“ Brand: Garnier / Type: Cleansing Wash / Subcategory: Wash / Texture: Gel/Fluid / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, Refreshes / Product line: Garnier Skin Naturals „
As I am unable to use soap on my face, due to combination/sensitive skin with occasional outbreaks, I have a used a variety of cleansing gels and facial washes over the years. I picked this one up for the first time a few years back, after using the Garnier Fresh 24 hr day cream, which I was impressed with, when I saw it on offer in Boots, when the Garnier products were on a 3 for 2 deal.
It currently retails for around £3.15 for 150ml, available at Boots, Tesco, Semi Chem and most Chemists and Supermarkets. However, I don't think I have ever paid full price for it, usually a bit of shopping around and I can get it on offer, once as low as £1.39 in Tesco. I think £3.15 is a bit pricey for a face wash, no matter how good it is.
It comes in a wide squeezy tube, in a pale green, slightly pearlescent, colour, with black and dark green writing and the Garnier symbol at the top. It has an opaque white, flip top lid at the bottom.
*What Garnier say about it*
It is a soap-free cleansing gel, suitable for use on normal and combination skin. It cleanses and refreshes, contains pure fruit waters, and is dermatilogically tested.
*Using the Product*
The facial wash comes out of the tube easily, and rather quickly. It is a clear gel, relatively thick, and has a gentle, fresh fragrance, quite fruity, but I can't quite put my finger on what the smell is, grapes? apple? pear? not sure, anyway it is a pleasant smell and not too strong, and not at all clinical or chemical smelling, which is good.
The gel should be applied to wet skin and massaged to create a lather. Unfortunately, I can't get it to lather as such, even if I try to lather it in my hands first, it just doesn't foam up. It goes white but not frothy, if you see what I mean. Not a huge issue really, but does bug me a little, I like a bit of foam. However, a little goes a long way, a small, 5p sized blob is enough to cleanse the face easily. It rinses off easily and doesn't leave a residue on the skin.
Well, the result is, pretty much what it says on tin (or tube), my skin felt Clean and Fresh. It successfully cleared up an outbreak after a few days of continious use, and left my skin feeling very soft and smooth, and after 2 weeks I noticed a radiance coming from my previously dull complexion.
However, I did notice after a month or so of using this daily my skin became quite shiny, still lovely and soft and smooth but the shine did annoy me, as my skin looked a bit greasy, even thought it wasn't.
But, I've never been one to stick to one product for any length of time and by the time the tube was empty at the end of the month I was intending to switch to any brand for a change anyway. I do still use this on a fairly regular basis but tend to alternate with another brand to keep my skin fresh.
I will also add that for best results with this product, I recommend using it with the Garnier Fresh 24hr Day Cream, from the same range (which I will review next), the 2 work very well together.
*Would I recommend?*
Absolutely, this is a great product for those with combination and normal skin, just bear in mind that prolonged use did leave my skin a bit on the shiny side, and price as I said previously is a bit on the high side, so I would watch for a special offer rather than paying over £3.
I have given it 4 stars, I dropped 1 star due to price and lack of a decent lather.
Garnier, with that woman who whispers the name at the end of the adverts. There are no whispering women in my bathroom, which is just as well because this is a product that you want to use in private! The Skin Naturals range is designed for people on a budget, but for those who take good care of our skin. There are a range of products to be picked from.
This Cleansing Wash is designed as a daily wash for faces. This means it can replace soap in a skincare regime. The best way to use is is after a bath, then standing at the sink in a mirror so you can where you are applying it to. Take some of the liquid into the hands and work into a lather. When I did it, a small blob generated a significant lather and felt pretty chic as I worked it through the face. In upwards massaging actions, work over face and neck.
There is a subtle fragrance, which sits somewhere between cucumber and lime and grapes. It is fresh and invigorating enough to wake you up of a morning anyway. While I did not experience any nasty pains, it did make the face go a bit tingly.
