I was still fangirling over the recent launch by Wishtrend & Klairs – their Vitamin e mask – when they contacted me about another exciting product they were working on! Wishtrend needs to slow their roll before I go broke trying to get everything new. Fortunately, they sent me this green tea powder wash to try out in anticipation of the launch and I didn’t have to deal with the FOMO when I inevitably can’t get it before it runs out of stock.
Consistency: I feel like this section of the review is pretty obvious and unnecessary because the name says it all. It’s a powder! It’s a little gritty and has larger particles but it doesn’t matter much since they dissolve in the water anyway.
Scent: This is a gift from the matcha gods. It smells exactly like matcha milk powder. Part of me wants to pour in some milk and sugar and start slurping. DO NOT CONSUME THIS though. If you can’t stand the smell of matcha/green milk tea, turn away!
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Zea Mays, Camelia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Lysine HCL, Proline Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Sorbitol, Papain, Betaine, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate.
Effect: As soon as you add some water to the powder, it bubbles a little and turns to a green liquid. I really hoped this product would work well with my skin because I love every other aspect of it but alas it didn’t. I seem to break out every time I use it. However, this is to be expected from over 90% of the cleansers I try. It is extremely difficult for me to find a cleanser that my skin won’t break out with. I haven’t found any ingredients on the list that have triggered breakouts for me in the past which has left me quite confused.
Baking soda has recently been blamed for being awful for your skin because it’s basic and the skincare world is buzzing with how great low pH acidic cleansers are. However, I have used cleansers containing baking soda before with a higher pH and my skin was fine leading me to be fairly certain that the baking soda is not to blame for this reaction. The cleanser also has papain which does wonders for my skin when included in most masks. All of this to say that, I don’t think it’s the individual ingredients but rather the formulation as a whole that doesn’t work for my skin. I am going to give this cleanser another go by changing up the other products I use along with it to see if the rest of my routine had any role to play in these effects. If I see any changes, I will add an updated section to this review.
Update: So after reading a few other opinions, I found that they recommend using this wash only about 2-3 times a week if you have sensitive skin. I tried using it 2 times per week and my skin did not break out. In fact, it was quite pleasant. I guess this is a better “occasional treatment” sort of product than a daily cleanser for me.
Verdict aka tldr:
- Smells amazing
- the texture is good – slight physical exfoliation depending on how much water is added
- Initial effects (right after washing it off) were good – clean, hydrated skin
- Next day effects – caused breakouts
- Update: Using about 2-3 times a week (as opposed to once per day) stopped the breakouts and helped my skin with exfoliation!
I loved everything about this product except that it doesn’t work for me as a daily cleanser. That being said, most cleansers don’t! I have only found 2 cleansers in my existence that haven’t broken me out and have actually helped my skin heal. I suggest taking this review into consideration for the physical descriptions of the product and information about the ingredients. If your skin is similar to mine, I hope this review helped you with a description of what could possibly go wrong with the product and how you might want to use it less frequently. If your skin isn’t anything like mine, you should definitely give this product a chance especially if you love matcha.
Rating: 2/5. It breaks my heart to give this product such a low rating. It has a 5/5 in packaging, scent and every other category but if a product isn’t right for your skin, you shouldn’t use it. I am glad that this works as an occasional exfoliator for me but I would rather just use a different treatment like an exfoliating pad or aha/bha mask.
Where you can buy it:
- At wishtrend! It is available for 20% off for a promotional time since this is a new release
- On Amazon
*Disclaimer: This product was provided free-of-cost by Wishtrend in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are unbiased and honest.