Neutrogena Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser

Describe the brand in five words.
American. Affordable. Hit and miss.

What type of cleanser is it?
Cream, non-foaming.

Who is it for?
Anyone with breakouts OR someone with a good skin who just wants a refreshing cleanse.

What’s in it?
Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sucrose Cocoate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Coco-Glucoside, Salicylic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance, Menthol, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Butylene Glycol, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract

What’s not in it?
plastic beads, sls, mineral oil, parabens, silicones

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
fragrance, menthol

Suitable for pregnancy?
Yes

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Man made

Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that advocate testing?
Unknown/NA/Probably (I assume it’s sold in China?)

How does it smell?
Fresh, zingy and menthol-y

How do you use it?
Apply to wet or dry skin, massage well, rinse or remove with a flannel.

First cleanse/second cleanse or AM cleanse?
Second/AM – this is NOT a makeup remover.

Best for winter or summer?
Either, will wake you up in winter and freshen you up in summer.

Does it remove waterproof eye makeup?
N/A – you don’t want this anywhere near your eyes.

How long did I test it for?
I’ve had it three months.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
I think it was around $8.00 for 147ml.

Works well with?
Anything, it’s a cleanser.

What’s the website like?
Has good information and lists the ingredients: Neutrogena.com

How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
Everywhere in the US, nowhere in the UK. Because they hate us. Rude.


What’s good about it?
OK, confession time. As with the other zingy ‘acne’ cleanser from Neutrogena that I reviewed last year, I really like this cleanser. I shouldn’t, but I do. And my skin likes it.
It does need to be used wisely however: I wouldn’t use this if I was in the midst of retinol’ing (determined to make that a verb) as your skin will be delicate and the menthol would be too much. Having said that, I use this in the mornings and it’s lovely. The menthol isn’t too strong, and it doesn’t leave the skin tight and dry. Skin is just left soft.

What’s not so good about it?
The menthol and fragrance are clearly there to give you the feeling of ‘freshness’. They’re not needed in the formula and it would have worked just fine without them. Also: calling it ‘naturals’ is a stretch at best, but imagine if they could have claimed it was at least fragrance-free for all of those people that can’t tolerate it? Bit of a wasted opportunity.

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Yes

Do you need it?
Yes if you like a zinger cleanser for those mornings where you think ‘Oh Lord I need three vats of tea to feel human and my skin looks like utter shite.’

Similar products?
Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser
Botanics Gentle Cleansing Cream
Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing
Ulta Radiant Daily Cleanser

 

Neutrogena Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser is $7.97 from Wal-Mart.com

Amazon does have selected Neutrogena Naturals products for those living outside the US: Neutrogena/Amazon