My Current Staple: Simple Moisturising Foaming Facial Wash

by PJ on Wednesday, June 4, 2008

in -Simple, skincare, skincare - cleansing/toning

(Simple Moisturising Foaming Facial Wash)

In my post on RMK’s Cleansing Oil N, I mentioned that I used a face wash after the cleansing oil. In the last few years, I have used (foaming) face washes from Chanel, Lancôme, L’Oréal, Nivea, and Johnson’s. After the Johnson’s one was discontinued (at least here in the UK) last year, I went through a mini-hunt for my next staple face wash.

(One of my favorite face washes is Lancôme’s Gel Clarté. But, it costs 17.5 GBP (for 125ml) and lasts about 5 weeks for me, so I’d rather go for a cheaper alternative, which is not impossible to find.)

Among the several face washes I picked up, two were from Simple, which is a UK drugstore skincare brand available in major chains like Boots and Superdrug. (It doesn’t seem to be available outside the UK, but I might be wrong.) I had never tried their products before, but the Moisturising Foaming Facial Wash (2.79 GBP for 150ml) impressed me.

It is a straightforward and gimmick-free face wash that gets the job done, and it happens to be fragrance-free and colourant-free. It has a fluidy gel consistency and it foams and rinses very well. (The main cleansing agents in this product are, as in the order on the ingredient list, sodium laureth sulfate, decyl glucoside, and cocamidopropyl betaine.)

What I like the most about this face wash is that, after I rinse it off, I simply feel nothing. No tightness, filminess, or slipperiness. The face feels well-cleansed, fresh, and not stripped. (I much prefer this to the other Simple’s face wash I tried, Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, which feels a little filmy after rinsing.)

This is very suitable for my oily-dry skin, and I have been using it both in the morning and the evening (after the cleansing oil if I wear makeup for the day). (When I use it after the cleansing oil, I only use 1/3 of the amount I use in the morning.) I think this face wash will suit people with most skin types (apart from those with very dry skin).

My other current daily skincare products:

Lancôme Tonique Douceur

Olay Daily Illuminating UV Fluid SPF 15

Olay Complete Care Night Enriched Cream

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Kng Suan Thursday, June 5, 2008

Hi PJ,

Simple is available in Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, at least). I believe I have seen it in Hong Kong and China too.


YZ Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Simple range is available in Malaysia as well. I picked up this facial wash at a warehouse sale (cost me only RM10!) & like you, I love it to bits! :) Gentle, effective cleansing, without leaving a tight / filmy feeling on my face afterwards. Plus the tube lasts a LONG time :)


PJ Friday, June 6, 2008

Hi Kng Suan,

Thank you very much for the information! I think I will probably be contacting about the global availability and I will update the post accordingly.

Thank you for your comment again! :)


PJ Friday, June 6, 2008

Hi YZ,

It is great to know that you like this face wash as well!

Indeed, I also find that this face wash lasts longer than other 150ml ones. It foams very well, so I need less per use.

Let’s hope this product will be around for a long time!

Thank you very much for your comment again! :)


Lalai Sunday, June 29, 2008

The wash felt really nice when I first used it but afterwards my skin felt a little tight… I also found out that Simple facial cleansers sting my eyes! Frustrated after wasting money on cleansers I bought Boots Vitamin E cleanser for 79p and discovered it was a really good buy. Similar to the Simple products except no eye stinging whatsoever and a lot cheaper.


PJ Monday, June 30, 2008

Hi Lalai,

I see. Something similar actually happened with a couple of other face washes I tried. In the beginning (around the first 6 months), it felt nice on the skin and then it started to be a little drying. Then I had to replace it. I have used this one from Simple for over a year, and so far it has been working well. But I will definitely have a look at the Boots Vitamin E cleanser soon. Great that it is even cheaper!

Thank you for posting your comment, and hope to hear from you again! :)


kahani Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hi PJ,

Thanks so much for your post on this cleanser! I bought it because my skin was going crazy from too many product tests and it definitely helped!

Here’s my review of it. Let’s spread the word! Lol!


PJ Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hi Kahani,

Thank you for the link!

I am very glad that you like the Simple face wash. It is definitely one that I like the best at the moment. Great that it suits you as well. :)

Thank you for your comment again! :)


Anonymous Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My absolutely favourite is Estee Lauder’s Perfectly Clean
Splash Away Foaming Cleanser

It has a creamy texture but foams like crazy so I only need to squeeze 5mm of it on my hand.
The scent is very subtle and devine!
And it makes me so happy that I actually want to go wash my face again and again. But the price is high. So I restrain myself to use it only once a day wich is really a pity.
But I will pay the price until they decide to discontinue the product. The pleasure of using it is worth it! :)


PJ Wednesday, October 1, 2008


I actually used to use Estee Lauder’s Splash Away for a few years and I really loved it. :)

But when I moved to the UK, it became a little drying for me so I decided to stop using it. Nonetheless, Splash Away is a face wash I would recommend to those who have combination/oily skin and/or who live in a warm climate.

Thank you very much for posting your thoughts! :)


Jan McCracken Sunday, February 5, 2012

Thanks for all the great info. Just saw in the CVS ad they are now carrying the SIMPLE line of products. Can’t wait to try it out!



PJ Friday, February 10, 2012

Hi Jan,

You are welcome, and thank you for stopping by! :)


Paula Zajac Sunday, December 13, 2015

My absolute favorite foamy cleanser has been Shiseido for over 15 years. It leaves my skin so clean it squeaks. So that is my measuring characteristic. Any other I use (when I run out and haven’t replaced it yet) must met that standard.


PJ Monday, December 14, 2015

Hi Paula,

Thank you very much for sharing your experience! :)


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