Sukin Sensitive Cleansing Lotion & Cleansing Gel

I wonder how many of you remember when I used to rave about Sukin Organics product range back in 2008. In fact, I was pretty enamored with the Sukin Organics Foaming Facial Cleanser and had used up quite a few bottles during that stretch. But actually, if you’ve seen Sukin, you’ll know what I mean when I say the brand is unexciting but yet appealing. I mean, it doesn’t feature any interesting ingredients nor is it a cult brand but somehow, the simple natural concept, affordable price plus easy accessibility work together to give this brand a certain mass appeal.

Three products formulated for fragile skin
So I was naturally keen to try Sukin Sensitive when a few of you mentioned it here. This range, which comprises three products – a cleansing lotion, a cleansing gel and a moisturizer – is introduced for those with fragile skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and dermatitis. In addition to being free of sodium lauryl sulphate, mineral oil, parabens, harsh detergents, animal derivatives, artificial fragrances or colours, the range uses selected actives of chamomile, aloe vera and cucumber to calm, soothe and balance such fragile skin.

Purchased both cleansers
Because I don’t have a habit of using a facial moisturizer in the day and I need something with anti-aging properties in the night, I decided to skip the Sukin Sensitive Moisturizer and just picked up the Sukin Sensitive Cleansing Lotion and Sukin Sensitive Cleansing Gel for my double cleanse routine. The three products are available at S$14.90 at Watsons and I got both the cleansers at a 20% discount. The items seem to be fast moving because the cleansing gel was down to the last bottle when I spotted the range. That, or the distributor had deliberately put out limited bottles to test the market.

Sukin Sensitive Cleansing Lotion | 125ml pump, S$14.90

Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract.

I prefer to use a cleansing lotion or cream as my pre-cleanse, to remove makeup and impurities and so this product works great for me. This gentle cleansing lotion with a vanilla scent is said to offer the perfect combination to cleanse and soothe delicate skin because of the choice of ingredients – cucumber, aloe vera and pure plant oils of rose hip, jojoba and avocado to gently cleanse, remove makeup and impurities, while a blend of vitamin E and chamomile to leave skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed.

Although this product is called a cleansing lotion, I feel the texture is more creamy. That works well for me because a creamy cleanser always helps remove my makeup and impurities better. And in the instance of this product, only one pump is sufficient for me to remove my foundation and light eye makeup. If you use heavy eye makeup, you probably need extra help like using a cotton pad to gentle wipe the eyeshadow and mascara with this cleansing lotion.

Sukin Sensitive Cleansing Gel | 125ml pump, S$14.90

Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Citric Acid.

I use this cleansing gel right after using the cleansing lotion in the evenings. In the morning, I use this alone. Although this product only contains two surfactants – Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Decyl Glucoside – it lathers up quite well. So while it is a soap-free cleansing gel, I’ll say it feels more soapy than foamy. I use it with my Konjac sponge and I’ll say it does a decent job of cleansing my face without drying my skin. So the ingredients like green tea and chamomile with a blend of cucumber and avocado oil do help to gently cleanse and purify the skin without stripping the natural lipids.

The only thing I dislike about this product is the vanilla scent, which is particularly strong on initial contact but quickly dissipates during usage. So in terms of scent, I really prefer the original Sukin cleansing gel, which I remember to be more citrusy.

Overall summary
I don’t have sensitive skin but I have slightly sensitized skin and these two cleansers have worked well for me. I like everything about them except for the vanilla scent in the cleansing gel – the combination of ingredients in the gel formula and the vanilla extract need some getting used to for me. Otherwise, I think they’re both great, affordable products that’ll work well for most skin types. At S$14.90 each bottle, I really think they’re worth a shot. Anyway, if you have normal skin type, then the original Sukin range should also work well for you.

