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Christmas has not long passed (although being back at work it feels like a lifetime ago!) and so I'd like to share my experience on some of the presents I received. One of my lovely friends knew I had been interested in the Clarins brand of products as I had used some of hers (the handcream etc) and she bought me a little travel sized kit of some of the Clarins products, one of them being this Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.
It comes in a transparent upside down tube, with a white lid and red font writing of the Clarins brand and the name of the product. It isn't overly luxurious but isn't basic, so the cleanser looks quite simple and straightforward. I am able to see inside the tube at the orange cleanser so it can clearly be seen when it is nearly finished. The cleanser is suitable for all skin types and contains orange extract which softens, refreshes and revives whilst the addition of Moringa Seed extract purifies and refines while preserving your skin's natural moisture level. The gentle Silica Microbeads also are ideal to tackle clogged pores.
The one step exfoliating cleanser is a thick liquid which when squeezed out should be applied to fingertips, lathered onto a damp face and it works its magic at exfoliating away for a refreshing, clear face. Upon opening the tube, it immediately smells quite refreshing, but since it is with orange extract I find it somewhat lacking in the "orangeness" of the scent as it is a bit mild, not super zesty as I'd hoped.
I have had no problems using this cleanser, I literally squeeze a small blob onto my fingertips which is more than enough, and carefully rub it in across my cheeks, T-Zone and chin but careful to avoid the eyes, but in a circular motion so I feel the exfoliating beads working their magic. Generally I use this with my hands, but it can be done with a flannel only I find it too much hassle as I have to work harder to rinse the cleanser out of the flannel afterwards!
I find this cleanser really easy to use, and as I have received the pure melt cleanser from the Clarins brand recently also, I tend to use this in the morning, whereas the pure melt I can use at night as it also works as a makeup and excess oil remover. I have been using this one now for the last fortnight and it has worked well but I was left feeling disappointed as for the high price tag, I find it no more extraordinary than other face washes I have used. It leaves my face feeling clean and refreshed but also instantly dry and I have to slap on some face cream straight after!
On the whole, this is a nice little cleanser, and I am grateful for the set I received but I am much preferring the pure melt gel cleanser from Clarins which I also received. It doesn't come in cheap, costing £20 for a 125ml tube so once my current one is finished I don't see me running out again to buy it any time soon! Nevertheless I would recommend it as it works well at cleaning my face, just make sure you moisturise your face next!
I once received a little sample of this exfoliator ( I do like to try before I buy at these kind of prices) and decided that I liked it enough to purchase. When I went to my local Clarins counter they had an offer on whereby if you purchase two products (one to be skincare) that you would receive some free travel size products. Within the choice for travel size products was this exfoliator so I decided against buying it, and instead purchased two other products and got some of this for free!
=== The packaging ===
It is of course what is in the packaging that is beneficial as opposed to the packaging itself, but I do believe it can make a huge difference in ease of use. This exfoliator comes in a squeezy tube (full size is 125ml, however mine is 75 ml) with a flip top lid. My travel size is in basically the same packaging, it just looks a little fatter than the full size. The tube is transparent which is fantastic to see how much product is remaining and the exfoliator is a lovely enticing orange colour (makes sense considering that it contains orange extract). The packaging is fairly simplistic and classy - basic info given on the front and the characteristic gold rim on the white lid. The tube is made of a very flexible plastic which makes it incredibly easy to dispense the exfoliator and leads me to believe that it will be very easy to get the last bits out when I get down that far. I have no complaints whatsoever about the packaging and think it looks lovely on my bathroom shelf.
=== The claims ===
Clarins state the following regarding this product on their official website:
'Clarins gentle, spa-fresh cleanser polishes-away make-up, embedded impurities and spent surface cells in one time-saving step--revealing the glowing skin beneath. Orange extract softens, refreshes and revives. Moringa Seed extract purifies and refines while preserving your skin's natural moisture level. Gentle Silica Microbeads tackle clogged pores. Now that's refreshing!'
That to me seems like a lot of claims for just one product, although I did have high expectations as all other Clarins products I have used have always been of high quality.
