Wow – so sorry about the radio silence, it’s been crazily busy at Uni recently so I’ve been neglecting the blog *Sobs*. I’ve actually been meaning to do this review for about a month now and just managed to finally get it done!
Many of you may (or may not) be familiar with the Hada Labo brand. It’s a Japanese brand that focuses on simplicity and affordability (big props to the affordability point!) I had actually purchased a bottle of this cleanser while on a short trip to Taiwan (I had run out of my cleanser and didn’t have enough time to pack so I traveled all the way to Taiwan with no face wash). I mainly wanted to try it out because I had heard nothing but good things about this brand while researching Asian skin care brands and plus it said “AHA+BHA” – what more could I ask for?!
Anyway, less rambling and more reviewing!
Basically… It’s a foaming face wash with chemical exfoliants (AHA + BHA) in the product itself. Having issues with PIH and clogged pores and having both exfoliants in the cleanser made my decision very quick. If you don’t know what AHAs and BHAs are – Go Educate yo’self!.
The Good stuff… It so creamy… and smooth… and foamy… and so much win. Since it’s so creamy, a little goes a long way and I can see this lasting me a ridiculously long time. All the same, I bought an extra bottle from Sasa when they had a free shipping event. The formula isn’t particularly drying (honestly, it’s the least drying facial wash I’ve tried) but I do find it better to moisturise right after cleansing to avoid feeling dry, especially in the winter air. The bottle is listed as 130g (so maybe 130-150ml?) and for USD $10-ish it isn’t more or less expensive than regular drug store face wash. There is also no detectable scent so if you’re scent sensitive then this would probably be right up your alley!
Issues… It does score highly for some major irritants according to CosDNA such as lauric acid (scoring a 4 for a potential acne trigger and 1 as a potential irritant) and stearic acid (scoring a 2 for a potential acne trigger). Personally, I don’t think it has made my pimples (existing or future ones) any worse but if you know you’re sensitive to these triggers it’s probably best to avoid this face wash. A little caveat exists though – as chemical exfoliants need to be left on for awhile for it to be effective, having it in a face wash means that the product won’t be on your face for long before it is washed off. So as for the exfoliating properties of this face wash… I’d almost say its almost negligible but hey! Can’t hurt right?
In a Nutshell:
Love: Creamy, rich formula, non-drying, quite affordable, will last a long time, no scent and contains my most favourite chemical exfoliants, AHA and BHA!
Do not love: Some potential acne/skin irritation triggers and exfoliating benefits are probably minimal.
Repurchase? Yes! I already have!
I rate it: 4/5