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If you have been around for some time, you know that “detox” is a word that drives me nuts. That goes a little against zeitgeist, I know, but is funded in my medical training and general skepticism.
See, your body has numerous ways of getting rid of toxins, and unless you have a medical condition, your liver and kidneys do all the detoxification you need.
It is sensible though to stop putting potentially harmful stuff into and onto your body, and the experience that you feel better when you stop eating a lot of bad stuff has led to the development of special diets.
One of them is the alkaline diet, which is part of alternative medicine since approximately 1913, and the main claim is that our food contains too many acids, making us sick. As a solution, alkaline foods are promoted as well as alkaline powder as supplement.
To be crystal clear here: Yes, we do eat too much sugar and animal products, and yes, when we focus on leafy greens and complex carbs instead it is way healthier. But that has, as far as scientific proof goes, nothing to do with acidosis in our bloodstream. Acidosis is a severe illness that needs in hospital treatmeant, not a supplement!
So you can imagine that I was more than skeptical when a PR package filled with Droste-Laux She.Tox products arrived at my doorstep, as this specific line is focused on alkalinisation of the body and strengthening your inner light.
But I decided to leave skepticism aside and give the Droste-Laux She.Tox Alkaline Facial Cleanser * a fair chance.
What Droste-Laux claims:
She.Tox Alkaline Facial Cleanser with mineral-rich chalk from Rügen cleans your skin gently and gives you smooth and soft skin. It neutralizes acids on your skin and is suited even for acne-prone and sensitive skin. 100% natural, vegan.
Prize and size
One tube contains 100 ml and retails for 19,99 € on the website here.
Texture and smell
It feels denser than a cream, but is still easy to spread. Upon application I can detect the scent of alcohol, which vanishes quickly. It is not gritty, but very soft.
Application and effects
I tried it on both wet and dry skin, where it works equally well, and both as a morning and evening cleanse. It is not suitable to use as a makeup remover, as it shouldn´t really go near the eyes, but makes a great second cleanse at night or first thing in the morning. Despite the high proportion of alcohol it was never irritating on my skin and never left my face tight.
- Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado): Rich in antioxidant, fatty acids
- Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil: Rich in Vitamin E and linoleic acid, anti-inflammatory
- Hectorite Clay: Mineral rich clay, absorbs oils and impurities
- Cetearyl Alcohol: Emollient, emulsifier
- Cetearyl Glucoside: Emollient, emulsifier
- Mangifera Indica Seed Oil: Emollient, rich in antioxidants and fatty acids
- Glycerin: Humectant, draws moisture to the skin
- Chalk: Rich in minerals, alkaline, increases blood flow, gentle physical exfoliant
- Sesame Seed Oil: Emollient, rich in essential fatty acids
- Tocopherol: Vitamin E, antioxidant
- Rhus Verniciflua Peel Cera: Berry wax, viscosity control, vegan alternative to bees wax
- Xanthan Gum: Improves viscosity
- Alcohol: Can be drying, can be irritating, can disrupt protective barrier of your skin
- Sodium Bicarbonate: Baking Soda, gentle exfoliant, very alkaline
- Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool: Part of natural essential oils, can be irritating
This ingredient list will, once again, divide the community. I for one don´t really mind the alcohol, but I know for some it is not working, so a few words on it:
You have to keep in mind that if you go the all natural route, many products will have a high content of alcohol, simply because you need some kind of preservative. So if phenoxyethanol or similar are on the black list, alcohol is most often used as replacement. It is a “pick your poison” situation.
The thing I am more unhappy with is the many alkaline ingredients. I get that this is on purpose and that it even claims to neutralize the acids on your skin, but for me that is not what I want. I want my acid mantle to stay intact. Again, it comes down to what you believe in. Acid mantle for protection versus anything acidic as poison making you sick.
Does it live up to its claims?
It is a gentle cleanse that left my skin smooth and contains the means to neutralize the acids.
Would I repurchase?
As I stated above, I don´t want alkalinisation on my skin, and while I will happily finish using it as my morning cleanse, I will stay faithful to my (much more expensive and non-natural) Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser (Review) when it comes to repurchasing.
Who do I recommend it to?
If you are into natural or vegan skincare, if your skin is combination to oily, if you are on a budget, if you believe in the benefits of alkaline products, this is a product you should consider. And if all of the before mentioned fits you, you have found your new holy grail!