While repurchasing my Stratia Liquid Gold (full review here), I accidentally added their Velvet Cleansing Milk and the Soft Touch AHA into my cart as well. Ok, I might have added this product to my cart in a highly cognitive state. Anyway, I was intrigued by this product as it is formulated to have a pH of 5.0. It totally fits into my low pH cleanser life!
Water (Aqua), Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Essential Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Ceteareth-20, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
How does the Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk fare?
Stratia’s Velvet Cleansing Milk is a moisturising, non-foaming cleanser that claims to gently removes dirt and grime without drying or damaging the skin’s natural barrier. Its rich emollient cream-lotion texture effectively removes dirt, grime, and other buildup while leaving the skin’s natural oils in place. You know, I realised that I must really trust Allie (the founder and maker of Stratia’s products) a lot. Even though this product reached me at a time when my skin was throwing a tantrum after I came back to Singapore from my holiday in Australia (it was literally dry, flaky and yet small pimples were popping up everywhere.. I blame the drastic change in weather for the state that my skin was in..), I trusted that the product will not irritate my skin further so I used it on my skin that very night.
The product is a light milky lotion that, in my opinion, is perfect as a second cleanse. I don’t recommend that you use it to remove your makeup as it’s quite a gentle cleanser. The lotion texture of this cleanser feels very soothing and reminds me greatly of my beloved Niks Pro Vitamin A cleansing lotion. It also rinses away cleanly with no residue whatsoever. I like using this cleanser in the mornings when I just need to gently clean off the remains of my night creams and oils. It leaves my skin very comfortable without the squeaky clean feeling that I usually get from foaming cleansers. I think that this cleanser would be fantastic for people with normal to dry skins who are averse to using foaming cleansers. For those of you who live in the northern hemisphere, I believe that your skin might also benefit from using this product as the weather turns colder and drier during this period.
However, I do realise that people with very oily skins might feel that they would like to use cleansers with stronger cleansing powers. In that case, a better alternative for them that I would recommend is the Corsx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser (Full Review Here).
Where can you find it?
You can purchase this product from their official website. It retails at US$15 (4 fl oz. sized).
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Sulwhasoo’s Gentle Cleansing Foam is a longtime favourite of mine. I had been using it quite consistently since 2012 but stopped when other newer and more exciting products caught my wandering eye. Anyway in August 2017, while browsing the Changi Airport Duty Free shops (I went on a short trip to Myanmar), I saw this product being sold in in a duo set for a great price. I grabbed the chance and bought it, together with their Gentle Cleansing Oil (Full Review here), since its normal retail price is much higher.
As usual, the ingredients of the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam are as below for your reference:
How does the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam fare?
I think by now you would guess that I still love this product and you would be absolutely right! It is a gentle low-pH foaming cleanser that does its job very well. You definitely shouldn’t use it to remove makeup since I don’t think its cleansing abilities are that strong. However, it is perfect as a second cleanse once you have removed your makeup. Being that it is from Sulwhasoo, it is to be expected that this cleanser would have the comforting smell of oriental herbs (to me at least!). However, even if you dislike the smell of oriental herbs, you can rest assured that the smell is not strong and it also doesn’t linger.
I actually don’t have much more to say about this product. It is perfectly functional, lathers beautifully despite being pH-balanced, rinses off cleanly without leaving any residue and smells great to me. I really don’t think anybody would actively dislike this product, unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this product or if you have very dry skin and hates foaming cleansers.
Where can you find it?
I bought this product from Changi Airport Duty Free shops. It retails at S$68.30 (a duo set consisting of 200ml sized bottles).
In Singapore, you could find Sulwhasoo at Tangs, Takashimaya, Robinsons The Heerens as well as its standalone boutiques at ION Orchard, Westgate and Capitol Building.
It retails at S$50 (200ml sized) at the usual beauty counters.
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