At first I thought I liked this soap because it made my crappy skin feel smooth and it didn't dry me out or cause my face to turn red while washing. A few days in, I started getting more clogged pores. I kept using it for over a week and my issues just got worse. I started breaking out way more than usual, and my face was becoming permanently flushed especially on my cheeks. Even though this soap initially did not irritate my skin I realized this soap left a definite film on my face that I was unable to wash off no matter what. I couldn't even wash it off with another face wash at first. So I believe it is this waxy film that really irritated my face after several uses. Maybe the soap would be good for someone with extremely dry, non acne prone skin who is not sensitive. I would not recommend it and luckily I only used a free trial size.
I love this soap and have been using it for years. I use it as my face cleanser in the morning and in the evening. I am prone to breakouts, allergic reactions, and blackheads, but this product doesn't cause any of those problems.
I don't really like that it is a bar, since it's easy to drop and it's hard to keep the bar completely clean, but I don't mind since it actually works and doesn't irritate my skin or cause breakouts.
I love this. It leaves my skin soo smooth! And takes my make up off.
Though it's supposed to be mild, I find this cleanser incredibly drying. I have sensitive skin and thought for years that Clinique was the only brand that would keep it semi-contained, so when I decided to switch to Philosophy's Purity and Josie Maran Argan Oil rather than Clinique's Mild Cleanser and Daily Lotion, I was surprised to find that my skin got soooo much better. This cleanser was drying me out and the lotion was only doing surface work. I like the bar format but it's not worth the crappy effect it has on my skin.
I'm always surprised by the negative reviews of this product! This is the only cleanser that my picky, sensitive, dry, and acne-prone skin can tolerate. I use mineral oil to remove sunscreen and makeup, and this soap creates a pleasant, creamy lather that effectively removes all traces of the oil without leaving my skin dry and stripped. I've tried many so-called "gentle" cleansers including Purpose, Aveeno, and Cetaphil, all of which left me with either unsightly clogged pores or dry, flaky patches. This is the only cleanser I've found that deeply cleans without drying me out.
It is very reasonably priced--a $12 bar will last me 6 months easily with twice daily washing (and sometimes, I double-cleanse). One lippie off because it is not the most convenient product to carry around when traveling, and you do have to make sure not to allow water to pool in the bottom of the dish. But apart from those very minor gripes, this is my HG cleanser and I will repurchase again and again.
Love Clinique but this soap is way too drying for me combo skin. I use Dove sensitive skin bar soap and the sales girls said "oh no you can't use that on your face!" The clinique was way more harsh! Returned it!
I got 2 bars of this from a family friend who didn't want it. Used them both up (~ a year or so of twice daily cleansing I think). Worked decently enough as a cleanser (and didn't irritate my skin) and I liked the little blue dish that it came in. Didn't really help with acne. A little pricey though so wouldn't buy it for myself.
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!