Our friends at Odacite graciously sent us their new Black Mint Cleanser. We both had time to test it with our different skin types. Here are our thoughts:
Anna Marie: I wasn’t so sure what to expect from a clay foaming cleanser, but this is actually quite lovely. Odacite is a brand by Valerie Grandury that fuses “french luxurious skincare with green California living.” I can definitely see this in this cleanser. I was surprised how well the pump works given that it has clay in it (make sure to shake it first!). It’s a bit runny, but does foam up. The minty-ness isn’t subtle….it’s definitely a wake-me-up scent, which I love.
On my pH testing, it comes in between 5.7-6, but wasn’t too drying on my skin–but I can see how it can be disruptive to my very sensitive skin barrier with prolonged use. The description says it’s good for those with oily, combination, and normal skin. I would definitely agree with this, especially with its ingredients of rhassoul clay and tea tree leaf oil.
So where would I see myself using this? On those mornings when I need a quick wake me up (this mint is no joke!). This would work as an AM cleanse or second cleanse in the summer months. I would happily take this on warm weather beach vacations–I think it would be perfect for taking the sea salt and sand off!
Hilarie: as someone with combo-oily skin, the description of this cleanser seemed right up my ally. I tested for a week and used both as my morning cleanse and second cleanse in the evening. I adore the scent! It is fresh and definitely a “pick me up.” The tingling once rinsed was also lovely. The consistency of the product is very nice. Runny at first, but lathers quickly. It worked well on both wet and dry skin.
Face felt clean, but not stripped (at first). After a few days of using twice daily, my skin started to dry out. I’m usually very balanced, but after three days, my skin just felt off. So, how would I use this? I would not use daily, but maybe 3x weekly. I am excited to go back to this in the summer. I could see the potency of this cleanser being a huge help to my skin at that time.