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Kitchen grape seed oil has been an essential step of my daily cleansing routine more than two years at this time of writing, and I never thought to quit. I feel very satisfied and grateful by using a “budget x effective + gentle” product everyday … until I wanted to purchase  a non-greasy-makeup-remover to clean my makeup puff and face makeup occasionally, in addition, it should be convenient to fix small makeup mistake without going through proper cleansing routine. So you can see all these reasons brought me to buy a cleansing water.



If I have an option, I would be happy to purchase Uriage Tolederm Soothing Cleansing Water but since it is not available in Thailand, I would have to get something else. Between Biore cleansing oil and Neutrogena cleansing water, I decided on Neutrogena because it has similar surfactant (cleansing agent) with Uriage’s and has better ingredient than Biore’s. In fact both Biore and Neutrogena received good reviews online, just I wanted to try cleansing water more. I bought this THB339/200ml during promotion.



The cleansing water is watery clear and it has deliciously sweet scent. In order to remove the makeup thoroughly, I usually use 3-4 cotton pads until I see no makeup trace on cotton pad. The last cotton pad is normally use for double-checking purpose because I think my facial cleanser is too mild to remove any makeup residue. Regrettably, my eyes felt rather sour and uncomfortable afterwards, I swear I was wiping the eye makeup off very gently but for sensitive thin skin, both chemicals in the formula and physical friction of cotton pad/wiping can lead to irritation. As soon as I cleansed the eye area with clean-water-soaked cotton pad again, my eyes were feeling eased immediately, therefore this was certainly not something mild to sensitive skin.


-(=∩)– Cleansing Power Indicator -[=∩]

(click to enlarge)

It does not possess very strong cleansing power particularly to makeup like creamy BB cream/foundation, very waterproof eyeliner/mascara and heavy shimmering lipstick, remember it is not heavy-duty type of cleanser (in fact no cleansing water means to be). On the other side, it has no problem to remove light makeup like sunscreen, light BB cream, pressed powder, eyebrow pencil, non-waterproof mascara and eye shadow.

After using this several times for makeup removing, now I solely used it to cleanse my makeup powder puff – The History of Whoo compact powder (pressed powder) and SKII Signature cream-in-foundation (creamy powder foundation). The Whoo powder puff is well-cleansed by this (still need second cleansing by facial cleanser later) but the cleansing water did not resolve the makeup stain on the SKII makeup puff, in the end I simply used soap to cleanse the SKII’s one and it worked fine (——“). I can use soap for both makeup puff  actually.


It is made in Korea


Practically oil is best for removing any type of makeup, even kitchen oil. My skin likes oil and has no problem with it, I do not mind blurring eyesight (temporary) sometimes, so I will be continued sticking to kitchen grape seed oil without second thought. Nevertheless, in order to make myself feeling better of the mistake (><  b),  cleansing water is indeed flexible to correct a small makeup mistake especially when I was experimenting new makeup look at home and it is handy to use on special occasion (eg: on plane) too.  Overall this Neutrogena makeup cleansing water is not poorly delivered but not exceptional too, if I want to try cleansing water again in future, I will strictly try those formulated for sensitive skin only.


Rating :  …)))     Satisfied. Will not buy again.


Ingredient list:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Glucereth-20, Polysorbate 20, Poloxamer 184, Panthenol, Sodium Bonzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Fragrance, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate.



HABA 2-way Gel (RM120/120ml)


According to HABA, this is self-heating gel mask that naturally heats to clean clogged pores and remove dead skin cells. 2-Way also means two-purposes, one is to clean clogged pores and the other is to improve circulation in your skin. It is suitable for normal to dry skin.

This Haba 2-way Jell has very simple ingredients. As per HABA US website, 2-Way Jell naturally warms on contact due to glycerin, which helps improve skin’s circulation and exfoliate dead skin cells naturally without the use of harsh abrasives. Interesting, I never knew glycerin creates warm sensation.



The samples that I received with purchase were enough for four applications, each contains 10g for two applications. Ideally the  mask  use once or twice per week for exfoliating and detoxifying.



As you can see, it is a clear gel mask. The texture is viscous, rich and sticky like honey or glue paste. On applying to cleansed and dried skin, there was warm sensation aroused within a minute and the warm sensation dissipated gradually in 2-3 minutes then.


I could see my complexion had more glow after application. Stubborn blackheads around my nose were still there but since the mask had softened the skin, I could easily squeeze out those blackheads without pain. For moisturizing and softening, this is fine. How about for exfoliating and detoxifying?



