Review: SkinFood Aloe Vera Foaming Cleanser


Shops are pretty generous with their samples in Korea, especially SkinFood (or is it Skin Food or Skinfood?).  I've had this since Summer 2010 ^^ but I just started using it in February with my Youthful Essence brush (basically an ancient version of the Clarisonic Mia, which my mom bought in the 90s).  It works just great btw ;)  I'm glad I didn't buy the Clarisonic ^^  Anyway, I use this cleanser with the brush because it's a "foaming" cleanser and it's fun to watch it bubble up as I massage my face with the brush ^^

Purchased at: N/A. It was a free sample.

Cost: N/A.

A picture of the full size bottle.

Description: A fresh foaming cleanser with Aloe Extracts to soothe and hydrate the skin. Keeps the skin soft and calm after cleansing. Apply an adequate amount to damp hands. After making sufficient lather, massage your face gently following the skin’s own texture. Wash off with lukewarm water.

Scent: Kind of an artificial, clean soap scent.  The aloe plant doesn't have much a scent so I'm not surprised this cleanser has a very difficult scent to pinpoint ^^  But it's mild, fresh and subtle.

Appearance: The appearance is an opalescent cream with a tinge of green. It's very pretty actually ^^ I'd love to see a nail polish color in that shade ehehe

Texture: The texture is very creamy and smooth.  One thing I like about this cleanser is that it actually foams and it's not drying :)  I wouldn't say it's a hydrating cleanser but it doesn't strip the oils from my face and dry it out either.  I love how this creamy cleanser foams so nicely, especially with a brush!  It's very satisfying to see and feels very nice ^_^

Effectiveness: Though it seems to be a very gentle product, it does seem to clean quite well.  Once I used it without the brush and my face still felt very clean afterward.   BUT I have never used this cleanser alone to remove makeup so I'm not sure how this would work as a makeup removing cleanser.

Overall: This seems to be a decent cleanser.  I'd probably never buy the full size purely on the fact that I'm pretty happy with the cleanser I currently use (Boscia Purifying Gel Cleanser), but I can see this being used as a daily cleanser for people who don't use much makeup.  I also believe it's not very expensive online.   Overall, it seems to be a slightly above average product.  Not amazing but does exactly what it promises: a gentle cleansing with lots of foam :)

Also check out Mischievous Mack's review of this product.


  1. OMG, I have a sample of this I have yet to use. LOL I have a box filled with samples and I pull out a few samples everynight to try out. I will have to use it tonight. I'll let you know what I think of it.

  2. I feel like I want to switch my current cleansing oil to skinfood skincare range(cucumber/blackraspberry), but I can't make a choice~ >.<

  3. Interesting! I have the aloe sun bb cream and I think the smell of this cleanser has the exact same smell as it. Same as you describe! Artificial clean smell lol. It seems like a decent product too. Should be great for girls who don't wear that much makeup/ as the second cleanser after removing makeup using makeup remover oil? :D

  4. @Mara Yes, please do :D oh man I've totally missed trading comments with you ahah

    @Lina Kim ♥ ooh I've seen pics of the Black raspberry line, it looks so YUMMY. I tried a sample of the cucumber but I think it was TOO mild for me oddly enough...

    @Winnie* Aaha I guess the whole Aloe line is "artificially clean smelling" - sounds weird but I actually like the smell ^^ And yes, that's totally what I meant. I love how I had to write a paragraph to describe what you summed up in one sentence ><

  5. Huh. This is a straightforward sorta' good cleanser, eh? I've always heard pretty good things about SkinFood, so this review just further confirms the brand quality.

    You've reminded me I meant to get one of those cleanser brushes at the store the other day. (Oops...)

    * * *

    And thanks so much for the kind comment on my attempt at 'doing makeup'. Haha. I agree: once I get a handle on what it is I'm actually doing, I tend to lean more toward 'rocker'/edgy looks... for the eyes anyway. :3

  6. OOohh thank you so much for the review! Love the details. :)

  7. I'm almost running out of my .
    I wonder if my Korean Penpal can get me some more cleansers hehe.
    Although the one I am using is quite good, I'm getting bored of it >w<.
    Thank you for the review~

  8. Wow! This is cool! I use their Aloe BB cream, and had no idea a corresponding cleanser was in the same line. It seems very refreshing though! :)


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