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I used to be a poor student, and now I've got a proper job out there in the big wide world I've decided I can spend a little bit money on keeping my skin nice and happy and given that I'm into my twenties I want to look after my skin the best I can. In my student days I was happy to settle for Nivea or Simple products, problem was they never did my skin any good and I was always over compensating with cheap products to make my skin look better. Now I feel differently and my skin care routine has changed a lot for the better and I'll say my skin is happier as a result - much happier!
~*~ Lancôme ~*~
Lancôme is a French company that sells and distributes higher end cosmetics and skin care internationally, owned by L'Oreal since the 1960's it has actually been a company since the 1930's. A brand of skin care that most of my friends think is far too expensive to entertain in their make-up bags; they have a good reputation of being pricey but worth the money. The brand has certainly collected some high end names to advertise over the years, and for a company that is almost a hundred years old, they are always making new jumps and updating their products so they are accessible to most women, and even men now in the market. A wide enough variety to attract most age groups and a variety of products that mean you could get everything you needed in your make-up bag from Lancôme - for a price of course. That's a cost now, I'm happy to pay!
~*~ Galatéis Douceur ~*~
I like having products in French it somehow makes it feel as though I've got a far more upmarket cleanser than one that just says 'facial cleanser on it.' Lancôme claim this about the cleanser - 'Leave skin feeling fresh and supple with Lancôme's gentle cleanser, Galatéis Douceur, for normal to combination skin. Our light and milky formula creates a clean base in the morning, and in the evening it removes foundation, blusher, eye makeup and any other impurities from the day. Enriched with papaya and pineapple extract, it leaves skin feeling fresh and clean.'
I won't bore you with details about the bottle, its white it's got Lancôme on and it's got white cleanser inside! (I think that's enough!)
~*~ Cleansing My Skin in French ~*~
** Application **
Now I've liked Lancôme products since I was about 11, when my uncle decided to bring me a freebie sample set home from a cruise and at the time I didn't really wear make-up and I wasn't overly fussed by it. I do remember though liking the mascara thinking it was the best thing ever, and their lip-glosses but as I got older I realised that it wasn't a brand I could afford to splash out on. Now I want to keep my skin as fresh and happy as possible after years of abuse with cheap products, so getting this cleanser has been a god send really. I actually had a professional show me how to apply and use this product so I hit the ground running really, and didn't need to read the back of the bottle and question what on earth it means to 'tissue off' a cleanser because if I hadn't spoken to the Lancôme lady I'd have had to Google it and well it's simple when you actually think about it! So before you wonder what I'm blabbering on about, when you apply this it suggests that you need to apply it from the centre of the face outwards so from your nose outwards leaving your t-zone until last, but it doesn't actually tell you what you should apply with. I use the cotton pads that have the flat tops because using cotton wool balls you lose a lot of cleanser into the balls to never be seen again. When applying do it in a circular motion, not sure if there is a scientific reason for this but it does seem to work quite nicely and the Lancôme lady did it and I do it and I can't complain at the results. This was the bit I got confused about tissue-ing off, because when you apply with a cotton wool pad you're already massaging it into skin and it will come off at the same time, but I've learnt to apply it with the cotton pad and then rub into skin to 'tissue off' it's not overly self-explanatory but from what I can gather from the lady at the Lancôme counter it's just to instruct people it doesn't need washing off with water. I think it should just say that, there's no need for pretences Lancôme... Or maybe there is!
** Cleansing **
The beauty of this cleanser is that although it is a liquid it's not one of the runny cleansers that if you don't rub it into your skin almost instantly it'll start running off your face. It's not thick but its substantial enough to ensure your skin gets as much of the cleanser as possible without feeling so heavy that it will clog up your skin without removing any of the make-up, or grime you've used it to remove. I can happily say that when I use this on days where I've not worn any make up, that it's happily taken off any dirt or grime I've managed to accumulate during the day - which was especially true when I'd been helping to decorate and I hadn't realised I'd got paint on my face because I couldn't see it - but this cleanser got it off. If I've had a day where I've been wearing a lot of make-up I might need to apply a bit more to get my skin cleaner, for a normal morning before applying make-up I use a blob around the size of a twenty pence piece and that seems to happily cover my entire face and clean it up. For days I've had heavy make-up I do my initial twenty pence and then I might go over it again with a second amount just to make sure I have cleaned out all the pores and the areas that can get a bit clogged like around the nose area which is where I end up looking the most dry and struggling to get make-up to stick. It doesn't take a great deal of effort either to get the cleanser to work, a quick blob on the areas and spread it about a bit if you feel you want to leave it on a while to work go for it and then just wipe it off. There is no need to be vicious with your skin and rub hard to get it off, it doesn't make any difference at all, just makes your skin angry, this has enough power to literally massage it in and then wipe off. The beauty is you can see how much you've taken off with such little effort; it really does make cleansing your skin a lot less of a chore than it could otherwise be with less effective cleansers.
