Double Cleansing and All That Jazz – Missha Calendula Deep Cleansing Cream Review

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What is it?

Washable cleansing cream with calendula floral leaves gently removes heavy makeup. /Missha/

This is how the manufacturer (Korean giant Missha) describes this product. But, really, what is it? Why do I need it?

To do the first cleansing of your double cleansing steps (evil laugh here). Whaaat?

To apply all the toners, serums, ampules and creams we all need to double cleanse the skin. First cleanse is removing all the makeup, sunscreen, pollution, sebum, bacteria and other unwanted stuff off the skin.

First cleansers are usually oils, balms, milks and micellar waters. This particular product Missha Calendula Deep Cleansing Cream is a first cleanser cream. Cream type first cleansers are especially recommended for sensitive skin types.

After removing all of that colourful excess, now is the time for proper skin washing with second cleansers. They are usually foams, gels and powders.

And that is it. That myth of double cleanse is actually just a logical thing to do to properly prepare skin for further skin care steps.


  1. Apply first cleanser to dry face (oils, balms, milks, micellar water, cream, whatever you prefer),
  2. Massage skin to dissolve all the makeup or sunscreen,
  3. If oil cleanser is used, then emulsify it (to make it white and creamy) by adding a little bit of water and then continue to massage it just a few seconds more,
  4. Wet the washcloth and wipe off your face.
  5. Wash your face with the second cleanser.
  6. Proceed with other skin care steps.

Missha Calendula Deep Cleansing Cream

Missha Calendula Deep Cleansing Cream comes in 200 ml jar. It has beautiful floral (marigold) scent.

How to use it?

Get appropriate amount on palm and massage over dry face for 1-2 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. /Missha/

Ok, nothing could be further from the truth. If you do try cleansing your face with this cream that way, you will end up cursing all the beauty products, brands and all that boring face washing while you try to remove in vain oily, messy, smudged colour and debris off your face.

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Proper way is to apply the cream, massage dry face for 1-2 minutes. It will turn into oil. Wet the face washcloth (I use disposable, gentle washcloths for sensitive skin from my local drugstore),

and then gently wipe the face off with it. And then, and only then, all the magic happens. Mascara, foundation, all the colours on your face slowly disappear and clean, not dried off, not sensitized skin appears beneath it all.

Proceed with second cleanser foam or gel face wash to thoroughly cleanse your skin and finish that notorious double cleansing step of your skin care regimen.


Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Water(Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Isopropyl Myristate, Polysorbate 60, PEG-40 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Beeswax(Cera Alba), Dimethicone, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance(Parfum)

Key ingredient is Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract – Marigold flower extract. Beautiful flower that my skin likes so much for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Actually, that is exactly how I stumbled upon this product – googling marigold products.

Rosacea safe?


Who is it for?

Recommended for :

– those wanting a gentle cleansing to remove heavy makeup

– those looking for a cleanser with skin care benefits. /Missha/

I’d say all skin types, except maybe very oily. Especially recommended for sensitive skin types.

Missha Calendula Deep Cleansing Cream

Does it work?

Yes it does. My skin loves it so much and proofs it by not getting angry after the first cleanse. There is not much to say here, this cream does its job very well. It removes eye makeup, all the face makeup and sunscreen. Not the waterproof mascara though. I use eye makeup remover to do that. Waterproof eyeliners – no problem. Waterproof mascara – yes, but it will take too much wiping and messing around sensitive eye area, so I avoid that and just use specialized product for that.

As it turns into oil when massaging it over face, it does slightly leave greasy residue. But that residue is not unpleasant (like some famous balms are) and is easily removed with the second cleanser. Later, when I tone my skin using cotton pads, they appear clean, with no makeup residue on it.

Thing is, I like this cream for its star ingredient – marigold. I know, the first cleanser isn’t the product to seek deep skin care to it, but this product did promise just that. And as it seems, it delivers.

Thumbs up?


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