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Yet another cleanser: Cetaphil Daily for normal to oily skin

I’m addicted to trying new cleansers. It’s getting ridiculous. Maybe I haven’t found the perfect one, if such a thing even exists, but I love trying new things. During one of more recent breakouts I found myself in the chemist desperately seeking a tube of Panoxyl. A large, familiar bottle caught my eye, Cetaphil Daily Cleanser for normal to oily skin.

I have never come across Cetaphil before but I have seen countless YouTube guru’s showing it off. It was time for me to give it a try.

It costs €14 which is a little steep considering the fact that it’s a detergent based cleanser with no attractive ingredients. But it is mild and there is plenty of product in there. I have heard that their original gentle cleanser isn’t fabulous at removing make- up so I was curious about this one.

It removed my make-up, including non waterproof eye make-up, without a hitch. It didn’t dry out my skin or irritate my eyes. It does exactly what it says on the tin… Ronseal wood stain tv ad reference for those of you who are wondering whether Cetaphil comes in a tin :)

That’s the good, now here’s the negative. It’s fragranced which isn’t conducive to the brand image. It’s also pretty pointless. It also doesn’t have a bunny  on the packaging which I assume means that the product may be tested on animals.





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  • Anita

    Anyone know where to get Cerave products in Ireland??

  • Fiona

    I’ve been using this cleanser for a few months and it has helped stop my breakouts so much. I used the gentle cleanser for a long time and I just didn’t feel like it kept my skin clean, and it didn’t help with breakouts at all.
    The daily facial cleanser is amazing. But I can’t find it anywhere in Ireland. I could only get it in America. Any pharmacies that I asked had never heard of the daily cleanser; only the gentle one.

  • Ciara

    can you tell me where you got this in Ireland?? i’ve been trying to get a bottle for ages but can’t find it anywhere!! Thanks :)

    • Amy

      @Ciara I found it in a chemist in Raheny. If you ask your local pharmacy they can get it in for you.

  • Saoirse

    I know it looks so boring but I feel that it’s safe for my skin. I use it to go over my face to get off any last bits of makeup and I know I won’t get any spots after using this. I also feel my skin is smoother when I use it.

    I feel that I use so much so quickly though.. and for the price it’s kind of annoying… (Being a broke student sucks) OH WELL :P

  • Kim

    I found this recently in boots and after hearing so many people on youtube rave about it, I decided to give it a try. My skin has been very prone to breaking out of late and the clinique 3 step seemed to be making it worse. Now I just use this cleanser and bio oil and my skin is so much clearer. I love it! :)

    • Amy

      @Kim the clinique 3 step is spawn of satan, it made my skin so much worse, cetaphil all the way :)

  • Erin

    I have super sensitive skin (especially in the winter) and use the basic, unscented cetaphil and it has made a huge difference in my skin. It does not remove eye makeup well, but when my skin gets dry and irritated, it can actually be used without water to remove dirt/oil! And yes, it is still expensive in the states :-) I just discovered your blog and love it btw!

  • Eva

    ive seen loads of ppl talkin bout this where did ya get it? :)

  • janice

    u were searching for panoxyl? me too! i heard a rumour its been discontinued for the past while :(

  • Claire

    Isn’t this cleanser like two dollars in the US?? Another example of Rip-Off Republic in action :( Is there a version for dry/sensitive skin?

  • Aggie

    If you’r looking for a good cleanser with a little extra benefits , you should try the neutrogena wave cleanser! it is a battery oparated cleanser that viabrates in order to remove dead skin cells…it also removes all your make up and makes your skin super comes with 14 pads that contain a cleanser..but i personaly think you could use it with any product you want….you could just get a normal cotton pad and put the attachment and it would give you better results than just using it with your hands! Btw i got it in boots for sumtin around 6 euro which is an amazing price!
    What Do you think?? XoX

  • xoxSoccer8Chickxox

    Hi Amy : ) this has been a go-to cleanser for me for a year now, I find its great at removing my makeup and it hasn’t dried out my skin or caused any breakouts! I highly recommend it for people with sensitive combo/oily skin.


  • Caoimhe


    and yes I feel the price is too steep aswell, you could get a much nicer maybe Lancome cleanser for a fiver more!

  • Caoimhe

    I tried this cleanser and had been using it for like a month, and I have to say yes it does what it says on the tin cleanes skin etc But its just soooo boring, doesn’t make any dramatic differnce to your skin texture etc and I just do not feel compelled to use it due it the packaging and just general meh-ness of it all! :)

  • Lee

    Love your blog, I’m new and am working my way through it. I’m in the industry, so I love to see what others are doing.
    I’d like to recommend you try Clean Energy from Origins when you try a new cleanser. It is my current fave, and I think I’ve tried just about everything. Keep up the great work and thanks!

  • glossaddict

    My dermatologist recommended that I use CeraVe cleanser which is similar to the original Cetaphil. Personally, I like it much better.

  • Kaitlin

    I use the She Terra Mint Marrakesh Black Soap Elixir and it smells amazing and is all Natural! Plus they don’t test on animals and proceeds go to women in Africa =)

  • Charan

    I have been loving the No.7 Gentle foaming cleanser. Its € 10.50 but I usually buy it when I have the 7.50 off voucher in boots :) . It is very gentle but I usually wipes of all my makeup with baby wipes and then use this so that it will take off all the residual makeup :)

  • Lilly

    I have used Cetaphil for few years now (it was recommended by my dermatologist). I’ve extremely sensitive skin and this cleanser is the only cleanser that doesn’t irritate my skin. Love it! :)

  • Amy

    Awh I always wanted to try it out.. but when i saw it was priced for 14 euro and i put it down! I would love to try it but my skin isn’t under any stress at the moment.. maybe another time :) xx

  • Rhiannon

    I’ve been seeing loadsa people talk about this, maybe I’m meant to try it :P
    Havn’t seen it around though, did you just get it from a regular Boots?

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