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Step One

Pore refining, acne-controlling daily cleanser A moisturising, deep cleansing and light gel for all skin types
Avocado Extract + Squalane
Made In New Zealand Cleanser - 35 ML
Cathy Verified Buyer
04/02/2021

Cleanser of my DREAMS!

I have kind of hated washing my face because I have never found the right cleanser. Some are too drying, some break me out and some don't give you that clean feeling. But Step 1 is legit the best cleanser I have used. It has replaced all my bad cleanser memories with such good skincare memories. First of all it's so gentle on the skin, it doesn't dry out the skin but at the same time it really feels like I have given my skin a deep cleansing session at the spa (it smells divine). I get ocassional breakouts here and there but after using Step 1 the frequency of those have also reduced.

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Place your order today and get it in ~5 business days for orders within NZ and ~9-24 business days for orders within USA, Australia, Singapore, Asia and Europe! 

Covid-19 Update: 
*Please note there could be delays by a few business days in deliveries due to COVID-19 and backlogs with our delivery partners. Deliveries in USA, Australia, Singapore, Asia and Europe are experiencing delays due to slower customs clearances and reduced staff at major airports. If you want an update on your order please be in touch with us and we will help you out immediately! 

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Your happiness is our priority.

What it targets: This balancing cleanser is your first step to happy skin. It cleans skin, unclogs pores and combats blemishes – all without stripping your skin of its natural moisture.

How it works:

  • Step 1 is gentle because it doesn’t disrupt the pH level of your skin. Once you wash it off, your skin will feel clean, but not tight and dry.
  • It gets rid of excess oil and dirt, without messing with the natural oils that keep your skin soft and bouncy. This is why your skin won’t feel the need to produce excess oil. The result? Fewer pimples and controlled oil levels.
  • The deep cleansing formula unclogs pores and removes makeup or sunscreen residue, leaving you with clear, even-looking skin.
  • It’s got avocado – an ingredient that’s bursting with vitamins C and E. Along with making your skin glow, these antioxidants also protect it from free radical damage.
  • Another star ingredient in Step 1 is squalane oil derived from olives. It’s special because it’s lightweight but also so moisturising. Squalane oil is an anti-inflammatory, so it can help combat breakouts as well as conditions like eczema and rosacea.
  • Step 1 is created with only the safest natural, organic and food-safe certified ingredients.
  • It’s recommended by dermatologists as an effective organic and vegan skincare solution.
  • Step 1 is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin.
  • It’s suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
  • It’s clinically certified to be hypoallergenic and is therefore unlikely to cause any irritation or allergies.
  • All ingredients in Dazzle are perfectly balanced to ensure the formula is non-comedogenic and therefore won’t block pores.

Why it’s gentle:

PETA® Cruelty Free and Vegan, Dermatologically Tested, Non-Comedogenic, Paraben-Free, Suitable for all skin types, Biocert® Organic, Biocert® Halal, Made-Safe® Non-Toxic Certified, Australia Allergy Certified®, Ethanol Free.


Dermatologically Tested Clinical Study

Step One was dermatologically tested and found to be “Non-Irritant” based on Bureau of Indian Standards 4011:1997 Amendment 2, November 2007 guidelines.

Why our customers bought this

CathyVerified Buyer
06/02/2021

Great for those who wear makeup.

My job requires me to wear makeup and travel everyday. I have always used a wipe before and then used a soap based face wash to get it all out. But those wipes really feel harsh on the skin. Step 1 has reduced my two steps into one. The texture emuslfies and breaks down makeup without stripping my skin. On days when I wear heavier makeup I just wash my face with Step 1 twice. Also the size is very travel friendly.

AlliVerified Buyer
07/02/2021

Acne attacker

I have been a loyal user of Zap for a very long time and it has been such a saviour for my cystic acne. Step 1 completes the acne routine for me. Just Like Zap, Step 1 did not dissapoint. Its has helped control my acne flare ups to a large extent and also helped with blemishes that acne leaves behind. I use it twice a day and follow it up with Zap, and have noticed an improvement in the overall texture of my skin as well. I think the combination of Zap and Step 1 is great for anyone who has acne like me.

