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Organique Cosmetics is pioneering the Polish market of natural cosmetics and skin care products. The company is in existence for more than 17 years, and focuses on producing high quality cosmetics from hand-picked raw materials, with no strong and aggressive preservatives, nor washing and foaming agents which may cause irritation, dryness and even allergies. They offer a wide range of SPA-level products for face, body and hair. The company is cruelty-free, and over 50 of the products are vegetarian and/or vegan.

You may already know that I have dry combination skin, and fight with dry, scaly skin on my cheeks and congested pores on my nose all the time. To combat these two problems, I use both scrubs and acid peels on my face, but I prefer peels, because they tend not to damage the gentle facial skin like some scrubs can. I’ve tried different types of acid peels, including pads, moisturizers with acids, peel gels and peel masks. In general, they all work for me, some faster some slower, depending on the acid concentration. One thing I am careful about is the strength – I prefer lower acid concentrations over a longer period, because that way I get long-term results without any irritation. However, when I have a particularly bad dry area, or I know I am attending an event and need my face to be in prime condition, I reach for stronger acids to get immediate results. This being said, you can understand why I never have enough peels in my cosmetics cabinet. Imagine my joy when I received a full sized Organique Basic Cleaner Enzymatic Peeling.

After using various different peelings, I was surprised to try one with a unique formulation that I didn’t encounter before. Organique combines papaya and pineapple enzymes, a low concentration of AHA (fruit acids) and kaolin clay in a masque that gently polishes skin while the clay draws the impurities out of it. The formula is called “Safe”, meaning it doesn’t contain any parabens, PEG-S, paraffin oils, silicones, ethanolamines, SLES-SLS-ALS, formaldehyde donors, or petrolatum. This product is vegan.

Ingredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Brassica Campestris Oleifera Oil, Talc, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Mannitol, Papain, Bromelain, Glycolic Acid, Spent Grain Wax, Isomerized Linoleic Acid, Behenic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Propylene Glycol, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Parfum, 2-(4-Tert-Butylbenzyl)Propionaldehyde (Lilial), Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Isoeugenol, Citral.

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This peeling is basically a clay mask with added acids (and other ingredients), which is ingenious. It comes sealed, and has a very light fruit scent, almost unnoticeable, so it would be suitable even for those with scent sensitivities. The mask looks grayish white and has a thick clay/mud mask consistency. It takes only 10 minutes of your time, but requires full attention. First you apply a thin layer on clean skin, leave for about 5 minutes, then dampen your hands and massage your face for another 5 minutes. The added water will activate the Papain and Bromelain enzymes. This is the point when I start to feel some tingling. It’s never strong, but I can definitely feel it, and my skin is used to acids.

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When first applied, the mask feels cooling. Once I start massaging it, I don’t feel any scrubbing, just the skin’s texture under my fingers as it’s gently peeling and retexturizing. I find the whole process of massaging my face very relaxing, and it feels like I’m in a luxurious spa. I’m really enjoying using this mask.

Once I wash off the mask, my skin looks slightly pink, but glowing, and ALL the dead skin is gone, even the deeper dry patches. Because of the reaction I get every time, which is really not that bad, I’d say this is medium strength peeling. If you have sensitive skin or if you’re just using acid and enzyme peels for the first time, I’d recommend you do a patch test before using the mask. I also recommend you use this mask in the evening, at least for the first time, so that your skin has time to calm down. I use an overnight hydrating mask afterwards, and wake up with perfect skin, a perfect canvas for makeup application.

The addition of kaolin clay to the mask works well for me, and it cleared some of my pores even on the first use. I am hoping that with regular use it will help keep my pores under control.

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I must say I’m really pleased with this mask. It doesn’t take too much time, the whole experience is very relaxing, and the results are immediate and visible. Plus, it doubles as a peeling and clay mask. I only need a small amount for each use, so the size is great, and it will last me a couple of months, used weekly. The added benefit of natural ingredients is not something to overlook, either.

A word of warning: PLEASE use sunscreen whenever you use acids peels, for at least 7 days after the treatment (although you should really be using sunscreen all the time anyways). Acids can increase photo-sensitivity of the skin, which means it is more sensitive to burns. There are so many wonderful sunscreen formulations out there, there is really no excuse not to use it.

Organique Basic Cleaner Enzymatic Peeling can be purchased from their website, and retails for $48 CAD/ 100 ml. As I already mentioned, this size is very generous, and it will last me for a few months with regular use. The results are definitely worth the price tag.

Do you use acid and enzyme peels? Which one is your favorite? What do you think about the addition of kaolin clay to this mask?

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