“You guys are so good with your oils; we need a cleansing oil,” Miranda Kerr, founder of Kora Organics, shares her customers’ requests over a recent Zoom call. For the past four years, the clean skin-care brand’s lineup has been comprised of a number of nourishing oils, including the Allure Best of Beauty-winning Noni Glow Body Oil. However, one specifically for cleansing faces was noticeably absent — until now.
Meet the Milky Mushroom Gentle Cleansing Oil, a dual-phase, oil-to-milk cleanser formulated to soothe skin and remove dirt, oil, and makeup — without leaving it feeling stripped and tight. I personally find the dual-phase formula’s shaking step to be an engaging component. It’s a welcome wake-up call that I can’t fall asleep with makeup on, no matter how exhausted I am.
Some 12 years into her official Kora Organics journey, perfection is a standard Kerr is long used to. “It took about five or six iterations — a little over a year — until I was 100 percent right with [the cleansing oil],” Kerr shares.
Milky Mushroom Cleanser is meant to be a two-in-one product, says Kerr. It removes makeup while also lifting away dirt and grime. As with other Kora Organics products, noni fruit extract is featured in the Milky Mushroom Gentle Cleansing Oil, but the star ingredient, as hinted in its name, is none other than silver ear mushroom (also known as snow mushroom). Board-certified dermatologist and director of dermatologic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, Dendy Engelman, previously compared snow mushroom’s ability to pull moisture into the skin to that of hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid is also a key ingredient to guard skin against external stressors, like face coverings. Snow mushroom has it beat in one particular area, though: The “particles [of snow mushroom] are smaller than hyaluronic acid, so it penetrates the skin more easily,” Engelman noted.