AliyahVerified Buyer
06/02/2021

Absolutely love it!

I was really attracted to the ingredients in Step 1. I have read alot about the benefits of Avocado and Squalane, and Step 1 is the love child of both their benefits. It really gets out the day's dirt from the face effectively but rather gently. The tightness that you tend to feel after washing your face, I have not felt once with Step 1. In fact it really moisturizes my skin and makes it bouncy. It has made my skin a lot clearer than before as my chin and nose use to be ridden with whiteheads but I don't get them now, probably because theres no build up in my pores

Super Hero Ingredients

We source only the best version of each ingredient from the best locations. Sourced locally and globally, the origin of our ingredients span across the globe from organic farms in New Zealand all the way to the rainforests of South America.

  • Avocado Extract

    New Zealand
    Organic Certified
    Smoothens & Brightens

  • Squalane (Olive)

    USA
    Vegan and Plant Based
    Moisturizes & Soothes

  • Shea Butter

    Ghana
    Organic Certified
    Moisturizes & Soothes

  • Jojoba Oil

    Mexico
    Cold Pressed & Hexane-Free Extraction
    Regulates Sebum

  • Macadamia Extract

    Australia
    Organic Certified
    Fights Pigmentation & Blemishes

All ingredients

Superhero Ingredients:

Olive Squalane
Organic Certified and 100% plant derived Squalane is lightweight and highly effective in moisturizing the skin. Our skin also produces Squalene but over times the levels start getting depleted.
Our Squalane is derived from Olives from New Zealand and is a powerful antioxidant that amps up your skin's protection from sun damage and other environmental toxins that cause multiple skin problems such as pigmentation, dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Squalane’s antibacterial properties reduce acne and skin irritations and help balance skin tone. Squalene is suited to all skin types, especially acne prone and oily skin as it is anti-inflammatory, get absorbed quickly and is non-comedogenic.

Avocado Extract
Organic certified natural ingredient from the avocado fruit. It is known to have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents to help your skin stay smooth, strong and elastic. Rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, anti-oxidants Avocado has several essential antioxidants and vitamins that nourish your skin from within and impart a natural glow. Avocado is packed with lauric acid which is rich in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which in turn is very useful in managing acne.

Shea Butter
Organic Certified Shea Butter is the fat extracted from the nuts of the Shea Trees from the 'African Shea Belt' that lies very close to Ghana, Nigeria and Northern Uganda. Shea Butter has high levels of linoleic acid and oleic acid which make it one of the most moisturizing plant based ingredients in the world. While it looks rich and heavy, Shea Butter is actually extremely lightweight and quickly absorbs into the skin without making it looking oily. Shea butter is also non-comedogenic, this means it won't clog your pores while it deeply conditions and hydrates your skin.

Macadamia oil
Enriched with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, cold pressed Macadamia oil is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals and oxidative stress that environmental factors can cause. Being an antioxidant it can help reduce pigmentation, blemishes. fine lines and wrinkles caused by free radicals. It is also high in vitamin E which makes it a great moisturizer for all skin types.

Jojoba oil
Organic certified natural oil extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant. It’s the closest match to sebum – the oil your skin naturally produces to help protect and heal it from external toxins. It is the skin’s first defence barrier. This similarity makes jojoba oil less likely to build upon your skin and clog your pores, leading to fewer breakouts and less severe acne.

In adulthood, your skin tends to produce lesser sebum, which often leads to dryness and dullness. When the body is unable to produce enough sebum to protect against harsh external elements, jojoba oil can often work as the perfect solution. It contains essential vitamins such as vitamins B and E, as well as key minerals such as zinc and copper.