** My Skin is as Happy as I Am! **
Since I started to use this two months ago my skin has improved such a great deal I am really impressed, my skin used to have a weird tone to it, nothing ever seemed to stick to it in the shape of foundation or concealer so I used to be very frustrated. Now my skin is beautifully soft and feels so much more refreshed as a result of using this cleanser, it makes it a lot easier to apply foundation there is a much smoother and healthier base to apply it to. So now instead of applying in the morning and coming to lunch time and it looking like it had slipped down my face, I can go an entire day at work with my make up staying in place because it really does stick properly now. My skin looks happy and it's definitely helped my skin, beforehand it was really dull and miserable looking; now it's a clearer and my pores look a lot smaller, which although isn't a product benefit they list it's come as a nice added extra for me. Oh and it makes my skin smell good too, it's meant to have papaya and pineapple in it, I can't smell them I just know there is a lovely scent that comes with this cleanser - it's got a hint of floral in it as well as fruity nothing specific but I don't mind having it sitting under my nose while I'm cleansing it's definitely not an offensive smell at all. It sticks around as well, if you just cleanse and get on with something else, say you're not going out just felt like your skin needed a freshen up - an hour or so later you'll still smell it on your face it's a nice smell, potent but not too strong that you'll overpower your perfume or anything but enough that you can have a pleasant scent while you're leisurely cleansing your face!
** My Final Bonus **
I don't think I ever got properly over teenage skin, however since I started using this... My breakouts, my big breakouts of spots have stopped; I get the occasional little pimple but no big spots in two months, even despite hormones and stress! Thanks Lancôme!
** Longevity, Price and Availability **
I've had my 200ml bottle for two months now and with very regular usage I'm not even remotely close to being half way down the bottle from what I can gather when I shake it, I'm not worried about the fact that it's £22.50 for 200ml because in four months' time I'll probably still be using the same bottle and if you can stretch that for six months I think it's pretty good going, especially considering how much my skin likes it. From the Lancôme website you can buy a 400ml bottle for £35 so I think that's even more of a bargain since that would probably last me a year the way I'm going. It's available online at Lancôme, Feel Unique, eBay, Amazon and varying sites online, I get mine from our local department store but there are some bargains on eBay so it's worth having a look!
WHAT IS IT?
A cleansing fluid from Lancome that is designed to clean your skin and to remove your make up also.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You wet your face and apply the cleansing fluid using circular motions over your skin. When you have cleaned all areas you should use cotton wool to remove the fluid and then rinse finally with cool water, Lancome say that you do not need to rinse but I think that my skin feels a little bit sticky if I don't do this.
WHAT I THINK
I like this cleansing fluid but it is not one that I will buy again when my 125ml bottle has been used up. It has made the skin on my face a little bit dry and it does not remove heavy make up only light foundation and powdery eye make up, it will not remove all of my mascara ever even when I am not using waterproof mascara and is not very effective on pencil eyeliner.
It smells nice because even though it is a milky cleansing fluid it has got a creamy smell that has been given a flowery fragrance. It makes my eyes water a little bit when I use it on my eye make up and I do not know why because I have not got sensitive eyes. The smell and very light texture makes the cleansing fluid pleasing to use but it is so thin that it does not feel like a very expensive product even though it is.
The texture of the cleansing fluid is very light and soft, I like that it feels cool on my skin like a gel would and how easy it is to wipe off with a ball of cotton wool. I only need to rinse very quick but it is important because I do not like how my skin feels if I do not rinse, it goes tight and dry and I hate the feeling so I make sure that I do not leave any in contact with my skin by rinsing well with cool water.
I think my skin feels clean after I have used the fluid but I have to take a long time massaging it into my skin to get this amount of clean feeling. It removes my foundation as long as I am not wearing a heavy one but like I have said already it is not very good at removing other sorts of make up and is worst at eye make up.
