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      27.04.2013 17:54
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      a great foaming cleanser which leaves skin lovely and soft

      I first discovered Clarins products when I was brought vouchers for beauty treatments for christmas one year for a local spa. The products they used Clarins products on me when I had a facial and I was given some trial size products to try including the gentle foaming cleanser.

      Now I will admit to being a bit of a lazy girl with my facial beauty routine and with a young baby I don't get much time for pampering so the idea of a this product which I could use as a facewash whilst in the shower really appealed to me. The product comes in a white tube with the Red clarins logo and written details. Boots and Debenhams currently sell the 125ml tube for £18.00.

      To use you simpy squeeze out a small amount of the product which is a thick white cream and lather up as you would soap before using on your face. It lathers up very well and you only need a very small amount, so the product lasts a long time. You simply then rinse off. It has a very mild and gentle scent and I would not say it smells of anything in particular.

      I really love this product and have brought it several times since my initial introduction (Ive also brought several of their other products). It is a lovely cleanser, it lathers up well and leaves my face lovely and clean and soft. It is quite expensive for a cleanser however it does last a long time and my skin is much clearer since I started to use this. Its great for Mummy's like me with limited time.

      The only drawback of this cleanser is the price, its not a price I would feel comfortable paying for this for myself, especially when there are other much cheaper cleansers that I could try and may find similar success with and so I often ask for this and other Clarins products as presents instead. For this reason I have given 4 stars.

      This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.

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      12.11.2011 12:29
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      Recommended!

      I am generally a big fan of the Clarins range and although most Clarins products do tend to be fairly expensive, I believe they are quality products and I'm willing to pay that little bit extra to get such quality. I have used Clarins Foaming Cleaner off and on for about the last ten years and so I do have a lot of experience in using this product. I usually buy my Clarins Cleanser from Boots and it costs £17.00 for a 125ml bottle - which usually lasts me about a month or so. As I said, there are less expensive cleansers available, but I do think this is one of the higher quality products.

      The cleanser comes in a plastic squeezy tube that is the style of the typical Clarins design which is white with rusty red lettering. There is certainly nothing that stands out about the design of the packaging, but it is stylish in its simplicity. I like that it's in a squeezy tube because its possible to get the dregs out when I get to the last bits left in the tube.

      When using the cleanser, I squeeze a little bit of it into my hand and then mixing it with a little warm water so that it foams up in the palm of my hand. I then apply it all over my face, apart from around my eyes, and then use circular motions to rub the cleanser into my skin. I think the foaming aspect of it allows the cleanser to be spread quite thinly over my skin and so a little goes a long way. I rub the cleanser onto my face for about a minute and then I rinse off with warm water. I find the cleanser rinses off easily and there doesn't feel that there is any residue left after a quick rinse. After using it, my skin feels clean and refreshed. It does feel a little dry after using it, but I find that is true of all cleansers, and as soon as I moisturize afterwards then this effect has gone.

      I am lucky that I have good skin - and I think that part of this is down to the fact that I do use such high quality skin care products. I have, in the past, experimented with less high quality cleansers and I have found that I'm much more prone to getting greasy skin and spots when I use them, yet when I use Clarins Foaming Cleanser I find my skin balance feels right - and I don't get spots or patches of dry skin. I do highly recommend using this product.

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      02.10.2011 21:55
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      Worth it

      Clarins is not a cheap range and that applies to this Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser as a 125ml bottle of this cost me £18.50 however it is a very good product and just about justifies the premium price.

      The packaging is nice and simple and not at all fussy, the lid also serves as the base for it to stand upon and it is a flip top. The bottle is white with just a hint of colour and red lettering. The contents inside lather up very quickly I massage it into my skin so it is important not to use too much of it as given the cost you do not really want to be wasting any of it. It is a very gentle cleanser and feels lovely on my skin, it has a milky quality to it straight out of the bottle and it really does feel like it is extracting the dirt and impurities out of my skin as once it has been rinsed off my skin feels smooth and really clean.

      It is intended for dry sensitive skin but I would recommend it as being suitable for normal skin as well. It has a lovely fresh smell as well and certainly livens up my skin when I use it. It is great for clearing up any dry patches of skin on your face and the end results are very pleasing to the eye. Also it is not at all harsh so it is a cleanser that you can use on a daily basis although I only really use it if my skin has become a bit dry, mainly because of the cost and the fact that it is so effective at treating dry and flaky skin.

