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Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose facial Cleanser
I received this product as a free sample with a beauty order (I think it was from a Hqhair order) a while go but I have only just got round to using it as I have lots of facial cleansers. I have never tried anything from Aromatherapy Associates before this product but they are famous for their many luxurious bath oils, which look/sounds gorgeous.
- Product description (from the Aromatherapy Associates website)
"Restore your natural radiance with damask rose, jojoba and geranium. Gently and effectively wipes away impurities and make-up for clean, glowing skin. Precious damask rose works to boost skin health and radiance. Essential oil of geranium helps balance the skin's natural oils. Leaves your skin fresh, bright and delicately fragrant."
- About the product
As this was a sample product it is 30ml (1 us fl oz), instead of the full size 200ml bottle but I have managed to get a lot of uses out of this travel size bottle as you do only need a small amount of cleanser for each use. The product contains damask rose, jojoba and geranium - although just because a skincare product contains natural ingredients does not mean that it will not irritate the skin. Also in the past skincare products that contain rose irritate my skin so I was a bit cautious about using this product but it turned out to be fantastic.
- Scent, texture and consistency
Firstly, the scent of this product is as you would expect from the name of the cleanser - rose. The main scent I can detect is rose although it does have other subtle floral notes and it does smell gorgeous. Although as mentioned before I do not have a good track record with skincare products that contain rose as they nearly always irritate my skin so just smelling this product makes my think that it will irritate my skin - and it scent is fairly strong in the bottle. Secondly, the texture of this product; the texture is very smooth and creamy and it feels that way on the skin which makes it really nice to use. Thirdly, the consistency is really quite thick but when it is massaged into the skin is becomes thinner and more oily in consistency and texture.
- Using the product
I have been using this product consistently for the past three weeks and I still have a small amount left. I have really liked using this product and firstly, the application of this product. The application of this cleanser is really nice, mainly due to the smooth and very creamy texture. To use: I just take my make up off with my Micellar water or makeup remover and I dispense about a five pence size amount of cleanser onto my palm. You really do not need a lot of this cleanser each time, so one bottle will last a while, in my opinion. I then distribute the cleanser over my hands and gently apply and massage onto the skin in circular motions, for about a minute or so.
The creamy texture makes this cleanser feel so smooth on the skin and it glides onto my skin so quickly and easily. Also the creamy, silky texture of this product on the skin makes it feel more expensive and luxurious. The cleanser applies really nicely to the skin and when it is massaged into the skin you can smell the rose in the product really easily which some people may like but I certainly do not - as the rose makes my think that this product will irritate my skin and I generally do not like my facial skincare products to be scented on the whole. When the cleanser has been massaged into the skin which does not take long, I then take a flannel or muslin cloth and I make sure to soak the cloth in warm/hot water and I ring the cloth out and use it to remove the excess cleanser. Using a muslin cloth to remove a facial cleanser means that my skin gets a slight exfoliation as well which is great as it is gentle and light on the skin. I have also used this product a few times with my Clarisonic Mia and it works well with my Clarisonic. When the cleanser has been removed with the flannel or muslin cloth I pat my face dry and then apply my serum and moisturiser etc.
I find that even though the inclusion of rose as an ingredient in this product this cleanser does not irritate my skin at all - although most other rose scented products have irritated my skin in the past. This product doesn't irritate my skin but each time I use this product I think that it will irritate my skin, because of the smell of rose. After I have dried my face I find that my skin is looks and feels really clean but not so clean that my skin feels tight, dry or uncomfortable. This product leaves my skin looking and feeling clean, smooth, hydrated and it does not make my skin feel at all dry, tight or greasy. Overall, I really like the results of this product; it cleans and smoothes my skin really well. It almost soothes my skin if it is feeling a bit irritated and congested. I have not experienced any negative effects while using this product for about three weeks - it does not cause my skin to break out and it does not make my skin look or feel tight, dry or greasy. Although one minor negative point about this product is that I do not feel like it deep cleans my skin.
- Price and availability
I received this travel size bottle free with an online order sometime last year and the full size bottle (200ml) can be purchased from the Aromatherapy Associates website for £23. This product can also be purchased from: feelunique for £22 (200ml, free delivery), lookfantastic for £23 (200ml) and beautyexpert for £21.99.
*Quick and easy to use
*Works well with a flannel/muslin cloth and my Clarisonic Mia
*Does not irritate my skin or cause any adverse effects such as spots or redness etc (my skin type it sensitive/dry)
*Cleans my skin really quite well although I feel like it does not deep clean my skin
*Smoothes, soothes, softens, cleans and hydrates my skin
*You only need a small amount of cleanser for each use so one small bottle such as the one I have (30ml) will last a while
*Contains some natural ingredients
*Full size bottle is a little bit expensive at about £23
*I feel like this cleanser does not deep clean my skin
Thank you for reading my review
Ingredients: Damask Rose Water, Geranium and Jojoba Oil / Need a gentle everyday cleanser? Damask Rose water takes off excess sebum leaving skin feeling soft and cool / Removes make-up / Anti-pore clogging / – particularly dry, sensitive or mature / Key