Back in December, BEAUTIBI on Instagram was looking for people to review their products, so I sent and email and was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the reviewers. The product that I will be sharing is the GENTLEMASK T-Tox Cleanser. Have you ever heard of GENTLEMASK? Me neither! Ever since I got into skincare and all that good stuff, I’ve always wanted to purchase something from BEAUTIBI to try, because they have a selection of indie brands and products that not a lot of people know about (but USD too strong and shipping too expensive). So I’m really grateful and thankful that Jen gave me this opportunity!
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review by a company for my honest opinion, and I am not being paid to write this. My review, images, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)!
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Quickie (for people like me who look things up at the store)
- Not drying and gentle on skin
- Can be used to remove makeup
- Smells nice (essential oils)
- Decent price ($24USD for 200mL)
- Light gel cleanser, doesn’t feel super oily and foams up (kind of) as you cleanse
- Doesn’t remove all of the makeup! Make sure to cleanse thoroughly on days that you wear makeup etc.
Will I buy it again
Probably! But, I’d have to wait until I finish using everything else, and for the USD to drop.. :'(
Price (Subject to change)
$24USD on BEAUTIBI
What is GentleMask?
GENTLEMASK is a brand that includes natural healing remedy with aroma therapy characteristics in its products. Their products use natural ingredients and essential oils, which aims to help soothe and strengthen the skin.
Claims/ Description of this product
The T-Tox Cleanser is supposed to help control sebum, remove dead skin cells, purify pores, draw out skin impurities and help remove blackheads/whiteheads. There are 7 sprout extracts that help draw out dirt, oil, makeup, impurities and toxins. It will also help stabilize oil protection without over-drying the skin.
It is hypoallergenic, and cleanses without any irritation which is nice for those with sensitive skin. The cleanser can be used daily, and contains natural AHA and BHA ingredients. It’s supposed to have a pH that is around 5.5~6, but I don’t have a pH testing strip so I won’t be able to see if it’s true. (check out beautyfindsforme, because I know she did a pH test and review on this product as well!)
The product comes in a box, that is sealed with a sticker. When the package came, the box was slightly crushed on one of the sides – not a big deal! The rest of it was in pretty good condition so I can’t complain.
I found it interesting that the product inside the box was also wrapped in a plastic wrap.
The cleanser is in a container, where you have to pump the product out. I don’t mind pumps, in fact, I think they’re pretty great for lazy people like me :). Unfortunately, I do wish that this came with a way to lock the pump. The bottle is plastic, so it won’t be as sad as glass if you dropped it, but still…don’t drop it!
Maybe I’ve been too used to having products where you can turn to knozzle one way, and the pump would look. Or there’d be a clip for you to clip the product so in case you accidentally knock it over the counter, nothing would spill out. Not a huge issue, but it’s something I felt was lacking. ; u ;
The expiry date is on the bottom, and apparently it usually expires 2 years after the manufacturing date! I love it when the expiry date is printed clearly on the product and is easy to see so I dont have to squint my already tiny eyes.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aqua, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glycerin, Coco-glucoside, Salix Alba Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Collagen Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Bacillus/Houttuynia Cordata Extract Ferment Filtrate, Triticum Vulgare Sprout Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica Sprout Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius Sprout Extract, Brassica Napus Sprout Extract, Glycine Soja Sprout Extract, Sophora Japonica Flower Extract, Mognolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Polyquaternium-10, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Alcohol, Tea Tree Leaf Oil
I was really surprised by this cleanser’s CosDNA, most of the ingredients are either 1 or 2 in terms of safety AND absolutely none of them are potential threats to causing acne and irritation towards the skin. -gasp!- If you’re curious about some of the key ingredients, you can read them here (I found it on eBay, but it was really helpful!).
The natural AHA ingredients in this product are: Citric Acid and Tartaric Acid
Usually, I’d be like omg no, citric acid – but since it’s at the bottom of the ingredients list I’m guessing that the % of it in the formula is not very high. Both Citric Acid and Tartaric Acid function as exfoliants because they shed the dead skin cells and also help hydate skin. Tartaric Acid also help stimulate the production of collagen production. Even as I was reading from Skinstore I was surprised by the benefits of these two AHAs.
The natural BHA ingredients in this product are: Coco-glucoside
Coco-glucoside is a surfactant that allows this cleanser to have foaming properties. In the eBay link that I found, I noticed how foamy this cleanser can get (I don’t know how to make it that foamy though.. I tried but it didn’t get super foamy).
