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Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash

What it is:A face cleanser that cleverly balances dry and oily places. What it is formulated to do:When it comes to faces with dry and oily places, it takes a clever cleanser to balance the two. This gentle, frothy face wash carefully does both jobs without canceling each other out. Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing, never tight, pulled, or parched.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- PhthalatesWhat else you need to know:Broad leaf kelp extract discourages excess oil production while wheat protein balances and protects dry-prone zones. Tourmaline actually makes water wetter to more easily disperse dirt and sebum down the drain. Best for all skin types, aromatic bergamot, spearmint, and lavender add pleasure to the process.
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Questions & Answers for Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash

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Too squeaky clean?
I wanted to love this cleanser because I prefer natural products and this is less expensive than other cleansers I've used. Checks and Balances was specifically recommended for my skin, which can be oily with minor breakouts but also gets dry in So Cal's desert climate. With all the positive reviews I was surprised to find this cleanser soapy. It smelled and felt like soap on my skin and left my face "squeaky". Is it supposed to act this way? Would a different Origins cleanser be better for my skin? Any input is appreciated!
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
xolulu
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
10 answers
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answer 1
Your skin will feel very clean the first time you use it. I had that same feeling you described. I think it's just a really good cleanser and doesn't leave anything behind where you normally get that slippery or smooth feel. I didn't feel dry thought after and that's what I like most.
answered 5 months ago
gatorincny
(Syracuse ny)
answer 2
yes, this product is meant to leave your skin feeling squeaky clean..LITERALLY. I actually did not like this aspect of the cleanser.

This cleaner actually made my small breakout turn into a nightmare. I gave this cleanser 2 weeks of use and by the end of the 2 weeks my skin was completely broken out on my cheeks, my skin tone was blotchy and my pores were larger. I had to switch cleansers right away.
answered 2 years ago
caskaslyrik
(Escondido, CA)
answer 3
Yes, it is supposed to make your face feel very clean, but it shouldn't dry your skin out. You might be using too much. You need less than a pea sized amount.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
paulinahearts
answer 4
I've never had this problem. I live in Ohio now, but I lived in So Cal all of my life... and I must say I had that problem with a lot of cleansers. It's winter here right now and my face gets so dry that I feel like my skin is really stiff after I wash it. However, if you use a cleanser with some beads after using this to wash your face of any dirt/makeup it will help with that. Also make sure you're using a moisturizer after. If you're like me and moisturizer makes you break out, Dr. Brandt Blemishes No More really helped and did NOT cause me to break out. It does tingle a little, but it feels good as long as it doesn't get near your eyes.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
lindsayforbes
(New Philadelphia, OH)
answer 5
Yes it 's supposed to make your skin feel that way. It's the ingredients that make your skin feel squeaky. It cleans everything out and the squeaky clean feeling only lasts a few minutes.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
rockyourworld
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
Hi there, I have the same issue with the product... I have a combination/dry skin and live in SoCal. I also use Origins Clean Energy which is a gentle cleansing oil. My skin feels clean and soft after using it and most importantly, it doesn't leave my skin feeling dry. It also removes my make up so I don't need to use a separate make-up remover. Hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
puppylove812
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 7
I found the exact same thing. It was too drying but doesn't remove eye makeup nearly at all. I have better luck with the Perfect World Antioxidant cleanser - same refreshing feeling and foamy texture, but without the burning/drying/squeaky feel.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
blondie1985
(Pittsburgh)
answer 8
Wow I had a very different experience! I have super oily skin and I love this face wash, so maybe it's different for someone with drier skin. Also, maybe you're using too much product? I take a very, verrrrrrry small (much smaller than a pea-sized) amount in my palm, add a little bit of water, and then rub my hands together to create a foam. I did use too much of the product when I first got it and it felt way too heavy. I kept reducing the amount that I used until I found an amount that works best for me. I'd be curious to see what you think after giving it another try!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
karliiii
(Florida)
answer 9
Hi,

This product will leave your skin feeling very clean. I suggest using less of the product since it is highly concentrated. Try using a pea size amount for the entire face. I hope that this helps!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
melissabt
answer 10
I too was originally turned off by the "squeaky clean" feeling and tried a couple of the other face washes meant for combo skin (my favorite, Get Down, was discontinued a while ago). Never A Dull Moment was great at first, but then my skin got INCREDIBLY dry. I went back to this one...if you can get past that "squeaky clean" feeling it is really a great cleanser...totally balances my combo skin.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
brittneyj
(Florida)
Question
Does this face wash do well at removing makeup??
