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For those who have read my previous reviews you know i have a love for Clarins products. Clarins an expensive brand but most of there products are worth the money because they work very well and very good quality.
Although i spend a small fortune on my Clarins items i also get vouchers to fund my purchases or ask for free samples so i can try before i buy. Clarins eau ressourçante bath & shower milk was a product i bought myself from Boots, you can also purchase this from Debenhams and John lewis both have Clarins counters in the stores.
Clarins eau ressourçante bath & shower milk costs £18.00. The product comes in a plastic white bottle with a flip top lid, under the lid there is a small hole, to dispense the cream you have to squeeze the bottle gently and because of the small hole only small blobs come out.
You can use the Clarins eau ressourçante bath & shower milk in the bath or shower, i personally prefer the shower as i find it easier for applying this product and rising off. I also use my hands for applying and massaging this into my skin rather than exfoliating gloves or sponges.
Clarins eau ressourçante bath & shower milk is white in colour , it is a cream although it is light. The smell from this is amazing a nice light fresh perfume scent, its not al all over powering and does linger on the skin for a while. The main purpose of the Clarins eau ressourçante bath & shower milk is that it cleanses the skin and moisturises, its kind to sensitive skin as well.
To use you apply to damp skin massaging it in, this does foam up like a body wash and rinses off nicely. I find after using my skin is softer but slightly greasy and leaves a coating on the skin that's the downside for me. I hate feeling greasy.
The Clarins eau ressourçante bath & shower milk contains basil , cedar wood and robinia. After use i do feel refreshed and relaxed with a small greasy feel on the skin. I am still undecided if i love or hate this product. I do recommend you give it a try and see for yourself.
This is another product that I got as a trial sized freebie when I bought a couple of Clarin's full sized products. I like the little products and also am happy when I get any kind of freebie. The tube of this that I got done 4 generous sized applications.
I have looked online for the price and size of this product and see that it comes in a 150ml bottle and the price seems to vary between £11-£18. For a shower Gel I wouldn't spend all that much money on a product such as this, but it is a designer brand and therefore the price is quite similar to other products in the range.
The bottle that this comes in is not that interesting a bottle. The bottle that I got was a minature version of the full sized bottle which is the same as the picture on here. The bottle stands on it's end so you should get all the drops out of this. The plastic is a thick plastic. The bottle looks a bit plain with the plain writing on here and the simple looking bottle.
This has quite a runny consistency but then again it is branded as a Shower Milk so I would have expected this not to be all that thick anyway. I put this on a Shower Puff anyway and this lathers up well enough.
This has a nice simple smell to it. It smells fresh, clean and smells like moisturising Cream. I wouldn't say it is like Dove or anything like that but you can smell a nice Moisturising scent and the odd dash of Florals. It is more of a subtle scent though. The scent lingers on your skin for a good while even after you are dried and this moisturises your skin really well. I rubbed this well into my Elbow area as I have a bit dry skin there, and I felt that that my skin wasn't as dry even after just 1 use of this.
This is a good Shower Milk, but I can't justify spending all that money on a Shower product. Nice for a luxurious treat through.
Anyone who has previously read some of my views may well be aware that I am a huge Clarins fan, I have a few staples which I use all the time, I also try and buy one new product every month to try. Although I usually buy my Clarins from a local beauty salon they don't carry a huge range of products, so on a recent trip to Debenhams I decided to have a look at the Clarins counter. I spotted Eau Ressourcante Bath and Shower Milk, my Mum uses the Eau Ressoucante Spray which smells lovely so I decided to buy it. A 150ml bottle costs £18 which is obviously expensive, I had some money left on a gift card though so I didn't feel too bad about buying it as a treat.
The Claim: "Cleanses, eases tension and delicately scents skin. You'll love its gentle cleansing base and aromatic essential oils with treatment benefits. This ultra-gentle, pH-neutral formula thoroughly cleanses and is suitable for those with sensitive skin. It helps maintain skin's moisture balance and leaves it feeling soft and fresh, delicately scented. It enhances an overall feeling of relaxation".
The bottle is a very simple design, as Clarins packaging usually is, the main body is a white oval, with a white flip cap top, the bottle sits upside down which is effective for ensuring all the product is used which is something I'm glad of at £18 a bottle! There a touches of blue and silver on the packaging which I think gives quite a natural water feel to the product as well as making it simple but stylish.
