This Low pH Cleanser Is Okay but Not My Fave

A review of the iWhite Gentle Morning Gel Wash.
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On paper (or on the label), the iWhite Korea Gentle Morning Gel Wash seemed like a good candidate for “the best low pH cleanser” for me. It has a low pH formula; it’s fragrance-free; it contains pretty good skin-loving ingredients (aloe vera leaf water and extract, willow bark extract, and cotton rose extract) and it’s affordable. After using it for a couple of months or so, I think it’s okay but it’s not my fave. Here’s why.

Packaging and texture

The iWhite low pH Gentle morning Gel wash comes in a tube.

The iWhite Korea Gentle Morning Gel Wash comes in what I can best describe as a hybrid of plastic and aluminum. It doesn’t feel brittle as many plastic tubes and it feels like a toothpaste tube when you squeeze the product out. The packaging is pretty straightforward in terms of the design. It has a refreshing green color that’s easy on the eyes.

Like the product’s name suggests, its texture is gel-like. It doesn’t have a color nor a fragrance, which I really like. It’s definitely thicker in consistency when compared to the Celeteque Hydrating Facial Wash, my first foray into the low pH cleanser arena.

The facial wash's texture is gel-like but is viscous.

Application

I’ve misplaced the charger of my Foreo Luna Mini 2 and it’s not in its optimal state right now, so I use this with just my tried and trusty hands. It lathers up nicely; the foam is a bit denser compared to the Celeteque wash but a bit thinner in comparison to the Senka Perfect Whip Facial Wash. It’s easier to rinse off too. My skin doesn’t feel taut after I use it, but Celeteque is a bit more moisturizing on the skin.

It lathers up nicely but not densely.

Final thoughts

Everything sounds good, right? I think this is a good product but perhaps not the greatest for me. The iWhite Korea Gentle Morning Gel Wash is a good basic cleanser, but small bumps have started to grow on my jawline while using this.

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Recalling my experience with the facial wash I previously used, though, I think I had the same thing happen — so maybe it’s just low pH cleansers in general. In any case, I’m holding off re-purchasing until I find out the answer. But don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. For P199 for an 85ml tube, you won’t really feel too bad if it doesn’t work.

Jorj Cornejo

Jorj creates and helps shape stories that stick in people's minds, tug at their heartstrings and move them to action. When not trying to make sense of the world through writing, she busies herself with making videos.

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