Rated 4.78 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Manna from heaven
First off, let me give you some background on my skin. I'm 33 and have been dealing with acne for TWENTY YEARS. It started in my early teens, got progressively worse through middle and high school, cleared up a bit in college (thanks, birth control!), but then stayed at a pretty solid 'meh' level thereafter. I finally went to a dermatologist a few years ago and have been using two prescriptions, one oral and one topical, since then. The prescriptions have really helped to clear my big, painful, cystic, deep, hormonal acne, but I have still been dealing with lots of clogged pores / blackheads, medium-sized breakouts here and there, and even the occasional mega-zit. Added to all of this is the fact that I'm starting to see signs of aging in my skin, and all those years of acne have left me with enlarged pores, uneven color / texture, and areas of deep hyperpigmentation.
About a month ago I received my regular shipment of Ritual vitamins (yes, I am a millennial) and found a coupon code for OSEA inside. I had never heard of them before but had been wanting to find a nicer face wash. I had been using CeraVe Facial Cleanser on my dermatologist's instructions, but even after trying the 'Hydrating' version I always came away feeling like my skin was both too dry and also not deeply cleansed. When I saw the OSEA coupon, I figured I'd take the skin quiz and give their products a try. I ordered the OC-1 and White Algae mask and the box arrived at a perfect time: I had just returned from a backpacking trip in a very dry, dusty, windy area. My skin was filthy, lightly sunburned, and parched with patchy areas of flaky dryness. That night I used the OC-1 for the first time and noticed right away that it was not irritating my skin AT ALL. Not my eye area, not the sunburn, not the raw and flaky spots. That in and of itself blew me away. The fact that the cleanser also smells like lime lollipops was an unexpected perk. After cleansing I could definitely tell that my skin was really, truly, actually clean. Not stripped, not any drier than it had been before ... just CLEAN. I decided to try the White Algae mask, too, and left it on overnight. When I woke up the next morning I could hardly believe my eyes: my skin looked as if it had been healing from the hiking damage for a week, not one night. The dry patches were already more balanced, the sunburn hadn't even had a chance to get dry and flaky, and the little crops of almost-zits that looked like they were ready to pop up were soothed and quieted.
It's been about a week and a half since I got back from that trip and I've been using the cleanser twice a day, and the mask as an overnight treatment every other day. Every morning when I wake up my mind is blown by how soft, balanced, and glowing my skin looks and feels. I really put the products to the test a few nights ago when I went on an anxiety-fueled squeeze and pick session. It's a horrible compulsion that I've tried hard to break, but when life is as weird as it is right now I can't help myself! And I'm truly the worst about it: I could spend hours in the mirror squeezing gunk out of my skin if it weren't for my husband (who knows what I'm up to) knocking insistently on the bathroom door after about 45 minutes. So anyway, I really did a number on my face the other night and it looked terrible ... red, blotchy, just really, really angry (anyone who picks will know what I'm talking about). Per usual I was completely ashamed afterwards and did the hastiest version of my nighttime routine just so I could go to bed and not think about it anymore. I literally used just the cleanser and the mask, and none of my other usual products. I fully expected to wake up the next morning with a horrible face of redness and new zits. It's what happens every time I pick, after all. The next day I wiped the mask off my face to see that all the areas I had been squeezing and picking at were ... mostly fine. Of course there was SOME irritation, but nothing at all like what I had every right to expect after the torment I put my skin through the night before. Two days after the fact, and it's almost like I never picked at all. That heap of horrible, scabby, disgusting zits I should have gotten? They never showed up.
