I ended up with a bottle of Shiseido Senka’s Speedy Perfect Whip Foam because I just knew I had one more bottle of CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser somewhere. And because I was pretty sure I had it, I obviously didn’t bother checking until it was too late.
I went to Watson’s, and browsed the little section of facial cleansers. The fact that it was 7,800 won was the whole reason I picked it over other options. It was the lowest priced, non-bottom-shelf cleanser there.
At 7,800 KRW (currently 740 JPY), it’s a little bit more expensive than what it would cost in Japan. It’s currently 498 JPY on Amazon Japan. And at full price here in South Korea, it costs 13,000 KRW (1230 JPY)! Japanese imports are incredibly marked-up here.
This cleanser may have turned out to be a failure right out the gate. I did a bunch of research (after buying it…), it seems that the pH really high, at around pH 8-9. I don’t have solid proof and I haven’t checked it myself – I’ll update this post after buying some pH strips.
Ideally, a facial cleanser would be around pH 5.5. So if it’s true that this cleanser is around pH 8 or 9 … sigh. I could have bought other cool stuff for 7,800 KRW!
There was a 20 mL sample of Shiseido Senka’s Hoshitsu Lotion R. The pink cap and しっとリ (Moist) sign labels it as a toner for normal-type skin. The other version (Lotion S) has a white cap. I’ll give that a try one of these days.
The pump top comes with a safety stopper. If you plan on travelling with this kinda big bottle, be sure to hang on to the stopper.
A sticker with instructions and ingredients in Korean, covering the Japanese printing on the bottle.
A half-push of the bottle deposited this much foam onto my hand. I might need just more for my face. The foam is light and airy, because a good part of it is air.
It spreads out beautifully, with tiny fizzling bubbles. My skin felt squeaky clean after washing it off, which is perhaps not always a good thing. My old CeraVe cleanser left my skin feeling moisturized!
The squeaky clean feeling is a personal preference – some may like it, I just happen not to. And it can easily be cancelled out by emulsions and essences and lotions and the rest of your night routine. However, if it’s true that the pH is as awful as it seems to be, I don’t even know what I’m going to repurpose this for. Surely there’s a reason why so many people like it!
Korean: 센카 스피디 퍼펙트 휩
English: Senka Speedy Perfect Whip (foam)
Retail Price: 13,000 won
Amount: 150 mL
Ingredients, Korean: 정제수, 글리세린, 프로필렌글라이콜, 소르비톨, 디프로필렌글라이콜, 라우릭애씨드, 포타슘하이드록사이드, 페녹시에탄올, 코카마이드디이에이, 미리스틱애, 폴리그리세릴-4라우릴에텔, 팔미틱애씨드, 향료, 라우릴베타인, 트리소듐이디티에이, 소듐메칠타우레이트, 세리신, 소듐벤조에이트, 시트릭애씨드, 포타슘소르베이트.
Ingredients, English: Purified water, glycerin, propylene glycol, sorbitol, dipropylene glycol, lauric acid, potassium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, cocamide DEA, isopropyl myristate, PEG-4 laurate, palmitic acid, lauryl betaine, sodium methyl taurate, sericin, sodium benzoate, citric acid, potassium sorbate, fragrance.
Brand Page: senka.co.kr