After rinsing, no immediate change in looks, but the face feels genuinely cleansed and there is a softness to the skin around the cheeks and nose. What can be said for this stuff, is that it produces a rich lather, delivers a good deep down clean and smells pretty decent. It did help to counteract some of my greasy patches too, like round the nose. For about two pounds, a bottle of this stuff could be a good place to start for people with oily skin or for those on a budget. Available from all leading supermarkets.
~~What is it?~~
It is a soap free cleansing wash designed for normal and combination skin. It is stated as combining " purifying agents with pure fruit waters " to rid skin of traces of make-up and dirt; leaving you feeling clean, fresh, and with your skin being able to breathe.
The skin naturals range uses natural ingredients wherever possible.
~~How easy is it to use?~~
Very easy to use. Like most other cleansers, massage a small amount between wet palms and smooth over face and then rinse off. I have always been able to work this into my daily routine without any struggle.
~~What is it like?~~
The wash is a transparent green gel-like fluid and is fairly thick. You only need a small amount to get enough bubbles to wash your whole face, I have had this tube (150ml) for over three months and use nearly every day at least once, so it is good economy.
The fragrance is fresh and fruity - akin to freshly sliced apples. This enhances the fresh feeling of the wash.
It has always removed every trace of make-up and left me feeling really clean. It does not sting but does leave the skin feeling just a little bit dry - this is not an uncomfortable dryness however, and a moisturiser applied a few minutes after letting your skin settle usually does the trick.
I will not rattle off all the ingredients and bore you. But, you may be interested to see what fruit extracts there are:-
Apple fruit water
Sugar maple extract
Orange fruit extract
Sugar cane extract
These are all pretty high up the list meaning that they are pretty generous with the quantities of these ingredients.
You can buy this wash for £3.19 from Boots, it is often on offer. You can often find it cheaper in shops such as Savers too.
Having run out of my Gatineau cleanser, I popped into superdrug and saw this on special offer for around £2. It's not really a cleanser I would normally try as I like to use higher end products (I'm not a rich snob I'm a poor student, I just think you get what you pay for with these things!). But I thought I'd give it a try since I had run out.
The cleanser is a very thick clear, colourless gel which is kind of aerated with lots of bubbles through it. I found it to have a fruity smell similar to grapes with a hint of mint to it - very pleasant and not too synthetic smelling. You only need a very tiny blob of this stuff as it lathers really well into a thick and dense rich white foam. You massage this in then rinse with warm water. The good thing is that it removes your makeup too so no need for a seperate eye makeup remover.
This I found to be actually quite a good product for the money. It removes makeup well, including mascara and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean. My only problem with it was that it was quite drying and after rinsing it off my skin felt tight and needed moisturised immediately - not really a good sign for a cleanser.
I wouldn't replace my usual products with this but I'll keep it and use it whenever I run out of my usual cleanser. It's ok and it does the job for the money but you won't see any huge improvements to the condition of your skin with this. If your looking for a good wash-and-go product for the gym then this would be perfect or maybe for teens just going into the skincare routines.
Summary: This is a fantastic product, with the only disadvantage being its price.
I regularly used this product but have recently switched to a cheaper Boots brand face wash as the Garnier product is quite expensive. However, as soon as I can afford it I will be back to purchasing the Garnier Skin Naturals range as I consider it a far superior product!
I have very sensitive skin, but never experienced a problem with this product, which is quite unusual for me! You only need a little of the product so a bottle can last quite a long time (I used to purchase it approximately once a month, and use it every day). It leaves your skin feeling soft and clean, and I found that the benefits seemed to build up the longer I used it.
It also has a nice fragrance, and doesn't hurt your eyes too badly if you happen to get some in your eyes as you wash your face.
Overall I highly recommend this product. It's not cheap, but I wouldn't say it's overpriced (as are some similar products) as you really do get what you pay for. It's worth the extra pennies compared to a supermarket own-brand if you can afford it.
