I like to use water on my face when I clean it and I am not one of those people who will use a cleansing milk very time. For this reason I like to use facial cleansers as soaps can be quite drying. The one I like at the moment is Boot''s own brand from their Essential range and this is a fragrance fee facial wash. These washes come on one hundred gram tubes and cost one pound fifty though last time there was a special offer on of buy two and get the third one free. I have used this facial wash more times than I am able to remember and I can vouch for the fact that it is dermatologically tested and really kind and gentle on even the most sensitive skin. It lathers ever so lightly when rubbed between damp palms and then I just spread it all over my face and neck. It doesn''t sting or irritate and afterwards it just washes off without leaving behind any stickiness or residue. I prefer to use a muslin cloth to make sure al the tiny remnants are removed when eve I use this product and I also fee that the muslin gives a slightly exfoliating action tot he whole experience. My face never feels tight or pulled afterwards, the way some soaps can make you feel. It just feels very fresh and clean. I don''t use this product every night, but possibly about twice a week and I find that my skin had benefitted from using it over a long period of time. I really do hope that Boots don''t discontinue this range as this is one of their better items at the moment and I really do highly recommend it.
The product comes in a translucent packaging which is great for showing you how much you have used. The writing is in the typical boots blue colour which, with the translucent background, means it is easy to spot. I also like that the product sits upside down, pushing the product into the lid which means I don't have to muck about squeezing it down the tube when I'm in a hurry.
The product is easy to apply which for me is a deal breaker. The Formulation is lovely and thick which means I'm not fighting to keep it from dripping off my face. The clear gel-like consistency is both cooling and (I think) feels quite luxurious. The product still lathers well, though perhaps not as much as more stripping foam cleansers, however I do not mind this as I find foaming cleansers too dehydrating for my skin.
I love that it is fragrance free and it is very gentle on my breakouts/sensitive areas like around my eyes, etc. Even better, it does not sting if I get in my eyes, so I can really scrub if I want to take my eyeliner and mascara off with it. It is good at getting rid of make up but is equally nice to use in the morning to just wake my skin up.
My face feels deeply cleaned and despite being a facial wash (and not a cleansing lotion) it does not dehydrate my dry skin like many facial washes have in the past - which is ideal for my skin. I do not know how this cleanser would stand up for people with oilier or combination skins but the formulation does not feel particularly oily/greasy/creamy like many formulations have been, that have worked for my skin in the past.
The best thing about this product though is the price of £1.52 for 150ml. With a price tag like that, everyone should try this product particularly since I can not find fault with it in any other area! It is now my go-to facial cleanser because it does exactly what it says on the bottle.
Boots essentials range Fragrance Free facial wash:
After deciding that Wilko's Skinology range was NOT for me, with whatever potions are put in their products, the Anti-Blackhead Scrub was the only one that smelt nice. I decided to try a different approach, as the 'exfoliating' beads in Wilko's skinology 'Deep Cleansing' were like bits of stone & I was sure they were damaging my skin. Since then I have used Simple facial wash, which was nice, but one downside...THE PRICE!! GRR!! That's the ONLY thing that stops me from buying them, so I have to take a different & cheaper approach.
When I went into town I managed to end up in Boots. I only came in here to get a couple of packs of tissues but ended up scouring the shelves full of facial cleansing. This was what I found...Clearasil: A big NO. It's extremely expensive anywhere, at around £5 for one bottle! Next in the line up was Boots Witch Hazel scrub: Still £3 a bottle! Then, I saw the essentials range & I came across this, Boots essentials fragrance free facial wash. At £1.52 a bottle, this was within my budget. So, I bought it & I then shone in the glow of 4 Advantage Card points!
What does it look like?
The bottle/tube is clear with the Boots essentials logo & the words 'facial wash' written down the side. This is the fragrance free variation, & it's for all skin types.
When I used this for the first time I wet my face & picked this up. I then opened the bottle (which was easy) & squeezed a bit into my hand. I then wet my hands & began to rub this together, it then created a nice lather. I scrubbed this onto my face & rinsed it off.
