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Would I Repurchase? REN Clarimatte T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel

Regular readers already know that I'm a big fan of REN Clean Skincare. Well it all started with this travel kit for combination skin.


I probably bought that kit three times before I decided to purchase the full size of the cleanser. The other two products lasted much longer as you would imagine.

Now that we know that cleansers shouldn't foam the hunt is really on for effective skincare that contain good ingredients. REN prides itself on that very thing.


A lot and I do mean A LOT of popular cleansers can not boast of the same claims. Even the ones that have "natural" or "gentle" in their titles. Prepare for picture overload of some examples.











All photos taken in Woolworth

See any brands that you recognise?

The Clarimatte, formerly know as the Mayblossom Balancing Cleanser, retails for $68BDS LP from Pure Source Barbados. The full size is 5.1 fl. oz.




I hope from that second picture you can see its gel-like consistency. I love the air pump dispenser because it ensures that you use every drop. And at the price you'd surely want to. The Pure Source staff say you should just use one pump to cleanse your face but I don't know who actually does that. I probably use three on a wash cloth and two with my Clarisonic Mia 2. You skin certainly feels clean after use without that tight feeling that we now know it our skin's was of saying, "yuh dry muh out!"

Everyone I have recommended this product to loves it. Men and women. The price tag is heify especially compared to what you can pick in in the pharmacy or supermarket; but I guess you're paying for those good ingredients.

From the Pure Source Barbados site: "...this is a sulfate-free, balancing, anti-bacterial cleansing gel for skin that is prone to oiliness and breakouts, particularly in the T Zone. It will gently dissolve disolve dirt and excess sebum and remove impurities allowing skin to breathe freely and helping to reduce pore size, leaving the skin balanced but not stripped.

Key Bio-Actives include:
Flavonoids - from Mayblossom, decongest the skin
Salicilin - from Willow Bark provides mild exfoliation and antimicrobial properties to purify problem skin, reduce pores size and minimise spot formation
Guaiazulen -from Blue Cypress essential oil, calms redness and soothes minor irritations
".

*Nothing reduces your pore size*

My sole issue with this product presented itself literally by accident. I stored mine on a bathroom caddy which goes over the toilet bowl. One fateful day a brand new bottle did a full somersault with a twist straight into the bowl...


Money burn. Silver lining: at least now we know the packaging is reusable. 

While I don't think this is my Holy Grail cleanser, I do feel like I will always have one of these on hand. The 0.85 fl. oz. that comes in the travel kit is perfect for just that. 

Ingredients: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Lauryl Laurate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tapioca Starch, Cetearyl Glucoside, Oryzanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Crataegus Oxyacantha Stem Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) Symbiozome Extract, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Callitris Intratropica Wood Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Glucose, Tocopherol.

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