Daily Cleansing Best Friend: Milky Jelly Cleanser By Glossier

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser Review Gleam Base

After waiting for three months, finally, my very first bottle of Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is almost empty. I am so glad that I can share my first bottle experience with you, to avoid the bias of short-term judgment after using a product. This cleanser is so phenomenal and everyone around me keeps buzzing about how great this product's effect on their skin. So here is my experience with Glossier's signature cleanser 🌹✨

A bit about the brand, Glossier considered as a disruptive brand and company in the global beauty industry. Only three years after it founded by the infamous Emily Weiss, whom previously founded the beauty blog/platform called Into The Gloss  (with total visit more than 2.000.000 globally) it became one of the most reliable platforms for beauty trends and trusted by many beauty enthusiasts. Not long after, Ms. Weiss listens to the needs of ITG community and created Glossier back in 2014. 

I got attracted to Glossier after I saw the skincare guru's post on Instagram; Adri and after that, I found out more about the brand from reviews in the skincare/beauty forum and also from my several friends who have been using the cleanser. Out of my curiosity because of the hype (and-oh the packaging so cute! lol), I checked their ingredients. Although it is not 100% natural and not using organic ingredients, the cleanser contains comfrey root extract which made me confident to give it a go. To sum-up, comfrey root extract is made from a leaf-herb that commonly found in US region. It have millions benefits, from moisturising agent for dry-sensitive skin, possesses astringent properties (so it works as a wonderful skin cleanser) and anti-inflammatory agents to soothe damages, rough and burns skin. 

Glossier only ships from their website to US, Canada and UK. So, I have to seek resellers that sell the brand in Indonesia. Thankfully, Benscrub and several sellers at Shopee and Tokopedia have the cleanser. After comparing the price and availability, I bought my Milky Jelly Cleanser through Mauveylips via Tokopedia with price Rp. 360.000, full-size cleanser (177ml). If I converted the price from IDR to USD, it's around $26, while, Glossier's official price is $18.

Then the package came, the cleanser body-packaging is made from a white thick-recyclable plastic bottle with a pump-cap, with no secondary packaging/box, with a cute sheer pink Glossier 'G' signature logo and direction page in the back of the bottle. 

  Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser's texture.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser's texture.

Before I used Milky Jelly, lots of people compared Milky Jelly Cleanser with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser because of the similar texture. I have tried Cetaphil cleanser previously, and when I apply both Cetaphil and Milky Jelly; it feels totally different, even though the texture looks similar. When I checked the ingredients, Cetaphil using PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (and... why am I not surprised, SLS and Methylparaben πŸ™„) while Glossier using Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Symphytum Officinale Root Extract and Glycerin (plus, it's SLS/soap free and paraben free) with effective performance to remove eye makeup. So ladies, in a nutshell, Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser and Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is a two different thing πŸ‘Œ

Alright, back to my first experience with Milky Jelly. The texture, as it being named, has a milky-white colour with a bouncy gel texture. I personally feels that the texture is very similar with hair conditioner. Glossier said they are using "the same gentle cleaning agents found in contact lens solution" and also safe to use around eyes. Based on their website, Milky Jelly Cleanser can be used for any skin types. The product is also hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free, non-comedogenic and vegan-friendly. It got 4.1 average ratings from 92 of MakeupAlley Users. 

   I tested them on bare-dry skin (without makeup primer/CC cream/foundation/face powder).   Right: Non-waterproof liquid eyeliner Left: Non-waterproof powder black eyeshadow

 I tested them on bare-dry skin (without makeup primer/CC cream/foundation/face powder). 
Right: Non-waterproof liquid eyeliner
Left: Non-waterproof powder black eyeshadow

  1A. Test on non-waterproof powder black eye-shadow

1A. Test on non-waterproof powder black eye-shadow

  1B. Test on non-waterproof powder black eye-shadow

1B. Test on non-waterproof powder black eye-shadow

  I massaged it several rounds and the powder eye-shadow dissolved easily.

I massaged it several rounds and the powder eye-shadow dissolved easily.

When I pumped the cleanser, I can smell a very, very light flowery scent. It almost not noticeable and definitely not a strong scent. But it gave a nice relaxing aroma. First time I applied it, was to remove my eye-makeup. I applied the cleanser in a dry-skin, directly on my eyes to removes non-waterproof mascara and also non-waterproof eyeliner. I massage my eyes and Milky Jelly Cleanser did its job. It dissolved my non-waterproof eye makeup easily without making my skin around eyes feels burn because of a soap.

  2A. Test on non-waterproof liquid eye-liner.

2A. Test on non-waterproof liquid eye-liner.

  2B. After I massaged it thoroughly, the liquid eye-liner melts and dissolved with the gel.

2B. After I massaged it thoroughly, the liquid eye-liner melts and dissolved with the gel.

  I wiped both eye-shadow and eye-liner with organic face/beauty cotton. Very effective to cleaning light makeup.

I wiped both eye-shadow and eye-liner with organic face/beauty cotton. Very effective to cleaning light makeup.

Then, I applied the cleanser on wet skin. I felt a different sensation when I applied the cleanser onto my face, especially on cheek and nose area, I felt a very slight tingling sensation. I kinda hesitate to use it after the first touch-base with my face. However, after I washed the cleanser, the tingling sensation disappears and the cleanser did not leave tight feeling nor make my skin dry. After the fourth usage until today, I can conclude that the cleanser is good for my skin because there is no negative reaction appears (dry, flaky or redness). Compared to my other organic face cleanser such as Indie Lee and Pai Skincare, Glossier Milky Jelly definitely could be the second alternative for a light and also more affordable cleansing routine. I would suggest this cleanser, if you are:

  • Not using a heavy makeup on your daily activities (what I meant with heavy makeup are layers of primer, foundation, concealer, inner-contouring, face powder and waterproof eye makeup πŸ™†πŸ»),
  • Looking for quite affordable (yet so gentle), paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free, non-comedogenic and vegan-friendly cleanser,
  • Can't resist the Glossier attractive branding ✨

And, I personally say that I would not recommend the cleanser for you, if:

  • Already, heavily use a dermatologist skincare with prescription,
  • Looking for more powerful cleanser and more-organic/natural cleanser (I would really encourage you to try Pai Skincare Cleanser instead).

