“ Brand: Garnier / Type: Cleansing Gel / Texture: Gel / Wash / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, Refreshes / Product line: Garnier Fresh Essentials „
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Since having bad troubles with my skin over the last few months, with a great breakout in spots and combination- type skin, I then decided to change my face wash. When I walked into Superdrug I had no idea what the best ones were. Although I had a browse online at reviews this did not suffice as it really does depend on your own skin type. I had a smell of a few and the cucumber/grape scented face wash attracted me instantly.
This face wash can be used daily with great results. It purifies skin and leaves it feeling fresh and invigorated. It removes as excess makeup and are dermatologically tested.
To use this product it says to wash your face prior to use and afterwards, I believe, for the best results- though this is only personal- if your preliminary wash is with warm water you will open up your pores so you get the best results, then the last wash being with colder water to close the pores again. This process has done wonders for my skin and my spots. When putting the gel on your hands it only needs a little bit as when you lather it tends to 'foam' up alot. On application you can smell it on your face, it's a lovely smell and stays on your face for a lengthy time afterward. Gently massage over the face, avoiding eye contact and targeting, nose chin and forehead. You will be able to recognise the results with a smoother face practically instantly. Daily use gets the best results.
This product comes in a pale green 150ml tube which is £2.99 in my local Superdrug and £3.49 in wilkinsons and is a long lasting product, having a 12 month expiry date. All ingredients are natural, where possible which gives the ethics to the products business objective.
Overall this is a great face wash minus it's consistency, it can come out gloopy at times but once rubbed into hands it's unnoticeable anyway. I would recommend this to anyone as a daily face wash or to target spots as it is a reliable way to keep up good skin for cheap. For brilliant results use it constantly for two weeks
I thought Garnier only made moisture creams and body lotions until I recently spotted this Refreshing Gel Wash in Superdrug recently priced at £1.49. As some of you will know from reading my old reviews, I used to only use Biore face washes until they brought out a 'new and improved' version (with different ingredients) and my skin went on strike (GP's/ antibiotics won't go into the details)- since then, I regularly buy different face washes depending upon what is on offer at the time. I try to go for sensitive skin washes and no longer think it is ok to spend £5+ on a face wash in case my skin dislikes it, then I'm wasting less money!.
Anyway, I have used Garnier day time moisturisers from the 'Fresh Essentials' range for a long time, so I thought it would be a safe enough bet to use the face wash from the same range on my skin (I wouldn't say I can only use sensitive skin products as it is a bit hit or miss with my skin). I was pleasantly surprised to find this on sale for £1.49 and have just looked up the price of this online and it is selling from £1 to £6 a tube so it does pay to look around (i'd try the high street chemists first and get loyalty store points).
For your money, you get a flip lid 150ml tube that stands on it's lid- cap side down. I found the gel (clear gel, very thick) hard to squeeze out of the tube. So time to do those hand exercises as you will need them! The gel is very thick and comes out of the tube very slowly. I found it hard to gauge how much to use, but I'd say if you squeeze about a walnut sized amount out and lather this up a little in your hand with a few drops of water, you will get the most out of the product and will waste less.
I use a powder based foundation and when I get in from work I like to wash all my my makeup off so my skin can breathe for a while. This means my face wash has to be able to remove foundation plus mascara and eyeliner. I used this gel wash as I would with any other face wash: squeeze, lather, apply to face, rinse off - and it removed a full face of make up including eye make up. I did not get panda eyes or a stripe of foundation down the centre of my nose that I then had to re-wash off- I was pleased that it did it's job.
*Anything to Note?*
As soon as I had dried my face, I felt my skin instantly beginning to feel dry and tight, so I know if I use this face wash I have to apply moisturiser as soon as possible afterwards to stop my skin from over-drying. As I have used moisturisers since I was about 14, my skin does need moisturiser- I can't use a face wash then wander around or my skin will feel really really dry within a few minutes. I did notice with this wash that the dry feeling was quite instantaneous- so I suspect if I used this on my skin all the time (day and night) when it did not have the job of removing a layer of makeup, it would probably dry my skin out. So, I would say, if you have dry or sensitive skin, proceed with caution here- or just use a tiny amount (unless you wear a decent amount of make-up that you need it to remove).
For normal to combination skin. Dermatologically Tested. Made in France, shelf life 12 months. Generally avoid getting into your eyes.
There are heaps of ingredients that I don't need to list here, but I did notice Salicylic Acid and various things with the word 'paraben' in them- I know some people can be sensitive to Salicylic Acid and I have heard some mentions of 'parabens' so if this means anything to any of you (ie you wish to avoid products containing these things) then this gel wash will not be any good for you.
For the price (cheap for Garnier products) and how it does work to do what I need it to (as my evening face wash - the one that has to remove the day's make-up) I would say if you have skin that errs on the side of being oily, then this is definitely worth a try.
