Rodial — Stem Cell Cleansing Cream Review

This week is going to be facial cleanser week! I actually have several cleansers to review, and thought it’d be nice to round them all up to be reviewed together.

This review is part of my week of facial cleanser reviews!
Here are the links to the other products I talked about:

Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil

Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil

philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

First up is a winner! I received a generous 30 mL (1 oz) sample of Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream in an Ipsy bag, and started using it a few months ago. (Note: the product has since been renamed Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser.)

Up until then, I was not keen on cream cleansers…at all! I would find that they slipped all over my face and never rinsed off cleanly (one of the worst ones for me was La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser). I just figured I didn’t have the right skin type for a cream cleanser, despite actually having dry skin.

But then I slowly grew to love the Nuxe Melting Cleansing Gel (it is, weirdly, sort of in-between a light cream and a gel) that I’d initially poo-pooed, got back into an unfinished Valcena Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk, and finally grew curious enough to try the sample of Rodial cream cleanser sitting at the back of my stash.

Well, whaddya knnow—I kind of love it!

It is a thick, very rich and luxurious-feeling cream. Rodial says it also doubles as a facial mask, but I have not yet tried using it that way.

From Rodial:

A nourishing dual-action cream facial cleanser and mask for dehydrated skin with advanced stem cell technology, rose hip and vitamin e. A potent super-food complex of anti-oxidants, Coconut Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Rose Wax and Coco Butter gently cleanses and feeds essential nutrients to the skin for instant relief to dehydrated complexions. When massaged into the skin with the 100% cotton muslin cloth, the gentle exfoliation enables younger-looking skin to be revealed, boosting skin’s vitality for a visible glow. Advanced stem cell technology from the PhytoCellTec Alp Rose improves cell vitality to protect against future damage. Can be used to remove make-up. Ideal for those with dry skin or with dull, lacklustre skin that needs a radiance boost.

Key Benefits:

  • Marula Oil: Anti-oxidant with fatty acids soften and condition the skin.
  • Stem Cell (PhytoCellTec Alp Rose Flower): Protects against environmental stress and helps improve the skin barrier function.
  • Coconut Oil: Helps to smooth the skin and rich in anti-oxidants and natural antibacterial agents.
  • Cocoa Butter: Cleanses whilst nourishing the skin.

I don’t believe a jot of the claims about plant stem cells in skincare products (or in haircare products), but I do think this cleanser works beautifully on my dry skin.

A little bit of the product goes a long way, so I use about a large pea-and-a-half for my face. I do like to add a teeny bit of water as I work it onto my skin, since it can start to drag a bit due to the thickness of the formula. I massage a bit, then rinse it off with water. You have to add the water a bit at a time, so that the cleanser emulsifies and washes off cleanly.

Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream (sample)

I would not use this directly on a face full of makeup—a separate makeup remover or oil cleanser is your friend in such a case—but the Rodial is perfect as second cleanser, or if you don’t have too much makeup on. I find it removes a lightweight foundation very well, though it can’t really handle waterproof mascara (too much rubbing required).

This product is strongly fragranced. I like the “perfumey” scent, but it those who are sensitive to fragrances may want to steer clear.

The ingredients of my cleanser sample are (from Ipsy):

Aqua (Water), Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Propylene Glycol, Rosa Multiflora Flower Cera, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Tocopherol, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Triethanolamine, Isomalt, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, CI 17200 (FD&C Red No. 33), Alpha-Isomethylionone, Citronellol, Limonene

The ingredients from the renamed current product, Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser, are identical, so it should be the same product.

Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream (sample)

This is definitely on my repurchase list—that is, when I finish up my backlog of cream cleansers, ha! This winter has been quite cold and dry, and although my revamped skincare regimen has meant I no longer have a flaky nose and cheeks all through winter, this cream cleanser has helped to keep my skin more hydrated and less irritated than before. It also feels rather luxurious to use, which is always a bonus.

It retails for US$34/CA$40 for a large 200 mL tub, which I think will last me for ages since I’m still getting through my 30 mL sample. I will say, however, that I strongly prefer my sample’s tube packaging. Tub packaging just seems unnecessarily messy. In Canada, Rodial is sold at Shoppers Drug Mart; the one at Rodial’s online store also comes with a muslin cloth, which might be a new thing as I don’t recall seeing it packaged with the ones at Shoppers Drug Mart.

$40 isn’t cheap, though, so I will try to find a more cost-effective alternative. Unfortunately, there’s no parallel cream cleanser product in Rodial’s less expensive sister line, Nip+Fab. But, since the main ingredient is cocoa butter, I will definitely try Boots Nº7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm—CA$10 for 150 mL at Shoppers, and it comes in a convenient tube!—which has the following ingredient list (it even has a couple ceramides, though they are pretty far down the list):

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Myristyl myristate, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Tribehenin, Butylene glycol, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl acetate, Methylparaben, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylparaben, Sodium PCA, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ascorbyl glucoside, Potassium hydroxide, Dipropylene glycol, Magnesium PCA, Zinc PCA, Biosaccharide gum-1, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Ceramide 6 II, Phytosphingosine, Carbomer, Manganese PCA, Xanthan gum, Propylparaben, Potassium sorbate, Ceramide 1


Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser contains 200 mL and retails for GB£38 / US$34 / CA$40. The formula is free from toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). The sample I have contains product made in China; I do not know whether the full-size is made in a different place (it seems unlikely to be, but I’ll pop in-store to check this week!).

Rodial, a “high performance skincare” line, was launched in 1999 by journalist Maria Hatzistefanis. The company is based in London, England. Most of its products are vegan*.

🇨🇳Made in China
🇬🇧Company based in UK

2 thoughts on “Rodial — Stem Cell Cleansing Cream Review

  1. So this proves that sample subscription bags work! 😀
    Not only did they change your mind about cream cleansers, they got you onto a Rodial product!
    I wonder if this brutal winter had a role to play in your switch over to cream cleanser?
    Hmm I agree with you – why they gotta put this in a tub for the full size when as apparent in the sample, this product works perfectly well in a squeeze tube!


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