Out now: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Facial Makeup Remover Lotion

Is it just me, or is the name of this product EXCESSIVELY long?

Anyhoo, let me tell you about it. Ever heard of the concept of double cleansing? As in washing your face not once, but TWICE? Yeah, I know that doesn’t sound radical at all, but I swear that when Dermalogica first introduced this concept—via a product you may be familiar with, called PreCleanse—beauty editors across the nation (okay, we’re all in Toronto) gasped in shock.

“You mean if I only wash my face once, it’s not actually CLEAN? And that I’m actually leaving dirt, sunscreen, makeup and sebum on my face?”

YES. It’s true. Oh, the horrors.

Now, some people don’t like the idea of putting all that oil on their face (PreCleanse, among others, is an oil, requiring emulsification with water). So may I present to you an alternative? I’ve been using The Product Whose Name is Too Long for a few weeks now as my initial cleansing step (I follow it up with Kiehl’s Acai Damage-Minimizing Cleanser for good measure) and I’m enjoying its creamy, gentle, easy-to-rinse-off texture.

Like my other favourite Physicians Formula product, it contains organic lavender essential oil and is free of all the baddies: mineral oil (a BIG one if you’re trying to get clean—duh!), sulfates, parabens and synthetic preservatives, colours and fragrances.

Priced at $15.79 each and available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.


Sunday, November 1/2009 at 12:03 am

I’m so glad that you posted about this product. I saw it at Shoppers and was tempted to give it a try. I’m using Ultrabland from Lush as a makeup remover/precleanse. It is an oil based product and Lush uses parabens, as well as ‘safe synthetics’. Those points made me think of finding an alternative product, especially since I think it’s contributing to some whiteheads I have on my face that don’t seem to want to disappear. :(


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 1/2009 at 10:51 am

Hi Melissa! Yes I’ve tried Ultrabland too (I know some people rave about it). As for the whiteheads, to be honest I’m not sure that this Physicians Formula product would make a difference either way – it’s still quite creamy. I’m just wondering if the whiteheads might be caused by your cleanser not getting everything off at the end…? If you are looking for something more natural I highly recommend one of these foam-based ones – I’ve used all three and love them equally:
Kiehl’s Acai Damage-Minimizing Cleanser
Consonant Body Organic Foaming Face Wash (see consonantbody.com)
Aveda Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser

Otherwise, you might consider some sort of toner or weekly peel to gently exfoliate and prevent clogged pores. Juice Bauty’s Green Apple Peel is good (and natural) and they also make a Blemish Clearing serum that might help – it’s quite mild.
Good luck and let me know how you get on! :-)


Thursday, October 17/2013 at 8:14 am

Mineral oil does not clog pores. It has a comedogenic score of ZERO.


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