Farmacy Green Clean was the third oil-based cleanser I had tried. I got off to a rocky start with the balm format; I was using the Yes to Coconut balm cleanser – I genuinely hated that product. However, hearing good things about Farmacy Green Clean, I was willing to put my bad feelings aside to give it a try. I was glad I did; it was love at first wash!
I don’t think that this product is for everyone, which I will go into later but I like it. It is over three times the price of the, Yes to, product; it sometimes goes to show that you get what you pay for.
Having combination skin and an avid sunscreen wearer, in my opinion, a double cleanse (I have written a post about this, please click here to view it) is an absolute must. Failing to do so generally leads to congestion and dreaded spots.
I think that a balm is ideal for oily or combination skin as it is not as moisturising as a pure oil format (e.g. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil).
Farmacy Green Clean product claims and ingredients
The balm, as you would expect, is designed to melt away makeup, grime and sunscreen. It also does some light chemical exfoliation to boot! I would probably not use this as the sole form of exfoliation as it is very gentle.
The Farmacy Green Clean balm contains several organically grown natural ingredients and oils, some of the key ones include:
- Sunflower and ginger root oils – these hydrating oils have been added to dissolve makeup easily
- Turmeric and Moringa Extract – helps to remove impurities, sunscreen residue and effects of pollution (this seems to be very fashionable these days)
- Papaya enzymes – a natural exfoliant.
Farmacy produces products that are natural; they have been resourced in a way which are both responsible and sustainable. They state that the bulk of ingredients comes from farms in New York, Pennsylvania and Northeast Brazil.
As a brand, they do not use:
- Synthetic fragrances
- Mineral oils
They are also cruelty-free and do not use microbeads in this specific product. As you would expect, their packaging is entirely recyclable.
How I used this product
The Farmacy Green Clean would form the first step of an evening double cleanse. Using the spatula that is included, I would take 20p (or a dime) worth and rub the balm in between my hands. After a couple of seconds, the balm turns into an oil.
I would then massage the oil on my face for about a minute, add some water, so it emulsified and rubbed a little bit more. I would then rinse off with warm water and follow up with a gel cleanser to remove any remnants of the balm cleanser and any residual sunscreen etc.
My final thoughts
I LOVE this product and think it is certainly worth the price tag. The Farmacy Green Clean has now become my default for the initial wash in a double cleanse (I am also on my third tub!)
I find that this is much lighter than the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, and leaves less of a residue when washing off. The added benefit of exfoliation is a pleasant surprise – over continued use has left my skin much brighter and refreshed looking as a result.
I think that this product is ideal for anyone with oily or combination skin. I appreciate that there is a LOT of oil in this balm. However, this does not worry me, as you are washing the worst off. In my experience, I do not find this pore blocking.
Normal skin types would like this as well, but I think that drier types might prefer a straight-up oil such as the DHC product I have mentioned before as this is much more hydrating.
If you have sensitive skin or are sensitive to fragrance, you may want to steer clear. Even though there is no synthetic fragrance the combination of ingredients does give a strong scent (which some may find irritating)
I would personally not be inclined to put this anywhere near my eyes, to be honest as I think that it may burn. As I don’t wear makeup, this is not an issue for me. However, I have been informed that many do without any problems or issues.
The Farmacy Green cleans effectively and efficiently helps me to remove my sunscreen and also softens and hydrates at the same time. This product is my gold standard!
At the time of writing, you could purchase a 100ml tub of this product for £32.00 from Cult Beauty. They also have a travel-sized 50ml container of the Farmacy Green clean, which is more travel friendly.
I would definitely repurchase!
If you are interested in reading about other cleansers I have tried, please click here.
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