The Bath and Shower Milk is very runny, making it very easy to waste, I've often found myself trying to get some off the bottom of the shower floor as it does tend to just slop off whatever I try to use to wash myself with, usually a body puff. I have found the Milk easier to use with exfoliation gloves as I can position my hand in the right position to ensure I don't miss the Milk coming out of the bottle.
Although I usually prefer to shower than bath, I have used this in the bath and found it a little difficult. It's impossible to wash yourself with the Bath and Shower Milk in the bath because as soon as you put the Milk under water to rub on your skin it disperses into the bath water because of the runny consistency. However, when this does happen there's a lovely scent which lingers in the bath water and on your skin once you get out of bath, I can't help feeling it's a bit of a waste of an expensive product though.
After using Eau Ressourcante Bath and Shower Milk my skin does feel very soft and moisturised, as well as carrying a gorgeous scent. The Milk is very gentle and does leave me feeling fresh but I can't help thinking it's a little overpriced for what is essentially something to wash with.
I would recommend Eau Ressourcante Bath and Shower Milk to anyone who has vouchers/ is offered a free gift or just generally has a lot of money. For the average person though, although a luxury is nice every so often and it does smell very feminine and subtle, it's not a shower product which could be used continually as it just costs too much.
When it comes to bath and shower products, cheap and cheerful is the order of the day in this house. Not because I don't like spending money (I do) but with three females who shower everyday, a male who showers when he needs to (ha!) plus a baby and toddler who both need bathing daily it's more cost effective to prostitute myself around the special shower gel offers.
When one of Mark's clients gave me some Boots vouchers for my birthday a couple of weeks ago I decided to have a minor splurge on the Clarins counter, receiving this Eau Ressourcante Bath & Shower Milk for free as part of a promotion. The usual size is 150ml, but I have the smaller 75ml bottle which is in exactly the same sophisticated packaging and looks fab in the bathroom. Under lock and key to stop the kids mooching.
It's not a bad product, in fact it's a very good product - but for the money is no better than an Imperial Leather (for example) shower cream in terms of what it does for my skin. The best thing about it in my opinion is the smell, it's typical Clarins with a very feminine perfume but this is underlined by a 'good for you' aroma which smells extremely gentle and caring.
Eau Ressourcante is a milk so is very runny, it took me a few goes to work out how much I needed and the best way to apply it to my skin to stop it just running straight down the plug hole and being wasted. The first time resulted in the milk slopping itself straight onto the floor of the shower as I squeezed the bottle too hard and it completely missed the sponge, mindful of the price of this stuff I was much more careful the next time. The trick is to use a soft sponge (shower puffs are no good) and position it directly underneath the bottle before softly squeezing enough milk out to do one or two limbs at a time. I found this awkward, much preferring to blob a large amount of shower gel onto my puff and doing my whole body in one go. The runniness of this product does not make this possible however, so you'll just have to resign yourself to washing yourself in stages.
My skin feels extremely soft and moisturised after using this milk, this aspect surprised me actually as I usually find milk products to be very drying. This is great though, I feel completely clean after showering with Eau Ressourcante and my skin takes on the glow of having used a harsh body scrub - even though this is possibly the most gentle shower product I've used in my whole life!
It's a bit of a misnomer this product being called a Bath & Shower Milk as it's not the sort of product you actually pour into the bath water, instead Clarins tell you to apply directly to damp skin while in the bath. Now, I'm sure you can see the flaw in this. When I have a bath it's usually just my head and boobs that are sticking out of the water, to apply this to my skin I'd have to leave the sanctuary of my lovely hot water and stand up in the bath to clean myself. Stuff that, a nice bubble bath and a bar of Lush soap is more my cup of tea and a lot less hassle. Unless I'm in the mood for milky boobs I suppose, which I can't see ever being the case.
I do like Eau Ressourcante though, it's a gorgeously decadent product to use in the shower and leaves my skin feeling soft to the touch for the whole of the day. Using it in conjunction with a good, light body lotion means the softening effects are accentuated and it does feel like it's doing my skin a lot of good - despite the fact that I lose a little bit down the plug hole each time I use it.
At £17 for a 150ml bottle I do think the price takes the proverbial. I mentioned Imperial Leather shower gels earlier and stand by my initial assumption that the cheaper version works every bit as well as its pricier Clarins counterpart, Eau Ressourcante may feel more luxurious to use but for me that just isn't worth the hefty price difference.
I'm not into any particular range of beauty products and tend to veer towards anything that looks nice, smells nice and feels nice. After smelling an aroma on some stranger which was light, floral but very refreshing I spent ages at beauty counters trying to find it. I bet you are wondering why didn't I ask her? Why didn't I just? It would have saved me a lot of time and protected me from some suspect fragrances.
