Still searching for a foaming cleanser to deep clean your combo oily skin? Well, I may have just found your perfect match.
I’d been eyeing the CHANEL La Mousse Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream-to-Foam Cleanser since reading Sabrina’s review on TheBeautyLookbook.com. The way she described it made it seem perfect for someone with combo oily skin like me. Since I’d almost used up the Summer Fridays Cleanser and I needed an oil-free cleanser to use with the NuFace Facial Toning Device, I decided to try this one.
After chatting with a CHANEL advisor on their site to confirm that this one was indeed free of oil, I ordered the cleanser to take advantage of the complimentary 2-day shipping, 2 free deluxe samples, and the luxury packaging that comes with every order from chanel.com. One thing I love about luxury beauty products is the experience that comes with ordering & unboxing them. Another site that offers a top-notch packaging experience is NET-A-PORTER.com. The other luxury sites should definitely take note of this.
Chanel La Mousse Cleanser Review:
Anyway… I was so excited to try this cleanser and as you can probably guess, I love it. Priced at $45 for 5 fl. oz., Chanel describes this as “A cleanser with a rich cream texture, LA MOUSSE transforms into a generous foam that refreshes skin and gently removes traces of makeup, sunscreen, and pollutants. Skin is soft, deeply purified, and prepared for the next steps of your skincare ritual.” SPOILER ALERT: It lives up to all of its claims.
Blue Micro-Algae to protect the complexion from pollution
Marine Salicornia Extract to moisturize and fortify.
list of ingredients
AQUA (WATER) | GLYCERIN | SODIUM PALMITATE | SODIUM STEARATE | SODIUM METHYL COCOYL TAURATE | POLYETHYLENE | POTASSIUM PALMITATE | POTASSIUM STEARATE | SODIUM LAURATE | POTASSIUM LAURATE | PALMITIC ACID | STEARIC ACID | POTASSIUM MYRISTATE | LAURIC ACID | SODIUM MYRISTATE | PEG-3 DISTEARATE | SALICORNIA HERBACEA EXTRACT | ALGAE EXTRACT | SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE | CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE | MYRISTIC ACID | PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) | SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE | SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE | POTASSIUM SORBATE | LAURYL GLUCOSIDE | POLYQUATERNIUM-7 | MARIS AQUA (SEA WATER) | TETRASODIUM EDTA | BENZOIC ACID | SODIUM BENZOATE | IL96A
I’ve been using this cleanser for the last month and I have to say that this just may be my new holy grail cleanser. La Mousse comes in a sizable white thick plastic tube, 5 fl. oz to be exact, with a black screw off top that has the classic Chanel logo stamped against it. The texture is a thick, silky white cream and a little bit goes a long way. It immediately turns into a pearlescent lather upon contact with water but you have to massage it with water to really see the foam. If you’re concerned about the price, it truly only need a small amount, so the 5 fl. oz tube will last you a long time.
My favorite way to use this has been with my Clarisonic cleansing brush during my nighttime routine. I dispense a small amount onto the brush head, run it under a little water, and start the cleansing sequence. The cream froths up nicely as the brush gently exfoliates my face and I love every second of it. This has become my favorite part of my routine. Combined with the Clarisonic, I feel like my face is receiving the deep clean it needs after a long day of wearing sunscreen. My skin feels so smooth and I see a noticeable difference in the texture of my skin whenever I don’t use this combo.
When I’m too lazy to use my Clarisonic, I like to mix up the cleanser and water in my hands first to create a lather before applying to my face. I find that it doesn’t foam up as much when I use it with just my fingers compared to using it with the Clarisonic but the experience is still nice.
Most likely due to the presence of Glycerin in this cleanser, I don’t experience any tightness like I have with other oil-free cleansers. This is perfect for those with normal, oily, or combo skin and could be a good cleanser for deep cleaning dry skin in the summer. I wouldn’t recommend it to dry skin types in the winter months since you’ll probably need something a little bit more nourishing.
So far, I’ve only used this to cleanse my skin of sunscreen, since I haven’t been wearing makeup lately. Normally, when I wear makeup, I use the Chanel L’Huile Cleansing Oil as a first cleanse but if you’re not into double cleansing, I’ll try out La Mousse as a makeup remover and report back with the results.
I’ve only found two cons with this cleanser. The first is that this does have fragrance added, so if you or your skin is sensitive to skincare with scents, you may want to skip Chanel products altogether. I personally don’t mind the subtle rose scent and my skin isn’t irritated by the addition of fragrance. The second con is that it’s in a plastic tube. I know it’s easier to have products in plastic but glass is much better for the environment, so this is something to consider before purchasing.
Overall, I love how this makes my skin feel which has led this to be added to my holy grail skincare wardrobe. Have you tried any of Chanel’s skincare products? If so, do you think they’re worth it? They definitely are a staple in my routine.