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Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser

What it is:A mild facial cleanser. What it is formulated to do:Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser eliminates impurities and excess oil from skin without causing irritation. Formulated with coconut and fatty acids to protect skin balance and radiance, this lightweight, refreshing lather rinses away easily with cool water and protects skin from the drying effects of hard water. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Phthalates What else you need to know:This dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic formula is as gentle as cleansing milk and as purifying as soap. It brings out the best and the brightest in all types of complexions.
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Questions & Answers for Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser

Question
Is this okay to use to remove eye-makeup sometimes?
asked 4 years ago
Misspen
on Gentle Foaming Cleanser
12 answers
Answers
answer 1
When I wash my face in the shower in the mornings, I've found this is the only cleanser that I can use on my eye area that doesn't irritate it. Other cleansers have left my eyes burning or created a weird buildup in my eyes, even hours later. Things work differently for everyone.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
joydreamer
(North Carolina)
answer 2
I wouldn't recommend using it near eyes because it is like soap and will sting. Also, it's a tad drying so unless ure young & can risk the skin drying damage near the eyes...not a good idea
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
findrochelle
(Santa Clara, CA)
answer 3
I rarely use a separate eye make up remover. This doesn't irritate my eyes and you don't need to rub or use a heavy hand to get the job done.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
dlpg
(Chandler, AZ)
answer 4
no
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
catherine24
(Ludlow, MA)
answer 5
I've been using Purify as a cleanser and eye make up remover. It works great.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
golfinggal
(Burlingame, CA)
answer 6
I have done this when in a hurry and it takes it off good without drying my eyes but burns if you get it in your eyes. I prefer an eye make up remover myself.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
peprddsunlight
answer 7
This removes eye make up, but obviously only for your lazy days. You should always use make up remover especially for your eyes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
islanddancer
(honolulu, hi)
answer 8
I love this cleanser because it doesn't irritate my eyes. I do use it all over and on the eyes when I wash my face at night. Of course there is a trace of some eye makeup left, but it does a great job at getting most of it.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
modmila
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 9
I have used it to remove eye make-up successfully without any issues. Although I have no eye sensitivities. My non-waterproof eyemake came off easily.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
llisa2
(Syracuse)
answer 10
i thinks its great to remove makeup, but may not get out the stubborn mascara and liquid eyeliner.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
glamourubi
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 11
I did a few times and it was fine. BUT it really does sting if it gets in your eyes.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
solarya
(Kitchener, Ontario Canada)
answer 12
yes works great! Its the only thing i use now
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
donnajo1
(Santa Rosa,ca)
Question
Is this ok for combination skin?
I am looking for a new cleanser after having a hard time with several that I have tried over the last year. I have combination skin that tends to get fairly dry right after washing but becomes pretty oily as the day goes on. I have a tendency to break out (more like one or two localized under the skin cystic ones) if I use products that contain too much oil or moisturizing agents. I can't use moisturizer even if it is oil-free because they all break me out. I want a cleanser that is basic, cleansing and soothing on my combo skin. would this work for me or should I look elsewhere?
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(Cleveland, Ohio)
on Gentle Foaming Cleanser
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have combination skin too & I love this one. Found it by chance as a sample & have stuck with it for a yr and a half. I won't use anything else now! :-)
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
findrochelle
(Santa Clara, CA)
answer 2
This product doesn't say that it's oil-free and it also contains parfume/ fragrance. This is really hard but what you could do is to go into Sephora and ask them to give you a sample of it? I just don' t know if you want to risk it? I would say that this product is great for people with sensitive skin but not for people with overly sensitive skin.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
keljel
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
Yes, this is for normal/combination skin.