Hero Ingredients:

Lauryl glucoside
Made from coconut and glucodise (sugar), Eco Certified Lauryl Glucoside is a 100% vegetable origin, biodegradable, mild cleanser and skin conditioner. Its gives Step 1 its foraming properties. Unlike other cleansing agents like SLS, Lauryl Glucoside is so gentle that it is often found in baby products. Its pH ranges between 5.5 -6.5 which makes it suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.

Decyl glucoside
Eco Certified Decyl glucoside is a plant derived and completely biodegradable surfactant. What makes its exceptional is it does not dry out the skin even when used repeatedly which makes Step 1 the perfect daily cleanser. Decyl glucoside helps to effectively remove oil and dirt from the skin while maintaining moisture levels, preventing inflammation and itchiness.

MCT oil
Capric Triglyceride is a naturally occurring fatty acid made from coconut and gylcerin which make it a great hydrator. Its slippery texture is known to improve the appearance of the skin and create a smooth feeling. It also acts as a natural preservative to increase the shelf life of our formulations.

Glycerine
Organic certified plant-derived glycerin. It helps maintain moisture content, resulting in soft and supple skin.

Sesame oil
Cold pressed Sesame Oil not only makes the skin soft and deeply nourished by trapping moisture, it's also has exceptional cleansing properties. It attracts oil-soluble toxins in your pores and binds them, so your skin gets cleaned from deep within.

Dehydroxanthan gum
Eco certified natural ingredient derived from fermentation of sugar found in corn. It’s known to support your skin’s self-hydrating properties and helps skin better absorb active ingredients. Plus, it leaves your skin feeling immediately smoother.

Dehydroacetic acid
NaTrue® (True Friends of Natural and Organic Cosmetics®) Certified + U.S. FDA Permitted + Soil Association® certified organic compound which keeps our product fresh. Commonly used in the food industry for prolonging freshness of strawberries. This is one of the only ‘ecologically friendly raw materials’ as per the strictest European Commission regulations.

Benzyl alcohol
NaTrue® (True Friends of Natural and Organic Cosmetics®) Certified + U.S. FDA Permitted + Soil Association® certified organic compound which helps protect our product. Commonly found in the petals of the Jasmine flower, this is one of the only ‘ecologically friendly raw materials’ as per the strictest European Commission regulations.

Geranium flower extract
Often, fragrances are the ingredients that you have to be wary of because they tend to contain the most dangerous ingredients for humans. Many are packed with 2,500+ chemicals which are kept secret – meaning you can’t see them on the ingredients label.

We believe transparency is more important today than it has ever been in the past. Hence, we use a natural certified rose extract as our fragrance. Rose not only has a fantastic fragrance, but is also extremely gentle on human skin. It has been used as an oil and is gentle enough to suit most sensitive skins too. In India, it has been used for centuries to clear blemishes.

The heart note is Geranium which promotes new skin cells regeneration and also helps fade away dark spots. It also has potent antioxidant properties that maintain your skin's health and keep it looking fresher. Geranium also helps balance out the natural sebum your skin produces, helps to unclog pores and calms down any inflammation.

Sandalwood Extract
Often, fragrances are the ingredients that you have to be wary of because they tend to contain the most dangerous ingredients for humans. Many are packed with 2,500+ chemicals which are kept secret – meaning you can’t see them on the ingredients label.

We believe transparency is more important today than it has ever been in the past. Hence, we use a natural certified rose extract as our fragrance. Rose not only has a fantastic fragrance, but is also extremely gentle on human skin. It has been used as an oil and is gentle enough to suit most sensitive skins too. In India, it has been used for centuries to clear blemishes.

Hence, we use natural certified Sandalwood extract as our fragrance. Sandalwood is widely known for its cooling and soothing effect on the skin. It also helps bright the skin by reducing pigmentation, blemishes and tan. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it great for acne prone skin.

