To purchase the cleanser alone would set you back £9.50 which in my opinion, is quite expensive however the price is inline with premium brands which I suppose No 7 is.
The cleanser is really quite light, which I was really surprised about as it is quite thick and has quite a creamy texture to it. I find that it transfers from my cotton wool onto my face and neck effortlessly without having to apply any pressure at all. The fragrance is quite fresh and nice, but it is very slight, which means that after applying, I can’t really smell it on my face which is a little disappointing.
I find that the cleanser does a fantastic job at removing all my makeup, and any grime that’s hiding underneath which is always a bonus. It’s not very often that I wont any makeup on but when I don’t I will still use a cleanser before bed and I was amazed the first time I used this that there was still dirt on the cotton wool. I always use toner after I have cleansed and have noticed with cheaper versions of cleanser, the toner seems to remove more dirt than the cleanser but this isn’t the case with this product.
After using, my skin feels wonderfully soft, so much so that it is as if I have just put on my moisturiser. During the colder months, I can get a bit of dry skin on my forehead; this seems to clear it up immediately.
The cleanser comes in a 200ml bottle which has the product name and description detailed in black writing which I think gives the bottle quite classy and elegant look. It is topped with a pump which has a pale pink band around. Until I wrote this review, I thought the bottle was white but I can now see that it is made from clear plastic, it just looks white because of the colour of the lotion (which is quite worrying that I hadn’t noticed this, especially as I have been using for the last for weeks).
The pump for me is a bit of an issue, when depressed, the tiniest amount of cleanser comes out which is quite annoying so I have to press it a few times to get the right amount onto my cotton wool.
I am quite impressed with the cleanser but because it is a little more expensive that what I normally spend, I would only give it 4 out of 5 stars however I will be putting it on my Christmas list again for this year.
after recently obtaining a no7 voucher for 5 pounds off any goods in the skincare range, I spent around half an hour at my local no7 counter choosing an item. I find that my skin type is combinational dry/oily, and since using the soft and soothed gentle cleanser I find it much easier to take care of as this cleanser works perfectly. I simply apply two pumps to a cotton pad and wipe over my face, I do this a further two times with new cotton balls and find this removes most of the dirt and oil that has collected throughout the day. I finish this off with a splash of lukewarm water and pat my face dry. the pro''''s of this cleanser include the hypo-allergenic formula, something I need for my sometimes sensitive skin. the bottle comes in a 200ml pump motion bottle which I have had for around two months now and only a quarter of the cleanser has been used despite using It in my morning and evening cleansing routine. I also find this especially useful for taking off my eye makeup and find unlike my old cleansing milk (anne French) it does not sting my eyes. I did find one disadvantage with this cleanser such as the way it leaves my skin rather shiny and oily after use if I do not proceed with a splash of warm water. however at a bargain price of 3 pounds with my five pounds off number seven voucher I find this cleanser great value for money
I have used Boots No 7 Soft and Soothed Gentle Cleanser for a while now and this a product I both like and recommend, though I personally feel it is slightly overpriced for what it is, and for this reason I only ever buy it if I am lucky enough to have received one of those £5 off No 7 vouchers they often have in Boots. I like this cleanser as it is both hydrating and moisturising and it suits my particular skin type really well.
I have used this cleanser in two ways. Firstly, I have applied it all over my face like you do a soap or a facial wash and then rinsed off and I have also used it with the good old fashioned cotton wool balls (the traditional method). I prefer the cotton wool method best as I feel it removes more dirt, grime and make up and my skin just feels better cleansed in general when I use this product in this way.
The packaging is fairly plain and simple and it comes in a light pink plastic bottle with a really useful and easy to use pump dispenser. Using the dispenser makes it easier for me to apply exactly the right amount of cleanser to the cotton wool pads or balls I am using, and it also ensures that none goes to waste.
The cleanser has a light fresh fragrance, which is really pleasant to use. It's not overly perfumed and as this cleanser is dermatologically tested and suitable for all skin types, it really does feel very gentle and kind on my skin and yet has the ability to effectively remove all traces of make up at the same time. It's quick and easy to use and my skin never feels tight or stretched when I have used this product as it is incredibly hydrating and seems to put back moisture into my skin after I have used it.
