“ Brand: Garnier / Type: Cleansing Milk / Subcategory: Milk / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, Refreshes / Product line: Garnier Fresh Essentials „
I started using this cleanser (or a version of it) when I was in my late teens. I was finding that washing with water was drying out my skin and so I looked for an alternative and found this Garnier cleansing lotion.
Refreshing cleansing lotion
It comes in a decent 200ml bottle which lasts me a few months. The flip top lid is on the top of the bottle so you have to turn it to get the product out. The bottle is fairly sturdy making it easy to control how much of the lotion you dispense.
I use the lotion on cotton wool pads and it is thick enough to stay on top of the pad. I then use it to remove my make up and clean my face and neck. It claims to remove even waterproof make up and I find that it does this really well without out too much rubbing. I don't often wear much make up but this product copes well when I do, even the waterproof mascara comes off and I've never found that I've needed to use a separate make up remover.
Although this cleanser doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy I use the matching toner to remove any traces of the product and make up. It is suitable for normal to combination skin which mine is and my skin has never had any reaction to it.
My skin feels clean and fresh after using this and it also has a lovely light fragrance due to it being enriched with grape extract.
Price and availability
I usually buy this in Boots or Tescos, it is currently £3.60 and on buy one get one free in Boots and £3 in Tesco. I find this product really good value for money.
Would I recommend?
Yes if you have normal or combination skin then this product is worth a try particularly if you are currently having to use a separate make up remover as this one cleanser does it all for you.
I have been using this cleanser for about three years now. In the past I have used a variety of products both cheap and pricey but now I stick with this. It is available in most supermarkets and high street shops and chemists. It seems to retail at about £3 but I invariably have found it at £1.99 which is very good value.
I believe there are three varieties - Grape, Rose and the new pale blue No perfume, no alcohol, no colourants. All three are good in my opinion. This review will focus on the Grape extract one.
The bottle is simple, stylish and a refreshing light green colour. The flip up lid works well even with time and the amount of product dispensed is easily controlled so no excessive wastage happens. The cleanser itself is white with a subtle fresh smell and of a good consistency. It is not excessively greasy. I use this product at the end of the day to cleanse my skin and to remove my make-up using a cotton wool pad. Gentle but thorough make-up removal is very important to me as I wear contact lenses and heavy oily lotions can irritate my eyes and cause grease to get on my contact lenses. I have a combination skin and this product leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed and soft. I often do not bother with a moisturiser after using this product. I feel it is quite gentle but if you have very sensitive skin the Blue variety may be better suited.
I have not found any disadvantages with this product unlike Boots No 7 cleanser which is about 3 -4 times the price for a similar volume and left my skin stinging and irritated.
I would definitely recommend this product and for the price charged I think it is exceptional value. Please try it.
Recently I decided to branch out into the exciting world of makeup remover, which I was hoping would be good at removing makeup, giving my skin chance to breathe and hopefully helping it to improve over time. I've had Garnier products in the past that I've been impressed with so although it wasn't the cheapest option, I went with their Fresh Essentials Cleansing Milk. It promised to remove all makeup, even it if was waterproof, and claimed to be suitable for face and eyes. According to the bottle, it has a light formula, enriched with grape extract (although it's not clear what benefit this has) and will leave my skin 'feeling clean and fresh'. It's formulated for normal/combination skin, which is exactly what I have: quite sturdy, resilient skin prone to oil on the nose and forehead (which I hate!).
At £3.29 for a 500ml bottle, this won't exactly break the bank, but there are cheaper products, such as own brands, available. The packaging is nice, the pale green bottle looks soothing and relatively classy and I'm happy to have this sat out on my dressing table every day. The flip top is easy peasy to use and doesn't seem to get clogged up or messy.
When I tipped a tiny bit of the liquid out to see what it was like, I was impressed. It has a nice clean floral smell, and it isn't thin or watery. It's nice and thick, but not too rich or creamy, and doesn't look like a cheap product. I was reassured and felt confident that it would remove my makeup easily and nourish my skin, too.
I used this with the flat cotton pads, which I prefer to the balls. I applied a little bit of the product to the surface, and because it was so thick, it just stayed in a ball in the middle, so I spread it out with my fingers til it covered the whole pad. I found I didn't need much at all.
Applied to my face this felt cooling and very refreshing at first. I found that after just one or two wipes, though, the cotton pad was all clogged up with makeup and I had to use a new one. The same happened with the second and the third until I found I had used six cotton pads and I had just about got all the makeup off! Then I used one last one to neaten up the area around my eyes, where I had some dark smudges because the mascara hadn't come off vey well.
At this point I had used a lot more of the cleansing milk than I had expected to. To be clear, the only makeup I was wearing was a BB cream, powder, a little blush and mascara, and I'd applied that twelve hours before - I can't imagine that there was really that much left on, to be honest. Using it at that rate, once a day, I think the bottle would last for maybe fifteen uses, so I'd be going through two bottles of this a month! This seems a bit excessive for me, as I don't like to spend a lot on beauty products. I imagined this lasting a couple of months at least.
