Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($15.00 for 1.7 oz. / $38.00 for 5.1 oz.) is recommended as a daily cleanser for all skin types as an “ultra-gentle face wash” that also contains “nourishing amino acids, rich soy proteins, and soothing botanicals to hydrate, calm, and tone.” According to Fresh, despite being a gentle cleanser, it “effectively removes every last trace [of makeup], even around the delicate eye area.”

It’s taken me months to flesh out this review, because I like this cleanser overall, but it’s hard to quantify why. (I usually jot down notes as I test products, then do some summary points at the end to later write a review with.) I wouldn’t say it’s the best cleanser I’ve ever tried yet I reach for it whenever I’m in-between cleansers. I think those who go heavier on the eye makeup will find it lacking in comparison to cleansing oils or dual-phase removers. I don’t find it breaks down longer-wearing products like eyeliner well enough to warrant skipping the eye makeup remover–good but not perfect.

As a general cleanser, I love it–it feels gentle and leaves my skin clean without being dry. It does do a good job of breaking down face makeup like foundation and tinted moisturizer, though. When I use my toner, it’s easy to see how effective the cleanser is, because there is really nothing left behind, except for around the hair line (which I don’t always get cleanser far enough up, just because I don’t want it in my hair, ha, so that’s more user error!). One of the best things about this cleanser is that it is incredibly gentle on the eyes; no burning, clouding, or stinging at all for me.

Fresh describes it as a creme gel formula.  It’s a semi-opaque gel that squeezes out of the tube, and while it foams, it doesn’t foam as much as your typical gel cleanser would. It’s more like a cross between milkiness and full-on lather. I’ve heard some complain about the scent, but I really like it–it smells like fresh cucumbers to me with a little hint of soy. It comes in two sizes, and honestly, I wouldn’t bother buying the larger size (at least not initially), even though it is less expensive by the ounce. It’ll take you several months to work through the 1.7 oz., and it might be better to 1) see how long it takes to get through a tube and 2) be able to get a fresh tube more regularly than using the same one 3 or 4 times as long. I use about a pearl-sized drop of product each time.

ingredients: Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Distillate, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Water, Water, Coco Glucoside, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, PEG 7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Xanthan Gum , PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Glycine Soja Germ Extract (Soybean), Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rose Flower Oil, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Oil (Borago Officinalis), Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Helianthus Annuus Oil (Sunflower), Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polymethyl Methacrylate, PEG 40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Methylparaben, Sodium Propylparaben, Polysorbate 20, PEG 35 Castor Oil, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, BHA, BHT

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25 thoughts on “Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Review, Photos

  1. It isn’t very common to find a gentle cleanser that cleans well enough! Thanks for the review Christine :)

  2. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer

    Where can I find this cleanser?

  3. Dana

    Wow! SEVEN different parabens! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many in one product. And at $15 for 1.7oz, which is basically a sample size I’ll definitely be passing on this one

    • Parabens are among the safest and most gentle preservatives out there, despite what the marketing for many “natural” brands would have us believe. Preservatives are essential in skincare products to inhibit the product from being overrun with harmful mold, bacteria and fungus. This cleanser has a ton of natural oils that, in addition to being a potential breeding ground, would be at risk of going rancid if not properly preserved.

      I do agree that the price is steep for a cleanser, but it isn’t out of line with other high-end options :)

      • Dana

        Yes, they are a very cheap preservative, which makes me wonder why the product is so expensive. Also, their parabens are much higher on the ingredient list then on other products. While there is no conclusive evidence that parabens are harmful there are many alternative products with alternative perservatives that do not contain parabens, or contain lesser amounts of parabens.

  4. Shilpa

    I love this cleanser because of the scent! It has a hint of rose to me.

    What you describe happens often to me and my clients (i’ve been in the beauty/spa business for years) – we love a product and don’t know why, the product just feels good. Even though ingredients and science and results are important, you can’t ignore what feels good on your skin and makes you feel good.

  5. Luka

    What are your favorite cleansers? Have you tried any from Eminence Organics?

  6. meme

    I tried this in the past year. I did not like the foaming up at all. It smelled nice. But it was not enough of a love love for me to want to change from Dr. Perricone Neutrative Cleanser and Purity that I really love and tend to always reach for with fab results.

