Review: Cetaphil Brand Cleanser & Moisturizer

I've written before that I have extremely sensitive skin. In fact, even most products marketed for sensitive skin have ingredients that irritate my skin. To add to my problems, I also have a lot of allergies. If any products contain certain plant or nut extracts, I might have an allergic reaction. The same goes for anything containing soy or coconut. I was happy to accept the opportunity from Blogher and Cetaphil brand to try a few products that might be gentle enough for my tricky skin.

As a result of my sensitive, allergy-ridden skin, I haven't been able to find a body wash that works for me in ages. Bar soap has been my only option--until now. Thanks to Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, I have a softening body, face and hand wash that won't irritate my sensitive skin or inflame my myriad of allergies. The word 'gentle' in the name is key. It is oh so gentle. (Some of the body washes I've tried seem so heavy or cloying or even overly-moisturizing or too astringent with their cleansers). This simply left me with nice soft, clean skin. No red bumps. No flowery odors. No allergic reactions. (And no need to take my EpiPen in the shower with me). In fact, it didn't even have that chemical smell that I notice in a lot of sensitive skin and fragrance-free products. It didn't really smell like anything. I like that.

I also had the chance to try out Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15. I need to put a quick disclaimer here--my skin is so sensitive that even gentle products containing SPF will bother me a bit. That said, this is by far the mildest I've ever used. I haven't used it long enough to know if I can keep using it on a daily basis without irritation, but I would certainly be able to use this when I knew I would be going to spend time outside. It didn't result in the instant irritation that most SPF products cause when they come in contact with my skin. I'm really happy I've found something I can wear when I head out into the sun. (I will probably cheat in the summer and use this as an all-over SPF rather than just on my face).

I had dermatologists recommend Cetaphil products in the past, but I don't like change and assumed they'd be expensive so I didn't try them. The cleanser cost $9.29 for 16oz, which is more than I pay for soap, but a lot less than some of the fancy cleansers that say they are sensitive skin-friendly. The bottle is pretty big too. It should last a while. Plus, the results are worth the price for me. The moisturizer cost $11.29 for 4oz, which isn't much more than I pay for moisturizer anyway.
I found Cetaphil products all at the stores where I normally shop, so I won't be hunting to find them when I need more. I'm very happy to be going into winter, the dry skin season, with some new products that will cater to my sensitive, allergy-prone skin.
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Comments

Nora Bradshaw said…
The skin care product that I cannot live without would be the hand moisturizer sold by Melaleuca. It's reasonably priced, and works very well.

I don't know if this would be an option for your sensitive skin, but I have given up on using soap in the shower. Instead, I mix table salt with olive oil into a scrub. My skin is so dry! Sugar could be used instead of salt, if you're worried about it stinging before or after shaving your legs.
Mami2jcn said…
I couldn't do without hand lotion. My hands get so dry during the winter months!

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Mami2jcn said…
tweet:

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chedeb5353 said…
Love Cetaphil products, could not do without them. Debra chedeb5353@hotmail.com
Lisa Brown said…
Can't live without Tom's of Maine Olive Oil facial soap bar.
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Lisa Brown said…
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greaterexp said…
Moisturizers are a must!
Tina said…
may kay extra emollient night cream
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Tina said…
https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/282215688205127682
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Gina Wildorchid said…
I couldn't live without my lipbalm. My lips get so dry - especially in the winter.

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Gina Wildorchid said…
tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/282637093673504768

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MCantu1019 said…
I think my moisturizer would be very hard to give up.
MCantu1019 at aol dot com
cocoa butter lip balm


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I tweeted

https://twitter.com/um_lil_cutie/status/283440545035083776

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Anne W said…
I could not live without my sunscreen! Thank you for the giveaway :)
cw said…
I could not live without moisturizer. My skin gets so dry without it. and mascara :)
Lynn said…
I use my Cetaphil moisturizer daily so I'd have to choose that!

