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Guerlain Secret De Purete Gentle Polishing Exfoliator

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Brand: Guerlain / Type: Cleanser / Subcategory: Exfoliator / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, Exfoliates / Product line: Guerlain Secret De Purete / Contents/Size: 75ml

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      13.09.2012 20:55
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      Recommended if you can afford it.

      Guerlain Secret De Purete Gentle Polishing Exfoliator is a gentle exfoliator that is something that I've been used for the past three weeks. I have recently been having sun beds as I want to maintain the suntan I picked up over my summer holiday and I've found that my suntan from the sun bed lasts a lot longer if I have regularly exfoliated. The Guerlain Secret De Purete Gentle Polishing Exfoliator cost me £28.75 from John Lewis and this was for a 75ml bottle. Obviously this is quite a lot of money and I would not normally spend this amount on an exfoliator, but I had the option of having a trial sample of the product and I found that it worked really well and so this is the reason I was willing to spend a little more on an exfoliator.

      The exfoliator comes in a white plastic tube and its design is pretty uninteresting and there is nothing about it that jumps out at you. I'm pretty sure that unless I had tried the trial sample then I don't think I would have picked this up off of the shelf because it would have just blended in with all of the other exfoliators on offer.

      I use this exfoliator sparingly because it is so expensive, and luckily it seems that only a little amount of the product is really necessary to achieve really good results. The exfoliator works like all other exfoliators and it's simply a matter of applying a thin layer of the product to slightly damp skin and then massaging in. The exfoliator feels really gentle and I have to admit that initially I thought that the exfoliation was going to be too gentle because the amount of friction created by the "micro lotus seeds" felt too little. I tend to massage the exfoliator over my skin for about two minutes. Removing the exfoliator is simply a matter of rinsing my skin. I tend to use a flannel to remove the layer of exfoliator and any dead skin cells, and then I rinse the remainder off with just cool tepid water. I find that the exfoliator is removed quickly and easily and that there doesn't seem to be any residue left after rinsing.

      What I like most about this product is how nice my skin feels afterwards - and also what good condition my skin seems to have been in since this has become part of my skin-care regime. It does leave my skin feeling soft and smooth - and also moisturised. I find a lot of exfoliators to leave my skin feeling quite dry, but this exfoliator helps my skin to feel hydrated, although I also tend to moisturise after using it also. Very occasionally, although not always, I can be left feeling slightly itchy after using it. I'm not sure whether this is actually due to the product itself or whether it is because of the increased circulation following the massage needed during application.

      Since using the Guerlain Secret De Purete Gentle Polishing Exfoliator I have found that my skin has stayed smoother and spot-free. I generally use it about twice a week and always before I go on the sun-bed for the reasons that I mentioned previously. I would recommend it but I am aware that it's very expensive.

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      05.04.2012 00:36
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      Does not do enough to warrant the price.

      After buying a few Guerlain products and loving them I really wanted to try some more but without having to spend the money on them. So I subtly added them to my gift lists in the hope that family members might indulge me by giving me one as a gift.

      This product is a cleansing exfoliator which comes in a pearly coloured plastic tube with pale gold twist lid. The tube is very handy as the flexible plastic makes it easy to squeeze and to cut open as the product runs out. I think the design is very elegant and understated - though not as plus or luxurious looking as Guerlain products can be. The application hole is a good size for use and allows you to be more frugal and use less should you wish to - I like having the option of this particularly with such an expensive product.

      The product itself is a white cream which has medium to small exfoliating beads in it. The cream feels quite thick which is nice when applied to the skin and the beads are a good size for a face exfoliator, I have found with other products they tend to be big and sparsely populate the cream or gel making the exfoliator basically ineffective. I thought this exfoliator had a generous dispersion of beads in it so had high hopes for what it could do to my skin. The smell of the product is not particularly appealing, it has a chemical/synthetic smell to it which is quite obviously not a fragrance. I do like the fact that they have left the product unfragranced as I often think heavily perfumed face products aren't very good for your skin. However, the overall effect with this exfoliator is a little unpleasant because of the chemical smell - it also makes me question what is in the product and whether it is good for my skin.

