Aquanil cleanser


58 reviews

82% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$


Water Purified, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Xanthan Gum

on 6/26/2015 10:25:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

In my pursuit of an even gentler product than the Cetaphil Gentle Skin cleaner, I stumbled upon this cleanser. Upon receiving this product I noticed a red flag: "Benzyl Alcohol", a "bad" alcohol, was listed towards the top of the ingredients listed; Thus I notice the cleanser felt slightly more drying than the Cetaphil cleanser. I continued to use the cleanser but notice little bumps forming underneath my skin that I get when a product is not cooperating with my skin. I am now back on the look out for a gentle cleanser that won't dry out my dry/combo, acne-prone skin.

on 5/7/2014 8:38:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

A good basic cleanser without some of the yucky stuff. It doesn't irritate my skin, which is worth a 5, but it gets a 3 because it doesn't remove all the makeup off my face. I usually have to do two or three washes with this. I wear a lot of makeup so I can see why that is, but it isn't my favorite thing in the world to do. I have used other washes that clean my face better, but I think this is a good product.

I think for others who don't wear as much makeup or have sensitive skin this is better than cetaphil. So I would suggest it to others and i will probably purchase again, but it doesn't win any prizes for removing makeup completely.

I'd follow this with a toner if you wear heavy founation like I do. I will update if my opinion of this product changes over time.

on 3/4/2014 1:07:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Green

This is a great cleanser for sensitive skin. It doesn't foam but also doesn't leave a film. The texture is similar to Cetaphil cleanser but doesn't irritate me the way Cetaphil does. My derm rec'd this cleanser years ago to use in the mornings since Cerave cleanser had been stinging my face. I've been using it off and on for a decade at least. Love it!

*This is also paraben-free as well as propylene glycol and lacks formaldehyde releasing preservatives like phenoxyethanol for those of you that are sensitive to preservatives like myself.

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 10/13/2013 7:10:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I am in love with this soapless cleanser. Free of dyes and perfumes, it's so gentle. I apply a generous amount to dry skin, massage my face for about 30 second, and then rinse. Afterwards my skin feels soft and clean without even a hint of dryness. I kind of over did it with some anti-aging products recently, so this cleanser has really been a Godsend. I would recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin. Keep in mind it won't remove heavy makeup. You'll need a seperate makeup remover for waterproof mascara for example. However, it removes my light everyday makeup just fine; I just cleanse twice. The only downside is that it's hard to find. Sometimes I can find it at my local mom n' pop drugstore. Otherwise, I have to order it from the internet, but personally I think this small hassle is worth it.

Edit: I just started using cold cream at night, and I can't believe how much makeup comes off. I don't wear heavy makeup by any means, but it was just unreal how much more was on the wash cloth versus when I use Aquanil. I think that modern makeup is just meant to cling better. Long wearing foundation is especially hard to get off, and Aquanil just isn't going to touch it even if you double cleanse. Don't get me wrong. I still think Aquanil is a terrific cleanser, but I would reserve it for A.M. cleansing only unless you aren't wearing any makeup.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 1/11/2013 9:53:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I don't rave but I will for this cleanser. This is the best thing since sliced bread...I have gone through countless brands and textures - foamy, liquid, soap, oil and from cheap to expensive and I have always preferred the squeaky clean feel until I came across this cleanser.

My Dr referred me to this brand after I suffered hormonal acne from coming off the pill. My face was red and covered in break outs and my usual Clinique 3 step stopped working. I went onto Cetaphil and QV both I found useless. Then I tried Asian brands - Kose and the famous JuJu but they all stripped my skin of oil sending my already fragile skin into panic mode.

But only 1 week after using the Aquanil cleaner - massive bottle which was dirt cheap, my skin completely calmed down. I didn't like the feel of it at the beginning as it doesn't give the squeaky clean effect but I have learned to love it because it does not strip my skin and after 3 months I am delighted with the results. Even when I use a harsher cleanser (Clinique Liquid Soap in mild) which works miracles for getting make up especially eye make up off, I use the Aquanil cleanser immediately on top. It's definitely my HG and I am just so happy my super sensitive / acne prone and thin skin tolerates it.

EDIT: After 3 bottles, I am still very happy with this product.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 12/30/2012 10:28:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Grey

This and CeraVe cleanser are my two favorites right now. This one skews a little drier than the CeraVe, so I'll probably use it more in the summer.

It doesn't have fragrance, dyes, or any irritating essential oils. No lather (which is actually a good sign). I have very dry, very sensitive skin, and this does the job without making my skin hurt or feel stripped. I use just a little of this on my hand in the shower as a body wash, and as a face wash (though I don't wash my face every day, it just seems to cause irritation and acne so I just leave it alone).
Also works nicely as a shaving soap.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 8/22/2012 3:08:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Black

This is one of my biggest HG's. Although I generally have pretty oily, resistant skin (I can use fairly strong acids and peels w/o issue), it's become dreadfully sensitive to all cleansers. Basically, any gel, surfactant-type cleanser, no matter how gentle, just doesn't really agree with my face.

I used Aquanil for a long time a few years back, but since I am very acne-prone, I stopped using it in fears it was contributing to my cloggy skin. I've now come to accept that my skin is just really clog-prone, it will never be perfect... after frustration with more gel cleansers, I have started using Aquanil again and it definitely hasn't worsened my skin in terms of acne, but my face is sooo much happier.

Aquanil is really gentle (so it's not going to really remove anything) but is perfect for lightly cleansing and normalizing your face. I can use it all day everyday and it will never dry me out, but after each time I use it, my face is just soft and comfortable - not squeaky clean, but it's clean. Mostly I use it in the mornings and after cleansing oil at night (which I use to take off makeup and sunscreen), and anytime in between.

I'll use it before I'm doing my makeup for a big night out so I have a nice, clean palette to work on. I'll even use it AFTER I use a gel cleanser to alleviate its drying effects - after a heavy workout, I'm not about to use an oil cleanser, nor do I trust Aquanil to really clean all the sweat and grime off my face, so I will use a gel cleanser then follow up with Aquanil - instead of feeling tight and dry, my face feels soft and comfortable.

Aquanil is such a godsend for me! Whenever cvs or have a sale, I tend to buy 2 bottles so I will never be without it...

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 10/30/2010 10:28:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

After suffering with sensitive skin for a few years I figured I would at least give this a try since all other gentle cleanser ive tried have given me a rash or left my skin itchy. This is one of the best I have tried. It has a milky consistency and only a little bit is needed. It leaves my skin soft and does not irritate my skin I also really appreciate the flip top that it has. The only thing that is a bit annoying is that this can only be purchased online where I live, but it does last quite a while. Honestly this is alot better than Cetaphil and gentler as well.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 7/21/2010 3:29:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I love this cleanser. It is perfect for removing my light layer of mineral makeup and blush. I use a separate eye makeup remover to remove my waterproof makeup. I don't wear tons of makeup or mineral sunscreen, so I don't really need a super powerful cleanser in the evening. This is just perfect to remove whatever didn't come off when I removed my eye makeup. I just moisten my skin and rub a few drops of this over my skin and wipe off with a dampened microfiber cloth. Works great. A lot of people complained about the cap coming loose. The pump on my first bottle came loose, but it popped right back on and I was able to use it. No big deal. The new bottles don't seem to have this problem, so I think they must have improved the pump dispenser, as my newer bottles are not breaking.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 6/27/2010 12:08:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is very gentle and non-drying. It is much better than Cetaphil. I use this in the morning and on no makeup days. I normally don't use it as an evening cleanser because it does not remove makeup or sunscreen and it may not remove excess oil if you have oily skin.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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