Recently, two new cleansing products were launched and both shared similar characteristics – both has plant extracts as a dominant ingredient and they aim to cleanse and nourish the skin while protecting the skin barrier.

Plant-based cleansers that are gentle on the skin – don’t they sound tantalizing already?


(from left) Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream

Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash (S$45 for 200ml)

If you are familiar with Kiehl’s award-winning Calendula Herbal Toner, you should not miss out on this gentle, paraben-free Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash.

The fragrant cleansing gel, feels light on the skin, yet foams very well and do not strip the skin off its moisture after wash. The product contains Calendula Flower Extract, which has strong anti-viral and detoxification properties as well as gentle amino acid-based and vegetable-based surfactants. Such a lightweight and gentle cleanser works great for oily and sensitive skin (like mine).

Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream (S$60 for 200ml)

This cleansing cream gives the face a good pampering with its content mix of moringa seed extract, which helps to remove pollutants and detoxifies, as well as jojoba oil, mango and shea butter. The cream is velvety-soft in texture and is good as a make-up remover. It does not foam so well as a facial cleanser.

Clarins suggest using it as a make-up remover, by first warming the product on the palms and placing it on the skin gently without pressing. Subsequently, lift the hands briskly off the face and repeat the movement to thicken the cleanser and remove traces of makeup and other residues from the face.

I have used this as a facial cleanser on its own too and I enjoyed the smooth texture as well as pleasant fruity scent.


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