Himalaya Gentle Daily Exfoliating Face Wash Review

by Smita on April 7, 2010 · 36 comments

Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating FacewashWhat Himalaya Gentle Daily Exfoliating Face Wash Claims: A soap free daily use herbal formulation which combines gentle exfoliation, deep cleansing and moisturizing giving you complete daily face care. Enriched with red lentil that improves the complexion. Apricot granules gently scrub of dead skin cells and help prevent formation of blackheads. Neem and lemon cleanses deeply and removes excess oil. Aloe vera soothes and moisturizes the skin. This unique combination of natural ingredients leaves your skin fresh, rejuvenated and glowing day after day.

How to use Himalaya Gentle Daily Exfoliating Face Wash: Apply adequate quantity of Gentle Daily Exfoliating Face Wash on damp face and neck. Gently massage in circular motions with fingertips, working up a nice lather. Wash off and pat dry. Use twice daily.

Indication: Exfoliation of dead cells and reduction of facial blemishes
All Skin types

Ingedients in Himalaya Gentle Daily Exfoliating Face Wash:

  • Red lentil that improves complexion.
  • Apricot granules gently scrub off dead skin cells and prevent formation of blackheads
  • Neem and lemon cleanse deeply and remove excess oil.
  • Aloe vera soothes your skin and maintains its natural moisture balance.

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Price: Rs. 55 (Indian Rupees) for 50ml

Complete List of Ingredients as on the pack: Aqua, Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyethylene, Glycerin, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Lens Culinaris(lentil) Symbiosome Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum( lemon) Peel Extract, Melia azadirachta Leaf Extacrt, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis, Leaf Extract, Prunus Armeniaca(Apricot) Seed Powder, Methylchloriosothiazolinone, Carnauba(Copernica Cerifera) Wax, Glycerin Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
I have been using this for a month and a half now. Here are some thoughts about it…

This is basically a gel based face wash. It has smooth, white exfoliating granules and also a few red ones (probably this is the red lentil). These are quite small and smooth making it gentle enough for daily use. This face wash does not excessively dry the skin, at the same time giving your skin a clean and refreshed feeling. The freshness lasts for almost half a day which is quite good compared to other face washes I have tried. I however, have my doubts as to whether this is actually soap free as it foams generously. It has a mild, pleasant smell.

I have combination skin. Oily on the T-zone and dry around the mouth and cheeks. This is why I am always on the look-out for products that will work for my dry as well as oily areas. Gel based face washes are best suited for oily skin types. A face wash that removes oil well but leaves your skin very dry, can cause your skin to produce even more oil in defense to the dryness, thus causing more oiliness and probably pimples.

This face wash however, seemed perfect for all my needs. Neem is well known for its anti-bacterial properties and lemon is known for cleansing. Aloe vera never fails to soothe my skin when irritated. Also, daily exfoliation is something I have read many good things about.

Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating FacewashWhy I like Himalaya Gentle Daily Exfoliating Face Wash

  • This is like a face wash and a mini scrub combined in one. Saves time when in a hurry.
  • The granules in this face wash are effective for exfoliation, yet gentle enough for daily use.
  • Does not dry out my dry areas and leaves my T- zone clean and fresh.
  • Mild scent which I like. I generally do not have a liking for heavily perfumed skin care products.
  • Comes in a see through tube with a flip cover that shuts tight. Hygienic, convenient to use and easy to carry around in your handbag.
  • Also has some nourishing and hydrating power. On the days when I don’t want to use moisturizer, I use this and leave my skin alone without worrying about excessive dryness.
  • One or 2 drops are sufficient for the face and neck.
  • Price is very affordable

Why I don’t like Himalaya Gentle Daily Exfoliating Face Wash

  • Although this is good enough for daily exfoliation, those who prefer a heavier exfoliation may not find it good enough. Not effective on my stubborn dead cells in the corner of nose and chin
  • Not very useful blackhead prevention as I do get them on my nose every now and then in spite of using this.
  • Doesn’t seem like soap free to me although Himalaya claims it to be.
  • Some of us may have reservations about ingredients like Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate used in this. I however am fine with it.

