Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam

I'm back! I've been trying out this cleansing ever since finishing my trial of History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Foam Cleanser. After trying out a variety of cleansers, I realized that my original Morning Routine cleanser, Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam, was not as great as I thought it took awhile to wash all of the cleanser off. I've been more interested in trying out other cleansers and this is my first cleanser from Sulwhasoo.

Description (from
  • Concern: Dullness / Uneven Skin Tones
  • This gentle foam makes a rich lather for deep cleansing. Great Duckweed and adlay supply moisture to your skin.
  • Pump once or twice onto palm and massage on wet skin to form a rich lather. Rinse-off with warm water.
My impression:

This cleanser is indeed very gentle. A bit too gentle in my opinion. I didn't necessarily break out from it, but when I used it twice a day, I started noticing that my face looked a bit darker than usual. Yes, you guessed it...dirt. Because when I used my Missha Super Aqua Detox Peeling Gel, my skin tone went back to normal. And then when I switched to using this cleanser only once a day in the morning and went back with my original night routine cleanser Skinfood Black Sugar Scrub Foam, my skin tone throughout the week was back to normal.

I think the biggest reason for this is that I did not get a rich lather. Don't get me wrong though, I was a generous user. I used six pumps each time: 2 on my left cheeks, 2 on my right cheeks, 2 on my forehead. Since these were sample bottles I was afraid their "pumps" were smaller than usual so I used 6 pumps in total. Therefore I disagree with the official description that the gentle foam makes a rich lather for deep cleansing.

After washing my face, I don't get that clean, refreshed feeling that I get with History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Foam Cleanser. In fact, it really just feels like I just washed my face with water. I often wonder if the cleanser effectively removed all the cream from the night before or all the impurities my face collected throughout the day. I guess the verdict is that it cleanses enough to not give me clogged pores or break me out..but I do notice that my face gets darker as the week goes by due to accumulation of dirt.

I'll be sticking with History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Foam Cleanser.


Too gentle a cleanser for me
I used 6 pumps and it did not give me a rich lather for deep cleansing
No breakouts but I noticed my face getting darker from dirt accumulating throughout the week
$36 for 200ml on

Grade: 3.5/5 because I really don't think it cleansed my face effectively but it didn't clog my pores or give me pimples

Value: 4/5 because $36 for a cleanser (from Sulwhasoo no less) is a pretty decent price

Repurchase? No


  1. It's important for a cleanser to be effective, because that's the most basic part of the skincare routine, so it's surprising that if left dirt on your face and that it was visible :/

    1. I agree. I guess the cleansing was just too gentle for me :/

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    3. Hi there. No..I must say I have not heard about it yet!

  2. I'm looking into this product for this summer, but I've never heard of a cleanser being *too* gentle! Hmm. I'll be sure to get samples before trying it out.