The bottle contains 200ml of product, and is only available to buy in Boots - the price s £8. I feel that this is quiet expensive for a cleansing product, but if I have my £5 voucher then it doesn't feel so bad forking out only £3 for this to make up the difference.
Overall, it's a good quality product that really does what it says it will and I love the way it doesn't dry out my skin and makes it feel so lovely, fresh and clean.
I wish it cost less money but I do recommend it.
WHAT IS IT?
Soft & Soothed is a cleanser for normal or dry skin. It is made by No. 7 and says that it is gentle and hydrating also.
This cleanser comes in a bottle that has got 200ml in there. It is a nice very faint pink bottle that has got a plastic pump top for you to get the cleanser out, the pump is good because it pumps out the right amount of cleanser every time and that makes it easier to wash. I like that I can not see the cleaners in the bottle but if I hold it by the window I can still see how much I have got left. This is important to me because I like to use this cleanser a lot and will buy some more if I think I am going to run out.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
I use the cleanser with cotton wool and I just pump some on and then wipe my face gently with it. That way works easier for me and I think it is the most effective for cleansing my face thorough, the other way is to use your fingers to apply the cleanser and rub it on your skin like soap but I do not think that removes all of the dirt. Whatever way you have to rinse the cleanser off with warm water but that is easy to do and it does not leave a residue on my skin even if I rinse it very quick.
WHAT I THINK
I like this cleanser and think it is very effective at removing dirt from my skin. I think it moisturises my skin but only as much as a cleanser can and it is not a substitution for using a moisturiser. My skin feels very soft and smooth after I have used this cleanser and that is every time even though I have used it for a long time and now my skin is used to it, I still feel very cleansed and I think that all the dirt on and in my skin has been removed. It removes make up but cannot remove thick waterproof mascara or glittery eyeliner.
It smells very nice and is like baby lotion with a small smell of something else also. It does not stay on my skin and I am glad for that because even though I like the smell I think it is not something that I would want to smell of all day. I like the texture because it is very smooth but creamy at the same time, it is beautiful when it spreads on my skin and I think it is very easy to rinse off after I have finished cleansing.
This cleanser is very fast to use and I can cleanse my face and neck in about 3 minutes because it is so effective for me. I have recommended it to many friends and clients because of how effective it is and because it is a very nice cleanser to use in the morning and at night. It feels very gentle on my skin and the cleanser is hypoallergenic so it is suited for lots of different types of skin without it causing any bad reaction.
This cleanser costs £8 and you can buy it from Boots or online.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I have recently had dry skin on my face but I've found it hard to give myself time to actually take care of my skin as I have been so busy. Having two children to run around after and a business to run has meant that I've kind of neglected caring for myself. It is only recently that I've decided I need to provide myself with some time to start to get back on track with my beauty regime. I don't have lots of time so my aim was to just use products that only take a minute or two. I went to Boots and bought the No 7 range. I bought a cleanser, a toner and a moisturiser so that I could start to treat my skin. They were on offer 3 for 2 and I actually was attracted to these as the bottles look nice!
=== The bottle ===
The bottle is a lovely tall, smooth one which goes in ever so slightly in the middle. It has such a soft touch to it that I couldn't help but go over to it and pick it up and have a look, it was this lovely bottle which attracted me to it in the first place. There were lots of other cleansers on the shelf but they were either twice the price or had a very boring looking bottle. I thought that this one looked appealing so would look nice in my bath room and make me believe it is a more luxurious product than the others! It has a screw cap and the cleanser comes out of quite a wide hole. It is quite a thick cream but comes out quite easily although I imagine once it begins to run out I will struggle to get it all out! But I will, I don't like waste! The lid goes on perfectly fine after using it and I do think it looks nice. It isn't see-through, it has a slight pinky shimmer to it and the writing on it is gold and black which makes it look sophisticated. A very nice bottle!
