Freya Scandinavian Skin Science Arctic Cleansing Water Review

Freya Arctic Cleansing Water

According to Freya Scandinavian Skin Science, Scandinavian girls are taught by their mothers to wash their faces with ice cold water several times a day which helps to re-energize skin and increase blood flow.  Freya has developed Arctic Cleansing Water to mimic those effects in their gentle antioxidant cleanser.

Now I know I have a lot of Scandinavian woman who read this site so tell me, is this true or just a romanticized rumor? :)

This cleanser is a little different than anything I am used to. You actually don’t use it with water and wash it off with a washcloth (my preferred method), rather you put some onto a cloth then wipe all makeup, grime, etc. off and that’s it. No rinsing.

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This is purely superficial, but I love the ice blue bottle and how it feels in my hand for some reason.

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The top is kind of cool also. You just twist it so that little hole opens up and then put it onto a cotton ball or whatever. It makes it nice so you don’t have to completely take the lid off, and you also don’t get too much product out at once.

There are things I like and dislike about the actual product though. I like that it does a really good job of removing makeup and getting my face clean. It even removes stubborn eye makeup well and doesn’t sting my eyes.

However, I cannot get past the whole not washing it off my face thing.

Normally I use Cerave or Cetaphil to cleanse my face. I squeeze some out into my hands, work it into my slightly dampened skin, then wash it off with a washcloth and water. That leaves me feeling squeaky clean, but not dried out.

This is much different because I’m just squeezing into a cloth square and using no water in the process. It feels a little sticky on my face after it dries, and I feel like there is still something there because I haven’t rinsed. A residue perhaps. I suppose there is no harm in rinsing afterwards though. If it didn’t feel sticky-ish I would definitely like it more. I guess when you have been washing your face the same way for 30 years it takes awhile to get used to something different!


I think this is a good cleanser. It feels moisturizing and definitely gets everything off. The price is definitely a lot higher than I am used to paying for a facial cleanser though.

Availability: Their website

Pricing: $45.00 for 6.8 oz

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  • July 30, 2011

    I’ve never even heard about this product, so thanks for the review.

    Hmm…I’m like you because I also like to rinse my face after cleansing. Too bad that it leaves some stickiness behind. Maybe that’s the moisturizer in the product?

    It’s fairly expensive, but for a good facial cleanser, I would totally pay the price. Case in point: I buy Philosophy Purity and that is expensive (but works for me). I’ll have to pass on this, though, just because I can’t stand stickiness on my face.

  • July 30, 2011

    I can tell you it’s just a rumor! We wash our faces like the rest of the women around the world… With a good cleanser! 😉

  • July 30, 2011
    Luna Isabella


    I´m from Denmark & I can tell you that´s a rumor 😉

    <3 Luna

  • July 30, 2011

    It is a bit of both – myself and a lot of girls I know tend to stay away from washing our faces with warm water, and we tend to splash ice cold water in our faces too. But then there’s a lot of women who don’t!

  • July 30, 2011

    It kinda resembles the Decleor Cleaning Water, doesn’t it? I tend to use that one to cleanse in the morning, but use a rinse off in the evening.

  • July 30, 2011

    I like cleansing waters – I use LRP’s version and am actually on my fourth bottle, so I definitely would give it a try. Although it is fairly pricey (and probably not available in the UK in any case!)

  • July 30, 2011

    I think my skin’s too oily for this. :( I have to use water on my face. I tried something like this a few years ago, and it made my skin feel weird.

  • July 30, 2011

    Do you know when the new Chanel nail polishes is coming to Europe? In the beginning of august maybe? If not, can I find it out somewhere on the internet maybe?

  • July 30, 2011

    despite the fantastic product name, i too will be sticking with cetaphil for now.

  • July 30, 2011

    Oh it’s definatly a romanticized rumour! My mum has never told me only to wash my face in cold water. It’s more the opposite really- wash everything in warm water otherwise you won’t get properly clean 😉 I’ve never heard of this skin care brand either but it’s always interesting to learn something new.

  • July 30, 2011

    My mom wasn’t Scandinavian but she would wash with warm water then splash cold water on her face. Also at the end of her shower she would flip her hair over then spray her hair and face with water (as cold as she could stand it). I have no idea if it really helped her but she did have beautiful hair and skin. =)

  • July 31, 2011

    Hehe, I’m from Sweden and I have never heard about anyone who does that! :-)

  • July 31, 2011

    Actually, I was taught by my mother to finish off the cleansing routine with cold water! And I have done so since my teens! I do it morning and evening, after cleansing. :-)

  • July 31, 2011

    I don’t like not rinsing my face after cleansing. I would just feel dirty.

  • August 1, 2011

    total rumor, I’m from Norway and we don’t do that but my mom did tell me when i wake to refresh myself with rubbing snow on my face. i do that when it’s been a long night drinking and hard to wake up…haha

  • August 1, 2011


    I’m from the Caribbean originally, and I was taught to end the cleansing routing with a cold splash of water to the face

    Love your blog

  • August 3, 2011

    I too agree that cold water splashing rutine is a rumor, quite fun one lol. However, whenever I take a walk in the woods and mountains I always splash my face with the fresh river water. And it is really freaking ice cold! But it feels so wonderful at the same time.

    Kinda funny that they claim scandinavians are admired by their clear skin. Are we? Gosh, I hope not.

    Oh, I’m from Norway.

  • August 14, 2011

    Uhm, I’m Norwegian, and thus Scandinavian. I have never heard my mother telling me to just wash my face in cold water several time a day. I cleanse, tone, use a serum and moisturize just like everybody else. Too much water is not good for your skin either, as it may dry out your skin. Perhaps the Vikings used to do this?