I can't remember the last time I used a cream cleanser for taking off makeup. I personally prefer cleansing waters, because I find them to be more convenient (and lazy person–friendly), but these days I've been using a balm cleanser as well. Since BNTNews sent me this Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream* from Lafine, I thought I'd give cleansing creams another go! ^^
Lafine is a brand under Lamy Cosmetics, which was established in 1976 by Dong-A Pharmaceutical. In 1994, Lafine launched their Yachae (meaning "vegetable") cleansing line which, at present, sells over 1 million products per year!
Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream
LAFINE VEGETABLE DEEP CLEANSING CREAMLafine claims: "A fresh vegetable-based cleansing cream to keep your skin vitalized and refreshed every day! Made from extracts of parsley, carrot, cucumber, tomato, and water parsley, to make your skin resilient and dewy. This deep-cleansing cream removes waste and makeup residue left on the surface of the skin perfectly."
I absolutely looove vegetables in general, so I loved the idea of this product and was very excited to try it out!
PACKAGINGJust from the box alone, you can tell that this product is made from vegetables. The container is a green-and-brown plastic tub with the same vegetable illustration from the box on the lid. (If I didn't know that this was a cleansing cream myself, I'd probably think of it as some sort of vegetable dip or dressing, haha!) Inside is a spatula that you can use to scoop out product.
INGREDIENTSMineral Oil, Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propylene Glycol, Catalpa Ovata Bark/Leaf Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sabvus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Oenanthe Javanica Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Butytene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Iron Oxides, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chromium Oxide Greens, Iron Oxides, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 19140, CI 42090
While this cleansing cream boasts of using "skin-loving" vegetable ingredients, this product contains Ethylhexyl Palmitate, which has a dangerously high mark of 4 out of 5 on COSDNA for being a possible trigger for acne. On the plus side though, this product was made without any parabens, benzophenone, talc, animal oil, or triclosan in it. COSDNA analysis here.
HOW TO USEDirections for use are pretty straightforward – apply an ample amount on your face, massage until the red and green granules are completely melted, wipe off the cream with tissue, and then continue with your usual second cleanser.
PERFORMANCEFor me it's a good, solid cleanser. In the photos above, I applied lip tint and two different types of eyeliner, then tried to remove it with the cream. I thought I wasn't going to get some of the eyeliner off, since it stayed there even after massaging the area for a full minute, but after I wiped the cream off it was gone. You can still see some of the lip tint there though, but that's because lip tints are pretty hard to remove in general. Still, I suggest using a point makeup remover to take off waterproof eye and lip makeup before going in with the cream.
The main reason I stopped using cleansing creams was because I didn't like the greasy feeling I would get after using them. This one didn't feel greasy at all. Instead, once I wiped off the cream, my face felt very moist. Personally though, I'm not fond of using tissue to wipe things off my face, so I use a damp washcloth instead.
SCENTThe scent is very fresh, but I can't quite describe what vegetable it smells like. But it smells refreshing, like vegetable juice!
PRICE & AVAILABILITYThis deep-cleansing cream is priced at ₩17,000 – roughly P730. For a 200ml tub of product, that's an okay price! Sadly though, this isn't locally available in the Philippines, but you can order it from Korean beauty shops online, such as Kmall24.
+ Doesn't feel greasy after wiping off
+ Leaves skin feeling moist
+ Refreshing scent
+ Comes with its own spatula
+ Didn't break me out
- Might not remove stubborn makeup completely
- If you're not okay with using products that contain mineral oil, this product is not for you
- Not locally available in the Philippines
FINAL THOUGHTSAs a cleanser, I really liked this cleansing cream. It does a good job of removing my makeup and doesn't give me that greasy feeling after cleansing. There are times that it doesn't remove heavy-duty makeup such as waterproof mascara, eyeliner, or lip tints completely, so it's better to have a point makeup remover for that purpose. At ~P730, this cleanser is cheaper than a lot of other cleansers – the tub is HUGE so it'll last you a long time. The only downside is that you'll have to look for it online, as I don't think Lafine has a global site, but do try it out if you can get your hands on it.
DISCLOSURE: This product was sent to me by BNTNews for review, but the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.