6 Jan 2017

Review: Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash

Enzyme Powder Wash is particularly popular a few months ago, especially this one from Tosowoong. It claims to be a gentle, non-abrasive, deep-cleansing, and makeup-removing low pH cleanser that doesn't contain any water hence no harmful preservative is needed to give this product a longer shelf life. As such, these type of cleanser normally does not use a lot of fancy ingredients or harsh preservatives. It is like those dried fruit or yeast that is inactivated but nutritious.

According to Tosowoong, this is a pores cleansing powdery cleanser that can remove all sebum and dead skin cells with the papain enzyme derived from papaya inside. It is also loaded with vitamin E to leave the skin soft and clean.

Waterless, powdery, leak-free and light. These properties make this cleanser a travel-friendly and convenient go-to foaming cleanser.

Unlike conventional water-based foaming cleanser in a soft paste (like toothpaste?), this one comes in fine grains. Not exactly powdery. Innisfree Green Barley Powder Wash I tried in the store had finer texture and is easier for lathering.

It will turn into soft foam when diluted with water. I normally just rub it on my skin like a scrub and feeling it dissolved into fine bubbles. The cleanser has a pleasant cosmetic fragrance that I like but might be a little bit overwhelming for those who are sensitive to fragrance.


Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium  Lauroyl Aspartate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Palmitate, Badger Oil, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Papain (140 mg), Maltodextrin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Perfume

(translated from the package label)


The base is corn starch, which makes this a waterless product which means it will require less preservative and other potentially irritating ingredient.

Cleansing agents used are sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium lauroyl aspartate, sodium palmitate, and sodium laureth sulfate. Sodium cocoyl isethionate is a fatty acid derived from coconut oil which will remove oil and dirt on the skin surface. Its safety rating is pretty high compared to those commonly seen in foam cleanser like myristic or lauric acid. It is relatively gentler if used in lower concentrations (up to 50%). Sodium lauroyl aspartate and sodium palmitate are both pretty safe cleansing agents to compliment sodium cocoyl isethionate.

The concern here may be the sodium laureth sulfate, commonly known as SLS. The ingredient is linked to increased chances for cancer, skin irritation and damage. Cosdna gives the ingredient a high rating on both irritability and carcinogenicity. Although I personally never finds it irritable on my skin, but it could be a little bit drying for my skin especially if there is wound or scars.

And then we have 140mg of papain, which is an exfoliating and anti-bacterial agent to slough off dead skin cells and skin impurities. Regular uses of this ingredient is found to help fade acne scars, dark spots and sun damage. Hence a brilliant idea to include it in a powdery foaming cleanser to do exfoliating and cleansing at once.

In short, the ingredients seem like a revolutionary take on the conventional water-based foaming cleanser category. It doesn't carry any flowery and unnecessary additives or extracts, just the basic stuffs needed to make this an effective cleansing and exfoliating ingredient to push the cost low. Although the formulation is a little bit drying for my normal to dry skin, but it is definitely an innovative and interesting cleanser to try that combines deep-cleansing, makeup-removing and exfoliating.


As for its makeup removing claim, yes it does remove some of the makeup but as you can see they are not completely gone. My glittering eye shadow, eye liner, lip gloss, and lip tint remain visible. I don't usually use a cleansing toner as I prefer having water as my last step in cleansing (I don't like leaving those surfactant on my skin), hence this cleanser fails its duty as a makeup removing cleanser in my opinion. My skin will not be clean after cleansing with this when I have makeup on.

In short, Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash is an innovative, unique and fun-to-use exfoliating and deep-cleansing foaming cleanser. It is the second step you use in your cleansing routine, after your oil cleanser or makeup remover. I personally wouldn't recommend using this to remove makeup unless if you use a cleansing toner later on. It is a little bit drying for daily uses so I like to use its twice a week or whenever necessary so you can see that I have over half left in that bottle. Combination or those with clogged pores or troubled skin might find this helpful to even out your skin as it helps to reduce dead skin cells from accumulating. Sensitive is advised not to rub the grains on their face directly to avoid irritating though.

Not my favourite cleanser but an interesting exfoliating cleanser. Not to mention that it is really cheap too, if compared to Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Brightening Exfoliator.

About: scrub/exfoliation, foam cleanser, second step cleansing
Properties: exfoliating, deep-cleansing, light makeup removing
Best suited for: normal/combination to oily skin
May not suit: sensitive, dry skin

packaging: ★★★
scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★★
ingredients: ★★★
efficacy: ★★★☆
overall impression: ★★★ (quite good and I somewhat enjoy it!)

You can get this from: Tosowoong Malaysia | Wishtrend | RoseRoseShop
[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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