=== The product ===
I always think of this as an exfoliator but I guess really it is a cleanser and (mild) exfoliator in one. On flipping the lid it is easy to smell the lovely citrus scent. Unsurprisingly this smells of orange, but it is a pleasant subtle scent rather than an overpowering one, and I can't see anybody particularly disliking this. Instructions for use given on the tube are to simply 'lather onto damp face using gentle circular movements' but to avoid the eye contour area. This is a little annoying as it seems to be eye make-up I struggle the most to get off, but it is easily understandable why this area should be avoided. I lather up a small amount of product onto my wet hands before lathering on my face and am always pleasantly surprised at just how much this lathers up. Because of past experience with exfoliators I was expecting a relatively thick paste with large scrubby particles in, but that is not the case with this. I find it hard to describe the consistence of this exfoliator but would describe it as somewhere between a face wash and paste. It is a good consistency - not too runny or too thick and the beads in it are just right for gentle exfoliation. I think it is also worth mentioning that it doesn't take too long to rinse off after use - I have found with some exfoliators in the past that I seem to have to spend far too long on getting them off again!
I tend to use this most days as I feel like it is not too abrasive for everyday use, and Clarins do not state how often this can/should be used. This exfoliator feels absolutely gorgeous on my skin and I don't feel the need to use a face wash which I usually would in conjunction with any other exfoliator. This truly is a 2 in 1 product that smells absolutely gorgeous!
=== Does it work? ===
So it smells nice...it feels nice..but does it actually do anything?
I would agree that it does remove make up to an extent (other than eye make-up of course) but I do still feel the need to use some kind of make-up remover afterwards to ensure all traces have been removed if I use this exfoliator first. Usually I tend to remove my make up before I use this because I feel that this way it is really working on my skin rather than having to get through a barrier of make-up first. My skin feels thoroughly cleansed after use without feeling dried out or tightened. If anything I would say that it feels a little more moisurised after use (but not so much that I feel I could skip using a moisturiser afterwards). My skin feels smooth and refreshed after use. I find that this works beautifully for me but although it is advertised as all skin types, I am not sure how useful it would be for those with oilier skins.
=== Price and Availability ===
This only comes in one size (unless you are lucky and get your hands on the travel size ones) which is 125ml. This typically retails for £19.50 on the highstreets in the usual stores - Debenhams, House of Fraser, larger Boots, John Lewis etc. As with most things it can usually be found a little cheaper online ( I have seen some on ebay for more around the £16 mark)
=== Does it provide good value for money? ===
Although at first glance I think £19.50 is incredibly expensive for an exfoliator, especially when you consider how cheap you can get them sometimes, I do believe it represents good value for money. This is basically a 2 in 1 product which eliminates the need (and cost) of another product and the amount used each time is incredibly minimal, which means it lasts you a great deal of time. I would estimate that my 75ml version will last between 2-3 months with very frequent use, so I would expect a full size to last around 5-6 months which I think is incredibly reasonable.
=== Overall thoughts ===
Overall I really have no complaints about this product, not even about the cost although it may seem pricey to some. I think it looks stylish and more importantly it makes my skin feel amazing and for that I am happy to pay a higher price. I have used exfoliators before such as St Ives and I really feel that they were not a patch on this Clarins one which I think will remain a key part of my skin care regime.
=== Would I recommend/repurchase? ===
I would definitely recommend this product and would not hesitate to purchase once I have used up what I currently have. This exfoliator ticks all of the boxes for me so I give it 5 out of 5.
Thanks for reading.
I hate to admit it but I am a false tan wearer as I can't abide the pale look especially for special occasions. Because of my perfectionist personality I despise the orange, streaky/ patchy look so it has taken a lot of practice to minimise this look and create a natural sun kissed glow. One area that has been my biggest issue in doing this has been my face. Obviously I want to ensure the most noticeable part of my body is streak free but I must admit I tend to feel nervous applying tan to my face because of my combination skin. I find on dry patches of my face attract the tan which results in dark patches and if I use facial exfoliating products these tend to make my oily t zone worse. A close friend swore by the Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser and I initially bought this product to solve my false tanning "issues".
***Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser***
The description on the packaging is "Cleansed and exfoliated in one easy step, revived by Orange extract, the skin is reborn. Better than just clean skin, achieve 'new' skin! It removes makeup, gently cleanses, exfoliates and removes deepset impurities in one simple step all while respecting the skin's hydrolipidic film"
When I purchased this initially from the Clarins counter in Debenhams the lady at the Clarins counter was very passionate and as she described the product she outlined that the Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser would leave my skin more healthy and radiant looking and gives a more even complexion. Although sceptical I was keen to try as I had heard a lot of positive recommendations about this product.