*Point to Note/ Afterthought*
Just a slightly anecdotal point to add- this may be totally isolated to my tube, but the other day, I was squeezing and squeezing at the tube and nothing would come out. I was getting a bit annoyed at it and thinking, maybe the gel had solidified in the cold weather (err, no)-- when I had a closer look and found the bit inside the lid that acts as a stopper had broken off in the hole that the gel comes out of. After first trying to just squeeze the tube harder to try to shoot the 'bit' out of the tube (it didn't work), I eventually had to lever the bit out of the tube using my very short fingernails and a lot of ''ow'-ing.
So, now this means I cannot leave the tube stood on its lid for fear of the gel seeping out all over the cupboard (as you know it will as soon as i'm not looking!). I'm not sure if this is an isolated incident, but if anyone else buys this and find the inner-lid 'bit' snaps off in the hole, then please write to Garnier to tell them about it.
I have used this Garnier face wash for about a year now. I bought it initially as a bit of an impulse buy when purchasing a few other skin products. I really like Garnier products and I also like to try a variety of face washes and scrubs when I have the money to.
This cleansing wash comes in a green plastic tube and has a frosted plastic twist lid. Underneath the lid there is a small application hole through which you can squeeze the gel out. The colour and design of the bottle is really fresh and clean looking and gives a good idea of what to expect from the wash. The design of the bottle is very functional, the plastic tubing is really flexible and easy to squeeze. I think the lid is the only slight flaw in the design as when you hands are wet it can be hard to twist it on and off the bottle. That said, it doesn't prevent me from using it and I probably am clumsier than most people.
The wash comes in the form of a clear coloured gel, it is relatively thick in consistency and can probably be best likened to a thick hair gel. The gel rubs easily into wet skin, it disperses and begins to lather lightly over your face. The feeling is very nice and it certainly does feel very clean and refreshing on your skin. I tend to use it after a scrub to wipe away any excess dirt. I do tend to find after a scrub my skin can be a little sensitive and this wash can sometimes irritate the slightly raw skin. It doesn't really put me off using it but for those with more sensitive skin it might do. The smell of the wash is quite unusual, it is scented with green grape and definitely smells fruity and almost winey. It does have a fresh feel to it and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple.
The wash costs roughly £3.20 for a 150ml bottle which isn't too bad considering this bottle has lasted me well over a year and I haven't even used half of it yet. I did actually buy it in wilkinsons so my guess would be that you can actually get it even more cheaply there or online. For something that I use probably once every week or two I think £3 every two years isn't too bad. I would definitely buy this again, though I think when I run out I might give another product a chance to compare as I do like to try other things.
Overall, I would recommend this product - just be aware that is lasts forever so if you don't like it you'll be using it for a while.
Reason for Purchase:
Why Garnier? - One of my favourite brands and well renound for their quality products.
Why Clean & Fresh range? - It claims to be the ideal range for combination skin due to it's cleansing power and removal of excess sebum which I would certainly have problems with at certain times of the year.
The product comes in an attractive bright green 200mL squeezy container with a semi-transparent flip top lid which sits upright, which I love because when it comes to the end of the product you can get the last precious drops of wash out easily!
On the front - "Cleansing gel wash - cleanses, refreshes and invigorates. Soap free."
On the back - "Cleansing gel wash. The soap-free formula combines cleansing agents with grape water and cleanses, refreshes and invigorates skin."
Price and Availability:
I purchased this product on offer in Boot's for £2.50, it normally retails for around £3.70 in most shops and supermarkets.
The product comes out as a pale green transparent gel which is quite viscious and has a lovely fruity smell, considering a lot of the ingredients are fruit extracts it's reasuring that the smell backs these claims up. A small pea sized amount gives a good lather when I rub my hands together and when applied to my face is enough to cover my entire face. It feels velvety and smooth when I'm rubbing it in circles and that smell makes it all the more delightful to be applying it.
When it comes to cleansers I fluctuate between using gel/foaming washes and cream based ones. As the seasons change so does my skin from more combination to dry so my cleanser changes with it.
I use this product at night as part of my skin care routine for the periods when my skin is more combination in nature. I don't use this cleanser in the morning because it removes a lot of oil from my skin and would leave it feeling taut and moisture hungry all day. Similarly while my skin is dry I do not use this cleanser at all and instead use a cream based one. I imagine as a result of this effect anyone with dry or very dry skin most of the year would not enjoy this cleanser.
I find it is excellent at not only removing dirt and grime from the surface of my skin but also gets rid of the majority of my make-up (bar around my eyes I use a seperate eye make up remover) so in keeping with the product statement I would agree that it is a very good cleanser.
Directly after use my skin feels clean and fresh with no residue and over time my skin has been brighter and more radiant as a result of it's use so I would certainly agree that the product is both refreshing and invigorating.
I have had no irritation or rash as a result of using it.
I find that with my usage which varies and is not always every day the 200mL lasts me around 3 months.
This is a nice gel wash if you like gels but after using this I decided I didn't
I like Garnier products so when I saw this I thought I would give it a try. I paid about £3.50 for it which I think is about average for a good quality facial wash.
