April 15, 2016

Review: Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Face Wash

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Face Wash

Pacifica has recently launched several new products to their skincare line that is exclusive to Ulta. In need of a new makeup remover, I decided to pick up the Quinoa Sensitive Face Wash. I am not 100% certain this product is Ulta exclusive, but as of right now Ulta is the only retailer that carries this product.

As with all Pacifica products, this is Vegan, Cruelty Free, and of course, affordable.

This retails for $10 (5 oz), and is available online and in-store at Ulta.

Let's get in to the review!

Quinoa Face Wash

Pacifica claims:

"Pacifica's Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash proves that clean skin one of your best defenses against aging. Calming herbal extracts help balance and support while you gently remove make-up, pollution and the day's toxins for refreshed skin at any age. Make your skin ready for the bevy of great ingredients you are about to use. All skin types especially sensitive."


The face wash comes packaged in a pale green plastic squeeze tube. I have had no problems dispensing the product or faulty packaging.

Pacifica does it right with their adorable packaging! 


The actual formula is a clear--somewhat tacky--gel with a very strong sweet scent. While the fragrance is not synthetic, if you're sensitive to fragrances, you will not like this. I do enjoy the scent, but I prefer no scent at all.

Both morning and night, I apply about a dime sized amount to my hands and begin massaging the product onto my damp skin to help the face wash break apart the makeup and oils on my skin.


I have oily/combination skin that is very acne prone. I need a cleanser that won't strip the skin of it's natural oils, will not irritate existing acne, and will help prevent clogged pores. 

Having acne prone and oily skin, it makes finding a green cleanser without coconut surprisingly difficult. Coconut can be highly comedogenic, so I avoid it in all of my beauty products. Quinoa Sensitive Face Wash--no coconut! 

I love using this as my second step in my skincare routine on days when I'm wearing makeup; after a makeup removing wipe, and before my cleanser. On days I am not wearing makeup, I use this alone as my facial cleanser, and not surprisingly, I loved it! The formula is gentle enough that it does not strip my skin, but it removes all the unnecessary oils and bacteria that build up throughout the day.

I didn't notice any stinging, tingling, or irritation to my eyes or face from this product. It lathered more than my Acure Facial Cleansing Gel. And unlike the Acure, this did not leave my skin feeling stripped of it's natural oils. 

However--"All skin types especially sensitive"-- I have to disagree. While the formula is gentle, Pacifica added "parfum", which has no benefits for your skin. If your skin is sensitive to fragrances, DO NOT try this product. 

Fragrances can be found to cause skin irritations, rashes, inflammation. Not to mention, headaches. So even if your skin can handle the fragrance, your head may say otherwise.


Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Aloe Vera Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annuss (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Gluconolactone (Corn), Cetearyl Glucocide, Capric/ Caprylic Triglycerides, Aqua (Purified), Caprylyl Glycol, Proanediol, Gylceryle Undercylenate, Sucrose State, Decyl Glucocide, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Bioflavanoids, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum (All Natural), Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Calendula Flower Extract


The Quinoa Sensitive Face Wash is a great everyday cleanser for removing makeup, ridding the skin of excess oils, bacteria, dirt, you name it. It is gentle enough for those with dry skin, acne prone skin, and normal skin. However, Pacifica touts this as being ideal for those with sensitive skin, NO! Due to the added fragrance, I would not recommend this for anyone with fragrance sensitive skin, it could lead to irritations. It's the perfect cleanser, except for the added fragrance.


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