  7. Courtney

    I recently received a sample of this from Sephora. I’ve been using PanOxyl at night (still have mild acne even though I’m turning 30 in a few months, ugh), and the Fresh Soy Cleanser in the morning. I also like this cleanser. It is very gentle and doesn’t irritate my skin and helps retain my skin’s moisture. It actually reminds me a little of Cetaphil cleanser. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to purchase it or not yet though b/c I don’t think it is doing anything particuarly remarkable. Granted, the fact that it doesn’t break me out is great, but I don’t feel like it is doing anything more than Cetaphil or Purpose or some other gentle cleanser can do.

    • Yeah – it’s like, ooh, I like this, but wait, why am I liking it so much, LOL!

      It does break down makeup better for me than Cetaphil (which I do love and regularly opt for when my skin goes bananas!), though!

  8. sarah

    i LOVE reading your skincare reviews! i might buy this when im in the US this summer cuz its not available here:{

  9. Amanda A

    I got this product in a small sample from Sephora. I thought the scent was ok, cucumber and rose just like stated. I used it with my Clarisonic and it did such a good job removing makeup that it actually cleaned the brush as well. After rinsing I noticed that the bristles were bright white again. I have very sensitive skin and eyes and found that it did burn my eyes a touch. I am not sure how I feel about it. Most likely, if I do buy it, I will purchase the small one and just use it on heavy makeup days. Right now I am using REN products and I love their milky cleanser.

    • Amanda A

      I should add that the girl at Sephora said that the soy in this formula provides protein and nutrients to eyelashes and eyebrows helping them grow and stay soft.

  10. Avatar of Jamie Jamie

    Hi Christine. Do you know how this cleanser compares to Philosophy’s Purity? I heard they are similar.

    • I find it lathers better than Purity from what I remember, but it’s been a long time since I’ve used the regular Purity, though!

  11. Jill

    This is my absolute favorite cleanser! So gentle on the skin. I love when I dont have to go anywhere that requires makeup after I use it–I really enjoy the feeling of softness and cleanliness it leaves behind.

  12. Christa

    Couldn’t agree with you more on this one, Christine. I’ve used this cleanser in conjunction with the Soy Face Cream for the past 6 months and, even though it doesn’t do anything extraordinary and some people may be justified in saying that it’s overpriced, it also doesn’t cause any irritation, over-exfoliation, etc. I don’t have to worry about when/where to use it, depending on what mood my skin is in, as I have to do with some of the more potent skincare products on my bathroom counter. It just works no matter what. And I think that plain yet dependable quality (which is even matched by the clean white packaging) is what I love about it. It’s like a timeless piece of classic designer fashion which doesn’t scream look-at-me, but which you know you can always go back to and look good in.

  13. Charity

    This is my absolute favorite skin cleanser in the world! The only products from Fresh that would count as skincare that I use are this and their clay mask. I resisted for years, the clay mask is $45. I’m not sure about the cleanser but the mask will last about 8 months. I use the cleanser with my Clarisonic (another purchase I resisted until I realized my sister had one and her skin, which usually has a lot of acne, looked amazing) and I have the best skin of my life! I felt so bad about the inital cost for the 3 products, but haven’t looked back and am so happy. Sometimes I just stare at my skin in the mirror! I still get the occasional pimple or blackhead, but nothing like before. I just wear a bit of concealer and sheer powder now for makeup. Sorry to go on and on, but if you’ve resisted give it a shot, you might find it’s worth the money. I know in the end it will cost me less since previously I was always buying different products since none of them worked as well as I wanted.

    • If it works, it’s worth it! And something that seems really common is that the budget for color products will be really huge – like a $14 lipstick isn’t outlandish at all, but a cleanser that’s over $25 is absurd. But in reality, what will do more good for the long-term?

      • Dana

        If something works and is effective then I wouldn’t care about how much it cost. However, most people would go through a face wash much much quicker then a lipstick or another color product. I would probably go through 1.7 oz in a month, while a lipstick or an eyeshadow I would likely not finish for 6 months to a year.

        • It takes me over a year to get through a tube of cleanser, if I actually stuck with one – I can’t imagine going through 1.7 oz. in a month at all. Definitely would last me 3-6 months!

          My point was more about the importance of using good skincare products (whatever may work for you), and yet many undervalue them but will easily pay $20 for a lipstick. It doesn’t have to be about this particular product.

  14. Lyn

    I have used this for about two years, and use to work there. This is a great morning cleaner for me. It is a great smell and leaves your face feeling so great and not stripped.
    Price is high, but it will last you a long time. Just takes a pea size. You can also use it is a mask in the morning and leave it on for about 5 mins…;)