Rated 4.61 out of 5 stars
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 Ocean Cleanser 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 Ocean Cleanser 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 Ocean Cleanser 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 Ocean Cleanser scent! ;)
I received a deluxe sample of this product with a purchase. I was excited to try it out because I ran out of my other face washes and wanted to try something new.
First con would be the scent. This product smells like a lemon cleaning spray. It does not smell good at all & has a strange overpowering scent. Clorox wipes would be my closest comparison.
The next con would be the texture of the product. The product does not foam up at all. You will need to use a large amount as most just washes right off if you're using it in the shower. This product isn't cheap, so you will be wasting a lot of product to get your face fully washed & clean.
Lastly, this doesn't do a good job removing makeup. You will need to wash your face multiple times if you do have makeup on. Afterwards, it makes your face feel VERY dry & you will need a really good cream to hydrate your face after.
Overall, this is a product I would pass on. Tried to give it a shot, but this is the first product that I threw away when it was completely full.
Brittany from Richmond VA
I love this cleanser. I have tried so many but this one works so well for my combo skin and I get so many compliments now.
Miranda from Georgia
It smells great. I love the citrus smell. It takes off my mascara with no residue. The pores on my nose look cleaner and less noticable. My skin is soft. It's expensive so I use some cheaper stuff I have to make it last longer. I can tell the difference in my skin when I do.
Ell from New York
I have used this cleanser for years! Bc I wear a full face of makeup every day, I prefer to double cleanse and this cleanser is gentle enough on my skin to not irritate. I have eczema on my eyelids, my cheeks, and my neck and this is the only cleanser that gets rid of my breakouts without causing inflammation.
It works best using only one pump on an otherwise clean face like in the morning or if you didnt wear makeup and 2 pumps if you're double cleansing. That way you get your moneys worth also! Just wetting your hands a little to spread the product since it doesn't lather, good luck!
Pilar from Undisclosed
I bought this product as I was looking for a lightweight moisturizer that would be gentle on my skin. This product fits the bill. It has a lightweight feel and a beautiful citrus scent. I would say that if you have sensitive skin the citrus might be a bit harsh.
Barb from Undisclosed
Cleans your face without stripping it of moisture. Smells great. Would buy again
Brandi from Undisclosed
I love this face wash so much! I heard about it from Michel Janse on YouTube so glad i decided to try it. Never breaks me out, never dries me out. It's gentle and moisturizing. Probably will purchase again and again.
T from LA
It is one of the more pricey cleansers I've purchased, and I can't say it's done a better job than what I've used in the past. If you have broken or sensitive skin, it may be unpleasant to use as the fragrances are strong
Bekah from Poplar bluff MO
I originally got a sample of this in an allure box and have been hooked it's my favorite I have mild rosacea and mildly sensitive dry skin it hydrates without irritating, in the summer when I'm more oily it works just as well... Only thing is if you're sensitive to scents the lime scent is pretty strong it doesn't bother me but might some people
Maria from Undisclosed
Love this cleaner, i have sensitive skin and don't like strong smell lotions and cleaners. Love this product, Love this company, fast delivery, amazing packing, samples always fun to try new things. So glad I found this line.
madi from PA
I have EXTREMELY sensitive irish skin! Everything makes me break out or just doesn't have an affect. This, however, is probably the first cleanser I've ever used where I've noticed results. My skin feels smoother and my breakouts subsided. It smells clean and fresh as well. Sometimes the product will dry and harden at the tip of the applicator but that hasn't been much of a problem. I am almost done with my first bottle and will certainly try again. It's lasted me about 3 months so far, I'd say it could last 4-5.
Undisclosed from Undisclosed
I love the smell and the way my skin feels after using the body wash.
Tim from Undisclosed
This cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin! It's light and doesn't make your face feel stripped afterwards. Also, the fragrance is to-die-for.
K from Maryland
Have been using theis for abour 2 months. The product itself is fine, not great, but just ok. Was not plannin on repurchaing.
My sink draim completely got blocked- one opened discovered thag due to the consistency of the product it was not washing down ans created a large cloggee pipe.
Deanna from Undisclosed
I've been using this cleanser for awhile now. It has completely cleared up any blemish and blackhead on my face. It has also significantly reduced the size of my pores. I still cannot believe how smooth and supple my skin is when I look in the mirror!
Carry from Philly
I got this cleanser as a sample a while ago and loved how fresh this cleanser made my skin feel. Ive been thinking about this cleanser for a long time. I finally gave in and spent the money on it. You dont need much to get a good cleanse and it will last a long time. The lactic acid is gentle enough to exfoliate and leave my skin glowing. Skin looks smooth and feels soft.
Emily from Mesa, AZ
Leaves face feeling fresh and clean. I followed it with the hyaluronic sea serum and the atmospheric cream. would recommend the full combination.
Melissa from Undisclosed
I kept wasting money on products that were, eh, ok. I finally decided to break down and try Osea. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be a customer for a very long time! It is a bit pricey but my lawd, I've never in my life wanted to wash my face every night. I look forward to it!The pump doesn't dispense a lot but it's just enough to do the job and makes me feel like it'll last for a while. I only wash at night so here's to hoping that's true. If you're thinking about buying this, it's worth it. Do it. You won't regret it. My face is looking so much better after only a week. (I also bought the serum, that ones a lifer for me also!) I know it's pricey but we only live once!
Sofia from Undisclosed
I was so excited to try this cleaner, however, it broke me out terribly. I was dealing with consistent breakouts for weeks even after I stopped using it. This product was the only thing I changed in my routine. Not to self that with sensitive skin, anything that is fragranced is not for my skin.
Regina K from Undisclosed
Absolutely love my daily routine starting with this facial wash everyday. It leaves my face feeling clean and nourished. Love OSEA products!!!!
Cailin from Undisclosed
After hearing so many good things, I finally decided to try this cleaner. The only thing luxurious about it is the bottle. I saw no noticeable difference in clarity or brightness of my skin. And it smells just like fruit loops, not a citrusy spa scent like I'd expected. I'm disappointed to have missed the return window, but that's my fault. Because it's at least non-irritating, I'll finish the bottle but will not be repurchasing,
KK from TN
I adore this cleanser. It has a luxurious creamy texture & it smells so yummy I could eat it with a spoon. It always leaves my skin feeling fresh & clean but never stripped. My skin also feels balanced, toned with natural barrier protection in tact.
It is a great choice for all-purpose cleansing for all skin types.
Diane S from Undisclosed
This cleanser has transformed by 'aging' skin! The once dull, dry skin has been restored to a more youthful and dewy glow. It's gentle enough to use every day, but still cleanses well to remove all my makeup at the end of the day. The creamy texture and amazing scent are just added bonuses.
Heather from Undisclosed
I was gifted this recently and am absolutely in love. It quickly became a key staple in my morning skin care routine and won't be looking back. Highly recommend.
Robin from Clemmons North Carolina
Absolutely the best
Tina from Northborough, MA
I had ordered the body oil online. I enjoyed it so much and it's high rated on my Yuka App (so even better) I came in to get the facial cleanser and I love that Judy as much. These products smell so amazing. I just can't get enough