one of my must have. I like it. simple and workds great for my extra sensitive skin.
I am not a fan of bar soap usually because there are far more convenient cleansers out there. That said this stuff really makes my face feel clean without feeling like I used detergent. It gives a nice lather and removes every trace of my Merle Norman total finish foundation which is stubborn to remove. No breakouts no dry patches. I don't care for the packaging because the tray doesn't allow for water to drain so the soap sits in it. Clinique could do better with packaging and the price is steep for a simple bar of soap. Overall Iike this as a basic cleanser, but I like to use other products with it not the most efficient system.
I originally tried this back in 2007. I liked it then, but ultimately stopped using it because the dish it came in didn't let the water drain away from the soap, leaving it really squishy and gunky on the bottom. I also seem to remember it made my cheeks a little dry. I've recently bought a new bar, and the dish has holes to allow water to drain away from the bar which is perfect. So, I've been using this twice a day and it works really well for me. I use L'Oreal's Hydrafresh toner after this, and the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and my skin is smooth, comfortable and glowing. For a 5.2 oz. bar, the price is great because I can see this lasting for months!
I do like this face soap. I bought it around March of last year, and have used up about half, so i think the $12 price tag is justified by how long it lasts you. I usually go through a bottle of face wash in about 2-3 months, so i think this is a pretty cheap buy! I use it with the #2 clarifying lotion, and the DDMG (i find the DDML too oily). This can be slightly drying, but i find pretty much every wash drying if i dont use moisturizer! I use it in the morning, and My face is SUPER oily in the morning, and i use vaseline at night as my eye cream/lash grower/lip balm. This takes it off very easily with a creamy foam. The reason for a 4? if it even gets NEAR my eyes, when i rinse it gets in them, and it STINGS like a MOTHERF! i have CRIED before, because it hurts so bad! this is bad for me, since i need my face wash to be able to take off the leftover vaseline around my eyes and lashes. Thankfully, i have a bottle of Johnson's baby wash that i use for that purpose, but still. So i recommend it, and probably will repurchase when im a broke college girl, but watch out ladies!
UPDATE 12/10/12- i dont know why i said this was drying, it really is the best!! it leaves your face soft, and totally comfortable, but not oily like a cream cleanser can make it. i absolutely love this face wash now, only one thing-im about halfway done with it, and all of the sudden, only on the top, its bumpy. on the bottom, totally smooth, but on the top, bumpy. I dont really mind, but im just curious. Ive read a few reviews that said the same thing, but am not sure if its a bad thing or not...?
If you use this soap THROW IT OUT. This is the original soap formula from Clique's incarnation from 1966. The PH on this soap is extremely ALKALINE, just the opposite of what skin is (ACIDIC.) You'd be better off using something like Dove or a soap from Olay. These have ingredients in them which make them more condusive for modern facial cleansing. They don't have a PH which is destructive to the Acid Mantle of the skin and they have ingredients which help them to rinse quickly and leave no residue leftbehind.
This is the same for the stronger version for more oily skin. The formula is from 1966. Washing with Dawn Dish Washing Detergent with Olay Serum for softer hands would be better than this Clinique Soap. It should be discontinued!!
After using this soap I am really surprised by the amount of negative reviews that this soap has received. I have oily and sensitive skin and my boyfriend's mother recommend this for me after both of us were talking about skin care products.
I have been battling acne for years and oily skin. My skin is also sensitive to products and cleansers. I have tried many drugstore brands and acne cleansers but all of those products seemed to break me out and never left my face feeling clean.
The first time I washed my face with this bar I knew that I was in love and I made the right decision. The soap does not leave any residue on your face as long as you know how to rinse your skin. Because the soap is in the form of a solid and not a liquid it requires a little more rinsing than a traditional liquid soap.
The nice thing about this soap is that after using it to cleanse my face my skin instantly felt clean and refreshed. I have cystic acne and regular pimples and within a few days my pimples were already shrinking and my skin felt more balanced.
This soap is not harsh on my skin and is a perfect solution for my skin problems. I will continue to buy this product. I am very pleased with my purchase.
Love love love this stuff. Hardly any ingredients, no SLS, no herbs, essences, bark willow or other crap that skin does not need. Simple, basic, a real winner. Hope they make this forever. Will repurchase for life.
I didn't like this soap at all! Who was the friggin' genius who decided that washing your face with a bar of soap was a good idea? I told the SA that I have dry, combination skin, and she urged me to buy this. I guess you can't always trust the nice ladies in the white lab coats, for their paychecks, they will steer you wrong.
First of all, I hate the actual physical act of washing my face with a bar of soap. I feel like I'm in jail or in the military. Is this the same bar of soap that I'm supposed to wash my hair and body with too?
Secondly, my bar got little bumps after I was using it for a few weeks. I don't know if it was a defective, or old bar that they sold me, but rubbing a bumpy bar on your face does not feel nice at all!
Third, my bar dried my face out. It felt very tight after I washed it, and my skin got flakey. Not even that aweful smelling mosturizer they sold me did anything to help.
Lastly, the bar dried out after a couple of months. Thank God! It gave me the perfect out to just trash the bar and find another face wash, any thing was better than this prison sentence!
I know most of us haven't used soap since we were teenagers. But I've recently rediscovered it (in my early 40s) and have now become a huge soapaholic!
I found that I'd actually forgotten what truly clean skin feels like. I've also discovered that nearly all of the complaints associated with soap are solved by making sure you're very thoroughly rinsing.
This soap is by far the most easily available, and most affordable, unless you wanna give Dove a try. But the Clinique soap is really my favorite, and probably about all you could hope for!
this wasnt... bad. i used this back when my acne was at its peak (red, angry, and about to burst).
for a bar soap, it wasnt as drying as i had expected. i still needed a moisturizer, but it didnt flake out my skin like other soaps.
for an ACNE bar soap, it didnt do much of anything. it just cleaned my face, but my acne was still sprouting up like nothing was treating it. this soap didnt make my skin worse, but didnt make my skin any better.
as a regular cleanser, its ok. but if youre really trying to treat your acne, i'd look somewhere else.