Rated 4.68 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash
I began using Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash I guess when it first came on the market! It is a wonderful product that cleanes off all make up and leaves my face feeling soft and thoroughly cleaned. A few months ago I failed to reorder this product when I ran out of it, so I bought a national brand cleanser from the drug store. It was awful! I quickly ordered a years supply of Checks & Balances Frothy face wash and will not go with out it! When I first began using this product I had very oily skin. And it was great at leaving my skin feeling very clean, not tight. Now that I'm in my 50's, and have combination dry skin, this fantastic product is still a great cleanser for my skin! I even use it in the morning before reapplying my skin toning and moistirizer products. I highly recommend this product to anyone who needs a good over all cleanser. I also have delicate skin, around the eye area This product has never irritated my eyes! Also, a tiny bit goes a long ways! Just a pearl size dab thoroughly cleanses my skin. A tube will last a very long while!
Most Helpful Critical Review I'm in the minority but... DRYING!
I've been perpetually perplexed at how others rave on this face wash. I've tried it now a handful of times, each time far from the previous, wondering if the prior were just anomalies. But sure enough every use feels like I'm stripping my skin of all moisture and leaves it in a horribly dry, uncomfortable manner. My skin is combination - tends to be more dry in the winter and more oily in the summer - and I'll get occasional mild acne breakouts more often in the summer (sunscreen is the death of me).
I use A Perfect World cleanser twice a day and have been for years now. Checks and Balances is just not for everyone!
Reviewed by 2466 customers One of the absolute best
BA at Ulta from MD
I have tried many many facial cleansers, from high end to low. It Cosmetics, Tatcha, Cetaphil, Cera Ve, Dermalogica, First Aid, Philosophy, Murad, ect, and NOTHING has worked like this one!! I have acne+cystic acne prone skin and a combination skin type. This one creates such a foamy lather and smells refreshing in a subtle minty way. It doesn't burn at all what so ever, my skin is also sensitive! It won't magically get rid of your acne, but it will leave your face cleansed and fresh without being tight or dry. This is the only cleanser I have ever bought twice because of it's cleaning/feeling effects afterward. The clean ingredients in Origins are also very attractive to my skin. This is a gentle cleanser good for using twice a day.
Left my skin feeling icky
Fuzzy from Spokane, WA
I got this in a sample size from another order and tried it for the first time tonight. It left my skin feeling very gross, like it has a weird waxy film to it like when you use cheap soap on your skin. After washing it off, my skin already felt cohesyed and heavy. I'm very disappointed, I'll probably end up throwing the rest of the sample bottle away.
my holy grail
aje158 from Denver, CO
This is the only face wash I've ever bought a second bottle of. It doesn't dry out my skin, but makes it feel clean. The texture of the cream wash is somewhat unique in my opinion. I love that it suds up without overdrying. My skin stays clear and smooth!
Love but concerned
Nicole from Fresno, California
A little really goes a long way with this one! This is meant to be my daily cleanser and acne control. I've used a pea sized amount twice a day for about a week now and my skin definitely feels softer with slight improvement in the health of my skin! When rinsing there is a tight feel to my face but coupled with a moisturizer (I use clear advantage) that feeling is gone immediately! I am a little concerned, however, with the redness my skin has developed since use. I am a ginger and with that typically comes very sensitive skin so I'm not surprised, but I would advise other Redheads to consider their skin sensitivity before purchasing.
Lucy from AZ
This very gentle cleaner has a great consistency, and even a pea sized portion goes a long way, especially once it lathers on. The smell is very subtle, but I absolutely like how it doesn't strip your skin.
Tbj5060 from Phoenix,AZ
I'm not sure if the ingredients have changed or if I received an incredibly old bottle... I have used this face wash for about two years now & it has always worked wonders, but my newest bottle leaves a waxy film on my face & it doesn't feel like it's deep cleaning anymore. I had no transition period because I went from my old bottle directly to my new bottle & I can't touch my face without pulling my skin & my blackheads have been out of control. I'm so disappointed with Origins' products at the moment.
Vickster from CA
I use this at night and it does a good job of cleaning my skin without it feeling dry
Love this face wash!
A from Alabama
Leaves my skin feeling so clean!
I will not be buying this product again.
Trajkote from Metrodetroit, Mi
I bought the large size within the last year and have only used the travel sizes that I have attained because at that time I was not looking at ingredients but overall companies and I heard good things from people about origins. While I do like some of their products I do not like the fact that something that is supposed to be neutralizing I feel like by the name has comedogenic products in their first few ingredients on the list. Myristic Acid and Lauric Acid both are comedogenic ingredients that can cause black heads by clogging pores. Also, ethylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone are two preservatives that can be very harsh. Now that I have taken a turn to looking at ingredients this does not look like a good facewash at all and in the long run could actually make your pores worse so for those worried about clogged pores and black heads I'd be aware that this is in here. There are other face washes that have way better ingredients that would not do this.
