March 2, 2015

Origins - Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash




A face cleanser that cleverly balances dry and oily skin.

When it comes to faces that are both dry and oily, it takes a clever cleanser to balance the two. This gentle, frothy face wash carefully does both jobs without canceling each other out. Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing—never tight, pulled, or parched. Great for all skin types, it’s enriched with aromatic bergamot, spearmint, and lavender to add pleasure to the process.

Formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

Broad leaf kelp extract discourages excess oil production while wheat protein balances and protects dry-prone zones. Tourmaline makes water wetter to more easily disperse dirt and sebum down the drain.

I have never been this 'expensive face cleanser' type of person. There are few things I just cannot convince myself to splurge on. Mascara comes close second. I always find drug store brands have some really good cleansers and Mascara at a very affordable price. The Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash was a part of some fancy kit that I usually buy during the Holidays. Most of my expensive Face washes or cleansers are usually part of some gift sets. 

My two cents on the product.


Color: White with some sheen? like a vanishing cream

Texture and Consistency: Thick, Creamy, non drippy, Mousse like

Scent/Fragrance: Non synthetic, light minty

Usage: Twice a day AM and PM or as needed

Application: Just like any other cleanser. I took a dime sized amount of this face wash on my wet palms and massaged it all over moist face to create a thick, rich, foamy lather. Rinsed it after a minute with tepid water. 

Feel and Effect on Skin: It felt good on the skin. The skin felt squeaky clean and considering how thick and creamy the product was, I thought it would leave a residue, but it did not. There was no stretchy or itchy feeling afterwards. I did need to moisturize my face, but then again I have a very dry skin and Chicago winters make it worse. There is no exfoliation of any sort, nor any tingling or redness.

As far as removing makeup is concerned, this would take care of a light tinted moisturizer and some blush, but if the face is loaded with full on makeup using primer and foundation, this would not help to get rid of it completely. A makeup remover will be needed.

Packaging: Mine is a 1 fl.oz. soft squeeze tube with a screw top cap. It dispenses the product like a toothpaste, all thanks to the consistency. Easy to travel with

Verdict: This is a good face wash. A thick, creamy one with mild minty scent and a rich formula. No exfoliation or peeling whatsoever. I have a dry skin and it worked good for me. The moisturized effect of the cleanser is not enough to skip on daily moisturizer or serum. 
This did not burn or irritate my eyes, which is a huge plus because most of the Origins product (Origins Starting Over™ Age-Erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa, Origins Modern Friction™ Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion,) do that to me. Don't expect any miracles. This just cleans and cleans well.

Available at Sephora, Macy's and Origins 





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