We are so in love with our intensely nourishing superstars, Bakuchiol Facial Serum and Replenishing Kakadu Facial Oil, and have been absolutely bursting to bring you beautiful, effective Facial Cleansing products to add to your skin care routine... but good things take time!
And wow - what a journey this has been. We have been testing and tweaking and trialling two new cleansing options for a year as our development team rejected formulation after formulation as just not quiiiite good enough!
Ingredient selection has been key, and we've prioritised some more expensive ingredients because the results are just SO beautiful. Now we can finally introduce our new collection of cleansing vegan skin care.
Kūmarahou + Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar
Our hydrating Kūmarahou + Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar is made with soothing native plants, Kūmarahou and Kawakawa. We balanced traditional wisdom with modern innovation to create this lovely cleansing bar which creates a creamy, pH balanced cleansing milk to effectively purify and deep clean, while being kind to your delicate skin barrier and gentle on sensitive skin.
Unlike soap, this bar is made with a combination of gentle cleansing agents and an innovative secondary cleaner that is powerfully effective on contaminants, but soft on skin.
Hydrating, moisturising cocoa and shea butters nourish the skin and help create a creamy, milky lather. Lightweight skin-calming macadamia oil works alongside kūmarahou & Kawakawa oils which all have anti-inflammatory properties, and natural vanilla leaves a gentle fragrance.
Our launch edition is packaged in a handy travel tin, and each bar will last 2-3 months, depending on how often it is used and provided it is stored dry between uses... That works out to around 80 cleansing face washes per bar.
Gentle Oil Cleanser & Makeup Remover
Oil cleansers are the gentlest way to cleanse skin, quickly melting away build up and contaminants - and this method has been used since Cleopatra was Queen of Egypt! Our Gentle Oil Cleanser is a star at removing make up and sunscreen without the need to scrub and rub, leaving the skin dewy and refreshed.
Oil cleansing works on the principle that like dissolves like with the oil helping to dissolve trapped sebum (the natural oil produced by the skin) in pores without causing irritation.
The Frankie Gentle Oil Cleanser includes a selection of oils handpicked for their fatty acid profile, anti-inflammatory properties and moisturizing effect on the skin.
Kawakawa Cleansing Bar
Our Kawakawa Cleansing Bar is perfect for both face and body - and baby! Kawakawa has been used for generations to calm and soothe dry, itchy, irritated skin and skin prone to eczema, and the added Kawakawa Chlorophyll also supports skin repair due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Tips for the perfect natural Facial Cleansing routine
Double Cleanse for extra purification
If you want to really indulge your skin, you can double-cleansing with the Gentle Oil Cleanser (ideal for removing make up, sweat, sunscreen) and then use the Kūmarahou + Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar. This two-step process will leave your skin ultra-purified and ready to absorb your facial oil or serum.
First use the oil cleanser to remove make up, sunscreen or residues. Apply to dry skin, massage, and wipe off the excess with a freshly chosen warm facecloth. Gently pat clean around the eyes and dry skin with a very clean and dry towel. Follow with the Kūmarahou + Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar.
Be fussy about what you put on your face
Don't re-use your face cloths more than once or twice without washing. If you plan to re-use, make sure to squeeze thoroughly dry and hang flat so the cloth can dry quickly without allowing bacteria to grow. Always choose a fresh clean towel to dry your face - and during the day, try to avoid touching your face as your hands may transfer environmental contaminants to your skin.
Which facial cleansing products are best for me?
We have several options in the range now and here's a summary of how and when to use them.
|Kūmarahou + Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar||Kawakawa Cleansing Bar with Kawakawa Chlorophyll||Gentle Oil Cleanser & Makeup Remover|
A gently foaming cleansing bar with dual action cleansing.
Perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Moderate hydration with cocoa and shea butters and light macadamia oil.
This bar offers a deep clean and maximises the anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of Chlorophyll.
Excellent for acne-prone or blemish prone skin and sensitive skin.
Least hydrating cleanser in the range.
Effortlessly and gently removes makeup and sunscreen. Free from emulsifiers and soaping agents.
Suitable for all skin types.
Most hydrating cleanser in the Frankie range.
Facial Cleansers for sensitive skin
The Kūmarahou + Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar has been formulated to be gentle and kind to your skin. With a pH of 5.5 it works with the skin's natural acid/alkali balance so it won't strip your skin of natural oils.
Our Gentle Oil Cleanser and the Kawakawa Cleansing Bar with Kawakawa Chlorophyll are also gentle and suitable for sensitive skin.
As with any new product, always patch test for 24 hours before use.
Cleansing options for acne prone skin
We've had feedback from customers with acne-prone skin who have found the Kawakawa Cleansing Bar with Kawakawa Chlorophyll helpful. This bar offers a deep cleansing action for face and body and is suited to sensitive skin. Interestingly, chlorophyll has been shown to have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.
Our Gentle Oil Cleanser is also a good option for those with acne. Oil cleansing has been used for centuries and works on the basis that 'like attracts like' with the oil cleanser dissolving oil in the skin and impurities, helping to flush the skin - so oil cleansing is popular for many people with acne-prone skin.
Keep in mind, oil cleansing is quite different from regular cleansers and will help dissolve trapped sebum in the skin. This can cause an initial 'purge' period as clogged pores are cleared and debris is released. This can mean skin gets worse before getting better and this period can last from 2 to 4 days, up to a couple of weeks. This is a normal sign that your skin is restoring its balance.
Again, it's always a good idea to patch test first for 24 hours.
If you have any questions, just get in touch by email now, or via our chat - we're happy to help any way we can.