About Watery Cleansers and Tissues…

Now, I have written several reviews of foaming cleansers, double cleansing and even a mega oil-cleanser review!  I have touched briefly on water cleansers, but I decided as I had a few that I wanted to review anyway, that I would focus on cleansing waters, cleanser toners and cleansing tissues. 

Cleansing waters and tissues are a quick and easy way to freshen up and remove any soap or clay pack residue from your face.  It is no way a substitution for washing your face thoroughly, but sometimes, you just need to quickly wipe your face down.  I use these products when I first wake up, as my face can be sticky from the night care products I put on my face or I just need to freshen up.  During the day at work, especially after lunchtime and I have been outside, walking around ~ I need to quickly touch up my makeup, but I want to remove the old makeup on my face ~ wipes are very handy.  And when I get home at night, I just want to remove my makeup and freshen up my face before starting my evening.

The Saem Healing Tea Garden Tea Tree Cleansing Water  My favorite cleansing water is My Beauty Diary Ultra Cleansing Water but I had this huge bottle from The Saem sitting around and I decided to try it out. And I am glad I did!  This cleansing water is perfect for the upcoming warmer months, as it has Australian tea tree oil (100ppm) in it, which means it will help heal blemishes and rashes, soothe and calm any skin redness and also help balance my skin so it is not as oily.  It has a refreshing tea tree and mint scent and it is very invigorating!  I think this would be great used chilled, especially on a hot, humid muggy day.   This has some lovely flower and herbal extracts, such as edelweiss, yarrow, marjoram and mallow, which act as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and astringent.  This does contain citric acid (AHA), so it can help exfoliate dead skin cells.   It does not contain artificial colors, artificial scent, benzophenone, parabens, animal derived materials, mineral oil or talc.

The bottle has an easy flip cap and the product comes out nicely without gushing out.   It leaves my skin freshened and does not dry it out, but hydrated.  

The pH level of this cleansing water looks to be around a 5, which is a low pH level for a cleansing water.  I like using this product first thing in the morning when I wake up and when I get home from work ~ I just saturate a cotton pad or ball with it and swipe over my face.  You do not need to rinse this product off your face after you use it.   This is a nice big bottle at 300 mL

Ingredients: water, propanediol, PEG-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, gnaphalium leontopodium (edelweiss) flower extract, malva sylvestris (mallow) flower extract, achillea millefolium (yarrow) extract, alchemilla vulgaris extract, origanum majorana (marjoram) leaf extract, butylene glycol, sodium citrate, citric acid, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol  cosDNA.com analysis

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Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleanser Toner  I am not really sure what a cleansing toner is ~ a cleansing water is different from a toner, so perhaps Acwell was trying to “marry” the two concepts together ~ you can cleanse and tone in one step?  This is supposed to purify your skin, while balancing your pH levels as it is weakly acidic.  It is also a toner that will help increase moisture and nourishment, while brightening your skin with licorice root.  It does contain rose water in it and I did use this for a couple of weeks, off and on, before stopping.  I started to notice some rashes from this, but that is most likely my allergic reaction to the product.  I will tell you what I thought of this item before I stopped using it.   It has a nice flip cap top which allows me to easy pour the product onto a cotton pad or ball.    It has a lovely licorice and lemony scent to it, which is very nice ~ the scent is very relaxing!

I did use this after my cleansing water.  Why, you might be asking, as it is both a cleanser and toner?  I just felt that it would be better to use this as a toner, not just a cleansing water.  You can use it as both, as there is nothing in the ingredient listing that prevents you from doing that.  I think I am just conditioned to using both now!  However, if you are traveling, this is a good 2 in 1 product, giving you the benefits of both a cleansing water and a toner:  cleansing, preparing your skin for your next skincare products, it contains citric acid (just like The Saem cleansing water), to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and provides a smooth skin surface.  It’s pH level is also a 5, so it is mildly acidic.  I do like the idea of a cleansing toner and will keep on the lookout for these types of products.  If Acwell comes out with the same version that doesn’t have rose water in it, I will be purchasing it as I did like it up until it broke me out in hives. 

Ingredients:  Water, Chinese Liquorice (10%), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Dipropyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Poloxamer 184, Phenoxyethanol, Rheum Palmatum (rhubarb) Root Extract, Psidium Gujava (guava) Leaf Extract, Rose Damascena Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (green tea) Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract, Poncirus Trifoliata (bitter orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate  codDNA.com analysis


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Skinfood Brown Rice Oil Deep Cleansing Oil Tissue  So, most cleansing waters do not do a good job in removing eye makeup for me.  I use really stubborn, long lasting eye products, so whereas the cleansing water is fine for the rest of my face, they don’t remove my eyeliner and mascara.  This is where these come in ~ Skinfood’s Brown Rice Oil Deep Cleansing Tissues.  Unlike some other cleansing tissues, this is actually infused with rice bran oil, so it will help remove makeup like mascara and eyeliners.  Rice oil is amazing stuff ~ it helps supply moisture and contains a slew of nutritious compounds that your skin requires ~ such as amino acids, vitamins B1, B2 and E, phosphorus, iron, lysine, selenium, calcium, minerals and proteins.  It is very antioxidant rich, which makes it not only good for your skin, but can cleanse and detox your skin, leaving it clean and moisturized.    These wipes also contain citric acid, which exfoliates and helps remove dead skin cells and allantoin, which is known for healing, soothing and softening skin and  helps remove cracked and chapped skin, leaving behind healthy looking skin.


