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:
- This product is old stock and therefore performed badly on my skin (might also explain the soapy rose smell)
- 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)