asked 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Anonymous
(Maine)
on Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
10 answers
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answer 1
Yes! I was pleasantly surprised! I don't use heavy duty stuff, but it'll wash BB Cream, concealer, blush/eye shadow and mascara right off.
answered 1 week, 1 day ago
relyss
(Montreal, QC)
answer 2
Yah I think it does. I mean it is a facial wash so it won't take all of your make up off. I use Josie Maran's Makeup Remover oil and then use the wash... but I found that even if I don't use it, I can get most of it off. I have a facial wipe I use after this cleanser, and I won't get much product on it. Just behind the side of the noses.
answered 4 weeks ago
bonayun
(Victoria, BC Canada)
answer 3
I would definitely say yes. I don't use it remove my eye makeup per say, but one cleanse and it removes my entire face of makeup and leaves my skin feeling super clean. I do use a clairsonic with it though most days, but even without it still works great!
answered 1 month, 4 weeks ago
allisonrockk
(Ontario, Canada)
answer 4
I typically use a makeup remover first- but this will remove any face makeup typically. Don't use it on your eyes though
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
annie42069
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
Yes I use it to remove my make up at night. But be careful around your eyes. Since it does get pretty foamy it can get in your eyes easier then other face washes. I like to use the ORIGINS Starting Over Age-Erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa to take off my eye make up.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
BoatBabe
(Destin, FL)
answer 6
Makeup removers break down what cleansers usually cant. so removing the makeup would be step 1 and cleansing step 2
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
RedSheSaid
(San Francisco)
answer 7
I find that it does a great job. It takes off my eyeliner, waterproof mascara, and doesn't leave a trace of my powder foundation (bareminerals).
answered 3 months ago
MeginCt
(Waterbury, CT)
answer 8
It doesn't take off my eye makeup(eyeliner and mascara) very well, I use a separate product for that. It takes off the rest of my makeup just fine.
answered 3 months ago
fletcheb
(Tulsa, OK)
answer 9
Yes - does a great job removing makeup. With most cleansers I have to still use my eye makeup-remover after washing my face - with this facewash I rarely have to. Great stuff.
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
PhoraGal
(New York, NY)
answer 10
It's ok, I still notice a little makeup left behind on my towel.
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
theicefountain
(Los Angeles, CA)
Question
Can it remove eye makeup?
I'm looking for a face cleanser that will also remove eye makeup without irritating my eyes.
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
ellencsi
(Rochester, NY)
on Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
8 answers
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answer 1
Yes, excellent at removing eye makeup (never have to use my eye makeup remover after cleansing like I do with most other cleansers).
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
PhoraGal
(New York, NY)
answer 2
Nope. Doesn't remove eye makeup OR makeup, period.
answered 11 months ago
ElleLA
(Los Angeles)
answer 3
It is not recommended for the eye area. I would try the origins eye makeup remover it works great.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
4catslady
(bath, pa)
answer 4
I use it in the shower every morning and if i happen to have mascara on still, etc - it has removed it. I do use a cream and wipe afterwards for under the eyes, but if it's a minimal amount you have on... it shoudl remove it. Probably better to use an actual make up remover though.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
julesey
(London)
answer 5
I haven't used it to try and remove eye makeup since Origins specifies to stay away from eyes. The mint in the cleanser is probably a. Cause of stinging/burning in eyes.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
ckkgirl
(CA)
answer 6
It can remove a bit of eye makeup but don't expect it to clean the eyeliner from your waterline without making your eyes sting and burn like crazy. Maybe I just have sensitive eyes but I think this stuff burns soooooo bad.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
reviewtruly
answer 7
Oh, yes! It removes make-up with no irritation (unless you really get wild and get some in your eye!)
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
Calypel
(Saginaw, MI)
answer 8
If you're referring to Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Wash, it does NOT remove eye makeup very well. I still have to remove it with an actual makeup remover after using the cleanser.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
lambchop13
(Overland Park, KS)
Question
Good as a makeup remover?
