Saturday, 28 March 2015

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (extra mild!)

What is it?
'All the benefits of Clinique’s famous dermatologist-developed facial soap in a new liquid formula. Cleanses without stripping protective lipids.'

Who is it for?
Ok it says 'very dry to dry' but personally I would say all skin types except really dry. Sorry Clinique. 
Oilier skins will love this as a 'milk' cleanser option - especially in the hot months/climates.
And boys. Definitely one for the boys to check out.

What’s in it?
Water Purified, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cholesterol, Sucrose Stearate, Sucrose, Caffeine, PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether, Urea, Sodium PCA, Linoleic Acid, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Pentylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Trehalose, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
(but they're both fine if you ask me)

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Man made

Tested on animals/sold in China?

What's not in it?
Foaming Detergents/SLS
Mineral Oil

How do you use it?
Apply to skin, massage through, remove with flannel 

What’s good about it?
So here's the thing. This is another product that does itself no favours with its name. I would never normally even look at something called 'liquid soap'. It gives me shivers.
This, however, intrigued me because it said 'extra mild' - and I wondered how a 'soap' could ever be considered extra mild - so I grabbed it.
Well, it's extra mild because it doesn't contain any of the usual foaming/detergent/salt ingredients that cause me the aforementioned shivers.
It's a milk texture with ever-so-slight of a nod towards something more gel-ish.

What’s not so good about it?
I wouldn't give this to someone with really dry/rosacea skin, I think it would prove too drying - especially if used the recommended twice a day.

Where to use in your routine?
As always, although it says it removes makeup, this is a skin cleanser for me. Second cleanse or morning cleanse. I'll use it more in the hot weather - it's quite refreshing. And by 'refreshing' I in no way mean 'stripping'.

Similar products?
Hard to say.
Milk cleansers such as Clarins Gentian perhaps?

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (extra mild) is £16.00 for 200ml and available at all stockists/counters including make sure you state/pick 'extra mild' though.


  1. Hi Caroline, I'm loving the new product reviews you're doing - much appreciated!
    I know you don't like it when we ask for stuff in the comments but could you possibly consider doing a product review on kate somerville deep tissue repair or age arrest? i'm struggling to find any thorough ones online and you always rave about the aforementioned so much! Thanks!

    1. Mini review: I love both of them. ☺️

    2. LOL. Woman, you are hilarious. I'm travelling to the states so now I will buy the luxury travel sizes. Thanks again you gorgeous lady! xx

  2. I like Clinique products and I loved their Mild Facial Soap. However, I HATE this extra mild one. It leaves some sort of a film on my skin and I hate it. So I'm even a bit surprised you didn't get any if this clingy film on your face (and yes, I DO use cloths for washing my face :)) and doesn't let my skin breath almost... And I don't find it washes my face clean. Weird. So... I don't know about this...
    PS - I don't mind the Soap part in its name not even a bit :)

  3. Intriguing. I'm always looking for cleansers you recommend that I can find locally. This might just be it!Thanks!

  4. One question for you if you have a moment, Lady H... Given you can only spend your money once, is it best invested in great (vs. just 'OK' products to use every day, or regular facials and treatments? I'm on a new economy drive and this one is bugging me. Not keeping me awake at night but I would love to hear your view. Thank you 😘

  5. Please help me :( I've used for a few days serum with AHA and PHA and now my skin is purging like never. I have combination, sensitive skin and I didn't get imperfections like this for like 10 years, even after mineral oil. Now I have some little spots on my forehead and one big cyst on my chin.
    What can I do to calm down my skin, to clean it from imperfections and be happy with my skin again? Or should I continue using serum and wait for better days (I heard that skin is purging to be clean later).
    Sorry for my bad english!

  6. Just wondering how a product containing silicone can cleanse skin effectively? My understanding of silicones is that they form a barrier. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

    1. That's what mineral oil does. Silicone gives slip, texture to the products. I believe it's also water-binding. It's probably different how it works in hair care.

  7. Hi Caroline
    I have used this for a while. I even 're-purchased once. I quite enjoyed it until I got it into the eyes accidentally. It stings like hell. And after a while my skin got drier and drier. So I wouldn't buy it again at the moment.
    It's definitely not for drier skin and over time dries out skin. I used it twice a day.


  8. @ Caroline - You should do an online clinic , like accept questions and answer them, I so badly want o have that Skype call from you but I am not sure if I will even get that, I am not that lucky you know

  9. Thanks for this review. I'd be curious to know if/how this compares to the new-ish TTDO Cleansing Milk. TTDO has a solvent, but both tout their gentle nature and both are creamy and fragrance-free, etc. Any further thoughts, Caroline?

  10. Caroline have you tried the new Estee Lauder Enlighten serum? I'm still battling with acne scarring (and hormonal acne yuck) and my current ole truth serum just isn't the right product for me right now. I'm torn between trying the new Estee Lauder or splurging on the SR Good Genes!

