Today's K-beauty item comes from a brand that I'm already familiar with. For last month's Beauty Box I reviewed Lafine's Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream, and for this month's box I'll be reviewing their Vegetable Foam Cleanser!
Lafine Vegetable Foam Cleansing
LAFINE VEGETABLE FOAM CLEANSINGLafine claims: "Hydrating ingredients extracted from a cucumber, a carrot, a water parsley, a tomato, and a parsley as well as these granules in red and green supply nutrients to the skin. You will be happy to see how dewy your skin looks and feels. The papaya extract that would gently exfoliate the skin helps you keep your skin as clean and smooth as silk. Fine foams that smell as sweet as a vegetable perfectly wash off makeup residues and waste remaining on the surface of the skin."
Basically, it's a foaming cleanser with the concept as the Lafine cream cleanser, in that it also has little red and green beads that dissolve while you wash your face. As the cream cleanser and this cleansing foam are from the same line, we can assume that they were made to be used together – the cream cleanser for removing makeup, then the foam for removing residue.
PACKAGINGThe design on the box for is exactly the same as the one for the cream cleanser, which is to be expected because they're from the same Lafine Vegetable line. The cleansing foam comes in a standard tube with the same vegetable illustrations.
INGREDIENTSWater, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Myristic Acid, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, PEG-150 Stearate, PEG-150 Distearate, Propylene Glycol, Cocamide DEA, Catalpa Ovata Bark/Leaf Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Oenanthe Javanica Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Chromium Oxide Greens, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Iron Oxides, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, BHT, Triethanolamine, Fragrance, CI 19140, CI 42090
This cleansing foam is part of the Lafine Vegetable line, which uses 5 vegetable ingredients for nourishing the skin: Tomato, Carrot, Parsley, Cucumber, and Water Parsley. In addition, it also contains Papaya Extract, for gentle exfoliation. Although the product is 5 free (no animal oil, triclosan, paraben, benzophenon, and talc), there are quite a bit of potential acne triggers and irritants in their ingredients list, number one being Lauric Acid (marked 4 out of 5). COSDNA analysis here.
PERFORMANCEAs a cleanser, it does what it's supposed to do. I didn't test if it could take off makeup, as I always double-cleanse, but it does a good job in removing leftover makeup. It doesn't produce a lot of foam when you use just your hands, but if you use a foaming net you can produce more foam. Sometimes I like to use the Cloud Brush from MaxClinic with this cleanser as well, to get a more thorough cleanse.
Whenever I use this cleanser, sometimes I would feel my face start to feel a bit tight afterwards. If you have dry skin, this might be too stripping. (I have oily skin and even I can feel the stripping effect.) Also, when I did a quick search for the pH level of this cleanser, I found that it has a pH of 7, which is quite high, so I always follow up with a pH-balancing toner after.
SCENTJust like their cream cleanser, this smells like a vegetable that I can't quite identify. But while the cream cleanser's scent reminds me of veggie juice, the cleansing foam's scent strangely reminds me of dried seaweed snacks, lol.
PRICE & AVAILABILITYFor a cleanser which I feel is quite basic, I think ₩13,000 (~$11 / ~P550) is a bit too much. The only time I'd pay that much for a cleansing foam would be if it had a pH of 5, or if it had particularly good ingredients/properties, or both.
Lafine isn't available locally in the Philippines, but you can purchase this product from Kmall24.
+ Nice scent (I like the smell of dried seaweed ok)
+ Didn't break me out
- Has a pH of 7
- Contains Lauric Acid, among a handful of other potential acne triggers and irritants
- A bit expensive for a foaming cleanser
- Not locally available in the Philippines
FINAL THOUGHTSWhile this does its job as a second cleanser well, I wouldn't recommend it given that it's quite pricey for something that isn't particularly good. It's just an ok cleanser. Moreover, I can name other cleansers with that price point that have an ideal pH of 5. For now, I'll keep using it since it works and doesn't break me out, but I wouldn't repurchase once it runs out.
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.