Rated 4.19 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Okay cleanser, better products out there
This is a good cleanser, but it is not the best that I have used. I have combination/oily skin for most of the year and normal to dry-combination in the heart of the winter. I bought this product at the beginning of February 2013, and I have used it every morning and night. It is non-irritating and does not leave the skin with a tight, stripped feeling. It works especially well as a morning cleanser when I'm just washing away any sweat / oil production from the night and don't have any makeup to remove. The issue that I have with this product is that at night, even if I use a makeup wipe before cleansing my face, I feel that all this product does is remove the residual makeup. Often times, I'll have to wash my face twice just to feel like the product has penetrated through to my skin.
I will say that this product worked better for my skin in the winter/early spring months than it did throughout the summer. It could be because my skin type changed or it could be that my skin built up some kind of tolerance to it. I would definitely give it a shot as it has not caused any bad side effects for me... I just don't think it's the best product for my personal skin care needs. [On a side note--I have recently switched to Philosophy's purity and it seems to be better at getting my combo skin truly clean]
I'm torn between giving this product 3 and 4 stars, but I have gone with 4 because the product is well-priced.
Most Helpful Critical Review One Use - Rash
I never write reviews. However, I read them religiously to determine if I'm going to buy something so I wanted to share. I do not have sensitive skin and I never break out using new products. I have mostly clear skin with the occasional breakout. I have the seaweed cleanser and this one was on sale so I decided to give it a try last night. This morning, the entire bottom of my face/jaw/chin is broken out in a red, heated, itchy rash (it's as gross as it sounds). I'm hoping with discontinued use that it will go away but I'm struggling to even cover it with makeup. I will never buy this product again and be very cautious with this brand in the future.
Reviewed by 944 customers Still learning about it...
Libby from KS
I'm still getting used to this one. It is so gentle that it feels like I'm washing my face with lotion. But when I'm done, my face feels clean so I know it's working. It doesn't lather or anything like that--it just gives me a yummy, plump, clean feeling.
EnzymeRhyme from Minneapolis
Helps immensely with my breakouts! Just a tad drying when an everyday use.
Tkirsch88 from Allardt, TN
I was a huge fan of the seaweed cleanser so I decided to give this a try. The smell is clean and fresh but it is quite thick and doesn't spread well on the skin, stays clumped up on my hands when trying to massage it into my face. I don't have that overall great clean feeling after using but it works okay.
I would buy this product again and again, Love it!
mcat from Humble , TX
Lives face soft and clean.
Shay from Bozeman, MT
This face wash dose not foam up, and Im not sure I love that. Its nice.
It's pretty good!
Dani from Leawood, KS
I've been using this cleanser for about 2 weeks and I like it so far. It is a good size for a really good price! The only thing that bothers me is that it doesn't lather but it's not a deal breaker.
Enjoyed this cleaners
Alesia from Pasadena Texas
After trying a small sample bottle of this cleanser I liked it. It does have a perfume smell to it which I don't care for in my cleansers but other then that its ok. I have to use it with the Ordinary Squalance Cleanser because that cleanser leaves an oily residue on the skin that's why I double cleanse . After seeing the ingredients of this product I m going to return it because I read one review that the ingredients are not good for your skin.
good cleanser if you don't have makeup on
Tillie from WA
I use this cleanser some mornings or before using mask. This cleanser does not remove my makeup, so I use a different cleanser at night. It is gentle, but recommends different cleanser to remove makeup.
Combination - More Sensitive Skin Loves this
BritBrit from Los Angeles, CA
Been using this product for two years now and I will never go back. It works well with my RX grade Acne cream. Plus because it's a gel it doesn't make my skin feel super tight like the foaming cleansers do. Plus I really love the cucumber scent, it's refreshing. I must warn that it is a GENTLE cleanser. It's not good at removing deep make up gunk dirt. You either need to get better make up removers ( not the wipe, if you still use wipes and blame this product, they clearly haven't done their research of any sort), double cleanse, or I use the make up eraser cloth, sometimes I exfoliate instead because I usually don't wear make up.
Great for double cleansing
Amanda from Illinois
I use this product in my double cleansing skin regimen. I have both dry AND sensitive skin and this cleanser is great for both. I use a different brands cleanser afterwards but this one is great for a minimal hydrating cleanse and honestly lasts for a super long time.
