Do you need the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual Duo in your skincare regimen? No, of course not. But oh my, it sure is lovely to have, especially if you're all about skincare that starts with a good cleanse that leaves the complexion soft and radiant. Bonus points if you nurture an appreciation for indulgent beauty rituals, or you've ever posted on Instagram with "#selfcare."
The Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual Duo consists of a melting oil cleanser and a purifying charcoal cleanser; a muslin cloth comes with. The set's presented as a two-step spa-experience-in-a-box, but obviously you don't have to use the cleansers in tandem, and you may use one more often than the other. Whatever floats your goat. #manigeeksays
The first step in the ritual is a Citrus Oil Radiance Cleanse, a coconut-oil based formula boosted with a blend of yet more fatty-acid-rich seed oils and butter, plus rose, bergamot and lemon essential oils for scent. (The overall effect is a sweetened citrus fragrance rather than zesty. It's not overpowering, but I'd still prefer 50% less fragrance.)
My go-to cleanser is micellar, and usually I'm so thorough that I don't need a second cleanse, whether via gel, or oil, or balm. This Citrus Oil Radiance Cleanse finds its way into my regimen on days I want a skincare treat. It feels deliciously melty, rinses cleanly away, and leaves skin softer and I swear more hydrated than any other oil formula I've tried.
Step two in the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual Duo ($55 CAD and $46 USD at sephora.com) is the Purifying Charcoal Cleanse. This is more of an occasional-use formula than the oil for me; I'm so much more aggressive about hydration than purification. (That said, I'll use Charcoal Cleanse more often in hot weather.) Lovely and creamy, it's a little softer than clay and delivers a more hydrated result than you might expect. Dry skin should have no problem with this formula.
I like the muslin cloth. Some won't – it's terrifying when you take it out of the box, so stiff that your fingertips might mistake it for sanding paper, and it remains somewhat abrasive after you've wet it and used it repeatedly. But I like it as a little manual exfoliation. In fact, I use it with other cleansers I've been trying too, and I take it with me when I travel.
If you're inclined to travel with one or both cleansers, you can – they're TSA-friendly at 75 mL each. The set's gift-worthy, too – it's a fancy (and larger) version of Pixi's Double Cleanse. (It's still a gift if you buy it for yourself, right?)
Have you tried this set? Do you think you might? Do you already have a favourite oil cleanser and/or charcoal cleanser?