Maya Essentials Facial Cleanser Giveaway!

March 27, 2011By 61 Comments

I was recently sent a sample of Maya Essentials’ Rose and Olive Deep Facial Cleanser, and I have to be honest, the “olive oil” ingredient freaked me out a bit. I was like, “Is this going to be super slick and greasy, impossible to wash off and cause me to break out?”

Then I thought back on a time when i was beyond obsessed with DHC’s Deep Cleansing [Olive] Oil… it was the greatest thing ever! After I couldn’t verify whether it was vegan or not, I stopped using it… but lemme tell you, it was überly moisturizing, ant-aging, it washed off super easily (and yes, olive oil was the main ingredient), it didn’t leave any funky, slimy residue, and it made my skin feel exquisite! There have been many times when I’ve reminisced and craved that magical, wonderful formula of skincare bliss…  only to be bummed out with the inevitable womp-womp—until NOW!!

Maya Essentials not only came out with a vegan, cruelty-free version of this a-maaaaahzing cleanser, but it’s also organic, completely natural (and infused with a beautiful blend of rose, lavender and lemon), handmade in NY, and it comes in recyclable packaging. Score!

For your chance to win your very own Maya Essentials’ Rose and Olive Facial Cleanser ($23.50 value), leave a comment below and tell me which cruelty-free facial cleanser you currently use. For multiple entries, simply “like” Vegan Beauty Review on Facebook and/or follow VBR on Twitter (and leave a comment below for each letting me know you did so). A winner will be randomly selected and notified on April 11. Good luck!

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  1. Arpitha says:

    I am currently using Lush Aquamarina facial cleansar 🙂

  2. Tabitha says:

    Have been trying several cleansers & combos over the last several months with mixed results for my troublesome sometimes dry & sometimes oily, & super acne prone skin. Currently I’m actually using a combination of about half Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash & half Earth Science Clarifying Facial Wash and, though it has given me the best results I’ve seen so far, it still makes me break out a little because it’s a bit drying. Can’t say how psyched I would be to find a single cleaner that gives me the skin I had in my pre-veg days while using an unnamed (& definitely not vegan) soap.

  3. Hi! i use Alba Botanica for my face. I went vegan because i saw how animals are mistreated in labs and it is heart-breaking so i thought i should be careful with what i buy.

  4. Justine says:

    I currently use just a vegetable bar soap and I absolutely would love to try this!!!!

  5. jessica says:

    I am vegan and I have been. since 2003 but I don’t use any soap on my face I would love to try this product

  6. Caroline says:

    I also liked your facebook page! YAY!

  7. Caroline says:

    I’m currently using St. Ives….I kinda like it but I think my face needs a change!

  8. I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  9. I like you on FB: Cori Eckstrom Westphal

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  10. Right now I use Proactiv products and I have no idea if they are cruelty free! Yikes! I’m gonna check!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  11. Christin Quinones says:

    i liked this on facebook 🙂
    ive only used cleanser once, and it wasnt vegan. i dont have any cleanser, because i cant find any vegan ones in stores 🙁

  12. Robin says:

    I currently use Kiss My Face 100% olive oil soap as my facial cleanser.

  13. jeanne says:

    super-detox facial cleanser by angel face. i follow you on twitter 😀

  14. emily says:

    I use Alba Botanica’s coconut milk cleanser. (& I already follow you on twitter)

  15. Mecca says:

    Trader Joe’s facial cleaner/ jojoba oil

  16. Mariana Lopes says:

    Hey! My favorite skin cleanser is a homemade recipe! :p the main ingredient is olive oil, i use it for everything!

    I followed you on twitter, my username there is MaryLopes!
    Thanks 🙂

  17. S Jones from Atlanta says:

    Im still looking for that perfect facial cleanser. Would love to try this!

  18. Grace says:

    I use a mix of oils I made to remove makeup- coconut oil & almond oil mixed together, followed by hot water.

  19. Lori P says:

    I already follow you on Twitter.

  20. Lori P says:

    I use Beauty Without Cruelty’s cleanser.

  21. Jo-Anne says:

    I don’t use anything right now – looking for something vegan to cleanse my face – maybe this will be it!!!

  22. Milan says:

    Hey:) I currently use Avalon Organics Facial cleansing milk which is really gentle for sensitive skin.
    I follow you on twitter (@xoxomilan)
    And I like you on facebook 🙂

  23. Evie says:

    I am currently using Strawberry Hedgehog’s rosemary tea tree facial soap and am itching to try Pai’s facial cleanser, but I am definitely ALL ABOUT anything rose!

  24. Adrienne O. says:

    I use Ayelet Botanicals lemon facial cleanser!!!

