Thursday, December 22, 2016

Product Review: The Saem Healing Tea Garden White Tea Cleansing Water

Dermatologists and skin experts often remind us to take off our makeup before we sleep. But with our busy lifestyle, you just sometimes forget unintentionally. When you are too tired from work or school all you want to do when you get home is to lie on your bed and snooze away. You don't have ample energy to get a cotton pad and remove your makeup or wash your face. This is exactly why I started to love cleansing water (since I tried Biore Micellar Cleansing Water). Yes, I need to get a cotton pad and swipe my makeup away but the great thing is, I can easily skip the rest of my skincare routine on such days. All I need to do is remove my makeup and I am good to go to sleep. No need for further washing. 

As I was looking for a new cleansing water to try, I came across The Saem Healing Tea Garden White Tea Cleansing Water. I was browsing Althea Korea PH website when I saw this cleansing oil. I was curious about the "White Tea" ingredient which is why I decided to buy it. I have never tried anything from the same brand before and this is only my third cleansing water product to (first was the Haruhada Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Water which I like and the second is the Biore Micellar Cleansing Water which I love). 

You see, I don't have much experience when it comes to cleansing waters because I swear by cleansing oils. They are still the best at removing makeup in my opinion no matter how much I like the cleansing waters I have tried (especially with waterproof makeup). But because I love trying out new products, I decided to purchase The Saem Healing Tea Garden White Tea Cleansing Water. Who knows, it might replace my love for cleansing oils. Here are my thoughts:

  • Affordable (this bottle costs only 270.00PHP or about $6US)
  • Easily wipes away non-waterproof makeup
  • Effectively cleans the skin (second cotton pad is almost clean and very few makeup residue)
  • Light fresh smell (not too strong and overpowering)
  • Gentle on the skin (did not dry out my skin)

  • Not available locally (except online)
  • Not as effective in removing waterproof makeup as cleansing oils
  • Little whiteheads formed if I don't wash my face with facial soap and water after

Overall Verdict:

This product is okay but I wouldn't recommend this as a substitute for toner. I usually use cleansing water as toner instead of using an alcohol-based one (which is so far the type of toner that has worked for me) to avoid drying my skin but at the same time control acne formation. However, I find that this product cannot be used as that. As I mentioned above, I observed little whiteheads formed on my forehead and temple area when I started using this as a toner. As a makeup remover, it removes a decent amount in just one wipe and almost all makeup are removed after about 30 seconds of wiping. I don't think this is suitable for waterproof makeup thought it did help a bit in removing such type of makeup. Overall, this product is okay in removing non-waterproof makeup and dirt. But with waterproof makeup, I still think cleansing oils are the best.


  1. Cool review! I like how you showed how it worked!


  2. I've never tried cleansing waters before! They always sounded so crazy because you don't need to wash afterwards. I'm definitely curious about them because I love being lazy. I was wondering if for the previous ones you've tried that you like, does it takes many swipes and many cotton pads to clean off your entire face of makeup or just a couple? Because i feel like if it takes too many cotton pads that seems like a waste. But if it works, I'm all for it for lazy days!
    Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a happy holidays :)

    ~Andrea Tiffany~

  3. This saves so much time (and effort)! I need this product. Hahaha. 😊

    -Jannette | The Diary of a Daydreamer | Bloglovin'

  4. Interesting post my dear, thank you for sharing :-)

  5. This sounds like a great product, I hope they are sponsoring you for such a detailed review haha. But generally speaking I have something similar but I generally like to carry out my normal face wash routine afterwards, just for extra assurance I've cleaned my face properly you see aha


  6. I always use micellar water to remove my make up. That cleansing water sounds interesting.

  7. Was amazed when I started using micellar water and this cleansing water sounds pretty good - brilliant review :)

    // xx

  8. This looks amazing! I need to try it!

    Merry Christmas!
    Darriyan xo

  9. It is amazing for ordinary makeup. I wouldn't recommend it for waterproof makeup though.

  10. Yes! Micellar water is the best invention in beauty in 2016 (or 2015?)!

  11. I love micellar water too!

  12. Haha! Althea Korea did sponsor me and I was able to pick out a few items. But the company did not sponsor me to review the product. I reviewed this product out of my own free will.

    That is true. It's just that sometimes when I am too tired I like the convenience of just using a product like this to remove makeup and clean the face at the same time. But like you, I would prefer to wash my face with a regular face soap and water to ensure all traces of dirt and makeup were removed.

  13. You're welcome!

  14. Yes! But I would recommend other cleansing water brands because this one is not that effective on waterproof makeup.

  15. I know! It can sound daunting at first because we are so used to cleaning our face with soap and water. But on days when you are just too tired and want to save time, cleansing waters are life savers! It saves half the time!

    As for your question, the Biore one probably took about 4 or 5 swipes each eye (press the cotton pad on your eye for about 5 seconds before the first swipe to melt the makeup) and 2 cotton pads for the whole face. That is if I am wearing a stronghold mascara like the one I used for this post. For ordinary mascara I think 3-4 swipes would do it. For me that is already a lot less time and effort compared to removing makeup with cleansing oil and then washing the face. It takes half the time off.