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Esse Gel Cleanser (Normal/Oily)

Esse Gel Cleanser (Normal/Oily)
Esse Gel Cleanser (Normal/Oily)
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This cleanser is for those who prefer a foaming facial wash. It contains anti-oxidant actives from barley grass and grapefruit seed. Lightly fragranced with spearmint and peppermint essential oils, it stimulates micro-circulation and ensures a deep down clean. It is also refreshing and uplifting to a tired mind. It is water based with a balanced pH. It is suitable for all skin types, but is particularly effective for younger or oily skins.

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Suitable for normal to oily skin.

Top Tip: This foaming cleanser can be used as a shower gel, and so is great to pack for travelling!

Did You Know?

  • Spearmint oil relieves itchy skin
  • Peppermint oil cools by constricting blood vessels, relieves skin irritation and itching, reduces redness due to inflammation


Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos) Leaf extract*, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Sclerocarya birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf extract*, Salicylic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, mentha vidiris (Spearmint) leaf oil*, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, aqua (water), Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil*, Citric Acid, carum carvi (caraway) leaf oil, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Limonene***
*Ingredients from organic farming
**Made from organic ingredients
***Component of natural essential oils

A note on Benzyl Alcohol: The Ecocert Organic logo demands that 95% of the total ingredients must be of natural origin. In all of World Organics skin and beauty products a minimum of 99.1% in the formula TOSC5 of ingredients are of natural origin. The balance of ingredients are the extremely safe food grade preservatives of Potassium sorbate and Benzyl Alcohol Dehydroacetic Acid.

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 95 reviews

94 out of 95 people would recommend this product

13/02/2024, By Shannon
My skin is very sensitive but I prefer the normal gel cleanser. Takes makeup off well. Expensive but lasts quite long, you don’t need much.
11/08/2023, By Elandre
An amazing product. I started using the product just to try it out as it was finished I very quickly realized what the amazing difference is in my facial appearance
12/10/2022, By Olivia
Both my teenagers use this as a face wash, and we have found it to be excellent in managing fickle teen skin. Skin feels wonderfully clean after use, without drying. Even I like to use it and I'm triple their age!
11/04/2022, By Tiffany
The best cleanser (and brand) that I have ever used. I have combination skin and this keeps my oily areas in check without drying out my skin. I adore everything that ESSE makes
30/03/2022, By michaela
No words can describe how incredible this cleanser is. Nothing compares. I love the minty refreshing feel it gives my skin.
01/03/2022, By CaseyCase
Adore the Esse range. This gel cleanser does not dry out my skin. It feels and smells delish.
13/10/2021, By Fehmida
Best product
24/06/2021, By Nicole
I love this cleanser, been using it since my teen days and I always reach for it even when I try out other cleansers. It cleans the skin without stripping it and it smells amazing. Feels like a spa experience!
21/04/2021, By Tay
Highly priced product that is worth the penny, did not mind paying the price, looked forward to each purchase of product to get me a step closer to my free gift, for the premium priced paid for this product range, you would think customer service is top notch, 3 weeks later and still no free gift or follow up from their dept. Will be moving over to a skin care brand that takes customer service to heart.
09/04/2021, By Sue
I would definitely recommend to a friend. I do not have oily skin but love the smell and ease of using a gel cleanser. My skin always feels fresh, clean and glowing
06/03/2021, By Lynne
Perfect for oily skin! Leaves your face feeling super clean and fresh
13/01/2021, By Pravika
This is my favourite facewash. It's light and doesn't foam as well as other products, but it does the job well without leaving my face feeling dry. I have combination skin and tried the traveller pack with sample sizes of the products before settling on this one. I won't buy anything else after finding this one. I use this with a few other products from the Esse range and my skin is much happier than it used to be.
21/12/2020, By Aqeela
Cleans thoroughly without leaving my skin feel dry. It's not as foaming as I thought it would be but it is gentle and great for my sensitive skin.
15/12/2020, By Tonia
I have used this cleanser for 10 years....I always go back to it. I am 59, still have combination skin after menopause. It cleans thoroughly without causing dryness.
17/11/2020, By Andy
My skin feels way less gunky and dry after using this product. Definitely worth the money!
07/08/2020, By Mountain
14/07/2020, By Tania
Love Esse products. This product makes your skin feel clean and fresh.
10/07/2020, By Melissa
This product provides value for money for the amount of time that it lasts. It smells & feels amazing however, I didn't notice any memorable results.
27/06/2020, By K
Lovely cleanser.. so fresh and effective for cleaning makeup
23/06/2020, By Faf
It's a really lovely cleanser that smells amazing. Found that it seemed to stop working as well after 2 months. Wanted to support local brands however over R400 for a cleanser which LITERALLY stays on your fave for no more than 1minute then gets washed off is slightly excessive.
22/06/2020, By Meg
This brand is sooo great! And the products last forever and a day! My skin feels fresh, clean and healthy every time I use Esse.
20/06/2020, By Melissa
Amazing cleanser.
03/06/2020, By Mel
One of the best cleansers out there!
30/05/2020, By Dominique
I’ve just recently started using Esse products. I was drawn to them after my doctor recommended I start taking oral probiotics regularly to help clear my acne. Seeing that the products have probiotics in them, I thought I’d give it a try. I bought the tester kit first, and gauged which products for my skin type worked best. I really like the gel cleanser, it foams lightly, and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight after!
23/05/2020, By First born
Softer skin
22/04/2020, By Candy
Best in the range
17/04/2020, By Larvan
I love this cleanser. It's smells great, minty with a hint of tea tree. The pump bottle works well and can be repurposed easily. Would say it might be a little strong for someone with combination skin, I sometimes find it a little too drying. But I mainly use it for removing makeup which it does well.
17/04/2020, By Luanne
Great ingredients, very expensive
25/02/2020, By Sasha Anderson
Love this Esse Gel Cleanser. Smells delicious. Leaves skin feeling clean, fresh and natural without drying or tightening. I recommend purchasing the larger size even though a little goes a long way.
11/02/2020, By Concerned
Cleans well
09/02/2020, By Casicase
I love this product . On my sixth bottle and my skin is radiant .
02/02/2020, By Janyta
I love this product. It is amazing.
The only negative is the price but if you can afford it, it's worth it.
19/01/2020, By Aid
06/01/2020, By Helper
Top cleaner
11/12/2019, By Gretch
Love the esse range. Feel my skin has really improved while using it
10/12/2019, By Jessica
This is my second bottle. I still don't like the smell, but it cleanses really well and foams nicely with my Foreo face brush.
07/12/2019, By Jessica
I am on my second bottle, I still hate the smell of it, but best for my skin. Less breakouts and whiteheads.
10/11/2019, By Nancy
Love the gel cleanser. Its been good too me.
06/10/2019, By Angelique
This face wash has beautiful peppermint smell, it really made my skin feel like it came back to life. I miss treated my skin for alittle and it really has helped rehydrate my skin.
16/09/2019, By Jessica
I was heartbroken when I realised my favourite (and VERY expensive) salon grade cleanser was laced with parabens and some other frowned-upon ingredients. I took a leap and bought this cleanser, as I was specifically looking for a safe gel cleanser. I am not disappointed and am enjoying the product. Would buy again.
16/07/2019, By Bron
Absolutely loving the gentleness of this product. Leaves me feeling fresh!
09/07/2019, By Kirstin
Wonderful foaming gel cleanser which is calming on my sensitive skin. I love that it's in glass and doesn't test on animals.

