Clean beauty is a hard world to sift through. Too many products boast “greenwashed” labels, where they call themselves “natural” or “eco-friendly” when it’s all just marketing speak.
This citrus mint cleanser, put out by organic skin care brand Annmarie Gianni, is the real deal. It features organic and wildcrafted — meaning, the ingredients are grown and picked from their natural wild habitat — herbs, oils, and more. It also steers clear of any and all problematic ingredients.
We love that this cleanser is clean in every sense, but it’s also effective. The gentle aloe vera-based gel removes makeup and impurities with zero residue in sight. Meanwhile, witch hazel cleanses deeply but leaves the skin’s acid mantle, its protective barrier, intact. Herbs like lavender, lemon balm, and neem brighten and refresh the skin.
Did we mention the scent is intoxicating? It’s bright, with lemon-fresh top notes and a medley of vibrant herbal scents just under it. It’s just the thing to wake up your skin first thing in the morning.
*Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice
[Sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate
Lauryl glucoside (saponified oils of coconut oil and plant starches/sugars)] Herb-infused aloe vera juice [*Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice] *Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract
*Symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf extract
*Helichrysum arenarium (life everlasting) flower extract
*Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract
*Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) leaf extract
*Azadirachta indica (neem) leaf extract
*Plantago lanceolata (plantain) leaf extract
*Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract
*Olea europaea (olive) leaf extract] *Glycerin (vegetable derived)
Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract
*Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) distillate
Essential oils [Citrus limon (lemon), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle), Mentha piperita (peppermint)] Xanthan gum (wood pulp derived)
CO2 extract [*Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)]
*Organically grown or wildcrafted
Use in the morning and at night. Apply to damp skin, massage into face, and rinse.
The main cleansing ingredients in this citrus mint cleanser, aloe vera and witch hazel, have an established research base for their effectiveness on skin.
Aloe vera has long been used to soothe and treat skin from sun burns, wounds, and irritation, but there’s quite a few ways it can benefit the skin. On skin, aloe vera is:
So, you get a cleanser that helps you age gracefully, hydrates your skin, and effectively cleanses. But it doesn’t stop there: Witch hazel is also great for skin. This is because it soothes irritation and redness, even when the redness stems from a skin injury, infection, or inflammation (erythema). It’s that good.
There are so many more beneficial extracts and essential oils in this cleanser, we could spend all day talking about them. We’ll leave you with this final note: This stuff is clean beauty at its best, because it’s effective and enjoyable to use.
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Hughes-Formella, B J, et al. “Anti-Inflammatory Efficacy of Topical Preparations with 10% Hamamelis Distillate in a UV Erythema Test.” Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2002.
Hughes-Formella, B J, et al. “Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Hamamelis Lotion in a UVB Erythema Test.” Dermatology (Basel, Switzerland), U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1998.