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Brand: Johnson's / Type: Facial Wash / Texture: Gel / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Refreshes / Product line: Johnson's Daily Essential

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      11.03.2013 12:35
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      An average daily face wash

      I do love a good face wash to feel refreshed and awake in the morning and to cleanse my face when I get in from work and so I'm regularly looking out for new products to try. As a firm fan of the Johnsons Daily Essentials Face Cream, when I saw a bottle of this refreshing gel wash I was keen to give it a try. I was fortunate to buy this product as part of a 'mega sized' tube which gave me an additional 50ml of product and this means that my face wash has lasted me for a good couple of months, long enough to give a decent enough opinion of whether in my opinion this is a good product.

      This face wash comes packaged in a pink translucent tube which stands on a pale pink flip top lid. The product is designed for 'normal' skin and this means that a pink logo adorns the front of the bottle showing that this face wash is for this skin type. Blue lettering tells the user that this face wash is part of the 'Johnsons' range whilst a pink feather frames the text and looks pretty and feminine against the otherwise quite simple packaging. The colour of this product being pink means that it does lend itself towards a more female market in my opinion.

      Once opened, the face wash gel comes easily out of the circular nozzle when the sides of the tube are gently squeezed. The gel matches the colour of the packaging being a very pale pink in colour with tiny pink particles scattered throughout giving the impression that this gel will exfoliate whilst cleansing the skin. The gel has a lovely soft scent, one so typical of a number of other Johnsons products, a scent that is clean and slightly floral in fragrance and one which I think is lovely.

      It is recommended that this face gel is applied to damp skin and rubbed over the facial area before being rinsed away. Once the product comes into contact with water I find that it lathers up surprisingly quickly and this means that a little blob of gel goes a really long way. At this point I must say that the face wash comes very easily out of the tube when squeezed and so I often find that I have quite a large blob in my hand without really meaning to. However, on a positive note this does mean that I can use this gel around my neck and décolletage.

      Whilst my skin can sometimes be dry, particularly with the cold weather at the moment, I do find that for most of the year it can be classed as 'normal'. A definition of normal would be quite handy, however I generally use this term to describe skin that is neither too oily nor too dry which is where my skin fits for the majority of the time. I wear makeup on a daily basis, being that I like to appear like I've made an effort for work, and as a result I often come home at the end of the day longing to wash my face.

      I find that this face wash creates a lovely lather that spreads easily onto my skin plus the smell of this product is lovely and clean. The face wash leaves my skin feeling really clean and easily removes the makeup up from my skin including the remnants of mascara under my eyes which have with other products required two applications of cleanser. However, my biggest bone of contention is the particles within this gel which I had hoped would give my skin a gentle scrub. The pink particles, whilst clearly visible in the gel fail to actually exfoliate my skin and therefore in my opinion they may as well not be there. Otherwise, this is a nice daily face gel which cleanses my skin and leaves it feeling soft and ready for a dollop of moisturiser.

      This face wash can currently be purchased in Boots at a price of £3.29 for 150ml and I have seen it for a similar price at other retailers. This makes this face wash pretty standard in price to many other brands on the market and is a price that I would be willing to pay again. A little goes a long way and therefore if you like this product it will last and last as mine has done.

      This is a pretty standard product from a good manufacturer and it therefore scores an average three stars from me. However, I would recommend it, particularly for users who just want a standard gel face wash without the exfoliating properties that you might expect from a face wash which has exfoliating particles visible within the gel.

      I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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      16.09.2012 17:26
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      This stuff for some reason does not agree with my skin...

      When it comes to face washes I don't tend to stick to one brand and like to shop around for little bargains - this being on a budget and the fact that I have yet to find the perfect face wash for my sometimes problematic skin.

      I spotted this Johnsons Daily Essentials Gel wash about 3 months ago on the reduced shelf in the Tesco H&B aisle for just £1.57 for 150ml - I had never tried any Johnsons products as a facewash before but I believed the product was going to be great due to the fact that Johnsons are well known for providing great skin care products for babys and young children - which I used on my own daughter when she was young - so by past experiance my expectations in this face wash was sky high. I also liked the fact that I was trying out an oil gel face wash as opposed to my normal foaming product.

