I’m always excited to find a new, all natural, cruelty free beauty product to share! Kaia Naturals, hailed for their convenient to use products and pure ingredients, have a new kid on the block that I think you’ll really like.
The Bamboo Tapioca Cleanser is a versatile, customizable face cleanser. It’s is a fine, white powder made from bamboo stem, tapioca powder and chickpea powder to absorb oil; white clay, to unclog pores; and coconut amino acids that act as a mild, foaming cleanser. Bamboo powder is an ingredient in the ancient Ayurvedic practice of “Ubtan”, which is like microdermabrasion. The science and history of its effectiveness, is long standing.
The fun and interesting part, is that the product can be mixed with various other things, to enhance the effect you’re looking for. For example, it comes with a vial of Moringa oil, which Kaia claims has 6x the vitamin C of oranges. This can be effective for exfoliating and brightening your skin. Other things Kaia recommends you mix with the powder are: ginger tea, almond oil, sea buckthorn oil, avocado oil, rosewater, green tea, coconut oil and rosehip oil. Depending on your skin type, the oils can enhance moisture and things like tea and rosewater can brighten and tighten. They also recommend mixing it with plain yogurt as a facial mask. But dairy yogurt isn’t vegan, so we would never do that, right? Perhaps a similar effect can be had with coconut or almond milk yogurt. Of course, never use a product, even one that’s “all natural”, that could aggravate an allergy. If you’re not sure, always ask your doctor first and send them a list of the ingredients.
I tried it first, as an eye makeup remover, by mixing it with the Moringa Oil and wiping with a cotton ball. Success! Then, all by itself, just shaking a bit into the palm of my hand and mixing it with warm water. It cleansed my skin quite nicely. I have oily skin and usually wear makeup, so it’s important to me that a cleanser can take care of both of those jobs, thoroughly. The powder is very fine, so it was not too rough on my skin and left my face feeling clean and soft, not dry or tight. I like that an all natural, vegan product can do the job with no hassle. In addition, it paired well with the rest of my beauty routine.
Some feel that dealing with a powder would be messy and inconvenient. But it comes in a small container with a “dial and lock” sifter, to prevent spillage. I found it to be as easy to use as any other liquid or cream cleaner. Another bonus of using a powder, is that you can travel with it and not worry about the 3 oz. liquid maximum, on airplanes.
The price point of $38.00 for 1.5 oz of the powder and .125 oz of the oil, might be considered on the moderate to high side. But, a little goes a long way and it lasts a while. You can also just purchase the refill at $30. I believe it’s always better to put natural products on your skin. Don’t forget, what your skin absorbs goes right into your bloodstream. Paying a little more for a cleanser and a lot less at the doctor for taking better care of your health, is a good payoff, in my opinion. Kaia Bamboo Tapioca Cleanser can be a valuable addition to your beauty routine. I do recommend you give it a try!
Bonus! Here’s a video on how easy it is to use: http://kaianaturals.com/video-channel-2/