I have got the travel size 125ml bottle of Galateis Douceur cleansing fluid and the full size bottle contains 400ml and costs £35. That is not good value I do not think because it does not remove all of my make up and makes my skin feel quite dry.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
I have a lot of beauty products and toiletries, to the point they are taking over the house. I realised recently how out of control it was getting so I'm on a mission to use everything up. One particular problem is the amount of miniature and travel sized products I have amassed from beauty boxes, free samples sent for online or received as gifts when purchasing full sized items. This Lancome Galateis Douceur is one such travel sized product I have acquired and have been using recently.
This is described on the bottle as a 'gentle softening cleansing fluid for face and eyes'. It is for normal to combination skin, but I would describe my skin as being normal to dry. I didn't let that put me off though, I have often been given samples of products not really designed for my skin type which have worked well for me anyway.
My bottle is a smaller version of the full sized product. It is a simple design in white plastic with a flash of blue on the lid, but despite the simple packaging, I still feel that it looks like a premium product.
To use, the packaging advises to apply with a cotton pad, although having consulted the Lancome website, this seems to advise applying with the fingers and using a tissue to remove instead. When I first started using this I took the advice of the bottle and applied with cotton wool, however I soon realised that this was very wasteful, both in terms of cotton wool and cleanser, so started applying with my fingers and only using cotton wool to remove.
The product contains extracts of papaya and pineapple which may suggest that it would smell fruity, but in fact it has a floral scent to it. The fragrance is quite mild so does not irritate my eyes in any way. The cleanser is white in colour and quite a thin consistency, so I apply a little at a time to prevent it from running through my fingers. I have found the thin consistency to be a positive thing as the fluid spreads very easily meaning I can use just a small amount at a time, making the product more economical in the long run.
I don't wear make-up every day, so a lot of the time I am just cleansing my bare skin with this product. When used like this I find it cleanses my skin effectively - the cotton wool pad to remove the liquid and it will on occasion turn a slightly greyish colour which I presume is all of the muck I am removing from my skin. Yuk!
When removing make-up I have found this to be incredibly impressive. It removes foundation very easily and all in one go. I have found with some brands I need to apply cleanser, remove it and apply again to get all of my foundation off (and I'm not someone who cakes it on, as far as I'm concerned I just use a normal amount!). I think what surprised and impressed me the most is that this cleanser will take off waterproof mascara. Even the eye make up remover I'm currently using won't do that! It is very gentle on the eyes too, I'm a contact lens wearer and have very sensitive eyes, but there is no stinging or irritation when using this cleanser to remove eye make up.
After use, I follow with a toner (currently Garnier as I don't have the matching Lancome one) and there is rarely any trace of make-up left behind. I find that my skin feels nice after use, but not necessarily like I have done anything special to it, it simply feels soft. It wasn't drying at all, in fact I'd say the opposite, as my skin feels fairly hydrated.
The full sized 200ml bottle of this cleanser has an RRP of £22.50. Having looked online the cheapest I could find it was £19.25 at cheapsmells.com. As good as the cleanser is, I do feel this is quite expensive and I think I would be reluctant to pay that much on a regular basis. This said, I believe a 200ml bottle should last quite some time. I only use this cleanser in the evenings (mornings are a rush so I just use a face wipe) and my 50ml size has lasted around six weeks. Based on that I'd say a 200ml bottle could last 24 weeks used once a day or 12 weeks used twice a day.
Overall this is an excellent cleanser and if it is in your price range, then yes I would recommend it. The fact that it effectively removes eye make-up including my waterproof mascara is a real bonus and thinking about it, this makes the price a little more justifiable as it would mean I could buy just one product instead of two.
--- The brand ---
Lancôme is a well known French cosmetics brand which has been around since the 1930s and is well known for good quality products. I have been trying out a lot of Lancôme products lately including bits from their skin care and makeup ranges. This cleanser is one which I received in the big Lancôme Christmas box and I also received one as a gift with purchase.
--- Price and Availability ---
My bottles are both 50 ml in quantity, whereas a full sized one contains 200 ml and costs £21. You can also buy a very large 400 ml bottle for £34 which offers better value for money if you like this product and use a lot of it. You can buy it online from the Lancôme website and it is also available from Lancôme stands in all the usual department stores such as Debenhams, House of Fraser etc and also in a lot of larger Boots stores.
