Cleansers are one of the many things I happily splurge on. There’s something about cleansing your face that’s so satisfying when you have the right one on hands. I had expanded my cleanser wardrobe to such extent that I had to restrain my poor self not to buy any new cleanser – and believe me, the struggle was real. I was delighted – yet sad – when I finished my gigantic tub of Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and my Sarah Chapman Ultimate Cleanse, but that also meant that the Oskia – Renaissance Cleansing Gel would soon be mine. This cleanser has received countless praises from all around the blogosphere and I just had to find out what the fuss is all about. I will tell you this first: It’s hard to compete against my beloved Emma Hardie cleanser – just sayin’ …
The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel does not disappoint packaging-wise, which is quite an achievement already. The packaging is sturdy and comes with a pump which allows you to control the amount of product you need – the most genius thing ever. Product-wise, it’s something very different from what you’ll expect derived from the product’s name. Gels usually get associated with stripping the skin from its natural oils and leaving an uncomfortable squeaky clean, tight feeling behind. This one has a solid texture that feels more like a balm/oil hybrid. It’s definitely not a gel in the traditional sense of the word. It comes out pinkish and turns milky once in contact with water. It’s super lightweight which makes it perfect for a morning cleanse – can also be used in the evenings. I can’t quite put my finger on the scent of this odd-textured cleanser but what I can tell is that I wasn’t a fan at first, but let me tell you this: Tables have turned around – I absolutely love it now. A super refreshing, invigorating and lovely scent.
The best thing is yet to come: The results I get from this cleanser is beyond everything I could have wished for. I really thought to have hit the jackpot with my Emma Hardie jar of goodness – well, it’s clear I had not tried this baby yet. Before I used this cleanser, you could easily compare my skin with a filthy diamond: One that lost all its shine and beauty. My skin was looking dull and lifeless. After using this cleanser for a week, I could already notice a significant difference onto my skin: It was smooth, plump and polished. It made my skin look healthy and radiant within just a few days – that’s really something. You know when a diamond gets cleaned, polished and everything in between? I was that lucky diamond: My skin looked as if I was wearing highlighter but I wasn’t. I didn’t realise it was down to this cleanser at first, but I have no doubts that I owe this cleanser a great deal of respect now.
Oskia is a strong competitor, if not the strongest on the market right now … I’m sorry Emma Hardie, you might have to give up your first place, but you know I will always love you, right?!