I had the first trial after shower at night, it seemed to be very mild that I felt no effect of exfoliation,  furthermore I couldn’t see the result clearly in incandescent light of my house, thus I tried it again in next morning and my skin texture remarkably felt smoother after the second application. However, my sensitive skin started complaining when I used a pure vitamin C serum that the skin stung uncomfortably for next few days! That said, this Haba 2-way Jell did work as exfoliator although I saw no visible improvement of skin texture after an application. Overall speaking, I am still not convinced by this, although I wish it works for me. Personally I would rather stick with physical exfoliator.



Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Squalane, Lysolecithin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Water, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide.




HABA Squa Cleansing (S$25/60ml, S$46/120ml, S$81/240ml)


Haba Squa Cleansing is moisture-rich makeup remover for drier skin type (and sensitive skin), where Micro Force Cleansing (makeup remover) is suitable for oilier skin. The product claims it can be used by wet hands and second cleansing is not necessary because it can remove makeup thoroughly. Really?



The consistency of this makeup remover felt light and runny on skin, as I used sample sachet so I was not sure how many pump needed for a proper makeup removal, I guess 1~2 pumps should be enough.


( ^^ ن )σ … Cleansing Power … ԅ ( ‘ن` )

(Top to Bottom) :  shimmering lipstick and Diorshow mascara  >>  applying decent amount of Haba Squa Cleansing onto the makeup and lightly massage in circular motion  >>  then rinsed with water and patted dry


Amazing! Makeup was melting away almost instantly upon massaging the oil on makeup. Finally I found a cleansing oil which compatible with Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil. It had not irritated eyes and totally feeling gentle for my sensitive skin. In addition, it did not emulsify when contacted with water but it cleansed well. Probably because skipping the emulsifying step, it left skin a moisturizing film after wash, not the greasy kind but you could tell there was a thin protective veil on skin. I personally liked to proceed second cleansing with HABA Squa Powder Wash, not only because for refreshing feel but also because my shower routine.


My shower routine : makeup removal  >> hair wash >> body wash >> facial wash. If I simply follow the one-step cleansing as HABA Squa Cleansing advised, then I wouldn’t able to assure myself there is no hair shampoo/conditioner residues cling on my face which possibly cause acne problem. Besides, the moisturizing film felt too much for my combination skin in muggy day.


Comparing with Fancl MCO, I vote for HABA Squa Cleansing now. In fact, they both are excellent, just I prefer HABA SC has longer fresh period (use within 6 months after opened according to a Haba SA) than Fancl MCO  (use within 120 days) and it has no stinking smell from temperature-sensitive botanical oil although both contain no additive fragrance. Only thing is that Fancl MCO suitable for all skin types where this HABA SC is for normal to dry skin types only.



Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Squalane, Hexadecanoic Acid 2-Ethylhexyl Ester, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Polyglyceryl-6 Isostearate, Dextrin Palmitate/ Ethylhexanoate/ Eicosandioate, Glyceryl Tribehenate/ Isostearate/ Eicosandioate, Lithospermum Officinale Root Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Butylene Glycol, Water.

I first learnt about benefits of using oil for cleansing from a beauty book that written by a Taiwan ingredient guru. By using carrier oil as an emollient base for massage, soften and moisturize the skin, meantime drawing out impurities and unclogging the pore, plus dissolving waterproof makeup effectively. I have been doing this almost everyday with kitchen grape seed oil for more than a year.

As I was staying in other countries in next several months, I got problem to bring along 500ml glass bottle cooking oil together, hence I bought a new one in local supermarket whenever I stayed in the countries. As grape seed oil is not assessable as olive oil so I decided to take Extra Light Olive Oil as replacement.

Comparing to normal Olive Oil, Extra Light Olive Oil (ELOO) is “Extra Light” in term of consistency and flavor, the nutrition value and fat content are no different. I had bad experience with thick-textured olive oil for skin care, whereas ELOO has much lighter consistency but still thicker than grape seed oil.

Following the same routine: massage for 2~5 minutes, tissue blotting and then cleanse with a same facial cleanser, I still can tell there is a sheen film left on skin. In fact, that is perfect for easily dehydrated skin. Grape seed oil seemed to absorb sebum too well that my skin could still feel tightness after cleansing in less humid weather, this ELOO is capable to keep my combination skin balanced, no tightness or dry lines after cleansing. Interestingly, I found surfactant-based cleanser (eg: Kracie Purenavi Cleansing Gel) cleanses the oily residue/film much better than soap-based cleanser (eg: Utena Charcoal Facial Scrub).

Neither ELOO nor Grape seed oil broke me out, they just helped my skin being bouncy soft and less blackhead hassle. For now, I actually use commercial makeup remover to wash my hands (after applying water-resistant makeup/sunscreen) and to cleanse my makeup puff/sponge only.