Clarins state that the product is suitable for all skin types. When I discussed this with the Clarins representative she agreed but did feel that for combination skin the Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser would be particularly beneficial as they product is effective on dry skin patches but not too abrasive which would overstimulate the oily skin around my t zone which is what other products I have used in the past have done.
The Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is available from Clarins make up counters which can be found in Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis, Selfridges and House of Fraser stores. Prices tend to be slightly higher when you purchase in store and a 125ml tube costs £19.00 which is in the "expensive" category for facial cleansers. Online stores such as www.feelunique.com and www.fragranceonline.co.uk tend to sell this product slightly cheaper and offer this product for around £15.00.
The Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser comes in the traditional white Clarins box. The cleanser tube is inside of this outer packaging. This is a squeezy 125ml plastic tube with a flip top lid on the bottom. This means that it is very easy to squeeze just enough product out and control how much product comes out of the tube.
The directions for use are "Place a small amount of product onto the fingertips of one hand. Gently massage onto damp skin to work into a lather and proceed to exfoliate all parts of the face avoiding the eye contour area. Rinse well with warm water."
When I initially used this product I misunderstood the "small amount of product" description and probably squeezed an amount of product the size of about 10p piece. This was far too much and after this application I learn that a pea sized amount is ample, and much more economical especially as this is not a cheap product. Immediately I could notice a very sweet orange type scent. This was a soft sweet scent as opposed to a zesty orange scent.
When rubbing into my face I tend to work in using a circular motion. As I do this I can feel the product working on my face. The exfoliator liquid is quite thick which makes you need to work quite hard to get the product to lather. I do feel that as you lather this on your face you can feel a gritty exfoliating product working on your feel but it does not feel like it is overly abrasive or that it is scrubbing your face too hard. In the past I have used a number of products some of which have been quite abrasive facial products other body scrubs and these have left my face and skin feeling sore but with the Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser this is not the case and my skin feel tingly but not like it is stinging.
I do ensure I avoid my eye area as stated in the directions for use as the product is too harsh to use on more sensitive areas of skin.
One I have worked into my face for around 5 minutes I rinse with water. When rinsing the cleanser comes off my face very easily and I do not feel like any residue is left on my face. As soon as the water starts rinsing the product off my face I notice tightness to the feel of my skin and it feel very clean. During rinsing I find I notice the pleasant orange scent of the cleanser and this has a very fruity and fresh scent to it and less sweet and sickly to when it is first applied to your skin.
Form rinsing off the cleanser I could notice a difference in the feel of my skin. After the first use my skin felt very tight and cleansed and that it had a very clean feel to it. When I first used the Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser my skin had a very patchy appearance. My t zone was greasy but my cheeks and forehead had a number of dry flaky patches of skin on it. After I had dried my face I noticed a difference to the dry areas of my face. The visible flaky skin had completely vanished and although the skin felt slightly dry the overall appearance of my face felt and looked a lot smoother.
My t-zone was not greasy after the first use and after a few hours of using the product this skin remained oil free. In the past I have found after a few hours of using a product on my face the greasiness comes back with a vengeance.
I used this cleanser the following day and I immediately noticed that the dry patches of skin had gone and these areas did not even feel dry anymore. My skin definitely looked very healthy and radiant and I feel my skin had a glow to it and my complexion looked even rather than a mixture of shiny and dry. The feel of my skin was lovely. It was soft all over and I felt it had a firm feel to it.
The Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser does claim to entirely remove make up but like most Clarins products the definition of "make up" is light coverage make up like a tinted moisturiser not mid to heavy foundation like I use. Also because this product can't be used on the eye area you can't remove eye make-up like mascara or eye shadow and liner. I tend to remove make up with a wipe first then use this product. After using this cleanser it does get rid of all traces of make -up that make-up wipes miss and my skin does feel very clean and free from impurities.
I initially bought this product to create an even skin base on my face to apply false tan to. For this purpose I was very impressed and after I had exfoliated my face I applied false tan and the overall look was very natural. My skin had a very even colour to it and unlike previously because I had no areas of dry skin the false tan did not cling to the dry patches resulting in darker patches of colour on my face. Instead I just looked like I had an even colour like I had been out in the sun.
I was so impressed with the overall appearance of my skin after using this product I found myself wearing more natural light make up. I didn't have to hide greasy areas as an oily t-zone was less of a problem and I had less dry patches on my face.
Although I initially bought the Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser to create a soft silky skin base on my face to apply false tan to I am converted and I do not use solely for this purpose and I love the natural look the product gives my face.
