Honest Cleansing Foam

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Quick Product Notes
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EU Allergen-Free
Fungal Acne (Malassezia) Safe

PH Level

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Notable Effects & Ingredients

Promotes Wound Healing from 1 Ingredient(s):
Centella Asiatica Extract

Anti-Aging from 1 Ingredient(s):
Ceramide 3

Acne-Fighting from 1 Ingredient(s):
Oil Soluble Licorice(Glycyrrhiza) Extract

Brightening from 1 Ingredient(s):
Oil Soluble Licorice(Glycyrrhiza) Extract

Ingredients Related to Skin Types
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Dry Skin
Oily/Acne-Prone Skin
Sensitive Skin

Ingredient Safety Breakdown (EWG Health Ratings)

  • Low Risk
  • Moderate Risk
  • High Risk
  • Unknown

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Product Ingredient List

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EWG CIR Ingredient Name & Cosmetic Functions Notes
Potassium Stearate
(Surfactant, Emulsifying, Cleansing)
(Solvent, Perfuming, Fragrance, Humectant, Viscosity Decreasing Agent, Hair Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Denaturant)
Good for Dry Skin
Good for Dry Skin
Potassium Myristate
(Surfactant, Emulsifying, Sufactant)
Potassium Laurate
(Surfactant, Emulsifying, Sufactant)

Latest User Reviews

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Dries my skin
Skin Type: dry Skin
Skin Concerns: Anti-Aging (Fine lines & Wrinkles), Sensitive Skin, Dehydrated Skin, Whiteheads/Closed Comedones

this leaves my skin dry to my dry skin each time after wash.
even my oily-skin friend said that this facial wash is so drying for her.
but I personally think this doesn't give that 'tightness' unlike the facial wash with sulfate.

Skin Type: combination Skin
Skin Concerns: Post Inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), Acne, Rosacea, Anti-Aging (Fine lines & Wrinkles), Large Pores, Sensitive Skin

Right of the bat, I love the simple clean design and value for money price point. Fresh out of the tube, it is slightly tacky but add water and it lathers up beautifully and produces a fine rich foam. If you are not a fan of classic bar soaps, you will not like the scent of this. However I don't mind the scent and it reminds me a lot of my childhood. After cleansing it left my skin feeling refreshed, clean and hydrated without that squeaky clean feeling despite having a p.h of 8.5. A higher p.h cleanser is usually necessary to breakdown dirt and sebum better especially when you had a long "greasy" day. I appreciate that benton was able to bring us a cleanser that does an effective job at removing dirt and that iffy feeling off the face yet does not strip the skin’s natural lipids. So ladies and gentlemen please don't dismiss this honest cleanser just because of it's ph level. It is all about finding the right balance between different cleanser with varying ph lvls.

Not wow, but not really bad either
Skin Type: dry Skin
Skin Concerns: Anti-Aging (Fine lines & Wrinkles), Dehydrated Skin, Uneven Skin Tone

My thoughts on Benton Honest Cleansing Foam
I received an 8 gr sample size and had the opportunity to test it out, but I haven’t been able to test it enough for a full review. I usually want at least a month to be able to truly know if I like it or not.

According to others the pH level is quite high, around 8 or 9 which is not very good if you have dry or sensitive skin. I really had too small amount to see how it acted over time on my skin. According to Benton themselves they claim that the pH is between 5-7. But I really can’t say since I don’t have any pH testers myself… Yet.

The packaging is nice and simple and is the most common type of packaging for a foam cleanser.
If you are using a full face (that is foundation, mascara, eyeliner etc.) I don’t think this will be enough as an only cleanser. I do feel that it cleans my skin but it doesn’t feel squeaky clean. But for a morning cleanser it will work fine. Or if you are a non-foundation user.

I am not a fan of the scent of it, to me it smells like bar soap and bring back memories from the time when I was young and that was what I used to clean my face with. Then I mean a normal hand soap bar and not the cleansing bars that you can buy today.

This really is a cleanser that doesn’t say much, it doesn’t wow me and I don’t dislike it.
Still it is not a cleanser that makes me curious either so I will not buy the full version of it.