Friday, 3 April 2015

Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser

What is it?
'An anti-ageing Cleansing Concentrate'.

Who is it for?
All skin types.

What’s in it?
Well this is the fun part. I checked every retailer that stocks this product and not one of them, not one, lists the ingredients. This includes Net-A-Porter, Nordstroms, Space NK, CE Bigelow and I mean come ON. REALLY? I know I'm just shouting down a large vacuous wind tunnel but WHY don't brands/retailers list their ingredients?? The ones that I did find, on cosmetic review sites, were entirely different to the ones listed on my bottle - so I'm typing them out. (The bottle is not conducive to great photographs) GGRRRR.

Water, decyl glucoside, sodium cocoyl, wheat amino acids, sodium lauroyl lactylate, potassium undecylenoyl, hydrolyzed soy protein, phyllianthus emblica fruit extract, lactic acid, malic acid, ascorbic acid, salicylic acid, papain, bromelain, curcuma longa root extract (turmeric), spinacia oleracea (spinach) leaf powder, sorbitol, allantoin, fragrance (natural), menthe viridis leaf oil (spearmint), satureia hortensis oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, tantalum album (sandalwood) oil, glyceryl caprylate, glyceryl undecylenate, potassium sorbate

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
fragrance - being natural is better than synthetic but it can still irritate some

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
says it's 'all natural with organic ingredients'

Tested on animals/sold in China?
No/unclear but I don't think so

What's not in it?
'free from petrochemicals, dyes, artificial fragrances and unnecessary fillers'
sulphate and detergent free
mineral oil

How do you use it?
 The brand suggest 'adding 3 pumps to your palm, adding water, rubbing hands together to make small lather, massage on to face and neck and rinse thoroughly'.
I would say 3 pumps is excessive. Its not cheap for starters. Two pumps will be more than enough for a second cleanse in the evening and one pump in the morning for a quick morning refreshing cleanse should suffice.
I apply to the ends of my fingers,  dampen the palm of my hands and then spread it across both hands with one swipe. Apply all over the face, massage thoroughly and rinse off with a warm flannel.

What’s good about it?
This is a lovely cleanser. It's very exfoliating without being too harsh, leaves the skin really fresh and bright and definitely refines. For that reason I use it as a skin cleanser, not a makeup remover. Contains lots of plant actives that do seem to do what they were put in there for, which is always a bonus.
Turmeric to take down redness, lactic, salicylic and malic acids - all exfoliate, resurface, are antibacterial and polish. It's a more sophisticated formula than a lot of cleansers, especially those with a tendency to foam/lather.

What’s not so good about it?
On the foaming scale, this is as 'foaming' as I go - and it's not really foamy, its more a soft lather like the brand says. It's not that comfortable in the eye area, well, for me anyway...another reason why I stick to second cleanse/a.m. cleanse.

Where to use in your routine?
First in the morning.
Second in the evening.

Similar products?
Hard to say. Maybe Chantecaille Rice & Geranium? 

Tracie Martyn's Amla Purifying Cleanser is $65/£55 for 50ml and available in lots of the aforementioned stockists that don't list the ingredients in the product so no link for them. *is grumpy*
 The Tracie Martyn website is: 

As an aside, I love the look of the new toner on the TM website, but I have no idea what's in it so won't risk buying it. How does that make financial sense for any brand?
If any eagle-eyed readers either have it or see it, please snap a picture of the ingredients and show me! I'd be very grateful. :)


  1. I agree it's a nice cleanser. But, for $65.00 it's just ok. I too find it irritating around my eyes.
    So, I do not use it to remove makeup. I was gifted with my bottle. I will not repurchase. There are to many wonderful products that are less expensive, proud to list their ingredients and generally perform better.

  2. Hi Caroline,

    Was it the Absolute Purity Toner that you were referring to? I managed to stumble across it a couple of days ago on Net-a-Porter.