This is not a product I use every day (mainly as I can't afford to at £15 a bottle) but I do find myself using the week before a special event. This creates healthy radiant looking skin and I feel just by looking at the skin on my face it has a nice glow about it. The overall feel of my skin also is improved and this is noticeable from the first use. The dry areas of my skin feel softer and smoother and unlike the endless amounts of facial scrubs and exfoliators I have used in the past my oily t- zones is not made worse yet the dry patches of skin vanish. It is effective but not too harsh either so that your skin feels sore after use. I'm actually a lot more confident about the appearance of my skin after using this product and find I actually apply lighter make up as my skin has a very natural look to it which I prefer to show off rather than cover up.
My skin looks fantastic and I can be confident that if I do apply false tan it will not cling and look patchy on dry areas of skin.
This was another little trial sized tube that I got for free when I bought a couple of full sized bottles of other products. I would say i'm more a fan of Clinique, but there is a couple of Clarins products that I feel are really good, and I like when I get little products to try and especially for free. The size of the tube I got was 50ml so a good enough sized tube for to have a few goes and make my mind up weather I liked this or not.
I use an Exfoliating Scrub every now and again in the shower. Perhaps only once a week as I like to give my face a deep down scrub but since my face is pretty temperamental then I don't want to irritate it or dry my skin out.
The tube of this is alright, but not all the special looking. It's just a simple looking tube and I got a mini version of the full sized product. You can see the light orange Gel through the plastic and it looks an ok colour. I guess the colouring of the writing on here doesn't stand out all that much against the orange colour.
The right size of this tube is 125ml and I think this costs around £16 normally.
The Gel is quite thick and I just put a little of this onto my palm. It isn't a sticky Gel and you can see quite a few grains through the Gel. This lathered up well and although this looked kind of soapy when I rubbed this on you could still see the grains through this even when it was all lathered up. This felt rough enough while I was scrubbing this in but I felt that this was giving a deep down clean. This washed off easy enough and after I had patted my face dry my cheeks felt a tiny bit dry, but my skin is a little dry here anyway. It wasn't bad though and I found after perhaps 5 minutes my face didn't feel quite so dry.
So how did I find this had worked on my face? My face felt nice and clean and pretty soft. I didn't find that this made my Spots disappear, but I didn't notice any new ones either. Would I consider buying this again? No, but this is only due to the price of it and I find that other Exfoliators that I have used work just as well and they are cheaper.
I first experienced Clarins products by recieving samples from a friend. I tried the One Step Exfoliating Cleanser with orange extract for all skin types and thought it was a nice product. I have sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts so I don't need too many irritants in my products.
You need quite a lot to cover your face so using a pea sized amount, lather on to damp skin using circular movements. It is designed to get rid of make up, grime and deep down inpurities while maintaining the pH balance of your skin. The gentle exfoliating action also renews your skin by getting rid of old dead skin cells on the surface leaving you with a more smooth, radiant complexion. It also has a lovely smell! It was good for my skin as it didn't irritate it and for the price of £19 for a 125ml bottle it is pricey but worth it!
I was lucky enough to receive a tube of this exfoliating cleanser for Christmas and I had tried very hard not to touch it until I had worked my way through every other toiletry in my cache. This has taken me up to about 3 weeks ago so I have been very patient (or alternatively you could deduce that I received a LOT of toiletries for Christmas and my new year birthday).
I use an exfoliating facial wash a couple of times a week but generally use boots own brand or a tea tree version which I find in my local Bodycare shop for a couple of quid. This 125ml tube costs anywhere from £15 to £20 and personally I would very much begrudge paying that for a facial product. But as it was a gift I will rejoice in using something so expensive on my face! (in any event I am pretty sure my gift set was paid for with Advantage Points so I do not feel quite so guilty about it!). If you intend on buying some of this I would suggest searching online for the best deal as there can be variance in price with different sellers.
The tube this comes in is designed so that it stands on the lid which is handy as the gel will always come out very easily, ideal for use in the shower. The gel itself is orange coloured and has lots of tiny darker orange micro beads in it which produce the exfoliating effect. The smell is DIVINE! It smells of fresh orange extract and is very vivid and refreshing, lovely to use first thing in the morning and it feels like it is waking your skin up with a zingy effect (that's not a technical term but this is the best way I can describe the feeling it leaves on your face).
