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The Review: Benton Honest Cleansing Foam

Whew. I have a few minutes to finally get the review up of one of my latest curations, the Benton Honest Cleansing Foam. Jet-lag helps. In the mean time, I’ve picked a new cleanser to share with you from Benton, which we just stocked today — the Honest Cleansing Foam.

Just the act of washing with it was incredibly relaxing because of its amazing texture and botanical ingredients like licorice and camellia extracts that protect and soothe skin.

I used it after my oil cleanser as part of my twice daily double cleansing ritual. (If you haven’t tried this yet, you must. Koreans see it as an essential step in caring for their skin. Oil cleanser removes oil based-debris, and a cream or foam one gets rid of nasty dirt-based debris.)

With a pH level that’s higher than the average cleanser, it’s better for normal to oily skin types, and not the best for dry.

“Wait — why are we talking about pH? This isn’t chemistry class!” you say. It turns out that pH is directly related to your skin’s well being, so take notes.

An effective cleanser for normal to oily skin types.

On a scale of 0 to 14, the pH level (a measurement of how acidic or basic something is) of your face is about 5.5. Seven is perfectly neutral. Numbers above 7 indicate that something is basic (a.k.a. alkaline), numbers below indicate acidity. So your skin is actually a little acidic, and that helps protect your skin from bacteria while maintaining natural moisture.

Slightly basic soaps help break down the debris, but if it’s too much so for your skin type then you risk drying it. The Honest Cleansing Foam hovers right around an 8. Now you know!

Leaves a rosy fragrance in its wake.

The Honest Cleansing Foam tube is simple, standard. Just popped open the cap and squeezed a dime-sized dollop in my hand.

Straight from the tube the product looked like a pearl cream, but with a splash of water and some lathering action it began to suds into a rich foam.

Pearly cream before lathering.

To my nose this cleanser’s fragrance is a dead-ringer for Estee Lauder’s Soft Clean Foaming Cleanser, a soapy, rosy floral. I’m not a huge fan of scented products, but the good news is that the scent is mild, and fades quickly.

Soft, light bubbles make for a luxurious experience.

The real magic happened when I began to massage it on my face. It seriously felt like soft, fluffy clouds. Not leaving behind any film or residue, it rinsed completely clean and left my face refreshed.

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