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      The tube the gel comes in is very attractive in itself as its PINK with a matching darker coloured lid. At the top of the tube it is not transparent but as you look down the tube towards the bottom the tube becomes more see through which shows the oil gel inside - containing the tiny pink microbeads. The tube stands on top of the lid which can be easily popped open using your index finger and in my opinion very secure and less likely to cause a mess if it needed transported ie. in a toiletry bag.

      The back label goes on to tell you that Johnsons have a range of other products in the daily essentials range to give you gentle and effective skincare. The gel is also said to be packed with skin loving vitamins and minerals which gently lifts away the impurities leaving the skin clean and feeling soft and revitalised.

      The way you use the gel is simple, it cannot go wrong - simply lather some gel into your hands, you then massage into your face and rinse. You can then use the Daily Essentials Oil Balancing Day Fluid after use.

      The gel itself is quite runny and moves freely inside the tube and on to your skin - the little pink beads that appear in the gel also absorb with the gel into your skin with ease leaving no trace when your skin is rinsed.

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      My Verdict

      To me, the attractive girly pink packaging is where my love for this product ends. I am very dissapointed with Johnsons and can honestly say to date this is the only product from them I have really hated. The reason it didn't work for me is due to the fact that it left my face feeling tight and uncomfortable after use and the gel actually caused some sort of reaction with red blotches about 20 minutes after it had been washed off.

      Since the one and only time I have used it, it has sat in my bathroom in a drawer with other products I have purchased and not liked. I don't see the point throwing it away because if a friend stays over one night and needs a face wash to use in the morning it may be beneficial for them to use... But I will not be touching this again as I still have the memory of the first occasion...

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      At the time of writing this review you can buy this gel wash from Tesco at £3.05 - and I understand completely why they had reduced this product if it doesn't agree with other peoples skin just like it did to mine!

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      16.07.2012 12:50
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      A gel I'd suggest leaving on the shelf.

      I use a face wash while in the shower to clean away any dirt and grime and leave my skin feeling fresh and clean so when I saw this Johnson's face wash and having used their products before I knew it was worth a try. As I bought it on offer it was even better and then I decided to try it out. . . . . .

      *~* Price And Availability *~*

      I bought this face wash for just £1.24 which was a bargain when the usual selling price is around the £3 mark for 150ml so I feel I got a good deal. It is available from places such as boots and Superdrug, I bought mine from Bodycare but I have also seen it in the likes of Asda so plenty of places to purchase it from.

      *~* Appearance *~*

      The face wash comes packaged in a top down tube that is pale pink and representative of the Johnson's brand. Although pink it is also transparent so you are able to see how much you have left which is handy. The cap is also pale pink and features a flip lid so you are easily able to open it one handed. The front of the tube has the brand name and tells us the wash is for 'normal skin' as well as having a picture of a feather which would indicate that it is soft and therefore suitable for sensitive skin.

      The gel inside also has the pale pink colouring with darker pink beads incorporated throughout.

      *~* The Claim *~*

      Johnson's claim that the gel is packed with vitamins and minerals allowing freshness to be restored.

      *~* Using The Product *~*

      On opening the cap and releasing the product I found that it had a mix of floral and fruitiness to the scent. I assumed that it would just have had a clean and freshness to it but I was mistaken. As stated it is suitable for sensitive skin and whilst my skin is not particularly sensitive I did think that people that did have would perhaps have trouble with the scent included in it. I squirted around a 10p sized blob onto my hands and lathered it up which it did well without too much foaming. I then rubbed in circles all over my face and neck before rinsing with warm water. You could get away with using less but I'm trying to get rid of it so using as much as possible. The weakness of the gel means that it can run everywhere however as I use it in the shower it is not too much of a problem. The pink beads that are included I assume are intended to plump up the skin and get rid of dead skin. In other face washes I have used these beads have burst but this particular set stayed whole and didn't dissolve or do much to be honest. They weren't rough enough to give a good, deep clean which I felt left them a bit useless. The bubbles that came from the facewash were not only very scarce but very weak and I was left rubbing the gel into a lot of my skin rather than bubbles.

