Colleen Rothschild is a skincare brand that boasts that they have “sensory-rich” products. I have a perfume blog. Trust me, I love things that involve the senses. But, when it comes to skincare, I tend to settle for simple. In skincare, I often take a term like “sensory-rich” as meaning “we use a lot of fancy fillers that are trendy or you haven’t heard of but aren’t really effective to sell you something expensive”. That is not the case at all with Colleen Rothschild products. Yes, they have fragrance (which I’ll discuss later). But, they offer more than a smell. The products that I tried do what they claim to do and really are a joy to use: the Radiant Cleansing Balm and Clarifying Detox Mask.
RADIANT CLEANSING BALM
This is a cleansing balm designed to remove makeup and oils. It can be used morning and/or night. You apply it to dry skin and massage. It’s removed with a muslin cloth and warm water. If you’re familiar with Eve Lom Cleanser, I’d compare it to that in feel (the formulas are different, but the execution is the same).
My experience: I use balm and oil cleansers frequently; I’ve been using them for many years. My skin has changed in my 30’s but I still use balms/oils as makeup removers. Since my late teens, I’ve done the double-cleansing method without realizing that was even a thing.
I absolutely love this formula. It’s pricey but you only need a small amount.The texture is like a balm but it melts into the skin. So, it like, emulsifies into an oil as you massage (as it warms up). What I absolutely love about this balm is that it rinses off so easily (with the cloth!). There’s no residue left behind. It’s a cleansing balm that for the most of the year, I wouldn’t need to double-cleanse with. It also removes makeup, even long-wearing lipsticks and eye makeup with ease.
There is a slight fragrance. It smells natural but there is a familiar fragrance. It’s spicy in a black licorice or herbal/basil way. As you can see from the picture, it’s almost the shade of honeycomb.
Ingredients: Paraffin, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-75 Lanolin, PEG-30 Lanolin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Blackseed) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Luffa Cylindrica Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Parfum (Fragrance), Eugenol, Linalool
It’s $65 for 3.3 oz. It comes with one muslin cloth. Extra muslin cloths are available for purchase. To be honest, I didn’t really use the cloth but used the Japanese washcloths that I already own.
CLARIFYING DETOX MASK
This is a clay and activated charcoal mask designed to clean pores. It also contains ingredients meant to soothe inflamed skin and brighten/lighten post-acne spots. You put it on and remove with tepid water after 10 minutes (or when the mask dries). It can also be used as a spot treatment.
My experience: I rarely use clay-based masks because they leave my skin shouting in a parched voice, “WATER”! They’re usually just *too much* for my skin and often do more harm than good.
But, this one doesn’t dry out my skin. This is the only clay-based mask that I’ve ever used that did not leave my skin tight, uncomfortable and super dry. As you can imagine, I’m impressed. I feel like it offers all the benefits of a clay mask (absorbs oil, dries up blemishes) without any of the cons. This is hands down the most comfortable clay mask that has ever touched my pores. The next day my skin looks and feels great too.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Kaolin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Montmorillonite, Stearic Acid, Butyl Avocadate, Methylpropanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Zea Mays Kernel Extract, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Charcoal Powder, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glycolic Acid, CI 77820 (Silver), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Salicylic Acid, Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja Extract, Lecithin, PEG-8/Smdi Copolymer, Plankton Extract, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Squalane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Homarine Hcl, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Erythritol, Disodium EDTA, Isopulegol, Polysorbate 60, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, BHT, Micrococcus Lysate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum
The 1.7 oz jar retails for $48.
My first impressions of the Colleen Rothschild line are good. I’ve only tried two products but I can say that I really like them both. The cleansing balm has lasted much longer than I thought it would (so little is needed to effectively remove makeup) – I’ve been using it for months nightly. The mask I use as needed (about once a week) and it’ll last a long time too.
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