Anyway, by the end of this experience the other thing that was worrying me was the fact that the skin underneath my eyes and at the side of my nose was stinging. My skin is generally quite robust, and I rarely suffer any irritation, sensitivity or dryness so this isn't anything I've experienced before. I thought it might be just because it was the first time I had used the product, so I gave it another try the next night and the night after that. I experienced the same problems both times. I tried using less of the product which I hoped would make things easier in my skin but this just resulted in lots of makeup being left on my face.
The reason I finally gave up after the third use was because by the next day the sides of my nose had become painfully dry, and were covered in little raised spots. I had also developed spots on my chin, forehead and neck. I was obviously gutted at this because the whole point of this product was to improve my skin, not make it a lot worse!
This product presented itself as being gentle, soothing and effective and in reality I found it harsh, irritating and time consuming. I accept that everyone's skin is different but I have never experienced a reaction like this to any face wipe, cleanser, toner, moisturiser or anything else I've ever used.
Sorry Garnier, but when I have to throw the product out after three uses (I couldn't give it away, anyone who took one look at my face would turn it down in a flash) I really can't give it any more than one star.
I am always on the hunt for the perfect cleanser and toner for my skin. I have very sensitive skin that can be dry so I am always looking for something gentle. The Garnier Fresh Essentials range looked worth a try.
It claims to "gently removes make-up, cleanses, refreshes, and offers a complete sensory pleasure". It has grape extract in it so it did appeal as a natural cleanser. It comes in a 200 ml cucumber green plastic bottle with simple black writing and an image of a grape. At full price it is around £3 per bottle which is very reasonable.
It is to be used as a normal milk cleanser and we are told to apply all over the face (avoiding the eyes) and wipe away with a cotton pad/ball. The product is a white milk and smells more of cucumber than grape. It glides onto the face easily and you need around a blob the size of a 50 pence piece. It wipes away easily, but mine did feel too greasy for a few hours afterwards.
I do have a few issues with this cleanser, and firstly is that I found that it doesn't seem to wipe away all my makeup. And when I use the toner there is still a lot still coming off. So much so that I have to use a lot more toner than usual. Secondly as mentioned it is too greasy for my skin. Even though my complexion is quite dry, the cleanser made my forehead and chin way to greasy.
I am not sure whether it is a coincidence but since using it I have noticed my spots are worse. I am worried that this is due to it being to greasy and I have stopped using it now.Since changing to another cleanser my spots did get better so incase it was the cleanser I will not be buying it again
Garnier Fresh Essentials Complete Cleansing Milk
*What is it?*
This is a cleansing lotion in the Garnier Fresh Essentials Range, it cleanses and removes make up. This facial lotion is suitable for normal combination skin and take claims to give an easy, non- greasy but effective make up removal that leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh. The cleansing milk is also effective enough to remove even long-lasting face and I make up in just one step.
*Is it good?*
The lotion is supposed to be a light formula, however, as cleansing milks go, I feel this lotion is a little heavy and is a bit thicker than it should be. The lotion is very effective at removing make up, this goes for both face and eye make up, and this is very easy to remove using cotton wool pads. Once removed with cotton, there is very little greasy or oiliness left on the skin, however there is still a slight residue which is expected, and of course this is easily removed by using toner.
Although the lotion states that it can remove eye make up as well, I do with be very careful when using this near the eye area. I have tried to use this around my eyes, and I have experienced some stinging around the eyes, so although it is very good on the skin, it is not is a good idea to get any of this into the eyes as irritation occurs. If any of the lotion does get into the eyes, it is best to keep rinsing with water until you are sure that the lotion has been washed away. And I would say keep the lotion away from the eyes as possible and it is so much better to use their eye make-up remover instead which is in the same range, this has been tested for use around the eye area and issues also suitable for sensitive eyes. I use this myself and it is so much better and safer to use this around the eyes and so the cleansing milk.
This is a good effective cleansing milk, although I would not say it has such a refreshing effect as expected, as a milk lotion it is bound to leave some slight greasy feel although this particular lotion is already pretty good at this preventing this to a minimum.
The cleansing lotion states great water, although I don't really smell any of this. The lotion is essentially a cleansing milk, and is the sense reflects this. I still can't really make out what the exact aroma is, although it is very soothing and warm, almost like oatmeal - essentially it has a pleasant scent.
The lotion comes in a large 200 ml bottle costing around £3, this is okay by this I feel it could still be cheaper to give better value for money.
Generally, this is a good effective cleansing milk, which could do with being lighter in consistency. I like the fact that it is leaves minimal grease and residue on the face after application, however I would avoid using this around the eye area although it's claims to be suitable for both face and eyes. It is not particularly special, probably not the best product, it does not give as refreshing a result as the other products in the same range but in itself it is still a good cleanser.
Thanks for reading.