Citric Acid
Eco Certified Citric acid helps correct and reverse the visible signs of sun damage and photo-damage. It helps clean out pores which gives the appearance of smaller pore size, evens out skin tone and make it smoother by exfoliating the uppermost layer of dead skin cells. While citric acid is extremely gentle on the skin it has shown to be effective on pigmented skin and making the skin brighter. Citric acid has supports in maintaining an optimum level of pH of the skin. It prevents build up in the skin that can can cause blackheads, spots and dry patches.

Glyceryl Stearate
Plant derived Glyceryl Stearate is what binds all the ingredients together in Step 1. Made with part glycerin, it makes the skin softer and smoother by creating a protective barrier on the top of the skin to prevent any water loss. This helps your skin remain supple and hydrated throughout the day.

Potassium sorbate
Food-Grade Certified + Natural Products Association® approved + Whole Foods® Premium Body Care approved ingredient. Originally discovered in the berries from the rowan tree. Potassium sorbate is known to be as harmless to humans as common salt and has been used in the food industry for over 80 years. It is used to keep foods like jams, cakes and milkshakes fresh! In skincare it is known to maintain your skin’s pH at the right level and keeps products fresh for longer.

Sustainability Promise:

Your Organic Riot makes a difference.
In order to close the recycling loop, it’s important for us to buy products that are recycled. As a mandate we only use packaging made of recycled material.
All our tubes are made of post-consumer recycled resin and boxes are made of post-consumer recycled paper.
Benefits of our boxes being made of recycled paper:
Saves ~850ML of water
Used up to 30% less energy
Produced up to 40% less carbon vs. similarly sized boxes made from non-recycled paper.
Shipped in zero plastic packaging made from recycled paper.

Our outer packaging is printed with food-grade, non bio-accumulating & heavy-metal free inks. Each box is free of any sort of plastic matte/ glossy lamination so as to not interfere with the complete recycling of the box. Our tubes are made of BPA-free recyclable plastic polymers from Japan. Our product information is printed directly on the tubes, so they’re free from labels and adhesives that affect the recyclability potential of these tubes.

To us 'cruelty free' aren’t just words on a box. We dig deep to understand the harvesting methods of raw materials to ensure two important factors - that no form of animal cruelty and child labour has been used during the process. we firmly believe: Animal cruelty is more than just testing beauty products on animals. Sourcing 'vegan and organic' ingredients from farms which have lead to de-forestation and loss of animal life is equally cruel. That there is nothing 'cruelty free' about a brand if it uses 'vegan and organic' ingredients which has links to child labour.

We believe beauty is a feeling. Which is why in our quest for inclusivity, we incorporated the product name on the outer carton in braille. The beauty industry more often that not forgets about its visually impaired consumers when it talks about inclusion and diversity, because who said beauty is only visual?

PLANET FRIENDLY PACKAGING

In order to close the recycling loop, it’s important for us to buy products that are recycled.

Your Organic Riot makes a difference.
Benefits of our boxes being made of recycled paper:
Saves ~850ML of water
Used up to 30% less energy
Produced up to 40% less carbon vs. similarly sized boxes made from non-recycled paper.
Shipped in zero plastic packaging made from recycled paper.

READY TO RECYCLE

Our outer packaging is printed with food-grade, non bio-accumulating & heavy-metal free inks. Each box is free of any sort of plastic matte/ glossy lamination so as to not interfere with the complete recycling of the box. Our tubes are made of BPA-free recyclable plastic polymers from Japan. Our product information is printed directly on the tubes, so they’re free from labels and adhesives that affect the recyclability potential of these tubes.

REDEFINING 'CRUELTY FREE'

To us 'cruelty free' aren’t just words on a box. We dig deep to understand the harvesting methods of raw materials to ensure two important factors - that no form of animal cruelty and child labour has been used during the process. we firmly believe: Animal cruelty is more than just testing beauty products on animals. Sourcing 'vegan and organic' ingredients from farms which have lead to de-forestation and loss of animal life is equally cruel. That there is nothing 'cruelty free' about a brand if it uses 'vegan and organic' ingredients which has links to child labour.

