Hada Labo Cleansers: A Little Comparison

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I was recently sent 3 of these foaming facial wash by Hada Labo. One is “Moisturizing & Whitening”, another is for “Deep Clean & Blemish Control” and the last one is “Deep Clean & Pore Refining”. When it comes to cleansers, I like using a foam to follow my cream or balm makeup remover. I have normal combination skin, so foams don’t usually dry out my face.

I have been using these 3 alternately for a while now, and they do seem a bit more drying than the one I talked about the other day. While I never really believed that cleansers could whiten your face or shrink your pores, I do believe that they are able to give the face a good cleanse. These three definitely wipe out all dirt and grime of the day, including the natural oils of your face. If I don’t follow this with my toner, my skin feels taut and dry. Perhaps someone with oily skin might appreciate these? I’m not sure.

I was just studying the ingredients and I noticed one glaring thing.


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As far as I know, the top few in the list are the key ingredients, and those listed at the bottom of the ingredients list play the least important role, so to speak. Do correct me if I’m wrong because if I’m right, then these 3 ingredients lists baffle me. They are all the same, safe the last one or two ingredients! That would mean that while they are named differently, they perform pretty much the same. I mean, they do feel the same to me, and my skin has been behaving, so they serve the purpose of just cleaning my face… but hey, what’s this?

Do we have any readers here who can help me out?

I do like the Hada Labo SHA Lotion, but when it comes to these foaming cleansers, while they cleanse my skin perfectly well, I find that they dry out my skin. I am also speculating that while the cleansers claim to have different functions, the ingredients lists tell me that the difference is pretty much negligible in its effect. Again, if I’m way off and embarrassing myself, please let me know. I’m still learning about these ingredients business.

What do you think?


xoxo Lily


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  • Lily, I don’t think you’re off on this.
    I like Hada Labo lotion, too – this perfectly preps my skin after cleansing, but their foaming cleanser I’ve tried seem to dry out my skin, too. Some are strong and effective enough to remove all makeup, but it is too much for my aging skin.
    There is a chance they just used the same ingredient list that covers all since it was licensed by the Rhoto brand and manufactured in other country then imported.
    It is a tricky business..I do believe we should be able to recognize the basics of ingredients (that is at least trying to read them, for me), so I applaud you.

    Btw, have you tried Shiseido FT Perfect Whip? This is my favorite foaming cleanser from drugstore range. It is not drying at all and very effective. šŸ™‚

    • Hey Lena, I haven’t tried the Shiseido one you mentioned. I still have 2 tubes of foam cleansers to get through, so once I’m done with them, I’ll give that a try! I hope it’s available here šŸ™‚

  • Hahaha this is funny :p I guess they made three just so that there would be something for everybody? Companies have to realize some people actually read the ingredient lists nowadays šŸ˜‰

    • To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t have compared the ingredients list if it wasn’t for this blog! I know for a fact that majority of the people I know don’t look at ingredients either. It would be funny to think they’d take time to debate which cleanser to get. LOL!

  • Ha! Nice catch! That’s too bad they’re so drying. I love a good foam cleanser that’s moisturizing. Even though my skin is drier, I prefer them to creamy cleansers. I like foam lol!

    • I like foam cleansers too!! It just feels different compared to using cream or milk cleansers. Is it weird that I find foams more satisfying in a way?

  • Liz

    Great catch on the ingredient lists! I guess the country of origin is to blame because if the laws are slack, so are the companies that produce the products. I don’t think they can get away with this in Canada, even though it might still be imported and sold here by Asian vendors.

    I’m not a big fan of foaming cleansers even though I’m closer to oily/combination. The level of cleanliness I feel never feels crucial to the foaminess. (So unscientific!)

    • Liz… erm… I don’t understand your last sentence >_< I blame it on late night and wine šŸ˜›

  • yup all three essentially do the same thing! not good for the companies to claim and label them differently!

    • Well, there are some differences in ingredients, so I’m pretty sure it’s valid for them to name the 3 cleansers differently. However, the fact that the effects are negligible kind of nags at me šŸ™

  • LOL talk about marketing! Good catch Lily! I’ve never tried this brand, in fact I’m not sure it’s even available here, maybe in Asian markets but now I’m a bit curious. šŸ™‚

    • LOL! They work great as cleansers albeit drying…just that I doubt they’ll contribute to any difference in whitening, pore refining or blemish control. Hahaha!

  • You literally made me LOL as I scrolled šŸ˜€

    (ahem, now I will run away and hide because I don’t even use a cleanser other than my cleansing oil…)

    • You use only cleansing oils? I might break out if I did… !