has antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral properties to heal blemishes and minor skin issues, like abrasions and rashes. I am pretty excited about this being used as its base!

Honey has antibacterial properties, that can speed up healing in your skin ~ think acne, rashes, cuts ~ and prevent additional infection.  The wonderful texture of honey will keep moisture close to your skin, which makes for a glowing and radiant complexion.  Not only does honey keep moisture in your skin, but it is humectant, which means it attracts moisture too!   Honey is also an antioxidant, which means it helps repair and combat any damage caused by free radicals and prevents premature wrinkling.

Propolis is a natural antibiotic that is produced by honey bees.  This ingredient is wonderful for those with blemish prone skin or have other skin issues, as it really helps heal your skin.

Usnea Barbata (lichen) is a natural anti-bacterial and anti fungal ingredient, helping to prevent infections, treat wounds  and is also an anti-inflammatory, helping to heal and soothe. It is also a natural preservative for skincare products.

Peppermint has anti-bacterial properties, cleanses and closes pores and also contains salicylic acid.

Pinus radiata (evergreen pine) bark contains enzogenol, which is a powerful antioxidant, protecting your skin from free radical damage and also has anti-inflammatory benefits.

This cleanser is weakly acidic and it uses plant derived surfactants that have been certified by Ecocert.  

I got a rough translation for the image above ~ this is what it says: “Real Honey & Organic Aloe:  Simplistic Skin Begin Cleanser contains 100% natural honey, not honey extract.  In order to maximize the effect of real honey, propolis is given together to give smooth, irritating cleansing and massaging effect. The aloe vera leaf powder is 200: 1 lyophilized (freeze dried) aloe. It is a highly concentrated powder that can maximize the effect of pure aloe even if added in small quantities.  This organic aloe is certified by OTCO, an organic certification body under US Department of Agriculture. It calms the skin and increases the fundamental quality of the product.”

Ingredients: Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Water, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Honey, Pinus Radiata Bark Extract, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Propolis Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil cosDNA analysis


Again, the pH testing.  Simplistic Skin states that this has a pH level of 5.5 ~ I found it to be closer to a 6, which  is still mildly acidic.

This is a beautiful cleanser ~ I love using it ~ it has a nice slightly thick amber colored gel that is amazingly scented (and naturally scented too!)   Cleansing abilities are pretty fantastic too ~ it foams up better than what I have in the photo below.

It removed all of my makeup without any effort ~ really amazing for a foaming cleanser.  I love how this makes my skin feel ~ soft, hydrated and clean, without feeling dry or stripped.  Despite the mint in it, it does not have a cooling effect on my skin, so this is my go-to cleanser in the winter months.  It controls my oil production nicely too ~ removing excess oil, dirt and debris.  I haven’t experienced any issues using this cleanser and yea.  Just buy this one.  You will thank me later.  It is fantastic and if you love that pine-mint scent, you will adore this cleanser.  I think all skin types can use this cleanser with no issues.  (yes, I am pushing this cleaner on you.  You have to try it)





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