It’s taken me long enough, but I am finally writing about a sample product, which is the Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser. I took this to my partner’s place to try it out since it’s such a tiny little tube, which fits nicely in his bathroom cabinet. I will be honest, Aromatherapy Associates isn’t a brand I’m extremely familiar with, but from a little look at their website: they’re a reasonably pricey brand, and outside my budget should I go out of my way to buy a full size product. However, I still wanted to give their sample a shot, as you never know, I may one day be able to fit their products within my own budget.
Enough about the brand itself, let’s discuss the product. I mentioned this product in my Sample Stash #2 blog post, and have tried the product a couple of times since then to talk about it today. The product is from the Rose line of skincare products, which claims to be suitable for all skin-types, with a consistent focus on hydration. It also claims to be “gentle and effective” so I’m going to say this also applies for more sensitive skin types too, although it does also say that your face is left “delicately fragrant”, so if you’re sensitive to fragrance, then already I recommend reconsidering this product. Just from giving the tube a brief sniff, there is a mild scent of rose, so I can confirm it is fragrant.
The cleanser itself is a cream-based formula, which glides over the skin very easily. For drier or normal skin types, I think this works nicely as it isn’t over-cleansing and doesn’t feel like it strips the skin. However, I also found that for oilier skin types like mine, it doesn’t quite do enough to really cleanse away excess oil completely. I also found that unless you’re prepared to submerged your head under the shower head on high pressure, it never really feels like the cleanser is truly washed away. Personally, this is a huge turn-off as my skin feels unclean in it’s own right. I’m not sure if maybe I don’t have the right technique for washing away the cleanser, but I have used gel and oilier feeling cleansers before and don’t usually have the same feeling on my skin after I shower.
Do I consider this a bad product? Absolutely not, however the formulation isn’t quite right for my skin type and skin-needs. For drier skin types that only need a mild cleanse, this is likely enough for your morning routine. But for oily skin, it doesn’t quite pack enough of a punch to cleanse excess oils and leave the skin feeling balanced. I do plan on using this little sample product up, but I won’t be repurchasing it at a later date.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I will be posting again tomorrow, and I hope you will read it. In the meantime, I wish you good health and happiness.