Quite a while back I picked up the Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel. Man, what a long name! I really wish companies would consider using pithy names instead of crazy long names that don’t really roll off the tongue.
The Website Claims:
This exceptionally gentle gel cleanses your skin while preserving its natural protective barrier. Removes debris and makeup quickly and easily, leaving your skin perfectly clean and radiant-looking. Formulated with only natural ingredients that soothe and smooth your skin as you cleanse.
Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel contains only natural ingredients proven to be gentle, yet effective without causing redness, flaking, or other signs of irritation.
Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel from Paula’s Choice is ideal for most skin types, especially normal, sensitive, combination, and oily skin. It is specially formulated for those who prefer skin-care products made from natural ingredients that are proven safe and effective.
Water, Decyl Glucoside (coconut-derived cleansing agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (coconut-derived cleansing agent), Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside (plant-derived cleansing agents), Glucose (sugar-based water-binding agent), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (plant-derived cleansing agents), Glyceryl Oleate (plant-derived emulsifier), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding/soothing agent), Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan (plant-derived thickeners), Sodium Phytate (synthetic chelating agent), Citric Acid (fruit-derived pH adjuster), Potassium Sorbate (plant-derived preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (synthetic skin-conditioning agent), Phenoxyethanol (synthetic preservative).
$12.71 for 6.7 fl. oz.
Does it live up to its claims?
Yes! I have been meaning to review this cleanser for months! I love the Paula’s Choice products and I absolutely adore this cleanser. You only need a tiny bit to effectively cleanse your face and neck. It’s a cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin, but leaves me feeling clean. I love that it’s made with natural ingredients and that the packaging is 100% recyclable.
Would I purchase again?
Yes! This is my go-to cleanser. It’s what I reach for when I’m not testing something. I don’t break out with it. I feel it does an exceptional job cleansing my skin. I can use it with my Clarisonic, which I do. I just love it! Additionally, I feel that you really get a lot of product for the price. Since a little goes a long way, this can last you a couple months.
Product purchased by me. All opinions are my own.
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Those are some very interesting surfactants for a product that claims to be all natural. Just because it was derived from a coconut doesn’t make it natural. Otherwise dimethicone would be all natural because it is derived from rocks.
Turboweevel While I always make the joke that ‘arsenic is all natural’ I really do love this cleanser.
Phyrra The ingredients aren’t bad at all, it’s a nice selection. They’re just not natural at all and arguing that they come from coconuts isn’t enough to make it so.
Turboweevel Haha! Yeah, that is something I wondered about too. I generally don’t like anything that starts with “sodium lauryl”, but I’m not a chemist so I wasn’t positive.
Gabrielle_ There’s nothing wrong with them, they’re just surfactants, it’s not like they’ll kick your dog or anything. I already find the OMG NATURAL! thing to be a giant crock of bovine droppings but when you not only make the claim but try to treat your customers like idiots by lying to them, well that just makes me unhappy. If you have to spread FUD around at least be consistent.
@Turboweevel Well, in their defense, their websites take a very similar position to yours. If you read through what they really say about these products and other natural products, I don’t think it’s as disengenuous as it looks at first glance. I don’t even know if this is accurate, but my sense is that the definition they’re using here is that natural means products that aren’t derived from petrochemicals. It may be a questionable definition, but it’s certainly among the most widely used. One great thing about PC products is that they are to the best of my knowledge free of dyes, fragrances, and other common irritants.
blauriche Also, I really love that they’re cruelty-free and this particular line has packaging that is 100% recyclable.
I keep hearing more and more about Paula’s Choice, and I think I may need to try it out soon.
mustbinsane Yes! It’s really good.
I love this cleanser. I have four of their cleansers and I enjoy them all I have a hard time deciding which I prefer most.If I had to pick, I guess I’d go with this one or the Skin Recovery one. I also love the toner in this line.
blauriche I haven’t tried the skin recovery one. I’ll have to peek at its ingredients.
Oh man, I was so there until the phenoxyethanol. :( Even Burt’s Bees has started using that now that they’ve been bought by Clorox. Now that people are starting to know parabens are bad, they’re sneaking this in since people are looking for “-paraben” in their ingredient lists. http://www.truthinaging.com/ingredient-spotlight/what-is-it-phenoxyethanol-and-is-it-safe
Gabrielle_ I honestly am not too worried about the phenoxyethanol. I do feel like the overall ingredients in this product are good
Phyrra I don’t know. I mean, I realize that people aren’t mice, and that what is poison to a rat can be a blood thinning medication for a human being, but I still get wary when I hear about chemicals causing changes in mice and rabbits and things like that. To me it’s like, sure, MAYBE it’s not a big deal, but why would a company use it when there’s even a question. It makes me question the company in general, which makes me kind of actually even hesitate to give that company money. I’m in the process of trying to figure out what to do about Burt’s Bees. It’s kind of a dilemma to me.
I was concerned about parabens and phenoxyethanol for a while, but realistically every cosmetic product will have preservatives in it unless you’re making it yourself. I find a lot of the claims from websites like TruthinAging and even Paula’s own Beautypedia a little specious. I was a research assistant in college so I’ve gone ahead and read some of the studies about parabens, phenoxyethanol, and even lavender oil. As is often the case with hysterical claims, the science isn’t really there. I believe in being safer than sorry, but I also think there has to be balance.
blauriche While I don’t always agree with Paula’s Beautypedia reviews (I do find them interesting to read), I really do like her products.. I agree with you that there has to be a balance.
I’m a big fan of PC products. I like seeing reviews of her products by bloggers I trust.
do you still use this?