I really don't understand what other reviewers are talking about...it feels like washing my face with body lotion, no foaming, no lather...nothing. Made my eye makeup smear all over my face and I was all black and greasy. Does not remove makeup at all and if used in the morning (bare skin) left it greasy, oily and yucky. Returned it.
My skin is oily but it is also dehydrated. Normally, I would stay away from creamy cleansers. However, the dehydrated aspect of my skin is just as real as the oily aspect.
Some cleansers I've tried in the recent past but have been failures: Cerave Foaming, Olay Sensitive foaming, Cerave Hydrating, Boots Sensitive foaming, LRP Physiological Gel, LRP Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream.
None of these worked, mostly because they were too drying. The few that weren't drying had other unfortunate effects: Cerave Hydrating and LRP Toleriane broke me out.
After so many unsuccessful trials, I was so frustrated I came back to this. I'm happy to say that this has been my daily AM and PM cleanser for over two months and I am very pleased with it. I love that it thoroughly cleanses, cutting through all the oily residue, but never strips my skin or leaves it dehydrated/dry. I've also had no issues with a post-wash film, as this rinses off easily and cleanly.
One thing I do want to note: I do not use this for makeup removal.
The consistency of this product reminds me a lot of runny lotion, and the scent... I have no idea what I think the scent is like, but I don't really like it. After so many uses, though, I can't say I really notice it anymore.
The label says to use the product on dry skin, and then rinse it off. I can't say I always use it on dry skin, but I do feel that it works a bit better this way.
Price point isn't too bad. I get it for around $10 at Whole Foods.
ETA: Removed a lippie because my skin is feeling pretty parched after use these days. The weather is getting colder, though.
This is a rare holy grail product for me. I've been using it every night for at least 5 years. I have maturing skin, leans dry, likes a *lot* of exfoliation (chemical & manual).
This cleanser washes off my Euro sunscreens, heavy professional make-up from set, day to day make-up. I don't use waterproof mascara, so that's one thing I can't comment on, but I do use winged black eyeliner & black mascara daily & this takes it off no problem. It rinses clean & doesn't leave any greasy residue.
This is a pretty boring cleanser, I don't think I'll be repurchasing. It does mildly dry my skin out which surprised me because it is marketed for dry and sensitive skin and has a very creamy consistency. I don't mind the smell. I bought it because it was all natural and cheap, around 10 dollars.
I am on my 3rd (or is it 4th?) bottle of this, so it's about time I post a review! First off I want to say that I have never repurchased a cleanser before this one. That alone says a lot!
I wear water resistant all physical sunscreen and all the basic, foaming cleansers I've tried just don't remove it. This however works like a charm. I use about a nickel to quarter sized amount on dry skin, massage until no longer 'slippery' and rinse off. Voila! No more sunscreen.
Another major plus, this is not drying. Lots of cleansers these days leave me with tight, if not downright peeling skin... not this one. BTW, before this I tried using oils to remove sunscreen (Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil: drying and full of essential oils, namely lavender; Apricot Kernel Oil: drying, EVOO and Coconut: hard to wash off afterwards) and found it didn't work so well, plus I disliked having to cleanse in two steps. This does what I need in one step. I've thought about trying Clinique's Take the Day Off balm, just because I like to try new things, but considering it's twice as expensive as this, why bother?
The one way this product could be improved is by making it fragrance-free, but thankfully the fragrance (creamy and fruity) is light and doesn't bother me.
Wow, I didn't realize I had such sensitive skin until I tried this cleanser! Upon application, it burned, burned, burned my poor skin. Not a "burn' per se, but this certainly stung and hurt my skin. I think it might be the artificial fragrance in it, which smells exactly like a fake peach syrupy mess. Sigh. I really should just stick to my Olay. For the price, this wasn't too bad though if you think your skin can handle the fragrance.
I used this for a couple of months, really liking it because it didn't dry out my skin. I needed a non-drying cleanser because my skin was getting dry from RAM and other acne medication. I love the smell and texture. It helped get off all traces of the baby oil I used to pre-cleanse with. However, I decided to stop using this because I've been noticing that sometimes my cheeks would start stinging when I would wash my face with this. While I need confirmation from a derm, I'm suspecting I have mild rosacea. The main reason I suspect rosacea is because my cheeks are so red after washing my face, which started in the past year or two. But lately, I felt like the redness would not go away. While researching ingredients to avoid for rosacea, I realized this face wash had many of them - fragrance, "citrus-y" ingredients. Since quitting this for a few days, my cheeks are not as bright red as they used to be after washing my face. I've also cut out other products that have fragrance and other potential rosacea-aggravating ingredients so take that however you want. I do recommend this face wash if you have dry to normal skin (I don't know about oily) and you don't have sensitive skin. If you have really sensitive skin, I would err on the side of caution or maybe patch test. I purchased this for $9.99 at Sprouts.
I wanted this cleanser to work for me, but sadly it didn't. The first few times I used it my skin was soft and smooth but with repeated use it started to dry my skin out. On the plus side I liked the texture and the smell.
I'm now on my 3rd or 4th bottle. It's not my HG (that would be the PreCleanse and Ultracalming Cleanser from Dermalogica), it is the best alternative I have found. It's about $7 a bottle at Fred Meyer, it lasts me about a month or so, and it doesn't break me out. It removes my makeup and leaves my face completely clean. I don't wet my face or hands before using it. In the mornings, I mix some sugar in with it and give my face a good scrub, and it leaves my skin soft and glowy. This stuff is the best thing I've found on drug/grocery store shelves. As for the smell, I like it. It reminds me of peaches and cream :)
About me: 38 years old, oily/acne prone sensitive skin. I always have trouble finding a cleanser that will not break me out or irritate my skin. I have purchased 2 bottles of this cleanser and figured it was time for a review.
How I use: 1 to 2 pumps on a dry face, massage, then add water, massage, rinse off. I only use this at night.
*Nice pump. I love pumps!
*Removes makeup and sunscreen effectively
*Does not seem to leave behind any residue
*Did not dry out my skin. I've tried a few other oil cleansers (DHC, MAC Cleanse off - that left my skin parched)
*I have become increasingly bothered with the way this stuff smells. I think I have a really heightened sense of smell when it comes to products on my face. It is not an unpleasant smell, but rather a sort of synthetic apricot scent. I wish they would not have added fragrance to this.
*Occasionally (if my skin was irritated for some reason - like when I was using Retin a Micro) this would have a slight tingling sensation on my face. It would go away as soon as I rinsed it off.
Overall: I think this is a decent option for any skin type. If the scent didn't turn me off I would probably repurchase. I bought mine off Amazon for around $9.