Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser - Review

I recently posted about Aurelia's launch and the great promise it seemed to hold for those of us that like clear labeling and conscientious ethics.

Well so far, by and large, the products haven't disappointed. The Miracle Cleanser is the easiest to jump in and use. I know - it's a cleanser - it would be.

It contains probiotic proteins - which is their USP and what the range is built around, coconut derived cleansing agents, fatty acids, shea butter, cocoa butter, kigelia and baobab extracts, Ubuntu Mongongo oil (I have NO idea but I haven't stopped singing the Um Bongo ads since I read it) and a blend of eucalyptus, rosemary, bergamot and chamomile essential oils - which are quite strong, so whilst I love them - if you have problems with essential oils, sample first. Although it contains shea, I haven't experienced any breakouts as a result - the formulation is good.

Full inci list:

Aqua (purified water), Dicapryly carbonate (coconut-derived cleanser & emollient), Cetearyl alcohol (vegetable based thickener), Glycerin (vegetable glycerine), Cocoglycerides (emollient from coconut oil), Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Glyceryl stearate (natural glycerides & thickener), Cetearyl glucoside (corn sugar emulsifier), Rhus verniciflua peel wax (berry wax), Theobroma cacoa (cocoa butter), Kigelia Africana fruit extract (Botanical Kigelia Africana ), Hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract (Hibiscus flower), Adansonia digitata fruit extract (Botanical Baobab),Lactose (probiotic bifidoculture milk extract), Lactis proteinum – (probiotic protein), Bifida ferment lysate (probiotic culture), Schinziophyton Rautanenii kernel oil (Botanical Ubuntu Mongongo oil), Panthenol ( Pro-vitamin B5), Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), Rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil (Rosemary essential oil), Citrus aurantium bergamia peel oil (Bergamot essential oil), Anthemis nobilis oil (Chamomile essential oil), Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil (Eucalyptus essential oil), Xanthan gum (natural based stabilizer), Sodium stearoyl glutamate (naturally derived emulsifier), Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), Benzyl alcohol (preservative), Dehydroacetic acid (preservative), Citric acid (fruit derived pH regulator), Limonene, Linalool

The nearest comparison texture and scent-wise is Cleanse & Polish - but the comparisons end there. This being Aurelia it contains none of the following:

Synthetic fragrances, parabens, mineral oils, silicones, sulphates, propylene glycol, phthalates, GMO, PEGs, TEA and DEA.

This is a creamier formulation and stays that way once applied. Removes all makeup no problem (not sure about waterproof as I don't wear it) and skin feels soft and smooth afterwards. If you are uncomfortable with balm cleansers this could be just the thing you are looking for. I, predictably I know, like it as a second cleanse in the evenings and its lovely for a refreshing quick cleanse in the morning. I'm sorry but I don't trust any brand that says you don't need to cleanse in the mornings. Nonsense. And also this: filth.

It's £34.00 for 120ml compared to £34.00 for Emma Hardie's 100ml. (I'm trying to give broad comparisons about products I regularly recommend as I am always asked for more details after I post!) I would estimate you use the same amount of both cleansers - which is a 'finger scoop'.

A good, strong product from a good, strong, British brand who list their FULL INGREDIENTS on their website. 

*waves Union Jack*



  1. This sounds so gorgeous! I've heard quite a few good things about this cleanser and already have it on my wishlist. Aurelia sound like a wonderful brand!

    Gem x

  2. I REALLY wanted to try this but I sent them TWO (separate) emails requesting if they do samples/testers and didn't get any response - Not a good start! Humph.

  3. hmmmm surprised that they can claim this cleanser is suitable even for sensitive skin seeing as how many essential oils are in this cleanser.

  4. This cleanser is absolutely outstanding. I love Aurelia skincare it's absolutely amazing and the prices aren't bad either. So glad I discovered this brand - I'll be doing a review soon.

    Danny x


  5. Fantastic - I was waiting for your review of this. I've been eyeing it up now that my EH is (finally! Not that I don't absolutely adore it) running out. So glad to hear you like it - I am besotted with their website. Think I'll give this a try next.

    Incidentally, what do you think (if anything) of the Antipodes range? I recently bought their Apostle serum to help with my pigmentation (sadly Liquid Gold didn't seem to do the trick), and so far, so good....but I've been looking into their "Juliet" cleanser for summer; it seems light enough for my oily skin. But I found myself thinking, WWCS (What Would Caroline Say)? (!) And yes, it is true that I now rarely make skincare purchases without asking myself that question!!

  6. How in the name of *swears* are probiotic proteins of any benefit for your skin. In your gut, yes, but on your skin? The proteins may be great for your skin but I'm damn certain it is not because they are 'probiotic'.

  7. This is a great review. Aurelia is a great product and not that expensive compared to the similar products and its benefits.

  8. Have to agree with Mopsy - I can't understand how probiotics are supposed to benefit your skin, as they are designed to be processed in your digestive system. That's not to say that it's not a nice or effective cleanser, but their USP sounds like complete nonsense! Same as skincare with plant stem cells and gold in them. Marketing gimmick!

  9. I agree, Aurelia is a great product. Probiotic proteins are said to be beneficial for the skin.

    Thanks for the nice review.

  10. I like the ingredients used in the product. The good thing about it is that it does not contain harmful ingredients like synthetic fragrances. I'm interested to use it because I have long been looking for a cleanser that stays when applied. Most products on the market do not have this effect on the face. I am always wearing make-up on a daily basis which is why I need a cleanser that can clean my face thoroughly and based from your review, this is it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, they've been very helpful.

  11. I was just considering this cleanser but the point about not needing to cleanse in the morning.....I will reconsider now. Sounds lovely, had hoped it would have been a balm as I found EH's a tad strong for my skin, felt sore/dry after a few uses :( use Pai as my cleanser so think this is like double cream cleanse! Will look for a balm I can use before Pai

  12. I got this for Christmas and was really excited about it. But my skin is not impressed. It's been irritated to the point of red and swollen in a few patches around my t zone. So disappointed, can't help wondering if it's the Eucalyptus because altho I love the smell, isn't it a known irritant?