In general, writing about products that I regret buying doesn’t really appeal to me. I accept that even the best companies can release an item that either doesn’t work for me, or just isn’t up to par and for the most part I’d rather promote the best than focus on the negatives.
However, this is one exception and I hope you will understand why as I explain.
If you’ve read my previous posts, you are probably aware that one of my favourite brands ever is Essence Cosmetics. This company is (usually) cruelty-free and ridiculously cost-effective and with this one exception, I’ve found their products to be of excellent quality. When I saw that they were releasing a skincare line, I was bowled over with excitement and eager to try it out. My experience with the product itself, and particularly it’s complete lack of eco-friendliness has been awful from start to finish.
This product, the 4-in-1 cleansing cream from their MySkin line, claims to act as a cleansing cream that deeply cleans using exfoliating particles and moisturises to boot. It also boasts of having two uses – a mask that you can leave on for several minutes a few times per week, and a daily cleanser.
To start with the quality of the product itself (which I would have overlooked had the rest not been so bad) – it’s useless. In fact, the burning sensation of the product is enough to make it impossible to leave on for several minutes and I resorted to using it in the shower for quick removal. My skin is not overly sensitive, so I dread to think the havoc it could wreak if you are prone to eczema or psoriasis. Beyond that, it didn’t actually do anything. It didn’t clear my pores or lessen their appearance, it just stung like a beast and made it utterly unappealing. I looked up other reviews, and this seems to be a common complaint. The fragrance is also extremely artificial and doesn’t have a clean, fresh aroma.
Now to the real reasons I hate this product so much, and not only regret buying it but have written to the company expressing my immense disappointment and desire to see it completely removed from the shelves (I have yet to receive any response over 2 months later)… It is completely hazardous to the environment AND you.
Stupidly, when purchasing this several months ago, I did not read the ingredients list. Instead of using natural exfoliates (nut shells, sugar etc.), as many do, this product uses plastic micro-beads (I have a full post about this issue here). These micro-beads are absolutely detrimental to our oceans, water supplies and marine life. They are so tiny in fact, that having being flushed down our sinks and showers, that they are slipping through water filters and ending up in our drinking water, costing billions to environmental agencies and governments annually. Needless to say, marine life are also ingesting these beads, causing painful deaths and starvation. We then eat these fish and get these plastic beads into our systems – does this sound horrific? It should. You are eating plastic. In fact, this is such a big issue that companies are now pledging against using it in the future. Any exfoliators/cosmetics that list polyethylene as an ingredient have these plastic microbeads, so keep an eye out.
Is that enough to put you off this product? How about the fact that it contains three types of paraben. Parabens are put into cosmetics as a chemical preservative, but their detrimental health side-effects have been so frequently documented that many products are now removing them entirely (it’s usually highlighted on the packaging – that’s how important it is for sales). Parabens (usually listed as the suffix to a word like methyl / propo etc.) have been linked with a range of diseases including breast cancers, testicular cancers, hormonal imbalances, skin issues. I’m going to do a full post on this topic, as it’s too important to just slot into another one, but if you’re interested in learning more here’s a brief link.
In conclusion, while I love the majority of Essence Cosmetics, I not only regret buying this product, but advise against purchasing anything with the above mentioned ingredients. As for disposing of this particular item, I won’t be using it again so I will have to find the best way to get rid of it without flushing it away.
Have you tried this product? What is your biggest product regret and why?
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