      I have no hesitation in recommeding this product and you can probably find it cheaper if you shop around.

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        27.09.2011 19:13
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        A good quality cleansing wash that wakes me up on a morning.

        I'm always on the hunt for a good facial  wash and need one that doesn't just make my skin look clean but also gives it a deep clean without drying it out. I have tried a number of products that are currently on the Market, from clean and simple at a pound a bottle to a premium face wash by Dermalogica. I religiously bought the dermalogica one as it completely suited my skin. I recently received a free travel sized bottle of this Clarins face wash and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Out of the many products I have tried, this is now one of my favourites and I enjoyed using it; especially on a morning when it really woke my skin up!

        *Price and availability*

        This product costs £17.00 for a 175 ml bottle. On first thoughts, this does seem pretty expensive, however you really only need a pea sized amount, making the bottle go a lot further. If you did not want to commit to spending so much money on a product you might not like, you can always visit your local Clarins counter and see if they will let you have a sachet to try.

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        The product is simple to use which is perfect for busy mornings. It comes in an easy to dispense bottle and the directions of use are really simple.  To use it, I first of all wash my wash with warm water, then massage a pea sized amount into my skin. You have to be careful around the eye area as it is not suitable for application here. (a bit of an annoying point to the cleanser and it does sting if it goes anywhere near your eyes!) After rubbing it into the face, it is then recommended that you rinse off and then pat the face dry. The cleansing wash is really easy to rinse off, which is in one of the main respects where it beats other cleansers I have tried. It washes off with ease and doesn't leave the skin feeling tacky or sticky.

        The foaming cleanser feels really lightweight and gentle on the skin and it lifts off any remnants of last nights make up with ease. The small amount of liquid needed foams up quite a lot, which is quite impressive.

        The after effect of using the cleanser in the short term is tingly, glowing skin that feels ready to be moisturised and ready to face the day. In the small amount of time I have been using this product, I noticed that my skin feels and looks brighter. After a days work, I normally come home with shiny skin, where as when I use this cleanser, my face seems to stay clean the whole day. It really does feel like my skin has had a deep clean, but with minimal effort! Every now and then I have a break out of spots but since I have used this cleanser, I have not experienced many problems. The cleanser is supposed to target problem skin by soaking up excess oil.

        This deep clean feeling comes from the Teramind and purifying micro pearls that act as a gentle exfoliator. These ingredients gently remove dead skin cells and clean pores.

        *Overall*

        I really like this product and find that it complements my skin perfectly. It cleanses it without drying it out. The only main drawback to the product is that I'm not a big fan of the smell, which I consider to be a little overpowering.

        I will definitely consider buying this product and using it on a more regular basis, it is reliable and it works!

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          12.09.2011 00:27
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          I likes it.

          Being a huge make up fan I was delighted when my OH aunt walked through the door with a box of make up and offered it to me, of course I didn't refuse and was soon upstairs rumaging through all the make up, I was shocked to see that most of it was very expensive, Clinique, Dermalogica, Clarins! Estee Lauder..I couldn't wait to try out everything because I know that with some products you really do get what you pay for.

          After looking online I can tell you the average price is around £17.00 and this is for 125ml which personally I find quite expensive as 125ml honestly is not that much, but then again I think a lot of ranges like Clarins, Estee Lauder and other high end brands are really expensive, also if you would like this look around online as I am sure it can be purchased a bit cheaper.

          Appearance wise, sleek yet simple like most of their range, its very similar to one of their tinted moisturisers I already own!
          The bottle stands on its lid, which is white and flip top and has the lovely little gold rim going around the lid area. The bottle itself is a white shade, but with a little bit of a colour to it, but not a lot, just a hint.
          Over the front is the Clarins logo, some more useful information and on the back is more useful information, wrote in red.

          So what does the cleanser do? It is a very gentle cleanser, it is like a milk and as effective as a bar of soap. Clarins foaming cleanser has been created to meet the needs of your dry and sensitive skin, its lightweight and rinses of easily and protects your skin from drying out like water seems to do sometimes.

