Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing

Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing review for dry oily combination skin

Saturday evening is something pretty special around here. Saturday evening is the night I bring out the Northern Soap Cleanser. An activated charcoal cleanser, this doesn’t just clean the surface of the skin, but it gets right in there, deep in the layers, drawing out impurities washing them away. This could be the holy grail of deep cleaning cleansers. 

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been heated up. As it heats, it creates little pockets - these are what draw out and trap the impurities and toxins from your skin. This is why the likes of Origins Clear Improvement face mask are so successful. The activated charcoal binds to the grime and dirt. Our bodies cannot absorb charcoal (hence why it’s used to treat overdoses and some poisonings). So, the charcoal just sits there on our skin, gathering up and trapping the nasties - and taking them all away as it’s removed. As charcoal cannot be absorbed into the skin, it stops any of the toxins it has trapped being further absorbed into the skin too. This is a great preventative treatment to stop the spread of oil and dirt across the skin, resulting in fewer blocked pores, thus fewer breakouts!

Siberian Skincare

The Siberian climate is one of extremes from intense heat to deadly drops in temperature. Natura Siberica have been studying Northern Nenec, Selkup and Khanty tribes people, along with their ancient recipes and concoctions made from locally sourced minerals and materials. The Northern Soap Cleanser is enriched with a mixture of these harvested, antioxidant packed wild berries and herbs giving it not only skin cleansing properties, but skin nourishing, healing and moisturising benefits too. 

But is this all a load of sales spiel? Are we just being bludgeoned into submission by the beauty industry, baffling us with science and mystical ingredients?

Northern Soap Facial Cleanser Ingredients

I took a quick look at some of these activated, Siberian ingredients to see if there was anything all that special about them. 

Siberian Cedar Oil - Jam packed with Vitamin E, and we all know how vital that is when it comes to our skin. Nourishing, protecting, possible a barrier against UV damage. We love us some Vitamin E.

Northern Cloudberry Extract - (I mean come on, that name?! Love it!) Vitamin C, Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, the creates an amazing barrier across the skin that protects it from free-radical and environmental damage - now this would come in handy in the Siberian climate!

Sakhalin Raspberry Seed Oil - antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, this is great for reducing redness and calming breakouts.

From where I’m standing, I’m seeing all of the above benefits in my own skin after using the Northern Soap Cleanser for over 3 months now!

Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing review for dry oily combination skin

How to use Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing

Natura Siberica advices using the cleanser no more than twice a week, but I found that to be a little too drying for my skin - however in the warmer months, I can see a twice weekly cleanse on the cards. The cleanser comes with it’s own sponge, so I start by soaking that in hot water (not boiling) until it becomes soft and pliable. 

Once the sponge is soft, I wring it out, not too much just so it isn’t dripping, then swirl it around the product. The cleanser itself is a solid cleanser. Wiping the sponge around, it foams slightly, grey in colour. After a couple of swirls, I start to apply it in circular motions to a dry face. 

Make sure you have removed all make-up before applying this cleanser. If you don’t all the cleanser will do is remove the make-up, not oil, grime and impurities in the skin, and I wouldn’t advise you go in twice with this cleanser as it can be pretty harsh.

The cleanser itself dries like a clay mask very quickly. I actually don’t mind this, and after applying all over the skin, I will let it sit for a minute or two like a face mask, as I rinse the sponge and change fill the sink with a little water. Using the wet sponge, I swipe across my face to remove the cleanser, finally rinsing with a little warm water, the splashing my face with cold water before patting dry.

My skin instantly looks fresher, brighter and tighter and it has a real squeaky clean feel to it. Like I said, it can be pretty drying, so once a week is enough for me to reap the benefits without drying out my skin too much! I actually love that I only use this once a week right now as it’s always nice to change up the skincare ritual and it feels like a real treat. I also think my skin actually reacts better to using products more sparingly, it seems to absorb the benefits ten times better than with products I use everyday twice a day.

I can’t go before I talk about the scent because for me, damn, just thinking about it puts a smile on my face. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the scent of almonds. That intense, cherry bakewell scent. Which is exactly what the Northern Soap Cleanser smells like. I don’t know, when a product smells really good, that just adds to the joy of using it for me!

Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing review for dry oily combination skin

Are you a sucker for the science and scents behind a product too?

Until next time, 


  1. Fab review! This sounds really good. I think I'm going to buy one to try it for myself.

  2. I love cherry bakewell scent too. This looks so good. I cant believe youve been using it 3 months I've never committed to something for so long in my life haha.

    Corinne x