      The exfoliator does do a perfectly adequate job of smoothing my skin, evening complexion and reducing breakouts - but not more than any other (cheaper) exfoliator does. I my skin feels very smooth and clean afterwards, it lasts for a day or two and when you do apply this exfoliator you don't need to use a lot. But it really is no more than an average product.

      So this leads me to the following question: What, exactly, am I paying for? The brand, is my only conclusion - and that's very disappointing for me. At £25 this product is too expensive and doesn't do enough!

      No WOW for me.

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      27.10.2011 13:21
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      A nice enough product but doesn't give the 'amazing' results the price tag would have you believe!

      After having moderate success with a few Guerlain products this year I decided to splash out on one of their skincare items that I had had my eye on for a while, this Secret de Purete Gentle Polishing Exfoliator (henceforth known as the Exfoliator). At nearly £30 a tube I knew I was taking a chance but in an effort to get my skin ready for the colder months I bit the bullet and ordered it, including it in my cleansing routine the same day as it arrived.

      The exfoliator makes various claims, the main one I was interested in being that it was gentle but would still scratch away dead skin cells and general skin gunk to create a smooth and receptive finish ready for my moisturiser and foundation.

      It's a gorgeous product to use, I wouldn't say it's particularly cleansing but this isn't an issue as I always use a foaming cleanser before using any exfoliator anyway. There are (and I quote) 'Micro Lotus Seeds' dotted inside the product and it's those which do the business as you massage the exfoliator across your skin - I've used seedy exfoliators before and have never thought they were very effective, in all honesty if I'd known this product contained seeds I doubt I'd have bought it in the first place.

      It takes an age to rinse all these seeds away and I always, repeat always, continue to be bugged by them as I'm applying my make-up - and sometimes at the end of the day when I remove said make-up I can still feel the scratchiness of them! The exfoliator leaves a very slightly sticky sensation on my skin, which isn't pleasant but to be fair this does disappear quite quickly with a quick extra rinse - I would say here to make sure this stickiness has completely died down before attempting to apply your foundation as I've noticed it can make certain areas of your make-up look a bit 'cakey'.

      After using this exfoliator my skin, well, my skin doesn't look a whole lot different. It has that smooth pink look that just about any exfoliator provides (the scratching motion is what causes this pinkness, even rubbing a mesh shower puff over your face will give roughly the same result) and feels smoother to the touch (again, something that isn't exclusive to this expensive product). How long the results last is negligible, I don't use this every single morning and to be honest I can't see a huge difference to the texture and appearance of my skin whether I've used this or a £3.99 Boots scrub. What I will say is this is excellent for providing a smooth base for foundation application and I've noticed my make-up does tend to stay in place slightly better when I've used this exfoliator compared to others in my collection. There is a but here though, and that but is that if you want this particular function you would be better off to buy a decent face primer as it's not only cheaper (even though you'd also need another exfoliator) but is something designed to meet this need.

      Do I recommend it? Well, I'm torn really. It's a decent enough product that feels extremely luxurious to use, but it doesn't provide any benefits over a cheaper exfoliator. I'll carry on using this tube (it lasts ages by the way as you literally only need a squirt the size of a 5p piece to cleanse your whole face and neck area) but it's doubtful that I'll buy again.

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        10.10.2011 21:03
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        Lovely product but to expensive for me

        I wear make up six days of the week due to my job and although i use make up remover, creams, cleansers and toners my skin still has a clotted dirty feel to it at times so a good exfoliator at the end of the week helps my skin to look and feel better again.
        I have tried many exfoliator and i normally stick to my Clarins but the Guerlain's secret de purete gentle polishing exfoliator is just as goof if not better. I was lucky to be able to try a tube after my sister received a gift set but did not want the exfoliator.
        Guerlain's secret de purete gentle polishing exfoliator costs £30.00 for a 70ml tube, this can be purchased from John lewis stores.

        Guerlain's secret de purete gentle polishing exfoliator comes in a lovely plain white tube with gold writing of the brand on it and a gold lid. The tube looks expensive and posh.
        The texture of the exfolator is creamy but transparent in colour, the smell is lovely very mild flower scent that lingers on the skin after using the product. There is tiny beads in this exfolator that cannot be seen in the product only when massaging you can feel them .

