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I have been using the 2 in 1 cleanser since I was about 17 because I had family members that worked for the company so would always get given them as gifts at Christmas. I used to have quite spotty skin due to my makeup and the fact that I was a teenager and I started to use this cleanser which worked well for me. My spots started to disappear for a while when I did use it which was great. It was a good way to remove leftover makeup after the day so it would keep my skin fresh.
I know it says it is for normal skin but back then I had oily skin but it still worked for me. It might be different for other people as skin changes over time.
The liquid in the cleaner is smooth and easy to apply on to the face. I have used other brands before and the cleaner had 'bits' in the mixture or was quite thick when used. I do understand that as a teenager, it is difficult to buy a really nice cleanser as it can be expensive so there are alternative makes that are just as good. Clean and Clear is good and I think it is a Boots make called 'Botanics'? I have used all of them and they work just as well as much cheaper in price.
If you want to find this product cheaper, ebay is a great place to go to. Sellers are listing them for half the price. I think I saw one with a starting bid at just £4.99 and that was for a 150ml bottle.
I am now a working student so still buy an Elizabeth Arden Cleanser but instead I now use the Elizabeth Arden Intervene Daily Cleanser and Exfoliator Primer 3 in 1. Which works just as well.
First of all I'd just like to point out that I'm reviewing the Elizabeth Arden 2 in 1 Cleanser for all skin types, but DooYoo keeps sending me to the picture above, which is for normal skin types.
I received a mini-tube of this cleanser as part of a duty-free gift set, which was duly put in the cupboard and forgotten about until I ran out of my usual cleanser and raided my back up stock. I probably, no definitely, would never have bought this for myself, especially a full sized one as it's usual retail price is around £19 for 150ml, which to me is just an unthinkable amount to spend on what it basically...soap! I've just done a quick trawl on t'internet though and found it at £9.75 including delivery from cheapsmells.com which, if you like this product/brand is an absolute bargain!
The packaging is pleasant enough, although to be honest I'm not really swayed one way or the other by packaging...if I like something or someone has recommended a product that's enough for me, but this is nice and neutral and looks nice on my bathroom shelf. BUT the smaller version comes with a screw lid...yes, my pet peeve with beauty products. So it isn't really all that easy to use as the instructions say to massage a small amount into damp skin. So you have to get your hands wet to dampen your skin, then unscrew a lid and somehow manage to screw it back on again whilst trying not to let the cleanser slip off of your wet hand. Either that or leave it unscrewed on your counter top until you've finished. All made just that bit more difficult if you've taken your glasses off and the lid is the same colour as your sink top! Why oh why can't they make like that tiny bit easier and put flip tops on these things?
Anyway, the product...
I was initially impressed with this as it came out the tube feeling quite creamy and gave me a really good lather when I massaged it into my (damp) skin. It didn't really have a noticeable fragrance and smelt quite neutral really. Personally I prefer a fragrance to my skincare products, it makes me feel cleaner for some reason!
I did notice, however, that it felt quite sticky once it came into contact with the water on my skin and it took quite a lot of effort to wash it off again, especially around my nose area and in the end got a flannel out, dampened that and wiped the excess off with that instead.
As soon as I dried my face it felt really quite taut and uncomortable and I found myself gurning allsorts of funny faces trying to loosen it a bit. So I definitely had to use moisturiser after this cleanser in an attempt to soften it back to normal again. Considering this is supposed to be suitable for all skin types (and I have pretty normal skin really) I dread to think what dry skin would feel like after using this cleanser. Another strange effect it had was that it left my skin feeling, not sticky exactly, but a bit tacky so that stray strands of hair clung to my face.
My overall opinion of this cleanser was not favourable and I'm very glad I didn't spend my own money on it. There is absolutely no way I'd pay the full price (or even the bargain price mentioned above) for this and it's doubtful whether I'll even use the rest of this tube up. I'll more than likely end up donating it to my mum to see how she fares with it.
