Cleanser Fail

Review: Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick – No Miracle For Me

24 January 2016


This cleanser made waves in the AB (Asian Beauty) world when it first appeared. Fermented goodness, lovely rose scent, unique and travel-friendly packaging, foams well, and to top it off, low pH?! It quickly went out of stock everywhere and stayed that way for a while.

Fortunately for me, I am slow on picking up on AB trends and by the time I heard about this, it was already back in stock.

Unfortunately for me, this cleanser and I are not meant to be :(

Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick

This is my first Su:m37 product, and after hearing so many great things about this cleanser, I was super excited to finally try it for myself. One of the few things in my skincare routine that I haven’t found a staple for is a cleanser. And over here, a delightful natural rose scent, with real rose petals infused into the stick, and packed with a whole load of other good stuff? YES PLEASE.


When I uncapped my own cleansing stick, the scent that hit my nose wasn’t lovely. I could tell it was rose, but natural-smelling rose? This one smelled soapy and slightly artificial! First signs of foreboding. I was nervous.

I used the cleanser as instructed, and smell aside, it was gentle and left my face feeling nice with no tightness. However, a new spot popped up on my face the next day!

At that time, I didn’t suspect this cleanser and continued using it. Over the next few days of usage, a few more spots broke out. I finally decided to stop using it and waited for the spots to clear up.

Once my skin was healed of spots, I tried this again.

And again. And again. It was a no go every time and I only received spots in thanks for using it.

WHY?! I wanted so badly for this cleanser to work! But even a fool has to know when to give up :(

I have two suspicions as to why this broke me out:

  1. This product is old stock and therefore performed badly on my skin (might also explain the soapy rose smell)
  2. I’m allergic to an ingredient (coconut oil, followed by rose extract are the prime suspects at the moment)

But until I try out a freshly manufactured stick or more products with coconut oil or rose extract, I cannot confirm what it was that made this product fail for me.


Despite how much I was in denial at first, I had to accept that this popular cleanser flat out does not work for me :( It is one of the few rare products that actually breaks me out.

And as a person who doesn’t use bar soaps, I am not quite comfortable with the way the stick is capped shut when wet. It feels like it could be a breeding ground for bacteria. (so I usually air dry it before capping it)

Rating: 1/5



I bought it off eBay for $27.50. It can also be found on Amazon.

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  • Reply Jade 7 September 2016 at 9:14 am

    ohhh..i know my comment is abit late but i’ve been eyeing this for the longest time as well! i was about to take the plunge (hole in my pocket and all) but then i read ur review. I am very sensitive to smell and i think ur review is a sign. sigh. Thank you so much though for sharing. I guess i’ll stick to my cosrx good morning cleanser then. cheers!

    • Reply Rin 7 September 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Many reviewers report a lovely rose scent though! Which is also one of the reasons it appealed to me. Unless you are sensitive not only to soapy rose scents, but lovely ones as well?

      I love Cosrx’s good morning cleanser too! :D

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