I have always been intrigued by Fresh products. They seem fairly clean and natural (more on that…see below), and I’d read good things about this cleanser. Since I’ve been working from home, I rarely wear makeup, and wanted a gentle cleanser that would clean my skin without stripping too much away. So, on one of my must-buy-something trips to Sephora (am I the only one who goes there for a quick shopping fix?), I picked up the 5.1 oz tube.
The good: This cleanser is very gentle. It’s a clear-ish gel that feels very nice on the skin. The smell, to me, is like an herbed cucumber salad that’s a little past it’s prime. That sounds grody, but I kind of like it.
The not-so-good: Yes this cleanser is gentle, but I often found that my skin did not feel clean at all afterwards! On particularly greasy, sweaty summer days, this still left my face a bit oily…like there was a sort of film on my skin. It should not be categorized as a foaming cleanser, because it ‘foams’ in the loosest sense of the term. I was hoping that my face would improve with continued use, but I actually found myself breaking out a bit more (probably because my face wasn’t getting clean enough). A use-rinse-repeat was great, but who wants to wash their face twice, especially at the end of the day?
I am curious to see how this performs as the weather turns to fall, since I only started using it at the beginning of the summer. I’ll continue to use it in the mornings, when my skin is already fairly clean, just to remove lingering oil and retinols from my skin, but I would never use this in the evenings. I also cant imagine it would ever cleanse well enough to remove makeup. The price is pretty high for a smallish tube, although I will say that the tube has lasted me for a few months (albeit while only using once a day). For those wanting to use more clean makeup and skincare products, this cleanser has a host of parabens in it, which kind of surprised me. Bottom line? Not worth the hype!