St. Ives Hydrating Watermelon Daily Cleanser

St. Ives

Hydrating Watermelon Daily Cleanser

6.40 fl. oz. for $ 4.49
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St. Ives Hydrating Watermelon Daily Cleanser is one of the brand’s better cleansing options, though its fragranced formula is not quite at the level of its fragrance-free sister product, Calming Chamomile Daily Cleanser.

This gel cleanser comes in a clear plastic bottle, and its texture quickly transforms to a lightweight foam when it contacts water. It does a good job of removing dirt, oil, and debris from skin, rinsing cleanly without leaving it feeling dried out or tight. This is thanks to the inclusion of gentle cleansers in the formula that cushion skin instead of stripping it.

As far as other ingredients go, there isn’t too much to get excited about here; the watermelon extract that gives this product its name isn’t included in a large amount (though it’s a thoughtful inclusion, since watermelon does have some skin-beneficial aspects).

What isn’t good, though, is that the watermelon smell of this product doesn’t come from the fruit extract – instead, it’s the result of the inclusion of fragrance and fragrance ingredients. While this has a pleasant scent, fragrance of any kind – even in a rinse-off product – puts skin (and eyes) at risk for irritation.

Even though this is fairly gentle, we still would say if you’re choosing to go with a St. Ives cleanser, pick the chamomile version, which does get our top rating.

One note: this is not adept at removing makeup, even non-waterproof formulas (though St. Ives doesn’t claim it does so, either). If you wear makeup, you’ll need a second cleanser or remover, or you can reserve this St. Ives cleanser for times when makeup removal isn’t needed.

  • Lightweight gel-to-foam formula does a good job removing, dirt, debris, and oil.
  • Rinses cleanly without leaving skin feeling dry or tight.
  • Includes gentle cleansing agents and skin-beneficial watermelon extract.
  • Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients that put skin at risk for irritation.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Say hello to hydration! Our Hydrating Watermelon Cleanser (made with 100% natural watermelon extract) removes dirt, oil, and impurities from the skin’s surface to leave skin refreshed and glowing!

Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Sodium Chloride, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Panthenol, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyquaternium-39, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Citric Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Red 33 (CI 17200).

St. Ives At-A-Glance

Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.

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