Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Review: RE:CIPE Slowganic Adlay Cleanser

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I purchased the RE:CIPE Slowganic Adlay cleanser from Tester Korea at the same time as the Rose Petal Cleansing Oil which I reviewed here. I have heard nothing but love for the Slowganic cleanser which has taken on a bit of a cult status due to the unique marshmallow-like texture and PH of 5.5. Personally I don't trust the PH of a cleanser when the marketing department are the people responsible for the claim. Instead I tend to go by this document on the Korean Beauty subreddit which has been collated by real people. Am I saying marketers aren't real people? Damn fucking right I am and I should know; I've been in Marketing all my working life.

When I saw this cleanser was heavily discounted from the quite frankly absurd RRP of 40,000 on Tester Korea I decided it was high time to try it. Having only found reviews of the Lemon and Green Tea options and none for the Adlay which is aimed at dry skin (my skin type in Winter) I did what any sane person would do and immediately ordered the unknown unreviewed quantity. In hindsight that decision was more than questionable...

RE:CIPE Slowganic Adlay Cleanser
Product Description (from Memebox)
RE:CIPE Slowganic Cleanser is your one-step all-in-one skincare and deep cleanser made from 98% natural ingredients. This handmade cleanser effectively removes heavy makeup, accumulated dust and oil, and deep-seated bacteria that clogs the pores. It has an advanced formulation of premium herbal oils that works in perfect synergy to help the skin naturally get rid of impurities while also nourishing the skin layers for a better and healthier skin condition. RE:CIPE Slowganic Cleanser in Adlay is highly recommended for dry and rough skin for it provides a smoother and softer texture. It eliminates dry patches and supplies needed hydration to keep the skin radiant and glowing all day.

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water (68%), Sodium lauroyl glutamate, Glycerol, Trehalose, Betaine, Carbomer, Triethanol amine, Hydrolyzed Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-yuen Seed (0.3%), Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil (0.1%), Macadamia, Stearic Acid, Myristic acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Hydroxide, Origanum Majorana Leaf Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil, Ocimum Basilicum Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Argania spinosa Kernel Oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Water, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Water, Chamomilla Recutita, Aesculus Hippocastanum Extract, Ethanol, Brazil (Bertholetta Excelsa) Nut Oil

At first I thought the clip top jar was super cute but that opinion rapidly nose dived out of the window when it came to using the clip with wet hands and no glasses on. The jar itself comes in a box that's curiously much larger than need be and it also comes with a spatula because in Korea it would seem that nothing is considered more offensive than using your own fingers in your skincare products. Which is strange to me because my hands are always clean when I'm doing my regimen and it's not like I boil then vacuum seal my spatulas every bloody day so my hands are at least as clean as the spatula if not more so.

Texture & Smell
The texture of the Slowganic is really unique, it's kind of like marshmallow that hasn't been sugar coated, very sticky but firm too. The smell of the Adlay isn't awful but for me it isn't pleasant either. It smells almost like sour yoghurt but it's not so obnoxious that I was unable to stomach it which has been the case in the past - looking at you Skinfood.

I used the Slowganic as my only morning cleanser and my second evening cleanser everyday for five days and am sad to say I had to stop using it because my skin really did not respond well. At first I had a couple of blemishes on my chin and by day five I counted eight spots on my chin and a cluster on my right cheek. The slowganic would make my breakouts sting as though I had applied Tesco value vodka although on the up side the stinging took my mind off how much I disliked the odd smell. It created a decent enough lather although nothing to write home about and my skin felt quite taut after toweling off leaving me snatching for my rehydrating toner. As soon as I stopped using the Slowganic my skin began to calm down and new spots stopped forming. After my skin had cleared I tried to introduce the cleanser a second time but again within three days I had new spots spring up around my mouth and on my right cheek. It's worth noting I didn't even try to use it to remove makeup because every review I have read says it's most effective as a second step cleanser ie it doesn't remove makeup for shit.

I really wanted to love this product and am really disappointed that it just wouldn't play nicely with my skin. I'm so glad I didn't pay full RRP, regardless of the breakout I experienced the way it left my skin so thirsty and taught after rinsing I wouldn't have said it was worth anywhere near ₩40,000. I do wonder if my skin would have liked the lemon or the green tea version more but I really don't want to take the chance now, this has reminded me why I stopped using foaming cleansers in the first place!

Where To Buy
After this glowing recommendation I'm sure you're just dying to get your hands on it...
I got mine for ₩18,000 from Tester Korea
It currently retails for $20 from Memebox (NB they only deliver to the US)

Did my skin survive unscathed? No, triggered breakouts
Does it smell good? No, smells like weird yoghurt
Is it worth the RRP of ₩40,000? Holy shitsnacks no
Will I finish the jar? No
Will I replace it once it runs out? No

As always, thanks for reading! Loveyoubyeee xoxo

1 comment:

  1. I have the Lemon version and I actually don't think it is that bad :) But then again I use foam cleansers all the time after my oil cleanser because I hate the feeling of oil on my skin and love to get rid of the greasy feeling afterwards. I guess I am strange that way :)