~~++:: Cleansing Test ::++~~


Shimmering lipstick, shimmering lip gloss, water-resistant foundation to form a Gangster bunny


Applying a teaspoon ELOO onto the makeup


Massaging the ELOO, the makeup dissolved easily


Wiping the residue with tissue (for face, just blotting, don’t wipe, then follow by facial cleanser). There are still minimum shimmering particles leftover, so second-cleansing with facial wash is required.

I am happy to find a healthy, natural, effective and cost friendly way for everyday skin care. Great to learn ELOO is excellent in dry weather and grape seed oil is suitable in humid weather. In addition, ELOO is a good oil for high heat cooking due to its high smoking point (468°For 242°C) and its very light flavor.



I was given several samples of Dr.Ci:Labo cleansing products some time ago and here are my brief reviews of each of them. Please take note that I only tested them for less than a week, hence this brief review will only give you a rough ideal of them.

What Cleansing Gels say: Removes makeup, cleanses dirty pores, gets rid of dead skin, oils and all the other enemies of beautiful skin with its adhesive gel formula that gently lifts and carries them off.

What Washing Foams say: Including a combination of three major moisturizing ingredients (marine collagen, hyaluronan, ceramide), helping your face moist and vibrant after washing.  Vitamins and various oriental plant extracts are also added, making a gentle cleanser on delicate skin that leaves you with trouble-free, healthy skin.


Cleansing Gel Super Sensitive

The clear gel is a little bit yellowish, it has bearable indescribable odour, cleanses sunscreen well without dryness. In fact, it seemed to be absorbed into skin upon massaging. Nevertheless, it irritated my eyes upon massaging, I was rather disappointed since it was formulated for sensitive skin (perhaps it just not for sensitive eyes).


Super Cleansing Gel EX

Gel texture with no detectable scent, feeling thick and warm on applying. Like Cleansing Gel Super Sensitive, it cleanses light makeup well and non-drying, by the way this did not irritate my skin and eye. I performed a simple cleansing test as shown as following and the result told me that Dr.Ci:labo cleansing gel was ideal to remove light makeup such as sunscreen and powder only. As such, I found DHC Suncut Cleansing Gel has better value than this to be frankly.

:::#   Cleansing Power Indicator   #:::

(Shimmering lipstick and lip gloss)

 Let the makeup set on skin for 10 minutes

Massage the Super cleansing gel EX  onto the makeup for ~15 seconds

Rinse with water then pat dry


Washing Foam Super Sensitive

Containing no artificial fragrance, a small pearl size would be able to generate abundant lathers, leaving skin squeaky clean, non drying in rainy humid season but feel slight skin tightness in sunny day. That said, even my skin was very well-balanced (normal skin type) at the time of testing, the moisture of my easily dehydrated sensitive skin was highly depending on environment humidity still. If you have healthy and thick skin, you probably find this gentle and non-drying.


Super Washing Foam EX

Like Washing Foam Super Sensitive, taking a small amount already give you abundant lathers (They are soap based). Despite the different formula, it simply looked and worked as well as Dr.Ci:Labo Washing Foam Super Sensitive. They are feeling gentle and pleasant to use anyway, here is my simple cleansing test of Super Washing Foam EX.


:::#   Cleansing Power indicator   #:::

Generous foam

 Shimmering lipstick

 Massage the foam onto the lipstick for ~15 seconds

Rinse with water and pat dry. Clean!



Ingredients (Super Cleansing Gel EX):

Triethylhexanoin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Water, Octyldodeceth-25, Sorbitol, Methyl Gluceth-10, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Soluble Collagen, Ceramide 3, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Pyridoxine Hcl, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Biotin, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol.

Ingredients (Super Washing Foam EX):

Water, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauramide Dea, Glycol Distearate, Ceteth-25, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Soluble Collagen, Ceramide 3, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Pyridoxine Hcl, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Biotin, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Morus Alba Extract , Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Powder, Cholesterol, Lauric Acid, Potassium Cocoate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol.

Ingredients (Washing Foam Super Sensitive):

Water, Myristic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Lauramide Dea, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Soluble Collagen, Ceramide 3, Biotin, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Sasa Veitchii Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-7.


Between cleansing water and makeup-removal water, tellingly makeup-removal water has stronger cleansing power, although they worked in the same way. Composing by 60% of Uriage Thermal Spring Water, this Uriage Make-up Remover Water is suitable for normal to combination skin and eye area.



It has pleasant mild fragrance, in fact I found most Uriage products smell good. To use, dispense appropriate amount on cotton pad and then wipe off the makeup gently. As it is no-rinse formula so second cleansing can be skipped if you are confident your makeup removal routine is sufficient. Despite it left the skin a little bit sticky touch, it has excellent cleansing power in my opinion.


