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Milk, Suds and Foam

November 27, 2018

A few months ago, I squeezed out the last of my Clarisonic face wash. AND, I was devastated to learn that it was no longer available - ANYWHERE! So, the search for a new facial cleanser began..

Of course, I searched cleansers on Sephora and started with the best-sellers. Sephora reviewers can be tough and I trust the star-rating. Indie Lee was my first purchase. I like the name, the color scheme and the face wash had good reviews. 

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser is super thick and jelly-like. The heavy glass bottle has a pump dispenser that pushes out just enough cleanser and there is a wee bit of foam as you massage the cleanser onto your skin. The scent is amazing - like fresh strawberries. I'm not big on scented facial products, so for me to say it's pleasant, IT IS!

The Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser doubles as an exfoliator - LOVE that! Just leave on for five minutes before rinsing. Imma say it again - the scent is delicious, you will feel so refreshed after using this brightening cleanser. I suggest pairing your five minute, mini exfoliating mask with prosecco and strawberries. 

While I did like the scent, after applying the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser and rising after five minutes, my skin was on fire! I have rosacea and some products bring out the worst in my problem skin. I looked like I had just been from the Dermatologist and had laser treatments. My skin is RED, super dry and burning like a.. My rosacea symptoms have been at an all-time high lately - probably due to the drastic change in temperature outside. Maybe after the initial cold-shock, I'll give the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser another go..


I'm a long-time fan of Bliss. The product line is high-quality and there is a wide range of cleansers to choose from. New to the shelf are Bliss cleansing sticks. This inexpensive trio includes Bliss Oh My Gommage! Gentle Polishing Cleanser, Bliss No Dull Days Oakwood Charcoal Purifying Cleanser and Bliss Cold Pressed Olive Oil Foaming Cleanser. 

These little sticks resemble travel-sized deodorants. The packaging has a twist-up feature and the stick is easy to apply. I like that the product is small and not a liquid - perfect for travel. 

The Oh My Gommage! Gentle Polishing Cleanser has the strongest scent - fresh, but floral (not my favorite). I wanna like this one, but cant get passed the overwhelming scent of old lady! Strong, floral scents remind me of "older" women!? This one didn't even make it to my face.

The No Dull Days Oakwood Charcoal Purifying Cleanser smells much better - a little floral-like, but fresh and kinda soapy. The product claims to absorb toxins, oil and makeup, while exfoliating and brightening your skin. OK, charcoal is one of those superior product terms (kinda like hyaluronic acid). I think we all equate charcoal with super-absorbing powers. This face wash is nice, but it ain't powerful enough to erase my makeup, let alone reach deep into my skin and detoxify. Albeit, I would still throw this in my bag for a quick-cleanse. 


My favorite of the trio is the Cold Pressed Olive Oil Foaming Cleanser. I'm obsessed with olive oil, hate olives, but love a super-strong oil. This cleansing stick smells like olives and is comprised of more than 40% olive oil. If you rub your finger along the stick, you can see the oil. I'm a big fan of oil cleansing and if I find myself without eye-makeup remover, I will use a little olive oil on a cotton pad- it works! 

The of scent of Bliss Cold Pressed Olive Oil Foaming Cleanser is light and the texture is nice. This light-lathering cleanser has earned a permanent place in my travel bag. 


Over the many years of product experimenting, I always find myself coming back to this one. Bliss Fab Foaming Cleanser is is an oldie, but goodie! The scent is DELICIOUS! - like blueberries. The jelly-like product is lightweight and foams nicely. There's something about suds that attract me. I cant do non-foaming washes for my face and especially my hair - no suds equate to not-clean in my mind. I know this is ridiculous and that you can cleanse without foam (cleansing oil), but suds are a necessary feature in my nightly cleaning wash and shampoo.

This 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator with bamboo buffers meets all my needs - a delicious scent, suds and a super-clean sensation after cleansing. Wet your face, apply a little cleanser, massage your skin in circular motions and rinse. You're gonna love this one.


I'm sure many of you have a different opinion, but La Mer products aren't my favorite - I know (insert gasp). This super-expensive product line is overpriced and smells like the eighties. I tried the eye cream and it was ok, but the facial creams stink! I'm not sure if any of these products would make a drastic change in my appearance, because upon application my rosacea flares up (probably due to the perfume) and the smell is giving me a headache.

Albeit, people (many celebrities) love La Mer AND it costs a fortune, so there must be something to it!? The texture of La Mer The Cleansing Foam is nice, BUT it smells like men's Irish Spring bar of soap. NOT NICE! Remember back when bar of soap was the go-to body wash - I'm so happy we've progressed and moisturizing body washes were created! La Mer The Faoming Cleanser will leave your skin feeling like you just washed your face with a bar of soap - tight and dry. Maybe this is what some people want, but I'm not getting the appeal. The silver lining is - I only purchased a travel-size tube and don't feel bad about giving this one away..


Here's the punch line - after purchasing all of these facial cleansers, Clarisonic Radiance Foaming Milk Cleanser makes a comeback! Are you f**king kidding me? I wasted so much money in search of my new go-to cleanser, only to end up back where I started. 

Clarisonic Radiance Foaming Milk Cleanser is amazing. The creamy texture goes well with the Clarisonic device. Just pour a little dollop onto your Clarisonic brush, move the brush along your damp skin in circular motions and watch the subtle suds melt away makeup, oil and dirt. This stuff is amazing! The fresh scent is strong (unusual for me to like something so stinky), but dissipates quickly. After cleaning, your face will feel soft, moisturized and clean. Best of all, a little goes a long way, so one tube will last you six months. 

After all that, all I got was an elaborate blog post on facial cleansers. I'm giving away all the newbies and going back to my favorite foaming milk cleanser. 
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Milk, Suds and Foam

November 27, 2018
A few months ago, I squeezed out the last of my Clarisonic face wash. AND, I was devastated to learn that it was no longer available - ANYWHERE! So, the search for a new facial cleanser began..Of...
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