It pains me to say this - but I really dislike this product.
I purchased TBS Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser online - as this product is not for sale in Australian Body Shop stores.
It isn't effective at removing make up, and I feel that it leaves a film on my face after use.
I am contemplating purchasing the Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash, with the hope that it is more effective than the Cream Cleanser.
It is not sensitive skin friendly (I have dry to sensitive skin with a slightly oily T-zone).
The Seaweed Purifying Facial (cream) Cleanser retails for 7.99 GBP
The salesperson at the Body Shop advised me to buy this when I told her I had very oily skin. She asked if I get break outs and I told her no. I was going to buy the Tea Tree oil cleanser but she suggested this one instead as more appropriate for oily skin without pimples. She was wrong. If you have oily skin I would recommend the Tea Tree oil cleanser; it's actually not as drying as this one and doesn't have whatever it is that stings your eyes in it. My main objection to the seaweed cleanser is that if you get it into your eyes or if you have any kind of sore on your face this stuff will hurt like hell. The list of chemicals on the container is amazing. I find it hard to believe that huge list of chemicals can be good for your skin. And the Body Shop is supposed to be all natural! I noticed a number of complaints here that the Seaweed cleanser doesn't remove makeup well. I didn't find this. It won't remove eye makeup but I don't rely on a face cleanser to do that. I use baby oil.
As an aside I noticed that the Body shop seems to have fewer products on sale. The cosmetic line is also very reduced compared to years ago. The soap bars are much smaller than before and the prices are as high as ever. I've never been that keen on Body Shop stuff; a lot of hype about it's naturalness that doesn't really deliver.
I bought this to remove the muck off of my face that accumulates overnight, and as a second cleanser after I rinse off my oil cleanser. Thus, I had no expectations regarding its ability to remove makeup. I was hoping that being from this line it would really rinse off, the way my Clarisonic cream cleanser does, but it doesn't, and that's my biggest complaint. I apply wet and move around, and it feels like it's removing dirt as I wipe it all around my face. But, alas, when I try to rinse it just doesn't rinse off as well as the Clarisonic does. I think I just have to splurge and re-buy the Clarisonic cleanser.
I was reluctant to buy this after reading all these bad reviews but for me personally, this is the best cleanser I have tried in forever.
I don't expect it to remove my makeup (it's a very gentle cleanser) but I use it in the morning to get rid of any impurities that have built up over-night and to wash off the oil that has accumulated while I was sleeping and it does the job well. Also what I have noticed is that the cleanser really mattifies the skin without drying it out which is pretty amazing. I've noticed that it also has oil control properties and my skin doesn't get as oily during the day. The appearance of my skin has drastically improved and all the oil seeds on my forehead that I've always had have vanished (but this could be due to other changes I've made in my skincare routine)
For those who have combination skin (I have normal skin on my cheeks with a very oily T zone) I would definitely recommend this.
Not a particularly effective cleanser. It fails to fully clean and seems to leave a film on my face. The packaging isn't the best either - more than once I've attempted to squeeze out some product only to have the bottle go flying out of my wet hands. Nice scent.
This cleanser is nothing special for me. I have combo/oily skin so I wanted to try this from the seaweed line to see if it delivers the purifying and mattifying qualities it advertises.
First off, the description of this cleanser says that it is oil and soap free and will effectively remove all the makeup, oil and dirt from your face. I find this to be - at best - minimally true if I am not wearing any make up. One time I hoped I could clean my face of a light application of powder, blush, bronzer and the cotton pad that I used for my toner afterwards told me otherwise. This face wash is not strong enough to be an effective "purifying" cleanser. On the other hand, because it is such a weak cleanser I suppose it is good for a quick rinse during the middle of the day or something if you want to freshen up.
This cleanser did not leave my face feeling soft and smooth either. Although because it does not strip your face of its oils, I can see that claim sort of true...not because of anything in the cleanser but rather because of the natural oils on your face remaining on your face...so much for a cleanser.
The bottle is also bad to get product out if you have less than half left but I think that would be complaining too much ;)
I have combo skin (really oily T-zone and itchy flaky skin around the edges, with mild acne). I've used everything, and until now, the Neutrogena Stress Control line was the only thing that would keep my acne in check, although it was terribly drying. This has completely cleared up the acne, cut down the oil, and restored moisture to the part of my face that needs it. I used this cleanser in conjunction with the toner and mattifying moisturizer. Believe it or not, this is my HG cleanser. I'm almost through the bottle and I will definitely be buying it again.
EDIT: I have since changed cleansers, although I don't really remember if there was a specific reason. I now use Lush's Dreamwash on my face.
I use it in the morning where there is not much of a dirt on my face.
First I splash my face with warm water and a bit of gentle rubbing with water, pat it semi-dry with towel, then start applying a dime size amount, sometimes it's more than enough to cover my face, then I just massage massage massage about a min, the cleanser will dry off a bit, but that's ok, I think it's glueing the dirts to it.
then rinse it off with water, lots of water (I don't use cotton ball), believe it or not, my face's super clean! supple and a bit squeaky with a healthy radiance!
I used to just wipe it off with cotton ball, but it didn't make me feel cleansed at all.
Using water helps a lot and increases the effectiveness of the cleanser.
If you're wearing a make up, best to follow it up with seaweed deep cleansing facial wash after using this purifying facial cleanser. As this will only provide a light to mild cleansing.
This is a great everyday cleanser with no frills. I'm almost out of my first bottle (which lasts a surprisingly long time because you don't need to use a lot to get your face clean) and I'm definitely going to buy another bottle.
I love how refreshed my face feels after using this. Instead of feeling tight and dry, my face ends up feeling clean and supple, which is exactly what I'm looking for in an everyday cleanser.
This cleanser removes all the makeup, dirt, sweat, and grime from the day without being rough on my face. I wouldn't use this if I was looking to clear up bad acne, but it's not meant for that reason: it's meant to be a simple everyday cleanser, and it's pretty close to perfect!
I got the "cream" version of this product in a bottle. I like that it's natural, and that it does not dry my skin in the spots where oily-skin products can dry it, but that's about it. This stuff just does not get my face clean. I wipe on a toner after washing my face with this product and I still get a lot of dirt and makeup that the cleanser left behind! My face has broken out more while using this, so I think I'll go back to my Estee Lauder combo-skin cleanser instead. Not to mention that you have to use a LOT of the cleanser per washing.