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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Neutrogena Naturals

Hello there friendly people!  :-h   I would like to firstly apologise and I hope you will excuse me for not being around at all last month.  #-o   My excuse is that I was up to my eyeballs with things happening, to the point where I was just so busy that I didn’t get enough free ‘Me’ time to catch up with my blog.  [-X   So, after the neglecting, it’s now time to add some of the backlog I’ve built up over the past few months….(so many reviews that I’ve completed yet, still need to be posted that it’s not funny   :-"  )   :-w  Well, embarrassingly for me,  :">  even after blogging for all this time now, I’ve still not developed an easy way of uploading and arranging the layout of each post and it takes me literally aaaagggeesss just to get one published, oops!!   :-<  So, hoping my loyal followers will be able to dig these random ‘whenever’ postings and have the patience to bear with me when I go AWOL:-t

Ahh well enough of that, it’s not my intention to chew your ears off   :-@   about my personal blues.  Anyway,  I’m here now and I’m about to introduce you all to a few products that I was offered to try out from a newly released skin care collection that hails from a very well-known personal care company.  The products in this post were sent to me for consideration by Sarah at Platinum Media & Communications Pty Ltd.   B-)

Neutrogena have jumped upon the more natural skin care bandwagon with their latest ‘Naturals’ range, which features a line-up of products that are infused with plant based botanicals, minerals and vitamins and are free of the nasties such as parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, and phthalates.  The sustainable packaging is even greener, made up with post-consumer recycled materials that they claim is the most responsibly produced packaging in the world.  The products are definitely not 100% natural but I like that they are not trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes either; honestly disclosing the naturally derived percentage of each product.  Well I personally agree that being mostly natural is all about being kinder to the skin, so that has to be a plus.  =D>  Apparently the products do contain synthetic fragrances, so once again, I appreciate their honesty and think it’s a good thing to let people know what they are getting and as a warning to those who may be sensitive to that sort of thing.  The natural approach is said to focus on skin health and boosting resilience by supporting the skin’s natural functions, with replenishment and detoxification to help deliver healthy-looking skin.  :D

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser 

($14.99 per 177ml)
Made with 90% naturally derived ingredients, the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser is rich in Willowbark bionutrients, which is a natural form of Salicylic Acid, as well as Vitamins, designed to penetrate deep down, detoxifying the pores and removing impurities to ensure fresher, cleaner skin.

It comes in a stubby, compact translucent plastic bottle with a pump-action dispenser.  The design is simple and fuss-free, reflective of the greener, more natural direction of the range.  The label on the back of the packaging is also very informative with a list of all the included ingredients, along with their source.

The clear, gel-based liquid cleanser is of a medium consistency and has a fresh, sweet, apple-like fragrance that I find clearly plastic-y and artificial and far too strong for my personal taste, however I’m sure the fruity aroma would be appealing to certain folks who appreciate sweet ambrosial smells.  The scent, whilst initially a bit pungent, definitely disappears completely after cleansing, which is a relief.  #:-S   I only need one pump to adequately wash my whole face and neck and once the gel mixes with water, it lathers up into a rich, creamy foam that effectively provides a deep down cleanse, removing all traces of dirt, grime, surface oils and most of my makeup.  It rinses off with warm or even cold water, leaving my skin super clean and instantly refreshed.  <:-P

Over time, I have noticed that because this cleanser does such a good job of washing my skin, it’s sometimes feels a somewhat taut and on the dry side, so it’s important that I use a replenishing moisturiser to rehydrate after cleansing.  :)>-  I have oily, sometimes sensitive skin and have not suffered any adverse reactions from using this cleanser.  The gentle formulation is non-irritating to me, although the scent could be bothersome or may trigger sensitivity issues for anyone who can’t tolerate overpowering fragrances,  :-S   nevertheless I didn’t have any worries myself.  Based on my own experience, I’ve found it’s a great cleanser, especially for using during the hotter months here in FNQ, when the humidity can sometimes take its toll on my skin and make it excessively oily during the day.  Since using this cleanser, I’ve been pleased that it helps combat any greasy build-up and keeps my pores looking clear and blemish free.  ;;)

The Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser makes a great all-purpose, budget priced cleanser for both males and females of all ages.  It’s perfect for anyone who prefers more natural ingredients in their skin care, but can’t afford the expense of high-end brands.  I wouldn’t recommend it so much for those with dry complexions as it may not by moisturising enough, therefore suggest it would be better suited for normal, combination or oily skin types.  ;)

Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover 

($14.99 per 177ml)
Made with 86% naturally derived ingredients, the Neutrogena Fresh Cleaning + Makeup Remover is rich in Peruvian Tara Seed bionutrients, as well as Vitamins and Complex sugars, designed to boost moisture and prevent dehydration, while strengthening the skins natural barriers.  The dual-action formula removes makeup and cleans the skin in one easy step to produce softer, cleaner skin.

Like the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser, it comes in a stubby, compact translucent plastic bottle with a user-friendly pump-action dispenser.  The design is simple and fuss-free, reflective of the greener, more natural direction of the range.  The label on the back of the packaging is also very informative with a list of all the included ingredients, along with their source.