INCLUSION & DIVERSITY

We believe beauty is a feeling. Which is why in our quest for inclusivity, we incorporated the product name on the outer carton in braille. The beauty industry more often that not forgets about its visually impaired consumers when it talks about inclusion and diversity, because who said beauty is only visual?

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Apply a coin-sized amount to damp face and massage your face for a good minute or so. Rinse with water and gently pat dry with a soft towel.

If you wear heavy makeup then double cleanse with Step 1. To get off light makeup and sunscreen, single cleanse is enough.

Step 1 is mild enough to be used daily both in the morning and at night.

Here’s how to control acne and fade blemishes in just a few steps, both day and night.

Step 1
Cleanse with Step 1 and follow it up with an alcohol-free toner (optional).

Step 2
Apply your serums as usual (optional) and follow it with Dazzle (if needed) and then Halo (if needed).

Step 3
Follow it up with a moisturizer of your choice or Smog-Block as needed (use a sun-block over Smog-Block in the morning).

Step 4
On acne or occasional breakouts, apply a thin layer of Zap on pimples in the day and a large pearl size amount at night.
Once Zap dries and becomes invisible, go on about applying your makeup as usual.

  • Safest natural ingredients
  • Certified organic ingredients
  • Food-safe carrier oils
  • Food-safe preservative systems
  • Ecologically friendly preservative systems
  • Steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils
  • Plant-based cold-pressed oils
  • Wild-crafted ingredients
  • Certified natural (alcohol-free) fragrances
  • Recycled and recyclable packaging
  • Packaging printed with food-grade, non bio-accumulating & heavy-metal free inks
  • Biocert® Organic Certified
  • PETA® Approved Cruelty-Free and Vegan
  • Biocert® Halal Certified
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Made-Safe® Non-Toxic Certified
  • Australian Allergy Certified®
  • Australian Certified Toxic-Free®
  • 100% Vegetarian
  • Ethanol-free
  • Free from pesticide residues
  • pH balanced
  • Safe for use by pregnant & lactating women

Dermatologically Tested for primary skin irritation:


Evaluation:
To clinically evaluate of the skin safety of Step One for primary skin irritation using a patch test.

Study Population and chronology:
25 individuals.
4 separate visits over a period of 10 days.

Observations:
Step One was dermatologically tested and found to be “Non-Irritant” based on Bureau of Indian Standards 4011:1997 Amendment 2, November 2007 guidelines.


Free from Pesticide Residues:

To evaluate the safety of Step One by testing for detection of pesticide residues.

Criteria:
Testing Step One
for residues of 152 Pesticides commonly used and known to have any of the following properties: mutagenic, genotoxic, carcinogenic and/or known to have reproductive system toxicity.

Conclusion:

None of the 152 pesticides were detected in Step One.

How to use

Apply a coin-sized amount to damp face and massage your face for a good minute or so. Rinse with water and gently pat dry with a soft towel.

If you wear heavy makeup then double cleanse with Step 1. To get off light makeup and sunscreen, single cleanse is enough.

Step 1 is mild enough to be used daily both in the morning and at night.

Here’s how to control acne and fade blemishes in just a few steps, both day and night.

Step 1
Cleanse with Step 1 and follow it up with an alcohol-free toner (optional).

Step 2
Apply your serums as usual (optional) and follow it with Dazzle (if needed) and then Halo (if needed).

Step 3
Follow it up with a moisturizer of your choice or Smog-Block as needed (use a sun-block over Smog-Block in the morning).

Step 4
On acne or occasional breakouts, apply a thin layer of Zap on pimples in the day and a large pearl size amount at night.
Once Zap dries and becomes invisible, go on about applying your makeup as usual.

