Korres Olympus Tea Cleansing Foaming Cream - review


Around a month ago I decided to start using these three Korres products because I happened to have them all so I thought I may as well use them together.

I've now given them a good test run and I'm ready to review them in turn. First up is this Cleansing Foaming Cream, which I've almost finished (I've just cut the tube open) so I definitely need to review it sooner rather than later.

Long story short, I think it works ok as a cleanser but I don't love it and I'm surprised that it's had good reviews on Mecca's website (see here). Mind you, it's only had five reviews there so far and it could be that its rating drops down as time passes.

It also doesn't have any reviews on the Korres website so perhaps it's a newer product and we'll see more reviews coming out down the track.

Anyhoo. Let's have a look.

Korres claims/product details:

  • Gently melts away all traces of dirt, makeup and impurities
  • A creamy, soap-free cleansing solution
  • Smooths, softens and protects
  • Formulated around the anti-pollution, antioxidant-rich tea extract from Olympus mountain
  • Vitamin C, calendula, provitamin B5 and a blend of citrus, broccoli and aloe also work to combat the damaging effects of environmental pollutants and restore skin to its healthiest state
  • RRP $3 AUD for 16ml or $38 AUD for 200ml


This product is ok. It's not one I would buy again or recommend, but it's not terrible so I haven't hated using it.

It's a clear, cloudy product that's more of a gel in texture so I'm not sure why they've called it a cream. And while it does lather a little bit when you add water, it doesn't foam - so I honestly think the title is misleading because if you buy this expecting a cream that foams up, that's not what you're going to get. You're getting a gel that lathers, but doesn't lather much.

One thing to note about this product is that it stinks. It smells very strongly of men's aftershave and it's not something I enjoy putting on my face for that reason. So if you don't like strong scents in your skincare, I would avoid this like the proverbial plague.

I've mostly used this in the morning as my first cleanse and it works well enough for that purpose because it's reasonably gentle and it doesn't strip the skin. Indeed, my pH strips tell me that this product has a pH of between 6 and 7, so it's not super astringent but it's not super gentle either.

Also note that it leaves behind a very slight, waxy coating on the skin so I would never use this as my second cleanse because I'd be worried that some of it would stay on my face. I can also smell it on my skin after use: another reason why I prefer it as a first cleanse. If I use something else afterwards, that washes away both the scent and the after-feel.

As a final note, I have tried this a couple of times to remove makeup and it works reasonably well for that purpose so you could certainly use it for that if you wanted to. While it won't deal with stubborn eye makeup, it does an ok job on 'normal' makeup so it should wash most of the gunk off your face without issue.

Overall I don't think this is a great product and I can't recommend it. The smell in particular bothers me, but as a cleanser it's not terrible and you could do a lot worse.

Ok but not for me.

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