Review: Himalaya Herbals Neem Foaming Face Wash

by Paris B on · 20 comments

in Cleanser,Product Reviews,Promotions

I’m hardworking when it comes to lathering up facial wash in the shower but in the mornings, I’m lazy and sleepy and all I want to do is wash my face. Enter the foaming face wash! I love the person who invented these contraptions :)

I used to use a Boots Tea Tree Oil and Witch Hazel foaming face wash which I forgot to write about but which I love so the next time I hit up a Boots store, I’m going to be stocking up! As a substitute, I went down to the local Guardian store and picked up a Himalaya Herbals Neem Foaming Face Wash which I’d been wanting to try for a while.


The Himalaya Herbals face wash states that its soap-free. I’m not sure what it means. I checked the ingredient list and sodium laureth sulfate is listed which I know is a foaming agent. I reckon therefore that soap free means it contains more chemicals that clean like soap. Either way I wonder if thats a good thing?

Anyway, on with my thoughts on the Himalaya Herbals Neem Foaming Face Wash.

To be honest, I think its just an ok face wash. Its not so wonderful that I would ditch all other face washes in favour of this one and neither is it so bad I’d call for you to bin it before you buy it. Its just okay.

One pump of the foaming face wash dispenses enough to wash my face. I sometimes use 2 for a more luxurious feel. I also only use this in the morning as I use other face washes at night. The smell is sharp but not unpleasent. I personally prefer the sharp smell of tea tree oil and witch hazel which wakes me up nicely in the mornings.

Himalaya Herbals is an ayurvedic brand of skincare and health products that originates from India and has been around for a while. They use herbal concoctions in their products and this one contains neem and turmeric. For Malaysians, turmeric is also known as “kunyit” – yes that bright yellow spice that stains everything it touches but is oh so delicious with fried fish at the mamak stall! 😛

Benefits of Neem

Neem is a plant native to Asia with healing benefits in its leaf and oils. The leaf is bitter and people sometimes steep it in hot water to make a herbal tea. It has been used traditionally to sooth itchy and irritated skin and is regarded as something of a wonder plant as it is also touted to have anti-bacterial properties.

Neem is also used to help with skin problems and acne which is what the foaming cleanser is targeted for.

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is not only a useful spice for cooking curries, it is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. I have read some DIY recipes that call for a turmeric paste to be placed over acne and pimples to prevent inflammation but I reckon you have to balance the benefits with the yellow stain on your skin which can take a while to go away as any cook can tell you.


I found the Neem foaming facial wash a little drying. To its credit, it cleans well. I tested it in the evenings after removing my makeup. I had been experiencing a minor breakout around my chin area while using a different cleanser and I don’t know if its this one or the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil cleanser that cleared it up but I’d like to think they both had a hand in it, both being anti-bacterial products.

One thing I did notice was that the pump mechanism is rather stiff. I can’t seem to get a proper grip of the bottle and to press the pump easily. Every morning, its a bit of a wrestle and I’m not sure if its a defective pump but I noticed the sides of the bottle feeling soapy which means leaking, which means its even harder to handle.


A 150ml bottle retails for about RM26 at all pharmacies and Himalaya Herbals counters and can last up to 3-4 months used once a day. I will not repurchase not because I don’t like it, but because I think its just ok.

Pros: Affordable, Contains natural herbal extracts

Cons: Leaky pump

Paris B’s [rating:2.5/5]

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prettybeautiful April 2, 2009 at 9:27 am

i have the other one, some neem gel facial wash. my friend was raving about it, but i chucked it after a couple of washes. just didnt like it too. =/ think this is also not for me


ParisB April 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Hi prettybeautiful

I saw that gel one too but thought the foaming would be more interesting. It is just that its just ok 😛


Nikki April 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm

wow…this looks like a very good product. Tea Tree Oil works for me, from the Body Shop, so I think this will be good as well!!!


ParisB April 6, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Hey Nikki

I wasn’t overly impressed with this one compared to the one from The Body Shop. Perhaps I should try their foaming one next time


Shay April 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I used this and I don’t like this either. I think its too harsh for my skin.

I’m now using it to wash my makeup brushes. Although I shouldn’t do that. heheh…


ParisB April 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Hi Shay

Why shouldn’t you use it to wash your makeup brushes with? I would too if I get sick of it! LOL… 😉


NiNi April 3, 2009 at 2:08 am

True, it’s only an ok product.
I used it last year when my sister bought it back from India for me and I think it does nothing to my skin. =.=
Anyways, I’m happy with my Dr. Jart leanser now. :)


ParisB April 6, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Hi Nini

I’ve never heard of Dr. Jart but you got me intrigued!


KittyCat May 13, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Hey Paris! Totally agree with you about the foaming face wash esp the pump. It’s not too drying for me but I’ve got to check with my sis I got it for. Looks like we both like Tea Tree Oil :-)


emma May 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Hi.. I have a problem with my pimples.. I’ve been in a lot of derma to medicate these. But, it didn’t work.. and, I dont want to drink a medicines too. Once when Im at the mall a mother told me to use the himalaya herbal facial wash. My I asked where I can buy your products. Im in manila philippines. Thank u very much..


Heera June 9, 2009 at 5:03 am

hi!! i am a big fan of himalaya! have read a lot about it!..
i started getting breakout 2 weeks back.. :( lazy me! didn’t take proper care then..acne problem has become a little severe now :(
the other day i went 2 a himalaya showroom! :) rite now i am trying a combination of their acne cream and their detoxifier ‘purim’.. their site says this combination works good!.. well.. wil let you know if it does! :)


olive February 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

so did purim work for you?
i want to try it
plz suggest


mimi December 21, 2009 at 6:40 pm

hi! thanks soo much for the review! Somewhere in this article, you mentioned using a cleanser from Boots. Where is Boot’s located, please tell me. I can’t sem to find one in Msia D:


ParisB December 22, 2009 at 10:49 am

Hi Mimi

We used to have Boots in The Curve but I’m not sure if its there anymore. I got mine from Bangkok.


nive February 28, 2010 at 6:24 am

I’ve been using the himalaya products for quite sometime and the neem facewash has done an enormous improvement. But the foaming one that you reviewed is not that good. If you are suffering from breakouts you can ttry the himalaya herbals neem purifying facewash. is way better than the foaming one. But the only disadvantage is that its not foaming but it worked wonder for many I know.


Connie October 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

i didn’t like it either. but i’ve used the other one the gel type one, i thought it will soothe down my pimples, but then again maybe it’s too mild. i’m comfortable with my cetaphil now it’s sooo good. u should do a review on that =D


Johnnie February 11, 2011 at 12:41 am

I had severe acne and their combination of purim tablets and this face wash did wonders for me!


Faye July 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Dear Johnnie

How long did you take the purim tablets and what dosage where you on daily before your acne started claering up ?

Thank You


palanibharathi July 22, 2011 at 12:39 am

hai i am from India my skin is very drying. many soap i use it. but not improvement. so today I will try to nee foaming face wash. my face is ok. some doubt is there. my face affected black marks what to do?


kik August 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I like the neem facial wash too. I bougth it from India, I fall in love itttttt. the best facial washhhhhhhhhh


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