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Clarins Body Treatment Oil - Firming/Toning
When I was pregnant I suffered a lot of morning, afternoon, evening and night time sickness as well as having pelvic problems that meant walking even short distances was a struggle. I went from a rather active lifestyle to feeling the worst I have probably ever felt for more or less most of the duration of my pregnancy. But, don't get me wrong even during the worst of it I was over the moon to be pregnant because we'd struggled to get to that point, it was just a hard time and as such I did treat myself to some more expensive items than I probably would have otherwise - Including the Clarins body treatment firming and toning oil.
What Clarins have to say (taken from Clarins UK website): "Clarins' best selling body oil--with 100% pure plant extracts including Rosemary, Geranium and Mint--helps firm, tone and improve elasticity, smoothing the appearance of stretch marks. Hazelnut Oil locks in moisture to leave body skin soft and satiny-smooth. Aromatic natural botanicals promote an overall feeling of well-being. Preservative-free. Especially, recommended for use during pregnancy and weight loss."
I had previously never heard of the Clarins body treatment firming and toning oil before (even thou I am a regular at the Clarins counter) until I was talking to the Clarins sales assistant about pregnancy related woes. She had used it previously and recommended it for anyone pregnant or trying to lose weight as it helps the skin to firm and tone while keeping it moisturised. Initially I was a little sceptical because it seemed like an expensive purchase rather than just investing in some bog standard body butter. However, she proceeded to get me a little tester to try and really as soon as I smelt the fragrance and rubbed some of the oil unto the back of my hand I am sure she realised she had a sale.
The Clarins body treatment firming and toning oil smells AMAZING. It is quite a strong, fresh and invigorating fragrance that does linger on your skin for hours after applying it. The oil itself is really simple and straight forward to apply and I always just used mine towards the end of my shower on wet skin to lock in as much moisture as possible. I also found that the oil was absorbed into my skin much quicker than I expected and it meant that getting dried and dressed for the day didn't really need to be delayed. I did often find that my morning towel would smell of the oil, but that certainly wasn't a bad thing. The body treatment firming and toning oil is definitely one of my all time favourite scented body oils.
Now as I have mentioned the Clarins body treatment firming and toning oil is not the cheapest of pregnancy tummy oils out there as it typically retails around the £38 region. However, a small 100 ml glass tub of the oil will last you or at least it did last me for months. I used the oil almost daily over a rather large bump and it still lasted me almost four months and really that was the crucial time frame when my stretched skin really needed a little pick me up.
So I am sure you are wondering whether or not I did get any stretch marks? Well yes I did. I am fairly certain that if you are going to get stretch marks then there is no way to stop them, but I do think that the Clarins body treatment firming and toning oil maybe helped to reduce the amount of and severity of them. I am however, certain that the oil did make my skin feel better and took some of the discomfort out of my sore and stretched skin, it was also a nice treat first thing in the morning. I also found that it helps or at least helped me to feel like I was doing something positive to keep my body and skin in as good a condition as I could.
If I could give the Clarins body treatment firming and toning oil more than five out of five stars then I would. It smells fantastic, feels lovely on your skin and sinks in really well. Even considering the rather hefty price tag I wouldn't hesitate to buy a nice little jar of the oil again if I am ever so lucky to get pregnant once more in the future. It's a lovely treat for stretched skin and I also think that it would make a lovely gift to someone expecting their own little bundle of joy. The Clarins body treatment firming and toning oil definitely comes highly recommended from me.
My weight fluctuates quite a lot. Not by much, but I am frequently putting on a few pounds, then losing them and then putting them back on again. This has left me with thin silvery lines on the tops of my thighs which don't look very nice at all. I bought the Tonic Body Treatment Oil by Clarins to try and banish them before they got worse.
What does the product do?
The product promises to firm and tone the skin and improve its elasticity. It also claims that it will smooth out stretch marks and moisturise the skin to leave it feeling soft and smooth. It has been made using only plant extracts including Hazelnut oil, Mint oil and Rosemary. It comes with a relaxing aroma and it has been designed for use during pregnancy and weight loss.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to damp skin after bathing. You carefully dispense the product into the palm of your hand and then massage the oil into the problem areas. You are directly to use it all over the body but I think it is too expensive to use in this way. You are then directed to go in the shower and wash it back off but I've got to honest, I don't want to wash away a product that costs so much.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a transparent little bottle and you can see the yellow liquid inside. The product doesn't have any decoration on it other than some writing and it has a white screw top lid which has Clarins printed across the top. This product doesn't come cheap and it will cost you around £35 and it can be bought from stores with a Clarins stand like Debenhams and also from a variety of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product does have quite a strong aroma that is herbal and relaxing. You can tell it's a natural product and there is no hint of a chemical aroma to it at all. It isn't the type of fragrance that I would go for but it suits the product and so it works in this way. The product is golden in colour and it has the consistency of an oil. The packaging falls a little short as there is no little hole at the top of the bottle. Instead it is just open mouthed which makes it really hard to control how much you are dispensing and you certainly don't want to waste any of it. It glides on easily to the skin and despite it being an oil, it does absorb quite well leaving only a slight sheen on the skin.
