Saturday, November 7, 2009

Review and Giveaway: The Organic Pharmacy's Carrot Butter Cleanser CLOSED



What woman doesn't love to pamper herself? I remember being a single college girl running about town, getting facials and mani/pedis on a monthly basis. Sadly, those days are long gone. I hardly have time to file my nails now much less paint them. And since I rarely leave the house these days for an occasion other than grocery runs or other random errands, I have simplified my beauty routine to wash and go.

When I do use makeup or skin care products, I prefer them to be safe and natural, just like the baby products I use. But finding something with no parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate or synthetic pigments is like finding a needle in a haystack. Did you know that cosmetics and skin care are the least-regulated consumer products on the market? Many contain toxic chemicals that can put you at risk for biological and reproductive complications, in addition to skin and eye irritation. Certainly not something I want to mess with.

So, when I was contacted to review a skin care product from The Organic Pharmacy, I was ecstatic.
The Organic Pharmacy is the first and only pharmacy in the world dedicated to health and beauty using organic products and treatments. Fully registered with The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, we choose to specialize ONLY in herbs, homeopathy and organic skincare.
The Organic Pharmacy was founded in 2002 by Margo and Francesco Marrone. When pregnant with her daughter, Margo was already familiar with the benefits of organic food but had not yet made the connection between personal care products and toxicity. She happened to read an article by Prof. Samuel Epstein that opened her eyes to harmful ingredients found in everyday products - even those intended for babies. One trip to her local health food store made her realize that "natural" does not always equate to all-natural and "organic" does not mean non-toxic. Her pharmaceutical background made it easy for her to identify these toxic ingredients but to the average consumer, it would be a mammoth task. And so The Organic Pharmacy was born.

What I find so appealing about The Organic Pharmacy is that their products contain:
  • No artificial preservatives
  • No artificial colourants
  • No artificial fragrances
  • No petrochemicals
  • No harsh detergents
  • No DEA, TEA
  • No toxic ingredients
  • No animal testing
The Organic Pharmacy has strict criteria for its product lines. All products are handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality. Each ingredient is certified organic and is personally inspected prior to inclusion. Products are developed using pure cold-pressed oils and essential oils, and herbal tinctures and homeopathic remedies are expertly formulated by a team of homeopaths, beauty therapists, pharmacists and consultants.

The Organic Pharmacy has been featured in all of the top style and beauty magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. They recently won the 2009 InStyle Best Beauty Buy Award for Best Eco/Organic Brand. Celebrity fans of The Organic Pharmacy include Kylie Minogue, Demi More, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Beyonce, Katy Perry and more.

I was lucky enough to receive a jar of their best-selling Carrot Butter Cleanser to review.



This gentle cleanser is made for all skin types, including oily skin, and dissolves dirt and makeup in one easy step. Carrot, an antioxidant, is blended with Shea and Cocoa Butter to soften skin while Chamomile, Rosemary and Lavender soothe and refresh. It is suggested to use at night before bed for the most effective cleanse.

In addition to the Carrot Butter Cleanser, I received an organic muslin cloth, which is recommended to remove the product and achieve the best results.



To apply, you remove a penny-sized amount of cleanser using the enclosed spatula. It had a waxy, balmy consistency, as you can see here. The scent was very pleasant, and I immediately detected the Lavender and Chamomile.



You then rub the cleanser between your fingers (make sure they are clean!), apply to dry skin, and massage it in using a circular motion. Soak your muslin cloth in hot water and wipe your face to remove the product. Finish with a splash of cold water and voila! You're so fresh and so clean.

Let me tell you...this stuff is like a facial in a jar! It makes my face feel so soft and clean that I just want to keep touching it. Which is bad since I don't want to undo the good deed I just performed on its behalf! My husband also thinks it is amazing. I've been using the Carrot Butter Cleanser daily for nearly 2 weeks and I've noticed an improvement in my complexion. I tend to have oily/combination skin and I'm not sure if it's all in my head or not but I think my skin tone is more even and I detect a slight glow (and no, I'm not pregnant!). I am in my mid-to-late twenties so my skin is still young and elastic, but I do think this cleanser makes my skin feel "youthful". I look forward to cleaning my face now, as part of my nightly routine. It feels so good to lay my head on my pillow with a nice, clean face.

The only possible disadvantage I can think of with this product would be the price. At $59.90/jar, it is not what I'd consider cheap. However, if you are accustomed to shelling out for facials or spa visits, the Carrot Butter Cleanser will practically pay for itself. You won't even have to leave the comfort of your home! Also with this cleanser, a little goes a long way, so an open jar can last for its entire 9-month shelf life, even with daily use.

Bottom line: If you can afford the splurge, I would highly recommend The Organic Pharmacy's Carrot Butter Cleanser. My face has never felt so good. Rest easy knowing your skin is absorbing something truly safe and non-toxic. It's no-fuss and best of all, it works like a charm!

BUY IT: You can find the Carrot Butter Cleanser and other Organic Pharmacy products - including lines for men, teens and baby - online at www.theorganicpharmacy.com or at their U.S. brick-and-mortar location in Beverly Hills, CA. You can always put the bug in your significant others' ear for a holiday gift *hint hint*

WIN IT: The Organic Pharmacy has kindly offered one lucky reader a jar of their Carrot Butter Cleanser! That's a $60 value!

MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY): Visit The Organic Pharmacy website and tell me another product that you covet. Pretty please...leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile!

SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES): To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!

1.) Follow my blog or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry)

2.) Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this contest. Just leave me a comment with your tweet link. For this contest, you can do this daily! (1 entry max per day)

3.) Become a fan of The Organic Pharmacy on Facebook. (1 entry)

4.) Add my blog and/or holiday button to your site and comment with a link to where I can find it. (1 entry apiece)

5.) Enter any of my other current giveaways and leave a comment telling me which one(s) you entered. (1 entry each)

I'm an Editor's Pick!

Giveaway will end on November 21, 2009 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: As noted above, I was sent a jar of The Organic Pharmacy's Carrot Butter Cleanser and an organic muslin cloth to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The opinions expressed in this review are solely mine. You have have a different experience with this product.

175 comments:

Hope said...

Wow, I'd love to try a lot of things! The rose shampoo and conditioner would be my first pick, though. Thanks for the chance to win!!
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Hope said...

I also entered your softlips giveaway!
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Hope said...

And I am a follower of your blog.
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IlanaWrites said...

Hi there! Great blog and giveway! I subrscribed via email and hope to see more from you :) !

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Sihui said...

My favorite is the Cleopatra's Body Scrub - looks yummy to try:)
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Sihui said...

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lisa said...

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Cheryl said...

Wow what a wonderful site! I'll take one of everything. No? Okay then I would covet the Skin Essentials Gift box.

Cheryl said...

I subscribe by email

Cheryl said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted this giveaway (HeartnSoulmom)

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Cheryl said...

I follow The Organic Pharmacy on Facebook.

Cheryl said...

I am entered in to your Anti Monkey Butt powder giveaway

Cheryl said...

I am entered in to your Softlips giveaway.

AJ said...

Lip & Eye Cream

scarlette10 said...

I like the body beautiful gift set

Amber said...

I also really love the Ultra Glossy Lip Plump in Passion Sparkle!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I follow your blog!
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mverno said...

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Bebemiqui said...

I think the Rose conditioner would be fun.
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bison61 said...

I'd like to try the Rose Plus Antiageing Body Cream

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Courtney said...

love the 200ml Rose Plus Antiageing Body Cream - $293

Courtney said...

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Jean said...

I covet the Lip & Eye Cream

Jean said...

I became a fan on facebook (Jean Fischer)

missdenise said...

The Seaweed and Clay Mask sounds amazing!

missdenise said...

I entered your softlips giveaway

missdenise said...

I entered your permission slips giveaway

missdenise said...

I entered your unilever box giveaway.

theconners4 said...

Hey awesome giveaway! I hope you'll check out my blog too!

I would love to try the 60G Flower Petal Deep Cleanser and Exfoliating Mask - it sounds divine!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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theconners4 said...

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I became a fan of The Organic Pharmacy on Facebook!

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Dani' said...

I'd like to try the Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9 Superantioxidant Oil Blend.
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Dani' said...

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Dani' said...

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Stephanie said...

50ml Rose Plus Anti-Ageing Cream - looks amazing!
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lisa said...

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txgiggles45 said...

I've got to have Cleopatra's Body Scrub!! What a luscious treat for the skin!
Have a great day!
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olympicgirl said...

I would love to try the Anti-ageing Gift set--pricey but right up my alley.

cmcathiem02@gmail.com said...

I like the Rose shampoo and conditioner.

lisa said...

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mogrill said...

I'd like the Lip and Eye Cream. Thanks for the chance.
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Ruby said...

I would like to try the Cleopatra's Milk Bath.

Ruby said...

i subscribed via email.

lisa said...

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Courtney said...

11/11 tweet

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julis55 said...

My favorite is the Cleopatra's Body Scrub

Courtney said...

11/12 tweet

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lisa said...

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Super Blogger Girl! said...

I also covet the detox program package.

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vboackle said...

i like the lip and eye cream.

Courtney said...

11/13 tweet

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marthajane said...

I would love to try Cleopatra's Body Scrub! Sounds great.

lisa said...

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Emily N. said...

I like the Manuka Face Cream.

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Courtney said...

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mjcranford said...

I would love to try the chickweed herbal cream. Thanks for the giveaway!
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lisa said...

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Courtney said...

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Courtney said...

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lisa said...

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Fionen said...

I want the Lip & Eye Cream to help with the dark circles under my eyes. O_o

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Fionen said...

I subscribe via email.
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Fionen said...

I'm a fan of The Organic Pharmacy on Facebook.
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Terra H. said...

I like the 200ml Jasmine High Gloss Shampoo. Thanks.
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Terra H. said...

email subscriber
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Terra H. said...

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Courtney said...

11/18 tweet

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lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/5832528643
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courtneystoffel said...

I would also love the 75ml Carrot Butter Cleanser.

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Aisling said...

Cleopatra's Milk Bath sounds wonderfully relaxing and pampering.