So I would give a thumbs up to this one. Will continue to use it until I come across something better. Yesterday Mrunmayee said that she would judge a company’s products by their face wash. So I guess this face wash encourages us to try more of Himalaya products :)

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Mrunmayee April 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Hey Smita.. Great review.. I too find that using a gentle everyday exfoliating facecwash is better than scrubbing your face hard once a week.. :D
Right now I am using the Dabur Uveda face wash which is quite similar to your description.. So I’ll definitely try this one when I am done with the Dabur one… Thanks.. The face wash logic really works for me.. :D

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smita April 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm

hehe Mrunmayee..I guess many of us will follow that logic now ..:)

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ki. April 7, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I’m making a mental reminder to pick this up :D nice post.

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smita April 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Glad u like it Ki..:)

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dvja April 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Whoa! I almost missed this review!

Smitha dear,

My sister always uses Himalaya products, but I hate to confess they dont work for me the way they do on my sister :( i mean, sometimes irritation and sometimes “NOTHING” literally…

but yes, Himalaya range of products are inexpensive, affordable and one product I still love is their Nourishing skin cream :) went thru 2 tubs :) this smells amazing! i finished just like tat!

Great review, dear :)

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Poornima April 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I have used Himalaya Face Wash long back and currently using Himalaya Walnut Scrub.

But actually I don’t understand the company’s logic. They say the products are natural, yet they contain a lot of chemicals.

However, I am impressed by their shampoo. It has given me a huge relief from dandruff, which is a part of the pollution and hard water in Bangalore.

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jomol April 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I too like Himalaya face packs…I have tried the fruit pack and the neem pack and I get them on a regular basis, but I hadn’t seen this one before, so thank you Smitha for introducing me to this , defintely goign to try out this one….

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Rati April 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Jomol is this your baby’s pic? :)

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Smita April 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Awwwwwww!!! Adorable baby Jomol!! whose?? yours?? if yes then how old and girl or boy??

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Alpa April 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Hey everyone,

I have a question .. Is daily exofoliation good for skin ?

Regards,
Alpa

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Rati April 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Hey Alpa,

How have you been? :) My first question is which country are you in these days? lol!!

Exfoliation depends on the skin type you have. I have a normal to dry skin so I exfoliate at least 2-3 days a week. If you have an oily skin, a gentle exfoliation everyday does not harm. However if you are exfoliating daily, just be sure that you are use a gentle exfoliator. For black heads and white heads, you may use a coarse scrub may be 2-3 times a week.

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Alpa April 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I recently bought a Clean n Clear daily Exfoliating scrub.. But i am not sure of using it everyday .. Since this product is related .. i thought i would ask :D

Regards,
Alpa

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Sunaina April 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Sounds like a good product. I’m using a face wash from Dove, but only in the morning and it’s not for a particular type of skin. Is it necessary to use it twice a day? I think I have oily skin.
I actually don’t use the right products: just that Dove face wash in the morning, sometimes I put on a little eye make up and blusher and I just wipe that away at night with a normal make up remover (from Lancome) , then I just wash my face with water. What would be proper to do for me? Thanks!

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Rati April 7, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Sunaina,

Atleast use a facial mist or an oil free moisturizer after you have washed your face. No face wash is not necessary to use twice a day. You may use it once in morning and then use a makeup cleanser to clean your face in evening.

Since you have an oily skin you may also use an alcohol free toner. So cleanse, tone and moisturize. And you are a young girl right now, you don’t need to do much. These 3 steps twice a day would keep your skin nice.

Also never forget to apply suscreen. :)

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Sunaina April 9, 2010 at 1:35 am

Thank you:) So if I get it right: in the morning a face wash, then a mist/moisturizer and after that a toner. Or are the last two things the other way around? And do I have to do those things right after each other? I actually don’t know what a toner is :$ I’ll look it up. Normally I apply Dove body cream on my face but it feels to thick, I will look for a proper day cream with sun block! And I have this one little question: when should I start using anti aging products?

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Smita April 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Poornima..I face the same confusion..may brands claim to be completely herbal though they are not..

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Smita April 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Divija.. Thank you:) You seem to have sensitive skin like mine..I will try the nourishing cream since it suits you..

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Utsav April 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Hi everybody,,,i m a new blogger on this sie..n its mah 1st blog..lolz :)

I wud like to mention that daily exfoliation by granular products can cause more bad than any good to the skin texture..i mean this is wat my doc advised me n thus formuls containing mild hydroxy acid can do the trick..