Long story short; I am completely in love with both the OC-1 and White Algae mask. Even though these products are very much outside of my usual price range, I know that I'll be reordering both of them (and hopefully trying some new OSEA products, too) because I cannot get over the difference they have made in my skin in less than TWO WEEKS. I'm so excited to see what my face looks like once I've used a full round of these products. Thank you, OSEA! And please never change the OC-1 scent! ;)
Most Helpful Critical Review Nothing wrong with it
Okay lemme lay it down for ya'll. So I bought this on a building impulse to just treat myself. I came across this particular product through youtube, and somehow decided that it was perfect. At first the price was appalling; I am not one to spend a whopping $44 on some face stuff, but after some self consoling i decided that I should not be afraid to buy myself something expensive. Also I knew I would be haunted forever by my curiosity so I might as well rip off the bandaid. After I received the product I noticed a stinging sensation, but because of the astounding reviews I decided that I must be crazy. I finally came to terms with this fact after using the product for several months. The stinging sensation persists every time I use the cleanser, even on hydrated skin. Overall the concept of this stuff isn't bad. It just has a reaction to my particular skin. I was also expecting more of a soft milk cleanser but I can assure you that this is definitely a watery GEL cleanser. It doesn't really do much for my skin except irritate it. It doesn't clean deep into my pores. I think the sole purpose is just to wash dirt and makeup off the surface. As for the company itself it isn't bad. (I wish things were more affordable). Even someone like me who wasn't a huge fan of the product can appreciate them. Shout out to Brooke Babcock for some crazy fast customer service and friendly greetings.
Reviewed by 468 customers I have never had worse acne in my life
Abby from California
I bought this last month and was so excited to try it and switch up my skincare routine! It had so many good reviews so I was expecting the best. Long story short, my acne is the worst it's ever been. My skin has never been acne prone, but after a week of using this face wash, I had SO much acne. I'm switching back to my old face wash asap
AMoos from San Antonio
I like the gentle feeling of this cleanser and how it helps control my oily, acne prone skin. The pump is my only issue but after chatting with customer service, they are sending a replacement. Hoping it was just a defective pump.
Shelby from Chicago
I was really excited about this product because it's supposedly very gentle. I have extremely sensitive skin, and stick to only moisturizer, sunscreen, and a gentle cleanser. This product immediately makes my face burn and leaves painful redness. Unfortunately, I will not be repurchasing.
Love at first wash!!
Nottheguru from Charleston SC
I use this face wash twice a day. Originally I got a trial size in a beauty box but ran out. I bought a full size from ultra.The smell is amazing. Its fresh and clean smelling. I have dry skin but this is perfectly balanced and doesn't dry it out .
This stuff is a game changer!
Luna from Rochester
I don't even know where to begin, the smell, the results, the texture is all amazing! I love the vegan lactic acid to help renew you skin and and my skin is definitely more and more radiant with each use!
the search is over
gr4c3 from good skin dot com
i've been so dissatisfied with every cleanser i've tried in the last year (farmacy, glossier, korres, elemis) and THIS!!! IS THE ONE!!! that has somehow softened and moisturized my dry, sensitive skin but also evicted my non-rent-paying chin blackheads. it is worth the coins.
Love the smell
Sabah from USA
I use this to wash my face, my hands and even in the shower. I love the smell and the way it makes my skin feel so soft. I stocked up so I never run out.
Good at first, then very very bad.
Hayleigh from USA
At first when I started using this cleanser it was great. My skin was clear and felt fresh after cleansing. I didn't change anything else in my routine. and slowly after about a month or so of using it I noticed i was getting blackheads all over my cheeks and I never get blackheads. I didn't think it was the cleanser but then I started noticing more and more pimples all over my face and constant breakouts in addition to the blackheads. Eventually I tried removing the cleanser from my routine and they are finally starting to go away. I've never had acne before and this was the WORST my skin has ever been. Really put a damper on my confidence and gave me a lot of scarring due to the breakouts. This is the only OSEA product I've tried. I still have about two thirds of the product left now and cant return, scared to give it to a friend or family member in case it gives them the same reaction.
amark from USA
I am really excited to try this- along with the other items in my order. Unfortunately I still haven't received them after 17 days. I am not sure if this shipping time is normal? It seems odd for it to take this long.
They do not back their products
A. from USA
I really wanted to love the $200 ordered that I placed from this company. It did not work for me and left my skin breaking out. There is supposedly a 100% satisfaction guarantee where you can be refunded. It has been nothing but games and still have not found a way to give them the product back so I can get my money. It seems to me the only thing they want to do is avoid you returning the product. This was a very big investment for me and $200 is a lot of money to just throw away. Very disappointed in the customer service.
a from Arkansas
I'm in love! what is this sorcery?!
