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Shiseido Hada Senka Perfect Watery Oil Review

Thoughts

I got the Perfect Watery Oil in a Shiseido Hada Senka set I bought! I haven’t really tried out many other cleansing oils because I’ve been very happy with my current cleansing oil. But since this one came in a set I was glad to try since it was small enough that if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be too unhappy about getting rid of it.

When it comes to cleansing oils I want ones that don’t feel overly oily on my face. Why? I feel ones that are overly heavy tend to stay on the face even after rinsing. Of course, the most important aspect is that it removes makeup and able to leave you feeling clean afterwards

The first thing I noticed about the Senka cleansing oil is that it doesn’t spread on the face very easily. Perhaps it’s due to the more watery nature, I’m not sure. It seems like I have to use a lot more product to be able to cover my whole face. It doesn’t seems to have a harder time to melt the makeup on my face, which also plays into me using more product. Although it seems to be doing fine with makeup removal department, it just needs a lot more product than others I’ve used.

I do not feel a thick layer of oil on my face though after I rinse it off so it gets points for that. Since it doesn’t leave a film, I haven’t experienced any acne from using the product, which also gets points.

Overall the product does its job. It’s not the best I’ve tried but it’s also not the worst I’ve tried either. If you’ve been having trouble finding a lighter formula then I’d say, give this one a try.

3/5

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Review

Product Description

The Soy Face Cleanser from Fresh instantly whisks away everyday impurities and makeup—even mascara—without stripping the skin of essential moisture. Rich in amino acids, soy proteins support moisture retention, giving skin the appearance of elasticity and firmness while rosewater balances and tones the skin. Calming cucumber extract and nourishing borage seed oil enrich the formula, which is fragrance- and soap-free.

This product is extra gentle and ideal for all skin types. “In the early nineties, there was a buzz about the health benefits of soy, but no one was exploring its effects on the skin. We found that it is highly rich in amino acids, which help with cell turnover, and introduced soy to the beauty market in 1999.”—Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, Fresh Founders.

Thoughts

Usually around holidays (I’m not sure if it’s available regularly) Fresh includes its signature cleanser and chapstick in a set. I had gifted the cleanser to my friend who ended up gifting the set back to me haha. Guess she enjoyed it enough to get me to try it too!

I usually have two cleansers that I use daily (3 if you include cleansing oil before I do another cleanse). One I use in the morning, another at night. In the morning I prefer to use a gentler one. I don’t want my face to be too dry when I apply makeup. Whereas in the evening, I prefer one that’s a bit more powerful on the cleansing part. With Fresh’s Soy Cleanser, I would recommend using it in the morning, because it was super gentle.

In fact, it might be just a tad too gentle for me. However, I think that anyone would really sensitive skin would enjoy this. If you usually experience redness from cleansers that irritate your skin, you might want to look into this one instead. It includes soy proteins for moisture retention, rosewater to balance you skin, and cucumber extract to calm it. The thing is, my preference is towards bubbly cleansers. Ones I can work into a lather really easily. With this soy cleanser, it looks like gel, but the consistency is so light that it almost seems to disappear when I try to work it around my face. I know that products that are more natural don’t bubble up very much, and maybe that’s the case with this cleanser. But because of that, I usually only limit it to morning use when I don’t feel like that’s a bunch of dirt on my face.

It also creates another dilemma for me. Because it doesn’t lather up very much and disappear as I work it into my face, I feel as though I’m using a lot more product. I can’t tell if it’s been spread onto every part of my face. So I squeeze more out to ensure that there’s actually enough. The way that I lather up cleanser is usually first just in my hand and then I apply the bubbles to my face so that I’m not being rough with my face. But I can’t do that with this cleanser.

There’s a very, very light scent. It might just be the natural smell of the cleanser actually, rather than a scent added. But it’s not really one I was particularly fond of. I expected a light, pleasant smell. I don’t even know how to describe the smell of this cleanser, to be honest. I don’t think it’d even be the smell I’d get if I grabbed soy beans or tofu and sniffed it LOL.

