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Esse Refining Cleanser

Esse Refining Cleanser
Esse Refining Cleanser
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  • 100ml
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This is a unisex facial cleanser suitable for all skin types, and ideal for oily skin. Esse Refining Cleanser is a lightly foaming facial wash made with bentonite clay to detox and exfoliate the skin; the formula also includes orange oil, Kalahari melon extract and soothing aloe vera. This cleanser from Esse is hassle-free and conveniently packaged in a travel-sized tube; green-minded gents will find it’s great for on-the-go grooming.  Esse Refining Cleanser gives your pores a deep clean after your daily workout, as the bentonite clay draws out toxins and the plant oils nourish and moisturise the skin cells.

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  • Fuss-free facial wash, great for guys
  • Thorough but gentle cleansing action
  • Suitable for all skin types, but ideal for oily skin
  • Bentonite clay exfoliates skin & draws out toxins
  • Kalahari melon provides 6 essential fatty acids
  • Aloe vera gel is soothing & healing
  • Certified Organic, Fair Trade
  • Endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty; vegan-friendly
  • Travel-sized lightweight tube, ideal for gym bag or suitcase


Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf gel*, Decyl Glucoside, Bentonite, sodium cocoyl glutamate, Glycerin**, Titanium Dioxide, Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) Oil*, Citric Acid, Citrullus lanatus (Kalahari Melon) Seed Oil, coco- glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Xanthan Gum, cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa) oil*, commiphora wildii oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) leaf/twig oil*, Limonene***, Linalool***, Geraniol*** 

*Ingredient from organic farming
**Made using organic ingredients
***Component of natural essential oils 

99% of the total ingredients are from natural origin
46% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming  

Please Note: The Ascorbyl Palmitate that may be used in this Esse product is a derivative of Ascorbic acid and Palmitic acid - the Palmitic acid is isolated from either coconut, rape seed or Palm Oil. Esse have insured to use a supplier that has RSPO certification for times where Palm Oil is used in their products.

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Overall Rating
4.8 out of 5 stars from 52 reviews