The light, creamy, gel-like solution is pearlescent in colour and reminds me of a shampoo.  It’s heavily scented with a fresh, sweet, apple-like fragrance that I personally find too overbearing; however people that like really fruity perfumed products will probably be thrilled.  Unlike most makeup removers, this one is used just like a cleanser and one pump provides enough gel to wash my whole face and neck.  It gently lathers and melts away my makeup, although it doesn’t quite cut through my heavy eye makeup and despite claiming to be suitable for the eye contour, I find it stings slightly and is rather uncomfortable,  :-O   so I prefer to do that area separately.  With that in mind, I wouldn’t recommend it to those with really sensitive eyes or for use specifically as an eye makeup remover.  The cleanser rinses off easily and doesn’t dry out my skin or create any greasy surface residue; instead my face feels soft, supple and for the most part clean.  :)

I think the Neutrogena Fresh Cleaning + Makeup Remover is ideal ‘go-to’ product for when I’m in a hurry and want a quick wash to get rid of my daily makeup, yet can’t be bothered going to the trouble of completing a two step process.  I-)  That said, because it doesn’t work ‘wonders’ on my eye makeup and it doesn’t feel like my skin is thoroughly clean, like the regular cleanser does, hence it’s not going to be my first choice to use on a regular basis.  Whilst it’s a bit irritating to my eyes, it doesn’t upset my skin at all; therefore I imagine its gentle enough for most skin types.  It’s a neat, time saving, cleanser combination makeup remover that is kind on the wallet and a handy option for folks who don’t wear a lot of makeup and want a fast, super convenient cleansing solution -  worthwhile to have on hand!   

Tip -  *-:)  It can also be used to clean makeup brushes without damaging them..

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub 

($14.99 per 118ml)  
Made with 94% naturally derived ingredients, the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub is rich in Willowbark bionutrients, which is a natural form of Salicylic Acid, as well as Vitamins and Jojoba, designed to slough away dead, dulling skin cells and clear congested pores to deliver smoother, fresher, cleaner skin. It’s gentle enough for daily use and even suitable for acne prone skin.

It’s presented in an easy-to-use, plastic, squeezable tube with a flip top lid and a design that is simple and fuss-free, reflective of the greener, more natural direction of the range.  The label on the back of the packaging is also very informative with a list of all the included ingredients, along with their source.

The scrub features a translucent gel-based, liquid formula has fairly watery consistency and for that reason, it needs to be shaken really well before dispensing.  The fluid contains tiny granules, which work to physically exfoliate the skin.  The fragrance is similar to the two cleansers I’ve tried in this range, with a slightly overwhelming, sweet apple scent that I find noticeably artificial, but thankfully it doesn’t linger once applied.  #:-S   It foams gradually upon contact with water and then melts into my skin as the beads go to work on the surface, gently removing the old cells, without rubbing my skin until it becomes angry and red raw.  Instead, it provides a deep-pore cleanse that washes off easily, revealing a new complexion that is smooth and supple, taking on a fresh, healthy glow.  \:D/

I usually always avoid manual scrubs, because the scrubbing action generally aggravates the areas of my skin that are quite fragile.  :(  I was impressed with this scrub though, as the actual exfoliating beads appeared smooth and polished off around all the edges, making them completely non-abrasive.  Due to not being rough, they didn’t scratch or aggravate my skin at all.  :D   The delicate areas that are around my nose and inner cheeks, still experienced a bit of mild redness after each application and while it isn’t extreme, that is exactly what happens to me when I manually exfoliate in those spots.  ~X(  Now, when using this product, I simply avoid that area and concentrate on the rest of my face, which is more tolerant and doesn’t become dried out or irritated by scrubbing.  ;)

This is a very decently priced facial scrub for those who love the feel of an exfoliator that physically renews their skin and prompts a thorough but gentle, deep-down clean that you can really feel.  The Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub is suitable for both girls and guys of all ages and all skin types, particularly as it’s so affordable and readily available at leading supermarkets, variety stores and pharmacies Australia-wide.  I consider it to be a worthy little investment that will help to brighten up the dullest complexion and keep it looking constantly clear and radiant.  :-*

Have you tried this new range yet?  :-/  Which of these three products do you think is most appealing?  :-?  Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.  Cheers heaps for that! xx oo

All images in this post are generic.


  1. Thanks for reviewing these products. I saw them in store and was quite interested. It's a shame about the strong perfumes. I do like green apple scent but prefer no perfumes in my skin care. I don't like the sound of the cleanser doing too much of a good job either. I've ditched so many of my cleansers because they were too rough on my skin and left my skin feeling tight.I don't want to go through that again. I'm enjoying the Simplicite cleansing gel for oily skin right now. It's very gentle.

    Overall the scrub looks the most interesting and I'd probably try it minus that apple perfume.

    Thanks for the reviews!! :)

    1. Thanks heaps Blackmagic, as I said the scent may appeal to you, it's not too overbearing, but I agree, these days when it comes to my facial skin care products, I just as soon have no scent than risk sensitivity issues caused by too much fragrance! The Simplicite range is lovely isn't it, very hard to match a product that you find so impressive. I appreciate your comments as always xx oo

  2. Hi Mel, looks like we were all sent the new Neutrogena Naturals range. I really do love the range (and actually like the apple scent haha). It is so nice to see affordable beauty brands taking a responsible approach to consumer's best interests. Amazing work as always xx.
    Tammerly @ Spoilt

    1. Yes I think this range has done it's rounds of the blogosphere, hehe. I knew the sweet scent would appeal to certain tastes, glad that you are liking it and I agree there needs to be more brands getting on board the more natural bandwagon, which don't cost the earth :-)


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