“ Brand: Garnier / Type: Cleansing Gel / Texture: Gel / Wash / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses / Product line: Garnier Synergie „
Looking at my previous passions for all things lush, you are probably thinking what is he doing, hes now reviewing something
unnatural. I first tried this product a few months ago, as I needed a good cleansing type thing for my face and lush was not nearby. I plumped for this as its by a reputable manufacturer (Garnier) and is supposed to be dermatologically tested; thats what they always say, I thought. Im sure Freddy Kruger got told this at some point too.
It comes in a green hair gel type bottle and you get a fair 150ml of goop all for around 3 of your Earth pounds. This represents fair value for money as it seems to go a long way and you use very little.
The first thing you notice is the smell, which is heavily evocative of Fructis, and is quite a pleasant if artificial smell. It is quite heavy on the banana/mango fragrance, but I quite like it.
To use it you simply wet your face and hands, squeeze an amount if clear goop in your hands (about the size of a 20p piece) and sort of swish it around your palm until it lathers and foams up. You then simply apply to the face and rinse off. It does leave the skin refreshed, smelling nice and not dry. I found it to be a good cleanser ahead of shaving your face. Not being a woman and not wearing makeup does not able me to comment on its cleansing abilities (I shall have to strategically leave it for my girlfriend, or start wearing makeup?!)
It has (amongst other more unnatural stuff) bilberry, lemon, orange blossom, grapeseed oil, silver maple, apple and sugarcane extracts. This means that although it contains the usual artificial stuff, it does also contain a good few natural ingredients so at least its a step in the right direction (Im sure it offers at least a concession to my inner hippy).
Ingredients: Aqua (Why cant they put water?), Laureth Sulfate, PEG-8, Coco Betaine, PEG- 120, Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Pyrus Malus (Apple), Vitis Vinifera, (Grapeseed Oil), Acer Saccharinum (Silver Maple), Citrus Dulcis (Orange Blossom), Citrus Timonium (Lemon), Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane), Vaccinum Myrtles (Bilberry), Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Salicylic Acid, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Parfum.
Apparently they do a toner and moisturiser in the same range. My assessment of this product is that it is above average and is good to use if you have sensitive skin as it seems quite light and gentle. It is no substitute for Lush products, but then again what is?
I bought Synergie's clean feel gel wash only because there was an offer in Sainsbury's to get the 3 in 1 cleansing wipes free with any other Synergie purchase (and it was the 3 in 1 wipes that I was going to buy anyway). I think at £3.99 the gel wash is expensive for what it is and I don't think I would ever buy it at its normal price. It does feel really good on your skin and it smells of apples which is quite nice. I have been using it for about a week now and I have to say my skin is quite healthy at the moment, although how much that is to do with the gel wash I don't know. The other good thing about the gel wash is that it is soap free - my friend who has problems with dermititas swears by it and says it dosn't aggravate her skin at all. In my opinion there are other similar products that do just a good a job but for less money, however if you don't mind paying nearly £4 for it then I would recommend giving it a try.