Personally I prefer this to the cream based sensitive cleanser.
26/06/2019, By Zac
It has a great scent, and I enjoyed using this product. I will definitely repurchase.
11/06/2019, By Candice Stansbury
I love how clean and fresh my face feels after using this product ! My skin doesn’t feel dry or tight after using it which is great !
08/05/2019, By Thia
Love the smell and texture. Deeply cleansing and refreshing. It is a foaming cleanser but the aloe base makes it hydrating and doesn't dry out my skin. I love the tingling sensation and my skin feels clean, soft and plump after washing. It is a bit pricey but it does last quite a while and is very effective.
20/04/2019, By Lele
The first 2 weeks of using this product my skin broke out in pimples like never before. It was really bad to a point where I thought of stopping using it. But I guess it was my skin getting used to something new. Now I'm seeing great results indeed; my skin is clearing beautifully and I am happy.
25/03/2019, By Lané
Skin feels squeaky clean!!
11/03/2019, By Nancy
I'm loving this face cleanser. The minty calming feeling on my skin.
03/02/2019, By Sam
Good gentle and effective gel cleanser
01/02/2019, By Carla
I used Esse products long ago and it was amazing. Excited that I started using it again.
21/01/2019, By Anonymous
Smell really good.
16/01/2019, By Hlengiwe
Absolutely love this cleanser (and esse products in general), been using it for years and my skin can't get enough of it.
05/01/2019, By Edyta
First time purchase, it works really well. So far impressed, once I finish the small bottle, and it works much better than the other products available, I might save a few pennies and buy the bigger one.
02/01/2019, By Gina
Best natural cleanser so far. Combine with the cocoa scrub once or twice a week.
17/11/2018, By Ash
Firstly the scent of this gel wash is very refreshing and you can feel the tingle on your face because of the peppermint in there. It is very gentle though and does a thorough job of cleaning. My skin also seems to look brighter since I started using this gel wash 2 months ago. The 200ml lasts quite a long time too.
16/11/2018, By M
I’ve tried this product and it is AMAZING! As someone with very sensitive and ance prone skin , this product is doing wonders for me . It leaves the face feeling well cleansed and soft and it doesn’t leave the face feeling dry at all . Also I never breakout into pimples — Yayyy ! It’s a it pricey but totally worth it . Really happy to finally have found a facial cleanser that works !
15/11/2018, By Anonymous
Received this as a sample. There's is enough product in the packet for 4 uses. A little goes along way. Lovely cirtus fragrance. Can feel it removes dirt.
01/11/2018, By Anonymous
Got this as a sample. So gentle yet cleanings. Love the fragrance not overpowering. Great brand
30/10/2018, By Nadia
I got this as a sample and loved that it has a refreshing feeling which helps as a 'wake me up' in the morning. It's a more expensive than what I would normally buy, but I only had to use a small amount so it might be worth it.
30/10/2018, By Nabz
Great product! Recieved it as a sample,will definitely consider buying it. Leaves your skin feeling amazingly soft and fresh!
30/10/2018, By H L
Fantastic product. Does exactly what the description promises
30/10/2018, By H
Great product. Refreshing, cleanses eithout stripping the skin. Great cleanser to cleanse with twice daily. Found it to be the best product for combination skin.
26/10/2018, By anonymous
I recived this as a sample. It really is a beautiful cleanser.I loved the way it made my skin feel
24/10/2018, By Marita
love this product! started using Esse recently and can highly recommend it!
16/10/2018, By Tarryn
I honestly can't live without this stuff. I've tried switching to cheaper products, but nothing works like Esse. It's a miracle product.
15/10/2018, By Nadia
This Cleanser is Fantastic. It is so refreshing after just one wash. This has to be the best cleanser i have ever purchased.
06/10/2018, By Kelly
this is an excellent face wash, smells great and cleans nicely
22/09/2018, By Jolandi
Smell great, feels great. Thank you Esse for a wonderful product.
17/09/2018, By L
Great cleanser and gentle on my skin. Love the Esse range.
