Today I’ll be reviewing an amazing gentle face wash from an upcoming cruelty-free Indian skincare brand, Vilvah. My favourite skincare step is cleansing because who doesn’t want to take off all that dirt and oil at the end (or beginning) of the day to reveal clean and fresh skin underneath? That’s exactly what this the Vilvah Honey Fix Cleanser does!
Price: INR 440 for 100 ml
Availability: You can buy it from Vilvah’s website. (They also ship internationally)
Cleanse your face with this oil-free formulation made with a whopping 8% of honey, a natural source of glycolic acid. Enriched with power-packed extracts from blackberry, papaya, gotu kola and orange peel, this cleanser has gentle exfoliating, pore-shrinking and complexion brightening properties. Works on your acne like magic. Suitable for Normal to oily combination skin. No sulphates, No parabens, No silicones, No harsh chemicals.
Key Ingredients & Benefits
8% Raw Forest Honey – A natural source of glycolic acid, raw forest honey is rich in anti-oxidants and have anti-bacterial properties. It acts as a humectant and provides a subtle glow by mild exfoliation. Please note that 8% honey doesn’t mean the cleanser has 8% glycolic acid.
Witch hazel, Centella Asiatica & Aloe vera water – Reduce inflammation and skin irritation.
Blackberry, Orange Peel & Papaya extract – Skin brightening ingredients that provide mild exfoliation.
My Thoughts on Vilvah Honey Fix Face Wash
I received the honey fix cleanser from Vilvah around a month or two ago as they wanted me to try their cleanser and the shampoo. Yet to use the shampoo but I’ve used this cleanser for 1 month and I think I’ve found a gentle, cruelty-free face wash for people who are in a budget.
The Vilvah Honey Fix Cleanser comes in an aluminum bottle with a pump dispenser and a transparent cap. Firstly, kudos to the brand for taking a very important step towards the betterment of the planet by ditching plastic containers for all their products! Coming to the packaging, it’s quite sturdy and travel-friendly. However, the pump feels a bit too “tight” and sometimes refuses to dispense the product evenly.
The paper mesh in the background of the picture above is actually what the product came wrapped in. It’s a great alternative to plastic bubble wraps, thereby, ditching single-use plastic packaging.
Texture & Smell
The honey fix cleanser resembles the colour of honey and has a gel-like consistency that forms a very mild lather. Before talking about its smell, I want you to know that smell is subjective so what’s overwhelming for me might be refreshing for you.
If you’ve been reading my blogs, you might know I have a special issue with products with scents because of being gifted with a sensitive nose. The smell of this cleanser is sweet-citrusy and overwhelms me but I’ve talked to people who love it.
How to Use?
In the morning, wet your face with water and take 1-2 pumps of the honey fix cleanser and massage it into your skin. I love doing this little trick where I massage my face for a few seconds (30-40, never counted) and then leave it on for the next few seconds.
After I wash my face, it looks brighter and feels softer. This works the best for people with combination or oily skin and you can try it with any gentle cleanser that you own.
At night, I follow the same steps as above after I remove all the dirt & makeup with micellar water or cleansing balm. After cleansing, I follow up with serums, moisturiser & sunscreen (morning).
Does it work?
The oil-free cleanser lives up to all the claims of cleansing your skin well and giving it a softer and brighter feel. It has a pH of 5.5-5.8 which is very close to our skin’s natural pH and it makes sure the cleanser doesn’t dry out or irritate the skin.
The mild exfoliation it provides due to the presence of natural AHAs, Vitamin C and fruit enzymes is something every skin type can benefit from. The brand recommends this cleanser to normal to oily skin types, but if you have dry skin you can still give it a shot by making sure you moisturise your skin well afterwards.
What It Doesn’t Do?
If you’re someone with oily skin AND looking for a cleanser to reduce oil-production then this isn’t for you, neither does the brand claim that it reduces oil. A good foaming cleanser with BHA would be your best friend which is why the By Wishtrend 2% Acid-Duo Cleanser still tops the list of my favourite cleansers for oily skin.
If you’re a person with normal/ combination/ oily skin who’s looking for a face wash that doesn’t strip your skin and maintains its pH while offering a cleansed face that has a subtle glow, you should give the Vilvah Honey Fix Face Cleanser a try. It’s cruelty-free and the brand deserves the support for being responsible towards the environment.
Why You Should Buy Vilvah Honey Fix Face Cleanser?
- Eco-friendly Packaging
- Gentle cleanser
- Doesn’t dry out the skin
- pH balanced (5.5-5.8)
- Provides mild exfoliation
- Gives subtle glow post-cleansing
- Skin feels softer
Why You Should Avoid Vilvah Honey Fix Face Cleanser?
- Sweet-citrusy smell is very strong
- Pump dispenser is tight & sometimes squirts