It doesn't make you feel greasy or unclean and it hasn't caused my skin any discomfort or irritations. It makes my skin feel instantly hydrated and it leaves my thighs feeling really soft and smooth. I do think that it is stopping me from getting more stretch marks because it has improved the elasticity of my skin. I don't experience any tightness or dryness on the areas that I have used it. I can't say I've noticed that it has reduced the appearance of the lines that I already have but maybe it will with time. I did think that this might be a glorified baby oil but it is so much lighter than that and it leaves my skin looking nourished and in a better condition.
All in all, this is a great little product which moisturises the skin deeply leaving it feeling soft and smooth. My skin looks in a better condition and it is nourished and healthy. It ensures that my skin stays hydrated and it has stopped anymore stretch marks from appearing. It is expensive but it is completely natural and I will happily continue to use this. It has to lose a star for the price though!
I was first introduced to Clarins a couple of years ago, when a colleague said that she went there for regular massages. My lovely husband picked up on this and purchased me an hour and a half long Clarins massage as a birthday present.
It was completely amazing and I loved every second, but following the relaxation, they prey on you while you are weak. After the massage, they parade around the products that they used on you and try to get you to purchase them whilst you are recovering from being so relaxed! This oil was one of the products that they recommended to me.I am rather well endowed in the chest area, which causes me a lot of back ache, and the masseuse said that my back and shoulders were so bad that I should either come for regular massages (which there's no way I could afford), or that I should buy this oil and do it at home.
So, being the slightly weak willed person that I am, I caved in and paid the £35 for the 100ml bottle of Huile 'Relax'. Yes, it's incredibly expensive and I still find it hard to believe that I paid so much for such a small bottle of stuff. But I left Clarins pleased with my purchase and eager to try it out.
My husband has been very good, and does give me regular massages using the oil. It has a lovely, almost spicy, smell that I have come to associate with many Clarins products. When using it, the smell reminds me of that hour and a half of heavenly massage! It is quite strong though, and if you haven't used Clarins products before, you may find it a bit potent - my husband can't stand the smell!
The bottle itself is a glass jar, which means that it does look like it's a farly expensive product, and you can see the yellow liquid inside it. It has a screw top, which is fine, although a flip top would probably be easier - although I guess that then it wouldn't look quite as smart. The jar can get quite sticky from the product and this can sometimes make it hard to open. It's not a massive problem, just means I need to remember to wipe the bottle down after use.
The hole that the oil is poured out of is quite large, and there is no way of controlling the flow of liquid. This means that my back often ends up completely covered in the stuff, and you can't get it back in the bottle. This may not normally matter, but having spent £35 on the oil, I don't want to waste a drop. There is a knack to getting just the right amount to come out of the bottle!
Once being used, the oil warms quickly on contact with hands and provides a really lovely massage experience. I find that the combination of the warmth of the oil and the scent really relaxes me - exactly as it says on the bottle!
Following the massage, the oil doesn't always absorb that quickly, so I normally end up laying on my front for a bit until I'm dry! But it doesn't dry sticky on skin, which is a bonus.
I have also used the oil myself, to just rub on my neck or shoulders if they are causing me pain, and it does seem to work well for this as well. The thing is, I can't tell whether it's actually the oil doing the good, or the rubbing itself.
I have probably had my bottle for almost 2 years now and it's pretty much empty. It gets used perhaps once or twice a month, so I do feel as though I have made the most of my £35.
Overall, I really like the product as I am a massive Clarins fan and even the smell alone would do it for me. But in terms of whether or not it stops my neck/back/shoulders being painful - I doubt it. But I do enjoy the experience of using it!
Active Ingredients: Essential Oils of Rosemary, Geranium, Mint: fragrance and promote a feeling of well-being, tone and energise / Hazelnut oil: nourishes, maintains skin's moisture level // The fragrance of essential oils of Rosemary, Geranium and Mint, in an incredibly fine, quickly absorbed oil / to leave skin satin soft, supple and toned / Beauty Benefits: Firms, tones and prevents skin slackening by improving skin elasticity, while also helping to prevent the appearance of stretch marks / It leaves skin hydrated, soft and satin-smooth to the touch / Application: Apply a small amount to damp skin, over the whole body or concentrating on problem areas / Lightly massage and follow with a cool shower if possible / For even greater effectiveness, use a Clarins exfoliator once a week / Particularly recommended during pregnancy /