12.18.2014
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Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Rating
6.7 fl. oz. for $32
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

We have nothing but praise for this well-formulated water-soluble cleanser. It is indeed gentle, has a mild foaming action many consumers will appreciate, and works beautifully to remove makeup. Best for normal to oily skin, this fragrance-free cleanser is highly recommended, although you don’t need to spend this much money for a good fragrance-free cleanser.

Claims

This gentle foaming daily facial cleanser is free of soap, sulfates and fragrance. Removes makeup and cleanses in one easy step, leaving skin feeling ultra clean. Blend of mild surfactants helps to easily remove surface impurities, environmental pollutants and oil without over-drying or stripping the skin of essential oils. Removes makeup, even stubborn eye makeup without irritating the sensitive eye area. Wheat Amino Acids help to hydrate the skin while Vitamins A, C and E provide powerful antioxidant protection.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Phospholipids, Wheat Amino Acids, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin

Brand Overview

Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on Web site; most products are fragrance-free; very good AHA products; wide selection of water-soluble cleansers and scrubs; some excellent sunscreens, benzoyl peroxide products, and many antioxidant-rich formulas.

Weaknesses: Can be pricey; some products contain irritants; jar packaging for several products that contain air and light sensitive ingredients.

Unique in the world of spa and salon specialty lines, Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.

A novel aspect of this line is that there are few (if any) nonsense ingredients. Roth products conspicuously lack the exotic, potentially irritating, sensitizing, and often unnecessary plant extracts and the irritating, fragrant plant oils that show up in most pricey skin-care lines, especially spa lines. Many of these are fragrance free, and lack the long lists of complicated ingredients—all great qualities for any skincare brand.

Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian and gender-friendly.

No pretty pink bottles, sexy curved jars, or bejeweled caps— which reinforces the clinical nature of Peter Thomas Roth. Overall, this line should be admired for its simplicity and, for the most part, for its well-thought-out formulations.

After all that glowing praise, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.

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07.17.2014
Great cleanser for combination skin

I have been searching for a gentle but effective fragrance-free foam cleanser for some time. I am 63, with sensitive, combination skin that reacts to fragrances, some preservatives and other ingredients found in many cleansers. PTR's foaming cleanser is truly gentle and nonirritating, but efficient in removing all makeup, including eye shadow and mascara (I don't use waterproof). It leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed and soft--not dry or tight. Truly a pleasure to use.

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Janet C
07.16.2014
cleanses EVERYTHING

I wanted a cleanser to do it all. I don't want a separate eye makeup remover, separate face makeup remover and then a cleanser. This foaming cleanser does it all and beautifully! It destroys any trace of makeup (can't speak to waterproof but I bet it works just as well for that too). The foam is non irritating and no fragrance. I have not used a more effective cleanser than this. Please PTR, don't ever discontinue!!

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