Sukin Cream Cleanser



— Cleanser

Price:  $10.95

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Choosing a cleanser is a really essential task – it’s the first step of your routine that completely cleans your face and prepares you for your whole skincare routine. There are so many types on the market that target various skin conditions and types, however the usual three are gel, cream and foam. Cream cleansers are usually thicker, creamy and contain moisturising ingredients like oils.

They gently cleanse the skin without stripping it of its natural oils, making it ideal for dryer skin types, particularly dehydrated. Cream cleansers almost always need to be removed with a warm wash cloth rather than directly with water, to ensure the moisturising benefits are not stripped away, also assisting with stimulating blood flow to the area.

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Who are Sukin?

You may have seen Sukin stacked on shelves of supermarkets, health food stores, and chemists alike, with their extensive range of all-natural skin and body care. The brand values embody vegan and cruelty free ingredients, carbon neutral in manufacture and are bottled in very attractive, easy-to-use recyclable packaging.

The brand prides themselves on an extensive ‘No’ list, excluding mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, harsh chemicals, parabens (to name a few) in all of their products. As consumers, the integrity behind Sukin is really important to our purchase behaviour, environmental footprint, and of course, a clear conscience.

Sukin landed into the cosmetic market over a decade ago, targeting consumers that are conscious of the earth and simultaneously, their bank accounts. The familiarity of the brand has attracted consumers from far and wide, with some key signature products that are for everyone. However, fortunately, for the natural and organic cosmetic industry, you get what you pay for. Among the naturally-derived ingredients the brand has in their formula, there are also just as many preservatives and surfactants that we have investigated. 

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First impressions

The cream cleanser has a soft, pleasant scent. It’s a subtle blend of botanicals, almost a gentle calming fragrance due to the blend of sesame and rosehip oils found in the ingredients.

The texture is smooth and creamy, without being too thick, making it an easy and gentle application directly to skin. Once water is added, don’t expect this to foam. Cream cleansers stay cream, perhaps turn into more of a milkier consistency. It needs to be massaged in circular motions for the oils to penetrate into the skin.

Although cream cleansers are amazing at removing makeup, this particular cleanser will only melt away as much as tinted BB cream. You may find you need to use Micellar water to wipe away the layer prior to cleansing your face. However, it is a nourishing blend of ingredients, and leaves the skin feeling moisturised prior to use. 

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Ingredient watch

read our full Formulation Analysis

The good:

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, a soothing, anti-inflammatory plant extract.

Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil a traditionally used, natural antibacterial and inflammatory agent.

Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip) is a type of oil derived from rose hips, loaded with nourishing fatty acids for your skin’s moisture needs.

The Questionable

Cetearyl and Cetyl Alcohol, an example of a fatty alcohol, usually derived from palm, coconut or vegetable oil, or petroleum known to condition and soften the skin.

Ceteareth-20, an emollient and an emulsifier in cosmetics.

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Packaging review

This product uses 2 types of plastic in its packaging and a plastic label.

Bottle and pumps: PET- See more about PET and its impact
Stainless Steel Spring

One of Sukin’s core philosophies is their commitment to creating product that is at minimal cost to the environment. Sukin uses a material called PET plastics to create their bottles and pumps (including the internal metal springs) which are BPA free and 100% recyclable, excluding those metal springs. Despite the conscious choice to use this material for their packaging, we know that unless Sukin’s consumers are recycling, these bottles are single use plastics that end up in the bin.

Sukin does not offer product stewardship or product refills.


Formulation full analysis

The Good:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: For many different skin types, this ingredient is soothing, and serves as an anti-inflammatory. It’s incredibly hydrating due its high-water content and includes many rich antioxidants such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, as well as active enzymes that nourish the skin surface. Many manufacturers find this ingredient particularly useful in large quantities due to its effectiveness as a skin moisturizer, as well as its ability to cool the skin. Those who naturally hold more heat in their skin will benefit from buying skincare products that use Aloe Vera as a core component.

Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil has been a healing oil for thousands of years. It’s a natural antibacterial for common skin conditions like acne, and an anti-inflammatory agent with its ability to neutralize oxygen radicals. Because of the antioxidant content contained in sesame seed oil, it can help soothe inflammation.

Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip) is a type of oil derived from rose hips, loaded with nourishing fatty acids for your skin’s moisture needs. This particular rose hip extract has been proven to increase rapid cell reproduction, and contain high antioxidative molecules to protect the skin from ageing and inflammation.

The Questionable

Cetyl Alcohol is an example of a fatty alcohol, known to condition and soften the skin. Generally, we know alcohol is notorious for weakening the skin, however as this is not an ethyl or rubbing alcohol, there is no “drying” effect to the skins surface. It’s usually derived from palm, coconut or vegetable oil, or petroleum. The benefits of these alcohols are that the EU Cosmetics Directive allows it in cosmetics as long as it’s derived from plants, meaning it has to be naturally sourced rather than synthetically manufactured. As we aren’t aware of how this ingredient is sourced for Sukin’s Cream Cleanser, we can’t claim that it is 100% safe for those who suffer from mild irritations. On the contrary, many dermatologists do not recommend this additive for sensitive or dry skin, due to the irritations that can occur from cetyl alcohol’s ability to alter the lipid bilayer of the epidermis (also known as the protective barrier), in some cases causing contact dermatitis. Cream cleansers are generally targeted to drier or dehydrated skin types, so this ingredient may not be suitable for someone that suffers from these conditions. It’s always recommended to patch test prior to use.

Ceteareth-20 functions as an emollient and an emulsifier in cosmetics. This ingredient is made from a blend of cetyl and stearyl alcohol (fatty alcohols), and ethylene oxide – a possible human carcinogen. The EWG database rates this ingredient as a moderate hazard due to its contamination concerns of 1,4-dioxine – a potentially toxic impurity. Cetereath-20 is also used as a penetration enhancer, allowing the good and the toxic ingredients to travel deeper into the skin, landing directly into your bloodstream. This ingredient is unsafe to use on irritated or damaged skin.



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