Review: St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser

11:57:00 PM mandy 14 Comments

St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser

It is very runny/liquidy! Very different from the foaming cleanser I usually used.
*Please excuse my brother’s dry hands =X

If you only rub your hands lightly you’ll get very light foamage. Not very dense/thick.

This is what you would get if you rubbed your hands for a bit longer. There is significantly more foam, but it’s still not very dense. Be careful if you’re wearing clothing with sleeves because it might get wet since it is runny.

From Walgreens/CVS/RiteAid USD$6-7
I don’t remember how much I got mine for but drugstores have tons of sales/coupons etc. so you don’t necessarily have to buy it for their retail price. And most of the time prices from one drugstore to another also differs.

Pump bottle with 200ml. I use 1 pump each time I wash my face. However, I do not know if my bottle was a bad one or not but product use to come out from the pump’s sides. It eventually clogged itself because I didn’t bother to clean it off and stopped oozing out whenever I pumped the bottle. When it got to the very last few pumps, the product didn't want to come out when I pumped it. I ended up twisting off the cap and pouring it out =.=

-Not expensive
-Hasn't broken me out
-Clean but no squeaky clean feeling
-My face always feels soft afterward (especially after rinsing when the face is still wet). I think it did help a little with the texture of my skin (if that makes any sense xD)
-The company doesn't test on animals
-It doesn't contain parabens or phthalates

-After a couple of minutes, there is tightness
-Sometimes there is dryness and I can see patches of dry skin >__< -Not sure whether it removes makeup like it is advertised -I don't think it did too much for my skin at all other than cleaning it... -Doesn't reduce all redness from my face (if only slightly reduces the redness on my cheeks and it's temporary)
-Does contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate (maybe that is what is making my skin feel dry and tight?)


No. I like it enough as a quick cleanser since it's easy to foam up and work with since it's a light foam (good for mornings when I don't want to spend too much time on just creating a lather to use). But it makes my skin feel so tight! And I really didn't see enough results at all. Also, I still want to try other cleansers so even if I were to consider'll be a long long way from now. I'm glad it didn't cause a terrible reaction like some had but it never gave me amazing results that others raved about.

It is only average IMO..

Maybe. It is inexpensive and won't break your wallet. There are very different reviews out there for this particular cleanser. Enough for me to think it might be worth trying to see if it will give you good results.

Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money. I am not affiliated with the company or any other sites mentioned above. These are just my opinions so please research more about a product before buying it. I'm just trying to share the experiences I get from using a certain product. I'm not endorsing it or anything. If anything this is for my own memory of what I liked and what I didn't like. skin is my skin...your skin is your skin, please don't blame me if the product doesn't work for you >__<;;


  1. awww it sounds like you need a bit of time to make this cleanser foam up a bit...:/ not great for rush mornings!

    that's your brothers' hands? cute!! XD

  2. It stopped quite a few people from breaking out but not me =[ I looove the scent though, so refreshing and thoroughly addictive hahaha.

    How's your CNY?

  3. Wow, it looks like you're almost done with it! :O Does it smell like Green Tea actually?

  4. hiya! nice review!!!! i actually repruchased this but have yet to open it still using neutrogena! i hope u find something great soon =)

  5. Aww that's disappointing that it dries you out, as green tea is supposed to be good for dry skin. And even though it's vegan, Sodium Laureth Sulfate is never good )=

  6. I had the same issue with the pump and product oozing out from the sides. I didn't particularly like this cleanser because it didn't change my skin and it didn't help with breakouts. It wasn't horrible but nothing good either so I agree with your review 100% :)

  7. Hee cute that your brother was your hand model. *^_^* I'm always wary when I read about a cleanser leaving skin tight. Thanks for the heads up!

  8. Jennifer: If you like a lather it does take longer than normal. I only liked to use this particular cleanser in the mornings because the foam was easier to move around xD

    Blair: Me too! I wish it did work though. Now I have to continue my HG cleanser search >__<

    Maggie: I'm so excited about finishing it up :] Haven't completed used up a cleanser in months! I can't tell if it smells like green tea or not because I haven't drank green tea very often. But it smells refreshing (if that makes sense) and it's very faint smell (if any). Definitely not pungent and vulgar in any way.

    Lilladylife: Just goes to show how products can vary so much from person to person :P How is the neutrogena one?

    G A B Y: Really? Does drinking it help too? Lol Maybe I should start to drink more tea then! ^__^

    AngelicBetrayal: So I'm not the only one with defective packaging! Ahh we're both on the search for HG cleanser :P

    Shop N' Chomp: He was particularly nice that day and didn't complain when I asked him! My skin is a bit seems to feel tight no matter what cleanser I use. So hard to satisfy it lol

  9. Aww it sucks it didn't work for you! I was able to get my hands on one and I love it!! :D :D Sadly it's not available in Canada :(

    Did you tried Philosophy one step purity cleanser? I think it's a very gentle & effective cleanser! You should try it one day :)

  10. LittoMokaa: I'm glad it worked for you! I'm surprised it's not available in Canada though :O I got two samples from Sephora. I'm going to try it after I finish this one ^__^ I can't wait!

  11. The Queen helene mask is that difficult to remove :X ?? OH no i just asked a friend in the US to help me get their mint julep mask...LOL...

    btw i love your reviews :3 please keep them coming! :D

  12. Jennifer: Maybe it'll be easier for those who are more use to clay masks. I'm still a newbie in the mask world :P I should sit and try it again

    Thank you! :D I have some drafted. Will try to post them up soon!

  13. ohh no! I've been eying this cleanser cuz I'm running low on and I like the St. Ives scrub... well I guess I will pass on this since it's drying *shrugs* thanks for the review <3

  14. Frances: Maybe if you don't have your eye on another cleanser you could give it a try. I think my skin is just really picky. I don't think I've used a cleanser/cleansing oil yet that hasn't made my skin feel dry =.=;;