A few years ago, I worked in a building that had a newly open self-serve frozen yogurt shop on its ground floor. One of my coworkers and I figured out quickly that while the yogurt itself was terrible, there were other benefits to be had and so, in the afternoon, two or three times a week, we would make our way to the shop. She would get a cup and fill up with gummy bears and I would do the same but with mochi and cheesecake chunks.
So naturally, I had to have this mochi mochi cleanser the minute I laid my eyes on it. Luckily, it’s actually a really good cleanser because of course it is! Mochi would never fail me like that. All hail mochi!
At A Glance
Ishizawa Laboratories Mochitto Mochi Mochi Awadate-Irazu Face Wash Without Bubbling
Where does it fit in your routine?
This is a water-based cleanser. It can be used as a morning cleanser or as a second cleanser (after an oil based cleanser to remove makeup + sunscreen) in the evening.
Size and Price
This is available on ebay for $20.99, Yesstyle for $19.85, BGO for 390 NT ($10 USD), or on Rakuten for ~$11. I purchased through Rakuten using Tenso, which is a Japanese forwarding service.
Comes in a white, plastic bottle with a red cap. I would prefer a pump bottle for convenience, but not a big deal. And omg the little mochi guy is so adorable!
Color and texture
This comes out of the bottle as a transparent gel. It looks very similar to Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, if you’re familiar with that.
What’s in it?
- SORBITOL, GLYCERIN, SODIUM HYALURONATE
By now, you guys are probably familiar with glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, which are very common, very effective humectants. Sorbitol, a sugar alcohol you might recognize as the sweetener used in some chewing gums, is another humectant that works very similar to glycerin (glycerin is also a sugar alcohol, which is why it tastes sweet if you ever get it in your mouth). In short, this cleanser is formulated to hold on to a lot of water.
- RICE BRAN EXTRACT, SAKE, RICE BRAN OIL, HYDROLYZED RICE PROTEIN
Rice bran is quickly becoming one of my favorite skincare ingredients! It is high in phytochemicals and formulations containing semi-purified rice bran extract was shown to enhance hydration, lighten skin, improve skin thickness and elasticity. In addition, trans-p-coumaric acid methyl ester and N-(trans-cinnamoyl)tryptamine, phenyl compounds found in the roots of rice, have been shown to have melanin inhibiting (whitening) abilities and soaking skin in rice starch has been demonstrated to improve the healing capacity of damaged skin. Rice bran oil contains several bioactive compounds with antioxidative properties, such as ferulic acid, y-oryzanol, and phytic acid. Fermenting rice into sake produces kojic acid, which is as effective at inhibiting melanin production (although with some irritation potential). Oh also, the inclusion of these ingredients is probably why this is called a mochi mochi cleanser- Mochi is made out of glutinous rice!
- HYDROLYZED KERATIN, HYDROLYZED ELASTIN, SOLUBLE COLLAGEN
Keratin, elastin, and collagen are different types of protein found in your skin, hair, connective tissues, joints, and more. While youthful skin is associated with having sufficient amounts of elastin and collagen, as skincare ingredients they are too large to be absorbed by the skin so it won’t actually increase the amount of elastin or collagen in your skin. That said, in skincare, they can still work as water-binding ingredients. As for keratin – I honestly can’t figure out why it’s included as it’s usually associated with hair care, not skin!
- CERAMIDE 2
Ceramides are one of the building blocks of your stratum corneum. In skincare, they can help repair the skin’s natural barrier.
- Amino Acids: GLUTAMIC ACID, ALANINE, ARGININE, GLYCINE, SERINE, THREONINE, PROLINE, LYSINE
In food, amino acids are building blocks for proteins. In skincare, they can function as water-binding, cell-communicating, and antioxidant ingredients.
