Perricone MD’s Nutritive Cleanser, part of the brand’s High Potency Classics line, is a gel cleanser that contains alpha lipoic acid to soften and smooth the skin, and a firming copper complex designed to hydrate. A cruelty free and 100% vegan formula, Nutritive Cleanser works to remove makeup, excess oil, and daily dirt and debris from the face. It claims to be “perfect for all skin types, and the ideal face cleanser for dry skin.” Liz is on her second bottle and here to share all the details.
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Tested January-February 2020
I didn’t pick this face wash out for myself. In fact, no one really did. I received a free full-size bottle of the Nutritive Cleanser with an order I was placing on PerriconeMD.com. Shocker: I was buying makeup from the No Makeup line, and wasn’t even looking at the brand’s other skincare. So fate and the universe brought this cleanser and me together.
The 6 oz. version I have is housed in a really lovely tinted glass bottle with a black plastic pump (I love the glass bottle, both because it has an apothecary vibe and because I can wash and reuse it, but take note that it is breakable and less travel friendly. I think they’re also releasing a squeezy tube version).
The directions on the bottle say to use morning and evening, so this could easily be a one-stop-shop product for cleansing the face. I’m still loving Tatcha’s The Rice Polish as my morning face wash (check out my review of that product here), so I use one pump of this clear gel cleanser every night after I remove my eye and brow makeup with the Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover. The Nutritive Cleanser does a great job removing whatever makeup is left on my skin and leaving my face feeling super clean and fresh.
Now, we have to talk a little bit about the scent of this product. When I first tried it, I genuinely thought I wouldn’t be able to use it because…this face wash smells like baby powder. Bleh. If you like a fresh, powdery scent, you’ll love this. It’s not normally something I would go for, however, it did grow on me a little as I kept using it. It doesn’t linger, so I really only smell it right when I pump it out of the bottle and for a few seconds as I lather it onto my skin. Would it be better if it didn’t smell like this? Yes? Can I get over it because it’s otherwise an amazing cleanser? Yes.
My favorite thing about this cleanser is how gentle it really is. It feels conditioning and soft as I apply it, and after I rinse it off, my skin isn’t immediately tight and dry like it can be with other cleansers. This has never made me break out, and I like that it has alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate my dry, flaky skin without any rough scrubbing.
The true test of how much I like a product is whether or not, given the plethora of options out there, I want to purchase and use it again. I’m officially on my second bottle of the Nutritive Cleanser (my first bottle lasted me a solid ten months!) and I never stray from it at this point. It’s a staple in my medicine cabinet and a must-have in my skincare routine.