One of things that I liked about this gel wash was the smell. It has a lovely fresh zingy smell which is very uplifting and refreshing. The gel is clear and when I applied it it didn't feel so much like a gel but became more watery and sunk into my skin very well so it wasn't like applying a face mask. I think it did feel slightly sticky to begin with which I didn't really like but soon became more watery which was better. It is very simple to use as you just apply it with your fingertips all over your face and the rinse off with warm water so it is quick and easy to use both morning and night.
It left my skin feeling clean and soft and my face felt very refreshed and tingling. It did leave my skin a bit dry though so don't think it moisturises as well as some other facial washes.
The problem I found with it is that I have quite dry skin and so really need something that exfoliates my skin and this doesn't so wouldn't buy it again because of that but I am sure it is perfect for some people.
I usually get bored with any beauty products I buy even before I finish the first container, so I rarely re-purchase the same item. This is why when my old face wash started to run out I went hunting for a different product. The choice, like always, was vast and I couldn't decide for a long time until I spotted a new face wash from the Garnier Naturals range.
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I trust Garnier as I have already used many products by this brand and they were all good quality. The face wash I bought was Garnier Naturals Fresh Essentials Cleansing Gel and cost £2.18 for 150ml at an introductory rate. It would normally cost £3.79 so I though: ''a bargain'' and brought it home with me.
Garnier Fresh Essentials range is especially designed for normal and combination skin and this face wash is supposed to remove impurities as well as traces of make-up in order to reveal clean, fresh looking and invigorated skin.
The product is in an apple green squeezable tube container with a white transparent flip top lid. It stands upside down, so every last bit of the wash falls down to the opening for easy dispensing. The main active ingredient of this product is supposed to be grape and apple extract, however there is absolutely no mentioning of apple on the packaging (except for in the ingredients list). "Grape water" is only written in the middle of the front of the packaging and there is also an image of a few white grape halves in the bottom part of the tube.
Many natural ingredients go into manufacturing of this face wash and I am glad that I can recognize the names of many fruit in the ingredients list (see end of the review), for example orange fruit extract, lemon peel extract and apple fruit water. I was surprised at this multitude as I certainly wouldn't have expected this from looking at the packaging.
After opening the tube you are not greeted with a strong smell, but if you squeeze the bottle gently you can smell a scent of something fresh. I have no idea how grapes smell like but this reminds me of a very sweet cucumber scent. I couldn't smell any citrus fruit, which I am glad about because I cannot stand citrusy scents.
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The gel wash is transparent in colour and is a very tick consistency gel. In spite of this, it is easy to apply - just squeeze a small amount onto your wet fingers (and I really mean small - half a size of a 5p coin is enough), rub together to release the lather and then apply to your face massaging in a circular motion.
This product is really delicate on the skin and gives a pleasant feeling. The lather is tick enough that it doesn't drip down your face or off your hands and feels velvety soft to touch.
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I have been using Garnier's Fresh Essentials Cleansing Face Wash for a couple of months now and I am pleased with the results. This product is very gentle, yet cleans my skin thoroughly and removes non-waterproof make-up. After patting dry my face with a cotton pad, there are no traces of the foundation or eye shadow on the pad, which is fantastic. I like products that serve more that one purpose.
Before I bought this gel I had to apply a moisturizer straight away after washing my face; otherwise it was tight and itchy. Now I don't have that problem. I still need to apply moisturizer, but can now afford to do other things for 10 minutes after washing my face instead of rushing to put something on it and relieve the uncomfortable feeling.
Regarding preventing spots from appearing, I am not sure. I do get a few spots from time to time, but I think it is a natural thing to happen to anyone occasionally. It is actually now happening less than before I bought this face wash, but I am pretty sure this is because the cleansing products I used before were just too harsh for my skin, rather than this product being specifically antibacterial. Anyway, Garnier doesn't even claim that this gel wash is antibacterial or that it prevents spots.
The only slightly negative aspect of Garnier's Fresh wash is that I haven't observed any invigoration in my skin, which is one of the properties it is supposed to have, according to the manufacturer. The product cleans very well and leaves the skin feeling fresh but I wouldn't say it feels invigorating.
I need to take off one star for not delivering completely on its promise. Overall, good product - gentle, cleans well (including non-waterproof makeup) and lasts for ages. I would definitely recommend it, especially for someone with sensitive skin.
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Aqua/ Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-8, Coco-Betaine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Acer Saccharinum Extract/ Sugar Maple Extract, Acrylates/ Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylparaben, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Extract/ Orange Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract/ Lemon Peel Extract, Ethylparaben, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Isobutylparaben, Linalool, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethnol, Propylparaben, Pyrus Malus Water/ Apple Fruit Water, Saccharum Officinarum Extract/ Sugar Cane Extract, Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract/ Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera Extract/ Grape Fruit Extract, Parfum/ Fragrance.