McArthur Skincare Foaming Facial Cleanser Review

McArthur Skincare, a Perth based brand that firmly believes in the power of pawpaw extract, says "with its soft feel on the delicate skin of the face, McArthur Skincare's Foaming Facial Cleanser deeply cleanses, removing impurities and make-up while respecting the skin’s own moisture balance leaving the skin refreshed and radiant." This foaming face wash contains 125ml (4.25fl oz) and retails for $19.95 on the brand's website (which offers worldwide shipping). McArthur products can also be purchased at select chemists and Priceline stores. McArthur products are cruelty free (this cleanser is vegan) and made in Australia.

The McArthur Skincare Foaming Facial Cleanser comes in an opaque white bottle topped with an aerating pump that transforms the liquid cleanser into a soft foam. An informative label wraps around the plastic bottle, offering a product description, directions for use, an ingredient list, and a short paragraph denoting the benefits of pawpaw extract. I have to commend McArthur for designing a label that's both attractive and informational without being overwhelming. Packaging is recyclable.

The Foaming Facial Cleanser dispenses as a weightless, white, cloudlike foam that spreads nicely over damp skin, washing away a day's worth of sweat, oil, and grime (and light makeup, if you so choose, but high coverage foundation and waterproof eye products will definitely need a separate removal product) without stripping the skin of moisture. McArthur's cleanser rinses easily, leaving my skin feeling clean and balanced, never dry. I feel like I should have more to say about the Foaming Facial Cleanser, but I don't - it's a straightforward product that just works, you know?

McArthur's Foaming Facial Cleanser is comprised of water, the brand's signature pawpaw extract (15% concentration), and coconut derived cleansing agents. While I know it's the brand's shtick, I find the high volume inclusion of pawpaw extract kind of puzzling. This  exotic fruit extract is famed for it's exfoliating abilities, but it can't possibly have an effect with how little time it'll spend in contact with the skin. Another surprising addition to this cleanser is gluconolactone, a PHA (polyhydroxy acid) that's rarely seen in products outside of Neostrata and Exuviance products (Neostrata holds some sort of patent on this gentle exfoliating ingredient, actually), and equally ineffective at exfoliating while only on the skin for a few seconds. The following ingredients include hydrating sodium pca and glycerin, nourishing pantheol (provitamin b6), and safe preservatives. Unfortunately, McArthur Skincare felt the need to include fragrance, as well as three potentially irritating citrus oils to the tail end of this cleanser's ingredient list. Despite containing fragrance, I can't really detect a specific scent in this product - it just smells kinda watery to me, in a pleasant way.

Who does McArthur Skincare's Foaming Facial Cleanser suit best? I'd say normal to moderately oily skin types. Dry skin will want to avoid foaming cleanser as a whole, while exceptionally oily skins, or those that are acne prone, may want something more along the lines of a clay based cleanser. I don't think this foaming cleanser is a great choice for sensitive skins, due to the inclusion of four acidic fruit extracts, fragrance, and a PHA exfoliant.

I like McArthur's Foaming Facial Cleanser! It's a gentler (albeit slightly more expensive) dupe of Neutrogena's HydroBoost Foaming Cleanser, a product I've enjoyed for awhile now. There isn't anything exciting about this cleanser's formulation (I think the inclusion of multiple exfoliating ingredients are silly for a wash away product, really), but that doesn't make it a disappointing product. I reach for this simple and effective foaming face wash most mornings for a refreshing, non stripping cleanse, and I'll continue to until it comes to an end. I probably won't repurchase McArthur Skincare's Foaming Facial Cleanser, just because I'm a cleanser junkie that's always desperate for a new fix, but if you like supporting Aussie brands or just want to try something new (and reasonably priced!), this could be a good pick!

Water, Pawpaw extract, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Coco-betaine, Gluconolactone, Sodium PCA, Levulinic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Levulinate, Pantheol, Glycerin, Sodium Benozate, Fragrance, Barosma Betulina Leaf Oil, Lemon Peel Oil,  Key Lime Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Citric Acid

This product was sent to me by McArthur Skincare for review. My opinions were not influenced by McArthur Skincare or any other third parties

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