51 out of 52 people would recommend this product

12/08/2023, By Elma
Oh my gosh, this is one of my favourite cleansers, it really does Refine your skin and I saw a difference in my pore size after using this product. I’m on my second bottle and co wash with Skoon’s Claywash ( to get off my make -up ) simply loves it. It also lasts me about 6 months.
15/11/2021, By Nadine
I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't realize it had a lovely pump dispenser, so I was unscrewing the lid and wasted a lot of product trying to get it out the tube. I add this to my Sensitive skin cleanser to bulk it up a bit. They both last longer and work really well together. Love it.
02/09/2021, By Amy
Totally worth the price!
17/03/2021, By Emma
I really like this cleanser, skin feels really clean and soft after use. A little goes a long way. The only gripe I have: difficult to get out of the plastic tube!
07/12/2020, By Emma
Consistent with Esse quality! A little goes a long way, it spreads nicely and foams a little when you add water, skin feels great after using this, smooth and clean.
24/10/2020, By Rev
Great product, skin feels super clean after use.
20/07/2020, By Kez
I initially bought the Sensitive Cleanser and found it didn’t seem to do much to cleanse and so tried this and won’t use anything else now. Foams, washes well and I even use it as a mask sometimes! Lasts ages too!
14/07/2020, By Thabile
soap free, doesnt dry and is gentle on my sensitive and acne prone skin
13/07/2020, By Esse skincare user
Smells amazing and cleanses my face and removes access oil. Works better than the sensitive cleanser for me. Lasts me a long time as well. Loving it!
11/06/2020, By monique
A really good product, cleans my skin well, even just using a small amount. smells amazing and fresh
11/05/2020, By Lily-anne
Expected a bit more - gentle, but find I need to use it 2-3 times in one go to really feel that my skin is cleansed, so I expect it will no last very long.
Love the smell, though.
17/04/2020, By alyx
Wish it had salicylic acid in too!
04/03/2020, By Kian
Good Cleanser although I find the esse sensitive cleanser to be better for my skin. It is a light exfoliant.
24/01/2020, By Dani
The best face wash I have EVER used. It's gentle and leaves your skin moisturized while feeling like your skin has properly been cleaned.
25/10/2019, By Marls
I love the product, Nice and gentle on your skin.
11/10/2019, By Sasha
The product is amazing. A little goes a long way, smells amazing, performs superbly and leaves your skin feeling smooth, refined and cleansed. Esse is an amazing product all round and this Esse Refining Cleanser is no exception. Only suggestion is to change the packaging as it is a little hard to store and keeps falling over plus the plastic is not 'green'. A glass container similar to the moisturisers perhaps?
23/09/2019, By Elsabe
This product last forever. My previous tube lasts me 4 years... It works wonders on breakouts... I leave it on overnight and the zit is gone in the morning. Great exfoliator.
26/08/2019, By Kyle
Love this product. All natural, high quality ingredients. It really does work perfectly when using with other Esse products (Hydro sensitive moisturiser). Lasts very very long. I'm just not a super fan of the tube it comes in, as you have to place it down very gently in order for it not to fall over... Maybe Esse can work on the packaging.
21/07/2019, By Vurns
It refined with in a few uses, never had refined skin like this ever
06/06/2019, By Tasha
Love this product! I use it once a week as a mask. Helps a lot especially if you train a lot. Nice exfoliator & it draws out toxins (bonus) :)
04/06/2019, By Mariska
Gentle, lathers beautifully and cleans thoroughly. Since converting to natural products, I tried a few brands, but this is by far the best. I am very happy and my skin shows it. My natural skin oils are returning and skin feels fantastic.
21/05/2019, By W van der Merwe
Its goes on with no fuss and it feels great afterwards you can see and feel the difference, clean smooth skin
27/03/2019, By saamiyah
The hallmark of esse products is there gentleness. I received this as a sample and can't wait to buy it. I love cupping my hands and inhaling the heavenly fragrance. Gently cleanses. Like bathing your face in a heavenly garden. Try it!
09/03/2019, By Mia
Great cleanser that really leaves your skin feeling clean but not dried out. I have skin that breaks out easily, but this cleanser combined with the Hey Gorgeous Banish and Repair serum and moisturiser seems to limit the breakouts a lot.
01/02/2019, By Lané
I am obsessed with this cleanser!! The best of the range for sure.
18/12/2018, By Alyssandra
Love Esse range, especially the refining clay cleanser. Skin always feels refreshed afterwards. Best used with toner and moisturiser. Just wished the products were more affordable in the long term.
28/11/2018, By Twi
Amazing cleanser. Doubles as a clay mask. True value for money.
17/09/2018, By L
Great gentle cleanser and gentle on my skin.
06/09/2018, By Shamim
Love this product!
Can be used like a masque as well because of its texture and its smell and feels like something fresh on your face.
25/06/2018, By Kyle
Great stuff. Gentle on your face. Doesn't leave skin dry and tight, even in the winter. Great price for the quantity as you only use a small amount each time.
17/04/2018, By Nevashini
i love this cleanser. it is exfoliating and leaves my skin so clean and soft, it doubles as mask. its on the pricey side but you get what you pay for.
19/02/2018, By Careys
I've been using this cleanser for a few months now and I'm loving it. It feels great on my skin, smells lovely and doesn't leave your face feeling dry. As someone who struggles with acne, I've found the refining cleanser to be better than the gels.
18/02/2018, By J
Only need a small amount and it foams really well on damp skin. Smells great and non - drying
29/01/2018, By Lady Bug
One of the best cleansers. Just the right amount of each ingredient creates the perfect balance. So good for dry skin, doesn't dry you out.
19/01/2018, By Carishma
I recently switched from a gel cleanser to a cream on and this is just the best, my skin still feels super clean without the tightness/dryness of a gel. Beautiful smell and great fresh feeling on my skin.
16/01/2018, By Stephanie
I use this cleanser on the days when I feel like my skin will not cooperate and I have what feels like an oil build up. Simple cleanse and leave on as a 'mask'; the oily feeling goes away and my skin feels super clean.
30/12/2017, By Charmain
I struggle with oily skin and I find that this cleanser reduces my oily shine during the day. Great product!
08/10/2017, By Tracey
Very soft but cleansing
07/09/2017, By Hayley
Best cleanser I've used and love that it doubles as a mask!
24/07/2017, By Jenna
Got a sample of this in my last order & must say that I loved it - smelt absolutely divine & it seemed to clean thorougly without drying my skin
20/06/2017, By Liesl
very refreshing cleanser which leaves your face clean but not dry. it seems to be gentle and effective. it is ideal for dry oily or combination skins
02/06/2017, By Elsabe
It is important to know that you should not use this as you primary cleanser but that this doubles up as a double cleanser/exfoliator. This product leaves your skin super smooth if used after the Esse cleanser. It is a great way to prep your skin for a mask to penetrate your skin better.
26/01/2016, By Lyn
Lovely creamy texture, doesnt dry your skin and is quite gentle.
01/10/2015, By Lise
Fantastic as a daily cleanser and as a mask.
23/09/2015, By Layne
This cleanser makes your skin feel supple and soft! I also use it as a face mask.
Its awesome!
20/03/2015, By M. Paloma Werner
I got the cleanser as a present in my second purchase and I loved the smell, but found that it does not clean well at all. After I cleaned my face I used my toner and the cotton pad was very dirty. Pity.
26/01/2015, By Sarah
I received a sample of this in my second ever FTN purchase and I must say that I was very surprised. It exfoliates gently, cleanses deeply and doesn strip my skin of its natural oils. Definitely a good buy!
22/01/2015, By Suzanne
This cleanser is super efficient, leaving my skin soft and clean. I can imagine using anything else again.
21/01/2015, By Hlengiwe
I absolutely love this cleanser. It smells wonderful and gently exfoliates whilst cleansing. It leaves my face feeling refreshed and clean. Love the packaging, conveniently fits into my toiletry bag for use at the gym, no mess, no fuss.
14/01/2015, By Tiffany
I received a sample of this cleanser and the rest is history - I am sold! I love these products so much, from the beautiful natural ingredients, to the divine smell and how awesome they leave my skin feeling.
08/12/2014, By Lungile
I have been using this cleanser for the past couple of weeks, and I love it. I have oily skin and it doesn dry my skin out. I definitely will buy more once my sample is finished.
06/11/2014, By Daisy
I received a sample of this cleanser with one of my FTN orders, and I absolutely love it. The clay gives such a nice texture and exfoliates gently. It doesn leave your skin feeling dry and smells great. Going to order more now!

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