          Now if you have read most of my other reviews, I go through phases where I can have dry skin, then really sensitive and then really oily, its so annoying and I have no idea why it happens, it shouldn't be possible! I used this whilst going through my dry skin phase.

          When I first used this I ended up squirting out way too much because I had no idea you would need such a tiny amount. It said to massage into face in a circular motion, doing it quite lightly and avoiding the eye area. I found the cleanser really did lather up quite nicely plus it had a sharp fresh smell about it which was quite nice having on my face. I massaged it into my face for a good few minutes and the lather didn't seem to stop, underneath the foam you could also feel how soft my skin was.
          The lather was easy to wash off, and after I had finished I patted my skin dry with a warm face cloth and my face felt really tight! After a few minutes the tightness went away.
          My skin on the other hand was very soft, and all the bits of dry skin from my nose had disappeared! No more flaky nose which was lovely, I then moisturised as I always do before bed and the next morning applying my make up was a lot more better as it didn't seem to stick to dry patches more.

          I used this for about a week and my skin was in tip top condition by the end of it, its now tucked away in my drawer ready for another use when my skin breaks out with dryness.

          Great face wash! left my face feeling clean soft and fresh.

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          08.09.2011 00:06
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          I must admit i am a bit of a scourge and often ask for free samples of things before buying because i have wasted so much money on hopeless beauty products in the past. My friends get really embarrassed when i pop into Debenhams and scrounge samples from the Clarins counter however shy bairns get nowt as they say.
          After having a sample of Clarins gentle foaming cleanser i wanted to buy a full sized tube of the product because i really liked it.

          Clarins gentle foaming cleanser costs £14.99. It comes in all different skin types, i.e oily skin, dry sensitive skin and normal skin. I have the dry sensitive skin type so this tube is best for me.

          The tube is white in colour and has the clarins label in red with the clearly labelled words Clarins gentle foaming cleanser dry sensitive skin combination. It has 125ml of cream inside, the lid is a flip top one with a small hole in the top of the tube , you should gently squeeze a small amount out onto the hand.

          Best using it twice a day morning and night, can be used to take make up off as well. Use on damp skin so wetting the face first and squeeze a small amount on the palm of the hand or finger tips whatever is easiest and rub gently over the face, it lathers up creating a foam rather quickly and one massaged and lathered rinse on you will be left with a smooth, soft clean complexion or so i find anyways.

          Not much scent to the foam , i think its a good thing as perfumed face washes are always to strong of my skin.
          It moisturises and clean my skin, feels so nice hard to describe but much better than any other product i have paid for that's why i have no problem paying the price of this product although some may feel its expensive. I use twice daily and the tube lasts around 3-4 months because you only use a tiny amount about the size of a 5 pence peace.

          The ingredients include gypsophila, cottonseed, shea Butter and has vitamin b5 in it. I love Clarins gentle foaming cleanser and recommend it.

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          03.07.2011 14:06

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          Nice refreshing product that doesn't leave skin tight.

          I first experienced Clarins products through getting free samples from a friend. The Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed formulated for normal or combination skin types was one of the first products I tried and was impressed. I have quite sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts so I was looking for a gentle product that would cleanse my skin but not make my skin greasy.
          You need a 1/2 pea - sized drop to cover your face well. Foam it up on your hand first and then apply to damp skin, rinsing with cool water. It left my skin feeling perfectly refreshed while gently removing my make up and the daily grime. It is said to promote skin radiance while maintaining the delicate pH balance. For a tube of 125ml the RRP is £17 which is quite expensive but for a good product from a premium brand it can be justified.

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          27.06.2011 10:44
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          A product that really does work!

          The Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser comes in three varieties - for normal or combination skin, combination to oily, and dry to sensitive. I have used the cleanser for combination to oily skin for a number of months now, so this is the product I am reviewing.

          The Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser for combination to oily skin comes in a 125ml tube with a flip lid for easy dispensing. I simply put a small amount on my hand and work it into a lather before massaging it all over my face - paying particular attention to problem areas such as my nose, chin and neck. I then use tepid water to wash it off, which cools my face down in a morning. Using the cleanser on a morning is a lot more effective due to the sweat produced during the night. The cleanser removes these impurities from your skin and leaves you feeling a lot fresher.

