Nobody’s perfect; nobody can pick a winner every time. And when outside factors like boredom or general GrassIsGreener Disease creep into the mix, the chance of picking a not-winner increases significantly. But enough about the questionable romantic decisions of my long-gone twenties. We’re here to talk about the Skinfood Honey Black Tea Cleansing Cream!
A while back, I was going through some pretty severe first cleanser ennui. I had run out of my beloved Botanic Farm Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet and then run out of the only thing I liked almost as much, the Nooni Snowflake Cleanser. I didn’t want to commit myself to something I’d already used just yet, not with a whole world of unreviewed cleansing products out there, so I picked up a jar of Skinfood Honey Black Tea Cleansing Cream on Amazon’s Korean Beauty section. I really love Skinfood’s wash-off masks. The Black Sugar Strawberry scrub and Rice Mask Wash-Off are my go-to physical exfoliators. A cleansing cream isn’t that different from a wash-off scrub (except it doesn’t scrub), I figured, and I liked the last cleansing cream I tried, so I figured this would be an easy winner.
Purpose: Skinfood Honey Black Tea Cleansing Cream is a cold cream-type cleanser that claims to remove makeup and moisturize skin.
Best suited for: People who don’t like to part with their makeup at the end of the day.
Do not use if: You are sensitive to fatty alcohols, honey and other bee products, or anything else in the ingredients list, or if you like to make sure you’ve actually removed all your makeup when you take it off at the end of the day.
When and how to use: As the first stage of your evening cleansing routine, scoop a generous amount of product out of the jar and apply to a dry face. Massage and massage and massage some more. Tissue off or massage again with damp hands and rinse. Follow with a water-soluble second cleanser.
Skinfood Honey Black Tea Cleansing Cream ingredients: Water, mineral oil, propylene glycol, cetyl ethylhexanoate, cyclopentasiloxane, isononyl isononanoate, ceresin, C14-22 alcohols, polysorbate 80, cetearyl alcohol, hexylene glycol, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, honey extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, dimethicone, C12-20 alkyl glucoside, triethanolamine, carbomer, sodium cetyl sulfate, sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, PEG-20 glyceryl isostearate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, PEG-5 glyceryl isostearate, PEG-8 glyceryl isostearate, isohexadecane, royal jelly extract, tocopheryl acetate, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, butylparaben, CI 19140, parfum
Notable ingredients: If you’ve read any of my cleanser reviews before, then you know the drill. Wash-off product, it’s not meant to stay on the skin, so I’m not going to spend much time talking about ingredients that you’re just going to be washing off anyway. Instead I’m going to talk about how my weakness for certain ingredients overrode my common sense here. I know that a cleanser is just going to wash off and therefore any “special” or “nourishing” ingredients in it really don’t matter, but apart from my mild case of brand loyalty to Skinfood, my extreme love of all things honey played a big part in my choice to get this product. It has honey and royal jelly extracts in it. I thought that would be great. How could I go wrong?
Skinfood Honey Black Tea Cleansing Cream is a very soft, siliconey-smooth pale yellow cream with a pretty, powdery-sweet fragrance that is about 60% less overpowering than most Skinfood products’ fragrances are.
And it is by far the weakest “makeup-removing” cleanser I’ve ever had the misfortune to use.
Here, I don’t even feel like using words much anymore to talk about this. I’ll show you my receipts.
I used this product on my face for a solid two weeks, and I never grew to like it. Its terrible makeup removing capabilities weren’t quite as much of an issue as they might have been if I’d relied on this as my sole cleanser–I do always follow up my first cleanse with a shower and a second cleanser–but even so, I expect any cleanser I use to actually make my face feel clean. The Skinfood Honey Black Tea Cleansing Cream consistently left an oily-feeling film on my face. It didn’t matter if I tissued it off, wiped it off with a Muji cotton pad (I love Muji cotton pads), or emulsified it with water and rinsed it off as usual–always the gross-feeling film. Unlike the Primera cleansing cream, I cannot imagine just wiping this product off and letting any residue serve as my moisturizer. It doesn’t even feel moisturizing. Just greasy. Suffocating. Unpleasant.
It does smell nice, though.
Conclusion: For me, Skinfood Honey Black Tea Cleansing Cream is a lesson in not letting brand loyalty or ingredient obsession get the better of me. I want to love just about everything I try, and I especially want to love rich and moisturizing products that contain honey and royal jelly, but in this case, I just couldn’t find anything substantive to love (or even to like) about it. The best I can say about it is that it didn’t do anything actively bad to my skin while I used it. I’m finishing the jar off by using it to remove sunscreen on my neck and chest only, where I don’t wear makeup, and I’m not buying another jar.
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