The first thing you should know about me is that I am an erratic and disloyal cleanser user. My nightly routine consists of fractionated coconut oil – the less greasy, nearly odorless cousin of regular coconut oil – applied to damp skin followed by steaming hot water. If I’m feeling extra fancy, I’ll follow with a homemade honey mask for a moisture boost before applying my favorite daytime or nighttime facial oil.
I’ve tried so many non-oil-based cleansers on the market and the results have ranged from inoffensive but lacking oomph, to total sensitive-skin nightmares. The last cleanser I used was a disaster. Though it was advertised as gentle and perfect for dry skin, it left me with stinging red eyes and skin that dried up like the ground in one of those car commercials they shoot out in the desert. I used up the bottle purely out of spite.
Enter the Tamborine Cleanser by YURRKU. I was wary of trying yet another over-lauded face soap, but I’m a sucker for all things Australian and I wanted to give it a chance. The tube itself is plain white with green writing and no other adornment. The minimalist packaging reflects the back-to-basics ethos of YURRKU, featuring Aboriginal ingredients most of us have never heard of before like wild rosella, kakadu plum, and kangaroo apple – all sustainably harvested.
Named after Tamborine Mountain in Queensland, the new cleanser arrived in a recyclable box covered in cheerful green illustrations of three key ingredients: caviar lime, desert lime, and lemon aspen. Tamborine Cleanser relies on fruit acids to gently exfoliate the skin and Vitamin C to lighten dark spots and smooth the complexion.
Citrus scented products can sometimes be overpowering, but Tamborine Cleanser smells just heavenly, like freshly grated lime zest. A dime-sized squeeze is all you need for your entire face and neck. I can tell that the tube will last forever. The clear gel foams up nicely and (bonus!) when some of it dripped into my eyes during an impatient rinse there was no stinging at all. Afterwards, my skin felt soft and clean and not at all stripped. It was even gentle enough for me to use twice a day.
By the end of my nearly three week test, my skin was brighter, more even, and a few bothersome acne scars on my forehead had noticeably faded. Though Tamborine Cleanser isn’t the cheapest option out there, I’ll definitely be stocking up once my current stash is gone. It’s worth paying a little extra for a cleanser that actually works, with the added perks of supporting an ethical company that refuses to test on animals or use nasty petrochemicals.