I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly…


Today is the day for the battle of the jelly cleansers! Jelly cleansers are a new endeavor for me after years of makeup wipes. These days, I have been practicing the “double cleanse” trend and my skin is loving it. To summarize, double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like. I use a makeup removing cleanser first, wipe off, and then use a more targeted cleanser to remove the rest. I’ve been preferring jelly cleansers as a first step in my double cleansing routine.

At this point, I have tried four jelly cleansers, and I wanted to share my thoughts and comparisons. The four in the lineup are: Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser, Bliss Makeup Melt Jelly Cleanser, Origins Original Skin Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly, and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

This is the first jelly cleanser I tried, and honestly I tried it because Glossier is all over instagram and their aesthetic is so darn cute. It ships in adorable, reusable packaging and looks nice sitting in my tub. However, packaging aside, the product inside is equally nice. It has a pleasant, subtle rosy scent. Its name perfectly describes its texture: milky and jelly. I do have to use a few pumps to remove all my makeup, especially eye makeup. That is totally fine with me, though, because my skin feel so nice after using this cleanser. Its description includes the word conditioning, and this is the first cleanser I’ve ever used that actually conditions my skins. My face is baby bottom smooth after using this product. My dry skin loves it. This one set the bar high for all the jelly cleansers to come. The only downsides are the amount of product I need to use and that its only available on Glossier’s website.

Bliss Makeup Melt Jelly Cleanser

While roaming the aisles of Target, queue happy sigh, I stumbled across this cleanser. Immediately I thought of the Glossier version because the packaging and name are obviously similar. I thought I had found a dupe. Don’t get me wrong, I want to support Glossier; however, I like shopping in person. If I can access a product in a local store, I’m more likely to buy it again and again. I am too impatient to wait for shipping unless I’m placing a big order. Finding a milky jelly dupe at my local Target was so appealing to me. After testing, though, I found that the “dupe” ends with the packaging. This cleanser has a slippier texture and a “cleaner” smell. Something in the fragrance reminded me of the bar soap my dad uses. It’s not a bad smell, I just like Glossier’s more. This one removed makeup adequately and is more affordable than Glossier’s. It is lacking that post-cleansing conditioning feel.

Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Gel Cleanser

Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Cleansing Gel
Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Gel Cleanser

Ok, so maybe I’m being too lax with “jelly,” but this cleanser is comparable to others. This one wins the most accessible award because I can grab it with my Walmart grocery pickup. For this reason, I’m almost finished with my second bottle. It smells clean and
has the slippiest texture (hence gel, not jelly). This one is the most effective at removing my makeup and isn’t stripping. It doesn’t have the same conditioning effect that Glossier’s does, so I find myself searching for that feeling with my moisturizer
that follows the cleansing routine. Overall, I like this product and will likely purchase again. That is until I need to repurchase my boy brow and balm dot com, and then I’ll be back to the Milky Jelly Cleanser.

Origins Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly with Willowherb

Origins Original Skin Makeup Removing Jelly with Willowherb
Origins Original Skin Makeup Removing Jelly with Willowherb

I really wanted to like this product. I heard great reviews, and something about Origins is always intriguing to me. The branding just looks like it belongs in a spa and their products just communicate “pamper” to me. Unfortunately, this cleanser did not work out for me. It has the thickest jelly texture. It also has a faint scent that I did not find appealing (not bad, but not good). I felt like I definitely had to double cleanse with this one to remove all my makeup and it left my eyes feeling filmy after removing my eye makeup. I still want to try more Origins products, but this one is not for me.

Something I like to do with my gel cleansers is let them warm up in the bathtub before I use them. Slathering on a nice, warm product almost makes me feel like I’m getting a facial, something that is just not happening these days.

And, just for kicks, let’s talk about a non-jelly cleanser. I have heard so many rave reviews of Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm. It’s definitely a cult favorite. It’s not my favorite. I don’t like the packaging because I prefer a pump for my cleaners. I had to try this one to learn that, though. I also don’t like that it’s a solid I need to warm up before it melts into my skin. Again, I had to try this one to learn that. These might be aspects you really enjoy. I can see how this one would be great for traveling because it wouldn’t count as a liquid; it just isn’t the one I want for daily use.

To wrap up, Glossier’s version is the winner for me. Luckily, I also need to repurchase Boy Brow, so I’ll be placing an order soon! Let me know your thoughts on these cleansers or any recommendations you may have! Until next time!