Cleanser Review: Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser 150 ml

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This is the second cleanser I’m reviewing that I found mild enough for my rosacea skin. First of all I have to say that I personally love a foam pump on ANY cleanser. For some odd reason I get a kick out of seeing it come out as a foam and also feel that it cleans better if it foams. However when it comes to rosacea we all know that generally that means drying cleanser. Why? Because in order for a cleanser to foam up it will need loads of foaming agents, most of which are generally bought in bulk by the companies producing them and they will be harsh on any skin, not just rosacea… So when I had to switch over from my previous cleanser due to it being discontinued (please see previous post I did on the La Roche Posay cleanser), I was a bit afraid it won’t work. But I have to say my fears were unfounded as it turned out to be an excellent cleanser. One pump is all I needed to get rid of remnants of make up. It did not feel tight or dry afterwards, but then I don’t go too long between washing my face and putting on the rest of my skincare. So if your rosacea is very severe then perhaps you should be careful with products. It always comes down to trial and error, there is no way you could tell how your skin will react to a product. But I always say it’s worth a try. As I found with this cleanser, it was a big surprise.

So a bit more about the cleanser then. It is 150 ml, which I think could be more, perhaps 200 ml, as Caudalie is not the cheapest brand around. It lasted me around a month or so. When you are in a trial phase of a new product you don’t want to spend a ton of money, but as I found you eventually end up doing that anyway. Especially if you have the bad luck in trying all the wrong things, before you get lucky and find the perfect solution for your skin. Not all of us are in the sort of financial situation where we can just literally throw money in the bin. The cleanser costs between £10- £15 depending where you buy it. I usually bought it from a french website that ships to the UK and the best deal was a duo pack for around £22. I saw that they also make this cleanser in a travel size version at 50 ml for around £5 – £6. I actually quite like brands coming out with travel sized versions for their products for two reasons. One: if you don’t want to buy into the big version and spend a lot of money, you can try it in the travel size, and if it doesn’t work then you have not wasted too much. Two: when you know it works already, it’s easy to get one in a mini version to fit into these ridiculously tight airport security specific liquids bag. However Caudalie makes the bottle just way too big (bulky), and frankly if you are travelling for let’s say a week, you aren’t going  to need 50 ml of cleanser, let’s face it. If they did a 30 ml one that would be a lot better. But I found that as it’s a foam cleanser, you can decant some of it quite easily into a smaller foam pump bottle. That’s how I’ve done it when I travelled.

It has a slight scent to it, grape scent I would say as it’s part of the ingredients in this cleanser. I can’t say it is one of the main ingredients as it is quite further down the list then let’s say the fragrance that it contains. And if you are sensitive to that then perhaps this cleanser isn’t for you. Here’s the ingredient list:

Water, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Coco-Betaine, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Phytate, Matricaria Flower Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Grape Fruit Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citronellol.

The description I found on this cleanser states that it helps reduce redness due to the chamomile content of the product. I didn’t notice this but it certainly didn’t aggravate my skin further which is great. As I said previously I don’t necessarily want my cleanser to make my rosacea go away. I think it’s quite unreasonable to expect that from a cleanser. Another thing about it, which is something I really appreciated was that it was created for oily / combination /dry skin that is also sensitive. That – I think – is genius as there aren’t too many cosmetic companies on the market that recognize that oily skinned people can have sensitive skin or sensitive skinned people can also have blemishes. If you have acne then it’s a great product, as I found it helps in not exacerbating oil production on my skin.

The next post is going to be on a cleanser I’m currently using. While I really enjoyed using this cleanser, I found that I’m not really willing to fork out sometimes £15 for it. It’s a bit expensive and I like to find good budget products that don’t break the bank. Also I just happened to have tried a mini version of this new cleanser and I was more than impressed:). So that will be coming up soon.

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