Dr Alkaitis is a raw ingredients line. This means that none of the ingredients or the finished products are heated above body temperature, to avoid compromising the active components (like the RMS Beauty products I wrote about here.) I decided to give this cleanser a whirl almost on a whim when I was ordering a moisturiser from beingcontent.com. I'm very glad I did; this has quickly become an absolute favourite of mine.
This does sting if you apply directly to the eye area (yes, I tried it, but only once!) I remove my eye makeup first with another cleanser, and then I use one or two pumps of the Dr Alkaitis mixed with a little water all over my face and neck to cleanse. It does not foam excessively, but it rinses clean away with water taking with it all my face make-up and the grub and grime of a day in London. My face feels soft and completely clean with this cleanser, never stripped afterwards but balanced and peachy. I credit this with keeping my complexion clear, particularly around my chin where I am prone to congestion. When I started using a REN cleanser instead of this at night recently I started to get clogged pores on my chin, nose and forehead; a few days back on the Dr Alkaitis has sorted that out entirely. I also like the fact that the packaging is a hygienic pump tube, and the cleanser has a pleasant fresh herbal smell.
I only use a cleanser at night; in the morning I simply wash with water. I'm about half way through the bottle of this after 3 months of almost constant use. It cost £35 for 120ml.
There is more information on the entire range at the Dr Alkaitis website. When I ordered from Content, they sent me samples of the day and night cream from the range to try, and I'd certainly consider purchasing the night cream in the future (the day cream has no spf, so is not for me.) I might give the Dr Alkaitis eye cream a try next, as I doubt I will buy the Zelens I am currently testing unless it completely amazes me. I'm very interested in the Soothing Gel and the Treatment Oil.
In summary, this is an excellent cleanser with an interesting ethos behind it.
Castille cleansing base (compound of olive oil, coconut, shea, jojoba, sesame, castor and borage oils), aloe vera, vegetable glycerin, chamomile, black elder, nettle, myrhh, bitter orange, rosemary, marsh mallow, benzoin, marigold, true lavender, sea wrack, icelandic seaweed, plaintain, citrus seed extract, natural vitamin A complex (from carrot and marigold) natural vitamin C complex (from camu camu and acerola cherry) natural vitamin E complex (D-alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols and tocotrenols from sunflower and palm oils) and aroma (blend of 100% pure essential oils.)