Travel Friendly 2nd Cleansers 

In 2017, I spent 97 nights in a hotel, mostly for short work trips, and took a lot of flights.

Planes turn me into a pathological germaphobe. I travel with 3 types of sanitizing wipes – Wet Wipes for armrest, air vents, and tray table, Purell wipes for my hands, Zeiss wipes for electronics – and all the skin cleansers I can get past TSA. Luckily, there are lots of non-liquid cleanser options, especially for second cleansers. Here are the ones I’ve been using:


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Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder

Country of Origin
Japan

Where does it fit in your routine?
This is a water based cleanser. At night, use after using an oil based cleanser to remove makeup and sunscreen. In the morning, use this first thing.

Size and Price
Costs around $20 for 32 capsules. Available on Beautius, Amazon, and Ebay.

Packaging
A package comes with pods that contain about .4 grams of product. At first, I loved this idea as it seemed perfect for travel (non liquid, takes up virtually no luggage space). However, I find that the amount of product in each pod doesn’t exactly correspond to the amount of product I like to use per wash, so it’s kind of awkward and annoying. I really wish this came in a non-individually wrapped option.

Fragrance
None

Color and texture
Out of the pack, this is a white powder. I add a few drops of water then use my hands to work the powder into a lush, creamy, espresso-foam lather. It’s so dense, so luxe, so lovely.

pH
6

Ingredients // See CosDNA
Talc, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, sodium lauroyl glutamate, sodium myristoyl glutamate, potassium laureate, carrageenan, silk powder, water, methicone, butylene glycol, isostearyl alcohol, BHT, alcohol, polyquaternium-51, lactobacillus/soymilk ferment filtrate, nasturtium officinale extract, lactic acid, potassium hydroxide, protease, lipase, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol

Pros
Of the options discussed here, this cleanser sparks the most joy. The lather this cleanser creates is probably the most luxurious lather I’ve ever experienced in a cleanser.

Cons
Unfortunately, this cleanser is a tad too stripping to my dry skin. Not so stripping that I have to avoid using it completely, but stripping enough that I definitely could not use this regularly.

Overall Score: 3.2/5


2Sol Green Enzyme Cleanser

Country of Origin
Korea

Where does it fit in your routine?
This is a water based cleanser. At night, use after using an oil based cleanser to remove makeup and sunscreen. In the morning, use this first thing.

Size and Price
14700 KRW on TesterKorea for 50g of product

Packaging
Simple plastic container. The cleansing powder is dispensed through a hole in the opening.

Fragrance
Spiced green tea scent

Color and texture
The powder is light green and white and has a cornmeal-esque texture. I add a few drops of water and then rub between my palms until all the powder is dissolved and a soft bubbly foam has taken its place

pH
5.5

Ingredients // See CosDNA
Corn Starch, Mannitol, Sodium Lauryl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Green Tea Powder, Sodium Palmitate, Protease, Silica, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Bacopa Monniera Extract, Diglycerin, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Oil

Pros
I’ve been wanting to try this ever since Kinseng reviewed it way back when. There’s a lot to like. The packaging is practical. The powder gives way to a foam that is the right balance of dense, creamy, and bubbly. It’s got the perfect amount of cleaning power for my skin and does not dry, strip, or irritate my skin. I also enjoy the spiced green tea scent. I also find myself enjoying this cleanser more and more the longer I use it.

Cons 
The lather is not as satisfying as the Suisai powder. The powder is coarser and it takes a second longer for it to dissolve and transform into foam. There have been a few instances where I am in a rush and end up rubbing the coarse powder on my skin before it’s had a chance to fully dissolve, which is not pleasant.

Overall Score: 4.6/5


Neogen Real Fresh Cleansing Stick Green Tea

Country of Origin
Korea

Where does it fit in your routine?
This is a water based cleanser. At night, use after using an oil based cleanser to remove makeup and sunscreen. In the morning, use this first thing.

Size and Price
$12 on Amazon.

Packaging
Basically a giant glue stick. Soap is inside plastic casing that you can twist at the bottom to bring up and down.

Fragrance
Cheap perfume. Nothing like green tea.