As I wiped my face dry with the towel, my face felt much softer & cleaner. It was exactly the same as Simple which was what was great about it. I then followed on with Boots essentials FF toner, followed by a bit of Aqeuous Cream BP.
I've got quite an oily face especially around the T-Zone, this & the Boots essentials FF cleansing wipes (see my review on those) help get most of the oil off.
At the end when i'd rubbed everything & it had dried in, my face was really soft & it felt cleansed + moisturised. I never get that with other facial wahes, mainly becuase they have exfoliating beads in them which stratch your skin rather than cleansing it! I find that a bit of scrubbinng & exfoliating with either your spnge or hands is good enough to get the oil off your face.
This product respresents good value for money. With the 'Just like Simple' look to it through my eyes, it's really good expecially as an ex-Simple user. It gets most of the oil off your face, leaves you clean & refreshed plus your skin feeling soft & smooth!
I give 5 stars & definately recommend this product plus the Boots essentials FF range! :o)
I began using facial wash when my skin started to have a bad reaction to soap. It was turning bright red and inflamed every time I used a bar of soap so I hoped a mild liquid wash would solve the problem. Since I'm always on a budget my first choice of facial wash was shops own brand. I found the Boots Essentials Cucumber Wash initially and have been using that until recently with great success. On my most recent shopping trip, however, Boots were all out of the Cucumber wash so I opted for this alternative, their Essentials Fragrance Free Wash.
This is almost exactly the same in design as the Cucumber Wash but instead of having green text and a green lid it is blue. It comes in a 150ml sized tube which sits on it's lid so that dispensing is made easy. All product information is printed on the back of the tube. This includes directions for use, ingredients and ways to contact the Boots brand. The tube is formulated of a grainy white plastic and although it has a recycling stamp on the bottle I would check your local recycling facilities for suitability. The plastic of the bottle is very soft and easy to squeeze.
This facial wash is especially formulated for skin that is sensitive or skin that might be allergic to certain perfumes or similar ingredients. Although it's mild, Boots claim that the facial wash will remove make-up and any oils on the skin to leave it feeling "cleansed and refreshed". The facial wash is dermatologically tested and is hypoallergenic.
The facial wash looks like a off-white gel which has a slight pearly glimmer to it. It's very slimey in consistency and when you squeeze it onto your dry fingertips it almost looks like snotty goo! I don't need very much at all - just a butterbean sized dollop is enough. Then I add a little water and rub between my fingertips until a little lather has been produced. I then rub this into my face and neck, massaging it in circles as I go. The facial wash does not lather up very much and I find this is a good thing as it means bubbles won't get in your eyes. Instead the gel goes a tiny bit fluffy and then thins out in the water. You can feel the softness of the gel formula as you rub it into your skin. It is soft and silky to touch.
I have used this many times now and I have not experienced any kind of skin reaction nor have I had any stinging eyes. It's really mild but strong enough to clean your skin thoroughly. I wear make-up most days and this facial wash does a great job of cleaning it all away, including tougher make-up areas like eye-makeup.
The gel is not perfumed but I think it has a fresh watery scent that can be detected as you rub it in and on your skin afterwards. It's almost like a fresh ocean scent to me and when I smell this it makes me feel very clean and as though I've been outdoors in the summer air. It's quite similar to the Simple range facial wash.
It's easy to rinse the facial wash away from my skin as the gel seems to dissolve into the water. The effect it has on my skin is obvious straight away. My skin feels cotton wool soft and new. It's a lovely feeling. If I'm using this facial wash at night I still use a moisturiser afterwards but only because I'm in my thirties and worried about my crows feet. If you are younger than me you might just be able to wash and leave your skin moisturiser free.
I'm very pleased with this facial wash. I wasn't sure it could be as good as the Cucumber Facial Wash but it's equally as good. It's also the same price at around £1.52 which is a good pound or so cheaper than most big brand name facial washes also sold by Boots. It's great value for money as it does everything I want a facial wash to do: cleanse, not sting or cause a bad skin reaction and leave skin soft and fresh. I therefore reccommend this facial wash to anyone but especially to those who have had skin troubles when just using a bar of soap.
Check out the Essentials range at the Boots website: