There is no doubt in my mind that Soap & Glory are a great brand. There are a number of their products that I really love and have even recommended to friends, and to readers of this blog, in the past. After reading a lot of hype about their cleanser, Peaches and Clean, I was really excited to use it. I got it as a gift for Christmas as a part of their Best of All Kit and finally got around to using it about six weeks ago. Since then I have had a really difficult relationship with it.
It's probably worth me stating that from the very start I was quite cautious about using Soap & Glory's Peaches and Clean Deep Cleaning Milk as I had heard that another blogger had a terrible reaction when they first used this product. As excited as I was to try it, I did skin tests on my neck (three tests, one per day for three consecutive days) just to make sure that my skin could handle it. If there's one thing I don't need it's a bad reaction to a product on my face! Anyway, it passed this first hurdle and I started using it on my face soon afterwards. The first thing I really noticed was the scent of it. With a name like Peaches and Clean I imagined a fresh, fruity scent that would be sweet and gente and would just generally make the whole face washing experience more pleasant. Sadly, I was thoroughly disappointed. Peaches and Clean smells a lot closer to some sort of Peach cocktail. It smells really fake and, to my nose, a little bit alcoholic. I don't like the scent of it at all and it initially it almost put me off it entirely. I've since gotten used to it but the scent alone would make this an instant no-repurchase item for me (which would have felt like a terrible waste as there is a whopping 200ml of product).
A positive aspect of Soap and Glory's Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk is the packaging and also the colour. I love the colour of the bottle and product, it's really girly without looking scarily artificial and the packaging, as per usual when it comes to Soap & Glory, is really cute. I also absolutely adore the pump aspect of the bottle. Using this with wet hands is child's play and it's really hard to waste product with a bottle like this. If you like to cleanse in the shower then this is probably the sort of packaging you'll like as it's easy to use and completely mess free. It's also great if you use a messy sort of product to remove your make up- slippery hands can be such a pain if there is tricky packaging.
However, and this is the BIG deal breaker, the actual cleansing power of Peaches and Clean on my skin has been incredibly poor. For a product that claims to be a 'deep cleaning milk' it hasn't left my skin feeling particularly well cleansed and I've actually noticed that my blackheads have gotten worse since I started using it. It's very creamy which makes it feel nice and gentle and I think maybe it is just too gentle a product to tackle my skin but I'm in two minds about this as I tend to use relatively mild products most of the time due to my sensitive skin. Also, if people have had terrible skin reactions to using this I don't know if I'd be happy describing it as gentle! Since I started feeling a little bit like I was wasting my time I decided to up the ante and incorporated a facial cleansing sponge into my routine (which I'll be briefly reviewing soon) and this has helped Peaches and Clean work a little bit more effectively but I do think that this is all the sponge's hard work, not the cleanser's. Overall, Peaches and Clean just doesn't do a good job. I've really tried to give it a fair chance, I've stuck with it for what feels like forever and used four fifths of the bottle, but it hasn't improved my skin and it hasn't started to work better. I think I may actually give up on it now as I'm sick of my skin looking so average, especially with summer looming so close in the distance. It would be nice to feel confident with a bare face like I did at the end of January.
All in all, I really would not recommend this cleanser. If you want to try some Soap & Glory products I'd veer towards the bath and body products myself, this skincare item has left a lot to be desired and for £7 in Boots I really don't think that it is worth the money. Personally, I'd highly recommend checking out Laidbare's cleanser instead. It worked fantastically, especially compared to Peaches and Clean, and smells so much nicer too.
Have you tried Peaches and Clean before? What Soap & Glory would you recommend trying instead?