Review: Xemose – Syndet Nettoyant Doux [Gentle Cleansing Syndet] | A Sensitive Skin Hero

Not entirely sure how I’ve done it but somehow I’ve managed to not talk about the one face cleanser that I have used and repurchased the most since 2019!

While I have tried a few other cleansers on the way… I have kept coming back to this cleanser, and this cleanser alone. That’s how good it is. But let’s get a little more into detail.

*cue angelic organ music*

・What it is: ・

This bad boy is a second step cleanser that is so mild, you supposedly can use it on babies, on your face, on particularly sensitive skin on your body – basically, anywhere that is reactive and needs gentle cleansing.

・TL;DR:・ 

This is my HG cleanser and I cannot be without it. I repurchase and stock up every time it goes on sale, which is, thankfully, often.

・Price & Availability: ・

I see this both at Olive Young and Lalavla, but it only seems to go on sale at Lalavla. You can probably get it online in lots of places, too. Normally, it is around KR₩24,900, and on sale it is about KR₩19,000. This price point sets it somewhere along French pharmacy brand typical pricing.

・Size/Quantity: ・

The tube comes with a generous 200ml of product, or 6.8 fl.oz. It is larger than most cleansers, and thankfully, a little goes a long way too. One tube lasts both me and the husband 3 months with twice daily use, so if you were to use it on your own, you could probably get 5-6 months of use out of it.

・Ingredients:・

We see a bunch of surfactants and lots of water (makes sense for a cleanser – according to Uriage’s website, the water is supposed to be thermal water with skin soothing properties). The icky rated ingredient, DMDM hydantoin, is a formaldehyde releasing ingredient that seems to kill off germs and fungi in low concentrations but appears completely ok so long as it is dosed carefully – link to more info here. Kind of like how water can kill you if you have too much of it, while being harmless or even beneficial otherwise. I’m not a cosmetic chemist, it is just what I gather from a cursory glance at why the ingredient is considered controversial.

A surprisingly and refreshingly short ingredients list! Source here (company website).
Source: Inci Decoder
Source: cosDNA

・Packaging:・ 

The packaging is clean and functional. Does what it says on the tube style of packaging. Fonts are easy to read, dispenses easily and evenly. No scraping around as all product flows to the bottom eventually, hence no wastage.

・What the company says:・ 

Source: Company site

・Consistency/Texture:・ 

The cleanser comes out as a thick, concentrated white, milky gel and foams up effortlessly into a cloudy and gentle lather. I have noticed that it won’t lather up as well if skin is very oily, has sunscreen or makeup on it, which is why I would peg it as a second step, rather than a first step, cleanser.

・Scent:・ 

The cleanser is fragrance and essential oil free. Can I hear a Hallelujah?! It does smell faintly chemical, like a glue stick smells chemical, from its ingredients, I guess, but it is so faint so as not to be bothersome in any way and does not linger, either.

・Application:・ 

I use this both in the morning and in the evening, just like you would any ordinary second step cleanser. In the morning, I will rinse my face first, then squeeze some product into the palm of my hand, lather up between between both hands, and gently spread around my moistened face, then rinse until clean. On occasion, I may use a quartz tool (commonly referred to as guasha, but I refuse to participate in this orientalism and mystification for sales) to loosen up facial muscles.

Pretty much the same goes for my evening routine, except that I will first use a micellar water, followed by an eye makeup remover and a cleansing milk, and only then will I go in with this cleanser.

As for what goes on afterwards, I may either choose to go in with a wash off mask – currently, I am loving I’m from Honey, I’m from Mugwort (review coming at some point in the future), Cell Fusion C Pore Delete or just a regular clay mask – or I may simply continue with my regular routine of acid toning, hydrating toners, serums, ampoules, moisturisers, oils, sleeping masks, night creams, sunscreens etc.

・Efficacy:・

I find it hard to stay loyal to one brand in skincare as there are always so many fun releases – but I just cannot find better than this cleanser and I am somewhat taken aback at how no one talks about it, ever. It is unbelievable value for money and an absolute godsend for people with sensitive, sensitised, dehydrated, acne prone or eczema or atopy prone skin. It soothes and hydrates without leaving a film. Skin is just soft and soothed, while miraculously also being thoroughly cleansed.

・Final Thoughts:・  

I see myself using this for years (decades??) to come. Now, over to you. How loyal are you in terms of brands? Is there another sensitive skin cleanser out there that you think could rival it? Which cleansers are you currently using, and/or loving?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Xemose – Syndet Nettoyant Doux [Gentle Cleansing Syndet] | A Sensitive Skin Hero

  1. I haven’t tried this cleanser but I’m pretty sure this is the kind of product my skin would love. I’m currently using Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk and I’m loving it because it never leaves my skin red or irritated and it cleanses effectively, but the Uriage Xemose looks like a nice one to try next, plus it won’t be difficult to find it in my country. Thank you for sharing!

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