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Paula’s Choice Skin Softening Cream Recovery Cleanser

Paula’s Choice Skin Softening Cream Recovery Cleanser: ($15.95/$23.95 for 8 oz/16 oz)

Positives: This is a gentle water-soluble cleanser that lathers slightly. It has a decently thick and creamy texture that removes makeup sufficiently. This aspect can be attributed to the soybean oil and hydrogenated polydecene content. However, this is truly for drier skin types because it only contains a very mild detergent (disodium cocoamphodiacetate). Therefore, it (as the sole surfactant) won’t remove too much oil and makeup from the face. This is best used like a cold cream cleanser.

Neutrals: None.

Negatives: None.

Packaging: This is packaged in an opaque bottle, not that it really matters as a cleanser.

Overall: Like I said, this is best used as a cold cream cleanser, meaning that you apply it to your face and massage it into your skin for a good 30-60 seconds before removing it all away with water. It is excellent from dry skin types because it leaves the skin still slightly “oily” but not “greasy.” As you can see, cleansers are about preference rather than scientific documentation.


PS = 9/10 x 100%

PS = .900 x 100%

PS = 90.0%

AS = A-*

Check the Product Review Rubric for a full explanation on how I rate products.

*This score is definitely more based on personal preference rather than a rigorously analyzed evaluation.


Water, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (very mild cleansing agent), Hydrogenated Polydecene (emollient), Acrylates Copolymer (suspending agent and film former), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (plant oil/emollient), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (lather agent), Glycerin (water binding agent), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) (emollient), Beta-Glucan (skin-conditioning agent), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (thickener), Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol (slip agents), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent), Laureth-4 (surfactant), Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol (all preservatives), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster)

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The Triple Helixian is an unbiased science and research-based site that attempts to clarify and elucidate questions about skin care, while aspiring to be the most thorough and complete source of information.


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