Monday, 18 June 2012

Spirit of Beauty Orchid and Mandarin Facial Cleansing Gel - Review

I first came across this brand at an 'Intro to NutriBeauty' event.
Clare Harvey, the woman behind the range is an internationally recognized expert in flower essences and a healer with years of experience behind her. She has written several books on the subject and currently practices out of Harley Street.
What's in it? (from NutriBeauty website)
Glycerin [vegetable], Isopropyl Myristate [moisturising emollient], Cera Alba (Beeswax),Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil,Coco-Glucoside, Parfum (Natural Fragrance), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Oil,Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Oil, Pelgonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil,Litsea Cubeba (Litsea) Oil, Cinnammomum Camphora ( Ho Leaf) Oil,Citral [lemon-grass oil derv], Citronellol [citronella derv], Geraniol[rose oil], Limonene ,[lemon origins] Linalool[essential oils fragrance], Alcohol [Flower Essences], Epidendrum Chioneum (Sun Orchid) Citrus Limonum (Lemon Blossom]

What's not in it?
Free from petrochemicals, phosphates, mineral oil, artificial colours or synthetic fragrances. Not tested on animals. Paraben preservative free. No propylene glycol or sodium lauryl sulphate. Contains organic ingredients with no unnecessary or genetically modified ingredients.

What's good about it?
This cleanser has a lovely texture - calling it a gel is a bit of a stretch to be honest - it feels more like runny honey to me. It also smells a little of honey - it does contain beeswax so no surprises there.
I tend to use it as a second cleanse or a quick cleanse in the morning if my skin is a little dry/deflated (you know what I mean by deflated - just 'meh'). It gives the skin a really lovely glow and leaves it amazingly soft.
I use first cleanse stage as makeup/grime removal and for the second cleanse I use products that contain ingredients that I want nearer my skin - i.e. clay, mud, good oils - almost like a treatment cleanser - this is a second stage cleanser for me.
The Spirit of Beauty range is nice and contained. Cleanser, spritz's and moisturisers. No products for the sake of having products.
It's affordable. £19.95 for 50ml. Eve Lom is £40.00 for the same size.
What's bad about it?
Personally, I wouldn't use this for makeup removal. The consistency doesn't afford itself to it and I would get through a LOT of it if I did.
The pot, as you can see from the visual, narrows at the top. Makes it a little difficult to remove the cleanser if you have big hands (moi).
It comes with a little brush similar to the ones that Jo Malone used to sell to spread the product/massage it in. I binned it. But that's just me.
Not suitable for vegans.
I would prefer it in a pot twice the size even if it doubles the price.
Packaging - 3/5
Texture - 3/5
Performance - 4/5
After effects on the skin - 5/5

Little sidebar: two eagle-eyed readers mention below that this is not as natural as it would seem. I HAVE had a few breakouts recently whilst finishing this pot but put it down to food/hormones. Worth bearing in mind if you have problematic skin.
And thank you to the two commentators below!

Orchid and Mandarin Facial Cleansing Gel is available from NutriBeauty at a very reasonable £19.95.


  1. Hi,
    just a note Isopropyl Myristate the second ingredient most unusual, this gives the product the lovely slippery texture one of the worse culprits of clogging pores. I have mostly overcame my adult acne by now this stuff still breaks me out like hell, so a word of caution for acne prone skins.

  2. Not too sure about this Caroline it has Isopropyl Myristate, as the second main ingredient and thats not an ingredient I care for too much..I'd much prefer it if they'd used something more natural than synthetic. xx

  3. Now that is good to know!! I had a flare up recently and if this is the cause I may throw my toys!!

  4. How is this on sensitive skin? I've been using Glymed Plus gentle wash from my esty back home, and it does the job, but I've been looking into natural alternatives for my sensitive face. Thanks for the post