Ocean Cleanser Pump Dispenser
Jeannie from USA
Love the products. Pump dispenser does not work on the Ocean Cleanser. Plz send a new dispenser. All others work fine.
Krissy from Bonita Springs
This is the best cleanser I have ever used and I have been trying to find a cleanser for years and tried so many! (kiehls, cerave, kora to name a few). After just one use my face felt cleaner than ever and brighter and more hydrated. I will never use another cleanser again I'm so glad I found this.
Love this cleanser
Lori from USA
I am in the beauty industry, and am always looking for effective products. This cleanser is my favorite. I am hooked and will be sticking with this one. My search is over. My face looks and feels better than it has in years.
achapa542 from Austin, TX
This seaweed cleansing gel gave me a clear complexion I couldn't resist! I liked the glass bottle it came in, I would definitely recommend and purchase the bigger bottle. Very gentle on my skin as it was a plant-based probiotic and PH balanced!
Finally found my holy grail cleanser
Keyshae from USA
Before I start, I just want to say I've been on the hunt for decent cleanser for a *long* time. I've tried everything: Sunday Riley's Ceramic Slip, to Glossier's Milky Jelly, K Beauty Brands like Sulwashoo, and even drugstore favorites like Cerave or La Roche Posay. With all that being said, this cleanser surpasses all of them. Absolutely love the consistency, scent, and the way it leaves my skin feeling so soft! Major bonus points that this is a brand that prioritizes sustainability which is pretty important to me. Overall I definitely recommend it and I'm looking forward to trying more from this brand!
Shawna from USA
This cleanser has an overwhelming scent of lime popsicles, which should have clued me in on what was to come. This product immediately started burning as soon as I applied it, and made my skin so tight and dry afterward. One look at the ingredient list reveals the offender...lime oil. That's a big NOPE for me, that stuff should not be in a face product.
Lauren from USA
I love this cleanser so much. It smells amazing every single time I wash my face I always cover my nose with my hands to get a good sniff. I use this after the ocean cleansing mudd and it's the perfect combination my skin feels and looks so healthy.
Great face cleanser
Rachel from USA
This cleanser is gentle and soothing. Like a silky treat!
just buy it
Emily from Michigan
I got this cleanser in a sample size and immediately became hooked. I have combination skin but am definitely prone to cystic breakouts around my chin, neck, etc. While it's too soon to see if this cleanser will cure that (and lets be real - it probably won't, cystic acne is one stubborn monster), after a few uses I've already noticed a HUGE difference in the overall texture in my skin. It does such a good job of taking off the day's makeup, dirt, etc and it smells like you've just gotten an expensive facial at some bougie Southern California spa. I was a little hesitant to buy because of the price tag (I'm a "if you can swing drugstore products, do it" kind of gal), but the full size is actually VERY big — I imagine it'll last me quite a while. My face literally feels like it glows after I use this. I've had to resist the urge to buy every product this brand makes. Just buy it!!!
Be wary if you also use prescription wrinkle cream
Chris from Berkshires MA
I was excited to receive this sample in the July Allure box, but the first time I used it, my face stung! I do not have sensitive skin but do use prescription retinol (can't write the actual word due to Ulta policies) and perhaps this is the reason it did not work for me.
Suzzy from Mississippi
I just received my sample product and used it.
It absolutely takes off every bit of makeup without the use of a washcloth. No need to use very much at all. And I wear a lot of makeup. LOL!
Grim from Houston
I got a free sample & fell in love instantly. It's gentle yet removes all the day's makeup. And a very light fresh scent. Highly recommend!!! Just wish it came in a bigger bottle. I use it daily.
Jen C from California
I can't figure out what I am missing with this cleanser, everyone had such good reviews. This cleanser didn't remove my makeup & left my face feeling oily. I have combo/dry skin & I have never been as oily as I was when I used this cleanser. I used for about two weeks & gave it away.
Moisturizing, doesn't fully remove makeup
HallieBaker from MS
This face wash is nice, doesn't strip the skin, but doesn't remove makeup well - there were still foundation and mascara patches on my face. Recommend if you're looking for a balancing face wash that you're not relying on for makeup removal.