Like any other woman I have my own particular range of beauty products and normally I tend to stick to tried and tested brands. Now I am reaching pension age I want to keep my skin looking good for as long as possible. I'm very fortunate in still having normal skin when I should really be plagued by dry skin. In fact I have suffered some problems with dry skin on my legs and torso, but I still retain enough slight oiliness on my face to warrant staying with normal skin when I choose a face product. My daughter has also been nagging me for a while about the brands I use. For years I used plain Nivea or Ponds cold cream. Then my daughter asked which brand I would buy if I could afford it. Knowing that Christmas was coming up and she was looking to buy me something special I said the one name I knew that is synonymous with quality,' Elizabeth Arden,' I said.
Opening presents on Christmas day I was surprised by some of her choices. I had expected a gift set, but was given one bottle of perfume and two tubes of what I thought were face-cream. In fact one of the tubes was a lovely pale green in color and was really smooth to the touch. It stated plainly the brand name, Elizabeth Arden and the words 2-in-1 cleanser for normal skin, and under this Peaux Normales.
Normally I don't use cleanser, instead I use make-up remover if I've worn any recently, and maybe some moisturizer when I remember to do it. I'm not ungrateful; I'm just a bit forgetful and sometimes too tired in the morning for a full beauty regime. So to please my daughter I took a long bath later that evening and used many of the products I had been given by her, which included bath oil and hair products.
The cleanser looked so lovely that I was tempted to keep it for 'best' as most women of my background and age do. But I decided to spoil myself. Soaking in the bath I felt my face was already clean by the steam rising up, but I gently squeezed the tube and put a small amount about the size of a 2pence piece on my hand and massaged it into my wet skin. It lathered well, but not overmuch and I was considering using more. Fortunately I didn't then know much about it, so I left it on a few moments and then rinsed it off.
I must admit that my face felt lovely and smooth and when I was completely dry from my bath I didn't feel the need for any toner. I was even considering not using moisturizer that night but habit dies hard and face cream is one product I never skimp on. I went back downstairs and told my daughter I felt energized and pampered. She smiled and said I should continue to pamper myself every night.
Since then I've used this cleanser most nights and sometimes in the morning if I'm not too sleepy. It's very gentle, leaves my skin silky-soft and has a very discreet fragrance that I can only describe as a bit like baby lotion. For the purpose of the review I looked up the price of this and now I know why my daughter smiled that day.
The price of this cleanser is a staggering (for me) £15.50 per tube, contents are 150 ml. I was totally ignorant of this, though I should have guessed since it's a quality brand.
I've used this as stated on the tube, Massage onto wet face, work into lather and rinse thoroughly with warm water. It's oil free, works as a dual cleanser and toner and is dermatologist and clinically tested.
I love this, but it's getting very low now. I'll definitely put this on my next wish list; I just hope I don't run out before next Christmas.
Recommended if you can afford it. I think it's a luxury worth having; after all, I have to live in this skin for a while yet.
©Lisa Fuller 2011.
The Elizabeth Arden Cleanser is much better than the average cleansers.
I find that now my skin has become what you might choose to call mature,I have become fanatical about caring and preserving what is left !
I admit to being a cleanaholic.
But im sure there are so many women like me who really like to take that extra little bit of care with their skin.
The aim of the Elizabeth Arden cleanser :
A dual purpose cleanser and toner in one for normal/oily skin types.
A mild non alcohol,effective cleansing cream that wont dry the skin out.
Tones,refreshes and protects the skin from daily dirt and pollution.
Applying the 2 in 1 cleanser:
The pearlescent cream can be applied directly onto your skin, it has very little smell if any,maybe a slightly clinical smell.
Just lather up and then rinse off with clean warm water,it removes easily.
It does leave the skin feeling clean and certainly fresh.
The pretty pale green tube will last me for ages,as all it takes is a pea-sized blob each time.
I am definitely going to stick with the Elizabeth Arden 2 in 1 cleanser..it will certainly shorten my daily beauty routine.
A 5 fl oz tube retails at around £11