HoliFrog cleansers – my first impressions + the importance of the right cleanser

HoliFrog cleansers

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Cleansing is the best part of my daily skincare routine. It prepares me for the day, and it helps me unwind at night. It’s a loving ritual towards myself; a refreshing yet comforting mood-boosting experience that I always look forward to!

And it goes without saying that cleansing is really important for healthy and good looking skin. It removes makeup and dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells, and prepares skin for further treatments.

It’s so much more than just removing daily makeup and grime!

Have a skincare concern?

There’s a cleanser for that, since many great cleansers are tailored towards your specific skin concern. Breakouts or dull skin? Try an acid wash with smoothing AHAs. Dry, uncomfortable skin? Try a milky wash with calming fatty acids and aloe vera.

I’m always excited to try new and interesting cleansers, so I was hopping on my seat when I discovered HoliFrog cleansers on LoveLula!

HoliFrog (pronounced “holy-frog”! 🐸) focuses exclusively on cleansing and embodies everything I love about it!

One of my long term plans is to build a collection of cleansers that allow me to select the right cleanser based on what’s going on with my skin right now, the current environment, and my skincare goals. HoliFrog call this principle “situational cleansing“, and it makes a lot of sense.

To learn more, let’s look at HoliFrog now.

HoliFrog cleansers

Why the name HoliFrog? Holi = holistic (incorporating the concept of holism, or the idea that the whole is more than the sum of its parts) and Frog.

HoliFrog cleansers are effective and multi-functional – at the front line in caring for your skin. They improve its healing and repair response, and using only ingredients that promote healthy and protected skin. No controversial ingredients here. And no synthetic or fragrant essential oil based fragrance either, so the entire range offers less chance for irritation.

Just as frogs are part of a larger ecosystem, your skin is part of a bigger picture, one that’s connected to your mind and body’s health and function.

Frogs. Responsive beings.

I really love HoliFrog’s frog analogy. Frogs are so responsive to their environment. They get unhealthy and it shows, just like our skin.

Let’s look at the cleansers I tried.

HoliFrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash

HoliFrog describe Shasta as a clarifying and brightening cleanser to treat breakouts, congestion, large pores, dullness, and rough texture. We are in stressful times right now and my skin is really suffering – that’s why I chose this wash. I have a lot of tiny pimples and psoriasis on my forehead when a few weeks ago my skin was clear.

HoliFrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash

How can Shasta help? It’s a non-foaming cleanser in a milky-gel format with fruit acids to gently exfoliate skin. Shasta aims to increase glow and reduce breakouts without stripping any moisture.

I really enjoyed learning about the acid profile of Shasta. It’s pH4 with glycolic, mandelic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids. Why all these acids you ask? Well, the different AHAs vary in their exfoliating qualities. A bit like little acidic superheroes, all with different superpowers!

I love how Shasta contains ingredients to reduce irritation and hydrate skin – gorgeous tamanu oil, rosehip oil, and aloe vera. So in love!

Texture of HoliFrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash

I use this wash either first thing in the morning (when I’m feeling spotty or dull) as a single cleanse, or as the second part of a double cleanse in the evening (I use HoliFrog Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash first).

Shasta comes in a plastic pump bottle. I use one pump of this wash and apply it to damp skin. It is an unfragranced product, but it does have a pleasant “green” smell. I massage slowly for about 30 seconds or so. There is a slight tingle on application. The texture is light and rinses easily away with a little massage.

My skin is left clean and soft, and while I’m in the early days of testing it, I have great hopes for it.

So we’ll see how I get on with this wash. I’ll be sure to update you! And if you decide to give this a try remember to wear sunscreen to protect your skin.

HoliFrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash

Buy Now – £35 at LoveLula


HoliFrog Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash

This waterless balm cleanser aims to restore and soften your skin. It removes all traces of makeup. The formula helps prevent moisture loss, which has obvious benefits for the health and appearance of skin. Everybody needs a good makeup remover, and so many people love to balm cleanse!

HoliFrog Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash

Kissimmee dissolves even the most pigmented of makeup and stubborn SPF, making it an ideal first step in a double cleanse.

The most exciting ingredients for me are linoleic acid (aka vitamin F) and linolenic acid – both aid cell turnover and regeneration. Papaya seed oil, packed with fatty acids, protects the skin’s moisture level. Marula seed oil is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants to smooth and protect your skin. Avocado oil is a well-known antidote to dry skin, loading nutrients into the epidermis and promoting collagen synthesis.

Kissimmee is great single cleanse for dry skin and an effective makeup remover. It comes in a squeezable plastic tube. I gently massage a hazelnut sized blob of the unfragranced balm into my face and neck with dry hands.

This is not a firm balm that you need to warm first. You can smooth it right on. A gentle massage is all is takes to loosen makeup, paying particular attention to the eye area. I use a reusable pad to remove my eye makeup. Kissimmee contains emulsifiers that transform it into a milky wash to be rinsed away effortlessly. Amazing!

Texture of HoliFrog Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash

I can’t tell you how this cleanser is suiting me long term, but it is a fabulous makeup remover and first cleanse! It saves me a bunch of time taking makeup off. And those ingredients. My skin is so clean and there’s not a hint of dryness.

Keep in touch to learn my final verdict on HoliFrog cleansers.

HoliFrog Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash

Buy Now – £38 at LoveLula


The other HoliFrog cleansers

Because choosing just 2 HoliFrog cleansers isn’t easy. They’ll have you ready for any skin situation!

Enjoy them!

Final thoughts on HoliFrog cleansers

Cleansing with the right cleanser is such an important part of any skincare routine. I am so happy to have found HoliFrog cleansers to help me achieve my skincare goals!

You can find HoliFrog cleansers on LoveLula at lovelula.com and HoliFrog at holifrog.com.

What’s your favourite cleanser? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments!

The benefits of cleansing and finding the right natural cleanser. HoliFrog cleanses while improving skin's ability to heal & repair. Treat your skin to the best ingredients!

4 Replies to “HoliFrog cleansers – my first impressions + the importance of the right cleanser”

  1. This sounds amazing, I’m actually looking for a new cleanser and I’d love to give this a go

  2. I have been neglecting my skin the last few months. I am out of cleaners, so I will be giving this a try.

  3. Getting dry skin from cleansers is a battle for me but that balmy wash sounds great! Clear skin, no dry skin. 🙂

  4. Great name and branding. I know it’s what’s inside that counts but I’m always drawn in by packaging. The benefits sound wonderful too.

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