I received this product for free from Thank You Farmer.
Why did I take so long to write this review? The answer is I don’t know because it’s not like a product that I don’t like… If you missed, I have already reviewed three products from Thank You Farmer. You can click here to open a new tab and read them after this one.
The product I’m reviewing today is the Cleansing Water from the range Back to Iceland. I already explained a bit about this range, but let me do a quick explanation. Back to Iceland is the cleansing range. The range is composed of Cleansing Water, Cleansing Foam, and Peeling Cream. It uses Iceland moss extract as one of its main ingredients. Iceland moss extract is rich in lichenan, a line of polysaccharides that have antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Easy & quick cleansing at once;
- Care for the makeup residue and even sebum, skin pore & skin flake;
- Hydrates skin with skin soothing & moisturizing ingredients.
As you can see, this is a 5 in 1 Cleansing Water that works as well as a Toner. It contains 83% of Iceland moss extract instead of water.
Centraria Islandica Extract (83%), Glycerin, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Dipropylene Glycol, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Papain, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Water, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance.
Analysis of some ingredients
Centraria islandica Extract (83%): A study* showed that the antioxidant activity of Iceland moss increases with the increasing amount of extract. About 50, 100, 250, and 500μg of aqueous extract of Iceland moss showed higher antioxidant activity than 500μg of α-tocopherol. Its antioxidant effect depends on concentration and it gets more potent when the concentration is higher. Another study** also showed that it has anti-inflammatory activities.
- *Determination of antioxidant activity of lichen Cetraria islandica;
- **In vitro and in vivo immunomodulating effects of traditionally prepared extract and purified compounds from Cetraria islandica.
Glycerin: A humectant. Maintains water balance;
PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides: Polyethylene glycol derivative of a mixture of mono-, di-, and triglycerides of caprylic and capric acids. It functions as a surfactant;
Dipropylene Glycol: Solvent and moisturizing agent;
Rubus chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Extract: Helps hydration with rich unsaturated fatty acid and vitamin C;
Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract: Superoxide dismutase activity, high phenolic content, helps take care of pores and protect skin from the external environment. It also has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties;
Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract: Provides a cooling sensation;
Maltodextrin: Functions as a moisturizer;
Papain: An enzyme that exfoliates the skin;
Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract: According to Thank You Farmer, this botanical extract removes dead skin cells;
Cymbopogon schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract: Skin improvement, glowing skin, and skin soothing. Possibly an anti-inflammatory;
PPG-15 Stearyl Ether: Cleansing, and moisturizing properties;
Panthenol: A study* showed that panthenol-containing formulations (1.0% and 5.0%) produced significant decreases in TEWL (transepidermal water loss) after 30-day applications. Panthenol has been reported to produce a number of skin benefits. In particular, panthenol promotes wound healing, helps restore damaged epithelium, reduces itching and inflammation, improves skin hydration, reduces transepidermal water loss, improves skin roughness, and more.
- *Skin moisturizing effects of panthenol-based formulations.;
- Panthenol for skin hydration, healing, revitalization and more.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine: Cleansing agent;
Allantoin: It has skin soothing, healing and keratolytic (ability to remove excess of skin) properties. It enables the skin to absorb more moisture;
1,2-Hexanediol: A highly effective and mild coupling agent and humectant.
Acne triggers according to CosDNA
Butylene Glycol is the only one. It strikes 1 out of 5.
Irritants according to CosDNA
Papain strikes between 0 and 3 out of 5.
Safety according to CosDNA
Most ingredients are green flagged except PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Citrus medica limonum Fruit Oil, and PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil which strike 3 out of 9. Cocamidopropyl Betaine, and Phenoxyethanol strike 4 out of 9. Papain strikes between 1 and 3 out of 9. Fragrance strikes between 1 and 4 out of 9. There isn’t any red flagged ingredient.
CosDNA analysis: Thank You Farmer Back to Iceland Cleansing Water.
A plastic 260 mL bottle with a flip flop cap closer.
There’s nothing special about the bottle. It’s light and easy to use.
Texture and scent
Well, the texture is like water. It seems like most of Cleansing Waters have the same texture. I can’t confirm it because this is my first one.
The scent is very good! It’s woody, herbal, and floral. All mixed together. I like the scent of this product so much. It doesn’t feel synthetic even though it is (contains artificial fragrance).
How to use
Pour the liquid on the cotton and use it on the face.
Thank You Farmer has also a package of cotton (Dual Premium Cotton) that is actually good. They have two sides. One side to exfoliate, and the other one to spread the product and cleanse without exfoliating.
They are good but aren’t a must-have.
As a Cleansing Water, this product is very gentle. It cleanses my skin well without making it dehydrated (my skin gets dehydrated easily) all due to the Iceland moss extract (which is extracted using water/glycerin/butylene glycol). It not only doesn’t make my skin dehydrated but it also manages to hydrate it, thanks to the extract rich in glycerin.
It’s mild. However, when it goes next to my eye areas it burns a bit. I always try to avoid this area but most of the time I just use this product in the morning instead of a face wash by pouring it into my hand and then taking it to my face, and sometimes a bit of product goes next to my eye areas. The burning sensation goes away as soon as it’s washed off. I noticed that use around the eyes is better done with a cotton because the liquid won’t fall into the eyes.
As a Toner, it’s good too. I started using it as a no wash Cleansing Water and the surfactants didn’t irritate or dehydrate my skin even though I didn’t wash the product off. I stopped using it as a Toner because I prefer not to leave cleansing agents on my face. It’d be good if I hadn’t any Toner, but that’s not the case.
The only makeup item I’ve got is a foundation that I bought out of curiosity (The Ordinary Serum Foundation, a good one). I applied it on my hand and left it for one hour and then I removed it with the Cleansing Water, you can see it below.
It removed everything. Left it very clean.
Hydration test using Susee Nano Spray Machine
I decided to show the levels of hydration after using this product and leaving it on the skin.
- Before applying the product: 53.1% of water and 16.6% of oil.
- After applying the product: 65.2% of water and 20.4% of oil.
It’s a nice product. I like it because it has a good antioxidant formula. I still have a half bottle left and I’ll keep enjoying it as I finish it. I won’t purchase it because this product is not for me. I’m not looking for a no wash Cleansing Water that doubles as a Toner. If I were I would likely buy it because it does a great job cleaning my face without drying it, has a nice moisturizing effect, and has a very good scent.
This product was sent by Thank You Farmer for review purposes. All the opinions and research are done by myself without any kind of influence by the brand. This review is 100% honest, like all others that I’ve written here and on Instagram.