=== Using the cleanser ===
I apply this using my fingers although you can use cotton wool. I use a bit about the size of a 10p and this is enough to go over my face. I rub it in in circular motions to my face and just under my chin. I find that it is just under my chin where the dry skin seems to appear, I'm not sure why it is here but because of this I always apply a little extra to this point. I let it make its way into my skin and then I rinse it off with warm water. I don't think you're meant to use cold water as that can open your pores up. It is easy enough to rinse off. Sometimes cleansers can stick to your skin and make it feel clammy and I end up having to almost scrub it off with a towel but this one comes off easily with a bit of warm water and then I dab my face dry with a soft towel. After using the cleanser I then use the toner and moisturiser. This cleanser doesn't have a smell to it really, there is a very subtle fresh smell about it but it's so subtle that I barely even register it and I like that, I don't want something with a strong smell on my face it would really irritate me. It is lovely and soft on my skin and smooths on easily. My fingers aren't left feeling greasy either so actually using this cleanser is really nice.
=== The results ===
I have been using this now since New Year's Day (it was part of my resolution to take better care of myself!) and I think that my skin is starting to both look and feel better. I don't think I look ten years younger or anything really extreme but I definitely think I look brighter and more fresh and healthy. I like how my skin actually feels, it's soft to touch and the dry skin area has definitely improved too. I do not have to spend a lot of time in front of the bathroom mirror with this so it hasn't eaten into my time too much which is really important for me. It hasn't stopped me having imperfections on my face, it isn't a miracle cure I still have the odd blemish but I just like how it now makes my skin feel. It's nice to know I am doing something positive for myself and perhaps it is just a psychological effect that this cream has but it definitely seems to be doing something so that is all that matters.
=== Conclusion ===
I believe that this is a lovely cleanser to have. I like the fact that it doesn't smell strongly or take a long time to rinse off. As I have said, I don't have lots of time to spend on myself so if it did take a while to rinse off I would probably give up using it as I wouldn't be able to find the time to devote to it. It's very easy to use. I also really like the bottle, I know I could buy something very similar for cheaper but the bottle itself looks nice and I like having it on my bathroom shelf as it looks lovely! The only hesitation I have about this is whether it will be difficult to use all of the cleanser as when the bottle begins to get empty I imagine it will be hard to get the last remaining bits out so that may be a bit annoying. I like how it feels on my skin and I like the effect it has, it is very gentle and has improved the dry areas which is really why I originally bought it so therefore I recommend this and I'm glad I bought it.
This is a review of Boots No.7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Cleanser for Normal/Dry skin. My 200ml bottle has lasted more than four months with daily plus use and I have really enjoyed using it.
I picked up my bottle using one of Boots' fabulous £5 off vouchers (I love these!) so got my bottle of cleanser for just £4. Whilst £9 may be a bit on the dear side for this product, it is great quality and certainly worth it if you got it during a 3 for 2 promotion.
The packaging on this bottle is perfect in my opinion. The body is cream and opaque so you can see how much is left but my favourite part is the pump top dispenser which helps me to not over dispense cream on to a cotton wool pad. With a squeeze bottle I always squirt out far too much so I am sure it is down to the pump that this has lasted so long. In addtion to this the top screws off so you can get to the very last bits using gravity.
I pump five full pumps on to the back of my hand. Depending on how much make up I am wearing that day this is often adequate to do my whole face and neck. I use one side of the cotton wool pad for one eye and the other side for the other. Maybe that is just a funny habit but I don't like to rub one eye with the same bit as the other! If it's been a heavy day I will repeat the process. The next morning I usually start the day with a light couple of pumps to sort out under the eye mascara run. It doesn't seem to matter how well I remove it the evening before there is always a little smudge to deal with!
I think this cream cleanser works well removing make up and it smells nice and clean too. It is nice and soft on the skin and feels kind and doesn't sting even round the eye area. I usually follow the cleanser with some moisturiser before I go to bed.
This is definitely a repeat purchase for me. I have found it works well with my make up removal and I like how it feels on my skin. I do tend to take remover wipes with me if I am travelling as they are less likely to spill. At home, this is always the product I reach for first. Certainly with a voucher this represents excellent value for money.
This is a quality product and I like how it is titled as a 'gentle cleanser'. I think it will be suitable for all ages and skin types. I know some people use a separate eye make up remover but this is not necessary with this product. I have never experienced a skin break out whilst using this and feel that the consistency of the cleanser goes a long way making it very economical.