        To use the Guerlain's secret de purete gentle polishing exfoliator, you have to remove the lid and squeeze the tube gently as the product comes out quickly and get a small blob onto your finger tips. I have to wash my face as normal and apply the blob of product to my wet warm skin. I always start at my forehead and massage the exfolator in working my way to my neck not only is the massaging relaxing but it works the product into the skin. The exfolator doesn't lather or absorb into the skin just sits on the surface drawing out the dirt and the micro beads help polish the skin taking any dry or rough skin off leaving a soft and supple skin.

        On first use of the Guerlain's secret de purete gentle polishing exfoliator i couldn't help notice how fresh faced i looked, the smell lingered all day. My face looked glowing, polished and had a new lease of life. Any little impurities had vanished on first use. I love the fact its a gentle exfolator because some can be harsh on the skin and braking out in spots and dry skin has been known with me. I use the Guerlain's secret de purete gentle polishing exfoliator every sunday on my day off and it actually helps me feel comfortable and confident that i have nice skin. I only gave a small amount left in the tube now but has lasted around two months unfortunately i wont be able to streach my budget to buy another tube.
        If you can afford the Guerlain's secret de purete gentle polishing exfoliator then i highly recommend this fantastic product.

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          26.11.2010 21:47
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          Cautious recommendation

          I do have rather expensive tastes when it comes to cosmetics and Guerlain are one of my favourite brands however this cleansing exfoliator is one of those rare Guerlain products that actually does not justify the £25 price tag and it is not a product that I would buy for a second time. It is not that it is a total dud of a product, far from it, it is just that it does nothing to really justify the expensive price tag that it comes with.

          It comes in a fairly standard white plastic tube and it has a gold coloured lid which acts as the base as well for it to stand up on. Inside there is the white cream which has small beads in it. I would not say that the product is odourless, rather it has a sort of medical smell to it, certainly nothing fragrant can be detected, rather it is a bit chemical in the way that it smells. Overall it is not a very pleasant smell at all and is one of the negative with the product.

          On the plus side you do not need to use a lot of this product which is a good job given the price. The major downside for me though is that I'm not totally convinced about how good an exfoliator this product really is, my skin does feel clean and pretty smooth fater using it but to be honest I have had the same effect and if not better from much cheaper products. I guess the fact that it is quite gentle would mean that you could get away with using it every day but personally I tend to exfoliate every couple of days as I do not want to dry out my skin.

          Personally although it is a good product I would only give this a cautious recommendation as I feel that it does not really justify the price.

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          21.11.2010 19:53
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          A gentle exfoliator for the face from Guerlain.

          Now I don't live at home anymore I always make sure to have a good nosy around whenever I go home to visit my parents just to see what they've been buying... and more importantly to see if there's anything I want to "borrow." My mum is also a teacher but at a very posh and private school so she always seem to get really luxurious presents at all times of the year, one of which just happened to be sitting on her windowsill during my last visit home. I couldn't help but try out the bottle of Guerlain's Secret De Purete Gentle Polishing Exfoliator as it just looked so appealing when I was in the bath. Luckily my mum is quite picky about what brands she uses on her face and actually offered me the product when she'd seen that I already sampled it... what a result!

          Guerlain is quite an exclusive brand which is sold in stores such as Debenhams, John Lewis and Selfridges while larger Boots stores do also stock it. The brand itself sells a range of fragrance (for both men and women), make up and skincare. They also run a number of Guerlain spas around the world too. The brand was founded back in 1828 with the opening of a perfume shop in France, since then the brand has simply grown to make it quite a popular option these days. It's arguably most famous for its perfumes although the make up and skincare ranges do boast quite a large number of products now too. Prior to trying this product, courtesy of my mum, I hadn't actually tried anything that the brand offers and did have an impression that it was quite old fashioned.

          The exfoliator comes in a white tube that stands upright on a gold lid; the tube itself does look quite classy. The only issue I have with body and shower products that have a screw on lid is the fact that it's always impossible to get the lid off when you've got wet hands and then almost impossible to get it back on when your hands are covered in the product. The bottle itself has the brand and product name on in gold along with the instructions for usage and the ingredients on the back of the tube. The exfoliator itself is a white pearl like colour and it's clear to see the tiny little exfoliating beads in it as it comes out of the tube. It has quite a plain smell to it really but due to the flower acids that it contains there is also a slightly chemical smell to it too.