I love the packaging on these wipes ~ it has golden rice plants on a taupe colored background.   These also have a sturdy plastic “lid” on the tissue bag, so that your oil tissues do not dry out easily ~ it snaps in place. 

I put some mascara on my hand and grabbed a tissue ~ which is actually a thick, plush tissue ~  wiped it over my hand and it removed all traces of my mascara, without tugging or scrubbing.  It is that easy ~ these tissues really do the job!   My skin looks very glossy and shiny ~ that is due to the rice oil but within a minute, the oil is absorbed into my skin.  These smell nice too, it has a fresh scent that is so pleasant.

These have a pH level of about 5 to 5.5, so they are mildly acidic, even with the rice oil in it.  I love the ease of using these oil tissues as it has enough product on the tissue and my eye area does not feel greasy.  You can use this all over your face as well.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Palmitate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Benzoic Acid, Butylparaben, Citric Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Allantoin, Ethylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-7, Propylparaben, PEG-32, Fragrance  cosDNA.com analysis


Skinfood Fresh Celery Cleansing Tissue   I have received the Celery tissues several times in my sub boxes and they are now part of my “vanity table” at my job.  These are perfect after lunchtime, when I need a freshening up with my makeup.  I don’t want to apply makeup over sweaty or oily makeup, so I use these to wipe off any makeup (excluding eye makeup) off my face and then reapply some serum, sunscreen and then makeup.  These tissues contains moisturizing ingredients, such as

  • Aloe Vera is a powerful moisturizer that doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily or greasy. It soothes, treats inflammation, helps speed up skin healing and also has a plethora of antioxidants ~ beta-carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which help improve your skin’s firmness and keeps your skin moist and hydrated. It also contains over 75 different nutritious ingredients, including minerals, enzymes, amino acids, salicylic acid and much more.
  • Panthenol helps cellular renewal and is an effective moisturizer.  It is derived from plants and this ingredient comes from Vitamin B5.  Panthenol is a natural humectant, which retains moisture and hydrates the skin. It also is a good lubricant on the skin, making skin look soft and smooth. It is also an anti-inflammatory
  • Celery Root is full of vitamins A, C and E, which are antioxidants and can help delay aging signs, while reversing free radical damage.  It also contains minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and omega 6 fatty acids for elasticity. is an important source of vitamins A, C and E which act as potent antioxidants by reversing and protecting against free radical damage.

This tissue pack doesn’t have the nice sturdy snap-top like the brown rice oil ~ instead it has a thin plastic piece that you peel back and reseal.  That means that these wipes can dry out more quickly if you do not take care to reseal properly.  However, there are only 15 wipes per package, so I do go thru them quickly.    These are packed with moisture and are great to wipe over your face, neck and arms when you want to cleanse and freshen up.  They smell very good too ~ if fresh celery had a perfume made after it, it would be this scent.  They are not sticky and they are very cool. 

These have a pH level of a 6, so they are moving out of the acidic range and into the neutral range for cleansing products. 

Description: A cleansing tissue featuring celery extract that removes make-up residue and impurities to provide fresh, clean and refreshed skin without a sticky after feel.

Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Root Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis


Have you tried any of these cleansing water and cleansing tissue products? Do you have some favorites you would like to share?  I am so obsessed with cleansing water products right now ~ I just love them!

Purchase Info

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The Saem Healing Tea Garden Tea Tree Cleansing Water  300 mL

Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleanser Toner 150 mL

Skinfood Brown Rice Oil Deep Cleansing Oil Tissue 40 sheets

Skinfood Fresh Celery Cleansing Tissue 15 sheets

[ descriptions in italics from linked product site.  all items purchased by me.  blog post contains affiliate links ]

2 thoughts on “About Watery Cleansers and Tissues…

  1. Ohhh, the cleansing water by the Seam looks like a product which makes it way on my wishlist! I love cleansing tissues for their convenience, but I only use them when on the road or on vacation.

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    1. hi laven, it is pretty great stuff! I purchased another bottle as it really helps “degrease” my face during the warm months. They make a green tea one as well, which looks to be good for normal/dry skin.


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