One of the most popular and raved-about products by Apivita (certainly within the Greek beauty community) is undoubtedly the Creamy Face & Eye Foam Cleanser With Olive & Lavender.
I'll admit, I was very curious for quite some time to try this cleanser and see for myself what all the fuss was about! But, more on that, later!
First things first: the consistency! As the name suggests, this is a creamy liquid (a.k.a fairly runny) cleanser, that lathers up nicely to a more than adequate foam. Now, as many of you know, I double cleanse, meaning I use an oil-based cleanser first to dilute and remove the daily slap, before I proceed with a "foam type" one, so I can't really say how well this works as a makeup remover on its own (nor would I advise it if you wear spf and foundation on a daily basis). That said, I was really satisfied by its ability to remove any remaining traces of makeup and that it left my skin clean and soft afterwards, without depleting it from its moisture (whatever levels of moisture my dry skin can hold, that is).
That, unfortunately is where the rave part ends for me, which is surprising, as this has been recommended by many as a very gentle cleanser! Now, they were not wrong per se: this is not a bad or harsh cleanser by any means, in fact the formula contains no SLS's, mineral oil, silicones, or propylene glycol, and as far as my understanding of skincare ingredients goes, its cleansing agents are naturally derived, but, still, I wouldn't exactly recommend this to those with dry/mature/sensitive skintypes (and I'm willing to bet that the majority of those who really enjoyed this, have, in fact combination skin).
Allow me to elaborate:
As you can tell, among the ingredients listed, you'll find potassium hydroxide [a.k.a. lye (αλισίβα)], on top of a couple of parabens, and fragrance, the use of which in skincare I never really understood. What puzzles me even more, is that this cleanser smells nothing like olive or lavender: it has a very strong citrus-like scent, the strongest I've come across in a cleanser and which initially put me off for a while for fear it would be too harsh (thankfully, though, it wasn't).
Bottom line: this is a good cleanser, but if your skin is not the most tolerant, you may wish to consider something else. It won't make your skin feel tight like an SLS based cleanser will, but it won't soothe or add moisture to your skin either. Personally speaking, I will use this up, but I'll still keep an eye out until that HG one comes along!
Have you used this cleanser, and if so, what was your experience with it?