04.02.2015
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Refreshing Gel Cleanser
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6 fl. oz. for $25
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:04.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a good, though overpriced, water soluble cleanser for normal to oily or combination skin. It isn’t necessary to use this or any other Clarisonic cleanser with the Clarisonic brush, so the company’s “specially formulated for sonic cleansing” claim is silly, sort of like claiming a toothpaste is “specially formulated for use with a sonic toothbrush” when in reality you can use any toothpaste with any toothbrush, sonic or not. This cleanser foams slightly, removes makeup, and rinses without leaving a residue. The amount of fragrance and fragrant plant extracts is cause for concern, because if you’re going to be using this with a Clarisonic brush you’ll only be working those problematic ingredients further into skin, where their irritation potential is heightened.

Claims

Gentle foaming cleanser to relieve and protect oily and congested skin.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Phenoxyethanol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Fragrance, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, Chlorphenesin, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Salicylic Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Trehalose, Disodium EDTA-Copper, Disodium EDTA, Sodium PCA , Benzophenone-4, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Alpha-Arbutin, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid

Brand Overview

Clarisonic At-A-Glance

Strengths: Cleans skin well; unique technology unlike other cleansing tools; waterproof; easy to use.

Weaknesses: Expensive.

The brush head of the Clarisonic (and all of the various iterations, such as the Mia) vibrates at exceptionally high speeds (300 oscillations, or back-and-forth movements, every second). The design and timing of this the movement is unique to the brand, unlike spinning, oscillating head models. Why does this matter? A spinning brush head, such as those you can find on many brands selling similar tools, has a greater risk of causing irritation to skin. The question is, is the Clarisonic worth its cost? Does the expense mean you'll get significantly cleaner skin? Is Oprah Winfrey on to something by naming this device one of her favorite things? Read our review of the Clarisonic system to find out!

For more information about Clarisonic, call (888) 525-2747 or visit www.clarisonic.com.

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02.22.2014
Clarisonic cleanswer

I want to start off by saying that this product was a good value because I got it for free! (with mail-in coupon when I bought the Clarisonic.). This is a VERY sudsy cleanser. I do like a foaming cleanser, but with this one, even the tiniest amount seemed too much, and the soap, which has a bit of a perfumey smell (not too offensive, and I HATE product smells), would end end up in my eyes and mouth, which I didn't like. I only used it 5 or 6 times before I just called it quits.

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