As many of you now know if you read my reviews I've become a proper gym junkie of late! I live at the gym, I train really hard and am actually thinking of training as a fitness instructor! However not only am I finding that I'm gaining weight and muscles rapidly (which is and was the plan lol) I'm gaining something else!
I've always suffered spots but of late because of sweating what feels like all the time working out not only do I have the usual spots but my skin is really (and I mean really) getting congested with blackheads which is really making my complection look dull. I've got outbreaks on my cheeks and on my chin and if I squeeze them (yes I know I shouldn't) out comes dried up lines of puss!
So another addition to my overflowing gym bag is a face wash so if I have a couple of hours work out I take a wee wee break (and a crafty fag one lol) I do wash my face just to freshen up a bit in the ladies changing rooms to try stop any more congestion from happening!
The latest face wash to appear in my gym bag is this one. It's a light green 150ml tube and on the front I'm told in silver, green and grey writing that it is Garnier 'Skin Naturals' Clean & Fresh Cleansing Wash which cleanses and refreshes with pure fruit waters and is soap free and dermatologically tested and designed for normal & combination skin. On the back of the tube I'm told a bit about the product and how to use it, ingredients are listed and I'm told that the products ingredients are sourced from active natural ingredients in an environmentally friendly way, contact details for Garnier are given and the size, recycle symbol and bar-code are all shown and finally there is a flip top lid opening to the bottom of the tube concealing a small dispensing hole. It's a nice, informative looking tube which is pleasant to the eyes and looks high quality thus giving some confidence in the product inside of it!
A Bit About The Product According To the Back Of The Tube....
Is Garnier Clean & Fresh Cleansing Wash Right For Me?
Yes, if you have normal to combination skin. This cleansing wash is an ideal daily solution to leave skin looking perfectly clean and invigorated, looking fresh and radiant.
How Does It Work?
The formula contains purifying agents with pure fruit waters. It rids the skin of impurities and traces of make-up on the skin's surface. Purified, skin feels clean & fresh and able to breath freely.
How Do I Use It?....
Wet hands and lather a small amount of gel between your palms. Gently massage onto the face, concentrating on the forehead, nose and chin. Rinse thoroughly.
Me Using It....
Well all you need of this good consistency clear gel is a blob and I mean by that a really small amount indeed. It smells fruity and to me it has a really appley crisp clean smell to it and I basically, as directed gently rub over a damp/wet face after rubbing it through my palms first. I notice that no matter how fast and hard, or how much product I add I either get no lather or just a tiny, little bit on my face. It's easy to spread on the face, doesn't make the skin feel anything (as in you can feel any exfoliating or coolness on the skin or anything) it is simply a mild facial wash that is none agitating to anywhere on the face (including the eyes).
To rinse it off is simple and then I pat my face dry.
Brilliant, I have to be fair to it. It cleans the face beautifully and although for a few minutes face feels a little clammy after using this and a little bit tight like you've over toned your skin... give it time and as I say after a few minutes that feeling vanishes and your left with not only really fresh and clean looking skin which in my case looks younger cos it's more radiant and glowing but also skin to the touch feels like velvet! My face feels visibly smoother to the touch but more importantly really looks it!
This really is a very straightforward none fancy face wash to use. Easy to use it does what it says it will and nothing more. It cleans the skin and make it look more radiant.... simple. As it does clean the skin deep down in a none harsh way I have noticed that although it hasn't cleared up my existing spots and/or blackheads I certainly haven't gathered up any more since using this product so that in itself is a decent result for me.
Yes I like this product and a tube of 150ml is going to work out very economical due to the amount needed per wash and I expect this to last me a good 3 months with regular usage of it!
I bought mine in Sainsbury's on offer for £1.29 but expect to pay about £2.89 a tube for this if not on offer in all good supermarkets and chemists!
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