Monday, 12 July 2010

Review: Good Skin Soft Skin Creamy Cleanser

I don't believe in spending a lot of money on a cleanser.  Since it's not going to be on your face for very long, and it's main function is to lift dirt and makeup residue off the skin, I very much doubt that there's anything to be gained from using a spendy one.  Thus, my requirements for a cleanser start with a reasonable price point, and finish with effectively removing dirt and not stripping the skin of moisture.

This Good Skin Soft Skin Creamy Cleanser is a fairly simple product despite its long name.  At £8 for 200ml, it's definitely reasonably priced.  Its minimalist, clean looking packaging looks more expensive than it is, and is very portable - a secure fitting cap and a locking pump go a little bit further than you might expect for the price.

Texture wise, this is your average light cleansing lotion - it's smooth and emollient, but also relatively thin in consistency.  It also has a very light scent, which borders on being not there at all, which I really like in a cleanser.  Four or five pumps results in a fifty pence sized puddle in the palm of my hand, which is plenty to cleanse the whole face.

I've been using this for about four months after an oil cleanse and find that it is very effective in removing any residue and loosened dirt.  Used alone without an oil cleanse, I found that I needed two passes to adequately remove my (admittedly heavy) facial makeup - and it really struggles with long wearing eye makeup, in particular mascara.  So unless you're a fan of a more lightweight makeup approach, you might find this to be a bit of an underperformer alone.  After use, I found that my skin felt soft and smooth, and not at all stripped or dried out.

All in all, this is a very effective cleanser for the money - so long as you're not expecting it to clear a full face of slap all on its own.  I've been impressed by how long the bottle has lasted, and while I've not been totally blown away, this is one basic I'd probably repurchase.  If you'd like to try this for yourself, you can get it for just £6 from  I found mine at Bicester Village in the Estee Lauder CCO, which had a good selection of the whole range at a decent discount.

Have you tried the Good Skin range?  Do you think it's worth spending or saving on a cleanser?


  1. I'd like to try it but I admit I love a good slightly expensive oily cleanser. Non-mineral oil OBVIOUSLY.

    I massage so much during the cleanse that I couldn't use it just as a 'taking it all off' option.

    Sounds great for the price though!

  2. I tend to massage more during the oil cleanse part of my regime. This is really just for the post-oil cleanse Clarisonic run for me :)

  3. Looks like something out of the Nude range, no? I was so surprised when I saw the price! Sounds like a very good value cleanser.

  4. Mmmm a word of warning about the Good Skin range from my own (admittedly limited) experience. I purchased a bottle of the Good Skin Clear Skin Oil Free Lotion and once home I found out there was a second label underneath the top label, with the only difference being that the bottom label mentioned that the lotion contained avobenzone and the top label didn't. It's not that avobenzone (the sunscreen ingredient) is necessarily bad, yes, it is photo-unstable but since this lotion also contains octocrylene this is not as much of a problem. But I was a little weary of an ingredient being "hidden" from view for the UK market. Are they being totally truthful with us here? Who really knows?

  5. @Anon: I got in touch with EL to find out about the labelling inconsistency. Here is their response:

    "The product intended for the EU market has been over labelled to ensure the ingredient labelling is in accordance with our EU "INCI" nomenclature (International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients) and the USA product is labelled in accordance with the US requirements.

    The formulation and the ingredients are the same and the UV filters contained are approved by both the US and EU authorities for use in cosmetics."

    Hope that clears up any confusion!


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