I’m baaaack! First off, happy Sunday! Secondly, I have to freely admit, vacation and tattooing took a ton out of me. Not only did I need to catch up on a lot of stuff, but I was so drained from “relaxing” that I needed to relax more! But now that that’s all done with, let’s get back to business and back to blogging!
Today’s #SampleSunday is a green beauty find from the October ’15 Petit Vour box I received. This is the Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash. This gel cleanser is marketed as being able to remove oil/grime, brighten and clarify as well as soothe irritated skin. Ursa Major also states that the sulfate-free formula is best for normal, combo and oily skin types. Additionally, the brand states the scent of the product is “a spirited fusion of premium, whole essential oils including cedar, spearmint, lime, lemon, rosemary, black spruce, owyhee, vetiver and lavender.”
There’s not much out about this product, so I suppose I’ll do my best to confirm what I can and then give a bit more. So without wasting anymore time, let’s take a look at this cleanser. Let’s start with the ingredients (as listed on CosDNA):
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocoglucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Water, Inulin, Glyceryl Laurate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Picea Mariana (Black Spruce) Needle Oil*, Pseudotsuga Menziesii (Fir) Needle Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf/Flower Water, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water*, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil, Artemisia Ludoviciana (Owyhee) Leaf Oil, Juniperus Virginiana (Cedar) Wood Oil, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Flower Oil, Nardostachys Chinensis (Spikenard) Root Oil, Vetiveria Zizanioides (Vetiver) Root Oil, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Sodium Phytate, Alcohol, PCA glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate
*: organic ingredient
Below is a photo of what the gel looks like.
A good majority of these ingredients are very gentle and ideal for all skin types. However, if you have sensitive skin and have reactions to essential oils, waters and/or extracts, you may want to patch test.
One of the claims from the brand is that the product is sulfate free. As you can see from the ingredients above, it most certainly is, but it also has a common SLS substitute, so the product does lightly bubble up. This is evident below.
And one last thing before jumping into how the product performed, let’s talk about pH. Now, I honestly think people go overboard with this. However, since I know there are quite a few people that care, I will test the pH of every cleanser I review/sample. There are lots of articles about the pH level of your skin, which is 4.5-5.5, and the effects of pH in skincare/cleansers (read this for more info). With that said, I did test the pH level and this came up as a 5 (see below).
Now, with all of that said, let’s actually talk about the product. I’ll start with scent, texture and then overall performance. So starting with the scent, from the description of the product, this is just an overall woodsy/herbally scented product. All natural fragrances, so nothing added other than the ingredients and the purpose they serve. For me, this is a wonderful scent, especially for an AM cleanse. It’s crisp, but too strong and it just wakes you right up.
As mentioned a couple of times, this product definitely has a gel texture and it rinses away pretty easily. In fact, it can dissolve a bit in your hand if you add water, so best to wet the skin and then apply. There is some slight foaming/bubbling, but it doesn’t leave the skin tight or dry. Due to that, it does seem like it would play nice with all skin types. But as there are natural fragrances added, you may want to patch test if you’re extremely sensitive.
I don’t know too many cleansers that are similar, so I can’t say if this is a dupe for anything. I did want to talk about the price though. The Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash* retails for $28/8oz which equates to about $3.50/oz. Pretty decent pricing if you ask me!
Overall, this is a pretty decent cleanser. It didn’t blow me away, but I did rather enjoy this for the AM in particular. And seeing as I am the type of person to use many different cleansers at one time, I would totally reach for this. I also would recommend this to all the guys out there. This is a no-fuss product and I know there’s quite a few dudes out there that really want to wash and lotion up right after. I mean, I can think of three I know right off the bat (the hubs, the man-child and my brother).