I thought it’d be fun to do a review of my current facial cleansers that I use on an almost daily basis and to re-visit the list again in 6 months to see which ones I’ve stuck to 🙂
Presenting the current collection to you:
(all photos can be viewed in their original sizes by clicking on them)
The Cucumber Foaming Cleanser from Joppa is lying prostrate to fit into the picture better 🙂
Joppa’s Cucumber Foaming Cleanser retails at US$15 for 5.5 oz, 162 ml and can be purchased here http://www.joppaminerals.com/products/Cucumber-Foaming-Face-Cleanser.html
This is my first full sized cleanser from Joppa and I’ve finished it in about 3 months, given my constant rotation of cleansers (and only 1 face to use them on). It foams up straight from the bottle and smells of freshly cut cucumbers. It’s a most refreshing scent to wash a sleepy morning face with. It also rinses off very easily. I have oily-normal combination skin and I love using this as it while it does cleanse thoroughly, it does not overstrip the skin of moisture (i.e. no squeaky clean feel). It’s a great 2nd cleansing step if you use oil cleansing and follow up with a 2nd milder cleanser. It does remove light makeup effectively too.
Joppa says:Drench your skin with this Luxuriously lathering moisture therapy Face Wash. Contains revitalizing cucumber and other natural ingredients, cleansing skin while hydrating. A gentle face wash for Dry-Normal Skin Types. Paraben and Sulfate Free.INGREDIENTS: Aqua (distilled water), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Distillate Water, Sodium Olefin Sulfonate (plant source), Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (plant source), Sodium Chloride (salt), Potassium Sorbate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20 (plant source), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol (plant source), Caprylyl Glycol (plant source), Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium (petitgrain) Oil, Sodium Benzoate (natural source), Sodium Bicarbonate (baking Soda), Citric Acid
Overall score: 9.5
Joppa’s Sweet Complexion Foaming Cleanser retails at US$15 for 5.5 oz, 162 ml and can be purchased here http://www.joppaminerals.com/products/Sweet-Complexion-Foaming-Cleanser.html
This is a sister version of the Cucumber Foaming Cleanser featured above, catering to sensitive skins. It has a distinctive rose water + mild goat’s milk scent. If either scent perturbs you, you’d be better off with the Cucumber Foaming Cleanser which smells very neutral and natural. This Sweet Complexion Cleanser *might* just be a tad milder than the Cucumber, but there’s no real difference imho in terms of cleansing power and the afterfeel.
Quality: 8 (I much prefer the cucumber scent and between the 2, not much of a diff in terms of the cleansing power and after-feel of the skin)
Overall score: 9.3
This 4 oz cleanser retails at US$12.70 and can be purchased here http://www.gardenofwisdom.com/catalog/item/7471946/7723019.htm
I got this on a whim when Garden of Wisdom (GoW) was running free shipping internationally for US$300 of purchases & more. Hopping onto a local spree, this was 1 of the few items I did select and my first cleanser from GoW. This does not lather at all and is very mild and gentle, though it cleanses very well. In fact, this leaves my skin with a squeakier clean feeling than Joppa’s foaming cleanser, especially if you leave this on longer and work it into your skin before rinsing. It does sting if it gets into your eyes, so be careful with it.
The flip top tube is pretty standard. The oats came kind of separated and solid when the cleanser arrived, but after shaking the tube thoroughly a few times, it all became liquid again. There’s no real scent to this so those sensitive to fragrances would like it.
GoW Oats, Milk and Honey Facial Cleanser / 4 oz
Oats, Milk, and Honey facial cleanser is designed specifically for those with sensitive skin, however it is great for all skin types. A non-surfactant based cleanser, it lathers softly while honey and milk heals skin from daily irritants.
Method of Application
Use in the morning and before bed on wet skin by moving a dime sized amout of this cleanser around in a circular motion, and then rinse with warm water until there is no longer any cleanser left on skin. Leaving this cleanser on for a few moments helps to loosen grime and dirt. Continue your daily routine as normal!
List of Ingredients
SLS Free Glycerin Soap Base
– Sodium Stearate and Sodium Oleate
– Stearic Acid
– Lauric Acid
– binds moisture to the skin
– hydrates skin
– very healing
– anti bacterial
– anti inflammatory
– anti viral
Oat Beta Glucans
– soothes and softens skin
– vegetable derived
– literally draws moisture out of the air to skin
when applied topically
– natural moisturizer
– binds water to the skin
Quality: 7.5 (Marks taken off for stinging the eyes if they come into contact with the cleanser. Also, although it contains oat beta glucans, seamollient and other lovely ingredients that sound theoretically wonderful, I don’t find much a difference to how my skin feels after cleansing. Not WOWed, in short.)
Overall score: 7.9
This is my 2nd non-foaming cleanser that I’ve encountered. It’s from Avene, called the Micellar Lotion made in France and the 200 ml version is readily available at most Watson’s and Guardian Pharmacies for SG$37.70. This 400 ml was purchased from Europe.
Although it’s a “lotion”, that’s such a misnomer in this case. The consistency, texture and look of the cleanser is exactly like water!!!
This is quite unique in that you apply the lotion to the face and neck with a cotton pad and Avene recommends following with a fine mist of Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray. Which means you don’t exactly rinse this off. It’s recommended for sensitive skin but it’s probably suitable for all, even oily skin. In fact, should you have oily skin and don’t fancy the idea of over-washing your skin but cannot stand having unwashed skin at mid-day, you might consider this. This micellar lotion actually does not require a toner after usage, but that’s up to personal preference too.
I like using this on plane trips (decanted into a small bottle) when I don’t want airplane non-portable tap water to come into contact with my face. It’s also a good mild but effective 2nd cleanser after oil cleansing. It also removes makeup and that it does, though probably not waterproof makeup that well.
However, there is a light, slightly emollient film after using this, which some may or may not like. Those belonging to the squeaky clean feel camp would not like this. 1 way of counteracting this film (which is protective and not that bad) is to spritz a toner or the thermal water onto your face and go over it with a cotton pad again to remove some of the film. I’ve had no clogged pores nor breakouts from using this as per the instructions on the bottle. But everyone’s skin & triggers are different.
Btw, the bottle is made of a slightly soft type of plastic. No fears about breaking this should you drop it on the floor.
Overall score: 8.6 (points off for the price & the film left behind, really)
It’s made in our neighbouring country across the Crossway and unfortunately, the ingredients were only printed on the cardboard box which I’ve chucked away. I do remember that it contains SLS and a few other not-so-natural-nor-mild cleansing ingredients.
The pump dispenser is handy and I use about a 1/2 pump for the face and neck. The cleanser is gel-like, lathers just the slightest bit and rinses off very cleanly.
Although this is called a Gentle Skin Cleanser, I personally feel that it does leave my skin feeling squeaky clean – i.e. it’s not all that “mild”. It was either SGD$7.90 or SGD$8.90 for 500ml, which is a very good and economical product. It does its job of cleansing well. Too well. However, I don’t like how it’s marketed for sensitive skin as to me, it’s not quite right. It’s not something I use daily but definitely ok for days when I feel extra grimy and oily. I’ve not gotten this into my eyes so I can’t comment on whether it stings.
Rating out of 10
Price: 10 (almost cheap as day-old chips 😉
Quality: 5 (it does its job as a cleanser, but not quite what it’s made out to be, neither gentle nor suited for all skin types)
Packaging: 9 (functional, minimal waste, recyclable)
Ease of usage: 9 (rinses off well)
Overall score: 8.3
*No, not something I’d re-purchase again. Unless I’m really cash-strapped.*
~*All items reviewed were purchased by me*~