Color and texture
The cleanser is light green and studded with green-brown pieces of green tea. The cleanser is like a more malleable bar soap. If I work with my hands, it creates a lather quite easily.

pH
5.5

Ingredients // See CosDNA
Glycerin, purified water, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, palmitic acid, stearic acid, lauryl betaine, betaine, camellia sinensis leaf(0.3%), camellia sinensis seed oil(0.1%), camellia japonica seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower)seed oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, oenothera biennis (eveningprimrose) oil, tocopheryl acetate, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, ocimum basillicum (basil) oil, cananga odorata flower oil, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, origanum heracleoticum floweroil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange)peel oil, fragrance

Pros
I like the giant gluestick format and this bar lasts an insanely long time.

Cons 
The green tea pieces in the cleanser are annoying and feel unhygienic. This leaves my skin more dry than I like. The fragrance is cheap and artificial. Some cleansers make face washing a pampering experience. This makes it feel like a chore.

Overall Score: 2.3/5


Olivarrier Emollient Cleansing Bar

Country of Origin
Korea

Where does it fit in your routine?
This is a water based cleanser. At night, use after using an oil based cleanser to remove makeup and sunscreen. In the morning, use this first thing.

Size and Price
100 grams a bar. $12 on Jolse and Ebay.

Packaging
This is a round bar of soap. The soap is wrapped in plastic, which comes inside of a cardboard box.

Fragrance
Nothing prominent. Maybe a whiff of natural, shea butter-esque scent if I really, really stick my nose into it.

Color and texture
The soap is light green in color. The cleanser lathers fairly easily.

pH
5.5 to 6

Ingredients // See CosDNA
Triticum Vulgare Wheat Starch, Aqua, Squalane (Olive squalane), Olive Butter, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Sapindus Marginatus (Soapberry extract), Madecassoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Extract

Pros
Not irritating, even when my skin feels not its best. I appreciate that there is no fragrance. I keep this bar of soap in my shower and there is minimal shrinkage from the water. Like the Neogen cleansing stick, this cleanser seems to last forever.

Cons 
Kind of boring and also surprisingly difficult to transport for travel.

Overall Score: 3.1/5


Overall Cleanser Comparisons

  • From least drying to most drying:
    2Sol Green Enzyme Cleanser –> Olivarrier Emollient Cleansing Bar –> Kanebo Suisai Clear Beauty Powder –> Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Stick
  • From easiest to travel with to most difficult to travel with:
    Kanebo Suisai Clear Beauty Powder –> 2Sol Green Enzyme Cleanser –> Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Stick –> Olivarrier Emollient Cleansing Bar
  • From most satisfying lather to least satisfying lather:
    Kanebo Suisai Clear Beauty Powder –> 2Sol Green Enzyme Cleanser –> Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Stick = Olivarrier Emollient Cleansing Bar
  • In order of my personal preference:
    2Sol Green Enzyme Cleanser –> Kanebo Suisai Clear Beauty Powder –> Olivarrier Emollient Cleansing Bar ———–> Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Stick

Wishing everyone happy and hygenic adventures!

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6 thoughts on “Travel Friendly 2nd Cleansers 

  1. kpaint says:

    I love powdered cleansers. They seem to generally be less stripping than foaming cleansers in other formats. My favorite might be Fancl Facial Washing Powder, which whips up into the most luxurious lather. I’m currently using Nude Skincare Detox Gentle Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash, which is really nice but has become hard to find. I happily went through many bottles of Dr. Oracle Radical Clear Enzyme Powder Wash, though it was reformulated recently and I preferred the original. The latter 2 benefit from a whipping net to create foam, where I don’t have that issue with Fancl

    AmorePacific makes a great powdered cleanser, but it’s 3x the price of Fancl without being 3x more fabulous I’ve gone through a couple of deluxe minis of the AmorePacific cleanser and saved the containers, which I refill with other powdered cleansers for travel purposes.

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  2. Mimi says:

    Thanks for the comparisons! I’m really interested in that 2sol Enzyme cleaner now. Ideally, I’d like it to take the place of the Tatcha Enzyme Powder that I’m still sluggishly working through.

    I tried the Neogen stick and ARGH the scent. It hurts my nostrils! I bought it thinking it would be travel friendly but I always seemed to get it too wet and it sort of stayed ripped with trapped water if I tried to pack it away the same day I used it. Without a day to dry out, it’d get my other products wet. Womp!

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