28 Oct 2016

Review: Re:cipe Slowganic Lemon Cleanser

This gotta be the cutest cleanser ever that I'm reviewing today - the Re:cipe Slowganic Lemon Cleanser.

Honestly, I am attracted to its packaging, presentation and claim at first. When I first saw it, I wasn't so sure what it actually was - a cleanser, a mask or a makeup remover? And I wasn't sure if I really needed it, or wanted to spend so much on a... cleanser? But the packaging is so irresistible so I finally decided to give it a try.

I got mine from Sapphire 218, the place where I can find this cleanser at the lowest price including shipping. I know Membox sells it for US$ 18 and Sweetbox has it for close to RM 100. Either way, the one I got was only RM 60.

There are three variety all together - lemon, green tea and adlay, but finally decided to go for the lemon one because I wanted that additional brightening benefits. The concern of every freckles-ladies.

The cleanser looks like one of your traditional food containers. The Body Shop used to have their SPA Wisdom line in this design. Maybe not the most convenient to use, but definitely pleasant and aesthetically appealing.

The cleanser has a unique marshmallow-like texture. It appears bouncy if you squeeze it but becomes creamy once you blend it out on your skin. Despite its texture, this cleanser foams up easily and gently just like most other cleansers I have.

You can refer to this video for how this cleanser is made:

Official information claims that this is a indeed a cleanser which also functions as a makeup remover. It is a handmade cleanser made of 98% natural ingredients. It will get rid of even the deep-seated bacteria inside the pores with its advanced formulation of premium herbal oils that stimulates the skin to naturally getting rid of impurities while nourishing and moisturizing its epidermal layer. The lemon flavour has additional gentle exfoliating property to slough off dead skin cells and stimulate faster cellular turnover, hence resulting in fairer complexion and finer texture.


Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Trehalose, Betaine, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Gardenia Jasminoides Fruit Extract, Myristic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Hydroxide, Origanum Majorana Leaf Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Water, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Water, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid


This is indeed a cleanser and wash-off mask made of natural ingredients and nourishing oils. We have green tea extract, trehalose, lemon fruit extract, olive fruit oil, jojoba oil, camellia seed oil, macadamia nut oil, gardenia extract, oregano leaf oil, evening primrose root extract, lime oil, lemon peel oil, basil, starflower seed oil, brazil nut oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, orange fruit extract, ylang ylang oil, geranium oil, sunflower seed oil, lavender extract, rosemary leaf extract, chamomile, and horse chestnut seed extract. I am listing it down to show you guys how many goodies and skin-benefiting ingredients are in this little bottle of gummy paste. And in fact, I think this is the reason why it deteriorates so fast.

Although this contains a pretty high-up amount of the preservative methylisothiazolinone and other ones like benzyl alcohol and dehydroacetic acid as well as a bunch of oils, this cleanser turns bad really fast. It starts off smelling really pleasant, but the smells become slightly soury after 2-3 months and completely soury like yogurt 5 months after opening. I am not sure is it because I put mine in the bathroom or I accidentally let some bacteria slips in, but this indeed goes bad in less than 12 months of its best-use-within period.

Setting asides the deterioration part, this cleanser is pretty delicious. Most of its ingredients are moisturizing, nourishing, gentle exfoliating and anti-oxidizing powerhouses. Lemon is also found to have skin lightening and sebum-controlling properties. There is also a hefty amount of good oils in here, but I am not exactly positive about the claim of oils-suck-oil technology as claimed in the official description as I have no assess to that part of data.


I think this is a fun product to use. It is one of those skintertainments or innovative skincare items that breaks our conventional expectations on what determines a cleanser and a wash-off mask. I might repurchase if it didn't deteriorate so fast but since it does, I think I will give it a pass since Sapphire218 is no longer carrying it after they clear out their remaining stock and I am not ready to pay RM 80 or even RM 100 on a cleanser that will only be good for a few months. Final thoughts? A good cleanser and wash-off mask to try, but not one of those you want to marry forever.

About: cleanser, makeup remover, wash-off mask
Purpose: deep-cleansing, makeup removing
Best suited for: average skin type, those with hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone
May not suit: dry to very dry skin

packaging: ★★★★☆
scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★★★
ingredients: ★★★★
efficacy: ★★★★
overall impression: ★★★★ (very good and I really enjoy it)

You can get this from: Sapphire218 | Testerkorea | Qoo10 | Memebox
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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