You do not need to use a lot, I use about a 10p sized amount for each time I use it. I add a little water and then begin to rub it into my face and neck area. It will start to foam slightly but not straight away - it does take some work but then this is also what produces and encourages the exfoliating effect so is well worth doing. I rub in circles over and across my face and then rinse it clean.
I have to say I have noticed a palpable difference in my face since starting to use this. The skin is polished and I am suffering less with dry patches, my pores also look smaller and when I mentioned this to a friend of mine who is a beauty therapist she reckoned this was a direct result of the citric orange essence, tightening the pores as it works. For me this is a real bonus and I am impressed that I can see a vivid difference on my face.
I actually really like the fact that my skin smells of the orange scent for a while after use, my skin is also noticeably soft and does not feel tight or scoured as it sometimes can after exfoliating with other brands.
Overall this product smells good, looks good on the shelf and leaves my skin glowing, polished and in a lovely condition.
If only I could get past the price with this product it would be a full 5 stars for me but unfortunately I cannot. As a treat or a gift I would be really pleased to get some more of this but I will not buy it again as a regular part of my skin care regime purely because I cannot justify this kind of spend on a regular basis.
I received my first tube of the cleanser from a friend and decided, since it was free, to try it out. I had never used anything from the Clarins range before, preferring Neutrogena products for my bad skin, but I was tempted by the pleasant colour and smell of the product, as well as its good reputation.
The tube is fairly basic, made of plain translucent plastic and adorned with the typical red text associated with the Clarins range. This simple packaging may be a turn off for some buyers, as they may have expected something a little more extravagant for the price; however I found this lack of fussy packaging pleasing and clean looking. The tube itself is relatively small, only consisting of about 125ml, but this can last for a good while, as only a small amount of cleanser is needed for each application.
The cleanser is a very pleasant peachy/light orange colour and has a thick gel consistency when first squeezed into the hands. When applied to the face in a circular motion, you can begin to feel the rough exfoliating grains, which help remove dead skin cells. When applied, the cleanser also gives off a pleasant, but not overpowering, citrus smell. After rinsing and drying my face I discovered that the cleanser had left the skin on my face silky smooth and could not stop touching it! It left a very 'clean' feeling to my face and my skin did not feel clogged or suffocated as it has from other 'cleansing' products. The cleanser did not dry my skin out like other face products I have tried and I did not find it necessary to apply a moisturiser afterwards, which is convenient for those with very little time to devote to skincare.
I would not recommend this product for anyone who already suffers from bad acne, as the exfoliating grains in the cleaner will irritate spots and zits and may lead to bleeding and scarring. This wash is also not very effective in removing make up, so I would suggest using a cheaper cleanser to remove make up before exfoliating with this product. This product is also significantly more expensive than other cleansers, so may be out of some buyers price rangers. However, as a birthday or Christmas gift, the pricing is ideal and the product makes a nice treat. All in all, a high quality product which did not disappoint.
What attracted me the most to this product was first seeing advertisements in magazines and finally when I saw it in my friend's bathroom.
I went down to the Clarins counter and was being forced to buy other products by the Sales Consultant but when I finally got away I was running back home to try this product out.
This product claims that it can remove make-up and even waterproof make-up in just one step. Secondly it can tone and detoxify the skin.
The clear sterile look of Clarins products make it look like something that just came out of the lab and to be quite honest their packaging isn't the best in design and concept. However they compensate for this by delivering a great range of skin care products.
The bottle has a flap lid, so easy and convenient to get the product out. The texture of the product was thick and the grains felt smoother than most exfoliants.
I was deeply disappointed that it could not remove make-up especially waterproof. Firstly it does not foam up so well so make up is not going to come off the skin unless it was a cleansing oil. Secondly this product is exfoliating so it should never be used rigorously around the eye area (eye area has finer skin than the rest of the face), which means it is not safe to remove eye make-up with. Lastly the smell of the product was fresh but it just kept reminding me of my washing up liquid, which made me feel slightly uncomfortable.
Here are some of the ingredients:
Orange extract/Vitamin C - Vitamin C is known for clearing and brightening the complexion. Also it is a natural antioxidant, which provides you with added protection. This will tone and revive the skin.
Cellulose microbeads - To refine skin texture and pores
Moringa Seed Extract - Detoxifies & purifies the skin by removing residue and neutralising the effect of air pollution
Shea - To provide moisture to the skin.
I feel this product is useful for when you wake up in the morning due to the ingredients or to use after cleansig the skin for that extra clean finish.