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  1. Keidi says

    Just when I’m looking for a cheaper alternative to Logona cleansing milk all over iherb!
    How would you compare the Sukin cleansing lotion and Logona Free cleansing milk? As for cleansing gel, I found the normal range of Sukin cleanser slightly drying 2 years back…

    • Sesame says

      Like I mentioned to you, this one is creamier and I actually like it better cos I only need one pump.

  2. Juniper says

    Hi Sesame,
    The one in your photo shows sensitive range. I thought I saw another version..Is there another range? Or they change their packaging? I’m confused..

    • Sesame says

      The one you saw is the normal range or rather, the original. This sensitive range is new and comprises 3 products.

  3. says

    I only used the cream cleanser of the original version previously which I didn’t like… but I guess it’s because at that time, I didn’t quite understand ‘natural products’ yet since I was still very new at it. I was comparing the consistency to the standard cream cleansers which were smoother and didn’t leave an oil film on the skin… so I ended up using the cream cleanser as shaving cream for my legs.
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  4. says

    Been using their night cream and loving it. I love the citrusy vanilla scent. I need to go down and take a look at this and smell it.
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    • Sesame says

      Glad the night cream works well for you. This range is missing the citrusy smell…in the cleansing gel, I find the smell odd.

  5. anusha says

    ya i remember i have been a silent reader of your blog and i first heard about this brand here only

    • Sesame says

      Thanks for commenting…keep your comments coming. You may not have heard of this brand probably cos the products aren’t available in your market yet.

  6. says

    I tried their entire normal range a while back…must say I am quite impressed. but like you said, the only draw back is the vanilla scent in ALL their products. The affordable price makes it very attractive though and also the family sized bottles. I’m waiting for sale in KL to buy the body lotion and shampoo.
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    • Sesame says

      The original version didn’t smell odd cos of the citrusy mix. The Sensitive Cleansing Gel definitely smells odd to me.

  7. says

    Sounds like a dream come true for people like me! Better than what Clinelle touts. Clinelle is no good, though it claims sensitive skin and whatsoever.
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    • Sesame says

      I’ve never tried Clinelle but the Sukin ingredient list is quite clean so you might want to give it a try.

  8. Scott says

    really like the idea of using a cleanser in combination with the moisurizer both of the same line..becuase somehow even though the ingredients may be very similar cleansers activate the ingredients in a different way maybe in your skin than the moisturizer..just a thought… i am not sure.

    • Sesame says

      Well, it depends. I don’t think the cleanser does much more than removing the impurities but it’s not a bad idea to use products from the same brand to have more synergy. I just don’t like using moisturizer because my sunscreen is already a moisturizer.

      • Scott says

        Ha..I don’t really like using moisturizer period..becuase I am using this thick sorbolene at the moment my eczema..the petrochemicals make my skin too soft,

          • Scott says

            I think so it would in the long term if i could stand to leave it on and be persistent..but I so often end up washing it off in the shower cause it is so uncomfortable..might try almond oil be itself has humectant properties and I think a lot of the other oils don’t have that and it feel nice and waxy not greasy.

          • Sesame says

            I quite like almond oil but my latest favorite is 100% virgin coconut oil! Will be blogging about it soon.

          • Scott says

            oh and if I put something in the almond oil..want it to be infused rather than just there is ginger beer which has just ginger add to it…ok…then the ginger beer which has the ginger brewed into it..and it tastes SO much better..and you even feel like it is a softdrink but doing your health some same with oils..the infused would be more effective maybe…

          • Sesame says

            Oh infused oils are great…I tried but it’s so difficult to get it right and I didn’t have sufficient patience. Let me know how yours turn out when you try it.

          • Scott says

            oh now you have me wanted to try VCO first..but I will restrain myself and just do something with almond first and yea I for sure will let you know..

  9. says

    I haven’t tried their sensitive range but their normal range is pretty good. There’s a lot of aloe in it.
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  10. Gazel Lee says

    Watson have been carrying this brand.. I really like the normal gel cleanser.. What’s the diff be both now that your trying this??

