Fresh Foaming Cleanser
6.7 fl. oz. for $10.29
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Fresh Foaming Cleanser is a superb water-soluble cleanser for normal to oily or combination skin. It removes makeup easily and rinses without a trace. This does contain a small amount of fragrance but the overall formula is exceptionally mild yet effective.


This dermatologist-tested formula effectively removes dirt, oil and makeup. It even removes eye makeup, without soaps or oils that can sting or irritate the sensitive eye area


Purified Water, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Glycereth-7, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Glycol Stearate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Neutrogena At-A-Glance:

Strengths: Inexpensive; some superior water-soluble cleansers; good topical scrubs; effective AHA and BHA products; several retinol options, all in stable packaging; vast selection of sunscreens, most of which offer excellent UVA protection; good variety of self-tanning products; several fragrance-free options; most Healthy Skin products are state-of-the-art; almost all of the foundations with sunscreen provide sufficient UVA protection; the Moistureshine Gloss.

Weaknesses: An overabundance of overlapping anti-aging products that is perennially confusing for consumers; Bar soap; most of the toners are irritating or boring; a handful of bland moisturizers and eye creams; some sunscreens lack sufficient UVA protection or contain too much alcohol or problematic preservatives; most of the Deep Clean products are terrible; no effective skin-lightening products; jar packaging; mostly disappointing concealers and eyeshadows; most of the lip balms with sunscreen provide inadequate UVA protection; mostly poor mascaras.

Neutrogena is one of few brands that have an equally large presence in both the U.S. and in Canada. Unfortunately, many of the formulas and product names that Neutrogena uses are not interchangeable between the two countries, a fact that has been brought to our attention by our astute Canadian readers (who make up about 10% of our Beautypedia readership). In an effort to clear up a lot of the confusion surrounding Neutrogena Canada products, The Cosmetics Cop Team has done research in Canadian drugstores to determine the ingredients and product names as they appear on Neutrogena's Canadian packaging.

Please note that if a product does not appear on this list, it means that, to the best of our knowledge, that product has the same name and formula in the U.S. as it does in Canada. You'll find the reviews for such products under the main Neutrogena brand. That overlap means Canadian readers may find they have to switch between both Neutrogena and Neutrogena Canada to locate the product review they're seeking, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

In some cases the differences between the U.S. and Canadian version of a Neutrogena product is only an ingredient or two, and in other cases the entire formula is different. Despite The Cosmetics Cop Team best efforts, there are no doubt products that have been overlooked on this list. As much as we would like it to be comprehensive, we are restricted by what is on store shelves at the time we conduct our research. If you have any additional information about Neutrogena Canada products, we encourage you to contact us using the link at the bottom of the product's review page.

For more information about Neutrogena Canada, please reference our complete Neutrogena Brand Summary or visit www.neutrogena.ca.

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So-So on makeup removal

I bought this for removing my makeup every day. I had been using Neutrogena Naturals and was turned off by the strong smell on that product. While this one doesn't smell as much, it also doesn't lather as well and doesn't get my oily skin as clean after a single wash. I'll be switching back to Naturals instead.

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Finally nailed down a face wash

I'm 26. Sensitive skin. I used to wash my face with exfoliating face washes and a wash clothe. I thought I had to scrub to get my makeup off and my face feeling fresh. I found this face wash 2 years ago, and have been loyal to it since. It does an incredible job taking off my makeup and my skin feels soft and fresh. No more makeup-stained towels. It doesn't even leave a trace.

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Emily S.

Avoid! Neutrogena must have changed the formula because it now stings my eyes. Have used this product without problem for years. Mid-July 2014 started to have stinging eyes while using. Continued to use until now, however I have developed a red & itchy (eye area In particular) face after using. Will now discontinue. Note to Paula's Choice: please review the review!

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Skin feels dry and tight

This might be fine for oily skin, but my mature sensitive skin doesn't like it. I have to moisturize immediately after rinsing it off or skin feels dry and a bit irritated. Next time I'll stick with the Cetaphil cleanser a dermatologist recommended years ago. It may not be sophisticated, but it's never left my skin feeling stripped of moisture the way this does.

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Susan B
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