    Here is the ingredients list:

    Ingredients: Lavandula Intermedia Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Aqua (Water), Crataegus Oxyacantha Stem Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinesis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifouum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycerin, Blyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Sodium Phytate, Potassium Sorbate

    I hope this helps!


  3. eastvillagesiren3 April 2015 at 21:49

    Hello Mrs. Hirons, First time poster. Although I wholeheartedly agree with you re: ingredients not being listed on their site, I had the fortune of talking with their sales associate at ABC Carpet (yes they sell "natural" beauty brands), and examined the ingredients list. I plunged on the cleaner and two serums. So far they work extremely well for me. The SA told me you only need one pump of the cleanser, which I use after a first cleanse. With one-pump every morning/night the bottle should last six months, according to the SA. One to two pumps of each serum on my neck/face each morning should also last six months. For me they're the few luxuries I can afford in my regime, and they make me happy when I use them so there you go.

    And thank you Mrs. Hirons for your sound advice, which has most definitely improved my skin (and my budget).

  4. Keep shouting down that tunnel, someone will hear. At least we are more aware of double-checking the ingredients. All for the informed customer!

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  5. It must just be the UK Net-a-Porter, the versionI get in Australia lists all the ingredients under details. Here's a link to the toner with the ingredients.

    1. I've now looked at the UK Net-a-Porter and you're right, the cleanser does have the ingredients under the Details tab (along with instructions to use two pumps, morning and night), but they aren't quite the same as on Caroline's bottle! How odd.

      From the UK site:
      Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Emblica Officinalis Extract, Sorbitol, Coconut And Soy Amino Acids, Castor And Soy Hydrolized Protein, Decyl Glucoside And Lauryl Lactylate, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Malic Acid, Allantoin (Comfrey), Papaya Enzymes, Pineapple Enzymes, Silicon Dioxide, Honeysuckle Extract, Turmeric Extract, Spinach Extract, Blend Of Spearmint, Lime And Other Natural Essential Oils

    2. How bizarre. The inci is on NAP now - I swear I couldn't see it yesterday - and anyway, the ingredients are totally different to my bottle. The plot thickens.

  6. This sounds like an interesting one. What is the actual scent like? All-natural fragrance tends not to upset my skin, but if it's too floral, it can trigger my hayfever.

    Also, I googled the two extracts that didn't have the handy brackets with their common names, and whilst the Indian Gooseberry was not surprising, the Summer Savoury was! I've never seen that in skin care before. (But I love it in food *g*)

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  8. Hi Caroline, could you do a post about 1st cleansers? You latest reviews have been mainly about second cleansers. I cannot use eye make-up so no issue with removing waterproof mascara for me. Many thanks.

  9. this has been quite a nice product so far :)

  10. You shouldn't use lime products if you're on retinoids as they cause photosensitivity. This has lime oil so I would avoid it personally. Don't even know why it's in there...other ingredients look nice though!

  11. I just started using this and am so happy to have found your review! Weirdly, all the other blogs post that reviewed are from 2008-2011. I also started Luna night oil recently, 3 times a week. I currently have broken out in spots that I normally don't-the sides of my face/cheekbones. Do you think that either of these products could be the cause??

  12. I have noticed on there are often pictures of the INCI list. Just an FYI (Tracie Martyn is on Amazon along with heaps of others)


  13. Love the Tracey Martyn Cleanser too (thanks to you!)....the scent and product remind me a bit of Yonka is kind of like a cleanser/toner..a treatment cleanser like Tata Harper--a whole new ball game in skincare. I find it to be a bit drying but not in a bad isn't dehydrating. It is smoothing and mattifying (is that even a word?) The price tag on this one makes it a splurge but a lovely is still 2nd to Tata Harper Purifying though....a distant 2nd in my opinion. Tata Harper Rocks!

  14. i love this cleanser, it helped clear my skin. They are cruelty free (stated on their website) And I was told they were vegan friendly except one eye product that has collagen. I couldnt find it in writing though and the company hasn't responded to emails. cheers!