I know it seems like I’m bashing the product, but I’m really not, I swear haha! I think all the points I brought up (other than the scent) are all points for people with sensitive skin to give this cleanser a try. I haven’t experienced anything bad from the cleanser so I think if you’re just looking for a no-frills cleanser, give it a go. You can even buy it in a set with their lip treatment :)

3/5

Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser Review

Product Description

This extra gentle, highly effective cleanser removes impurities and harmful excess sebum without stripping away skin’s essential moisture. It quickly lathers into a rich foam, and leaves skin feeling refreshed and silky-smooth to the touch.

Thoughts

I know.. I’m back for basically my once a month update LOL. But I lost the converter for my charger (meant for Asian power outlets) and I hate putting up pictures from my iPhone. But thankfully there are some that I’ve taken pictures of prior to losing the convertor.

Finding a cleanser that’s gentle enough to not irritate my skin can be a challenge. My skin basically hates me and can sometimes feel extremely dry to extremely oily or both depending on the area of my face. In the morning I like to use cleansers that aren’t too harsh on my skin. I need my face to be more.. oily (?) since it can be very dry by the end of the day (despite there being oily spots on my face too).

My friend gifted me a Shiseido Ibuki set a while ago, hence the smaller size in my picture. I finally got around to trying it out early this year!

The formula comes out a bit thick, but once worked into a lather it’s fine. Not super bubbly, but enough for me to work onto whole face. I don’t need too much product in order to do so either.

It is scented, but is light so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem unless you’re someone who usually prefers unscented products overall. I actually quite like the scent of the product. Calming for the morning.

This cleanser is definitely gentle, so personally I like to keep it for the morning time rather than using it both in the morning and at night. Mostly because I like having my cleansers at night to feel like it actually washed off any leftover makeup that might be left after I use my cleansing oil. My face is left nice and soft after using the Ibuki Gentle Cleanser. I can feel that it didn’t strip off all the oil from my face, which is a good thing or else it might be too harsh for my face.

I recommend this to anyone looking for a cleanser that is suitable for sensitive skin. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, I think it would be a good one to try out if you’re looking for a more gentle cleanser.

I don’t specifically have anything bad to say about the cleanser, but there also wasn’t anything that made me especially attached to it. Not one that I would particularly repurchase if asked, but I wouldn’t tell people to not buy it either LOL.

3.5/5

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser Review

Product Description

This creamy, foaming, antioxidant-rich cleanser gently cleanses, nourishes, and hydrates. It deeply purifies and pampers skin, infusing delicate nourishment with African red tea, a youth-restoring antioxidant to strengthen skin, vitamin C to brighten and firm, and borage seed oil to soothe and nourish. Bright and energizing citrus extracts of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine purify and intoxicate the skin senses.

Thoughts

After my skin went crazy I was desperately searching for a new cleanser. I needed something that wouldn’t react badly with my sensitive skin. I was on a hunt for cleansers that were more natural and that’s when I saw Ole Henriksen’s Red Tea Foaming Cleanser. It comes in a 207ml (7oz) bottle for $38.00 CAD.

It’s a foaming cleanser, which I’m usually not a big fan of, but I actually quite like this cleanser! It has a citrusy scent from the grapefruit, orange, and tangerine but not overly strong that it bothers me. I usually like citrus scents so it’s a plus for me. It makes things feel fresh. Foaming cleansers often dry me out, but surprisingly this one doesn’t do that at all.

It leaves my skin feeling clean without feeling like it sucked all the moisture out of my skin. The cleanser helps my skin look vibrant and bouncy afterwards too. You don’t need a lot of product since it foams so it has lasted me for quite a while. Just a note though, I don’t use it as a makeup remover. I always use a cleansing oil to remove my makeup before using a normal cleanser so I can’t comment on how well this cleanser removes makeup.

As always, I won’t comment on the anti-aging factor because I don’t think it’s something we can judge unless we continuously keep up with a product. I always switch to a new product after I finish. I would totally recommend this to anyone looking for a nice, gentle cleanser, especially if you’re looking for something more natural!

5/5