Skincare Review: Then I Met You The Cleansing Duo

I have said this countless times – cleansing is one of my favorite steps in my skincare routine. There is nothing like cleaning the skin and removing the remains of the day and starting new. Whenever I review products, I always gravitate toward the cleanser and these cleansers from Then I Met You are no exception.

Founded by Charlotte Cho, Then I Met You recently launched and introduced their first products – the Living Cleansing Balm and the Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel. With the goal of creating the most efficacious, transformative products, the brand wants to add a little extra effort in the right places.

Their oil cleanser, the Living Cleansing Balm ($38), aims to remove oil-based impurities like sebum, sunscreen, and makeup using grape seed, olive and seaberry oils. It also has rosemary, persimmon and grapefruit to leave the skin soft and clean.

This one has a slight minty smell, which built my bias more because it’s a favorite scent when it comes to cleansing products. It feels creamy and really balmy as you take it out of the tub then it emulsifies into a thick oil once it’s massaged into the skin. It is actually a joy to massage and it made me think of Charlotte Cho’s video in Byrdie Beauty a year ago. She advised how to emulsify cleansing balms – by putting little water then massaging it on your face then repeating that step a couple more times to really remove dirt and makeup. I’ve been doing it with all my balms after I watched it but it worked best with this one. The thickness of this cleansing balm doesn’t feel clogging or like it’s covering the skin. Instead, it actually feels gentle and nourishing. It removes even long-wearing eyeliners and waterproof mascaras. I once applied too much balm on my face and even when massaged, it retained its yellow color, which is actually fun to look at. I like that it really has a smooth slip and that it’s easy to remove. It doesn’t leave a film or any residue on your skin but doesn’t leave the skin too dry either. It’s just right.

The Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel ($36) promises to remove water-based impurities like sweat, grime, and impurities while brightening the skin with rice ferment filtrate and licorice extract.

While I was shooting the heavy gel-like texture of this cleanser, I thought for sure it would be heavy, that it would sit on top of my face, and leave a film if I rinse it with water. I was scared because I really wanted to like this. Fortunately, none of that happened. It emulsified into a milky lather, felt light and gentle, and it was easily rinsed with water. Predictably, this has a tea-like smell, which feels and smells relaxing. The scent, together with its gel texture makes you pause and slow down while applying it on the skin. It removes all the excess oil on my face and left my oily skin feeling soft, cleansed, and velvety. I can easily use this morning or night without worrying if this would aggravate my oily skin. This is honestly one of the cleansing gels I really love and there are only a few, like I can count them on one hand as I much prefer cleansing foams. However, I will make an exception for this. It doesn’t feel like most cleansing gels and I think it’s because of its heavier texture that doesn’t leave a residue and it gel consistency that doesn’t run and instead lathers smoothly on the skin.

Honestly, aside from the effectivity of these cleansers, what I love about them is how, with every use, you can feel the thoughtfulness of the products and the love from the creators while using them. You can just feel it in your skin – how much care was put into creating these. It made me excited about their upcoming launches.

Then I Met You The Cleansing Duo was provided by @thenimetyou. Available individually or as a duo for $68 at

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