          There are a number of key ingredients in this cleanser which are all necessary to making this the product it is. Gypsophila extract is the ingredient which helps create a cleansing foam which is of a rich and fine lather. Cottonseed is there to soften the skin and tamarind clears pores of their impurities. Micro-pearls within the cleanser also purify the skin. The final key ingredient is polymnia, which ensures your skin maintains a balanced moisture level.

          This cleanser is so easy to use due to its fast foaming capabilities. I also do feel that my skin is a lot clearer after using it. When I wake up my face always feels oily - especially in Summer, and keeping on top of this can be difficult with just soap and water. Priced at £17 for a 125ml tube it may seem a little pricey, but with the need to use such a small amount of product I find that the tube lasts a couple of months. Looking online, both Debenhams and Boots sell this for £17 but it can be bought from Cheap Smells for just £14.40 including free delivery. Overall I am more than happy to recommend this product to those with 'combination to oily' skin types, but if you don't fall into this category you may wish to try one of the other types in the Clarins range.

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            22.06.2011 13:40
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            Good for all skin types.

            A couple of months ago I decided to try and improve my skin care regime. At the time I knew I needed somethign to combat certian oily areas, but also not dry out my other much more sensitive areas. I have tried many things which seem to be good for one or the other, but finding something which seems to suit all the different areas has been very tricky, until I came across this product.

            Clarins foaming face wash comes in many different sizes, 30ml, 50ml, 75ml, and 125ml. Boots charge £17 for 125ml. I tend to pick these products up much cheaper on ebay as people sell them as unwanted gifts when they come as part of a set. As long as you don't mind them coming without a box and coming via someone elses house then you can save A LOT of money!

            The face wash comes in a plastic squeezy tube with a white lid, with a flip on and off lid. It can sit upright on this lid. The plastic is flexible and easy to squeeze the product in and out of, even though the plastic is a bit thicker than normal. It gives that extra touch of quality.

            The first few uses I made the mistake of squeezing outmuch too much. You really do only need a small amoutn of this product to do a good job. Learn from my lessons and dont waste money by wasting some of the product! Each drop is like gold dust!

            The best way to use the cream is to get your face wet first as the product is meant to foam on touch with the water. I haven't really found the product to properly foam, but that doesn't effect how good it is to use, at all. It's just a surprise considering the name.

            The product is a thick white cream which has a tiny bit of a shimmer to it. It feels so soft and smooth on the skin and really does feel like a touch of luxury. It spreads very easily over the skin and like I said before a little bit goes a very long way. I rub it into my skin with my finger tips and then wipe and wash off with a flannel. It takes a few rinses but is not stubborn to get off.

            The cream instantly makes my skin feel clean. It feels like a nice deep clean, and not just a surface clean, like it has got all my pores and rinsed them out! Normally when you have products which give such a deep clean the skin is left feeling harsh and sore, dry and damaged, but this is not the case with this cleanser. The cleanser leaves my skin feeling, clean, soft and smooth, which seems like a combination which I could only get from a few different products before.

            Another great thing about this product is that it has a real lasting effect for me. Hours later when I touch my skin, it feels just the same again. It doesnt seem to get worse over a day at work, it still feels just as good as before.

            I really think this is a fantastic cleanser and would 100% recommend it.

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            28.05.2011 17:53

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            Probably great if you're not over-sensitive

            I switched to this cleanser when I was about to go off on holiday and didn't want to be bothering with cotton wool to remove other kinds of cleanser. I have always liked rinse-offs, anyway, and tend to find my way to the Clarins counter in department stores. I've had some success with their wipe-off cleansers before finding my skin broke out eventually. But I hoped this would different.

            The cleanser smelled wonderful as I rubbed it through my hands before applying to moistened skin, following the instructions. There was a decent lather and as I applied it to my face no tightness or apparent skin sensitivity. All seemed well and I had my fingers crossed that I'd found the rinse-off for me. The next day I repeated the rubbing through the hands and applying to moistened skin, morning and night. Still everything seemed fine. I should add that I was still at home at this stage so it wasn't that I'd been sitting out in the sun, which might have affected my sensitivity. I didn't use a toner, either, or a moisturizer, as my skin was not dry at the time. The makeup I was wearing in the day was the same as I have always worn, so I don't think anything other than the cleansing milk was responsible.

