Go Deep Down with Borghese Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser – Part 1

Borghese Purifying Clay Cleanser

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Not too long ago I received a box full of Borghese beauty goodies. There was lipstick, mascara, and eyeshadow, oh my, but don’t worry, I won’t be cramming everything into this one review. Instead, I will be doing a three-part series. In today’s review, I will be talking about the Borghese Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser, $30, also known as the Purifying Clay Cleanser.

The Borghese beauty brand dates back to the 1950s when Princess Marcella Borghese decided she wanted to create her own line of lipsticks. The princess didn’t wear just any type of makeup, or use just any type of skincare. She had her products sourced from naturally derived ingredients found near her home, Villa Borghese in Rome.

After receiving the blessing of Pope Pius XII to start her new venture, she met with the founder of Revlon, Charles Revson, who helped her create Borghese. The company was one of the first to utilize natural ingredients. Even though Princess Marcella Borghese passed away in 2002, Borghese still continues its legacy of pioneering new innovations in skincare and cosmetics.

The Purifying Clay Cleanser is one of those innovations. The cleanser wasn’t new to me. I actually had received a sample in a previous month’s Birchbox. The Fango Purifcante Clay Cleanser is designed to penetrate deep into pores to help skin look clean and clear.

Borghese Purifying Mask Swatch

The formulation contains naturally derived clay and Phytic Acid, polyphenol-rich extracts, and antioxidants. The clay in the cleanser works like a purifying mask, while the acid, extracts, and antioxidants help to soothe, refine and smooth skin, without stripping away its moisture.

Though you can use the cleanser every day, I found it a bit too intense for my sensitive, dry skin. For me, it worked better when I used it only a couple times a week, or in place of my exfoliator. If you have normal, oily or combination skin, I think you could use this cleanser on a daily basis while anyone with dry or sensitive skin might be better off using it every other day, or a few times per week.

However, I did notice the more I lathered up the cleanser before applying it to my face, the less harsh it was. Regardless, the cleanser definitely did an amazing job of detoxifying any impurities in my skin, without causing breakouts. Even though I had a few areas of irritation, where I am extra sensitive, the overall result was smooth, radiant skin.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a complexion-clearing cleanser, that doesn’t strip skin of its moisture or radiance, check out the Borghese Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser, $30. It is worth the investment, especially if you have problem skin or want a little extra help detoxifying your pores.

Have you ever used a clay cleanser before? What is the most important attribute for a cleanser?

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  1. Allison @neversaydiebeauty says

    I’ve steered clear of clay cleansers and masks now that my skin has become so dry and sensitive. But I love the look of this cleanser – it looks quite gentle, and it sounds wonderful for those with combo or oily skin!

  2. I have terribly sensitive skin, super oily on my face and dry everywhere else. I haven’t tried clay cleansers yet but I have been using charcoal cleansers and they work wonders on me. Again, only about every other day because of my skin. But it works.

  3. Tonya Denmark says

    Nice to hear there is a clay cleanser for sensitive skin. I think this one would be right up my alley.

  4. I have never tried a clay cleanser before. Glad it would be ok for my sensitive skin!

  5. Fango mud is one of my favorite products from Borghese!

  6. Clay in cleanser? That’s new to me but that makes a lot of sense!!

  7. Laura Londergan says

    good to know that this product has clay in it as that is such a great ingredient to go deep into the layers of skin. It also makes your skin so soft

  8. This cleanser is definitely good stuff

  9. I have been sent a clay cleanser but never actually used it oops! I think it might irritate my sensitive combination skin so a little worried about that!

    • I was hesitant at first too, but after trying the cleanser out I didn’t find it to be too harsh. I use it every other day and it doesn’t irritate my skin.

  10. I have not so good experiences with clay cleansers and my sensitive and dry skin, so I’m always a little bit hesitant trying new ones – thanks for the review, maybe this one will be good for me!

    • I have dry, sensitive skin too. It makes it hard to find gentle products. This cleanser is one of them. I use it every other day or a couple times a week.

  11. Sounds really good! I need my cleansers to be gentle.

  12. Thankfully because of genetics my skin is in pretty good condition. However, I’ve been using the same cleanser since high school. It really is time to try something new and this cleanser is right up my alley!

  13. Your bottom line is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Now….to just get out there and snag it up!

  14. I am currently using a rose hip oil cleanser that I am loving but it doesn’t feel like it gets down deep enough. I should be able to pair it with a clay one ever other day or am I out to lunch on this one?

  15. Skye McLain says

    I’m so excited to find your blog!! It is beautiful! My mother always used Borghese products when I was growing up and I was always dabbling in them. This clay cleanser is divine too! I love it!

  16. Clay in the cleanser is a new one to me. Sounds really good! I like that the brand originated from a princess.

  17. I have heard amazing things about clay, but never used it for myself. I think I will have to look for this! It looks fabulous!

  18. I recently used a clay mask that cleanses and detoxifies. I loved it! It does such a good job and makes my skin look bright and clear. I’m going to look into this cleanser!

  19. What a great product this looks like a really cool adition to my beauty products

  20. I currently have a cleanser I use and love but this one definitely looks like a good one! Thanks so much for sharing – I love hearing about new products!

  21. Ellen Edmonson says

    Thank you for this post. I love trying new products and would be happy to have an unlimited shopping spree in Sephora. I’ve never tried a clay cleanser, but it sounds like something I think I would try. Borghese mascara is really nice, too.

  22. I love Borghese masks, and cleansers they are amazing!

  23. $30 is a pricy addition to my routine. I’m glad I got to read the review first!

    • It does have a bit of a high price point, but you do get a lot of product. I think spending money on skincare is always worth the investment.

  24. MyTeenGuide says

    I love trying out new things. These products sound interesting.

  25. How interesting! I didn’t know the story behind the Borghese brand! I love a good natural cleanser too! I’ll have to try it out!

  26. I have never tried this brand before, but I have heard nothing but good over the years. I’ll have to try it someday! – HilLesha

  27. I love a good cleanser but have never heard of this brand before. Clay cleansers are usually pretty good.

  28. I’ve never tried Borghese masks. This one sounds great since it doesn’t strip the skin. I like clay cleansers, too.

  29. Thanks for sharing about this product! I may have to try it out!!! <3

  30. I recently started using a clay mask that was also an exfoliator. Absolutely love it. Funny as I remember using clay stuff when I was a teenager (many many years ago!) now it seems to be trending again!