It did refresh my skin and made the face look radiant, however due to the lack of make up removal and smell this is only used in the mornings.
Advice to all, as you are exfoliating the skin make sure you apply a moisturiser with an SPF after cleansing to protect the skin from UV damage.
The price for this product starts at £18 and can be bought in nearly all department stores and bigger boots. This product is available online and can be bought for a bargain price.
Since having my baby I am finding it difficult to maintain a full beauty regime. In fact getting past basic hygiene is difficult!
BUT I am trying and am enjoying using up all the products that I bought whilst pregnant (couldnt bear to buy clothes so spent money on cosmetics instead!).
One of which is Clarins one step gentle exfoliating cleanser.
What is it?
It is a cleanser and exfoliator combined. Its main ingrediants are orange extract and water.
Where to get it? and how much?
Any good department store - watch out for Clarins gift of beauty if you buy two items - always a bit of a bargain. The only downside of this is that you will pay the full RRP which is £18.00.
Try Boots - they also often have extra points on premium brands or try www.cheapsmells.com or www.extrascents.com again for cheaper options.
What does it say it will do?
It says that it will cleanse your skin gently and also provide exfoliation. It does not promise to take off make up.
How to use?
It promises to be gentle enough to use every day - I am probably using it 3 times a week, in the morning. In theory you could massage this into your skin day and night but I think that would be overkill.
Make sure that you use this either over the sink - or best of all in the shower as with all exfoliators you need to rinse it off. The product comes with instructions telling you what to do but it is easy - put a small (maybe 10p piece) sized blob on your hand and massage into face and neck. Then rinse off.
What do I think?
I love this product - it has a great fresh scent - orange blossom and is free from any nasty chemicals. It is a really gentle exfoliator - I have very sensitive skin and it is fine on my skin.
If you use it twice or three times I week I find that my skin looks and feels smoother - needs less moisturiser to make it feel good and also possibly even look younger.
Regular exfoliation also keeps your skin fresh which is great for the sleep deprived as it makes you look a lot less tired.
I feel that my skin is also cleansed by this - a test with a wet cotton wool ball reveals that it definitely removes all the dirt.
What are the downsides?
Well this is not a cheap product - having said that you only need to use a tiny bit and it is very effective. Unfortunately I won't be able to afford to keep using it when I run out - will be looking for a cheaper alternative.
ALso you need to remove make up first - this is not suitable for rubbing near your eyes and would probably damage the sensitive skin around the eyes. It will remove blusher / powder but I think it would struggle with a thick coat of foundation. So "one step" is a bit of a fib - "two steps with make up remover" may be better!
This is a great product from one of my favourite brands - it is hyperallergenic and suitable for even the most sensitive of skins.
It smells lovely and leaves your skin looking and feeling softer and younger.
If you are lucky enough to be a working lady with plenty of cash then well worth the hefty price tag. Or if you are my husband and you want to get your wife a lovely mothers day present?
Otherwise perhaps find a cheaper alternative.
I once asked my boyfriend to buy me the exfoliating refiner by Clarins for Christmas but the lady serving him at the counter recommended that he surprise me with something different and i got this instead!
It comes in a handy tube and is great for use in the shower.
It has a fresh citrus scent to it which is very invigorating and uplifting especially if you are using it in the morning. The cleanser is creamy with tiny beads that exfoliate your skin - it isn't rough or grainy and perfect for everyday use.
It cleanses, exfoliates, removes make up all in one go!
I really liked this product as an everyday cleanser although it your skin is in serious need of some exfoliating i would go for the Gentle Exfoliating Refiner which you can use once or twice a week and would compliment this cleanser well as part of your skincare routine.
One tube lasts over a month and is priced at around £16 from clarins counters everywhere and in many other stores and online!
I think I am addicted to beauty products. I can't walk through a department store Beauty Hall without this unseen force pulling me towards the counters, as if hypnotised by the mere idea of the magic the products will perform on my skin. If the advertising promises that the product will work some kind of miracle like making me look ten years younger, getting rid of my pre-menstrual spot problem or hiding dark circles, then that's even more enticing. There's just this feeling that one day I will find a holy grail product, the thing that makes me look and feel better than anything else can, and my addiction to beauty products is an integral part of this quest.