            By the third day of using the cleanser. my skin was starting to throw up little hive-like bumps on my chin and chin. Unfortunately it's a similar kind of reaction to that I get from many other cleansers. I've checked the ingredients: bark extract, tamarind, shea butter, gypsophilia and polymnia, and can't work out which of these is causing the trouble. In the meantime I'm back to cleaning with olive oil. It is a shame because my skin did feel otherwise very comfortable, not dried out or itchy.

            In summary, this may well be a very good product for someone who doesn't have silly, reactive skin like mine, so I'm giving it a good rating as it's probably more about me than it is about the Clarins product.

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            21.05.2011 16:03
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            An amazing cleanser

            Whenever I go into Birmingham city centre I always nip into Debenhams, Selfridges and other 'posh shops' on the scrounge for samples of cosmetic brands that I normally couldn't afford to buy on a regular basis. Over the years I've had probably hundreds of Clarins samples, unfortunately their counter staff are getting stricter about only handing then out if you have a consultation so I thought myself lucky when I came out of Boots clutching no less than four mini bottles and tubes to try out.

            One of these was the Gentle Foaming Cleanser, which I've been using for twelve days now. The same tubes are only around 15ml, but I've been able to get so many days use thanks to the fact that the Clarins lady accidentally gave me two of these instead of a toner sample - something I was pleased about as I'm happy with my usual cheap toner (when I remember to apply it!).

            This is a seriously nice cleanser to use, you only need a small amount to get enough foam to thoroughly clean your face - which is how I've managed to stretch my two tiny tubes! The foam it creates is soft and creamy, it just feels pleasantly luxurious. The smell is typical Clarins; feminine and subtle, but with an undertone of efficiency. It smells creamy and clean, slightly like Dove soap - but nicer! I love the way the scent lingers on my skin after I've cleansed my face, it's a pleasant smell that won't interfere with perfumes but will give your skin a lovely fresh smell.

            As the cleanser foams it gives your skin a really good clean, afterwards my normal (but sometimes a bit dry) skin feels gorgeously soft and smooth. I love the soft 'pinkness' of my skin after using it, my face just looks and feels squeaky clean which is amazing really considering how little cleanser you need to use each time. This is a very moisturising cleanser and the key is to use it every day as it's pointless to use a hydrating product such as this and then go back to bog standard soap or an inferior cleanser.

            One thing I did notice is that on day three of using this cleanser my skin went quite dry around my forehead, this disappeared after using a spot of moisturiser and hasn't come back so I can only guess that it had something to do with changing my cleanser to this 'gentle' version. It is very gentle and soothing though, this same cleanser comes in two varieties - for normal and combination/dry skin, I have the one for normal skin and this suits me perfectly as I don't have any specific skin issues to be dealt with.

            I may well be tempted to buy this cleanser, at around £17 it's more expensive than other products I use but to be honest I've been so impressed with the effectiveness of the cleanser and how nice it is to use that this does seem like it'll be money well spent. It feels so gentle on my skin that it's quite surprising how well it actually cleans, comparing it to another gentle cleanser that I've used recently (Simple) my skin feels much more deeply cleansed and this effect continues right through the day.

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              Lovely product shame about the price

              When my husband had a short stay in hospital they were giving out samples of clarin products, one of the product I have tried due to this is the foaming cleanser.

              You can get three different types of clarins cleanser depending on what type of skin you have, there is combination or oily, normal or combination and dry or sensitive. the product is quite pricey in my opinion at around £13 for 125ml but that might just because I have found products much cheaper that work for me. You can buy the clarins range at Boots, Debenhams and alot of online stores.