      *~* The Results *~*

      The first time I used this as I described I noticed that afterwards my skin was extremely dry with a tightness to it that wasn't pleasant. My face also broke out in red blotches which were visible for quite some time afterwards. I had to slather on a good amount of night cream moisturiser to restore my skin and get rid of the tightness. The red blotches went away after a couple of hours but it's still not ideal if you were to use it on a morning. The only reason still use this is I hate waste and even then I only do so when I'm staying at home and I have access to moisturiser and I don;t have to see anyone or at night before bed.

      *~* My Opinion *~*

      Overall I am really disappointed with this product. Being Johnson's and using many of their products before not only on myself but on my son I thought this would work well but the more Johnson's products I have used outside their baby range the more I realise that they should stick to the baby market rather than trying to make face washes and moisturisers as so far they have all been useless and I'm annoyed I spent my money on this. I wouldn't recommend it even to the hardiest of skins, I didn't feel refreshed or restored but instead dry, uncomfortable and I looked blotchy. Not one I'd recommend.

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      16.07.2012 09:50
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      a good but bad facial wash

      I am very proud of my skin on my face being quite soft and blemish free. I have been using facial washes since I was around 12 due to having allergic reactions to bars of soap. I still am yet to find the perfect facial wash for me as I cannot find one which ticks all the boxes.

      The wash:
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      I bought this whilst it was on offer in Wilkinsons a few months ago and I thought it would be a great product for me to try. When I got it home and tried it out, I noticed the consistancy was quite runnier than I'm used to. It is a light pink colour with little pink grains in which I assumed were some kind of scrub.

      They pink grains aren't anything but for decoration I'm guessing as there was no scrubbing feeling at all with this wash. I applied some to my hands and gently massaged it into the skin on my face and the feeling was soft and delicate. I could feel the wash cleaning my skin and once it was washed off it felt very fresh and had done the job I wanted it to.

      The smell is quite generic. It doesn't resemble Johnson's usual scent and it quite bland but who want's their face to smell? I prefer to have this fresh unscented smell when washing as I know it isn't going to be fragrant and irritate my skin.

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      The wash had slightly dried my skin out which was good so I knew there was no left over grease or dirt from the day and I applied a moisturising face cream one my face was dried and clean.

      I went on day after day using the wash and my skin was getting drier and drier after each wash. It started to worry me so I immediately stopped using it and went out to buy something else. This wash has totally took any oils out of my skin and washes them down the plug hole. I had to use moisturiser 2-3 times a day for a week after using this wash.

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      I cannot really recommend this wash as I have olive skin which is naturally oily and doesn't dry out like pale skin can. I won't be buying it again and a few bad experiences with adult Johnson's products has put me off. The baby care range is top notch excellent yet I still haven't come across an adult product which has done me any favours.

      I felt very fresh and clean after each wash with this refreshing wash, but after it totally dried my skin out, I feel it let me down a lot.

      Tesco sell this for £3.05 for 150ml and I purchased mine from Wilkinsons on an offer for £1.50.
      At least I hadn't spend a fortune as the rest of the tube went in the bin.

      Thanks for reading my review.

      Helen190390

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        08.05.2011 01:22
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        Not one I can recommend

        I recently received a sample of Johnson's Refreshing Gel Wash. I had never tried this before so was pleased to be able to try before I buy. My sample came in a little tube which as enough for 2 uses. The tube is in the familiar pale pink Johnson's colour and has the Johnson's logo across the front. It also tells the customer that this gel wash gel is part of their Daily Essentials range for normal skin. As I mentioned mine was a freebie but you can buy a 150ml tube from Boots for £3.15. Johnson's claim their gel wash has been enriched with essential skin loving minerals and vitamins which will restore freshness.
        The gel wash has been dermatologicaly tested and will be suitable for sensitive skin. To use the gel you are instructed to lather it up in your hands and massage it into your face.

        Ingredients
        Aqua, Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Glycerine, Coco-Glucoside, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Mannitol, Panthenol, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, PEG-150 Distearate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Triethyl Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum, CI 73360, CI 77891, CI 77007

        When I came to try the gel wash I was first very surprised at the smell of the gel. I was expecting the delicate familiar fragrance that we all know Johnson's for but instead I as greeted with quite a strong slightly fruity smell. It actually smelt like a perfume. I was surprised the gel was so highly scented when it is actually advertised as being suitable for sensitive skin.

