Review: Himalaya Herbals Neem Foaming Face WashApril 2, 2009 • By Paris B
I’m hardworking when it comes to lathering up facial wash in the shower but in the mornings, I’m lazy and sleepy and all I want to do is wash my face. Enter the foaming face wash! I love the person who invented these contraptions
I used to use a Boots Tea Tree Oil and Witch Hazel foaming face wash which I forgot to write about but which I love so the next time I hit up a Boots store, I’m going to be stocking up! As a substitute, I went down to the local Guardian store and picked up a Himalaya Herbals Neem Foaming Face Wash which I’d been wanting to try for a while.
The Himalaya Herbals face wash states that its soap-free. I’m not sure what it means. I checked the ingredient list and sodium laureth sulfate is listed which I know is a foaming agent. I reckon therefore that soap free means it contains more chemicals that clean like soap. Either way I wonder if thats a good thing?
Anyway, on with my thoughts on the Himalaya Herbals Neem Foaming Face Wash.
To be honest, I think its just an ok face wash. Its not so wonderful that I would ditch all other face washes in favour of this one and neither is it so bad I’d call for you to bin it before you buy it. Its just okay.
One pump of the foaming face wash dispenses enough to wash my face. I sometimes use 2 for a more luxurious feel. I also only use this in the morning as I use other face washes at night. The smell is sharp but not unpleasent. I personally prefer the sharp smell of tea tree oil and witch hazel which wakes me up nicely in the mornings.
Himalaya Herbals is an ayurvedic brand of skincare and health products that originates from India and has been around for a while. They use herbal concoctions in their products and this one contains neem and turmeric. For Malaysians, turmeric is also known as “kunyit” – yes that bright yellow spice that stains everything it touches but is oh so delicious with fried fish at the mamak stall!
Benefits of Neem
Neem is a plant native to Asia with healing benefits in its leaf and oils. The leaf is bitter and people sometimes steep it in hot water to make a herbal tea. It has been used traditionally to sooth itchy and irritated skin and is regarded as something of a wonder plant as it is also touted to have anti-bacterial properties.
Neem is also used to help with skin problems and acne which is what the foaming cleanser is targeted for.
Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is not only a useful spice for cooking curries, it is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. I have read some DIY recipes that call for a turmeric paste to be placed over acne and pimples to prevent inflammation but I reckon you have to balance the benefits with the yellow stain on your skin which can take a while to go away as any cook can tell you.
I found the Neem foaming facial wash a little drying. To its credit, it cleans well. I tested it in the evenings after removing my makeup. I had been experiencing a minor breakout around my chin area while using a different cleanser and I don’t know if its this one or the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil cleanser that cleared it up but I’d like to think they both had a hand in it, both being anti-bacterial products.
One thing I did notice was that the pump mechanism is rather stiff. I can’t seem to get a proper grip of the bottle and to press the pump easily. Every morning, its a bit of a wrestle and I’m not sure if its a defective pump but I noticed the sides of the bottle feeling soapy which means leaking, which means its even harder to handle.
A 150ml bottle retails for about RM26 at all pharmacies and Himalaya Herbals counters and can last up to 3-4 months used once a day. I will not repurchase not because I don’t like it, but because I think its just ok.
Pros: Affordable, Contains natural herbal extracts
Cons: Leaky pump
Paris B’s [rating:2.5/5]