I was wondering if you can use this cleanser as a makeup remover and as a regular everyday cleanser. I am looking for a cleanser that removes makeup and works as a regular face wash.
asked 9 months ago
orz25
(Burbank, CA)
on Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
8 answers
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answer 1
I use it to remove my foundation but find that for eye makeup especially mascara I need to use a makeup remover first.
answered 4 months, 3 weeks ago
princessla
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
answer 2
This cleanser is great at removing makeup but don't get it in your eyes.
answered 5 months ago
gatorincny
(Syracuse ny)
answer 3
Honestly I feel it's better as a morning cleanser....it does remove face makeup well but when it comes to eyes it's not as efficient, mostly when it comes to waterproof products.v Try philosophy purity cleanser at night to remove makeup....there is no burning and the two cleansers make a good combo.
answered 7 months ago
KristyLynnRN
(Greensboro, NC)
answer 4
I tried it as a makeup remover, but it did NOT remove my makeup well.
answered 8 months ago
katielouwho
(Memphis, TN)
answer 5
I can definitely use this everyday! But I don't wear makeup everyday so I'm not too sure about a makeup remover. I also use a little scrubber pad with it so that helps to exfoliate. I absolutely love it though.
answered 8 months ago
andrea23
(Vancouver, WA)
answer 6
I use this face wash exclusively, whether at night to wash off makeup or in the morning to clean off the oil buildup from the night. It is gently and light.

I want to note that I usually wear minimal makeup: mascara, light concearler, and maybe a little blush or bronzer. If I have a heavy amount of makeup on, I'll usually start with a make remover to limit raccoon eyes while washing my face ;)
answered 8 months ago
ek87
answer 7
I use it daily and as a makeup remover. Works great and my face does not dry out
answered 9 months ago
collegekid23
(Dallas, Texas)
answer 8
This does not remove eye makeup. It does a good job removing face makeup (I use Bare Minerals powder foundation), but remover is a must for any eye makeup. Do not buy this if you're looking for an all in one. It's a decent product over all, but didn't make me jump for joy when using it.
answered 9 months ago
lambchop13
(Overland Park, KS)
Question
How does this work with the clarasonic?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
justjessi
on Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
7 answers
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answer 1
Great smooth lather with Clarisonic, but WAY too much of it! The suds drip & run into my eyes, and they BURN like heck! Only way to use it is to keep your eyes screwed tightly shut and then feel around the bathroom blind, lol... Would NOT recommend.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
plessB
(WI)
answer 2
I think it works well with my Clarisonic! I actually feel I need to use my Clarisonic more often with this cleanser because it doesn't do a great job at clearing pores otherwise.
answered 7 months ago
MEDonnelly
(Lancaster, PA)
answer 3
Very well! It has a fantastic lather with only about a dime size of product. Just make sure you wet the brush well to get the best lather. :)
answered 7 months ago
KristyLynnRN
(Greensboro, NC)
answer 4
In my opinion, it works great with the Clarisonic! It foams a lot and I suggest using a small amount for the entire face.
answered 10 months ago
melissabt
answer 5
Fine, a little goes a long way.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
cas24
(Miami, FL)
answer 6
I use this with my clairisonic and it works so well. It gets very frothy.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
astraughn
(Mobile, AL)
answer 7
This cleanser works amazing with the clarisonic because of its frothy texture. a little goes a very long way.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
vsbeauty
(Dallas, tx)
Question
Can I use the Checks and Balances cleanser with the Origins Perfect World moisturizer?