              The tube of product came in a small white box which was of better quality than alot of cosmetic boxes, it is strong and doesnt crease easily and even after you have opened it a few times it does stay closed. The box has the clarins logo on the front and underneath is some writing in french and then again underneath is some writing in english "gentle foaming cleanser with tamarind and purifying micro pearls combination or oily skin" I would presume that the writing in french states the same. On one side of the box is a list of ingredients too many to list but the first of which being aqua so always a good start, one the other side is a load more writing in another language and then finally on the back is the claims "perfectly cleansed and refined skin thanks to a refreshing foam that rinses off wioth cool water. Rich in purifying micropearls, it is essential for a pure matte complexion"

              Inside the box you get a small set of instructions and then a tube of product, the sample holds 5ml. The tube that the product is in is made of flexible plastic but is stiffer than alot of cosmetic tubes which may be ok in the larger size but to be honest anyone with a problem with strength in their hands may struggle getting the product out of this tube. The sample I have got is for oily or combination skin and this is in a mint cream tube with a white screw cap lid on the bottom for it to stand on.

              The product inside is very thick, is comes out of the tube slowly and is white in colour with bright blue little beads in it. The directions for use are to lather a small amount in the palm of your hands and then massage over face using light circular motions and then rinse off. The product smells lovely simply smelling natural and clean, the product doesn't lather very well and the tube only lasted me two applications, the microbeads dissolve in the cream when lathered and it feels nice on the skin. After use my skin did feel lovely and clean and also felt nice and soft, the product does rinse away from the skin easily and I would have to say my only problem with this product is the price. If you usually pay a high price for cleansers then yes this is a good one for me it would have to be on a gift list.

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                21.03.2011 00:21
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                Try before you buy!

                On a recent visit to Oxford Street I was wandering through Debenhams and got stopped by one of the ladies by the Clarin's beauty counter. I was a little surprised as I never get asked to stop when passing any of these counters! The lady asked if I was interested in one of their skin-care consultations. I'd never had one before and was intrigued, so I agreed.

                After the consultation the lady had a list of products, including face wash, toner and moisturising cream that would be suitable for my skin type and that she recommended for my skin care regime. When she presented me with the total cost of the products my eyes began to water! I didn't really want to spend so much money on products that I hadn't at least tested so I asked if they had some trial samples. I was delighted then when I was presented with a mini treats bag, which contained sample sizes of each of the products recommended. Each of the samples contained a reasonable amount of product, which would enable me to test the product before deciding whether I wanted to commit to purchasing the full sized version.

                The first of these products that I have decided to review is the Gentle Foaming Cleanser. There are a range of cleansers to suit different skin types. I have fairly normal skin - not particularly dry or oily. The one recommended for me was the one for normal or combination skin. I have to admit I am not a huge fan of most cleansers. I tend to find them overly drying and they often leave my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable.

                Clarins claim that this cleanser is as gentle as cleansing milk and as effective as soap. The cleanser for normal skin has been formulated to protect the skin's natural pH balance and claims to eliminate all impurities and excess oil secretions without irritation. It contains several key ingredients; cottonseed to soften the skin, Gypsophilia extract to help form a fine lightweight foam and Polymnia to maintain skin's pH balance.

                The cleanser comes in a white tube which stands on its lid with the Clarin's logo and text in red. A quick glance at the Clarin's website shows that the full-sized tube containing 120ml of the wash retails at £16.34. I tend to use this once a day - in the evenings before going to sleep. I start by rinsing my face with water and then squeeze a 5p sized blob onto my hand. The cleanser itself is white in colour and fairly runny. As my hands are already wet I rub the cleanser in them to form a lather and then massage this onto my face using a circular motion. Whilst doing so I noticed that the cleanser had quite a strong soapy smell which I didn't find too pleasant!

                Once I'd massaged this over my face I rinsed it off with warm water. I found that it was a bit awkward to rinse off as my skin still felt quite slippery, as though there was a layer of cleanser still on it. I then patted my skin dry with a towel. My skin felt extremely clean but also quite tight. It was like the moisture had been stripped away and overall it felt quite uncomfortable. I'm pleased to report that it didn't irritate my skin in any way or cause any breakouts. However, I'm really glad that I didn't buy a full-sized version of this, as it's quite pricey and not really suited to my skin. I will continue to use this until the product runs out but won't be buying!

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                  16.03.2011 11:14
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                  This is my everyday cleanser, and I would recommend it.

                  I've never been very lucky with cleansers, most seem to either dry my skin out or make em break out in spots. One of the best ones I have tried though, is this one. Clarins Gentle Foaming cleanser is exactly what it's name describes, it's a gentle cleanser, which foams well and cleans your face.