Current financial circumstances have meant that I've had to resist temptation a lot more recently, and have sought out cheaper brands to replace the ones I usually love. However, my skin seems to be suffering from these economical purchases so the prospect of 1000 extra Boots Advantage Card points sent me rushing to the Clarins counter in Westfield a few weeks ago. Sometimes you just 'need' to treat yourself, plus I'd run out of the one thing that I really do regard as my 'miracle product' (Clarins Instant Smooth) so it was an emergency. After a lot of browsing, and sending the sales assistant off to some far-flung stash of products to get my Instant Smooth, I decided that the second product I needed to buy to get the 1000 points would be the 'One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser'.
I have had the 'One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser' before and it is a product that I love. The first time I got it was in a sample size with a bag of Clarins goodies that my husband bought me a few Christmases ago and I loved it straight away. I then bought a couple of full-sized versions, but when maternity leave curtailed my excessive cosmetics spending, I switched to cheaper products. Some worked, some didn't, but I kept putting this on my Christmas list and hoping my husband would get the hint. He didn't - but I'll forgive him because he bought the 'Instant Smooth' and 'Beauty Flash Balm instead - so in the end, I decided to buy it for myself.
The product comes in the traditional white box with the red Clarins logo and text. Inside is clear plastic inverted squeezy tube with the trademark Clarins logo at the top. Like most Clarins packaging, it is a simple but effective design, giving you the basic information about the product in both English and French. It has a white plastic flip-top lid, making it easy to use with wet hands. The design of the tube means that you can squeeze the very last drops out of it which is an added benefit.
To use this product, you need to squeeze a small amount on to your finger-tips. I find that a roughly pea-sized amount is enough - you don't want to use too much at once as it's just a waste and this product isn't cheap. You then lather this on to your damp face and gently exfoliate - it is important to avoid the eye contour area as the product is too abrasive for the more sensitive skin around your eyes. The product is orange in colour with a gorgeous fresh orangey smell. It contains tiny beads to provide a gentle exfoliation effect on your skin - I find it is a perfect texture for me, abrasive enough to make me feel that I'm scrubbing out all the impurities but not too abrasive that it leaves my face looking red.
So, how does it measure up to the claims on the packaging? The first claim is that it will gently exfoliate and revive your skin for a more radiant, healthy-looking complexion. This is definitely true for me - there is a noticeable difference in the radiance of my skin when I use this product and it always makes my skin feel healthier. It claims to remove impurities and long-lasting make-up - again, I wouldn't dispute this claim, although the only make-up I have trouble removing is some mascaras and, as you need to avoid using this product on the eye contour area, it doesn't really help in that department. The third claim on the packaging is that it is detoxifying and helps combat the adverse effects of pollution. As I live and work in London, I'm hoping this claim is true... there's no proof that it is detoxifying my skin, but as it looks and feels cleaner and fresher, that's good enough for me.
The only downside to this product in my opinion is the cost. At £14.50 for a 125ml tube it's definitely not the cheapest product on the market. However, a little does go a long way, so if you use it sensibly it should last you a good few months. You can also buy it as part of a Clarins promotion - you can virtually always get some little samples when you buy a Clarins product (I got two moisturisers this time round) but the bigger travel-sized samples are well worth getting.
Overall, this is a product I love and will definitely be buying again. I don't believe I've tried another exfoliating cleanser that has the same effect on my skin although I thought the Soap and Glory one was good until I tried this again. For me, it's worth paying that bit extra for the feeling of clean, fresh skin that I get from using this product and, from now on, I'm going to be sticking with this.... Until the next promise of a miracle comes along of course!
Clarins are brilliant at making their products look like you could eat them and I'm all for it! This product is no exception, looking like some kind of peach delight through the transparent plastic.
A cleverly designed inverted bottle means that you are going to be able to squeeze it dry too, and if you've got a passion for saving money like me, when you think you can't get any more out of it, you'll cut the tube in half and scrape every last bit out anyway! Besides all that, it's doing two jobs for the price of one - exfoliating and cleansing. Brilliant!
Because it's a flip top it's easy to use and you don't have to faff about screwing a cap back on with your hands wet. The flip top is solidly made too so it's not going to snap off like some products I've experienced.
It's very easy to use: dampen your face with warm, but not hot water and massage a pea sized amount in a circular motion on your cheeks, forehead and chin. You can give those nasty pores around your nose a bit of an extra scrub, but don't go too heavy as this is quite a powerful exfoliator although it says 'gentle' in its title. When you've finished, rinse off with the warm water and pat dry with a soft towel. I actually prefer to use this with cold water as I feel more envigorated that way, but it doesn't say to do that on the instructions. Perhaps I'm breaking the golden Clarins rules, who knows.