answered 3 years ago
etchan
(Kalamazoo, MI)
answer 4
I have combination skin and I love this. It gives just the right amount of moisturizer without making your skin oily or drying it out
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
krisnsal
(Orlando, Fl)
answer 5
This one seems VERY basic to me. Does just what I want and I have had a hard time finding that. Moisturizing w no tight feeling after so I don't feel like I have to rush the moisturizer after I wash. It is just a good basic cleanser that you don't have to use much of at all.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
peprddsunlight
answer 6
i have combo skin and more prone to oily during day as well. This works great! no dryness after using.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
donnajo1
(Santa Rosa,ca)
answer 7
I have combination skin and this is quite perfect for it. My cheeks don't feel dry afterwards and my forehead is nice and matte.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
makeupgrrl
(New York, NY)
answer 8
This would be good for your combination skin. It does not give that tight, drying effect after use, and it's gentle so it would not irritate, either.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Smokinguns
(Portland, OR)
answer 9
It sounds to me like you break out because your skin. although combo to oily, is also dehydrated, which is different from being dry. It means, it needs more moisture, not oil. I had the same problem a while back. The Clarins cleansing milk for combo skin is very rich and soothing, it has moisture and no oil, you can follow it with the toner for combo skin to take the excess off, and then the hydra matte lotion, a moisturizer also for combo skin, which adds moisture and at the same time, controlls the shine in the T-zone. I tried lots of products for the break outs and none worked, my sking would feel dry and still break out, until I found these. With consistent use, now my skin looks and feels normal instead of combo, and there are no breakouts. Good luck.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
letty1973
(San Juan, Puerto Rico)
answer 10
I have a similar type of skin, with flakies as well, and I would recommend a cleansing oil. Trust me, there are products that are specific oils made for combination or oily skins. They will not make you break out. It sounds like your skin is drying out maybe from products & then trying to overcompensate for the lack of oil & overproducing. It you use gentle products, your skin will not react this way. I like the Shu Uemura (fresh version) or Laura Mercier (light version) cleansing oils. Tacka leap of faith & try one... I think shu offers smaller/trial sizes.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
carolineg
(Boston, MA)
answer 11
I do recommend the Gental Foaming Cleanser, however, for what you describe, I also recommend using the Skin Tonic morning and night. If I get a blemish, I just dab a bit of the tonic on it a couple of times a day and within a day or two the blemish is gone. The combination of the two products would be the best for you, I think.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
kathy10
(Beverly, MA)
Question
Is this cleanser oil and fragrance free? Ingredients, please, anyone??
I want to know what the ingredients are for this product, which would cover my questions as to whether or not this cleanser is oil and fragrance free. Someone??Thank you!
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Pasadena, CA)
on Gentle Foaming Cleanser
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
It does have a very faint floral smell. It doesn't bother me, but I don't really mind light smelling face products.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
joph
(Dearborn Heights, MI)
answer 2
No, it is not fragrance free. It has a "cotton scent". My skin is very sensitive and I usually can't use face washes with scents but this on does not bother me.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
dms03001
answer 3
Contains cottonseed oil and coconut and fatty acids. Does have a light soapy type scent so no it is not fragrance free.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
elsab
(San Diego)
answer 4
It is not oil free and it does say Parfum/Fragrance on the ingredients.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
keljel
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
I don't know about oil, but this is scented.
answered 3 years ago
etchan
(Kalamazoo, MI)
answer 6
It is not oil-free. It contains Cottonseed Oil.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
muhlyssa
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 7
If you are sensitive to fragrance this is not for you.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
moniques
(Rocky Mountains, Colorado)
answer 8
Hi! No..it's nor fragrance free. It has a delightful fresh scent...kinda sporty/soapy ...love it.
Dont know if it's oil free, but it does dry out skin so it works for me bcoz I'm very oily.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
findrochelle
(Santa Clara, CA)
answer 9
I don't believe there is any oil in this product because it takes oil out of the skin and leaves it with a more matte feeling. There is a mild fragrance, so it is not fragrance free.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
alaskanamber
(Anchorage, Alaska)
answer 10
This is definitely NOT fragrance free. It has a very strong, almost perfume-like scent.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
carr27
(Chicago, IL)
answer 11
pretty strong "green" fragrance. not my favorite.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
lec1
Question
How does this compare to the exfoliating cleanser by Clarins?
I really want to get some Clarins skincare products but i cant tell what would be better for me, this foaming cleanser or the exfoliating cleanser (the one in the orange tube). I have combination skin that is tight feeling but gets very oily in the t-zone, and gets dry in the cheeks and chin. Does anyone have any suggestions? P.S. I also have my eye on the hydraquench spf lotion.
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
rby1025
(Westchester, NY)
on Gentle Foaming Cleanser
10 answers
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answer 1
If your skin is more dry than oily, I would get the cleanser, I have both, I use the cleanser during the day, it's also great for everyday use and the orange scrub once or twice a week. The scrub tends to dry my skin especially in the Winter but not so much when it the weather is warmer.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
keljel
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
I can't answer this because I never used exfoliating cleanser.
answered 3 years ago
etchan
(Kalamazoo, MI)
answer 3
This face wash makes my skin look fresh and bright...but it is a tad drying. So, best you only put a dab on the dry areas and wash only the other areas...