Based on my first-bottle, I would say that Glossier Milky Jelly is a great cleanser, for a light cleansing routine to remove daily-light makeup. I think I will buy my second bottle of Glossier, because it's so affordable and can be used as my second cleanser. Even though on day to day I would prefer to use Indie Lee cleanser and Pai Skincare Cleanser because of their rich-nutritious organic ingredients for my primary cleanser. I hope it helps you to decide whether you will use the Milky Jelly or not πŸ˜†

And... (drum-roll) I would love to tell you that this month, Gleam Base will be held the very-first giveaway competition! (aren't you excited as I ammmmm?)

Stay tuned, beautiful πŸ’šβœ¨


Personal ratings: 8/10
(+) Cute and amazing branding, super easy to use, so gentle and mild even for sensitive skin, vegan-friendly.
(-) The product availability in Southeast Asia is kinda difficult compared to other brand, the product size is not travel-friendly (I wish they will release a traveling kit), not entirely using organic ingredients.
Recommended for skin type: All skin types.
Pregnancy safe-level:  See full ingredients below and please consult with your doctor before using this product.
Full ingredients: 

  1. Water/Aqua/Eau,
  2. Rosa Damascena Flower Water,
  3. PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate: Used for conditioning and as an emollient. It also helps products from separating into its oil and water components. Not considered toxic or irritating. Made from PEG (polyethylene glycol) and fatty acids derived from coconut oil,
  4. Propanediol: Natural, skin-friendly preservative-boosting humectant for all kinds of formulations. Has excellent sensory characteristics & is environmentally sustainable. Derived from a sustainable and renewable corn sugar fermentation process,
  5. Isohexadecane: Synthetic, dry-finish ingredient with a powder-like finish. Used as a cleansing agent and texture enhancer in cosmetics, particularly those for oily skin. The size of isohexadecane keeps it from penetrating too far into the skin, so it can be a good ingredient to keep other ingredients, like certain antioxidants, on skin’s surface,
  6. Poloxamer 184: Poloxamers help to form emulsions by reducing the surface tension of the substances to be emulsified and help other ingredients to dissolve in a solvent in which they would not normally dissolve. They also clean the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away,
  7. Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer: A thickener and emulsifier used in skin care products.
  8. Xylitylglucoside: Naturally occurring ingredient that comes from the sugars located in wheat. It also naturally occurring sugar composite aids in encouraging the body to generate Hyaluronic acid within human's skin and helps with making the skin more hydrated and willing to accept moisture,
  9. Betaine: Primarily functions as a humectant and anti-irritant in cosmetic products. It's able to give superior hydration to the skin, without the residual stickiness often associated with glycerin based emulsions. When used in skin care products, it can temporarily decrease the depth of wrinkles, giving the face a much smoother appearance,
  10. Allantoin: Helps to soften and protect while actively soothing skin. It also stimulates cell regeneration promoting healthy skin. It comes from an extract from the root of the comfrey plant and is a soothing, non-irritating ingredient that has the ability to help heal the skin and stimulate the growth of healthy tissue,
  11. Glycerin: Skin-replenishing and restoring ingredient, meaning it is a substance found naturally in skin, helping to establish normal balance and hydration. 
  12. Panthenol: Provitamin of B5 because and is used in cosmetics and beauty products primarily as a lubricant, emollient and moisturizer, 
  13. Symphytum Officinale Root Extract: Leaf-herbs that commonly found in US region. Containing allantoin helps to grow new skin cells, and has the ability to regenerate connective tissues. Comfrey also contains rosmarinic acid and tannins that help skin grow,
  14. Sodium Hyaluronate: Sodium hyaluronate is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid gives skin volume by holding onto water and as levels decline with age, skin loses its youthful fullness,
  15. Anhydroxylitol: A skin conditioning ingredient known as a Humectant. The ingredient is used to aid other ingredients in absorption into the skin,
  16. Polysorbate 80: Surfactant and emulsifier because of its ability to help other ingredients dissolve, 
  17. Xylitol: Sugar alcohol used as a substitute for sugar in the flavoring of many toothpastes and gums. Xylitol is used in cosmetics and personal care products not only as a flavoring agent in oral care products - which also utilize its plaque-reducing properties - but also as a humectant in other formulations. It is thought to help the skin retain its natural moisture and boost levels of hyaluronic acid, a natural lubricant that assists in collagen production. 
  18. Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate: Emulsion stabilizer and viscosity increasing agent. 
  19. Isopropyl Myristate: Synthetic oil used as an emollient, thickening agent, or lubricant in beauty products. Composed of of Isopropyl Alcohol (a propane derivative) and Myristic Acid (a naturally-occurring fatty acid), Isopropyl Myristate is a popular cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredient,
  20. Benzoic Acid: Mainly acts as a PH adjuster and preservative, although it can also be used to add fragrance to a product,
  21. Ethylhexylglycerin: Weak preservative and skin conditioning agent,
  22. Sodium Hydroxide:  Usually used in small amounts in cosmetics, to establish and hold the pH of a product. It's also used as a cleansing and denaturing agent.