2 Jan 2017

Review: The Saem Urban ECO Harakeke Foam Cleanser

I was curious about the harakeke line after I finished the Harakeke Toner and Emulsion earlier. I don't want to go over the brand The Saem too much here since I've talked about it in the before. Harakeke, as discussed before, is a plant native of New Zealand, sort of like the alternative of aloe vera. It is found to have skin moisturizing, soothing, and anti-microbial properties, and is good for most skin types even oily skin.

I got mine from Koreadepart at about $6.34 but you can get it from Hermo as well at RM 49.90. This is not an expensive cleanser but definitely an above-average priced foam cleanser. The price is close to the Toner and Emulsion from the same line, which makes me wonder does it worth the price we are paying for.

There isn't a lot of information printed in English on the box, except claiming that it is a foam cleanser that can be lathered into rich and thick bubbles made of harakeke from New Zealand.

It looks like most water-based cleanser. It comes in a tube with a sealed top.

And it can be lathered into thick but not really rich bubbles easily. The cleanser is considered quite moisturizing, leaving the skin soft and clean afterward. The downside is the high pH level of this cleanser, at 8.0, which some people may not be comfortable with as high pH cleanser disturbs the skin's natural pH balance and leads to further complications.


Sorbitol, Phormium Tenax Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-8, Glycol Distearate, Honey, Calendula Officinalis Flower Water, Anoectochilus Formosanus Cell Culture, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Perfume


I'm surprisingly impressed with the ingredients of this cleanser. Instead of water, this cleanser uses harakeke juice extract as base, just like its toner and emulsion. Harakeke extract is a New Zealand flax that has the properties of an astringent with skin soothing, anti-bacterial and cooling benefits. This cleanser uses commonly found cleansing ingredients like stearic acid and lauric acid. So I guess it is expensive for its use of harakeke juice extract. And then we have honey, calendula flower extract, and anoetochilus formosanus cell culture extract, all of which are antioxidants and skin soothing, moisturizing and whitening benefits. But let's don't pay too much attention to the ingredients that are meant to be washed off. The point is, this cleanser seems like a gentle and non-drying cleanser. The skeleton, however, is highly similar to cheaper cleanser available in the market.


image courtesy of New Zealand Plant Pic
This is a good cleanser, with subtle greeny scent, non-drying and effective cleansing power as well as quality ingredients. However, if you ask me from a budget-point-of-view, I will still recommend that you go for Nature Republic Aloe Vera Foam Cleanser at about half or one-third the price. Both products are more or less the same, but The Saem has fancier and less commonly found ingredients hence higher price tag. Of course, if you ask me about the toner-and-emulsion set, I think The Saem Harakeke ones are better compared to the Nature Republic Aloe Vera toner and emulsion set. But for cleanser, definitely Nature Republic one is more worth-it. Having said that, I will not repurchase this after I have finished it.

About: foam cleanser, water-based cleanser, second cleanser
Properties: moisturizing, soothing, cleansing
Best suited for: all skin types
May not suit: budget-conscious people

packaging: ★★★
scent: ★★★
texture: ★★★
ingredients: ★★★
efficacy: ★★★
overall impression: ★★★ (neither like or dislike it, quite "meh", wouldn't repurchase)

You can get this from: The Saem Malaysia | Hermo | Koreadepart | Jolse
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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