                  There are actually three versions of this Cleanser - one for dry/sensitive skin, one for normal/combination skin, and one for combination/oily skin. I have tried two versions, and I use the one for 'normal/combination skin' most often. I usually purchase mine from eBay, as I find it is usually much cheaper on there than from a shop or 'official Clarins outlet'. Directly from Clarins this cleanser costs £16.34 for 125ml of cleanser, I usually pay around £10/12 for it from eBay. The cleanser comes in a white tube, with a flip top lid. It's esay to store as it can stand on the side of the bath/shower, and as it's placed on it's lid you never have to shake the tube towards the end.

                  This cleanser contains the following active ingredients:
                  Gypsophila extract - this helps to create a fine and lightweight cleansing foam.
                  Polymnia - this ingredient preserves the skin's moisture balance.
                  Cottonseed - this helps to soften the skin.

                  To use the cleanser you simply apply a small amount (no more than a 5 pence piece) to your wet face. Gentle rub it over your skin to create a little lather, avoiding the delicate eye area, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. It doesn't have a very strong smell at all, and has a mild soapy scent - it's quite pleasant. A tube usually lasts me a good 3 months, used once daily.

                  After using this cleanser my skin feels soft, and moisturised, it also feels extremely clean. The great thing about it, which seems to set it apart from other cleansers for me, is that it doesn't dry my skin out - even when used daily. I have also found that it has helped my spot prone skin no end, as it cleans my face without drying it out.

                  Overall, this is a pricey cleanser, but it lasts for a very long time and have excellent results. I would very much recommend it to people - especially as there is a variety for every skin type. If you would like to try it without paying for a full bottle then sample sized tubes are usually available on eBay for a fraction of the price. 4/5 stars for me, as it has a bit of a price tag!

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                    31.12.2010 22:51
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                    A premium range cleanser worth the extra pennies.

                    Introduction.
                    My first encounter with this product was as a free sample following a free skincare consultation. In all honesty I was just killing time and had no intention of purchasing anything from Clarins. If you're interested in premium skincare and would like to try something before you buy they are very good at offering advice and samples and in my experience haven't found them to be too pushy to sell, but this very much depends on who you get. Anyway, I tried this product as a sample and enjoyed it so much I bought some via clarins.com.

                    Price.
                    I'm not the sort of person who spends a lot on skincare and initially I thought £16 was a lot to pay for a cleanser but I was so impressed with the quality of the product and I knew from the tiny 5ml sample that a little goes a long way so using that logic thought it would be a good purchase and cost effective in the long run. Clarins have counters at most large department stores and in larger Boots stores. Clarins goods can also be found online. If you shop around you can find it cheaper but I would recommend buying from a reputable retailer as fakes of premium products are common. Stockists of Clarins often do offers and Clarins online usually offer a free premium sample with every order and at the time of my purchase they were running an offer of a free gift which included a 50ml moisturiser sample and 2x5ml samples as well as a 50ml sample from a choice of five and so all in all I got a good deal.

                    Packaging.
                    Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser is plainly packaged and has a clinical look that is so common with premium skincare brands. The information on the product is limited and is written in the signature Clarin red colour. The product comes in a cardboard box that replicates the actual product. Further information can be found on a leaflet included in the product box. The squeezy tube sits on it's flip top lid for easy dispensing. The tube is white which means you cannot see how much product you have left but if you hold it up to the light you can see a rough shadow where you still have product.

                    Product.
                    The key question is a cleanser ever worth £16? In my opinion, Yes! The cleanser is thick, white and rich. It foams gently, as per the product title and a little goes a long way. It feels creamy on your skin but washes off easily to leave skin feeling clean but not dry. The product is lightly fragranced and smells clean and refreshing. I have been using my gentle foaming cleanser twice daily for many months now and I've still got plenty left, I estimate this 125ml tube will last me the best part of a year.

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                  • Product Details

                    Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser leaves your skin cleansed and refined without irritating your skin / The delicately balanced formula, rich in micro-pearls, works to provide you with a pure, radiant and matte complexion whilst eliminating impurities, excess skin cells and oiliness / '