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.
Living in Canada, the online beauty shopping options tend to be quite restricted compared with the US and, I think, even the UK. Here, I most often shop online with Sephora, beautyBOUTIQUE (Shoppers Drug Mart), and Well.ca—though I used to shop more with Hudson’s Bay—with the occasional order from Nail Polish Canada and, more recently, DECIEM. There are some international sites I’ll occasionally shop with, but generally I avoid those because I dislike having to pay high duties and customs fees, which are sometimes levied on incoming packages valued at CA$20 or more.
[Side note: Boy, do I miss ordering nail polish from the discount trifecta: 8ty8beauty (do not forget the “beauty”!!), Head2ToeBeauty, and TransDesign/NailSupplies! Shipping costs have just become too prohibitive over the years. I occasionally order from NailSupplies and have it delivered to my US relatives, but it’s happening less and less since my visitors don’t always have check-in luggage when they fly.]
I love shopping online. I love the convenience, the ability to easily research products before purchasing, and the online deals. We also don’t have a car, and anyway, driving/busing around to hunt down products is not my idea of a good time. All this is why I love shopping at Korean online beauty stores. They sell so many brands and products, making it way too easy to enjoy browsing, making a wishlist, filling up a shopping cart, and eventually placing an order. The hardest part is simply waiting for an order to arrive! (Not a problem for me: I enjoy the actual research and shopping, then I promptly forget about the order and get a lovely surprise in a few weeks when it finally arrives.)
Also, I’ve never been charged duties on my orders from South Korea! I used to try to keep the package values under $30, but it appears that Canada has a deal in place with South Korea (2014’s Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement) so that goods made in South Korea generally are no longer subject to duties.