I personally swear by Blossom kocchar Grape fruit Face wash,,And cant overstate wat wonders it has done to me..you all shud give it a try,,,:)

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Rati April 7, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I use the BK grapefruit face wash. It is lovely. I does dry my skin a little but I anyway follow up with a moisturiser. I love it. Infact find it better than Fab India’s facewashes. :)

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Utsav jain April 8, 2010 at 9:18 am

Hi rati,
i m a big time fan of Blossom kocchar products,, have bought her milk pack and under eye cream for my mum,,n she is been thanking me ever since..:)

N let me share wid u a very special scrub recepie personally shared by shahnaz husain in an advisory session to my mum..Mix 10 gms each of Urad, masoor, moong and chana dal, 20 gms orange peel powder, 10gms of oats, 1/4 tsp milk powder and mix it with rose or cucumber water…

This recepie contains soome of the best ingredients from nature,,n bast of all ,,its too inexpensivee.. :)

Apply for 15 min n wash of by rubbing gently…it can out shine any other high end expensive skin treaments available ..try it n do let me knw…:)

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Rati April 8, 2010 at 10:37 am

Hi Utsav,

Yes the under eye cream is highly effective. It showed excellent results on her under eye area. :)

But should the dals be soaked overnight and then grounded or you can use them as is?

This sounds really nice and rich. :star: :star:

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tanveer April 8, 2010 at 10:08 am

I have tried this one & really liked it myself. When I had got this the packaging was slightly different and see through back then :).. They have gone for a revamp now. I suppose it is better – saves the product from exposure to harsh light i suppose. But I liked the earlier one. :P

In fact I like all their face washes – very gentle but effective :)..

I remember i gave them very good reviews on my blog :)

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Rati April 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

I have used their neem facewash for years and then I got bored. :P Given a chance I’d pick it up again but now I am more inclined towards blossom kochhar’s products. :inlove:

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Utsav jain April 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Hi rati,

The dals hav to be soaked overnite in milk. I think u shud understand the need of petting a buffalo now..the constant milk supply for the beauty recepies..heheheh :cute:

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Rati April 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

:rotfl: :rotfl:

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HD April 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

hey Smita…gr8 review…I love this facewash….I bght this one and Himalayas cream face wash recently and am totally loving this…

Infact I too was planning to do a review of this here once I cud find some time :)

I am definately going to re-purchase this again and again

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NIKITA SACHDEVA May 7, 2010 at 7:51 am

Hii! guys…..i m a new blogger on dis site :-))
well, i want an advise…so, plz help me….
i m havin a mixed type of skin…wen i use a face wash it becomes dry near mouth n very stretchy n if i use moisturizer it leads to acne ….my doc has recommended me pears soap n clean n clear oil free moist. .m using it..bt still after using soap i feel dryness n m applying dis mois. from last 3 days n i feel irritation for 1 min n den it beomes normal.
m planning to get the new- himalaya oil balancing face wash gel…..wat do u say ?:-)

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Rati May 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

Hi Niketa,

Yous a soap free cleanser. Blossom Kochhar, and Kama have a range of soap free face washes. DO not use soap. It is taking away moisture from your skin.

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NIKITA SACHDEVA May 7, 2010 at 7:57 am

Hey guys …..how 2 change dis angry face picture :chick:

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Rati May 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

Go to gravatar.com and you may change your pic. :)

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NIKITA SACHDEVA May 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Hii! Rati, thanx a lot lolz :blush:
bt yar is it available easily?…actually i haven’t heard abt it b4 …dis is frst tym i have cum across dis brand on dis site….n wat abt himalaya oil balancing face wash gel??? :chick:

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Rati May 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I have always liked Himalaya face washes so you might give it a go. :)

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Lesette January 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Hi, I am currently using this product and the areas around my mouth is becoming inflamed and itchy. I purchased this because it says all skin types. I don’t know if it’s because I’m using it too often (once a day) but some how my skin is really being irritated. Other than that it really refreshes the other parts of my face.

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AL November 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Poornima i’ve tried Himalaya dandruff shampoo.
sadly didnt work for me

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AL November 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Also the neem face wash does not suit all it gave breakouts to my sis & friend, bt worked fine on me

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