Of course, the backstory and marketing is one thing, the actual product itself is another. And although I was less than keen on the Benta Berry G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream for Boys and Girls, I actually like the Benta Berry G-1 Facial Wash for Boys and Girls much better.
Like the G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream, the G-1 Facial Wash also comes in the same sleek, small tube. The G-1 Facial Wash is a gel cleanser, that looks slightly yellow out of the tube.
The gel is slightly heavy in texture, and feels kinda like Cetaphil or similar cleansers, in that it doesn't foam much because it doesn't have very strong surfactants in it (surfactants are the ingredients that create the foam in your face wash, and this includes ingredients like SLS and SLES). This makes it pretty ideal for sensitive skin. (Yes, when I review skincare I go into the ingredients because I'm crazy like that. :P You know me by now!)
Since we're on the oh-so-fascinating topic of ingredients, let's take a look at the ingredients list, shall we? (What, you don't like reading the ingredients list? Too bad! :P Muahaha!) The good thing is, if you look at the main ingredients that make up most of the product, it actually isn't too bad:
aqua /water, sodium cocoamphoacetate, glycerin, cocamidopropylbetaine, carbomer, coco glucoside and glyceryl oleate, caprylhydroxamic acid, etc
The surfactants used (primarily sodium cocoamphoacetate, cocamidopropylbetaine, and coco glucoside) are mild, and the company does seem to try to live up to its "natural ingredients" billing by putting plant-derived ingredients (all three surfactants could be derived from coconut and other plants) . The rest of the main ingredients (carbomer, glyceryl oleate, caprylhydroxamic acid etc) serve other functions - as thickeners, emulsifiers, chelating agents and so on.
So I guess essentially you're getting a good basic face cleanser that's gentle on the skin, won't cause pimples, and won't dry out your skin, but not much more - don't expect bells and whistles on this! This was also borne out by my own use of the product - looking at the ingredients list, I can see why the product works the way it does.
So would I recommend this product? If you want a no-nonsense, no-frills basic cleanser that's gentle and won't dry out or clog up your skin, and is made of natural ingredients, the Benta Berry G-1 Facial Wash would b worth looking at. But given the price point (S$20 for a measly 30ml), I feel that you'd get more bang for your buck buying Cetaphil or a similar product (that is, if you don't mind that Cetaphil and other alternatives use less natural ingredients..
(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company. Obviously, since you can tell from this review. )