Korres Olympus Tea 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion - review


Earlier this week I reviewed Korres' Olympus Tea Foaming Cleansing Cream (see here), and I'm back today to review the other Korres cleanser I currently own, being this Olympus Tea 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion.

Funnily enough I prefer this one in theory because I don't mind the scent and I don't find it to be quite as overpowering, but I also think the other one is the better cleanser: it's more effective. This one doesn't cleanse well at all.

I bought both these cleansers from Mecca because these 16ml travel-sizes only cost $3 AUD and they're obvious choices if you need to spend a few extra dollars to qualify for free shipping. Indeed, it's not the first time I've thrown a Korres mini or two into my cart for that reason.

However unfortunately I haven't been hugely impressed by the Korres products I've tried so far, so it's safe to say that it's just not my brand - at least not as far as its cleansers and body washes are concerned.

Anyhoo. Let's have a look.

Korres claims/product details:
  • A soothing 3-in-1 emulsion that cleanses, tones and dissolves all traces of makeup while banishing environmental aggressors
  • Powered by an antioxidant-rich blend of Greek mountain tea, aloe vera, natural cleansing agents and moisture-replenishing oils
  • Melts away makeup, dirt, impurities and pollutants without stripping the skin
  • The infusion of an anti-pollution complex acts to protect fragile skin cells against toxins and environmental aggressors through its detoxifying action
  • Complexion is left comfortably clean, calm and touch-ably soft
  • With natural oils for excellent tolerance by the eyes and skin
  • To use: massage into face, neck and eye area; remove excess emulsion with cotton pads and tissue off or rinse
  • RRP $3 AUD for 16ml or $36 AUD for 200ml


This isn't a good cleanser but I do enjoy using it so that's something.

It's a white, fluid product that's lightweight and I would call it a hybrid gel/cream in texture. It has a floral scent and while the smell is definitely there, it's nowhere near as strong as the Korres Foaming Cleansing Cream so it doesn't bother me personally. But if you don't like scented skincare, then you mightn't be ok with this.

What I like about this product is that it feels wonderfully cool and soothing when applied. For this reason I enjoy using it because my dry, dehydrated skin really enjoys how it feels. In many ways it feels more like a thin lotion than a cleanser.

And here's the thing: for me, it acts more like a lotion because it doesn't clean well at all - and it also leaves a slightly tacky, almost waxy coating on the skin so I can never completely remove it (even with a damp cloth). Plus it leaves a noticeable floral fragrance on the skin, which tells me that not all of it is being removed. The other Korres cleanser did exactly the same thing.

For this reason I never use it as my second cleanse. As with the other Korres cleanser, I would only ever use this as my first cleanse - that way my second cleanser can deal with the residue this one leaves behind.

I also think it's a lot better for morning use. I've tried using it to remove makeup and it does bugger all. At least the Cleansing Foaming Cream did an ok job of removing makeup: this one doesn't.

On the claims: yes it's soothing; no it doesn't cleanse well, tone or dissolve makeup; no it doesn't deal with dirt or impurities; but yes I agree that it doesn't strip the skin.

Overall I don't hate this product but it doesn't do the one job it's meant to do: that is, clean my face! But it does feel lovely when applied and I enjoy the experience of using it, so it does have that going for it.

Not for me.

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