Review: The Ordinary – Glycolipid Cream Cleanser

Where to purchase: The Ordinary: HERE / Cult Beauty: HERE / Feel Unique (Sephora): HERE / Asos: HERE / Boots: HERE / Look Fantastic: HERE

Price: £11.10 / $13.86

Volume: 150ml

Made in: Canada

What is it?: A non-foaming, unscented Cream cleanser.

What does it do?: Cleanse the skin (supposedly removes makeup and foundation and eyeliner etc – please see my makeup removal video down below) without stripping the skin of its natural moisture or irritating the skin’s barrier.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types

What I think: I would agree. Dry and Dehydration skins would also enjoy this creamy cleanser. Sensitive skins shouldn’t have a problem with this.


Vegan?: Yes.

Cruelty Free?: Yes.

How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months.

pH: Matches the skin’s pH.

Packaging: Plastic tube with a flip-top cap (also came with a hygiene tab). This is easy to dispense and the box is recyclable.


Directions: ”Dispense the product into the hands. Massage onto a dry face and then rinse with warm water.” NOTE: This product can be applied onto wet skin.

    How I use it: I apply this into wet skin (not too wet, but wet enough that this emulsifies slightly and I can spread it more easily). I do not use this for makeup removal as it’s not that great at it. I prefer to use this product to remove SPF and regular dirt and grime, or I will use it as the second cleanse in a double-cleanse routine. The amount you see above on my hand is enough for my to wash my face and neck as this spreads quite far after applying a little bit of water.

    Key Ingredients: Chlorphenesin (Antibacterial). Emollients (i.e. the creamy ingredients): Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol. Hydrating: Pentylene Glycol. (These are fatty alcohols which aren’t drying).

    Note: As you can see there are no fancy added, bonus ingredients like Niacinamide etc, but it doesn’t stop this cleanser from being good at it’s job which is; cleansing the skin without drying it!

    Full Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Glycolipids, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Dicaprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Diutan Gum, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Sodium Phytate, Phytic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

    NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

    Texture: This has a creamy (emollient) texture. It literally feels like a cleansing cream. It doesn’t feel thick. (See below for video swatch).

    Sticky?: No. But I do add water when massaging just to avoid any tugging.

    Greasy?: No. Not as greasy as The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser (Review HERE).

    Stings the eyes?: No.

    • As you can see this simply has a creamy texture. It’s not sticky, tacky or oily.

    Swatch Comparison: No Product (Left) VS Product (Right)

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

    Summer or Winter?: Both (as this isn’t heavy or oily).


    Video Swatch:

    Does this Emulsify?: As you can see from the video; this does turn milky. Not as milky as the Laneige cream skin cleanser, but this thins out even more and is easy to wash off.

    Fragrance?: This is Fragrance + EO Free (Doesn’t have a strong scent. Just smells of cream).

    Good at Removing Makeup?:

    Makeup used: Liquid Lip / Lipstick / Lipstick / Pencil Liner / Pencil Liner

    • As you can see, this isn’t the best at dissolving different types of makeup. I wouldn’t attempt this to dissolve waterproof makeup especially. It’s better to go in with a balm or cleansing oil first, and then using this after. I personally use this to dissolve my SPF which has been more preferable.
    • A better makeup dissolver from The Ordinary is the Squalane Cleanser.

    How long have I been using this?: 1-2 Months.

    Will I use until Completion?: Yes!

    How Long will that take?: Another 2-3 Months (If I use this a lot, since this is a big bottle and I don’t need to much to remove SPF).

    The Effect?: Gently cleansed skin that doesn’t feel stripped or painfully dry after.

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    What I like:

    • Fragrance + EO Free
    • Cruelty-Free
    • Easy to wash off
    • Affordable (and a big bottle)
    • Creamy texture (easy to massage)
    • Non-drying
    • Gentle on the skin

    What I don’t like:

    • Not a makeup dissolver/remover (Not very good at it – see makeup removal above)

    Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – I love this cleanser! It’s very basic, but for someone who’s dehydration-prone; this is a great cleanser that does not feel stripping, is easy to wash off and removes SPF fine! No this is not good at removing makeup, but I would use it after dissolving makeup. I have oily-combination skin and have enjoyed this cleanser but even dry skins would enjoy this.

    Would I repurchase?: Yes! A simple, non-offensive cleanser that hasn’t irritated my skin.

    • Do I like this as much as The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser?: It’s a touch choice! I only slightly prefer the Squalane Cleanser (Review HERE) BECAUSE the Squalane cleanser can actually dissolve makeup whereas this cleanser can’t really do that.

    Dupes?: This is so similar to The Ordinary’s own Squalane Cleanser (Swatches + Review HERE)

    Available at: The Ordinary / Cult Beauty / Boots

    • I think this is actually a more gentle and even less stripping version of the Hada Labo Foaming Cleanser (Swatches + Review HERE)

    Available at: Yesstyle

    Available at: Boots / Ulta / Target / Sephora UK

    • The Cerave Hydrating Cleanser is also very similar (creamy cleanser) – Review HERE

    Available at: Boots / Ulta / Dermstore / Beauty Bay

    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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