Where do we begin? We’ve had the Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash Traveler for a little over 3 weeks now and we’ve been trying really hard to find the best way to describe this product and the experience. After some meticulous head scratching and whisky sipping sessions, it occurred to us that the only way to write about this product is to give it the “average” treatment. Before everyone abandons this post, let us explain. In this case, the word “average” has a deeper meaning.
The $10, 2oz (also available in $26, 8oz size) tube is quite convenient for a mid-day face wash at work. What you get is a white plastic squeezable tube with a flip-up cap. The content within is in more of a liquid state than a creamy texture. A small press against the tummy of the tube can yield a generous amount of translucent light-yellow liquid. This “99.5% Natural, 51% Organic, Zero Toxins” substance is packed with healthy ingredients such as Aloe, Green Tea Spearmint, and Lime. If you ask us, this stuff smells like a hybrid of toothpaste and nature (in a good way). While we weren’t impressed by the liquid texture of the face wash, we were pleasantly surprised once we started applying the product. When you rub your palms together to distribute the substance, it instantly takes on a more fluid form and expands to cover your face. A small amount can go a long way.
The thing that didn’t wow us was the product experience. While applying the face wash, we weren’t able to get that physical stimulation reminding you that the product is “working”. For example, in the case of the Clinique For Men Face Scrub, we were actually able to feel the micro crystals rubbing against the surface of our skin. And with the PRZMAN Clean Getaway Face Wash, after rinsing off the residue, our face felt dry and tight as a result of all the debris and oil being extracted out of the skin (whether good or bad). With Ursa Major, however, both the application and rinse felt neutral. When the substance is being distributed across your face, it goes on smooth (you won’t necessarily feel any dead skin coming off – again, not necessarily a bad thing). You’ll get that same smooth feeling, during and post wash.
A bit perplexed with the neutral occurrences, we asked ourselves to give a verdict. The short answer to our long nights of pondering is that “average” and “neutral” isn’t bad, at all. For example, there are days when we wake up and just want to get by unnoticed or without much commotions. Switzerland is a “neutral” country and lots of great things come from there… It is with this in mind that we think Ursa Major Face Wash is a super average. The experience was so seamless that we didn’t know what to expect. Kind a like a girl you want to bring home to your parents (not necessarily to date). Sometimes an “average” day is a great day.