The Ordinary’s glucoside foaming cleanser is officially joining The Ordinary family on the 9th of March. But being The Ordinary obsessive that I am had to order it straight away when they did a small pre release at the end of last year. Described by The Ordinary as “A gentle, foaming cleanser that effectively cleanses the skin whilst maintaining the skin’s moisture barrier.” I was very interested to see if it would work for my tempermental sensitive, sometimes dry, sometimes oily skin. And whether or not this is any better than their squalene cleanser
So here is my review of the new The Ordinary Cleanser.
The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser: A Review
I hate washing my face, it goes back to having incredibly dry skin as a child and then using way too harsh cleansers as a teenager. I can’t stand that incredibly tight feeling you get afterwards. I know nobody likes it (well maybe they do – I won’t judge) but it’s a particular bug bear for me. So if a cleanser makes my skin feel even slightly tight after using, it’s a no from me.
I am glad to inform you that there is no tight face feeling so the cleanser has passed the first test but does The Ordinary’s new cleanser remove make up and clean your skin.
First things first, let’s talk about what a foaming cleanser actually is. As the name suggests, it’s a cleanser that foams up when you apply it to your face. This is due to the presence of surfactants, which are ingredients that help to break down dirt, oil, and other impurities on your skin. Which brings us to what The Ordinary is famous for (apart from their prices..) the focus on ingredients.
The Ordinary glucoside foaming cleanser ingredients:
The three main ingredients are water, Decyl Glucoside and Coco glucoside but what exactly does glucoside do for the skin? Decyl Glucoside and Coco glucoside a plant-derived surfactant that is known for its gentle cleansing properties.
Unlike some other cleansers that can be harsh on the skin, this ingredient is non-irritating and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. So much so that that usually we find this ingredient in things like baby shampoos. So before even trying it, we can assume that The Ordinary’s new cleanser is going to be suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
Does The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser remove make up?
While this cleanser is not designed to remove makeup, I have found that it’s not to bad at removing a light layer and spf but if you’re wearing heavy makeup, it’s best to use a separate makeup remover or cleansing balm before using this cleanser.
One thing to keep in mind is that this cleanser doesn’t lather up as much as some other foaming cleansers. This is because it doesn’t contain any sulfates, which are the ingredients that create a lot of foam. While some people may prefer a super foamy cleanser, I personally don’t mind the lack of foam. I feel like it’s a good indication that the cleanser isn’t too harsh on my skin
Packaging and Texture
The packaging is pretty typical for The Ordinary it looks pretty good and it’s very basic and there’s no fragrance as we come to expect. In terms of texture, this cleanser has a gel-like consistency that foams up nicely when you apply it to your face. It feels very lightweight and refreshing on the skin, and it doesn’t leave any residue behind. Unfortunately I watched my fellow The Ordinary addict Cassandra Banksons review on it and now I can’t get her description out of my mind when I use it.. Snot, ok, she said it has the consistancy of liquid snot… and shes right.
The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser Vs the Squalane Cleanser.
The Squalane Cleanser is an oil-based cleanser that is formulated with squalane, a highly moisturizing ingredient that can help to soothe and hydrate the skin. The Squalane Cleanser is a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser that effectively removes makeup and impurities from the skin. The texture of The Squalane Cleanser is quite thick, and it feels like a balm when you first apply it to your skin. As you massage it into your skin, it transforms into an oil that effectively breaks down and removes makeup and dirt.
On the other hand, The Glucoside Foaming Cleanser is a water-based cleanser that is formulated with glucoside, a gentle surfactant derived from coconut oil and glucose. It is a foaming cleanser that gently removes impurities from the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture.
So which one should you use?
The two cleansers work well together as double cleansing steps, 1. The Squalane Cleanser to remove make up and your spf and the Glucoside cleanser to cleanse the pores. Now The Ordinary Glucoside Cleanser is not an acne treatment cleanser, but it would work well to combine it as part of an acne treatment routine as it’s so gentle. For those undergoing strong acne treatments, for example using a strong retinoid, acids or taking medication, this is a great option for a gentle cleanser.
I’m really glad The Ordinary has launched a second cleanser. While I do like the Squalane Cleanser, and think its great for a first cleanse, it only suits those who have a more drier skin type for the second cleanse. So it’s great to have this option for more combination / oiler types.
I personally like a cleanser that has a bit more oomph and using it is pleasurable experience
Overall, considering the price point, The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser is an excellent choice. It is a basic and straightforward cleanser, which is almost revolutionary in itself. If you are seeking a cleanser without fragrances, additives, or even antioxidants, this product fits the bill perfectly.
In its simplicity, The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser offers something unique that is not commonly found in other cleansers. Unlike many other products on the market, it does not contain any active ingredients, making it easy to mix and match with other skincare products without worrying about negative reactions.
Much like The Ordinary’s one or two-ingredient serums, this cleanser’s basic formulation is what makes it stand from the crowd. It is a great option for those who want a gentle yet effective cleanser that doesn’t break the bank.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried it yet? Will you?
The new The Ordinary Cleanser is available at