Xingu is Santaverde’s cashew juice-based skincare range for “age perfect” skin — here’s a review of their late 2018 launches, toner and cleansing balm, based on a four weeks long test. 

Having skipped this month’s Trusted Brands’ Beauty News article (on purpose; we’re looking forward to a whole slew of novelties to be presented during this year’s Vivaness!), in February you’ll find two 4-week reviews of trusted brands’ products introduced earlier instead.

The first novelty tested is Santaverde’s Xingu range extension: the new toner and the cleansing balm.

Cover photography:
© Santaverde.

Xingu Toner & Cleansing Balm
A 4-Weeks Review

It’s no secret that the Xingu eye cream is an all-time favourite in the casa BEAUTYCALYPSE. This product is simply amazing, rich but not greasy, softening and gently (visually) brightening. So when Santaverde announced the range extention in late Summer of 2018, I was all ears.

A toner and a cleansing balm are staple products in my skin care routine, and I haven’t really settled for one favourite in neither of those departments. While I do have a favourite make-up removal product, I’m pretty uncommitted when it comes to soaps and cleansers, or toner for that matter.

For me, a toner is a toner, and I’ll just grab one that’s clean’n’green and run with it.

Will the Xingu products change my mind and become my new favourites!?

QUICK INGREDIENT BREAKDOWN

The facts first. The cleansing balm ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Anacardium Occidentale Extract*, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil*, Alcohol*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Lactate, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil*, Coco-Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter*, Solanum Lycopersicum Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Phytate, P-Anisic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum**, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
* organic agriculture/ ** natural essential oils

Rich in skin-strengthening oils and butters — babassu, coconut, Brazil nut, exotic andiroba — as well as the signature cashew extract, the cleansing balm clearly is designed with tired, dry skin in mind. Sounds promising already.

The toner ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Alcohol*, Anacardium Occidentale Extract*, Passiflora Incarnata Herb Extract*, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Water*, Salix Nigra Bark Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ectoin, Levulinic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate.
* organic agriculture

A few notes:
A. Natural Alcohol. Natural alcohol is considered non-drying and you need a synergetic preservative in a toner, so don’t develop any harsh feelings —  this blend of aloe juice with flower waters and a dash of furher moisturising ingredients is definitely on the hydrating side of things.

B. Sodium Hyaluronate & Dry Air. As always with products containing hyaluronic acid, beware of dry air. Remember: if the air is dry, chances are this humectant will bind the moisture from your skin rather than from the environment making your skin feel dry. Is this the case, seal the hyaluron-containing product with an actual moisturiser.

TESTING THE XINGU TONER 

The Xingu age perfect toner is based on aloe and rose water with a bit of natural alcohol (considered not drying) with a side of hyaluron, ectoin, cashew juice, pasion fruit extract and orange water — it does indeed sound hydrating and softening. It has a pleasant, gentle, slightly sour smell reminiscent of a natural lemonade.

I always feel a very distinct sensation of tight dryness on my skin upon application even if the air is humid. I wonder if it’s due to the willow bark extract. It’s not utterly unpleasant and I got used to it, my skin also didn’t seem to dry out during the testing period, but it’s worth noticing in a review. Overall, the skin feels rather tightened and healthy after the dryness sensation is gone.

Spraying the Xingu toner over make-up didn’t work well for me (but it never works, and all I am able to use over make-up is thermal water), but I liked using it on days without make-up. Because I have a skin care routine in place, it’s pretty difficult to judge the soothing and hydrating results of a single product, but I would say it fitted in rather smoothly, replacing a Sativa toner I was using before.

TESTING THE XINGU CLEANSING BALM

The Xingu age perfect cleansing balm has a gel-like texture and the smell of the Xingu range: fruity and slightly sweet. The bright orange colour is responsible for half of the face-cleansing fun. Again, I have a skin care routine in place, and the Xingu cleansing balm found a neat place in it, too. However, it has no power whatsoever over my concealers or my foundation, so I resorted to using it in the morning (replacing a liquid cleanser by Dr. Alkaitis that I was testing before) and in the evening only on those days without make-up. For powerful and gentle make-up removal, nothing beats Kahina Giving Beauty, not even the heavenly scented Xingu cleansing balm.

What this balm is great for: a quick facial massage. The scent is invigorating, and the texture is really soft and pleasant on skin. The formula is packed with skin-loving oils, and it shows: the so cleansed skin feels instantly soft and hydrated.

Bottom line: So, is the range extension the bees’ knees or what?
It is what it is — a very sensible addition to the Xingu range that makes a lot of sense.

If you are in love with the Xingu products and need a gentle face washing product and a toner, these are the products calling your name.
If you’re not familiar with the Xingu range, I would suggest sampling it — Santaverde provide tester sachets in their online shops, and the retailers carry testers as well — and seeing for yourself. For me, the perfect gateway into the Xingu world is the Xingu age perfect serum. It’s expensive, yes, but if this one “clicks” with you, Xingu is your jam.

This review is fully editiorial and independent.
The products used for testing were press samples.