Leejiham dermocosmetics in Korea makes some of my favorite products, so when they released a cleansing water I was curious to see if it could change my rather dim view of cleansing waters (for able-bodied people who live in places with excellent tap water — if you need to use it, I’m not here to judge).
LJH Tea Tree Pure Cleansing Water Review
About the brand: Leejiham/LJH is a Korean dermocosmetics brand best know outside Korea for their Tea Tree line.
Other posts about LJH products:
- Leejiham (LJH) Dr’s Care Cleansing Oil Review
- Review: Leejiham LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence, Revisited
- Ingredients and pH test: LJH Leejiham Dr’s Care White-P Zyme
- New LJH Tea Tree Soothing Mask Review
- A [failed] review of 8 low-pH Asian / kbeauty second cleansers (includes a review of Leejiham (LJH) Tea Tree30 Cleansing Foam)
What it is: it’s a cleansing water meant to remove makeup and sunscreen or provide a morning cleanse.
Where to put it in your routine: in the other cleansers (you’re theoretically able to use this instead of both first and second cleansers, but I really don’t recommend doing that) slot. Need a basic outline of when to use your products? Here you go:
How to use cleansing waters: they’re honestly terrible at removing makeup and sunscreen compared to a double cleanse imo, but I get that there are reasons they might be used, and cleansing water is always preferable to nothing. Cleansing water for a morning cleanse works for me sometimes, especially when I’m in a rush. Anyway, get a stack of cotton pads, I’d say six. Soak ’em. Drag them over your face, one by one, until you see no more makeup coming off. For me, it takes six squares, minimum. This is why I don’t love cleansing waters: by that point, I’ve blown through a stack of cottons, my face is irritated from the product and all the contact with the pads, and I still don’t feel as clean as when I use a great cleansing oil and water-soluble cleanser. If you love cleansing waters and you’re happy with your skin, by all means carry on — do what works for your skin, seriously. This just doesn’t do it for me.
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English ingredient list: Water, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin. CosDNA analysis.
Korean ingredient list: 정제수, 부틸렌글라이콜, 폴리글리세릴-6카프릴레이트, 1,2-헥산디올, 티트리추출물(1%), 디소듐이디티에이, 에칠헥실글리세린. (from LJHMall)
Ingredient breakdown: This has a short, basic ingredient list; butylene glycol is rated by CosDNA as 1 out of 5 as a possible acne trigger.
Korean lesson time! I think it’s really important to consult the Korean ingredient lists when reviewing kbeauty products, even when English lists are provided, and this is a case that perfectly illustrates my point: 티트리추출물(1%). 추출물 at the end of a word means extract. You see it over and over in kbeauty ingredient lists. 티트리, if you say it out loud, sounds like Tee-tuh-ree. Tea Tree Extract (1%). So this cleansing water has one percent of the star ingredient. Somehow this isn’t mentioned in the English list. Apparently we’re supposed to see tea tree extract in an LJH products, soak our…cotton applicator pads, and forget that we know how to read. NOT TODAY!
pH range: 5.0-5.5, but closer to 5.0. Good pH level for a cleansing water, nice.
What type of skin might like this: I dunno, like, if you don’t wear makeup or sunscreen and also your skin is mostly self-cleaning. Cats. This cleansing water is best for cats. Maybe my friend Cat wants the rest of my bottle hmm.
Packaging: somewhat flexible plastic bottle with a hard plastic flip top cap.
Smell: this has a bright, fresh fragrance (not tea tree fragrance) upon application that dissipates very quickly.
Price: $28/21,000원 in Korea
Value: $28 for 10.14oz/300ml of cleansing water wouldn’t be the end of the world if the product were great, but…it’s not. To put this in context, a bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H2O costs $11.90 for 250ml from an authorized retailer. I don’t like that either (too strong for my bitchy skin), but it removes makeup better and costs way less. Since there’s barely any tea tree extract in this product, why would I pay that much more for a worse cleanse?
What’s good: it doesn’t smell bad, it doesn’t irritate my skin as much as Bioderma.
What’s not good: it’s expensive compared to more accessible micellar waters, other micellar waters do a better job of removing makeup and sunscreen, there’s barely any tea tree extract in this tea tree product, the formula slightly irritates my skin.
Will I repurchase: nope. In fact, I’m not going to finish this bottle by a longshot.
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