REVIEW Simple Moisturising Facial Wash

by - May 16, 2020

Before I decided to buy the Hada Labo’s facial wash, I was confused with the many facial wash products in the market and which one to buy. I got the recommendation to buy from Harlette, Haple, and Simple. Simple is actually not a new brand overseas. If I’m not mistaken, it is a British brand (hence the spelling is moisturiSing). When I was deciding which facial wash to buy, I saw Simple held a giveaway event on their Instagram. I joined and tried out my luck, I might save some cash if I won it. Well, yes I won the giveaway, but it’s heartbreaking that I received the notification just a few days AFTER I bought the Hada Labo’s facial wash. Ah, why!

In the giveaway event that I joined, Simple offered one out of the two variants of facial wash they have in Indonesia. I chose the variant Moisturising Facial Wash because I need a moisturising facial wash. Well, not actually moisturising, but at least it doesn’t dry out my skin (you can read the reason on the Hada Labo Gokujyun Facial Wash post). Since I just opened my Hada Labo’s facial wash, I thought it wasn’t wise to open the one from Simple in a very short period. That’s why I just review it now even though I already got the product a few months ago. So, please keep on reading!

P r i c e
IDR64,500 for 150ml.

P a c k a g i n g
A matte tube with white as the main colour and combined with green, just like other Simple products. By the way, I didn’t know the size would be this big.

S c e n t
I can smell a subtle scent, but I can’t explain it. You won’t notice the smell unless you stick it to your nose.

T e x t u r e
It has a gooey texture, just like slime (not the toy slime, like snot kind of slime). It’s liquidy, but you can feel it’s a bit thick like a gel, too.

I n g r e d i e n t s
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Benzoic Acid, Bisabolol, Cocamide MEA, Disodium EDTA, Glycol Distearate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Laureth-10, Panthenol, Pantolactone, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-39, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Great IngredientComedogenic / Fungal Acne TriggerBe Aware

C l a i m s
100% soap-free
Moisturising and remove leftover makeup and dirt • yes
Suitable for even sensitive skin • maybe

T h o u g h t s
I’m a little confused by the description that says this product is soap-free, yet it still contains SLES. If I’m not mistaken, I’ve seen kak Stefan @skinchemically explained before that a product is considered soap-free not because of the SLS/SLES ingredient. So the claim is actually right. But, well, I don’t remember it clearly, so CMIIW.

As the description says, this facial wash is soap-free, yet still lathers. The foam isn’t much and is not a whipped kind of foam, it leans more to thin bubbles (I hope you understand what I mean). It doesn’t feel slippery when you wash it off, but it might be if you still have a remaining un-whipped product on the palm of your hand.

I totally agree with the cleansing claim, even though I can’t see it with my bare eyes. Doing an additional test using micellar water won’t help me, because I always cleanse my skin thoroughly with my first cleanser anyway.

For the other claim, that is the moisturising claim, I do not completely agree to that. It’s not because of the product, but I just never really agree with such a claim. I mean, we always wash off facial wash, and the amount of time when the product is on our face is too short to make the benefits to be absorbed into our skin. But, if they say this facial wash doesn’t dry out the skin (which actually is the REAL meaning of moisturising claim in almost every facial washes), I agree. My skin doesn’t feel tight and dry afterwards.

I don’t expect many for a facial wash, to be honest. As long as the facial wash I’m using doesn’t dry out my skin or makes my skin feels tight, I’m already satisfied. That’s why I think this facial wash from Simple is great. Is it the best, though? Nope, it isn’t. I’ve tried another facial wash that’s actually moisturising before (or it can make me feel like it’s moisturising). But, of course, since this facial wash is also good enough for me, I will recommend it to other people. Another plus point of this product that makes me feel it worth to recommend is it claims to be made without any artificial fragrance and colourant, no alcohol, and no paraben.

S u i t a b l e   f o r
Based on the description, I’d recommend this facial wash to every skin types, even people with sensitive skin. You just have to be aware that this still contains SLES (if you’re avoiding that particular ingredient). Some ingredients in this product are also categorised as fungal acne triggers, but I can’t guarantee it. I prefer you to do more research on it.

P r o s
+ doesn’t dry out the skin
+ soft on the skin
+ cute packaging (hehe)

C o n s
- the price is quite high considering it’s a drugstore product

O v e r a l l   r a t i n g

*giveaway prize
Product was gifted as a giveaway prize, but it doesn’t change my honest opinion about the product.

DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor, chemist, nor an expert. I mark the ingredients as green, yellow, or red based on Skincarisma and/or my own knowledge, and probably biased by my preference. Please also note that some ingredients can be both good and bad depends on your skin type and preference. I tell this product is suitable for people who I THINK would suit it. I do this to make it easier for newbies. Please do your own research too and find which ingredients suit (or don’t work well on-) your skin!

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