I like this cleanser for a specific use. I have oily skin and this doesn't do a great job of removing makeup at night, but it's perfect to use in the a.m. (I especially like it with the clarisonic in the a.m. followed with a C serum.) I actually seem to be less oily during the day using this cleanser than when I use an oil free cleanser. My skin likes a little glycerin, and that's the second ingredient listed on the bottle. I'm sure it leaves a bit of residue behind which, for me in cooler weather, makes a nice primer for foundation and powder. I don't know if I could use this in hot weather but it's a good wintertime, a.m. cleanser, if that makes sense...(I'm really not as high maintanence as this post makes me sound....).
This is an excellent product for sensitive and/or dry skin and for people with rosacea. If you like a "clean feeling" (i.e. something more stripping) or you want something that can remove the toughest of makeup steer clear of this product - it is not intended for you!! However, if you have rosacea or other skin sensitivities this cleanser is great. Don't expect it to perform miracles, it's just a good basic cleanser. Although the fact that it's cheap and does not irritate my rosacea is a small miracle in itself.
I use one pump on damp or dry skin, massage it in gently, then rinse off. I then remove any excess by spraying my face with Avene thermal water and gently wiping with a cotton pad. The cleanser will leave a slight protective moisture film on the face, but I don't find it too heavy or sticky. It works well to remove sunscreen, mascara, and my light foundation. I would suggest using an oil cleanser beforehand for thick sunscreen or waterproof/heavy makeup.
I have given it 5 stars as it completely fulfilled my expectations, did not irritate my rosacea, and it's cheap. It preforms much like Clinique's liquid facial soap extra mild, but for less than half the price. I will definitely continue to purchase this little winner!
EDIT: I've stopped purchasing as my skin has gone from dry to normal-oily and acne prone.
This is a nice cleanser, but not very memorable. I like the pump bottle and the feel of the cream. However, I would rather try something else rather than repurchase, because there's nothing specific drawing me back.
My friend gave me this one, and being that I absolutely love the regular foaming facial cleanser in this line (my holy grail for many years now), this one did nothing for me. I don't know how this could remove a full face of make-up that contains sunscreen. It is just too gentle. Of course, I do wear Revlon ColorStay foundation, so maybe that is it. I agree with another reviewer, it is supposed to be scentless, but does smell weird. Did not bother my skin in any way. If you only wear powder or a super light foundation w/no spf, it might work for you. Nice packaging. Priced reasonable. Not sold on it.
Me: 22, sensitive combination skin - oily nose/chin, dry cheeks/forehead.
The product: About $8 for 6.7 ounces. This is a lotion with no stripping detergents and sulfates. What little cleansing power present comes from a variety of light lipids and fatty alcohols like caprylic/capric triglycerides and cetyl alcohol. This is fragrance-free (no scent added) but it does have a strange sort of PLASTIC, rubbery smell.
My experience: This probably won't take off heavy sunscreens or anything, but I wanted a gentle cleanser to use in the mornings and I thought this might fit the bill. After using it both on dry skin and wet skin (dry skin is probably a bit better for stronger cleansing ability) I have come to the conclusion that something about it just rubs me the wrong way - pun intended. It's not that it was in-your-face harsh and irritating or that it made me itch or anything like that, but every day I used it my face would be redder than usual all day. I never had any explosive allergic reactions to it, but even vague extra redness is not acceptable to me, so I'm steering clear of this cleanser in the future.
Ingredients: Water Purified, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Isohexadecane, TEA Cocoyl Glutamate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG 20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Bisabolol, Chamomile Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, BHT, Geranium, Dipropylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Methylparaben continued >>
Its okay. It didnt break me out but it felt weird on my skin. I like a fresh clean feeling which this doesnt give at all. Its great for sensitive skin but the price isnt worth the product in my opinion. Gave it to my fiance and hes uses it. Although, we both prefer purpose. ( clean and clear sensitive foaming wash is the same)
This cleanser is very good for your skin. I don't feel like it strips anything away, nor does it leave it dry. It feels luxurious. It doesn't remove all traces of makeup (but common, what cleanser does), so I use their gentle toner afterward to clean up any traces of makeup that is left behind. This leave my skin smooth and is helping it recover from their disaster of a acne line that I used prior to this.
I've used many different types of cleansers and I have younger skin and feel that a lot of them dry out my face and irritates it so I decided to purchase the Extra Gentle Cleanser, which I thought was needed.
It is Extra Gentle, it doesn't dry out my face at all, but it also doesn't wash out all of my makeup/foundation. I would find little bit of color while rubbing toner after with a cotton pad. Maybe I'm just not washing it long enough, but it could be better.
If you want something EXTRA gentle like it says and for those who doesn't wear foundation often. This would be a great product if you have sensitive skin/younger skin.
A very soothing, mild cleanser for my hypersensitive, redness-prone, combination, yet blemish prone skin. It leaves my skin very soft and soothed yet moisturized, although I follow this with Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Night Creme. I haven't tried this to remove makeup as I always use either CVS Gentle Cleansing Wipes (fragrance free) or Josie Maran's Bear Naked Wipes to remove all of my makeup first in the evening. When I do this, I simply rinse the off the residue left by the wipes and follow that with a gentle wash of cleanser. I find that this leaves my skin more blemish free and assures me of complete makeup removal. Even so, when I followed the wipes with this cleanser, my skin felt soft not irritated or red and not stripped of my skin's natural moisture barrier. This cleanser also feels very good in the morning as well.
I would definitely repurchase.
This product really does add moisture back to your skin, which is a plus for a cleanser. Most of my cleansers dry my skin out and I have to put on moisturizer afterwards. Not so with this cleanser.
It does not irritate my skin at all, which is certainly a plus. However, it isn't that great at removing makeup. It doesn't exfoliate at all, but I don't think it claims to.
In summary, it's a great moisturizing cleanser, but I'd use something else if I wanted to remove makeup or exfoliate. If you're looking for a cleanser that isn't drying or irritating, I highly recommend this product.