I have traveled quite a lot throughout my life, but one place I have never been to is Africa.
And I am talking the continent here.
Neither have I been to the northern countries nor to the South, I never ever set foot on African soil.
|Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser|
That sounds more dramatic than it is, I know, but I am married to a man who has literally travelled every continent, so I feel the need to catch up.
To be honest, we just set foot on Antarctica when we went to Chile for a very short time, but you know, we have been there.
As I seem to do very often these days, I turned to a beauty product for comfort. At least the
Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser has Africa written all over it.
What Ole Henriksen claims:
This creamy cleanser gently melts away dirt, oil and makeup with African Red Tea and essential fatty acids to clean and nourish without stripping.
The product is available in two different sizes, 44 ml (1,5 fl. oz) and 207 ml (7 fl. oz).
Both come in a see-through plastic bottle complete with a pump and a red label. The liquid itself is orange in the bottle, but comes out as a white foam that slightly smells like oranges.
|One pump of Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Cleanser|
When applied to the face, the cleanser feels slightly creamy and dissolves very well. I usually remove it with a warm, wet wash cloth, but I reckon you can remove it with water only as well.
I use it as my morning cleanse, so I have no idea how well it removes makeup, and I have to say that now that the weather is getting a little colder, my skin can feel a tiny bit tight after removal.
After two months of using the 45 ml version once a day I still have a third of the bottle left (Can you do the maths yourself?)
The small version retails for 9 $ on the Ole Henriksen website, the bigger one for 30 $.
– Grapefruit Peel Extract: Rich in Vitamins A, C and E as well als phytonutrients
– Orange Peel Extract: Rich in Vitamin C, brightening, prevents acne
– Tangerine Peel Extract: Brightening, removes congestion
– Sweet Almond Oil: Rich in Vitamin E, moisturizing
– Aloe Barbadensis Juice: Antiinflammatory, soothing
– Glycerin: Moisturizing
– Ascorbic Acid: Vitamin C, Brightening, improves collagen production
– Citric Acid: AHA
– Pumpkin Seed Extract: Rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E
– Shea Butter: Moisturizing
– Black Current Seed Oil: Antiinflammatory, rich in fatty acids
– Carrot Seed Oil: Rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E and C, antiinflammatory
– Linseed Oil: Rich in ALA and omega-3-fatty acids
– Chamomilla Flower Extract: Soothing
– Larrea Divaricata Extract: Antioxidant
– Asphalatus Linearis Leaf Extract: Roiboos Tea, claims to reduce wrinkles
Does it live up to its claims?
It is gentle, it cleans very well and it contains a long list of nourishing ingredients.
If the Red African Tea, also known as Roiboos tea, has any benefits in skincare is yet to be proven. But other than providing the name for the product it only shows up in the last third of the ingredient list, so I don’t think it is really important whether it does.
Will I rebuy?
Not immediately, but I can see this one becoming my go-to morning cleanse in the summer months. The smell is refreshing, the texture very pleasant and the application quick and easy.
Who do I recommend it to?
People that spend time outside in the sun and need help to fight the hyper pigmentation already there as well as prevent new one.
If you have dry skin, it will probably be a little stripping for you, and if you are sensitive to fragrances, patch test first.
Have you tried this cleanser before?
And how many continents have you traveled already?