Another plus about this product is that it is 10-free. This means that it is free of the 10 harmful ingredients which include:
- Synthetic preservatives
- Chemical detergents
- Artificial colors
- Artificial fragrances
- Mineral oils
Herby, reminds me of the essential oils that my mom uses to get rid of the cooking smell. Smells nice! It’s a mild-moderate scent, not super noticeable.
The texture of the product is not super oily, and is quite runny. It bubbles up and when you pump it out you can see some bubbles!
Sometimes it’s just really difficult to show the texture in a picture or describe it in words..thank goodness for gifs!
I will be honest, I did not read the instructions on how to use the product the first time I used it because I was really excited to try something new.. ;n ;||. Basically I thought this product was similar to the Shu Uemura Oil Cleanser (which requires 3 pumps per use), so I ended up using 3 pumps for my first time.. Then I read how it only requires one pump.. meep. Anyways, from then on.. I learnt my lesson and began to use this properly!
It also takes a bit of time to lather up the product, so if you don’t have patience or hate waiting (like me!), you can always wet your face first and apply the cleanser on afterwards and lather it on your face. It smells really nice while you wash your face with it ;u;
TIP: Wet your hands first, then add the pump and then lather. If you do it the other way around make sure you don’t add too much water to your hand otherwise all the product will end up washing off your hand!
As a cleanser
The cleanser felt really gentle on my skin, and it definitely did not feel like my skin was stripped of its oils. After cleaning my face, it definitely felt a lot more refreshed compared to before – and not tight! Hurray for non-drying cleansers :)
I did notice that while my skin did not feel dry, it had some dead skin, and dry bits. It might be because I didn’t apply toner right away right after using the cleanser?? Which is a normal thing that usually happens to me. So… yea! If you’re a nooby out there like me, don’t forget to apply toner and moisturiser right after cleansing! Your skin neeeds it.
As I washed off the cleanser, I felt a layer of something on my skin that was kind of slippery. I thought I still had some of the cleanser left on my skin, and I kept splashing water but I think it’s got to do with some of the extracts and oils etc. Instead of continuing to splash I just patted my face dry, and there’s no residue left over c: (or so I think) – and my skin felt pretty soft!
As makeup remover
It said it could remove makeup, so I, being curious and all, decided to see how good this baby can remove makeup. The first time I tried it, I was removing the makeup I had on for my graduation photos (aka a bit cakey for me). After using the cleanser (3 pumps), while most of my makeup appeared to be gone – I wasn’t completely convinced. I guess I felt a bit of residue left on my skin?
In any case, I went in with my Shu Uemura Oil Cleanser (the purple one) with a cotton pad to see if there was any makeup leftover on my skin. After that I used the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, because I can trust its insane alcohol-y powers to pick up some residue and impurities that were still there.
GROSS! Jk, it was pretty fascinating to see that while the T-Tox Cleanser did pick up quite a bit of makeup it wasn’t able to get rid of ALL of it. So if you’re thinking of only using this as a 2-in-1 makeup/cleanser, don’t. Go in with another cleanser, double cleanse, use makeup remover or something. Or at least, that’s what I’d doo.
Not convinced? It’s okay, I wasn’t either so I did another test on my arm. I included some of my goto makeup products along with some incredibly hard to remove makeup as well.
Before I put the T-Tox Cleanser through an incredibly ‘rigorous’ test….Or maybe I’m putting my makeup through this test. Let’s see which one is stronger. Is it the cleanser or the makeup?
The survivors.. Man, that A’pieu Shadow Stick though. I went through it twice and the shadow stick is STILL on my arm. I’ll probably have to go in with either an oil cleanser or an eye/lip makeup remover to get rid of that bad boy.
But yea! You can see that it’s not incredibly great to use as a 2-in-1 cleanser/makeup remover and that you’d probably have to go in again with something else to make sure that it’s completely allll gone.
Overall, I think I’d use this cleanser in the summer when its hotter so it can better refresh my skin! Not that I need anything incredibly strong in the winter, but I want to save it for hotter temperatures?! Or I just.. like keeping products for as long as I can even though I shouldn’t. Sigh, skincare.. It is a nice, light cleanser that I can use both morning and night. I don’t typically use cleansers in the morning, but I don’t think this is too harsh and drying/ oil-stripping so I feel like I could do that. Generally, I’m lazy and really like having cleansers that can clean my face and remove make up at the same time, but this cleanser isn’t strong enough for that – which is ok! The ingredients are bomb though and I will probably look into other GENTLEMASK products now that I’m intrigued by how they incorporate aromatherapy/essential oils into their products.