Which one would I choose? | Hydrating Cleansers

hydrating cleansers, Kiehl's, Boots Botanics, Simple Skincare

The first instalment of “Which one would I choose?” was such a success I thought I really need to write a new post in the same series! I also got some lovely comments on my last post, so thank you very much for those too! In these comments I mentioned doing a post about “Hydrating Cleansers” and I got quite a lot of you saying that you would be interested in that. So here it is: Which one would I choose? Featuring 3 hydrating cleansers I’ve tried.



The first cleanser I’m going to talk about is the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, which claims to cleans the skin without stripping it or removing the natural oils of the skin. I really love using this cleanser with my Foreo Luna as a second cleanse after I removed my makeup. This cleanser is lovely to use with a cleansing device, because it becomes foam after you add water. This creates a nice barrier between your cleansing device and your skin. It also leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean! And most important: It doesn’t dry out my skin! What I love about Kiehl’s is the fact that they offer travel size of some of their products, which allows you to (in this case) try out the cleanser without breaking the bank.



The second cleanser I’m going to discuss is the Botanics Hydration Burst Dual Action Cleanser. This is quite an affordable cleansers that claims to cleanse and smoothen the skin without making it dry or tight. It’s a gel to milk formula, which is quite different to the other cleansers I’m mentioning in this post. This is also te reason why I love using this as a quick first, makeup removing, cleanse. If I use this cleanser with my Foreo Luna, it feels like I’m putting the device directly on my skin. So I mainly use this one to remove my makeup and give my skin a ‘first cleanse’ in the evening. And it really does the job without drying out my skin!



The last cleanser in this post is the Simple Moisturising Facial Wash, which is currently sold out in The Netherlands (here’s the UK link). First a shout out to Simple Skincare for making this available in The Netherlands! This cleanser claims to cleanse the skin and remove impurities without making it dry or tight. I have to say this could be an affordable dupe for the Kiehl’s one. The formula of these cleansers is almost the same. It becomes foam when you add water to the cleanser and it leaves you skin feeling cleans and fresh, but not tight! Though, the Simple one is less ‘rich’ compared to the Kiehl’s one. I have to say that this could also preferable to have a cleanser that is less rich in formula. So I think if you have a smaller budget this cleanser is a great option over the Kiehl’s one and does the same job!


Now the real question: Which one would I choose? I think I prefer the Kiehl’s cleanser over the other two, because I really love the rich formula and the fact that I can use it with my Foreo Luna. This doesn’t mean in any way that I think the other two are bad. Not at all! Like I said I think the simple one is a great budget option and basically does the same as the Kiehl’s cleanser. And I really like the Botanics cleanser to remove my makeup and as a second cleanse, but I also have oil cleanser to do this. For my routine it’s a bit excessive, but for others it might be a great first cleanser!

I hope you liked this second instalment! And let me know what you’d like to see next!!

signature, xoxo Annaleid, Actually Anna







Thanks for the reviews! I’d be interested in trying out the Botanics cleanser for make-up removal. 🙂


You’re welcome! Yes the Botanics cleanser is great for that!
xoxo Annaleid


[…] It’s already Day 21 of blogmas today! I really can’t believe how fast this first year of blogmas is flying by. Today it’s time for another post in the Which one would I choose? series. This time I’ll talk about three oil cleansers I’ve tried. I have to mention, maybe you already know by now, I have dry and sensitive skin. Therefore, I use oil cleansers as my first cleanse in the evening to remove my makeup. I usually have one of these in the shower, since I think it’s less of a hassle to remove my makeup while I shower instead of using a muslin cloth. After I cleanse with an oil cleanser and removed my makeup, I always second cleanse my face with one of the cleansers I mentioned in a previous instalment: Hydrating cleansers. […]

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