02/08/2018, By Gaylene
Cleared up my breakouts, but still gently on my skin.
12/07/2018, By Jane
Although gel cleansers are typically suited for oily and acne prone skin, this cleanser has been great for my somewhat dry and dehydrated skin. Leaves my skin feeling clean, but not stripped. No sensitivity or irritation. Great natural fragrance.
07/07/2018, By Carmen
Just love the product. I have been using so many different products and this one never leaves my skin dry or irritated. Just what my problem skin needs.
25/06/2018, By Delandé
18/05/2018, By Nicky
Best cleanser!!
10/05/2018, By Lk
The smell is so refreshing and you just need a small amount. Cleans wonderfully, no tightness.
07/05/2018, By Natalie
this cleanser is so refreshing. cleans deeply without drying
06/05/2018, By Jah
I got it as a gift and really like it but it is quite expensive.
20/04/2018, By Cat
Love this cleanser, it removes make up beautifully and is gentle on my skin. It lasts for ages which for me makes it value for money
10/04/2018, By Haanim
Only thing that works for me now. Really transformed my skin and nourishes it as well.
It's pricey but worth it and kind to the environment.:))) Win Win
02/04/2018, By Tazz
Best cleanser I ever bought! Does not burn my eyes like other cleansers. Even removes my long wear foundation with only one wash.Only problem is the price,but a little does go a long way.
28/02/2018, By T
I received a sample size of this with an Esse purchase. It is very runny which I didn't like. It worked okay but isn't worth the price in my opinion. It did however feel quite cooling & refreshing on the skin.
19/02/2018, By Jaime
I love this product, it smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling very clean without drying it out.
18/02/2018, By J
Feels really lovely on my skin. My face doesn't feel tight and dry after use. Smells great. You only need a small amount to do the job
25/01/2018, By Chris
Seriously fantastic product. I have problem sensitive skin. This is not harsh. I've tried the Esse sensitive face wash which didn't clean my face properly in my opinion. I like the smell and the feeling on my skin when applied. Esse should now just find a way to make this product cheaper.
16/01/2018, By Stephanie
Absolutely love all the Esse products I have tried and use. I have always had a problem with red and blotchy skin, as well as the occasional break out and and issue finding a product that worked for my dry/combination skin, and this cleanser is fantastic for all my issues. Cleans my skin wonderfully, reduces redness and has limited the number of overall problems I have with my skin - all whilst being gentle on my skin and pleasant smelling.
04/01/2018, By natalie
I absolutely love this product, no drying out of my skin and it feels so good. A bit pricey but a little goes a long way :)
13/10/2017, By Frances
Lovely refreshing facial wash.
12/10/2017, By Gemma
Love this product and brand!! Removes makeup brilliantly and has an amazing fresh peppermint smell. Also gentle on the skin and doesn't leave your skin tight.
08/10/2017, By Tracey Joy
I usually opt for cream cleansers but this sample was gentle on my dry skin
01/09/2017, By Michelle Gray
I love this product. I am lazy when it comes to removing mascara so this is amazing for people like me. I get up in the morning, wash my face with this and all traces of mascara is gone. :) I have normal to dry skin.
22/08/2017, By Melissa
This is an excellent cleanser which is super gentle but still highly effective in remove makeup and dirt.
19/06/2017, By nikki
I Love this whole. Locally produced, vegan and very good! This cleanser is in my shower and the pump action top means I never over use and it lasts forever.
05/06/2017, By Candace
smells great and feels good on your skin
02/06/2017, By Elsabe
Just love the fresh uplifting smell and the feeling it leaves on your skin. It really cleanses well and removes make up easily. You don't really need a make up remover with this wash it removes make up fast and efficient (much better that the creamy version of Esse cleansers)
08/05/2017, By jaya
Cleans skin thoroughly without stripping it. Leaves skin soft and smooth

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