Eco-friendly and organic but doesn't break the bank? Gentle and easy to use? Look no further! Today's cleanser, Evolve Gentle Cleansing Melt, has an interesting balmy jelly texture with a short and sweet ingredient list. But does it actually work? Let's find out!
Evolve Gentle Cleansing Melt
Evolve Gentle Cleansing Melt* is often advertised as a cleansing balm, but I'd say texture-wise it's an unique hybrid between a balm, jelly and a gel. Evolve products are hand-made in Hertfordshire, England, and the cleanser is 100% natural and 98.59% organic ingredients. The cleanser comes in a jar packaging with no spatula, but for hygiene reasons I recommend using your own spoon/spatula. The key ingredients include baobab oil and vanilla extract. Available in two sizes: regular size 120ml/4.1fl.oz for 21.5€/£20 and a smaller trial-size 60ml jar.
Using the Gentle Cleansing Melt
The directions for this cleanser are pretty straightforward: you apply a small dollop (I'd say the size of your pinky nail) on dry face, gently massage and apply water to transform the cleanser into a creamy milk texture. The cleanser rinses clean, leaving no greasy residue, but doesn't strip or dry out the skin. I like how balanced this cleanser is - sometimes I want to throughly massage my skin with a balm (or similar), but not use a washcloth or have any oily residue which can prevent my next skincare steps from absorbing.
The texture is strange and unique: a bit like gel (less liquid) or jelly (less jiggly), but soft and easy to massage on dry skin. I'd expect the cleanser to be somehow lumpy, but it melts really nicely and emulsifies when you apply some water. I like to use the Gentle Cleansing Melt in the mornings or as a 2nd cleanse after removing my makeup. The bigger jar lasts a good while as you need only a small dollop. Despite the oil content of the cleanser I don't feel it's "strong" or oily enough to remove sunscreen and heavy makeup. The scent is mild with a hint of vanilla, but far from sickly sweet vanilla scented things (such as MAC lipsticks etc).
I love how transparent the company is about the amount of organic ingredients - they even list on the jar/box who has made the product! (Thank you Leanne for making mine!)
Caprylic /Capric Triglyceride*, Glycerin*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil*, Sucrose Laurate, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water*, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Tocopherol. *ingredients from organic farming
The base of the Gentle Cleansing Melt is a coconut oil and glycerin derivate (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), making it a good emollient while the mix of fatty acids can resist moisture loss. It's considered a gentle ingredient, but if you're sensitive to coconut derivates I recommend patch testing. The other ingredients are mainly oils: sunflower, sweet almond and the advertised baobab oil with some orange fruit water, damask rose oil and vanilla. The final ingredient, tocopherol, is a class of chemical compounds with Vitamin E activity.
While baobab oil isn't among the first ingredients, it is rich in antioxidants can protect free radical damage. Although the cleanser is on the skin for a short period of time, its vitamins and omegas in baobab can help to tighten, hydrate and help with skin elasticity. Overall I consider these ingredients very safe and nourishing, especially if you have dry to normal skin. Because the texture isn't heavy, greasy or leave residue - I'd imagine this would work for combo skins as well.
This cleanser is just like its name says - melting texture with gentle cleansing properties. While it doesn't blow my mind or knock my socks off, I think this is a good choice for people who want an eco cleanser but are tired of washcloths, oily residue and want something quick and easy. While I appreciate the intoxicating sensory pleasure of essential oils, the Evolve Gentle Cleansing Melt is a good choice if you feel sensitive to heavy essential oils or scents. Now the final question: Would I purchase this once I run out? Yes, the price point is excellent for hand-crafted and mostly organic skincare.
Are you familiar with Evolve skincare? What do you look for in your (eco) cleanser?
*This product was kindly offered for consideration. All thoughts are my honest & my own.