My skin has changed dramatically over the last 6 years being rather oily and spot prone as a teenager, converting to dry and uncomfortable during my pregnancy 5 years ago. It still remains dry, bar certain times of the month where i can be prone to an oily chin and nose for a few days. For this reason I have found that using water on my skin is not great as it causes real tightness and I have to overload the serum and moisturiser. I can't use wipes as they sting and I only scrub once a week to minimize water to the face. After trying all sorts of face washes and milk cleansers, I wasn't happy and always on the lookout for the next one. I was recommended this by a consultant. Expecting very little (again) I tried it. It was just shy of £9 (but I had a No7 voucher so received £5 off it). The bottle sells as a 200 ml and you administer it via a pump, this minimizes waste.
I will note here I am a heavy makeup wearer more often than not wearing a full face. I use premium makeup in the way of; foundation, bronzer, highlighter, undereye highlighter and blusher. Add to that my eye make up too and I need lots of heavy duty cleanser!
This cleanser is either massaged onto the face or applied onto cotton wool, then wiped or washed off. The texture is smooth, creamy and silky, really nourishing for those with a drier skin. It removes most of my face makeup (you should always use a separate eye make up remover as this is too rich and is not designed for the eyes..check my review for the no7 version) Following this I always finish off my face with a sweep of the toner to match (also pink). A toner minimizes the need for water, removing the last traces of makeup and cleanser. It also nutrilises the ph in your skin allowing better absorption of your skincare.
This may not be everyone's ideal product as it is creamier than many of the products out there and and I value that. I love the fact you can use it with or without water as most ladies like a quick cleanse in the morning and a wash at night and this is quick, soothing and moisturising perfect for normal to dry skins. Its hypo allergenic so suitable for sensitive skins and in conjunction with a toner leaves skin purified, fresh and clear. I have switched twice in the past but each time going back to this as much prefer it. I wouldst recommend it for ladies who are regularly oily/combination, however on those days that are oily days, I still find it works well for me.
I have reviewed a few no7 products and have been up and down in regards to how I feel about the items they have to offer and I have not felt the need to describe any of their products as a waste of money as such, until now of course.
Before purchasing this particular product I had bought the toner that compliments this cleanser (also in a pink shade so you know which one to buy) and was in awe of how nice it made my skin look and feel; I had less redness in my face and less breakouts because of the toner for a number of weeks until I used the cleanser.
I found that this particular cleanser felt heavy and had a weird greasy feeling when applied gently on my face; You can either use this as a cleansing wash and rinse with water or use it as a cleanser with cotton pads to remove excess make up from your pores. I experienced negative results with both options as it just felt rather gross when in contact with my face.
The smell was gentle and pleasant and the bottle is a nice and simple design so the presentation of the product was appealing however the consistency was just too heavy for me and I stopped using it after about a week as it grossed me out whenever I used it - However I can confirm that it was gentle on my skin in the respects that my skin was not irritated or itchy after use.
The cleanser could potentially be an ideal product for some people however for me personally I found no luck in spending so much money on a cleanser for my face. As I have combination dry and oily skin I found that this didn't help my oiliness so it is probably advisable that people with oil prone skin do not use this as it could possibly heighten the amount of oil produced in your pores and therefore cause excessive breakouts like I experienced.
Those with normal or dry skin may experience something different to what I found so I cannot say that this is a bad product but it wasn't the one for me and I feel that I wasted money and again with no7 products there are always cheaper alternatives available that can do your skin greater favours, but you don't know until you try - and I have!
I bought this No 7 Soft and Soothed Cleanser from Boots as it was on offer. It usually sells for £8 for 200ml. I believe the No 7 range is only available in Boots and they often have offers/deals so you can purchase it for less.
I use this cleanser at night to cleanse my skin and remove my eye make-up using a cotton wool pad. It can be used in conjunction with the No 7 toner and moisturiser.
As with other products in the No 7 range this cleanser comes in a sturdy plain plastic bottle which is quite stylish with simple,easy to read labelling. It has a pump top which dispenses a small amount of cleanser each time which is good as this avoids wastage. Two squirts is about right for my face. The cream itself is pale pink, creamy pleasant consistency and does not really have a smell at all.