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
findrochelle
(Santa Clara, CA)
answer 4
I use the cleanser daily and the exfoliator weekly......the cleanser is wonderful. If you can afford just one, use the cleanser.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
krisnsal
(Orlando, Fl)
answer 5
idk about the other product you mentioned but this cleanser is very moisturizing without being heavy. I tend to be tight with most products and this seems to just normalize me which nothing ever does lol! Good luck!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
peprddsunlight
answer 6
I have a combination skin where it gets oily in T-zone and gets dry in the cheeks if i don't moisturize it well. I am a huge clarins fan because I have a really picky sensitive skin and their line always works for me. If you where make up at all then don't use orange exfoliating one as your main cleanser. It has decent cleansing power but it's definitely not enough to take off foundation, sunscreen or mascara. If you can afford it I suggest you buy both and use the exfoliating one for just in the morning or every other day. Foam cleanser is awesome. It gets your face clean (although not enough for waterproof mascara) and gentle.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
sunshine867
answer 7
I have the same problems and I found that the foaming cleanser worked great! No dying to the cheeks and no problem with becoming too oily. I found the extra moisture was what my skin actually needed. Good luck!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
chelleski
(Merced, CA)
answer 8
I have combination to oily in the T-zone skin. I tried both the orange exfoliating cleanser (which smells really nice) and this gentle foaming cleanser. The gentle foaming cleanser helped dramatically reduce my pores, clear up blemishes, and make my skin more radiant (it made the blemish marks disappear faster, even without salicylic acid or any treatment... in fact, I only use the gentle foaming cleanser, the green clarins toner, and a moisturizer now!). I tried briefly switching back to the orange exfoliating cleanser just to make sure that I was making the right choice -- absolutely... the orange cleanser was too rough on my skin, and caused more oil production during the daytime, and more breakouts. If you have problem skin, I strongly recommend the gentle foaming cleanser.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
veryslr
(NYC, NY)
answer 9
My skin is combination to oily on the T-zone too, and normal on the cheeks. This cleanser has worked for me so far in the mornings, the T-zone doesn't get as shiny or oily during the day. But I emphasize the T-zone when I cleanse and use mosturizer after, otherwise the cheeks feel a bit tight. I prefer this cleanser to the orange one for everyday use, the orange one is grainy and more rough on the skin. In the evenings I use cleansing milk and toner to take makeup off, its creamier and mosturizing and balances out the morning cleanser. I would stay away form the heavy hydra-something cream for dry skin; but they have a hydra-something mask which works wonders on combination to oily skin. Good luck.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
letty1973
(San Juan, Puerto Rico)
answer 10
I think this would be too drying for you as a usualy cleanser. The gommage (the clear tube with orange product) is simply a gommage/exfoliator, not a cleanser, per se. I would recommend the cleansing milk with gentian & then to use the gommage every few days as a scrub.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
carolineg
(Boston, MA)
Question
remove makeup
I'm looking for a cleanser that does at least a decent job of removing eye making (except waterproof mascara). Will this work?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
ocgirl35
(OC, CA)
on Gentle Foaming Cleanser
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
This cleanser made my eyes sting so no I would not use it on my eyes. It is high foam and removes oil so I bet it would remove eye makeup but I would close my eyes super tight if you do use it as it does sting.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
elsab
(San Diego)
answer 2
I believe it will work, it has taken off my foundation and eyeliner.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
keljel
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
I don't know because I always use cleansing oil before cleanser.
answered 3 years ago
etchan
(Kalamazoo, MI)
answer 4
I would not recommend using this to remove makeup because if it gets in your eyes it really stings. It can still get into your eyes even if they are closed. I was using it to wash my face and somehow it got in in the very corner of my eye and it hurt and my eyes stung for about an hour.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
littleleggie
(New Jersey)
answer 5
Yes..it will remove face makeup but I wouldn't recommend it as an eye make up remover! For that - try clinique take the day off ...it's the best! Also a lancome one...forgot the name
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
findrochelle
(Santa Clara, CA)
answer 6
A little goes a long way in lather for this cleanser. I would recommend using an amount the size of a pencil eraser to start, add a bit of water and lather in your hands. Wash your eye area, rinse and repeat. This should take off eye makeup. A third lather and rinse may be necessary depending on how much eye makeup you are wearing.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
alaskanamber
(Anchorage, Alaska)
answer 7
I wouldn't use this to remove eye makeup - I tried and was left with stinging, red eyes.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
carr27
(Chicago, IL)
answer 8
It leaves your face perfectly clean even after wearing foundation. For the evenings out on the town when you wear a lot of make up, you have to use a little scrubbing for your eye make up
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
debintampa
(Tampa, Fl)
answer 9
Yes......its very foamy and clean.....and when I use the toner afterwards my face feels super clean and soft. It takes off eye make up but doesn't hurt your eyes
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
krisnsal
(Orlando, Fl)
answer 10
It works pretty well for me.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
amf10
(South Hadley, MA)
Question
Oil free?
Is this cleanser oil free?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Pasadena, CA)
on Gentle Foaming Cleanser
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser Ingredient List:

-Cottonseed: Leaves skin soft and smooth.
-Katafray Bark Extract: Prevents moisture loss.
-Tamarind Fruit Acid: Helps eliminate dry skin cells that block pores.
