When I received the Clinique for Men Charcoal Face Wash from Birchbox Men in December 2015, I was excited to try it because I hadn’t used Clinique products in over twenty years. Sooo, as much as I was optimistic about testing something from Clinique, I pondered why I hadn’t tried one in so many years.

Sadly, I was reminded within four days: the products were too harsh for my skin.

By the fourth morning of using the Charcoal Face Wash, my face felt dry. Then, by that evening, my skin started burning–and that’s a no.

Additionally, I was turned off by the color and scent. The color looked like motor oil and the liquid smelled like plastic. I had visions of washing my face in an auto body shop.