I received a sample of Borghese Fango Purificante Purifying Clay Cleanser ($30/3.5oz) from Birchbox and my first thought was "Fancy!" I am such a skincare fanatic that it made my heart beat a little faster with excitement. I have oily skin so anything that has clay in it that promises to purify sounds heavenly. This cleanser is described as "a complexion clearing formula that provides deep down to pores clean. Featuring naturally-sourced clay, this gentle, lathering cleanser delivers the purifying power of a mask and rinses without stripping essential moisture leaving skin radiant. Phytic acid, polyphenol rich plant extracts and antioxidants help refine, soothe and smooth. Skin is left clear, fresh and illuminated." Umm...do I need to say anything more?! After reading that, I wanted to run to my nearest sink and start washing my face with it. The cleanser has a medium consistency and is pearlized gray in color (it's pretty!) It smells floral, fresh and clean--I found it very pleasing to the senses. A pea size amount was perfect and it lathered up nicely with warm water. Side note: even though lather gets a bad rap due to SLS, I still like face washes that lather up well. Maybe it's more psychological but I feel like my skin is cleaner when I use something that lathers. So, was I "en fuego" for Fango? Was my heart able to handle all this fancy face purifying clay business?
Verdict: Loved it! What a shock, right? This cleanser and my oily skin were a perfect match. It cleaned my face without stripping it, has skin loving ingredients and works similarly to a mask to help remove grime from the pores. I'm a big fan of 2 in 1 products like this cleanser. In addition, it smells great, lathers nicely, is so pretty in color (tres important, right?) and cleans like a dream. My face was smooth and soft after use. I haven't had any crazy breakouts since using it either. Fancy, indeed! For info/purchase, head to birchbox.com or borghese.com
** The picture below is a 1oz sample size