Clinique is an iconic American skincare brand that has been around since 1968. Growing up I typically associated Clinique with older women, but after I came across a sample of Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ I realized this brand was on to something. So I decided to give Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap a chance.
Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap retails at $18.50 I was able to find one at Marshall’s for a discounted $14.99. Never pay retail ladies! Clinique is also sold at Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and many others so it’s very easy to get your hands on this facial soap.
Clinique is know for their clinical based products and true to form this facial soap is available in 3 different formulations based on your skin type.
- Extra Mild – for skin types that are Very Dry to Dry
- Mild – for Normal or Combination skin
- Oily – for Oily, Very Oily skin
I selected the Mild formula as my skin tends to be a combination of oily and normal. I do wish there was an acne prone skin option. But to be fair Clinique does carry an entire line of products called Acne Solutions to address blemish prone skin.
Now let’s breakdown the first 10 ingredients:
- Pure good old fashion H2O. She needs no introduction.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- This is a mild cleansing agent that can be derived naturally from coconut or palm oil. This is not to be confused with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (an chemical that should be avoided due to it’s harsh nature). Sodium Laureth Sulfate was derived from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate to be a gentler alternative.
- In the beauty community there are companies like Honest Beauty that are against using this ingredient in their products. While other companies like Paula’s Choice (and obviously, Clinique!) have cleared this ingredient for use.
- Lauramidopropyl Betaine
- This chemical is a surfactant – meaning that it helps water bond with oil and dirt so they are able to be rinsed off the skin. Source.
- There was no adverse information about this chemical.
- Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine
- This chemical works as both a surfactant and conditioning agent. It has not been found to be harmful for the skin and derived from coconut oil.
- Sodium Chloride
- AKA Salt! This is commonly used to thicken facial cleansers.
- Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
- This is another surfactant that is especially mild and perfect for sensitive skin.
- Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate
- Another surfactant! This chemical is primarily used for cleansing and hair conditioning. In our case just cleansing. Could not find any information about how gentle or abrasive this chemical is.
- Butylene Glycol
- This is a type of alcohol that is considered safe to use on skin. It is an organic compound that is naturally derived from sugar cane.
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
- Good old fashion Aloe Vera juice!
- Aloe is great for smoothing inflammation and has natural UV protection properties.
- Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract
- This is typically used in herbal medicine – it has many good internal uses such as fight hair loss, regulating testosterone levels, improving urinary tract function, and increasing prostate health.
- Topically, this contains many antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and soothe skin.
For additional context, ingredients are (by law) listed in descending order based on the % of the ingredient in the product. So in the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap water is has the highest % and the Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract has the least.
After using the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap for about 3 months I can say that this product is a dream. It cleanses the skin very well and has a satisfying lather.
While this product is not promoted as an acne product I did notice that my breakouts significantly decreased while using this facial soap. Before this product I would typically have 1-2 breakouts a week. After 2 weeks of using this facial soap (in combination with an extensive skincare routine) my acne was reduced to only the hormonal acne I get the week before and the week of my period. This mean I had 2 weeks of glorious clear skin! Thank you, Clinique!
I also very much enjoyed using the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap with my Clarisonic. The Clarisonic definitely amplified the foaming nature of this cleanser which was refreshening but left my skin very dry (and this is coming from an oily girl!). Ultimately to avoid excessive dryness it’s best to use this cleanser with your hands.
Overall, if you’re someone who loves natural ingredients I would not recommend this product purely based on the amount of chemicals versus natural ingredient ratio. But if this is not a priority for you, I highly recommend!
As for me, while I loved the results after doing an analysis of the ingredients I will not be re-purchasing. Up next, I’m going to be trying the Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser by Kiehl’s.