In my first The Face Shop haul, I purchased the Cleansing Foam and the Essential Cream from the Arsainte Eco-Therapy line on the suggestion of the sales associate (SA). I have been using this cleansing foam every day since.
Most of the box was covered in Korean, which I can’t read, but I was very surprised to see that birch sap (what?) was used in lieu of water in the entire product. The first I had heard of such a substitution was for the AmorePacific brand currently available at Sephora – it is a (very expensive) Korean brand that uses bamboo sap instead of water. The Sephora SA told me that water is mostly used to dilute the product to achieve the desired consistency while bamboo sap is actually beneficial, penetrating and moisturizing the skin.
Although I have a more oily T-zone, my skin gets very dry and flaky overall, especially in the winter. It is also fairly sensitive and gets red easily from physical irritation. Looking at my bare skin, most SA’s recommend lines that are more suitable for dry skin.
The SA had suggested the Arsainte Eco-Therapy line for me because it is the most natural line they carry, suitable for sensitive skin. I assume that means that there is a larger percentage of natural ingredients. The cleansing foam is labelled “natural origin ingredients 73.0%”, but I hesitate to make any solid inferences about what that means.
The 140 ml (4.73 oz) cleansing foam cost me $13 CAD. I couldn’t find this product on SaSa.com or Cosme-De.com, but the price on YesStyle.ca is $22 CAD. Needless to say, regardless of how much cheaper this would have been if I actually bought it in Korea, I think I got it for a reasonable price.
The Arsainte Eco-Therapy Cleansing Foam has a light flowery scent that does not transfer to your face after washing. The consistency is pretty thick but easily smooths over the skin. It lathers up readily, like a cleansing foam should. I only need to use a pea-sized amount for my entire face and neck. It isn’t harsh on the eye area but unfortunately, it doesn’t remove makeup on its own.
This cleansing foam doesn’t leave any residue on my face (unlike the Lancome Galatee Confort) and it really makes my face feel clean. In fact, it makes my face feel “squeaky clean” – I think I finally understand the meaning of the phrase. When I rinse the cleanser off, there is a lot of friction between my fingers and my face, almost as if it’s “squeaky”.
I like the clean feeling, but I wonder if the “squeakiness” is a sign that it washed off all the oil on my face. Although my skin isn’t left feeling tight after using this cleansing foam, I do feel the need to moisturize my skin after cleansing. That might be due to the winter weather, though.
All in all, I do like this cleansing foam – it serves its purpose well and doesn’t irritate my skin or strip it completely. It is a simple cleanser without any extra bells or whistles, which is fine for a product that washes right off the skin anyway. The price point is reasonable and I like that The Face Shop is known for its natural ingredients.
Have you tried any The Face Shop cleansers? Which is your favourite?