Dispatcher_kristy said...

I would like to try the Detox at Home Kit

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Courtney said...

11/19 tweet

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lisa said...

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lisa said...

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Erica G said...

I would love to try their Cellular Protection Spf 25. Thanks!

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terri142 said...

I would love to have the Rose Plus Marine Collagen Complex.

terri142 said...

I already follow your blog.

denyse said...

I want the Rose Plus Antiageing Body Cream so bad!!!

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Erika*Coffee said...

I'd like to try the Rose Shower Gel

msrodeobrat said...

i would like the Lemon & Eucalyptus Shower Gel

erma said...

I'd like the Rose Shower Gel.
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lisa said...

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Courtney said...

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Hotsnotty2 said...

I also love the Body Beautiful Gift, thanks!

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karen said...

I would love to have the Skin Radiance Capsules.

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Donna said...

I would like the starter/ travel kit.
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Donna said...

I am a follower.
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Donna said...

I entered the My Precious Kid giveaway.
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Donna said...

Button on my blog.
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Kimberly said...

I'd love the Cleopatra's Body Scrub.

Kimberly said...

I follow your blog.

Becca Ann said...

I like the Stretch Mark Oil

Becca Ann said...

I follow your blog

Becca Ann said...

I subscribe

Tamara said...

I would love to try the Flower Peatal Deep Cleanser and Exfoliating Mask.

Dree said...

I like the OG Foundation Brush.

Dree said...

I follow.

ky2here said...

I'd do the seaweed and clay mask.

singermagic1 said...

I would love to try their Lemon & Eucalyptus Shower Gel, these are two of my fav scents

Lisa said...

I would love the Rose Plus Anti-Ageing Cream. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lisa said...

I follow your blog.

Jennifer said...

I would love to try the Arnica Soothing Muscle Soak.

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Sahm Lee said...

Would love to try the Cleopatra's Milk Bath. Thanks for the contest!
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jsc123 said...

I would also love to try the Cleopatra's Milk Bath.

Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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jsc123 said...

I am subscribed via email as jweezie43[at]aol[dot]com

jsc123 said...

I am a fan of Organic Pharmacy on Facebook as Jill Myrick.

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Lori Taube said...

I would definitely try the oily skin daily care routine. I may have to try it once we pay off a little more debt!!

Thank you!
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Lori Taube said...

Email subscriber!

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Lori Taube said...

Twitter follower and tweet!
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Lori Taube said...

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Rachel said...

The Rose Shower Gel would be an awesome indulgence :)

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Angela G said...

I'd like to try the Lifting Eye Gel. ag1414@hotmail.com

Angela G said...

I follow your blog. angelag

Angela G said...

I'm an Organic Pharmacy facebook fan. angela.gaffke

Angela G said...

I entered My Precious Kids.

Angela G said...

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Sher said...

I would love to try the Lip & Eye Cream!

heaventrees said...

I would like to try the Rose Intensive Conditioner for hair.

Carolsue said...

I'd love to have the 50ml Rose Plus Anti-Ageing Cream!
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Carolsue said...

I have your button
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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I would so love to get the Rose Intensive Conditioner-my hair could use it! Thanks!

Jes*In*CO said...

OH my! There are a bunch of products I would love to get my hands on, but if I had to pick one I would covet, it would have to be the Rose Plus Marine Collagen Complex. What Mamma (in their upper 30's) would LOVE to have their skin appear 10 years younger??

Thank you to The Organic Pharmacy for the generous product giveaway AND Goodie Goodie Gumdrops for your time in making it happen:)

Pamela said...

I would like to start with the Organic Pharmacy Starter/Travel Kit, which offers 8 of their products to try!

Tylerpants said...

I'd love to try the Flower Petal Deep Cleanser & Exfoliating Mask, it sounds amazing!
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Tylerpants said...

I'm an email subscriber. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Tylerpants said...

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susan1215 said...

Rose Plus Anti-Aging cream

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Courtney said...

11/21 tweet

http://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/5925429252

sixteencandles42 said...

The 60G Flower Petal Deep Cleanser and Exfoliating Mask would be perfect for my oily skin!

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lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/5926984212
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mineola said...

I would love to try the Double Rose Ultra moisturizing cream- and the Honey Masque is also appealing.

Jennifer said...

I'd like to try the Tea Tree Hand Soap.

Jennifer said...

I entered the Boogie Wipes giveaway!

trixx said...

I'd love to try the Clear Skin Tincture to help with my blemishes!

trixx said...

I'm an email subscriber

trixx said...

I entered the Boogie Wipes giveaway!

trixx said...

I entered the Little Music Lovers giveaway!

Sue said...

I would love to try the Rose Plus Antiageing for Face and Body

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50ml Rose Plus Anti-Ageing Cream is is something I'd love to try!

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Beeb said...

I'd love the Anti-ageing Gift set, specifically the Rose Plus Face Cream! Thank you for the giveaway!


~Beeb
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lilyk said...

I love the 200ml Rose Plus Antiageing Body Cream!

lilyk said...

I subscribed by email.

lilyk said...

I became a fan of The Organic Pharmacy on Facebook.

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