Review: Hada Labo – Gokujyun Face wash (Is it ACTUALLY gentle?)

Where to purchase: Yesstyle: LINK / Stylevana: LINK / Amazon: LINK

Price: £11.61 / $14.69

Volume: 100ml

Made in: Japan

What is it?: A mild foaming cleanser that uses hyaluronic acids to try and cleanse the skin gently without disrupting the skin’s barrier or stripping the skin of too much moisture.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types.

What I think: I have Oily-Combination skin and this is gentle enough on my skin without making it feel too tight or dehydrated. I do think Oily skins could easily use this and Normal and Sensitive skins.


Vegan?: No.

Cruelty Free?: Still sells in China.

pH: 5-6

Packaging: Plastic squeeze-y tube with a flip-top cap. This did come with a hygiene seal to remove before using.

Directions: Apply after removing your makeup. Moisten the face and hands and then apply a pea-size amount of this product onto the palm and lather. Then massage gentle onto the face and rinse adequately. This can be used 2x a day.

How I use it: I use this in the evening to remove SPF. I like to wet the product and lather it into somewhat of a foam before applying it onto the skin and rubbing. I then add more water and rub as this becomes softer and smoother and easier to glide the wetter it gets, and easier to wash off (turns slightly milky). If I am wearing makeup then I first use a cleansing oil, and then this.

Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acids: 1. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate + 2. Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate (Both of these are hydrating to the skin). Lauric Acid (anti-blemish) + Glycerin (Hydrating + Moisturising).

The Surfactants (i.e. the ingredients that cleanse the skin) are: Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Lauric Acid

Full Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, BG, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-400, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate(Super Hyaluronic Acid), Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate(Skin Adsorption Type Hyaluronic Acid), Citric Acid, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, PEG-32, EDTA-2Na, Polyquaternium-7, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Polyquaternium-52 , Methyl paraben, Propyl Paraben, BHT

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: This is a cream-gel (somewhere in-between). It becomes smoother and smoother the more water is added.

Sticky?: Initially, yes (if you apply this onto dry skin).

Greasy?: No.

Balls up?: No.

  • As you can see, this is an opaque gel-cream product.
  • This is a little sticky/tacky if water isn’t added, so it’s recommended to apply this onto wet skin.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: It could do (due to the Hyaluronic acids included). I would recommend The Ordinary’s Squalane (Review) or Glycolipid Cleanser if the skin is severely sensitive (i.e. everything stings).

Summer or Winter?: Both seasons.

Stings the eyes?: No (just keep the eyes closed).

Does this dry-out the skin?: This less-stripping than the Round Lab Dokdo Cleanser (Review HERE) as it doesn’t dry out the skin as much. This is also much less stripping than the Krave Matcha Hemp Cleanser (Review HERE). So no, this doesn’t really dry out the skin (I have oily-combination skin).

Round Lab – Dokdo – Foaming Cleanser Swatches + Review


Video Swatch:

  • As you can see, this does foam up. Not as much as the Round Lab Dokdo Cleanser (or other very foamy cleansers). This isn’t fun or nice to rub around the skin without water, but

Fragrance?: Fragrance + EO Free

Good at removing makeup?: No as this isn’t a makeup remover. I would only use this after I’ve used a cleansing oil or balm to thoroughly dissolve/remove the waterproof makeup first.

How long have I been using this?: 3 Months.

Will I use until Completion?: Yes.

How Long will that take?: 2-3 Months.

The Effect?: Cleansed skin without the skin feeling painfully squeaky clean or tight.

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Doesn’t strip the skin (3.7/10 on the drying scale)
  • Didn’t irritate my skin
  • Easy to wash off
  • Doesn’t foam up too much
  • Hyaluronic acids

What I don’t like:

  • Potentially drying for very dry skins (dehydration-prone skins)

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – A very simple, gentle cleanser that doesn’t irritate or horribly strip the skin. I feel like I can use this without worrying about it tightening my skin or making me feel uncomfortable after. I do think those who are prone to severe dehydration and very dry skin may find this slightly stripping, but my Oily-combo skin can use this without pain. No it’s not a makeup melting cleanser, but it is great for SPF removal and regular dirt cleansing. For a foaming cleanser, I like this.

Would I repurchase?: Yes as this is relatively gentle and not too invasive.

Dupe?: In terms of a foaming cleanser that is also very gentle, the Geek and Gorgeous Jelly Joker is slightly more directed at Oilier skins, but it’s not a bad dupe and is also Vegan and Cruelty-Free

Jelly Joker Review

The Ordinary Glycolipid Cleanser isn’t as foaming as the Hada Labo Cleanser, but it is very gentle and great for dehydration and dry skins as well as oily skins (Review Coming Soon).

OR The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser is not foaming, but it’s a creamy and very gentle cleanser (Review HERE).

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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