After use I have found that the make-up removal around my eyes is not that good and the lasting effect seemed to cause some irritation to my skin in general leaving it feeling a bit 'stingy'. I have never had particularly sensitive skin so this surprised me. The bottle does state hypo-allergenic! I wear contact lenses and good make-up removal is important without leaving the eye area too greasy. This product is quite greasy I would say. I usually use Garnier cleanser (see review) which is much more effective and also cheaper and available in many outlets
Overall I would not recommend this product. It is not great value and not that nice to use.
I wont buy it again.
=== The product ===
This is a cleanser that is designed for normal or dry skin. This works to remove make-up and impurities from your skin and is designed to be used with a No 7 toner and moisturiser for a complete skin care regime.
=== The packaging ===
This is a plastic recyclable bottle that holds 200ml of cleanser. This is an almost clear bottle and you can see the light pink liquid contained within. The bottle is well packaged, it's plastic but it is strong and it survives being knocked off in to the sink from time to time. This bottle has a pump action dispenser making it easy for me to use this cleanser.
=== How to use this ===
I normally use a cotton wool pad, squirt a little of the cleanser on to it and then sweep it across my face. I then use the other side of the cotton wool pad to remove any excess before splashing my face with warm water and patting dry. Sometimes I use two or three pads, depends on how dirty the first pad is after using it.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be purchased online from the Boots website and in store at Boots stores for £8.00. This is currently (October 2011) part of a 3 for the price of 2 offer which covers thousands of products. I buy this, usually, with a £5 off no 7 voucher and I usually pick these up from eBay for just a pound or so.
=== Overall opinion ===
The packaging of this is fantastic. The pump action dispenser works well and I usually just need two squirts to be able to cleanse my whole face properly when using a cotton wool pad. If I am caught short and just using my fingers then I need three or four squirts usually.
This is creamy, quite rich but works fast on my skin. There is a mild clean smell but nothing particularly scented which is how a cleanser should be really. The cleanser definitely goes a lot further than the matching toner because while it's fairly rich and creamy it's not stodgy on my skin and it works very well at removing dirt. The cotton wool pad is a clear indicator of the dirt that is removed from my skin and even when I have worn no make-up and not left the house I can see just how dirty my face has been throughout the day and it surprises me lots.
I can feel that I have used this once I have finished and I find that I need a fair enough of toner to shake off the feeling that some of this cleanser is still on my skin. I do feel like the make-up and dirt is removed but because this is a fairly rich cream it still feels like it is left on my skin a little bit.
I have skin that is sensitive but can be dry around the nose and cheeks. I find that this works well, when used with a toner and a moisturiser, and the dry skin on my nose and cheeks has definitely been reduced. This is a little pricey compared to some other cleansers and it feels a little heavy on my skin, however, I would use it again if I could get it for £3.00 rather than £8.00 but I would not recommend buying this for £8.00. I am giving this 4/5 as I usually get this cheap, it cleanses well and there is nothing in this that irritates my sensitive skin.
No7 is a brand exclusive to Boots. For a high street brand, No7 products can be highly priced in comparison to others sold in Boots but with the aid of £5 No7 vouchers, available most of the year, No7 products become more affordable.
This cleanser retails for £8 ( £3 with the voucher ) and for this price you get 200ml of product which will most probably last for 2-3 months.
The cleanser comes in a tall translucent bottle (allowing you to see the product inside) with the No7 logo in metallic gold lettering. The bottle also has a pump which makes for convenient use.
"No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin cleans, comforts and hydrates. No7's facial cleanser is non-drying and pH balanced, it works in harmony with your skin to leave your face clean, comfortable and radiant. "
The cleanser is quite thin is consistency and a very pale pink colour with what I would call a standard un-perfumed scent.
I have Dry skin and having this be for Normal/Dry skin I thought that this would be perfect, let me just say, I know now why this wouldn't be suitable for oily skin types.
Let's start with the positives of this product. Firstly, it is very gentle on the eyes and removes the make-up easily off the face, though with two or more applications need to be used otherwise make-up will still be left on your face, and skin is left soft. This shows that the cleaner lives up to its claims. I also find that it doesn't dry out the skin and it is left looking radiant and smooth.
With radiance, comes shine and this is where the negatives begin. This cleanser is oily and grease and your face will look like you've just run the marathon. Rest assured nothing a patting down with a towel to your face can't solve.
