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intensive moisture cleanser

nourishing cleanser for dry skin

A light, creamy cleanser that removes impurities while actively nourishing dry, depleted skin. This emollient, lipid-enriched formula cleanses skin while helping to minimize damage of vital proteins and lipids that defend against dryness.Learn More

A light, creamy cleanser enhanced with BioReplenish Complex™ removes impurities while actively nourishing dry, depleted skin.Learn More

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intensive moisture cleanser

Light, creamy cleanser enhanced with BioReplenish Complex™ removes impurities while actively nourishing dry, depleted skin. This emollient, lipid-enriched formula cleanses skin while helping to minimize damage of vital proteins and lipids that defend against dryness. BioReplenish Complex™, combined with phytoactives from Coconut and Murumuru Seed Butter, help protect barrier lipids and preserve the skin's natural resilience for a smoother feel after cleansing. Invigorating extracts of Citrus, Palmarosa and Jasmine refresh tired skin. Rinses away easily, leaving skin cleaner, softer and more luminous.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
Certified vegan by PETA
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • Defends against dryness
  • Delivers a smoother feel after cleansing
  • Rinses away easily and leaves skin cleaner, softer and more luminous

how to use

Massage onto dampened face and neck. Rinse with warm water. Use twice daily, morning and night.

quick tip

Follow with Multi-Active Toner to enhance moisturizer absorption.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride. Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Sodium Astrocaryum Murumuruate, Ceramide NP, Phytosterols, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Coconut Acid, Hydrolyzed Cottonseed Protein, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, C12-13 Pareth-3, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Myristic Acid, Trideceth-12, Jasminum Officinale(Jasmine) Oil, Linoleic Acid, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Canarium Luzonicum Gum Nonvolatiles, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis(Orange) Flower Oil, Guaiacum Officinale Wood Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Disodium EDTA, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Pinus Sylvestris Cone Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Linolenic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium, Isethionate, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol.

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Absolutely sucks


I love love loved the Essentials Cleansing solution. It was amazing. The new cleanser, absolutely sucks I am so disappointed. They created the new one to innovate, but it sure disappoints. Wish they would just bring back the essential cleansing solution.


so much worse than essential cleansing solution


I am a big fan of essential cleansing solution which has been discontinued. This product is so much worse and more drying to my skin. I miss essential cleansing solution, please bring it back its the only face wash that my sensitive combination skin can tolerate.



Drawbacks outweigh benefits


I did not realize Essential Cleansing Solution (ECS) was being discontinued but was open to a new and improved cleanser. I agree the scent is quite distinct. Not horrible. Maybe best described as "natural". The most disappointing is the burning to the eye area. One of the things I liked most about ECS was I could cleanse my face and eyes with one product in one step. Not so with the new formula. Bummed.



Intensive Moisture Cleanser -- Not Impressed


I've used the Essential Cleansing Solution Cleanser for years and absolutely loved it - it was the best cleanser ever! Never had any issues with it. However, when trying to order another bottle I was told that it had been discontinued and replaced by the Intensive Moisture Cleanser. So, I gave the new cleanser a try -- this does NOT compare! For me, my dry skin is left feeling very dry, and not nourished at all as indicated in the description. Also, the smell of this cleanser leaves me feeling like I am going to have some sort of an allergic reaction. I am hopelessly lost without my Essential Cleansing Solution. Please bring it back.

Media, PA




It's always disappointing when an old favourite gets replaced. I had been using the essential cleansing solution happily for years only to find I could no longer replace it. This new product is a very good replacement. It's smells divine, you need very little product and it is creamy and lush to use. There are other Dermalogica products I'm very disappointed that no longer exist, but this one I can live with.



Intensive Moisture Cleanser


I agree with Trish from Mn. I intensely dislike this produce for it does dry my skin. It also has a limy feeling.The container is so thin and tall that it tips over when I use the pump. For 20 years I have used Essential Cleansing Solution with good results. I wonder why this was replaced with an undesirable product?????



Intensive Moisture Cleanser


I don't write reviews, but I really wish you would bring back the Essential Cleansing Solution. I had been using it for many years and loved it. This new formula is not the same and it does not feel as creamy, instead it feels more like liquid than a cream. It does not leave my face feeling moisturized like the Essential Cleansing Solution. Not to mention it is almost half the amount and cost more. So I will be returning it. I am going to have to search for another face cleanser and it will not be Dermalogica since I have tried their other cleansers.



Will not buy this product


My skin specialist gave me a sample of this cleanser on my last visit. This is just awful, it made my face burn, felt dry, and turned red. I would not purchase the full size. In reading the reviews on this cleanser it appears there is a lot of long time customers that miss the Essential Cleanser. Why are you messing with tried and true products?? Please brig back the Essential Cleanser.

Troy, MI


bring back old formula!!


my go to cleanser was the essential cleansing solution, and that was the ONLY thing that worked for my acne... this new formula immediately brought my acne back and i'm honestly so depressed over it. why change such an already good thing??

baltimore, md


Not impressed; missing Essential Cleansing Solution.


After using (and loving) Essential Cleansing Solution for over 3 years, I was saddened to discover it had been discontinued. I wish I would have known so I could have stocked up! Presumably, this new Intensive Moisture Cleanser was meant to replace the cleanser I loved so much. I gave this new cleanser a try and really wanted to love it, but it smells horrible and I don't notice any difference in my skin; I actually think my skin feels less moisturized than when using Essential Cleansing Solution. This new cleanser is also more expensive and you get less product. I am now on the hunt for a new moisturizing cleanser to love.




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Hello I'm interested in this new intense moisture cleanser. It says it removes makeup too. Should this be used in place of the precleanse? Thank you


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. For the cleanest skin, you can use Precleanse first and follow with your favorite cleanser. Kind Regards, Bernadette


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