Charley Rogers delves into the world of high-end skin care, and tries to find a cure for her perpetually adolescent skin
When it comes to face washes, there is but a small list of criteria I have; the product must be vegan (and therefore cruelty-free), it must be affordable, and it should make my skin a bit less prone to breakouts. I have a steady relationship with my current cleanser, and have found it does the trick nicely, on every one of these fronts. Needless to say, when contacted by a PR team asking if I would consider reviewing their products, I was interested to branch out and sample a different kind of cleanser – one that is manufactured much closer to home than my current choice.
Angela Langford Skincare, based in Somerset and founded by eponymous Masterchef finalist Angela Langford was launched back in 2012 and started out as a hobby, with Angela creating skincare for herself and friends, before receiving such good feedback that she decided to turn it into a business.
And turned it into a business she has. The company has won numerous awards, from the top spot at the Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards in 2012, to being highly commended in 2016’s Natural Health International Beauty Awards. With this knowledge behind me, when the cleanser arrived I was curious to say the least.
Committing to using nothing but the fragrant, floral cleanser for two weeks, I went ahead and temporarily relegated my current go-to and immersed myself in the world of Angela’s carefully-created ‘balancing and cleansing face wash’. In the first days of the experiment, I was delighted by the indulgent rose and papaya fragrance of the prettily-named ‘sweet cheeks’, and the chamois-soft feel to my skin post-cleanse. I pushed forward with the exclusive plan, trying not to get my hopes up that this was THE beauty product that would change my life: that magical elixir that clears up breakouts, evens skin tone, and makes your skin glow without needing to go anywhere near it with the concealer*.
However, after a week and a half of happy usage, I noticed that sweet cheeks wasn’t going to answer all my prayers. It did a great job of cleaning my skin, and although probably perfect for those with less problematic faces, for my angsty skin it wasn’t quite the ticket.
The stuff smells great, especially if you’re a fan of Turkish Delight, and the packaging is, although a little twee for my taste, well-executed and certainly has the look of a high-end product. The best part for me, is that it is all-natural, and is both cruelty-free and vegan; the most important of my few criteria. Not only that, but for a product that comes from a range that boasts products for specific ailments, as well as a personalised skincare regime programme, and even free samples with your first order to try out other products, it’s reasonably priced at £18 for 100ml. That may sound like a small amount, but you really only need a pea-sized blob for one face wash, so it lasts a long time.
My overall reaction to sweet cheeks is not a negative one. The communication I received from the company was incredibly friendly and helpful, and instead of just sending any old thing over for me to review, I had a lovely phone conversation with a representative about my skin type and what might suit me best. Unfortunately, however, it was a little off the mark for my specific needs. I usually use a much harsher exfoliating wash, and although sweet cheeks made my skin lovely and soft, it’s a little too gentle to keep my pesky teenage-style face under control.
My final thoughts? Probably a great investment for someone without problematic skin, and a great gift idea for the beauty-lover in your life. Sadly, not for me.
*I realise this probably doesn’t exist. Let me dream.
Image credit: www.angelalangford.com