One of the items in my Cult Beauty haul from November that people were interested in hearing more about was the Susanne Kaufmann Cleansing Gel. I’ve been using it almost daily since then and I have a feeling I’ll use it to the last drops, but is that enough to overcome the staggering price?
Susanne Kaufmann Cleansing Gel Review
About the brand: Susanne Kaufmann is an Austrian organic skincare line that features plant extracts native to the Alps.
What it is: a second, water-soluble cleanser.
Other second cleansers I’ve reviewed:
(Glossier Milky Jelly and CosRx Good Morning are my favorites btw)
- 8 low-pH cleansers that didn’t work for me
- CosRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
- Makeremake, the kbeauty brand that only sells cleansers
- Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
- Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser
- Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip
Where to put it in your routine: put it in the second, water-soluble cleanser slot. Need a basic outline of when to use your products? Here you go:
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (And) Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Coco Glucoside (And) Glyceryl Oleate, Alcohol Plant, Sodium Salicylate, Plantago Lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain) Leaf Extract, Berberis Aquifolium (Mahonia) Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Radix Imperatoriae Cs., Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract, Yeast Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Bisabolol. CosDNA analysis.
Ingredient breakdown: this product has zero ingredients that are common acne or skin sensitivity triggers. It doesn’t contain SLS or SLES.
What type of skin might like this: I can see any skin liking it, but very dry, very sensitive skin may not be down with the bubbles.
Packaging: a heavy glass bottle with a durable plastic pump that clicks over for no-leak travel. The branding and text is delightfully spare.
Smell: the smell is the one thing that doesn’t do it for me. It most reminds me of dish detergent, but I may just be associating it with dish detergent because of the way the gel looks before water is added and what it looks like when it bubbles up. If this smelled amazing I’d be hooked.
Price: 100ml for £29.00/~$30.39 (at Cult Beauty after VAT is removed) or 250ml for £53.00
Price comparison: this price comparison with Glossier Milky Jelly and CosRx Good Morning Gel Cleanser isn’t quite fair since the Susanne Kaufmann Cleansing Gel is more concentrated and Milky Jelly is a really different beast, but still. Considering how much Milky Jelly I use, the value might be on-par or so, but the Susanne Kaufmann cleanser isn’t four times as concentrated as the CosRx.
|Size||3.4 oz.||6 oz.||5.07 oz.|
|Cost per ounce||$8.94||$3||$2.17|
Value: when I received this product I was a bit shocked by the size of the bottle: it’s tiny! BUT you can truly use one pump, dispensing a small amount of the super concentrated product, and get a ton of bubbles. I’ve been using this consistently at night for about six weeks and I’ve got more than 2/3 left.
What’s good: it’s a low-pH cleanser with zero trigger ingredients that leaves my skin SO SOFT without leaving behind a residue.
What’s not good: I wish the scent were more yummy and the glass packaging freaks me out (I have cats that like to experiment) despite it being solid.
Will I repurchase it: I think this is really good, but I’d need it to have an addictive scent in order to rebuy it for $30.39 (the cost at Cult Beauty once VAT is removed for non-EU shipping addresses). I think I’ll try Susanne Kaufmann’s Cleansing Milk instead.
That said, if you need a zero-trigger, low-pH, bubbling cleanser that leaves skin feeling great and don’t care much about the price, this is fantastic.
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