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

A daily facial wash that removes makeup and purifies skin in one easy step. A blend of mild surfactants eliminate surface impurities, environmental pollutants, makeup, and oil without overdrying the skin, stripping away essential oils, or irritating the eyes. It leaves the complexion feeling fresh and healthy.

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: Expensive; mostly lackluster toners; mostly boring to potentially irritating masks; no BHA products that do not include at least one needless irritant; jar packaging.

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 products don't have fragrance, and they lack the long lists of ingredients that are often unnecessarily complicated. 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—all of which reinforce 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 there are a few embarrassing missteps to avoid, such as products that contain hydrogen peroxide, which can cause free-radical damage and hurt skin; irritating acne products that contain sulfur; unimpressive masks (odd for a spa-oriented line); and a bumper crop of products claiming to affect expression lines and wrinkles in a manner similar to cosmetic corrective procedures.

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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