I also find one claim in the name ( poet and I didn't know it!) is not met. Soft and Soothed. This cleanser does the complete opposite to soothing for me. When I use this is can feel my face become redder and it begins to sting, my spots also become red and visually more obvious. This cleanser definitely irritates my skin and puts me off using it. Definitely not a cleanser suitable for those with sensitive skin.
Overall it does the job for me and for £3 I cannot grumble too much but I feel that there are better cleansers out there that are much gentler for your skin. However if your skin is a tough cookie, this may work fine.
Thanks for reading.
I have been using No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Cleanser for nearly a year, it was given to me at Christmas time, as well as several other members of my family (must have been 3 for 2 or something!) I have very dry skin and wear foundation every day, this product is just gorgeus for me, soft and soothing with a lovely smell - the smell isn't so strong that it is overpowering - it is just nice. Luckily for me this was given to other members of my family, and was deemed not correct for their type of skin (oily) so I have several bottles instead of just one!
As I wear foundation most days I need a good make up remover/cleanser. With this product I squirt it on to the palm of one hand and then using my fingers use a generous amount which I then put on to my face (and neck),I pat it on my skin and gently "circle" it round my face and neck to make sure it removes all my make up, because it is a soft and gentle cleanser you can't just wipe on/wipe off, it needs to have a little time to "dissolve" the foundation.
After I have applied it to my face and rubbed it in a bit (gently), I then get a makeup remover pad - the cotton wool type stuff - wet the pad and then squeeze out the extra moisture and then open up the pad and wipe my make up off. Now, I have dry/sensitive skin and am reaching a "certain age", so I try to look after my skin as much as possible, after all, we only have one skin, so treat it well! On the bottle it says to then use No7 Soft & Soothed Toner, but I don't, the cleanser and pads make my skin soft and clean ready for bed (when I use another Boots product, but that's a different review!)and I have always found toners to be harsh and unneccesary.
One of these 200ml bottles lasts for a long time, they are £8.00 now, and I would consider that for the lenght of time this lasts it is a bargain, which of course can only be bought at Boots. They are still doing deals with this product as well as others in the range,so you could end up with a good deal if you buy the face creams to go with it. It's lovely stuff with a down-to-earth price and unsurprisingly very popular, the cleanser is the cheapest product in this range, you could spend a lot more on other products and not get such good results.
All in all, this is a soft and gentle make up remover/cleanser, it's not expensive but works very well. If you have dry/sensitive skin this product is perfect, it is Hypo-allergenic and a little goes a long way.
I first came across No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Cleanser when I received a £5 voucher from boots, I decided to use No 7-skin care rather than the usual purchase from no 7 the foundation compact.
The cleanser is £8 but obviously with the £5 voucher I got the cleanser for only £3.
The lotion comes in a 200ml bottle. The bottle is designed well because it has a lid with a pump action nozzle. The plastic bottle is opaque so you can see how much of the lotion you have left so you know when to get more!
The cleanser is a baby pink kind of colour with a very mild fragrance that is not over powering unlike some skincare products nowadays.
The front of the bottle reads: For Normal/Dry skin, and it Cleans, comforts and hydrates as well as been Hypo-allergic.
The fact it was for normal/ dry skin really appealed to me, as I knew it was unlikely to dry the skin out if it is designed for people with dry skin. My skin is very dry and I have to be careful on what kind of product I use on it in case it makes my skin even dryer so I tend to use products like cleansing milks and lotions as they tend to be ideal for dry skin due to usually containing hydrating properties and nothing too harsh to dry out the skin.
I use this lotion with cotton pads to remove my make-up and clean my skin in the morning. I add a little bit of warm water to the cotton pad and then gently glide the cotton pad across my skin with two pumps of the lotion on the pad.
The consistency is perfect, its not too thick or thin its just in between the two consistencies.
I used to remove make up with wet wipes and when I first purchased this I still did, my make up looked like it was completely off and then I tried the cleanser afterwards and it removed loads more make up which made me a little worried on how much make- up I have left on my skin without noticing when I have gone to bed in the past.
My skin feels so much smoother and softer when I have used this product it feels like I have had a mini facial after application.
I have noticed a great difference in my make- up since using the cleanser. Due to using the cleanser in the morning when I apply my make up I notice a significant difference in the way my make-up sits on my skin much longer than originally. The cleanser removes all the impurities and excess oil in my skin so my make-up looks less oily than it did previously.
