Neogen is a very popular skincare brand in South Korea for its very innovative products like their cleansing pads, real fresh cleansers, sunscreen sticks and more. Last year, they collaborated with Charlotte Cho, who runs Soko Glam, The Klog and wrote The Little Book of Skincare, to come out with a cleansing stick. Since I really trust Charlotte Cho’s insight about the world of beauty, when she revealed the cleansing stick and gave a brief on it on The Klog, I was 100% sold. It went straight into my k-beauty wishlist and it was the first thing I bought when I arrived in Seoul in December.
So, what are my thoughts on it? Let’s start with a product background.
The concept behind this product is a travel-friendly cleanser with a low pH that could be more effective at removing make-up and helping with inflammation and acne. This product is supposed to be so gentle that it doesn’t strip away most of your natural oils, doesn’t leave your skin dry and tight and almost eliminate the need for double cleansing. It should also help with gentle exfoliation with the presence of real green tea leaves in the cleansing stick. I know, everything about this sounds super dreamy and ideal, almost too dreamy to be true.
When I first tried this product out, I thought it had a very weird texture. I’ve never put a solid soap directly onto my damp face before so it felt so weird to have something melt on my skin. It really is just solid soap in stick form but when it touched my damp skin, it almost melted like a cleansing balm, but not as buttery. This cleanser has a ton of oils in them so an oil-based cleanser and a water-based cleanser combined feels almost like a cream cleanser to me. The green tea leaves in the cleanser didn’t really transfer onto my skin as much as I would want it to, so it’s definitely not as harsh as a typical physical exfoliator would. It’s really gentle, almost like it’s not even there. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing because that just means the green tea leaves aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do. I had a lot of breakouts when I first used this (not from using this product) so I hated how the leaves felt when it touched those.
It also really stung when it got into my eye but I don’t know what that says about the cleanser. It went away as soon as I rinsed with water so the pain didn’t linger. I think I used too much of the cleanser at the time so my skin felt really squeaky clean, like my skin felt really dry and tight.
I’ve used this product for about 2 months and a half now so I think I have a solid opinion on this already. What I’ve noticed is that, the cleanser is less effective at removing make-up the more make-up I wear on my face so I would still go in with an oil-based cleanser before using this. Or, I would use a cleansing wipe or cleansing water to remove some of my make-up beforehand. It does remove waterproof make-up quite decently but it’s not effective every time that I use it so again, I would remove those with an oil-based cleanser first.
It is definitely still very handy to have because it’s so travel-friendly as it’s in solid form so you wouldn’t have a problem taking this with you on the plane but I don’t know how that would work out if you’re wearing a ton of make-up on the plane.
I don’t use too much of it now. A little definitely goes a long way with this but it can get a bit drying sometimes. I always go straight into my regular skincare routine after using this so that I don’t leave my skin dry and tight. A face mist can help with that too. The more that I use this, the more green tea leaves I’ve discovered in the stick. There are more green tea leaves at the bottom of the stick. I think the distribution of the green tea leaves is different with each cleansing stick since they’re made by batches.
Other than that, everything else I’ve mentioned in my first impression still stands. Despite all the cons, I still really like this cleanser because it’s very travel-friendly and decently effective. I believe this product is natural, organic and cruelty-free so I don’t feel guilty putting this into use. I have a back-up of this product for when I run out of it and I will ask friends to bring this back from South Korea for me. What I like about this is that, the formula improves as they get more feedback so if you’re getting this product now, it might be better than the one I bought from months ago.
Talk again soon,