Over the last year or so, I’ve tried several cleansing oils, both Western and Korean, but I wasn’t 100% sold on them and decided to branch into cleansing balms. However, I goofed and accidentally ordered a cleansing cream. Because I’m loath to waste products, I’ve been using it for a couple of months now.
The most famous cleansing cream in North America is probably Pond’s, which I last used over twenty years ago, back in high school! (Just for kicks, I actually bought a jar each of Pond’s Cold Cream and Moisturizer last week, when it was on sale. I am curious to see how the cleansing cream compares with this K-beauty version.) It was then that I decided I wasn’t much of a fan of cleansing creams, which you apply to your skin and then wipe off with a tissue.
So, It’s Skin Mangowhite Cleansing Cream is basically the second cleansing cream I’ve ever tried.
From It’s Skin:
Mango white body line containing tropical fruit mangosteen for refreshing mind and brightening skin
The product comes in a large 200 mL tub, and the cream inside is a soft white with a sprinkling of little, dark pink specks. I don’t know what the specks are, but they’re definitely not for exfoliation—they dissolve away when you rub them. My guess is they’re nuggets of certain ingredients, or possibly just for visual appeal.
The scent is sort of floral-fruity and very pleasant—mangosteen is one of my favorite fruits, and I can’t say this particularly smells like mangosteen, but I guess it’s got that tropical fruit vibe. It’s not mango-scented, if the product name had you thinking of mangoes.
The cream has a light feel, and it’s really easy to scoop out a little too much product. A sort of half teaspoon-sized dab will do.
Cleansing creams are an emulsion of water and fat (like beeswax, oil, etc.). They have a tendency to feel “cool” against the skin—hence the alternate name “cold cream”—and this is no exception. It feels really lovely, especially in warm weather!
Mangowhite Cleansing Cream’s first three ingredients are mineral oil, water, and glycerin; it also contains several plant extracts and some ferments.
The ingredients (translated at CosDNA):
Mineral Oil, Water, Glycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Garcinia mangostana (Mangosteen) Peel Extract, Petrolatum, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Ethyl Hexanediol, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl palmitate, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Fragrance, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium stearoyl glutamate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lactose, Camellia sinensis Leaf Extract, Cudrania tricuspidata Bark Extract, Prunus mume Fruit Extract, Cellulose, Lactobacillus Ferment, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Disodium EDTA, Iron Oxides, Iron Oxides, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, CI 15985, Red 33, Blue 1.
After a bit of massaging onto the skin to remove makeup, the cream warms up against the skin and starts to feel oily. I’ve found that when it gets to this stage, it acts quite like a cleansing oil and is pretty good at getting gritty bits out of the skin. I’m often getting these tiny keratin/hardened sebum plugs in my pores (they rarely end up as acne, and you can’t really tell they’re there unless you feel for them, but holy cow they are annoying) and this cream makes them pop out nicely. It works especially well in the shower.
The thing I really don’t like about this cream is that you’re supposed to either tissue it off or rinse it off. I hate tissuing off, but if I rinse, it’s just too oily to rinse off well. It definitely leaves a slick film on the skin, so I always cleanse again with a gel cleanser after using this cream.
To be fair, I have to do this with oil cleansers, too. But the oil cleansers I’ve used emulsify better with water, and leave less film on my face. This cream is just really greasy-feeling when it’s time to remove it.
I am going to use this up and probably never try another cleansing cream again (except the Pond’s, haha). I’m currently slapping it on, generously, before stepping into the shower. I don’t mind the messiness in the shower, and as I mentioned, the warmth in the shower helps it to get extra grits out of my skin.
That said, the scent is really quite lovely, and as It’S SKIN has several products in the Mangowhite line, I’m probably going to try out something else, like the Peeling Gel.
If you do like cleansing creams, I would certainly recommend this product. It cleanses well and feels moisturizing. The amount you get in the tub makes it good value, too. Cleansing creams are just not for me!
It’S SKIN Mangowhite Cleansing Cream contains 200 mL and retails for about US$14.50 (it isn’t available on the US site, but similar products are US$14–$14.50) I paid just under US$11 on sale, including shipping, from Cosmetic Love (see sidebar for link).
It’S SKIN is based in Seoul, South Korea.