I really like the cleanser product and usually a cleansing routine in the morning can be seen as a chore but a necessity, now it is no longer a necessity as the product makes your skin so comfortable and soft that you will enjoy cleansing your skin!
As someone who has dry skin, and is reaching a mature age, I was very glad to find Boots No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Cleanser. I first tried this when I was given a small bottle in one of No7's 'gift with purchase' offers, and am delighted with the effect it has on my skin.
The No7 range of cosmetics and skincare is certainly not cheap, but I think its products are excellent, and when you can take advantage of their 3 for 2 offers, or the regular £5 voucher, this brings the price down and means that you can get high quality products for a very reasonable price. I always tend to stock up when these offers are on, and keep a few spare items in my wardrobe.
At the time of writing (23rd April), Boots have an offer of '3 for 2 mix & match across 1000s of make-up products', and checking the website this morning I saw that the No7 skincare range is included in this. A 200ml bottle of cleanser costs £8, and a toner at the same price is also available.
The cleanser comes in a tall opaque plastic bottle through which you can see the pink cleansing lotion. On the front of the bottle is the information that the cleanser is for Normal/Dry skin, that it 'Cleans, comforts and hydrates', and is Hypo-allergenic. The bottle is recycleable, and the product will remain good for a full two years after opening.
The bottle has a twist-off lid which then reveals the pump-action dispenser. Further information as well as instructions for use are on the back of the bottle. They say, 'Using cotton wool or your fingers, sweep a small amount over your skin and wipe off or wash away with warm water. For best results follow with No7 Soft & Soothed Toner'. It describes itself as 'A little facial everyday...', and I would certainly go along with this description.
After squeezing the lotion onto my fingers, I massage it into my skin with small circular motions. The longer you can take with this process, the more it will count as a gentle, stimulating facial. I started doing this after reading a suggestion in a beauty article from one of the glossy magazines. I find that about six little pumps will provide enough to cover my face and neck. The lotion is very pleasant to use - pale pink and creamy without being either too thick or too runny. It has a very pleasant smell, a bit like almonds. You can wash the cleanser away with warm water, but I prefer to wipe it off with a tissue as I find that water dries my skin too much.
You can follow this up with the toner if you wish.
I find that after my little 'facial', my skin is left feeling thoroughly cleansed, soft and smooth, and ready for the application of moisturiser.
I'm very pleased to have added this to my daily skincare routine, and give it five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
Having been a dedicated slave to the cleansing wipe revolution for many, many years, I decided to get a proper, grown up skin care routine, and where better to start than my trusted favourite, Boots No. 7.
The first thing that struck me about this cleanser is that the bottle seemed absolutely massive compared to other cleansers I had used although, for the price, I guess I should have expected no less! The bottle itself is typical No. 7, a matt plastic with a hint of shimmer which makes it look a slightly purple colour, although truly I suppose it should be described as off white. The lid pops off the reveal a pump dispenser. I don't always get along with pump dispensers but I found that this one was easy to control and did not dispense too much product in one go. The product itself is a bit thicker that I expected which makes it very easy to control. I usually squeeze a couple of pumps onto some cotton wool and this is enough to cleanse my whole face. Obviously this product is not recommended for use on the eye area, although I will admit I have tried it when my eye make-up remover ran out. It didn't work.
The thicker consistency actually makes the product go further in my opinion, as it makes it easy to control and means the product is not too easily absorbed by the cotton wool. If I am removing evening make-up, I sometimes use an extra couple of pumps but that is still a relatively amount of product. It also leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturised. For best results, it is recommended that you follow the cleanser with No. 7 toner and moisturiser, which is what I usually do. On those odd occasions where I have been too sleepy (or tipsy) to conduct the full routine, the cleanser alone still left my skin feeling smooth and it did not dry out overnight as it usually does if I don't use moisturiser.
Overall I would recommend this cleanser if your skin is normal or dry, but it might be too heavy for greasier or oilier skin. Personally I apply lots of moisturiser morning and night so it's moisturising properties suited me well. The product is expensive and does not necessarily represent the best value for money, but if you are a fan of No. 7 already then I doubt this will disappoint.