- Cleansing Agents: SODIUM HYDROXIDE & COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE
Usually, I would avoid Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH), also known as lye, which is commonly used to make soap. It is EXTREMELY basic (pH of 14 when concentrated. For those rusty on chemistry, the pH scale only goes up to 14) and can be very caustic and irritating to the skin. The reason why I’m ok with this ingredient is because the finished cleanser has a low pH, which indicates whatever amount of NaOH is in it is very low and might only be included for pH adjusting purposes. Cocamidopropyl betaine, on the other hand, is a very gentle surfactant with low irritation potential!
There’s research indicating that betaine, when added to cleansers containing either cocamidopropylbetaine (which this one does) or sodium lauryl sulphate, reduces the irritating effects of the respective surfactants. Basically, the inclusion of betaine makes the already-gentle cleansing agents even less likely to irritate skin, which I think is a pretty neat!
Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies carbomer (1) as a potential irritant and butylene glycol (1) as an acne triggers.
Water, sorbitol, glycerin, PPG-9 diglyceryl ether, oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, rice ferment filtrate (sake), oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, hydrolyzed rice protein, hydrolyzed keratin, hydrolyzed elastin, soluble collagen, sodium hyaluronate, ceramide 2, glutamic acid, alanine, arginine, glycine, citric acid, serine, threonine, proline, lysine, polyglyceryl-10 eicosanedioate/tetradecanedioate, carbomer, xanthan gum, sodium hydroxide, betaine, cocamidopropyl betaine, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, butylene glycol, dipropylene glycol, sodium PCA, PPG-4-ceteth-10, caramel, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, alcohol
This cleanser does not dry out my skin, irritate my skin, or cause my breakouts. It also leaves my skin feeling clean. That might sound like much, but with dry, easily inflamed skin, a cleanser that matches that description is so goddamn hard to find. In short, I really like this cleanser!
There are a few things to call out, however. The cleanser says loud and clear that it doesn’t bubble, which is a lie, as you can see below.
To be fair, the bubbles are very underwhelming. You’ve got to work pretty hard to get them to show up and then when they do, they disappear pretty quickly. If you’re familiar with Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, it’s a similar situation (actually, this Mochitto cleanser is a really good dupe to the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, minus the cucumber-cocktail smell. It is also a little more gentle, IMO). If you are a fan of foamy cleansers, you would be severely disappointed. To get the picture above, I had to try twice and use three times the amount of cleanser I would actually use on my face.
That said, I like the bubbles. I can’t really use foam cleansers, because they leave my face too dry, but I haven’t had a problem with this cleanser. This cleanser allows me a small amount of bubbly fun that I normally wouldn’t be able to enjoy.
What else? This won’t take off makeup – you’ll need an oil cleanser for that – but it does leave my face feeling clean. I’ve noticed that I’m less diligent about fully rinsing off my oil cleanser when I use this as a second cleanser because it’ll easily wash away any residue.
Lastly, in case anyone else struggles with second cleansers as much as I do, here is the current ranking of second cleansers I have used in order of most to least gentle (on my skin). This is NOT in order of my favorites. Green indicates they were suitable for my skin and red means stay away:
- Cerave Hydrating Cleanser (pH 5.5, non-foaming)
- Muji Gel Cleansing (pH 5, non-foaming)
- Nuxe Melting Cleansing Gel with Rose Petals (pH 5, non-foaming)
- Mochitto Mochi Mochi Awadate-Irazu Cleanser (pH 5, a little bubbly) <
- Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (pH 5, bubbly)
- Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (pH 5, non-foaming)
- Yes to Cucumber Gentle Milk Cleanser (pH 5.5 – 6.5, non-foaming)
- Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam (pH 5.5, foaming)
- Acwell Bubble-Free pH Balancing Cleanser (pH 5.5, non-foaming. This wasn’t stripping but it irritated my skin)
- 23YearOld Pergillus 15 Sec Foam Cleanser (pH 9, foaming)
- Acure Sensitive Facial Cleanser (allegedly pH 5.5, foaming, SUPER STRIPPING – omg I hate this cleanser so much)
This is a very gentle, low pH, minimally bubbly cleanser and I like it a lot!
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