          Using the product is extremely straightforward, you just need to apply to it wet skin and use circular motions to massage it into your skin. You really don't need to apply much pressure to the tube as a small pea sized amount is really all that you'll need. It spreads out quite easily over my skin and has a clay like element to it which coats my skin in the product. I normally spend about a minute massaging it into my skin, the beads are very fine indeed and although I can feel them it doesn't feel like they're doing much exfoliating due to the fact they're so small. After massaging the exfoliator in you thoroughly, and avoiding the eye area, you must wash your face thoroughly; I only tend to use it when I wash my hair as the beads often tend to get into my hairline.

          This product leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft, and also brings any impurities to the surface by removing any dead skin cells. It's recommended that it can be used on a daily basis as the exfoliating beads are so small, however I personally wouldn't recommend exfoliating everyday as this could result in your skin becoming quite dry. It's arguably not as aggressive as some scrubs I've used in the past which have had much bigger beads in them and therefore I'd say it would be suitable for sensitive skin as well. It also didn't dry my skin out in the slightest, and that's been with twice weekly applications too. The formula contains micro seeds and flower acids of the lotus flower which do make for quite an astringent product, hence the slightly chemical smell to it.

          Overall I would recommend Guerlain's Secret De Purete Gentle Polishing Exfoliator as it's left my skin smooth and soft after every application. The advertising recommends that it also diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as leaving your skin surface luminous - I'm not so sure about this latter point though! However there is one major downside to this product (which I should have guessed when my mum said it was a present at school) and that's the cost. A 75ml tube will set you back a whopping £28 if you buy it from John Lewis which seems very steep to me. It can be bought slightly cheaper online but not massively and I personally would expect absolute miracles from an exfoliator that costs so much... it didn't quite give me a brand new face!

          Thanks for reading.

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            04.08.2010 23:31
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            Good exfoliator but abit pricey

            At £24.99 this was quite an expensive product to buy especially for an everyday facial scrub but I like trying products from brands I trust or have come to like so I thought I'd give it a go.

            The formula contains the micro-seeds & flower acids of lotus, so as the seeds are an astringent I knew the product should help reduce my pores. The reason the product is suitable for everyday use is because of the miniscule size of the seeds that act as the mechanical part of the exfoliator, they're so gentle that they leave the skin feeling soft & smooth, not an aggressive scrub at all.

            After using the product I was glad that I was left with no areas of my face feeling dry, as this is usually the case. Due to the base of the product being very oily it helps the seeds to gently perform yet still moisturise my skin. Yet those wanting to try this product make sure that you thoroughly rinse your skin after usage otherwise you'll clog your pores and give yourself spots!

            The only bad point is that the flower acids in the scrub give off a very strong chemical smell, you think you'd get use to it as you're using it daily but that wasn't the case with me plus the last thing you want is a smell that wakes you up when you're getting ready to go sleep. When using the product you're told to: 'gently massage over a dry face with circular movements, avoiding the delicate eye area. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.'

            The product is great it removes all the days' impurities and dead skin without over-exfoliation but unfortunately I don't think I'll be buying it again. The product lasted only around 1 month, yes, it didn't dry my face out like usually daily scrubs but for the price it is & the chemical smell that goes along with it which is just disappointing especially from Guerlain! It leaves me feeling like it just isn't worth it.
            So, overall eventhough it is a very effective & gentle exfoliator the price personally is too much for so little product and way to strong for the nostrils, but on the other hand if you have a small face and anosmia then I do recommend this product!

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          • Product Details

            Symbol of perfection and serenity, the crystal lotus flower has inspired the technology behind the new line, Secret De Purete / This rich and silky-smooth Polishing Exfoliator; gently removes impurities and dead skin cells / It helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines, tightness pores and evens out the complexion / It revitalises and relaxes the skin, leaving it remarkably radiant / For optimum results, use before applying other skincare products.