        The gel itself is a very pale pink colour and quite a runny consistency. I put some in my hands as instructed and tried to lather it up. The best I got was a white very slightly foamy gel, no lather as such at all. I massaged the wash into my face, avoiding close to my eyes, rinsed my face with warm water and patted it dry. Almost instantly I could feel my skin tightening and my eyes watering and stinging, I was quite surprised that this supposedly gentle product was having this effect but as I mentioned it was quite strongly fragranced.

        I quickly splashed my face with plain water and although I didn't suffer any ill effects it took several minuets fro the watering and stinging to wear off. I had to apply moisturiser as my face was so tight and dried out.

        After all that I cant say the gel wash made my face look or feel any better in fact it made my face feel totally dried out. However I didn't brake out in spots or blemishes the next day so I guess no harm was done.

        I'm very disappointed with the Johnson's gel face wash, in my opinion its far too highly scented for sensitive skin. I found it harsh and drying with no benefits to my face at all. As I found it so harsh I have included the ingredients in this review should anyone want to see them.
        I'm afraid this is one I cant recommend and definitely wont be buying.

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          02.04.2011 11:19
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          A face wash that removes impurites enriched with Vitamin C

          Johnsons is a company that was created by three American brothers, way back in 1886. The brand started life by making antiseptic treatments in order to treat wounds but has diversified massively since then.

          Daily Essentials is one of Johnson's collections of beauty products. Included in the range is a variety of cleansers and moisturisers that are designed to leave your face feeling refreshed, cleansed and healthy. The brand understands the delicate nature of the skin on the face and so has created products that will perform its job in a gentle but effective way, tailored to fit the exact needs of your skin.

          Johnson's Daily Essentials Refreshing Gel Wash for normal skin is a gentle face wash designed to cleanse the skin and leave it feeling refreshed. This particular face wash is suitable for skin that isn't too dry or too oily. If your skin falls into either of those categories, then Johnsons has a different range of products available. The gel is packed fill of minerals and vitamins, which will gently care for you skin.

          The purpose of this face wash is to remove impurities from the skin, allowing it to breathe properly and therefore look healthier. As purities are removed it means that there will be a reduction in the amount of spots and blackheads that can develop. The gel claims that it will leave you skin feeling fresh and as good as new.

          The formula is enriched with Vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant and fights against free radicals which can cause premature aging. It also helps to encourage the development of collagen which is essential for the skin's structure, meaning a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

          The products come in a baby pink plastic tube packaging which contains 150ml of the product. It has a pink feather on the front and it is able to stand on its lid. You access the product by clicking the lid open and shut. It costs around £3 and can be bought from shops like Boots and Superdrug as well as most supermarkets. It can also be bought online from a variety of websites.

          I first came into contact with this product when I was given it as a hand me down from my friend who wasn't entirely impressed with it. Although my skin is oily, and this is for normal skin, I am not one to knock a gift horse in the mouth so I gave it a go.

          On the front of the bottle, it shows little delicate pink beads near the lid. I thought maybe they would have an exfoliating purpose but when I squirted out some product, I could only see five tiny beads and when I rubbed my hands together, I couldn't feel a thing so if they are there to exfoliate, it doesn't work!

          The gel is clear but with a hint of pink and smells delicately of roses. In order to use the product, I rinse my face with warm water and then add a small amount of the gel to my hands. After rubbing my hands together, I then gently massage the product over my face. After a few minutes, I rinse the product off again using either a flannel or just warm water. The gel has been dermatologically tested and it is suitable for sensitive skin.

          The gel feels like silk on the face but in no way does it feel refreshing, even after it has been washed off so I'm surprised they decided to give it the name that they did. It is feels incredibly gentle and did not burn or sting even on my sensitive skin. Once it had been removed, my face did not feel tight at all as it can with some face washes. It left my skin feeling clean, if a little dry.

          All in all, this skin serves its purpose. It cleaned my skin without being harsh and is simple to use. However, due to the high number of synthetic ingredients and the fact that it serves its purpose without any added benefits, I won't be buying a new one once this has gone.

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            12.09.2010 20:00
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            Lovely every day face wash.

            The reviewer before me has already explained this product brilliantly, although they have probably rated it 3 stars for reasons a little more differently than mine.

