The Ordinary Just Launched Its First Cleanser: Is It Worth The Hype?

by Gio
the ordinary squalane cleanser review

Stop the press! The Ordinary has finally come out with its first cleanser – and it removes makeup, too!

It’s the news we were all waiting for. I love having my pick of exfoliants and retinoid serums, but a girl needs a cleanser to complete her skincare routine, know what I mean?

I knew I had to get a tube ASAP. But when I put it to the test, something was off…

Don’t get me wrong. The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser is a great cleanser. I’m just not sure it leaves up to the hype. Here’s what I mean…

Key Ingredients In The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

Squalane To Cleanse Skin

Squalene is a natural component of human sebum. It’s super moisturising… and super unstable. It goes badly quickly and makes you breakout.

But hydrogenate it (ie, turn it from a liquid to a semi-solid using hydrogen gas) and it turns into squalane. It’s way more stable and 100% non-comedogenic.

Squalane’s main job is to moisturize skin. But In The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, it pulls another trick. It melts away makeup, excess oil and other impurities from your face.

Sucrose esters them trap this dissolved gunk with water and rinse it away down the drain.

Related: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Squalane Oil In Skincare

the ordinary squalane cleanser

Glycerin To Hydrate Skin

The more hydrated skin is during the cleansing process, the less likely it is to get all dry and tight.

Squalane goes a long way in keeping skin moisturised and cleansed at the same time. But it doesn’t play alone. The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser has glycerin, too.

It’s a moisture magnet that attracts moisture from the air into the skin, helping to keep it soft and supple.

Related: Why Is Glycerin In All My Skincare Products?!

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser has a balm-like texture that’s supposed to turn into a clear oil when you rub it between your palms. I’m not sure that’s happening to me…

No matter how much I rub, the cleanser never turns into a full-on oil. It’s alway stays a little thick and sticky, and you feel like you don’t have enough product on your hands to cover your entire face. It’s just weird.

You’ve guessed it, it doesn’t spread that well on the skin. While it does a great job at removing everything, you need to work at it.

Its low spreadability means you have to massage it for a few minutes to get waterproof mascara and sunscreen off. But off they do come – and without leaving a greasy residue behind. Once I’m done, my skin feels both clean and soft.

I’m impressed by its cleansing power, but I feel the texture needs some improvement. That’s the problem with The Ordinary products isn’t it? The brand values performance over elegant textures. Can you blame them? They have to keep the prices low somehow.

If that’s what you value, too, this cleanser is a great option to consider. Me, I want the whole package. It costs a bit more, but for now I’ll stick to Clinique Take The Day Off.

Available at: £5.50 at Beauty Bay,Cult Beauty and Feel Unique

Have you tried The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ingredients: Squalane, Aqua (Water), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glycerin, Sucrose Stearate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Laurate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Sucrose Dilaurate, Sucrose Trilaurate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Isoceteth-20, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopherol, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Malic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin.

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Olga June 19, 2019 - 10:01 am

And pH?

Gio July 6, 2019 - 12:11 pm

Olga, 5.5-6.5.

Natasha Venzke June 28, 2019 - 7:55 pm

Oh no. I was looking forward to trying this, but it doesn’t sound good. I feel like having it not spread easily might cause too much rubbing and result in wrinkles. 😄 I’m still excited about their new salicylic acid mask though.

Kathleen August 14, 2019 - 4:13 am

I don’t feel that it is bad, but I have a couple issues that will cause me not to buy it again. One, I also cannot get it to become an oil in my hands. Glad I wasn’t the only one. I feel like I just lose 90% of the product by rubbing it into my palms. It does however become an oil when I just rub it into my face. I am not sure why they have those special odd directions. Two, the tube has barely lasted me 3 weeks.
P.S. I just discovered your blog and have been binge-reading for a few days now. Thank you for writing.


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