Just yesterday I received some good mail–my second bottle of Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser ($18, 6 oz.). This cleanser is famous for being crowd sourced–the makers asked people what they are looking for in a cleanser. Turns out I am not a special snowflake after all, because lots of people were looking for a gel-based, no soap/non foaming, makeup obliterating, ph balanced, gentle cleanser. This hits all of those marks. And it’s affordable! Now I must admit, I almost didn’t repurchase it. Two reasons: first, wanderlust, plain and simple. I like to try new things and I have a bit of a cleanser collection going. Second, I don’t love the scent of rose, I mean I don’t mind it, but…Anyway, I started looking at other gel cleansers–I love gel and jelly textures skincare–and I didn’t come across anything in the cleanser arena that has the kinds of reviews Milky Jelly does. Nothing ticks all the boxes like this. And even though I personally don’t love the smell of roses, I totally recognize the amazing benefits of rosewater–which happens to be the second ingredient in this. Glossier replaced a quarter of the water in the formula with rosewater, which says a lot about how this is formulated with care.
The jelly is based on the gentle cleanser used in contact lens solution. It also contains pro-vitamin B5 for moisture and comfrey root for its soothing qualities. So what else is in it? Water/Aqua/Eau, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Propanediol, Isohexadecane, Poloxamer 184, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xylitylglucoside, Betaine, Allantoin, Glycerin, Panthenol, Symphytum Officinale Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anhydroxylitol, Polysorbate 80, Xylitol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Isopropyl Myristate, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide
Glossier says of Milky Jelly “one face wash to rule them all.” I love the LOTR reference! But seriously, this slogan makes sense. Milky Jelly is the most versatile of all of my cleansers. It works as a first or second cleanse in the evening (I like it after a balm cleanser) and as a morning cleanser. I like it best on wet skin, though when removing makeup Glossier recommends that you use it on dry skin. I start on dry skin to break down makeup then I wet my hands to work it around more before rinsing. It removes makeup and rinses clean. To sum it up: worth the hype.