    • Sesame says

      Like I mentioned, the smell is different. But otherwise, not a lot of difference in terms of texture and performance. But the ingredient list for Sukin Sensitive is shorter and contains less irritants like citrusy essential oil, linalool and limonene. So it looks better for sensitive skin types.

  11. Annie says

    i have always been a bit puzzle at cleansing lotion because looking at the ingredient list, it’s just like a normal lotion. I couldn’t find an ingredient that works as a ‘cleansing agent’. It’s gentle but i really wonder how it’s going to get the grime and dirt off my face 😉

    • Sesame says

      Hmm…interesting point. But it does work well to cleanse off impurities. I suppose that’s why it’s okay that such products leave a residue on the skin.

      • Annie says

        i forgot to add, can u use this directly on your eyes (not with the eyes wide open of course 😉 ) i’m use a cleansing milk from nature’s gate right now and the ingredients are mostly oils and various extract, but it sting my eyes because it has one olive saponifiable (sry i forgot how to spell it, but its kinda like castile soap)

        • Sesame says

          Yes, I do use it around my eyes. No stinging for me. I know the stinging sensation…it’s quite horrible.

  12. claire says

    :( the unscented scent puts me off. It smells rather chemically to me. It works well for me though.. The cleansing gel. Worth a buy for those trying out natural skincare for the first time!

    • Sesame says

      You mean another product that is unscented? Cos Sukin, even the original formula is scented…more citrusy.

  13. Juniper says

    I use zinc oxide sunscreen. Must i wet my face before using the cleansing lotion? Is it necessary to use the cleansing gel after the cleansing lotion?

    • Sesame says

      You can use it both on dry or wet skin, no problem. Yes, cleansing gel after cleansing lotion cos the lotion might leave a “film” or residue and the gel can wash that off.

  14. kaithlin93 says

    I am soo interested in buying the sukin face product range…Thanks for the review Sesame..Ill always come back to your blog for any beauty tips :)

  15. Sue says

    Alamak, I totally regretted buying Demaveen Soap Free Wash over this. It soothed my redness but my nose is now a thousand times oilier.

  16. Karyn says

    From what I can tell from the ingredients on the Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion, the Facial Moisturiser and the Hand & Nail Cream, these products are all exactly the same. Do you think that’s strange? I’m sure there are people thinking they’re buying three separate products when they might as well just use one big bottle of Hydrating Body Lotion for their face and hands as well. I feel a bit dudded that I haven’t noticed this for so long.

    • Sesame says

      I agree some of the lotions feel somewhat similar but the thing is we don’t know the % even if the order is the same.

  17. Matti says

    I’ve been using the Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser with the Facial Moisturiser from the regular range for 12 days and it has caused quite a reaction with red bumps/pimples across my face. Before that I was using cetaphil cleanser/moisturiser with fair results. Do you think the sensitive range would be worth trying for my skin? or will it still cause a reaction given it has similar ingredients to the regular range. Would the lotion be more appropriate in this case too?

    • Sesame says

      Hmmm…can’t say for sure cos we don’t know what exactly is causing your skin to have the reaction. The ingredients are not totally the same though.

  18. Lovesick Queen says

    Can’t believe I’m one of the few who found this harsh for my face. I’m unsure why manufacturers insist on including essential oils or even cocamidopropyl betaine which irritate or dry out sensitive skin? I regret dropping Curel foaming wash and not reading the label properly before buying this. =(

  19. Caren says

    Hi, where did you buy the sensitive skin care range from? I keep searching various Watsons outlets but they only carry the normal skin care range. Please ASAP because I’m using another brand of organic cream cleanser and I’m breaking out really badly as well as having red blotches around my face.

      • Caren says

        Hey thanks for the prompt reply! Ive tried several big Watsons stalls but to no avail, they only carry the normal range. Which Watsons stall did you happen to purchase the sensitive skin range?

        • Sesame says

          I purchased it at Compass point. I wonder if it could be out of stock. Have you tried asking the SA?


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