Anyway, a chance encounter in Duty Free and my sniff search was over. I've not reviewed a beauty product before, so here goes....
Who/What is Clarins?
Clarins is a global manufacturer of premium beauty products for women. Founded in 1954 (by a man no less!), Clarins has hundreds of products dedicated to the face and body.
Most Clarins products are available from the premium beauty counters within Boots and Department stores. Some products are available online but you are unlikely to find them much cheaper than the retail price.
Eau Ressourçante Bath & Shower Milk
The product comes in a white plastic bottle, packaged in a white and turquoise blue cardboard box. The cardboard box has the name in English and French on the front and the tagline for the product which is 'Serenity Freshness Balance'. On the back Clarins explains the premise and base notes of the product. On the sides, there is a translation in French and Spanish.
The bottle is a frosty white almost circular bottle with flip-top opening at the bottom. The bottle stands upright on the flip top lid.
The Shower Milk
The milk dispenses easily, due to the opening at the bottom and because the bottle narrows towards the top, it makes it easier to squeeze the contents. The flip top has a narrow hole which allows you to control how much you dispense (Of course you don't want too much as it is an expensive product) and it makes it easier to keep clean.
The milk is a white coloured medium consistency liquid which sits in the palm of your hand without being too runny. Many a time I've found the shower gel run off my hand when I try to use it, making it useless to me whilst it is on the shower floor.
Clarins state that this product is a combination of essential oils and natural plant extracts.
Plants - Sarsaparilla, Robinia and Longan to moisturise and soften the skin
Essential Oils - Basil, Iris, CedarWood and Benzoin to calm and relax the mind and body
I've never seen this combination before which I guess is what makes the product so special.
There no high notes in the fragrance but the iris and cedarwood fragrance is certainly detectable in the mix. I'm no beauty expert, but as a lay person I would never have considered putting these two oils together. I guess that is why I'm not in the Beauty business. Imagine the bucks if I was... ;o)
Using the Milk
The milk lathers up very nicely with minimal water. clarins suggest you apply to damp skin rather than lathering in your hands. This makes sense, that way it is your body that gets the benefit of the softening properties and also the fragrance is distributed across the body, not the plughole.
A little also goes a long way. You don't need more than a 10p sized piece to cover the body as it spreads very easily. Using the product instantly relaxes me. When I take in the smell of the aromas, it is very soothing and also subtle.
One of the things that really surprised me about this product is the longevity of the fragrance. This may sound weird, but I check whether the smell of a product has lasted by smelling the inside of my elbow.
I've been to work and back and can still smell the product which is nice as it releases this calming and soothing aroma all day long. If not, I just have to sniff the inside of my elbow. It is not as weird as you think...try it.
You can also strengthen the fragrance by layering the other products in the same range:
- Rebalancing Fragrance, a light Eau De Toilette
- Moisturing Body Lotion, a medium consistency body cream
- Body Cream, a slightly thicker body cream
This product has some very gently undertones. If you have tried Eau Dynamisante (red bottle), it is nothing like that, the total opposite in fact. For one it is not as overpowering and provides a subtle fragrance that doesn't intrude on the senses. The fragrance will not be as obvious to you if you are wearing it, but my boyfriend and friends can definitely tell I am wearing it.
In fact, I was in a shop one day and the assistant said that the fragrance I was wearing was really nice and was surprised when I told her it was Clarins.
I'd really recommend it, if you are into light, subtle, fresh and refreshing fragrances. You can't go wrong.
It comes in a 150ml sized bottle priced at about £15.50. Expensive, but a bottle usually lasts me about 3 months if I use it daily. Alternatively you could buy it and use it on special occasions. It really is that nice.
NB This product is called Eau Tranquility in the US. Confused the hell out of me as I first found it in American Duty Free and couldn't find it in the UK!
© jupiter28 2008
Clarins Eau Ressourcante Bath & Shower Milk / The ultimate shower or bath treat / Clarins relaxing cleansing milk with comforting Basil, Iris, Cedarwood and Sarsaparilla envelops your body in a rich, creamy foam that moisturises while rinsing-away impurities / Leaving your skin soft, smooth and delicately-scented with the refreshing essence of Eau Ressourcante fragrance / Gentle enough for sensitive skin / Follow with Eau Ressourcante Silky-Smooth Body Cream to create an oasis of calm all day long / Skin Type:; Normal, Dry, Combination, Oily.