Because why not?

Saturday Sample.

22 January 2014
There is a little back story behind this sample, in December I received this. Now it turns out that my skin reacted badly to it and on some advice of a lovely AlphaH rep I stopped using it and passed it on to my mum. Now the lovely AlphaH rep not only gave me some good advice but she sent me a little package of skincare samples and amongst them was the AlphaH Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera.

This product is "A gentle creamy lotion which removes all traces of face and eye makeup while balancing the skin". 
AlphaH claim "A creamy three-in-one cleanser rich in Vitamin E and Aloe Vera which completely removes all face and eye make-up whilst helping to correct the skin’s natural pH balance: Effectively replacing the need for an eye make-up remover, face wash and toner. For all skin types."

The consistency of the product is a medium thick cream, the directions say to apply to damp skin which does work best, I've tried applying to dry skin because I'm a rebel like that but really damp skin works best.

I find it does a pretty decent job of removing makeup but a double cleanse is still necessary, it's not harsh enough to strip everything in one go, especially water resistant/proof makeup. Don't let me mislead you here, it certainly does a good job at removing makeup and it does it gently while leaving your skin feeling hydrated but I still think a double cleanse is crucial and if I'm wearing waterproof mascara, which is quite rare for me I find I do have to help the product along with a little massage to get it all off. I've been using this with a konjac sponge and the results are really nice but it can also be removed by rinsing with water or even better, a warm face washer.

The scent of the product is only describable as 'face cream smell'. I'm sorry, I know that's a crap description but it is the only thing my brain tells me when I smell it.

This product is going to suit people with dry, normal, mature or sensitive skin, if you're oily or some sort of combination of any of these skin types this will totally suit you too, since it's a perfect pre-cleanse product you can follow up with something a little 'harsher' I suppose (foaming things for those who love them). This product does not contain Alpha-Hydroxy Acid so it's great if your skin and that product don't get along or you just don't feel like you need it yet.

Now I'm going to be honest and tell you that there are some claims that I don't agree with and of course, this is just from my personal experience. I do not think this replaces a face wash and toner. I think it removes makeup quite well, it can be used a second time to remove any leftover makeup and for your final cleanse but it does not replace a toner, I strongly feel that a toner is still necessary depending on what your skin needs that day. I believe it can be a makeup remover and face wash in one, but it should still be used twice. I don't want to put any advice out there that I wouldn't use myself or give to a close loved one.

So, the big one: Would I buy it?
The sample I received was 5ml and I got 3 makeup removal cleanses with it (not double cleanses), the full size is 200ml so doing the math I would expect to get approximately 120 uses out of a bottle. At $42AUD a bottle that works out to approximately 35cents a wash and 4 months of use if used just once a day.
The value side of it works out ok in my books, the quality of the cleanser is really nice and I feel like I'm doing my skin a favor by using it.
So yes, I would totes buy this because it's good shit!

Have a favourite AlphaH product? Let me know what it is in the comments below!

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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