    I already have you added on FB and Twitter! 🙂

  25. monika says:

    Dr. Bronner’s soap, Lavender.

    p.s. facebook page – liked. tweet, too 😀

  26. monika says:

    dr. bronner’s , lavender.
    p.s. FB like, Tweet too 😀

  27. ani says:

    i currently use beauty with cruelty’s aha cleanser as well as alba’s sea mineral gel cleanser

  28. Tracy says:

    I’m just starting to change all my products over to vegan items right now, actually! At the moment I’m using Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleanzing Gel. I know they don’t test on animals, but I’m not sure about their ingredients just yet. I also use Burt’s Bee’s Rosewater & Glycerin toner and it makes my skin feel wonderful and calms the little redness I have. I can just imagine what the Rose and Olive Oil cleanser would do coupled with the BB Rosewater toner =)

    (I follow you all over the place; here, fb, and twitter – woot!)

  29. kam says:

    I really enjoy Earth Science’s Creamy Cleanser followed by DermaE peptide serum.
    Both lines make excellent products!

  30. Sarah says:

    I currently using origins but am looking for something more substantial! thanks for the giveaway

  31. Melissa says:

    I currently use a face soap from a place in Chicago called Mojo Spa 🙂

  32. Jessica says:

    I currently use the Blissoma Mild Rice Cleanser, and I liked you on Facebook!

  33. Blair says:

    Like on Facebook and Twitter (cloudage01)

    I’m currently using Earth Science’s ABC foaming cleanser. Feels lovely on my skin!

  34. Emily says:

    Right now I’m using Dr. Woods Black Soap with Shea Butter.

  35. Adrienn says:

    I use Alba pineapple enzyme cleanser
    It keeps the oilness under control 🙂

  36. Heather says:

    I use Alba Sea Mineral Cleansing Gel.

  37. Mary L. says:

    I also follow on Twitter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Mary L. says:

    I currently use plain soap (Chase Street Soap from Etsy) since I haven’t found a good facial cleaner yet. Would love to try this one!

  39. Heather Davidson says:

    I like you on Facebook. 🙂

  40. Heather Davidson says:

    I currently use Yes to Tomatoes facial cleanser and their mask two to three times a week.

  41. Jennifer says:

    Oh and you are “liked” and “followed”…love the blog! 🙂

  42. Jennifer says:

    I use Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil face wash and a homemade green clay scrub.

  43. Jessica says:

    I currently use the tea tree oil cleanser from Trader Joe’s. You are “liked” and “followed.” 🙂

  44. Jennifer says:

    Follow you on Twitter @noteasy2begreen.

  45. Jennifer says:

    Liked you on FB!

  46. Jennifer says:

    I really like my current cleanser by Blissoma, but variety is always nice, and my oily, acne prone skin responds well to oils. Who would have guessed?

  47. Luna says:

    I currently use Yes to Cucumbers cleansing gel, but I can’t wait to go back to my Yes to Blueberries cleanser. –I really liked LUSH’s Buche de Noel over the winter, it was really moisturizing.

    I also like you on Facebook. 😛

  48. Jaimie-lyn says:

    And I’m a fan on the Twitter 😉

  49. Jaimie-lyn says:

    I like your facebook page

  50. Jaimie-lyn says:

    I don’t have a cleanser right now..specific for face. Well I have a bar soap, thats made by my friends company…its vegan. But I want a lotiony cleanser…. 🙂

  51. j says:

    Is it weird that reading about this cleanser made me a lil hungry? It sounds delicious! I’m currently loving St. Ives’ apricot facial scrub, which I think I first heard about on this site. Thanks Sunny!

  52. Monica says:

    I currently use Leap Organics cleanser and just liked your page on FB + following you on twitter =)

  53. Mary says:

    I’m currently using Burt’s Bees’ Radiance Facial Cleanser! I followed you on twitter!/meaculpa115

  54. Eva says:

    I use a homemade sugar scrub. I already follow you on Twitter and “liked” your Facebook page. 🙂

  55. JakeHaydn says:

    I just started using Pai cleanser and moisturizer samples that I got on your recommendation from a few posts back. And I followed you on twitter!

  56. Michelle says:

    I use Earth Science and Pink Dandy (etsy) brands.

  57. Abbe says:

    I’ve already *liked* your FB page. Currently, I’m using 9 to 5 by Lush.

  58. Amy says:

    I use my own homemade vegan oil cleanser, would love to try yours! 🙂 I am already a fan on FB & twitter

  59. Krissi M. says:

    Oh and I already follow you on Twitter. :p

  60. Krissi M. says:

    I use a homemade skin cleanser; honey, ginger and turmeric. Oh and I “liked” you on my facebook.

  61. Lori says:

    I currently use the green tea St Ives cleanser.

    I already have u on my twitter and Facebook as well!

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