=~~= Testing =~~=

Shimmering lipstick and waterproof mascara

Gently wiping the makeup off, it shown very good cleansing power, only left minimal mascara residue

Wiping slightly virgorously, the mascara residue has been cleared off easily


So far I have not noticed any irritation by using this but I did not feel it is very soothing either, compared to my other experiences in using cleansing water. For this reason, I would not recommend this to very sensitive skin although Uriage claims it is guaranteed high tolerance to sensitive skin and eyes, including contact lens wearers.



Uriage Thermal Spring Water, Aqua (Water), Poloxamer 184, Steareth-20, Phenoxyethanol,  Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetrimonium Bromide, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Butylene Glycol, Myrtus Comunis (Myrtus Comunis Extract), Viola Tricolor (Viola Tricolor Extract).



What L’Occitane says about this, “A gentle alcohol-free makeup remover rich in Shea extract and in floral waters that moisturizes upper layers of epidermis and tones skin in one step. Apply morning and evening, alone or in conjunction with a cleansing milk”.



Makeup remover?!! I was being ignorant enough for using this as toner in the first two months until I started drafting this review. It’s hydrating and refreshing, neither the ingredient list nor the product name looked like a typical makeup remover to me (I’m not an expert). Later I did some online readings and realized it actually contain surfactants as cleansing agent.


It said “Cleanses, Hydrates & Tones”. I could see why the toner left the skin slightly tacky (hydrate?) yet it able to remove any oil/makeup residue (cleanse?) and skin felt refreshing (tone?) at the same time.


newly sprayed

after several seconds


The plastic packaging is fine but the dispenser is not user-friendly. I got to tilt the bulky rectangular bottle everytime and squirt hardly, not to mention the pump stuck when there is still ~20% content remained. Besides, the mist is strong and bubbled! The bubbles would dissipate in short while, so it is not a big problem actually.


»» Cleansing Test ««


Shimmering lipstick and waterproof mascara

Place the soaked cotton pad on the makeup for a minute

Gently wipe off the makeup several times

Wiping strongly but can’t remove them completely


Really, I do not recommend you to use this Fresh Face Water as makeup remover, unless you only wear light makeup like loose powder and non-waterproof-sunscreen. Better treat this as a second-cleansing toner after using cleansing milk. Even so, my skin did not feel exactly soothing by using them (use in conjunction with L’Occitane Ultra Comforting Cleansing Milk) together that I must rinse the skin again with clean water afterward. Moreover, it also was not gentle to use together with sheet mask that I had mentioned the stinging sensation here while many other toners/lotions did not have this issue.



After all these negative points, it actually worked fine as a second-cleansing toner for healthy skin if you are looking a premium moisturizing cleansing toner. To be honest, if I read the product description carefully in the beginning, I would not purchase it because this is an unnecessary product for me. I mostly used it for mid-day makeup touch-up. It retails for THB1115/200ml in Thailand, I bought it slightly cheaper in Malaysia for RM87.


Rating: ….)))     So-so. Will not buy again.



Aqua/Water**, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Distillate/Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract**, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract**, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium PCA**, Polysorbate 20**, Sodium Chloride**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract**, Glycerin**, Parfum/Fragrance, PEG-40 Glyceryl Cocoate**, Sodium Coceth Sulfate**, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol**.

** Natural Origin Ingredients



Cleansing Water is pretty convenient when you want a quick, hydrating, effective, gentle, no-rinse cleansing within a minute. According to Uriage, this Toléderm Soothing Cleansing Water is formulated for hyper-reactive and intolerant skin. It is refreshing and hydrating, not irritating to delicate eye area and sensitive skin, although I think it cannot remove blackhead effectively.



While many cleansing milks and cleansing waters required at least two cotton pads in order to remove the makeup thoroughly, this Toléderm Soothing Cleansing Water was capable to cleanse 90% of my light makeup by just using a piece of cotton pad and the second cotton pad had only shown very minimum residue of the makeup. That means, it cleansed very well yet very soothing. My mild tingling skin totally loved it! No redness and no irritation had been noticed. 


~~~+ Testing +~~~

Shimmering lipstick and waterproof mascara

Place the Uriage-Cleansing-Water-soaked cotton pad onto the makeup for a minute

Wiping the makeup off, fairly good cleansing power, only left minimal mascara residue

Wiping vigorously, the mascara residue had been cleared off 99% but the skin was hurt, red and feeling a tad painful


I have several samples of this that enough for six applications and I think it is even better than Vichy Purete Thermale Calming Cleansing Solution because it is fragrance-free, feeling gentler and it cleanses better. If I must name a bad point of it, then this cleansing water is only suitable to remove light makeup and sunscreen only.



Aqua (Water), Uriage Thermal Spring Water, Glycerin, Poloxamer 184, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-80 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cetrimonium Bromide, Citric Acid, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.


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