  11. Hi Caroline, just wondering whether the non-stripping aspect of the extra mild liquid soap, is the same for the other liquid soaps they do? Would you recommened the other two versions? Thanks! :)

  12. I just want to take the opportunity to thank you for your good skin care advices. I discovered your blog a couple of months ago and follow your routines religiously since. Just a few days before I started I went for a treatment (as I do every 3 months), an my skin was measured for hydration, collagen etc. The result was really bad. My 42 year old skin was a mess and looked like 50. Just yesterday my skin was measured again, et voilà, the values are so much better. My beautician was so surprised and happy for me. Thank you, Caroline :-)

  13. The words liquid soap put me off too.

    But if Lady Hirons rates it I might give it a bash- think I have a small tube from a GWP in my stash.

  14. I've used the regular Clinique liquid soap before and really liked it. Will keep an eye out for this one next time I need a cleanser (fortunately my mum keeps me supplied with plenty of Clarins cleansers due to GWP!).

    I also want to say thank you for a post at some point which said if you're the wrong side of 30 to get on to retinol. I've been slack lately but that post prompted me to check out indeed's reface which I'm loving. Hope it gets your seal of approval!

  15. Silicones yet again. It's getting harder to find products without them. Not good.

  16. Hi Caroline! I don't think my original comment posted. Just a quick question on what skincare products you would recommend to prep my skin for my wedding? I have very dry/dehydrated skin and I am currently using the Nude cleansing oil, Oskia renaissance cleanser, Sarah Chapman hydrating booster followed by Kat Burki moisturizer (morning), and Sarah Chapman overnight facial (evening). I am looking for some special skincare bits to give my routine some "oomph" and have my skin looking wonderful for my wedding!

  17. nazia in arabia29 March 2015 at 16:51

    Hello Caroline! I've learnt so much from your blog so thank you! I've just moved to the desert of Arabia and was hoping for suggestions for serums that hydrate but not too heavy. The water is very drying here as well as the heat! Any advice for good products would be appreciated!

  18. Could you please share a bit of guidance in how one discerns a second cleanse from a first cleanse product? I was thinking a second cleanse should be reserved for products with 'treatment'-type ingredients. But this review makes me wonder if there are other criteria. I'm terrified I'm doing it all wrong and am wasting product. Thank you for your consideration.

    1. Hi Jackie, I am obviously not Caroline, but I've become a bit of a cleanser junkie so I thought I'd add my 2 cents. The two main criteria I use to decide which cleanser is best suited for what are: 1) The same as you already mentioned - more expensive cleansers with treatment properties I tend to reserve for second cleanse so that there's not a lot of gunk in between and I can really massage them in for a minute or two- and 2) how effective the cleanser is at removing makeup. There are plenty of cleansers that I enjoy whose strength is definitely not makeup-removal; for me that's not really a bad thing since I consider taking off MU only a first step in the process. So these type of cleansers I save exclusively for second or morning cleansing. I haven't tried this particular cleanser, but if it is anything like the Clarins gentian milk cleanser (re. Caroline's note towards the end here), I definitely wouldn't trust it to take off mascara, (possibly waterproof) sunscreen and foundation. Whenever I get a new cleanser that I'm not familiar with I usually test it at both stages, you could try that and I think pretty quickly you will find you prefer it for one thing over the other :) Or in the best of cases, maybe it's excellent for both!

  19. I have about 4 of these of the little versions you get when Clinque do the offer of the beauty bag. But I was always afraid to try them as the name just made it sound very drying. Will now give these a go thanks!

  20. Not only is it not soap, there is no detergent in that formula at all. Phenyl Trimethicone actually has anti-foaming properties. That is not its sole function but I thought it was funny.

  21. Your comments on the product's nomenclature made me scratch my head in wonder: don't companies as big (and, one would think, rich) as Clinique have derms or other "skin experts" on staff to give the product packaging/name the quick once-over before its release???!

    1. Formulators are dictated by marketing more than the other way around.

  22. Your comments on the product's nomenclature made me scratch my head in wonder: don't companies as big (and, one would think, rich) as Clinique have derms or other "skin experts" on staff to give the product packaging/name the quick once-over before its release???!

  23. I am absolutely loving your recent reviews of Clinique products. For the longest time I had sort of shelved them as they didn't tend to do so well with my teenage skin (meaning their 3 step system, yes I was once that person that wrote off whole brands for single bad products) until your blog/insta introduced me to TTDO (which I adore). if you have any more Clinique recommendations or want to throw in some from the body shop that would be amazing. Those two fall really well into my budget (after splurging on serums from SR, and Kate).

  24. hi Caroline, have you tried the liquid soap for dry/combo skin? if so what do you think of it?

  25. Hi, I have always opted for organic products however started getting red bumps on my cheeks in the last few months. As a last resort I asked for some samples from Clinique and this extra mild liquid soap has been a godsend.

  26. Hi caroline! I purchased the clinique extra mild liquid facial soap, however it burns the area around my everytime I use it, I don't understand why.
    The same happens with few other products for me and then I end up getting red burning patches around my eyes and nose :(
    Could you please suggest what I should do?