I need SPF protection in a moisturizer but there is no Checks and Balances moisturizer available with SPF
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
clh622
(Carlsbad, CA)
on Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
7 answers
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answer 1
Of course you can- They work ok together in my experience :) There's no rule that you need to stick with only one product line within the brand. Personally, I find the Perfect World w/SPF to be too thick & sunscreen-y. But you can use any Origins SPF moisturizer. Or any non-Origins one, for that matter :)
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
plessB
(WI)
answer 2
It's just a cleanser, you can add it with whatever you want. Actually, I think this one is suitable for all kind of creams or lotions. I did use it with a perfect world cream, and now I use it with other brand. It works perfect!
answered 7 months ago
ddvv
(Mill Creek, WA)
answer 3
Yes! I use this with A Perfect World Age Defense moisturizer SPF 25 for the day and have not had any skin issues or irritations.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
Guamie
(Houston, TX)
answer 4
Yes, I use the Checks and Balances cleanser and then follow it up with my A Perfect World moisturizer. I think that Origins products are made to work together. There is no Checks and Balances moisturizer.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
Heatoyos
(L.A., CA)
answer 5
yes, you can mix and match the types of cleansers/masks/serum/moisturizer.. i do.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
Apal2
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 6
Yes, the checks and balances cleanser can be used with any of the Origins moisterizers.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
nicolelourie
(miami beach, FL)
answer 7
Of course you can mix and match! I do all the time!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
cas24
(Miami, FL)
Question
What about skin with Rosacea?
I have been using Philosophy's Purity cleanser, but I want something with sulfates and other nasty stuff. I would like to give this cleanser a try because of the mostly positive reviews, but I am wondering if anyone with Rosacea has has tried this product and had any luck?
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
heep11
(Baltimore, MD)
on Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
6 answers
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answer 1
I have mild rosacea and combination skin. This cleanser is extremely mild and gentle on my face--even in the dead of winter, when my cheeks are normally scarlet from the weather alone, I have not experienced any flaring or additional redness while using this product.
answered 3 months ago
MeginCt
(Waterbury, CT)
answer 2
So far so good. Last year I had terrible flare ups (my skin felt like it was on fire all summer). Once i got the medication that got thing under control, I'm spending good money on good skin care products. My face is quite happy with this cleanser, I feel no burning or tingling after I wash and I am flare-up free so far this summer (knock on wood).
answered 9 months ago
aveart
(Saskatchewan, Canada)
answer 3
I have moderate rosacea and this cleanser does not irritate my skin. It actually helped calm my skin during a really bad flare up.

I recommend this cleanser 100%, especially if you're looking for something more natural and have combination skin.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
viennalen
(New York, NY)
answer 4
I have mild rosacea. I started using this several weeks ago and I absolutely love it. Does not irritate skin.
answered 2 years ago
beachgranny
(Destin, FL)
answer 5
This cleanser will likely be to harsh for your skin. I totally agree with wanting a sulfate, parabens etc. Origins is a great product but they have more gentle cleansers available. Try A Perfect World and following with a redness reducing moisturizer :)
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
mckenk4
(Hamilton, ON, Canada)
answer 6
I actually switched from Pure & Simple Cleanser to this one because I loved it so much. I can't say that it helped with my rosacea on its own, but I use an abrasive cleanser after this in the mornings and finish with Dr. Brandt Blemishes No More moisturizer and it's seemed to reduce it a LOT.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
lindsayforbes
(New Philadelphia, OH)
Question
Does this help with visible pores?
My cousin is looking for a cleanser that tones down visible pores and is good for her dry skin. Is this a good pick?
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
LuvKpop
(Vancouver, BC)
on Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes. This is good for cleaning pores deeply which does help with visibility. I have a combination skin and it doesn't dry me out.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
houri
(Studio City CA)
answer 2
It has helped with mine all around my t-zone. It is not immediate, but will take a couple of weeks to really start seeing results (like any new skin care product)
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
erozyskie
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 3
I don't know if it really tones down pores but it does clear them out. And as for the dryness I don't know if this is the best face wash to use I have combo. skin and It sometimes makes my dry patches feel dryer.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
briannathebrave
(Virginia)
answer 4
this definitely is great for reducing pore size, i've always had larger pores and this face wash seems to really deep clean and help with that..also i would recomend the biore pore strips like once a week, and i know they're pricey, but the clairsonic brush i purchased has done wonders for my pore size
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
sampsonkris10
(pinehurst, nc)
answer 5
IT IS GREAT FOR DRY SKIN, LEAVES MY SKIN NOURISHED AND NOT OILY OR GREASY. MY SKIN TENDS TO DRY AFTER USING OTHER CLEANSERS, NOT WITH ORGINS. I BELIEVE MY PORES HAVE BEEN REDUCED BUT WAS MORE INTERESTED IN WATCHING FOR SIGNS OF ALLERGIC REACTIONS AND DRY PATCHES, BOTH OF WHICH DID NOT HAPPEN WITH THIS PRODUCT.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
lma62
(Huntington, New York)
answer 6
I havent noticed a decrease in pore size (I have large pores on my nose). I have used Clinque Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum and I find that that does decrease the size of my pores.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
MikeyC13
(New York, NY)
Question
Is this product cruelty free?