--- Packaging ---
This cleanser comes in a simple white bottle with Lancôme branding. It looks fine but nothing special. It's easy to dispense the product and I have taken my small bottles out in an over night bag on quite a few occasions with no leaking or any issues so I think the packaging is fine.
--- Applying the cleanser ---
The back of the bottle gives a brief description of how to use this cleanser. It is a cream cleanser in style, and you are advised to apply it onto your skin using a cotton pad, and then wipe it off. This wipe off style of cleanser is personally not really my favourite at all. I find that putting the cleanser onto a cotton pad and then wiping it onto my face can mean some of the cleanser is absorbed by the cotton pad and I have to end up using a larger quantity. To avoid this issues sometimes I just put a bit of the cleanser onto clean fingers and rub it straight onto my face that way.
Lancôme describes it as a "water light lotion" and I agree it is quite watery and light, much thinner than some other cream cleansers. It can feel a bit runny when it comes out of the bottle. Despite being quite runny it is still easy enough to handle and I can rub it over my face with no difficulty.
It does not have much of a scent to it and I would say it just smells clean and fresh. It feels nice when applying it as it is quite cooling, refreshing and calming. It can also be applied on the eyes to remove eye makeup and I have never experienced any stinging or any adverse reactions to my eyes.
--- Effectiveness at removing makeup ---
This cleanser does remove make up fairly well. You can either remove it by wiping the cleanser off with a cotton pad, as they advise, or just rinsing your face with water.
I find it is quite effective on eye makeup and you can see that it gets the black off and melts it away. It can take a bit of rubbing to do this, however. I find it does a fair job of removing foundation but I don't think it is the most effective. When I go to remove the cleanser with a cotton pad it still comes up slightly dirty and shows some foundation coming up, even after I appear to have wiped all the cleanser off.
I prefer to wash the cleanser off with water as I find it slightly gets absorbed into my skin due to its texture, so when I wipe I don't feel I have fully removed it. Washing with water leaves my face feeling cleaner and also does a more thorough job of ensuring all traces of foundation are gone.
As well as removing makeup I find it has a bit of a moisturising effect as it is quite softening and creamy.
--- Suitability for sensitive or oily skin ---
At first I thought this was great for sensitive skin as it feels gentle and soft on my skin, and felt nice to use. However, quite a few times after using this I have found my skin has suffered some break outs, particularly on my jaw line. I didn't notice straight away or I thought it was a coincidence but it has happened a few times now and I'm pretty sure it has been this cleanser causing it. I think maybe the problem is that it is hard to ensure all the cleanser is removed, as it seems to sink into my skin, and it may be too rich for me as My skin can be oily at times.
I think I am better off sticking with a gel or foaming cleanser which I can simply lather up and rinse straight off with water, as this is what I usually use and I think that style is better for oily skin and gives less risk of break outs.
--- Overall ---
It's not a horrible product and it is worth a try, but I personally would not buy it again as I have found other products are more effective for me and I don't think it is suited to my skin type.
Started using the Galateis Douceur in combination with Tonique Douceur about 2 months ago now after I had a bad reaction to Clinique Take Off the Day out of the blue it literally burnt the top layer of my skin off and the went extremely dry and uncomfortable and then to boot it started flaking. I asked a make up artist friend what I should do and she recommend this Lancome range and I haven't looked back. My skin looks so healthy and is so soft, people for the first time in my life have actually commented on how glowing my skin looks!
I also suffer from quite sever acne but this hasn't caused a problem unlike other gentle cleaners I've used its so light it won't block pores and removes every trace of make up.
It is expensive but you really do get what you pay for with this!
I was lucky enough to get this in a gift set for Christmas from my mother in law. I had never tried Lancome before then. In my head it had the image of being old fashioned and for an age beyond me. What I saw when I opened the gift set much to my pleasant surprise was that the whole set was pure quality of components. It was money on treats that I just wouldn't have been able to justify myself, so it was a really lovely present.
One of the items in the set, and I have to confess, my favorite item, was this, Lancome Galateis Douceur amke up remover. It comes in a white plastic bottle, oval to curved in shape. It is decorated to be deliciously classy. The bottle has a flip on and off lid, this covers a small hole, which when turned upside down you can squeeze the product out of.
The make up remover itself is a creamy white liquid. It smells of nothing distinctive, just of posh middle class ladies and their changing rooms! It is delightful. The cream smooths on from a cotton wool bud onto my skin very very easily. It is silky and feels good to the touch. I have quite sensitive skin and this does not irritate it, nor make it dry or greasy.