Well, the effect is instantaneous. You can feel your skin fresher and smoother while it's actually on your face and as soon as you dry off you have a more shiny, radiant skin that feel silky soft to the touch. A winner in my book.
When you combine this with other Clarins products you double the benefit, but that does become an expensive game. For this product I paid £14.50 in Debenhams and I always manage to go when there's some offer on. If you go when they're having a 10% off night, there's 10% off Clarins too. Yey!
If you want vibrant, smooth looking skin, this is definitely one to try.
I do not often buy Clarins products. Don't get me wrong - they are absolutely amazing but they are VERY expensive. I tried this one out on the ferry to France once and had to invest. I fell in love. I wouldn't buy it again though, simply because of the cost but in every other way I cannot knock it at all. If you have the money to treat yourself to a decent cleanser, buy this!
There are really small grains in the cleanser that help to exfoliate. They are not harsh on your skin. (In fact I tend to prefer exfoliaters that are a little rougher so that I can FEEL that they are cleaning my skin!) Your skin feels instantly clean. You only need to use a small amount with water and massage into your face. Because you only need a small amount, a 125ml tube lasts a long time. This slightly makes up for the huge price tag but not really! It costs about £17 in Boots. That is about 5 times more than I would normally spend on a cleanser!
After using it my skin felt smooth and soft and had a glow to it. It was not drying at all, although I do use a moisturiser after it, I always use a moisturiser.
I cannot give it less than 5 stars because it is an outstanding product. However, I would not pay £17 for any beauty product!!
I bought this exfoliating cleanser in the tax-free in the airport since I always tend to stock up on nice beauty products there! I had tried some Clarins products before and liked them so I thought I would give this a go.
The cleanser has tiny little exfoliating beads in it to really give your skin a good clean. They are like gritty, small grains of sand. I absolutely love it. The cleanser didn't dry out my face but instead feels really smooth and clean and my skin didn't feel oily at all. Watch out you don't get any near your eyes (I got an exfoliating bead in my eye and it took all of 10 hours to get out again!) very painful! I really feel like this is one of the best exfoliating cleansers I have ever tried.
The exfoliating cleanser was really easy to apply, you simple squirt some in to your hand and massage it onto your face and then rinse off. It didn't irritate my skin in the slightest or make it sting. You only need to use a little each time you use this, I tend to use a blob about the size of a large pea.
The tube comes in a 125ml size and it suitable for all skin types. It has a good long shelf life of 12 months after being opened.
Since the cleanser has orange extract in it, it has a lovely subtle orangey smell which is not overpowering. It also means that the cleanser is an attractive orange colour!
The tube itself is a very simple design. It is clear, soft plastic (so that you can sqeeze every last little bit of cleanser out!) and has white writing on it telling you what the product is, and it also has the Clarins logo at the top of the tube. It has a white plastic flip-top lid for quick and easy of opening and closing, but this is also unscrewable aswell.
As I say, I bought this in the duty free shop (I can't quite remember how much I paid for it), but I have seen it in Boots for £16.50 and I have also seen it in Superdrug too, so it is widely available on the high street. Also, if you search for it on the internet there are also lots of online stores that stock it too, and if you have a look around you can probably get it for a lot cheaper.
Although this exfoliating cleanser is a little on the expensive side, I thought it was worth every penny for the great clean it gave! I really felt like the exfoliating beads were getting rid of all of dirt my skin had accumulated throughout the day, and all of the dead skin cells. It is a nice gentle product to use. Two thumbs up!
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This product is sold as an exfoliating cleanser that can be used daily instead of a foaming face wash. While it works as an exfoliator beautifully, with nice smooth beads to remove the dead skin cells, and it has a really pleasant scent, my skin is very sensitive, and I personally found it just that bit too harsh to use on my skin daily. In fact I used it alternately with the regular Clarins foaming face wash for dry and sensitive skin, and found that the combination was much more successful than just the single product. However, if you have oily or comination skin, or an acne problem, this daily exfoliating cleanser may be just what you're looking for. As ever with Clarins, you do pay that bit more than your average skin care product, however in my opinion it's worth it. I can definitely recommend this one to anyone.
Cleanse, tone and exfoliate with this multi-tasking 3-in-1 product from Clarins / Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is formulated to provide your skin with an intensively detoxifying, deep-cleansing and exfoliating finish / Your skin's natural PH balance is maintained during use and there is no tight feeling afterwards / '