Sukin Sensitive Gel Cleanser Product Review



— Cleansing Gel

Price:  $10.95


Made for sensitives and delicate skin, the Sukin Cleansing Gel is formulated for those who have combination to oily skin, and who may need that gentler touch. The product aims to leave a non-drying finish so that the skin still feels moisturised and nourished while lifting any impurities and excess oils. The blend of Green Tea, Cucumber and Avocado Oil refreshes the skin while leaving it soft and balanced.

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. 


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.

Let’s dive a bit deeper into the specifics of Sukin’s body lotion.


First impressions

The sensitive gel cleanser from Sukin has a fainter scent in comparison to their signature fragrance found throughout their normal product range. There are still strong notes of Vanilla making it a sweet-smelling formula, which for some could be irritating for those who prefer a more gentle, fragrance-free formulation.

The texture is a gel and forms a gentle lather when in contact with water.

The cleansing gel leaves the skin feeling soft and clean after use, and the gentle leather doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Depending on your skin type, you may have a varied experience. This product will work best for normal, combination to oily skin types. There are some questionable ingredients that may affect your skin depending on what sensitivities you suffer from, so we recommend to patch test this product prior to use.


Ingredient watch

read our full Formulation Analysis

The Good

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice is a smoothing incredibly soothing and anti-inflammatory plant extract.
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile) is a gentle ingredient in relieving inflammatory skin conditions.
Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract is widely used to reduce redness and inflammation on the skin.

The Questionable

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a harsh eye and skin irritant masked in many ingredient listing of ‘natural’ brands.
Phenoxyethanol is a preservative linked to allergies and inflammatory skin conditions that has been banned in Japan and classed as an irritant in the EU.
Benzyl Alcohol is a common preservative found to instigate immune system responses such as itching, burning, hives and blistering at particular concentrations.


Packaging review

This product uses 3 types of plastic in its packaging and a plastic label.

Bottle: PET- See more about PET and its impact
Pump: PP- See more about PP and its impact
Stainless Steel Spring
Label: OTHER - See more about Plastic Film and its impact

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.

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.


Formulation full analysis

The Good

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract is soothing for many skin types, 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 moisturiser, as well as its ability to cool the skin. Not only is this music to a beach-goer’s ears, but those who naturally hold more heat in their skin will benefit from buying skincare products that use Aloe Vera as a core component. 

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile) is a gentle ingredient in relieving inflammatory skin conditions and helps calm sensitivities. Chamomile provides some antioxidant protection and assists in inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract is a valuable source of nutrients, packed with amino acids, fatty acids and vitamins such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C). It’s widely used as a treatment for sunburn because of its cooling effect, reducing redness and inflammation to the skin.

The Questionable

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is used as a surfactant in cosmetic and personal care products, which means it helps clean skin by helping the water to mix with the oil and dirt to be rinsed away. It’s often marked as “natural” as it originally comes from plant oils, however it is a harsh skin and eye irritant, has an overall health concern hazard of “moderate” on EWG, and was voted allergen of the year in 2004 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. 

Phenoxyethanol is one of those ingredients we would see right at the bottom of the list of many products, and probably don’t think twice about it… What’s the harm in one little long word in the mix of all these beautiful botanical ingredients? The truth is, this bad boy has been linked to many allergic reactions and skin conditions such as eczema, and toxicity in the nervous system, particularly in infants. The European Union has classed it as an irritant, and Japan has restricted the ingredient. Juxtaposed to this, The Scientific Committee of Consumer Safety (SCCS) has deemed the chemical safe to use as a preservative if concentration does not exceed 1.0%. However, when taking into consideration reapplying the same product, as well as many other products on the bathroom shelf, we may be applying and absorbing more than what we think.

Benzyl Alcohol is a common preservative found in almost every cosmetic product, and we know that small amounts of this ingredient aren’t necessarily harmful, although has been found to instigate immune system responses such as itching, burning, hives and blistering at particular concentrations. Similar to Phenoxyethanol, although the ingredient is a safe preservative in natural cosmetics, if all the products on the bathroom shelf include benzyl alcohol, we’re then looking at higher and potentially toxic exposure of the chemical.



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