I remember when I first decided I was going to set up a natural beauty blog. It had been on my mind for a while so I’d started tearing out ads for natural products from magazines and bookmarking things online that I thought I might want to review. The first thing I tore out to save was an ad for Trilogy Face Care cream cleanser. Funnily enough, eighteen months later I never got around to purchasing it. But when I was offered the chance to try some products by the folks at Apostle I spotted this and decided it was about time I tried it!
I’ve been using this cleanser for a couple of months now so have given it a good and long trial. And the verdict? It’s a great cleanser. I wouldn’t say it’s the best cleanser I’ve ever used but I do like it a lot. The consistency is a light cream which is dispensed from a pump at the top of a brown glass bottle. It effectively removes makeup, including eye makeup, and dirt quickly and thoroughly, without stinging or irritating, although I find I need two or three pumps at least to clean my skin completely. I use this as I do most cream cleansers – apply to dry or damp skin, massage in, and use a warm, damp muslin cloth to remove. My skin is always left feeling completely clean and soft. What I love about this, and other cream cleansers, is that you’re never left with tight or dry skin after rinsing.
Trilogy cream cleanser contains some lovely ingredients too: organic rosehip oil, evening primrose oil, almond, carrot seed and jojoba oils, aloe vera leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract (which I happen to take as a supplement if I’m ill or coming down with something as it’s antibacterial and helps support the immune system) amongst many more. There aren’t any nasties in here either such as parabens and it smells very pleasant. See the full ingredients below.
Aqua (Purified Spring Water), Glycerin, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Wheat Straw Glycosides & Cetearyl Al, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Oil, , citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) flower, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, *Components of Natural Essential Oils
The one thing I don’t really like about this cleanser is the packaging. Visually it’s fine but the glass bottle has its drawbacks. For one, it’s not good for travel and I also feel nervous about keeping it on my bathroom sink in case I send it flying and shattering onto the floor or bathtub (as I did not long ago with a Neal’s Yard glass bottle, sadly). It’s also difficult to get the bottom bit of the product out of the bottle as it stops pumping effectively as you get about four-fifth’s of the way down and since you can’t squeeze it out, it’s a bit stuck. But glass is better for the environment and for protecting the product so it’s a toss up of priorities really.
All in all, I’ve enjoyed using this cleanser. It comes as a close competitor to my other favourite cream cleansers – Liz Earle, Green People and Pai Skincare – although the packaging does let it down slightly and in terms of overall performance the others also just have the edge. Nevertheless there’s no doubt it’s a good product that cleanses thoroughly yet gently and would be suitable for all skin types.
Trilogy cream cleanser costs £22.50 for a 200ml bottle, available online at Apostle. If used once a day as I do it should last between 2 and 3 months.