Natalie from Indiana
Although this product feels nice to use, the ingredients are so harmful! Not only does it have parabens and perfumes, which can cause a lot of irritation--it also contains Phenoxyethanol, which is harmful to your brain and nervous system when absorbed into the skin. Please please please do not use this product if you care about your skin! There are plenty of clean, safe skincare alternatives out there!
Smells amazing and skin feels so smooth
Dlk from Iowa
I use this twice a day it feels so calming And refreshing on my skin. Skin feels clean and smooth. Price is fair too—much less than fancy ones
Chassidy from Waco, TX
I've used this cleanser about two years now. It's the only cleanser that prevents breakouts for me! It's super gentle and doesn't lather. I just massage it on to my face! I had a small gap that I didn't use it (used Murad) and my forehead broke out in small bumps, it was so embarrassing! After going back to using this about a week or so, the acne is about 80% clear! I swear by this product, though I have recommended it to friends who weren't fans of it. My own skin type is combination, more on the oily side. This even controls that, in my opinion with consistent use.
Mel from New Orleans
It feels great on your face after wearing mask all day.
Amazing for dry skin!
Person with dry skin from Your moms house
I have extremely dry skin and this cleanser does not irritate it at all! This is the only cleanser that I have found that does not burn my skin or feel like it's being rubbed raw! Will be buying again!
Have Tried Others - Love This One!
Anne from Oregon
My 40+ year face deals with dryness, acne, and wrinkles. I use this several times a week and have noticed an incredible difference in reduced acne and skin softness. This is definitely one of my favorite Mario Badescu products!!
Cindy from Provo Utah
I only use this in the morning not at night to take make-up off. I don't think it's really good for that. I'm older now and my skin used to be really oily. Sometimes it is now and sometimes it isn't. It fluctuates. That being said, this cleanser seems to help keep me a little more balanced because the foaming, cleansing ones that remove the makeup at night can be more harsh and drying. Using this in the morning makes my skin feel more soft and nourished, less parched, and I get less flaky.
Great for to add to cleansing routine
Rena from Iowa
I use this regularly , but don't Use it to take off makeup . I use in the shower after I've exfoliated and cleansed (reverse order ).
Not worth the hype
Mads from Indiana
I heard good things about this cleanser and I was excited to try it out. I've struggled with acne for a few years now and I've only found one cleanser that I love, but it's been sold out everywhere. I thought this one would clear my skin up after hearing people talk about how much they love it. At first I was really liking it and how it made my skin feel, but after a few washes my skin looked HORRIBLE. I can't say my acne was 100% caused by this cleanser because I do have to wear a mask at work everyday and I'm sure that it's great for my skin, but this product was definitely causing acne on my forehead and upper cheek areas where my mask doesn't cover (these are areas where I rarely ever get acne). I've been using the La Roche Posay one and my skin is already starting to clear up!
Oh the smell !!!
Beachgirl from Dominican in Minnesota
I really wanted to like this product because the price was great and I hear great things about Mario Badescu. I have to say that this product could very well be fantastic, but the smell was so unbearable, that I could not use it twice. It smells like your grandmothers perfume that went bad from sitting in the window in the sun but she insists on wearing it even though it makes everyone sneeze. Just absolutely RANCID !!!
It gets the job done
Kar from Dallas, TX
It does it's job however if you're looking for that "clean feeling" this will not do that for you. It's a very mild/gentle cleaner that doesn't lather.
abcdefghijklmnop from ny
this made my skin 10 times worse than it was before i started using this. it's full of fragrance and is just terrible for you.
Its all right
Ksal from Kansas City, KS
I have oily sensitive skin, this cleanser doesn't irritate my skin but also doesn't feel like it gets all the oil and dirt off.
Beware: Pore-clogging ingredients in this product
ppmarmarpp from San Diego, CA
This cleanser contains PEG-8 Stearate (used as a surfactant and emulsifier) and this will break you out and clog pores if you are a person that identifies with blemish-prone skin. I was, however, able to repurpose this a brush and sponge cleanser and LET ME TELL YOU it melted the makeup RIGHT OFF my BeautyBlender and makeup brushes. After I finished the bottle, I did not purchase another one out of fear of running the risk that using this product to cleanse my sponges and brushes could still lead to breakouts. Just wanted to spread the word on my experience with this product. Hope it works for you, but didn't for me—not as a skin cleanser at least:)
Steph from California
I wanted to love this product so much. After three days I started to breakout on my chin, my forehead and I had never had breakouts in those areas. Apparently so they say, some of their line carries steroids which causes breakouts. I know people who love it but I unfortunately do not. I have sensitive skin and don't usually breakout.