Only formulated with

  • Safest natural ingredients
  • Certified organic ingredients
  • Food-safe carrier oils
  • Food-safe preservative systems
  • Ecologically friendly preservative systems
  • Steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils
  • Plant-based cold-pressed oils
  • Wild-crafted ingredients
  • Certified natural (alcohol-free) fragrances
  • Recycled and recyclable packaging
  • Packaging printed with food-grade, non bio-accumulating & heavy-metal free inks

Certifications

  • Biocert® Organic Certified
  • PETA® Approved Cruelty-Free and Vegan
  • Biocert® Halal Certified
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Made-Safe® Non-Toxic Certified
  • Australian Allergy Certified®
  • Australian Certified Toxic-Free®
  • 100% Vegetarian
  • Ethanol-free
  • Free from pesticide residues
  • pH balanced
  • Safe for use by pregnant & lactating women

Research

Dermatologically Tested for primary skin irritation:


Evaluation:
To clinically evaluate of the skin safety of Step One for primary skin irritation using a patch test.

Study Population and chronology:
25 individuals.
4 separate visits over a period of 10 days.

Observations:
Step One was dermatologically tested and found to be “Non-Irritant” based on Bureau of Indian Standards 4011:1997 Amendment 2, November 2007 guidelines.


Free from Pesticide Residues:

To evaluate the safety of Step One by testing for detection of pesticide residues.

Criteria:
Testing Step One
for residues of 152 Pesticides commonly used and known to have any of the following properties: mutagenic, genotoxic, carcinogenic and/or known to have reproductive system toxicity.

Conclusion:

None of the 152 pesticides were detected in Step One.

Our packaging has saved ~80,000 Liters of water as of Feb 2021*

We’ve prevented emissions of ~3,600 pounds of Greenhouse gas as of Feb 2021*

Calculation Source: Paperwork by Susan Kinsella, Executive Director, Conservatree.

Customer Reviews

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C.
Great for those who wear makeup.

My job requires me to wear makeup and travel everyday. I have always used a wipe before and then used a soap based face wash to get it all out. But those wipes really feel harsh on the skin. Step 1 has reduced my two steps into one. The texture emuslfies and breaks down makeup without stripping my skin. On days when I wear heavier makeup I just wash my face with Step 1 twice. Also the size is very travel friendly.

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A.
Acne attacker

I have been a loyal user of Zap for a very long time and it has been such a saviour for my cystic acne. Step 1 completes the acne routine for me. Just Like Zap, Step 1 did not disappoint. Its has helped control my acne flare ups to a large extent and also helped with blemishes that acne leaves behind. I use it twice a day and follow it up with Zap, and have noticed an improvement in the overall texture of my skin as well. I think the combination of Zap and Step 1 is great for anyone who has acne like me.

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A.
Absolutely love it!

I was really attracted to the ingredients in Step 1. I have read alot about the benefits of Avocado and Squalane, and Step 1 is the love child of both their benefits. It really gets out the day's dirt from the face effectively but rather gently. The tightness that you tend to feel after washing your face, I have not felt once with Step 1. In fact it really moisturizes my skin and makes it bouncy. It has made my skin a lot clearer than before as my chin and nose use to be ridden with whiteheads but I don't get them now, probably because theres no build up in my pores

C
C.
Cleanser of my DREAMS!

I have kind of hated washing my face because I have never found the right cleanser. Some are too drying, some break me out and some don't give you that clean feeling. But Step 1 is legit the best cleanser I have used. It has replaced all my bad cleanser memories with such good skincare memories. First of all it's so gentle on the skin, it doesn't dry out the skin but at the same time it really feels like I have given my skin a deep cleansing session at the spa (it smells divine). I get occasional breakouts here and there but after using Step 1 the frequency of those have also reduced.

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M.
Removed Make Up Well!

Removed my makeup well.

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L.
Skin feels clean however not stripped and dry.

Lovely lightweight gel cleanser that made my skin feel clean however not stripped and dry.