Review: The Ordinary – Glucoside Foaming Cleanser

Where to purchase: Will be available December 9th From The Ordinary Website: LINK / Will be available at Cult Beauty: LINK

Price: £11.10

Volume: 150ml

Made in: Canada

What is it?: A Foaming Cleanser which is the second cleanser from The Ordinary after the Squalane Cleanser (Review HERE). It’s meant to be a contrasting cleanser in terms of texture )this is a gel-foam cleanser) and skin-type preference, than the Squalane Cleanser (More balm-y)

What does it do (Aims)?: The brand states this is a gentle, foaming cleanser that effectively cleanses the skin and retains the skin’s moisture barrier. It’s supposed to also improve skin clarity and texture with continued use and improve the condition of the skin over time (I’ll give my thoughts in the conclusion).

Supposedly Good for: Oily Skins

What I think: I agree! Oilier skins would definitely prefer this over Dry Skins (I think the Squalane Cleanser is more suited for Dry Skins).. I do think Sensitive Skins could use this too and blemish-prone skin (as long as your skin isn’t dehydration-prone).


Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty-Free?: Yes

How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months

pH: (They’re getting back to me on that but I’m assuming it’s around 5.5).

Packaging: Same tube packaging as the other Ordinary tubed products. However interestingly, this tube is white whereas they have usually been metallic. I believe that is to encourage a double-cleanser (i.e. a visual reminder) between the Grey Squalane Cleanser (first clenase) and this white Glucoside Cleanser (second cleanse).

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Directions: ”Dispense product into hands. Massage well onto a wet face and rinse with warm water” (from The Ordinary Website).

Note: The Brand advises you use this as a Cleansing Duo i.e. a Double Cleanse (cleansing twice in one routine with 2 different types of cleansers). i.e. using an oil-based cleanser initially to remove makeup / SPF. So this would be The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser if you go for The Ordinary, and then, use a second cleanser (water-based) to remove leftover oil from the face. Which is The Ordinary’s Glucoside Foaming Cleanser. Personally I only recommend this technique if you wear heavy makeup (it dries out my dehydration-prone skin).

How I use it: I used this to remove my SPF. If I needed to remove makeup with this (which I tried a few times), I initially used an oil-based cleanser which was either the Pyukang Yul Cleansing Oil or the Youlief Key Oil Cleanser (Review HERE).

Key Ingredients: Surfactants: 1. Coco-Glucoside (used for cleansing the skin. It is also foaming). This is a Coconut Alcohol in Glucose (of vegetable origin). It is mild to the skin and produces moderate foam / 2. Decyl Glucoside cleansing agent i.e. Surfactant. Derived from decyl alcohol in glucose and is of vegetable origin. It is also mild to the skin. Note: This is why the Cleanser is called ”Glucoside Cleanser”.

Full Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Phytic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE (Coming Soon).

This is a short list of ingredients so you an understand why it’s gentle!

Texture: This is a Gel Cleanser. It’s easy to massage into the skin (after adding some water). This is lightweight and water (slides down the hand).

Video Texture Swatch:

Sticky?: Initially the Gel is sticky.

Greasy?: No, this is a gel (not oily).

  • As you can see this immediately slides down the hand once applied onto the skin! Lightweight + watery.

Product / Swatch Comparison (No Product – Left), (Product – Right)

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: No.

Summer or Winter?: Summer for Dry skins. All-year for Oily Skins.

Does this sting the eyes?: No.


Does this Foam Up? How does this wash off?:

  • As you can see, this does foam up, but not a huge amount (which I personally prefer as the more bubbles; the more tight my skin feels). Also when water is added, this emulsifies, so it’s easier to wash off. A little also goes a long way (don’t need to use a huge amount with each wash)

Fragrance?: No added fragrance or essential oils (However I will say this doesn’t smell great – it has that ‘chemical-y’ scent. It actually smells exactly like the Hero Cosmetics PHA Cleanser (Review HERE).


Good at Removing Makeup?:

Lip Liner / Eyeshadow Liquid / Eye Pencil

Method: 30 Seconds rubbing the skin, then another 30 seconds before washing off (did not pat or rub dry)

  • As you can see; this cleanser may work better in a double cleanse when removing waterproof and heavy duty makeup. However for light makeup or SPF, this should be ok with one cleanse.

How long have I been using this?: 2 Weeks.

Will I use until Completion?: I will use this on my body, to clean my sponges and makeup brushes, so yes.

How Long will that take?: This is a big tube so it’ll last! Maybe 3 Months or more.

The Effect?: Cleansed skin, but I do get a slight tight feeling afterwards, especially after patting the skin dry and if you let it dry down naturally (i.e. not applying a serum on top), I get that slight tightness. Not as bad as the Krave Matcha Cleanser however (Review HERE).

Did this improve my skin with continued use? No. I could understand if someone has never cleansed before or has been using a very irritating cleanser, then they could see better results using this gentle, non-aggressive cleanser however.

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Reasonably priced
  • Large ml
  • Cleanses adequately (works in a double cleanser)
  • Emulsifies, so this is easy to wash off
  • Didn’t break me out

What I don’t like:

  • Slightly tight feeling post-wash (Not ideal for Dry / Dehydrated Skins)
  • The smell isn’t that great (but I appreciate it is Fragrance + EO free)

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4 (nearly a 3.9) /5 – A gentle cleanser for Oilier skins. My dehydration-prone skin feels a slight tightness after cleansing (not nearly as much as e.g. the Krave Cleanser). If I had to choose between this and the Squalane Cleanser, I would go for the Squalane as I don’t really get a tight feeling with it (suits my skin type better), and it doesn’t smell as potent.

Would I repurchase?: If I wanted a foaming cleanser, then yes, as this is Fragrance + EO free, and does the job for a low price. But personally, I go for cream cleansers instead.

Dupe?: The Geek and Gorgeous Jelly Joker (Swatch Video: HERE) is very similar (Gel-texture that slightly foams up and emulsifies): Another dupe (if you have oily skin) is the Krave Matche Hemp Hydrating Cleanser (Review HERE). If you don’t mind Tea Tree, the COSRX low-pH Balancing Cleanser (for Normal-Oily Skin) is another good texture dupe: LINK. Also, the CeraVe Foaming Cleanser is another Dupe: LINK.

NOTE: If you have Dry skin, then the Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser is more suitable: Review / LINK

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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