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I LOVE a good daily moisturizer. I NEED it for my face, body, and throughout the day for my hands. Oh, and lip balm too. I die if they are not in my bag ;).
Here's my tweet https://twitter.com/lisacng/status/284755491119308800
Allisha Gold said…
I couldn't live without my Neutrogena Wave! Thank you!
allishagold at volcano dot net
Allisha Gold said…
Tweeted here https://twitter.com/AllishaGold/status/284815226849873921

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Judy B. said…
I can not do without my Dove Beauty Bar
Judy B. said…
thttps://twitter.com/BBirdie2/status/285120701164298240weet
Deb said…
I cant live without my chapstick
Christina said…
I could not live without moisturizer with SPF or my skin would be very dry. I would like to try Cetaphil products after reading your review. Thanks for this review and giveaway.

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Christina said…
I tweeted about this promotion: https://twitter.com/ctong2/status/286035662161985536

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I have a drawer full of moisturizer and I cannot live without Burt's Bees Night Cream and Nivea Lip Balm. sonyadmorris@gmail.com
Tweeted.
https://twitter.com/catholicfanatic/status/286282413884198912
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myfolly said…
I could not live without my daily body lotion. I use several brands depending on what condition my skin is in at that time.
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myfolly said…
https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/286301216357617665
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ms-texas said…
i can't do without my moisturizer

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ms-texas said…
i tweeted here:

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/286313740205449218


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wizardewu said…
In the winter I have to have my lip balm handy at all times.

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wizardewu said…
tweet
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Angel Jacklyn said…
I can go a couple days without a good face/body scrub, but if I skip out on moisturizer, my skin is flaking everywhere! However, I'd still prolly take the wash instead... (I'm weird)

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Angel Jacklyn said…
2nd entry !!!

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Kelly Massman said…
face moisturzier! thanks for the chance to win kmassman gmail
Kerry said…
I can't live without my Clinique moisturizer.
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Kerry said…
tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/286662183360815104
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LAMusing said…
I can't do without my lips balm! I always keep one in my purse and one by my bed.
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LAMusing said…
https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/287045327297593344
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Norma said…
I need my hand lotion. As I;ve aged my skin is thinner and chaps easily.
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Lexiquin said…
I use (Cetaphil) cleanser and moisturizer every single day--I'm pretty sure I need both! Years ago, when the dermatologist recommended Cetaphil to me, he suggested I not use moisturizer--I can't imagine how horrible my skin would feel if I didn't use moisturizer!
Lexiquin said…
Tweet! https://twitter.com/lexiquin/status/287082462234951681
Amy said…
Of all the skin care products I own, I really cannot live without lotion! My skin will be all too dry.

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Amy said…
tweeted:
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LauraJJ said…
I could not live without a good non irritating moisturizer. I have dry skin.
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LauraJJ said…
I tweeted
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Betty C said…
I guess I have a pretty long list of things I wouldn't want to live without. I love good lip balm, moisturizer is a necessity and Cetaphil cleanser for my sensitive skin top the list.

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Betty C said…
Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/287699414267604992

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WWillows6 said…
I could not live without my daily nighttime moisturizer.

Lisa Garner
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WWillows6 said…
I Tweeted this giveaway:https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/288066537963802625

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ewhatley said…
Couldn't do without petroleum jelly. I use it to remove my eye makeup.

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Thomas Murphy said…
I couldnt live without facial moisturizer because my skin gets really dry especially after shaving

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Thomas Murphy said…
https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/288086212877615104

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jakiesmom said…
my neutrogena eyecream

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Carmen Nuland said…
This time of year I can't live without lip balm
Howell said…
I can't do without my body lotion especially in the winter.

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Howell said…
tweeted
https://twitter.com/leedhowell/status/288135924800442368

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angie lilly said…
I am totally addicted to lip balm. Is that a legit addiction? LOL Seriously, I would go nuts without it. It must be organic/all natural and not sticky. It must also smell like some sort of food or herb. LOL
Angie
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angie lilly said…
I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/288298010906091520
Angie
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Christy Ann said…
I can not live without my makeup remover face wipes!

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Christy Ann said…
Tweeted:
https://twitter.com/babybraddy/status/288362001074368512
Erica Best said…
i found this lip blam called baby lips it is the best
Erica Best said…
https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/288389574957334528
slehan said…
Burt's Bees Lip balm
Thanks for the contest.

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slehan said…
https://twitter.com/slehan/status/288440287175524352

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Tabathia said…
Oil of olay facial cleanser

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Tabathia said…
tweet
https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/288446735238430721
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