I'm looking for a cleanser that is cruelty free, do they test their products on animals? Thank you!
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
dobemomsf
(Joplin, MO)
on Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
6 answers
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answer 1
There are no animal ingredients and products are tested on volunteer panels.
answered 5 months ago
gatorincny
(Syracuse ny)
answer 2
They're not on PETA's list. It says on the bottle "origins tests its products on volunteer panels". Whatever that means. You could check their website too. Hope I could help. :)
answered 7 months ago
princesskiaran
answer 3
The Origins product line is owned by Estée Lauder which has recently in 2013 started testing on animals to be able to sell in China. As far as from what I have read online. Also lolling on their packaging it shows that the "checks & balances" face wash doesn't contain animal ingredients but they could have very well teated it on animals :( I would look at the PETA.org website for a more comprehensive list.
answered 8 months ago
andrea23
(Vancouver, WA)
answer 4
Yes. Origins sells in China which REQUIRES animal testing. While Origins does not do the actual testing they do provide samples and give their permission for testing their products on animals in China as well as pay the Chinese goverment to do so. mybeautybunny.com, leapingbunny.org, NAVS.org, and PETA.org all have excellent lists of companies that do and do not test on animals.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
lucky1988
answer 5
I don't think they do since Origin is strictly a plant/herbal based line. To be sure, you can call any Origin store to confirm. Good luck!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Mindy73
(Orange, CA)
answer 6
No animal testing on Origins products.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
cas24
(Miami, FL)
Question
Break outs
Does this wash help prevent break outs? I've been having more break outs recently. I want to get a new wash after the one I have runs out and I'm wondering which one would be the best to help battle these huge, red, angry pimples I keep getting.
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
kayb6891
(Boston,MA)
on Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
6 answers
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answer 1
I don't think of this as an anti acne cleanser. I don't think it will contribute to MORE break outs... But most likely won't do much to fight them. For red, angry pimples, the cause is usually bacteria (as opposed to whiteheads, which are usually caused by extra oil production/not enough exfoliation.) Hence, you need benzoyl peroxide. Either a wash containing it, or a gentle oil free cleanser & a topical acne medication. I'd stick with 5% benzoyl peroxide or below so you don't irritate your pimples further. HTH :)
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
plessB
(WI)
answer 2
It worked for me! I've been prone to break-outs (though admittedly minor break-outs), and after using this for a few days, my skin is clearing up.
answered 6 months ago
madamekai
(Kingston, NY)
answer 3
I have regular break outs. But Origin products in general casue me to break out terribly! Their products contain wheat. I recently found out I have a mild wheat allergy and I cannot use their products.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
spedteacher74
(Midwest)
answer 4
I don't get many breakouts, but it made my pores look better. My fiance said his skin was looking better after using it, and he does get break outs.
answered 2 years ago
spartygirl99
(East Lansing, MI)
answer 5
I've been using this for two years now with United State toner and Balanced Diet (in the summer) or A Perfect World (in the winter) moisturizers. These three products have really soothed my skin tone and I've had less breakouts. I have combo skin, but have never had super bad acne as of late. I do get the occasional breakout, and I use Spot On. I first was recommended these products at an Origins store where the sales lady asked me what my skin problems were, and she picked the products for me. Maybe talked to an expert would help. I love Origins products though. Give this one a try or find another one to suit your skin better! Thank you Sephora for carrying Origins!
answered 2 years ago
bflogal27
(Buffalo, NY)
answer 6
I personally would not recommend this product to prevent your breakout or treat it. This cleanser does leave your skin squeaky clean, almost a little too clean feeling, but made my breakouts worse. I would recommend the Amore Pacific line or Bare Essentials Exfoliating cleanser.
answered 2 years ago
caskaslyrik
(Escondido, CA)
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