L’Oreal Pure Clay Clay-to-Mousse Cleansers come in three varieties: Charcoal to detox and brighten, Red Algae to exfoliate and refine, and Eucalyptus to purify and mattify. As I have oily skin, and I don’t like menthol or eucalyptus in my facial products, I chose to get a tube of the charcoal one.
Now, I wouldn’t really describe this product as clay-to-mousse, as the black face wash inside the mint green 130ml flip top plastic tube definitely has the fluid consistency of a gel and not the thick toothpaste-like consistency that you’d expect from clay. When mixed with a little water, the gel cleanser converts into a frothy foam lather and not a mousse, so I’d describe this cleanser as gel-to-foam and not clay-to-mousse as they falsely advertise.
Each of these cleansers contain three different pure clays to remove dirt, oil and impurities, without over-drying the skin. Kaolin is an effective natural clay that is known to absorb impurities and excess sebum (oil), Montmorillonite is rich in minerals and is recognized for helping to eliminate imperfections, Ghassoul is highly concentrated in minerals and is renowned for clarifying the complexion, while Charcoal acts like a magnet to attract and draw out impurities from deep within pores.
The dark grey charcoal cleanser foams up really well when mixed with a little bit of water, and a little does go a long way with this product. I find it works best for me if I wet my hands, then put a very small amount of the gel onto my palm (about a small pea size), then rub my hands together to create a nice frothy light grey lather, before applying it to my face. This cleanser easily removes any make-up residue left over from pre-cleansing make-up removal, and leaves my skin feeling deeply cleansed without any dry or tight feeling.
I’d recommend L’Oreal Pure Clay Charcoal Cleanser if you have oily skin, and I’ll definitely be purchasing more of this, although I’m keen to try the exfoliating and refining Red Algae Clay Cleanser from this range as well.