Aquanil Cleansing Lotion
8 fl. oz. for $10.80
Last Updated:02.22.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This gentle, fragrance-free cleansing lotion is very similar to Cetaphil’s classic Gentle Skin Cleanser. About the only difference is that Aquanil contains a tiny amount of the cleansing agent sodium laureth sulfate while Cetaphil’s original cleanser contains a tiny amount of sodium lauryl sulfate. Sodium laureth sulfate is the gentler cleansing agent of the two and that makes Aquanil preferred to Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, though neither can be considered a modern or all-around effective cleanser.

Although this gentle cleanser is easy to use and exceptionally mild, it doesn’t do a great job removing makeup and isn’t the best type of cleanser for oily, blemish-prone skin. It is best for normal to dry skin that’s also sensitive, and this assumes you wear minimal to no makeup.

Note: Aquanil Cleansing Lotion is also sold in a 16-ounce size that retails for around $12. If you try the regular size and like this cleanser, the 16-ounce size ends up being the better bargain.


This mild daily cleanser effectively removes dirt, oil and make-up to reveal your skin’s natural radiance. Aquanil Cleansing Lotion is hypoallergenic plus fragrance and soap-free for even the most sensitive users. Appropriate for all skin types, Aquanil Cleansing Lotion helps your skin retain its natural moisture to feel balanced and soft.


Purified Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol and Xanthan Gum.

Brand Overview

Aquanil At-a-Glance

Strengths: Gentle, fragrance-free products; inexpensive; good hydrocortisone product.

Weaknesses: Only two products, so your options are limited, to say the least; no sunscreens (though parent company Person & Cover, Inc. offers sunscreens as part of their Solbar brand).

Aquanil consists of two products: cleanser and anti-itch product medicated with 1% hydrocortisone. Sold in many drugstores, these fragrance-free products are often recommended for those with sensitive, irritated skin. Although the formulas don't contain any problematic ingredients, they're also short on the type of ingredients all skin types (even sensitive) needs for optimum health. The hydrocortisone product is an option, but other brands offer similar products without fragrance that are easier to find.

For more information about Aquanil, call (800) 423-2341 or visit www.personandcovey.com.

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gentle but ...

I have rosacea, allergic dermatitis (hives on my face), and major chemical sensitivities. Anything made by L'Oreal and Neutrogena will turn my face magenta and the skin will dry up and peel off like a chemical burn in a few hours. I don't wear makeup. I use Aquanil once or twice daily, and it's good for exfoliating, reducing redness, and making my face feel soft. However, it's giving me so many blackheads! Any suggestions for something that would work better for me?

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Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  I'll link you to our highest rated cleansers for those with sensitive skin below, as well as a few from that list that are particular all-stars :)

Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Lotion

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Extra Mild

First Aid Beauty Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

Highest Rated Cleansers - Sensitive Skin


Finally, a gentle cleanser

This is the only cleanser that doesn't irritate my eyelids. With eyelid dermatitis, I can't use Clinique, Cetaphil, or Neutrogena. While this doesn't totally remove mascara effectively, it doesn't irritate my skin, leaves it soft, and my face has actually never looked better. Highly recommend this. Way less expensive and more effective than department store brands, too.

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Skin Transformation

I can't tell you how many different cleansers I've tried, must be about 50 at least. All of them have either been too harsh, too oily or just too drying. My dermatologist recommended Aquanil for my dry, sensitive skin and it transformed my life! Really!! Before I had dry skin that broke out into hives from most skin cleansers,now because of Aquanil, I have soft, glowing skin. It's that amazing of a product. I love it, please don't go out of production!

Reviewed by
Susannah J
Amazingly Gentle!!!!

It love this cleanser! I have tried hundreds (no kidding) and I always come back to this gentle cleanser! I have super sensitive acne prone skin that can sometimes be dry and sometimes be oily. No matter the skin type this cleanser has been great! Never dries me out. I don't ever feel like I am left with a film, just soft clean skin.

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Stacey A
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