The Japanese are known for putting a premium on facial cleansers, so it’s no surprise that the Senka Perfect Whip — said to be Japan’s no. 1 foam cleanser — gained a cult-like following. But is it really good and will it be your new holy-grail cleanser? I tested it for a month, and here’s my review.
Packaging, scent and texture
The Senka Perfect Whip Cleanser comes in a light blue tube. I’m partial to tube packaging because they’re easier to store and maneuver so this is a plus point for me. The product itself is white in color and quite thick in consistency (a bit similar to cream cleansers I’ve tried before like, albeit this one lathers or foams up really well — it is one of its special traits, after all). The scent is clean, though not soapy or floral.
If there’s one thing you must know about this cleanser — aside, of course, from its actual cleansing prowess — is its foam. Its made with “nomitsu”, Japanese for short but rich intensive care, in mind so it’s supposedly not only a skincare product but also one for self-care. The foam does feel soothing on the skin. That, coupled with the light scent, makes for a relaxing 60 seconds in the sink.
Claims and final thoughts
The Senka Perfect Whip cleanser claims to be a gentle foam cleanser that lifts up impurities — dirt, oil, pollution, what have you — from the skin while keeping it moisturized thanks to its double hyaluronic acid content. It’s also said to contain Shiseido’s Aqua-in-Pool ingredient that strengthens the skin’s barrier. A multi-tasking cleanser?
After using it for a month, I can truly say I understand why it’s a favorite among many. It truly feels like a self-care experience when you use it. But more importantly, it really does what it promises. My face feels clean but not taut after every wash. I don’t see any leftover dirt when I use my glycolic acid toner, which, I think, is a good indicator of its cleaning power.
I did have a few pimples on my left jaw when I started using it, and while I can’t say that this helped speed up their healing, it didn’t aggravate the situation, which is good enough for me. And, yes, I will continue using it till I run out.