Hands down my FAVORITE face wash
Alexandra from Saint Paul, MN
My mom has always been adamant about good skincare routines so I grew up using Lancome, and Clinique, etc. Once I moved out and started buying my skincare without my mom's influence I dabbled in a lot of different brands, but Origins is my favorite! I even have my husband using it now (moisturizers, face wash, etc.). This facewash is amazing! It leaves my face feeling really clean but not dehydrated, as long as they sell it, I can't see myself not using this!
Great for sensitive skin
Kelly from Texas
I have A Lot of issues with reacting to new facial products/makeup. I can have reactions ranging from acne, extreme dryness and even full on welts/hives. I'm always nervous to try new brands, but I heard great things about this line so I decided to give it a shot. This face wash did Wonders for my skin! It's very mild on my skin and my acne is basically gone after 2 weeks of using this. Also this line's 10 minute mask. Highly recommend!!
SandiMc from Elgin, Ill
I am very impressed with the face wash Checks and Balances. I use it twice a day, morning and before bed. I can't believe how little you need to use. Only a very small amount is needed to completely froth up and take the make up off. I love it.
This will be the only face wash I will use
BeautifulSong from Sacramento, CA
I have been searching for a face wash that will fit my skin type for the longest time and I am so glad I stumbled upon Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. My skin type is a combo of oily to very dry skin and I also break out easily and is very sensitive to many face washes. Due to the pandemic, it is mandatory to wear a face mask during work and I have developed serious mask acne the past few months. I decided to read the reviews for this face wash and I was in luck to see so many positive reviews. I purchased it and used it right away. In the next few days, I see major changes on my face. The acne started disappearing and my face is so smooth. I have only been using this product for about a month. This will definitely be my go-to face wash. Extremely happy.
I love love love!
Himmi from New York
I used to have acne and I don't anymore.I have been using checks and balances since 4 years now. I remember instances where I was on travel and didn't use this product and my skin developed acne back again. I immediately would shift to checks and balance and skin used to become again. I'll keep on using it and my skin loves it.
I love Origins
Ultagirl from Nor Cal
Best face wash. Great smell, texture and leaves the face clean with no residue. Highly recommend.
good for all kinds of skin
cici from or
i like this face wash
Carlito from Minneapolis, MN
The product was nice texture and loved the foaming and it was light with minimal smell to it but it really dried my skin around my mouth and nose and didn't pair well with the Origins Moisturizer I bought
Alesia from Pasadena Texas
I love this cleanser. I'm using a sample size of this and love it. I have oily skin and this doesn't strip my oils. Would definitely by the bigger bottle next time.
Happy with product for 15 years
ali from San Francisco
My whole family uses this face wash. We all have for the past 15 years because it just works! We have different skin types and it works for all of us. My son is a teenager, and it works for him as well. He doesn't have acne problems, some here and there, but not a lot. I think this face wash is one of the reasons.
My Go To Cleanser
EMG1003 from CA
I have tried other cleansers, but I always go back to this one. I feel it gets the dirt and oil out and I feel like I have a clean face by the end of the day.
StephTN from Tennessee
I truest song love this face wash. My acne has cleared immensely using this morning and night. Gets my skin clean without feeling stripped. Doesn't have a strong scent which I love. Works well with using hands or a cleaning brush.
Dries my face out
K Anton from Chicago, IL
I would imagine this would be a good product for someone with oily skin. I have more combination skin and so washing with this made my face dry out and feel rubbery after rinsing. I didn't like the way it felt. The product smells good though and feels nice when you're washing so I think it was just the wrong product for me.
Love this face wash, it leaves my face so clean
D from Texas
This face product makes you feel so clean and fresh
Finally Found the Perfect Face Wash
Christie from Michigan
I have extremely dry, sensitive skin and I have been incorporating this product into my daily skincare routine for several months now. I love how CLEAN and fresh my skin feels after using, without leaving my skin feeling dry and tight. My skin has never been healthier. This has become a staple product for me.
Cured my mask acne
Catz from San Clemente, Ca.
I am a preschool teacher who has to wear a mask for 8 hours a day. I got terrible mask acne despite changing my mask mid day and washing my face when I came home until I started using Checks and Balances. This product has shrunk the bumps on my face and after a week of use almost has gotten rid of the mask acne. I'm happy with the performance of this face wash.