Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

Enzyme Cleansing Gel 8 oz/$12

I really like this cleanser. I got it as part of a set from Hautelook and it sat in my bathroom cabinet for almost a year. I took it on a trip with me recently at the beginning of this month and thought I’d try it out. Now I can’t believe I waited a year to use it.


This non-foaming, gel cleanser thoroughly removes the day’s make-up, dirt and oil without drying the skin. Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts are exfoliating Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help prevent dulling build-up that can cause blackheads and pimples. Twice daily, massage in a circular motion on wet skin avoiding eye area. Rinse with tepid water. Pat dry and follow with toner or astringent.
INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water (Aqua),Glycerin,Papaya (Carica Papaya Fruit) Extract,Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis Fruit) Extract,Monomide,Triethanolamine,Methylparaben

It’s gentle and very effective. My skin doesn’t feel tight or overly moisturized after using it. And it does a decent job of taking off makeup. The long wearing eye makeup is a bit tough for this cleanser to remove. I found that using a cleansing wipe or oil to remove the tough stuff and then smoothing this cleanser in worked best to get all my makeup off.

I didn’t break out or have any skin issues and I’ve been using it for thirty days. Great product if your looking for something that won’t make your skin any drier during the winter months. I think this would be a hit year round actually!

Have you tried any Mario Badescu products? I’d love to know! I’ve tried the Oil Free Moisturizer and the Olive Body Lotion.

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  1. Laurie says

    I have tried the enzyme cleanser it’s a good one I use the keraplast soap cleanser it’s suppose to help with sensitiity and redness I like it and you need so little it lasts forever I think it’s a good valuse for the amt u get. I also hae used the toners currently I have the alpha grapefruit cleanszing lotion (tho it’s a toner not a lotion werid name huh?) Anyways all good stuff! Explore the line it’s like a higher end product with good pricing!

  2. Gloria says

    Have used the healing cream, drying mask, and the drying lotion. The healing cream is okay. I didn’t see spectacular results. Drying mask has an awful smell to it, and didn’t see any results. The drying lotion is decent. When I get a pimple, I dab on the drying lotion, leave it overnight, and when I wake up the pimple is a white head. Because of this reason, I only use the drying lotion on the weekends. I have been wanting to try the Mario Badescu rose water though!

    • says

      I’ve heard great things about the drying lotion. I’m so glad you told me how it works. I may have to pick that up. I hate waiting for a pimple to do its thing and sometimes you want it to just be OVER. Ha!

  3. Gloria Rosales says

    I sure did find something WAY better Peter Thomas Roth -Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion, it keeps me matte ALL day long. Very pricey but I love it!

  4. Jenny08 says

    I’m in love with Mario Badescu products! I LOVE his rose water facial mist. Works better than De-Slick and All Nighter for me. Also, their night creams are amazing. They are like a mask for your face when you sleep. They protect your face, so when you wake up, your skin doesn’t look dull. Thanks for a great review!

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