The cream is extremly good at removing make up. It takes quite a bit of it, which is quite frustrating due to the price, but maybe that is a reflection of how much make up I use, rather than how good the cream is. My skin is left completely make up free. My skin is also silky and smooth.
This is by far my favorite make up remover. So far I have managed to minimise costs by buying this off ebay, so have been able to afford it so far. If I was to have to go into a beauty salon and pay full rrp it would be a lot lot more expensive. So, all the while I can make the most of others unwanted gifts on ebay this is definitely a beauty product of choice.
I would really recommend it!
*NB. If you were of a fan of The Mary Whitehouse Experience in the early nineties, that title will have you thinking that Hugh Dennis really has gone very mainstream, all things considered. Then you'll probably start wondering whatever happened to Rob Newman who should, by rights, have been much more successful than David Baddiel. If all of this means nothing to you, well, you missed out. History Today was a work of genius.
As a rule, I'm not much of a fan of the whole cleanse, tone and moisturise regime. I have no doubt that it works, but it just seems like so much hassle at times when you would rather be getting into bed or allowed a few extra minutes in bed. And toner is hurty stuff that stings like hell if you have even slightly sensitive skin or any cuts on your face.
No, none of that fannying around for me. I am a big believer in the cleansing powers of baby wipes. A quick scrub of the face with a baby wipe before bed and I'm good to go. Any mascara that has stubbornly clung on to my lashes is removed overnight by the pillow. It's a great system. Recently, though, my hitherto not-at-all sensitive skin started reacting to baby wipes. And reacting in a way that made my face look like a big tomato. I thought the best thing to do would be to give my skin a break from wipes and use something else in the meantime. I didn't want to buy anything, though, because I'm confident that I'll be returning to lazy girl wipes in the near future. Into the breach stepped my mother, with a gift of some Lancôme cleansing milk that she'd bought and then decided she didn't like. Even better, she didn't demand the £20 that the 200ml bottle had cost her.
Quite milky, all things considered. More like the consistency of double cream, though. It's very faintly scented, in a nice-but-generic cleanser kind of way. The smell doesn't tend to linger, so won't interfere with perfumes.
The bottle is plain white with a clear screw-on cap. It looks quite classy, in an understated way. The top of the bottle is one of those with a small hole through which to dollop out the product. It means you don't sploosh too much out in one go but it also means it can be tricky to get the dregs out when you get to the end of the bottle.
I don't tend to wear huge amounts of makeup; if we take the scarily over-made up ladies in Boots as level 10, I'm about level 2. Generally, it's a light foundation, powder, wee dab of eyeshadow and mascara.
I applied the milk on one of those flattish cotton wool pads and swept it over my face. The milk feels cool and light against the skin and seemed to be taking off the majority of my makeup. However, I really didn't like how it left my skin feeling. This is supposed to be a softening milk but it left my face feeling as if there was an oily film on it; a clammy sensation that, whilst it didn't last long, was quite unpleasant. I didn't notice any softening effect on my skin, but my face generally isn't somewhere that I'd expect to have rough or hardened skin. It struggled with my mascara and I needed to re-apply at least 3 or 4 times to get it all off, although I do use waterproof mascara. Afterwards, because of how clammy the milk made my skin feel, I decided to use a toner. After wiping the toner over my face I discovered that the milk wasn't that effective after all, as the toner took off a lot more makeup that the cleansing milk had left behind.
On the plus side, this milk didn't make my skin react in any way - no rashes, spots or dry patches. I found it easy enough to apply makeup after using it and it didn't affect the staying power. Nor did it irritate my eyes, even when I used it whilst wearing my contact lenses.
Overall, this isn't a terrible cleanser, it just isn't as effective as I would expect from a brand like Lancôme. There are cleansers that are just as effective for a much better price.
Leave skin feeling fresh and supple with Lancome's gentle cleanser, Galateis Douceur, for normal to combination skin. This light and milky formula creates a clean base in the morning, and in the evening it removes foundation, blusher, eye makeup and any other impurities from the day. Enriched with papaya and pineapple extract, it leaves skin feeling fresh and clean. To use: Apply Galateis Douceur in light strokes across your forehead, cheeks and chin, working from the middle of the face outwards, finishing off on your T-zone. Remove residue with a tissue, then apply a toner such as Tonique Douceur to complete your Skincare Ritual. Use daily, morning and evening.