Today, I’m reviewing the Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser. I wanted to love it but my skin just didn’t vibe with it! Read on to find out why.

Also, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m excited to be back and I have lots of fabulous products ready to review for you!!


BRAND: Allies of Skin

PRODUCT: Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser

INGREDIENTS: See bottom of page.


  • A skin-friendly pH of 5.5
  • Sulfate-free
  • Contains a blend of Antioxidants, Phospholipids, and Hydrators
  • Fragrance-free
  • Cruelty-free

I’ve Got *Insert Skin Type Here* Skin, Can I use It?

Allies of Skin state that this cleanser is suitable for all skin types – especially those looking for a hydrating solution to cleanse and brighten skin.

I would argue that this cleanser may not be suitable for those with drier skin, which I will expand on in the ‘FYI’ section.

Key Allies In The Allies Of Skin Cleanser

This section has been taken from the Allies of Skin website to explain to you what the main ingredients within this cleanser do:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: Low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid acts as a humectant to provide concentrated moisture to skin and promotes the retention of essential moisture while plumping the skin.
  • Silk Amino Acids: A potent antioxidant that provides trace nutrients and hydrates the skin for increased suppleness.
  • Organic Safflower Oil: A powerful antioxidant that breaks down grime, pollution and makeup easily. It also hydrates and nourishes all skin types.
  • Organic Moringa Oil: Extremely rich in phytonutrients with excellent reparative benefits. It counterfeits the ill effects of pollution and external impurities on the skin.
  • Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid: A pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid in ethylated form that is extremely stable. It encourages collagen production, neutralises complexion-dulling sebum and brightens dull skin.
  • White Tea: Provides antioxidant protection as it soothes the skin.
  • Lecithin Phospholipids: Important source of essential fatty acids to keep the skin supple. They form a protective film on the skin’s surface to seal in essential moisture.
  • Lactic Acid: Gentler than most AHAs, Lactic Acid acts as a nourishing brightener and hydrates dull skin.
  • Astaxanthin: This carotenoid is a potent antioxidant that drastically helps reduce dark spots. It also has been proven to boost moisture levels and moisture retention, elasticity, skin smoothness, and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

My Experience With This Cleanser

From the first go I had mixed feelings about this cleanser and that was because:

a) after using it my skin felt slightly tight
b) the smell: I can only describe the smell to be like the smell you get from melting plastic or rubber (my husband thinks it smells like PVA glue!)

Because of the 2 reasons mentioned above, I really, really struggled to finish this cleanser! I even tried reducing my use down from twice a day to just using it once in my morning cleanse and I still struggled to finish it. Plus, in all fairness I’m someone who is awful with smells, I am barely bothered by scents in products unless they’re really strong or bad! So I can’t imagine how this smells to someone who is extremely sensitive to scents.

Overall, I’m really disappointed as I’d read such good reviews about this cleanser and I really love other products from Allies of Skin (such as this moisturiser, this mist and this serum), so I had very high hopes. But, just like their mandelic acid serum that I reviewed here, it just shows that not every product works for every person and that’s just the way it goes!

*This cleanser was the only new product I had introduced to my routine so I know this was my true experience*

cleanser, allies of skin


When writing this review and going through the ingredients list in lots of detail, I came across this ingredient: Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate. It is listed as the third ingredient which means that there’s probably a lot of it in the cleanser since ingredients are listed in order of amount contained.

According to Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary (which I use to decipher ingredients in products!), I discovered that this is a cleansing agent which is derived from coconuts. It can be potentially drying and can aggravate the skin.

Incidecoder also states that this ingredient can be harsh on the skin because of its ‘high cleaning power and strong foaming properties’.

I found this really interesting since this cleanser is designed to be ‘hydrating’. Therefore, for my normal to dry acne-prone skin, this cleanser was just too drying for me! 

How Do I Use The Allies Of Skin Cleanser?

Allies of Skin advise to use this product daily (AM/PM).

From Allies of Skin website:

To Remove Makeup/SPF

Massage onto dry skin.
Add water and massage again to dissolve daily grime, pollution, SPF and makeup. Rinse. Repeat if necessary.

For Daily Cleansing

Massage onto damp skin. Leave on for 1-2 minutes for extra silkiness. Rinse.

As I’ve mentioned I started with using this as my morning cleanser and then as my second cleanser in the evening (following the ‘double cleansing’ method). Because of how drying I found this cleanser, I then reduced down to just using it in the morning. I tried once leaving the cleanser on my skin for 1-2 minutes and that made my skin feel extremely tight so I didn’t do that again!

Gimme The Deets…


100ml = £37


In regards to the time you have to use the product in, once opened, it lasts 12 months. In terms of storage, nothing special is required. 

If you want to try this cleanser yourself you can find it HERE.

Stick Or Spin Again?

So as you can probably guess, this cleanser isn’t for me! Which is unfortunate for me as I have a back-up of this in the cupboard as I really thought I was going to love it. However, I may try this cleanser out again in the Summer to see if it works better for my skin, compared to the Autumn in which I originally tested it in and where my skin is much drier! I will update my thoughts on here if they change after testing the cleanser in the Summer. Or I may give it away so watch out for it on my Instagram stories or in my emails (you will only receive the email if you are subscribed here)

Have any of you tried this cleanser from Allies of Skin? If you have, what’s your experience been with it? If you haven’t, would you consider trying it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Love & Knowledge,

S A M A N T H A 


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INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Polyacrylate-1 Crosspolymer (texture enhancer – good), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate (cleansing agent – poor), Glycerin (skin-replenishing/restoring – best), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (cleansing agent – good), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (cleansing agent – good), Carthamus Tinctorius (Organic Safflower) Seed Oil (emollient – best), Propanediol (can enhance the absorption of ingredients – good), Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil (emollient/antioxidant – best), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (preservative – good), Lactic Acid (exfoliant – best), Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters (emollient/skin-softening – best), Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil (Organic) (emollient/antioxidant – best), 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (a form of vitamin C – no rating), Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Silk Amino Acids (skin-conditioning – no rating), Hydrolyzed Silk (antioxidant/slip-agent – good), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant – best), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant – best), Sodium Hyaluronate (antioxidant/skin-replenishing/restoring – best), Lecithin (emollient/skin-replenishing – best), Astaxanthin (antioxidant – best), Xanthan Gum (thickener/emulsifier/texture enhancer – good), Citric Acid (pH adjuster – good), Lauryl Glucoside (cleansing agent – good), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (cleansing agent – good), Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (cleansing agent – good), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative – good), O-cymen-5-OL (preservative/antimicrobial/antibacterial no rating), Polysorbate 20 (cleansing agent – good), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent – good), Phenethyl Alcohol (masks the smell of chemicals – no rating), Potassium Sorbate (preservative – good).

*ratings allocated according to Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary

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