-Shea Butter: Protects, nourishes, and regenerates skin.

Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Lauric Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Tipa-Laureth Sulfate, Glycol Distearate, Glyceryl Behenate, Ozokerite, Parfum/Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium Edta, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Maltodextrin, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Lactobacillus, Potassium Sorbate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Bh, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Ci7789/Titanium Dioxide.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
khir
(Houston, TX)
answer 2
I don't know if it is oil free but I felt like this cleanser stipped all the oils from my face. Felt very clean and tight. I think this cleanser is more appropriate for teenagers oily acne prone skin.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
elsab
(San Diego)
answer 3
I don't know if it has oil or not, but my skin is oily and this one helps me to not break out
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
findrochelle
(Santa Clara, CA)
answer 4
It is not oil-free, at least it doesn't say that anywhere on the box.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
keljel
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
I don't know.
answered 3 years ago
etchan
(Kalamazoo, MI)
answer 6
I am not sure because I don't have the product directly in front of me to look on the label but it sure feels like it doesn't have any oil in it.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
moniques
(Rocky Mountains, Colorado)
answer 7
I don't think there is any oil in this product. It took oil out of my skin and left it looking more matte.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
alaskanamber
(Anchorage, Alaska)
Question
Can this be used everyday on sensitive skin?
asked 2 years ago
Bella80
(Fairfax, VA)
on Gentle Foaming Cleanser
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have been using this cleanser as an everyday cleanser and haven't had any problems with my sensitive skin. My skin hasn't started burning nor have I had any break outs - those are the two things that happen when my face is irritated by a product.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
archives49
(Charlottesville, VA)
answer 2
yes, only if you apply a tiny amount of it and not leave it on for more than 30 seconds.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
ajzea
(Lynnwood,WA)
answer 3
My skin is very sensitive, aging combination skin and this cleanser has been great for me in every season.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
naomus
(Long Beach, CA)
answer 4
I have really sensitive skin and I use it every day. I haven't had any issues.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
cherispann
(Battle Ground, WA)
answer 5
perfect for sensitive skin if you need drying. If you are already dry maybe not so good.
answered 2 years ago
heatherg1
(Spokane, WA)
answer 6
Yes. My skin is pretty sensitive and this is a very gentle cleanser with lots of moisturizer.
answered 2 years ago
PFASilveira
(Miami, FL)
Question
Does this remove waterproof mascara?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
on Gentle Foaming Cleanser
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have found that it does, however you do NOT want to get this in your eyes - trust me on this one.
answered 8 months ago
HJHightower
answer 2
I would say it removes about 40% of waterproof makeup. You would likely need to remove it with eye makeup remover or wipe pads first.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
shellyla
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
Yes, this cleanser removes waterproof mascara.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
archives49
(Charlottesville, VA)
answer 4
I find that this cleanser does a great job with mascaras and eye make-up. However, not sure if it will be totally effective on waterproof mascara.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
naomus
(Long Beach, CA)
answer 5
With my experience with the product it doesn't remove makeup well by itself. I would still recommend using makeup remover prior to using the cleanser
answered 2 years ago
sakura17
(Lathrop, CA)
answer 6
I love this cleanser, it is very gentle, but it doesn't remove eye make up especially well.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
bystarlight
(Tennessee, USA)
Question
ingedients
Does this cleanser contain any parabens?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
aljomach
(philadelphia,pa)
on Gentle Foaming Cleanser
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser Ingredient List:

-Cottonseed: Leaves skin soft and smooth.
-Katafray Bark Extract: Prevents moisture loss.
-Tamarind Fruit Acid: Helps eliminate dry skin cells that block pores.
-Shea Butter: Protects, nourishes, and regenerates skin.

Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Lauric Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Tipa-Laureth Sulfate, Glycol Distearate, Glyceryl Behenate, Ozokerite, Parfum/Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium Edta, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Maltodextrin, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Lactobacillus, Potassium Sorbate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Bh, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Ci7789/Titanium Dioxide.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
khir
(Houston, TX)
answer 2
According to the box, it doesn't list any parabens.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
keljel
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
I think so.
answered 3 years ago
etchan
(Kalamazoo, MI)
answer 4
i think it's paraben-free. it's on the box but i forget. I know Trish McEvoy face washes and lotions are paraben-free
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
beemer121
(San Francisco)
Question
what is the size?
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
fshnpolice
(Krebs, Oklahoma)
on Gentle Foaming Cleanser
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
125 ml, 4.4 oz net wt (about the size of a tube of toothpaste)
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
bobbievn
(Missouri)
answer 2
4.4 oz size
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
myriammartian
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 3
4.4 oz
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
reginao
(MD)
answer 4
4.4 oz...lasts a good 2+ months because u only need a dot
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
findrochelle
(Santa Clara, CA)
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