            I only started using this gel wash as I had a sample of it from a magazine that I had bought, and thought 'What have I got to lose?!' and quickly started using it. I had just got home from holiday and was using it in conjunction with the Johnson's Daily Essentials Hydrating Day Cream, which I had started about a week prior to using the wash. In conjunction with each other, the two left my skin extremely soft, softer than I had ever felt it before (even with a scrub!). My skin is usually oily but from being in the sun for a week it had dried out considerably and was in need of some hydration. I found this perfect and not at all drying, but then maybe I am accustomed to the sometimes tight feeling of the skin after using a face wash more designed for oilier skins. I only needed a tiny blob of the face wash to create a massive foam in my hands - it covered the whole of my face easily and washed off easily too.

            The big blow came about 3 days after introducing the face wash, when my skin broke out in an almighty rash of under-skin spots and some larger ones too. I immediately stopped using both wash and moisturiser as I knew this just wasn't going to work for me. My skin is a little bit sensitive and usually reacts in this way to scrubs, but never has it reacted so badly to a normal face wash. It is still pretty much the same (if a little calmer) just over two weeks on.

            Overall, I would recommend this product to all skin types, but as there is a cleanser designed for drier types in the range, I would probably say this is best for normal to oily skin. I was probably just a minority who's silly sensitive skin reacted to this product, but had it not come out in a rash I was seriously considering using the whole range for how silky soft it left my skin feeling. I believe it is around £3.99 to buy the product in the shops, and I think this is a fantastic price for the amount you get. I am rating it 3 stars purely on my own experience with it, but I would say give it a go.

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            01.09.2010 18:48
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            It might have been refreshing for a few seconds, but that was nothing compared to the dryness after!

            As I generally point out at the start of any skin care review, I'm quite lazy with my skin. It almost always behaves itself so my skincare routines tend to be sporadic and only when a product really grabs me. Otherwise I will just tend to my face while I'm in the bath, rather than every morning and night like, well, you're supposed to...

            I recently got a sample of this face gel in a magazine and wanted to try it because it's from a cheaper brand, and the face products I usually use are from The Body Shop or Soap and Glory, costing a little more and making me even less likely to be bothered to use religiously.

            An 150ml tube of this gel costs £2.99, although right now at Boots they are on a 2 for £4 offer, so if you're interested in trying it you could also pick up the Hydrating Day Cream they suggest using after. The small sample envelope I had felt seemingly empty, but it was enough for two uses, so I am quite sure that a tube would last quite a long time.

            The front of the tube has a picture of a feather, so I was expecting this to feel light on the skin, although gels tend to be a little the opposite and at times greasy. I was pleasantly surprised. After wetting my face I started to massage on a pea-sized amount (well, a large, garden pea!) onto each cheek and it began to foam nicely. I was glad about this because I find that gels can often just slick onto the skin, but it really felt as though it was going deep into my skin to cleanse.

            The gel is clear with little pink beads, although nowhere is there really any mention of what these do. I feel like it's almost a pre-requisite these days to have scrubby beads though, isn't it? Well they don't feel scrubby, the whole experience is soft and lovely.

            Smell-wise I'm not totally struck. Neither floral nor fruity, it's quite a generic cleanser smell but not necessarily in a nice way. I would say it is a unisex smell, although the pink tube might put off any men from having this in their bathroom!

            After rinsing my skin I was pleased to find that it felt soft and smooth, definitely as refreshing as it promised. However, a short while later and it was beginning to feel a tad dry. Normally I only get dry skin in winter (and boy is it dry!) but I do feel as though perhaps, without feeling like it, something harsh had totally stripped my skin of it's natural oils. What's more, my hands felt extremely tight a while after applying it. For that reason, I'd say that it's perhaps better suited to oilier skin types, despite there being a second gel specifically designed for this purpose.

            I know they recommend using the moisturiser afterwards, but don't they all? For me I much prefer to wash and go, being a self-professed skincare slacker, and I don't want a face that feels lovely and fresh for five minutes, then tight and dry the rest of the day.

            For that reason I wouldn't recommend for anyone of my skin type (ie at all prone to dryness). In use, however, it feels quite nice and worth a bash if you're a tad on the oilier side.

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