Happy Friday! Today I want to talk about a cleanser I’ve been trying out, which is a little bit unconventional. This is the Absolute Care Mud Cleansing Gel, which I picked up a while ago from TK Maxx, which I pulled out of my stash a while ago. I paid £3.99 in-store, which is very affordable compared to a lot of other products on the market. The tube contains 250ml of product, which is about average. So £3.99 for 250ml is really nice value for your money.
Like a lot of the brands that TK Maxx sells, this is an obscure brand that I didn’t know about until I saw it in their store. Because of this, it’s a little tricky to find information on the brand, including whether they’re cruelty-free or not. Being the cautious type, I’m assuming they’re not cruelty-free until I can find some reliable information that states otherwise. If you happen to know of some reliable sources that has this information, I’d love to hear about it, so please leave a comment if you’d like to share.
So what exactly is this product and why do I consider it a bit unconventional? As the name indicates, it’s a mud gel cleanser, which for me, isn’t something I see often. I’m very fond of gel-based cleansers, as they tend to be a better fit for my oily-sensitive skin, but it’s not often I see a cleanser with mud in it. It’s possible that like me, you’re familiar with mud masks instead.
As far as claims go, the back of the tube has the following:
“Exceptionally effective and light textured cleansing gel. It clears the skin thoroughly, balances its oiliness and protects its natural moisture level. The Gentle Cleanser is enriched with Witch Hazel, Argan Oil and Dead Sea minerals to pamper and nourish your skin, leaving it relaxed and soft for many hours.”
Off the bat, it claims to do the things that my oily-sensitive skin really needs: it’s gentle, it’s effective and not drying on the skin. My oily and sensitive skin is a delicate balancing act, and I don’t use intensive cleansers as they tend to overwork my skin, leaving it feeling dehydrated, uncomfortable and sometimes even irritated. So I typically go for something aimed towards dry or sensitive skin, and tackle the oiliness later in my skincare routine. This cleanser is a bit of a lean towards tackling my oily skin, as mud in skincare to me, typically means it’s targeting oily skin problems.
The three ingredients the quote above includes are all ones that I’m familiar with. I’ve used a lot of products with witch hazel in them, as it helps to soothe the skin, and is really popular in skincare lines aimed at oily or acne-prone skin. Argan oil is one that I’ve tried in oils and serums before, but never in a cleanser. Dead Sea minerals isn’t one I had direct experience with beforehand, but is one I recognised from reading articles online.
I’ve also photographed the ingredient list, which is as follows:
Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoamphooacetate, Lauryl Polyglucose, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polysorbate 20, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Water, Carbomer, Methyl Gluceth-20, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Chlorophenesin, Sodium Benzoate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Parfum, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Maris Sal, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol Linalool. “Quoted from an Amazon listing for this product.
Off the bat, if you happen to have allergies or sensitivities to aloe vera, this is fairly high up on the ingredient list, under “Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice”. For a lot of people. aloe vera is a really soothing skincare ingredient, but I am aware that some people are sensitive to it, so I wanted to highlight that. Otherwise, I’m not very educated about some of the scientific names for ingredients, so from my uneducated perspective, nothing else really stands out. However, if you notice anything that deserves being noted, please leave a comment, and I’ll edit this post and give you credit for your suggestions.
The packaging is a really simple soft plastic tube, with a hard plastic cap that has a silver reflective coating. The cap has got a snap on it, however it hasn’t compromised its ability to contain the product. I’m not sure exactly when that happened, but it wasn’t like that when I bought it, so it likely happened during one of my many recent moves. The tube is very tall, so it’s not one that I would travel with or consider travel-friendly.
When you open the cap, there’s a hole to squeeze the product out of. Freshly opened, the gel does have a tendency to just leak out, so that’s something to bear in mind as it did catch me off guard. As you can see inside the cap, it is a little gunky, but it doesn’t prevent me from twisting the cap closed again. If you’re more organised than me, then this is something you can manage.
I use this gel cleanser as my first step in my pre-shower routine, to prepare my skin for multi-masking, which I’ve talked about on my blog before. I typically like to use a rubber massaging pad to massage and exfoliate my skin as gently as possible.
As you can see from my photo above, the gel is very thick, and I do find it’s not very compatible with my rubber massaging pad. A lot of the gel gets trapped between the individual bumps and ridges, rather than spreading it over my face. I’ve tried applying the gel to my face and pre-lathering and then using my rubber massaging pad, but I don’t find the pad helps lather it further.
In spite of the claim of it being a light textured gel, I have to say I disagree. It’s quite thick and what I personally consider heavy compared to other gel cleansers I’ve used in the past. It does lather up into a weak foam, so some of that weight is mitigated once you started lathering it with water, but I simply prefer lighter formulas overall. It does leave my skin feeling clean and refreshed ready for my face masks, but I do find I don’t get a sense of enjoyment from using it.
So overall, for me this isn’t a win. It’s not a terrible product, as my gripes are purely a matter of preference. It does its job well, but I plan to pass this along to mum to see if she might like it. There’s still lots of product left, so this might be good for her for the remainder of summer. I am curious to try more from this brand if I can find any information to confirm or deny their cruelty-free status.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you’ve had a wonderful week, and that your weekend is restful and rejuvenating.