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I recently obtained a large bag of unwanted toiletries and make-up from my mum, who was having a bit of a clear-out and getting rid of lots of unused cosmetics. She asked if I wanted any of the items, which of course I did, and I ended up with a rather large bag full of lovely cosmetics, all of which were completely brand new. This review will outline my recent experiences of trying one of the Nivea products that I ended up with, namely the "Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Cleansing Lotion."
The Cleansing Lotion is available to buy in most good drugstores, including Boots (online at www.boots.com), where the current price is £2.30, having been reduced from £3.45. Alternatively, you can purchase from many good supermarkets including Tesco (online at www.tesco.com) where the current price is £3.29. (Info is correct as @ November 2013).
The bottle is a generous 200ml size, and has an attractive appearance, thanks to the tall bottle's slender shape and simplistic design. I think the plain white bottle, together with the image of green leaves and the bottle's font being lower case, detailed in shades of green and blue all combine nicely together to give a fresh and appealing image which I quite like. True, some consumers may find the product's image to be too under-stated or verging on being boring, but I like its fresh, crisp appeal.
The Cleansing Lotion "gently cleanses and removes make-up while supporting your skin's natural balance, enriching its natural healthy glow", according to the blurb on the back of the bottle. I thought this description sounded quite appealing, particularly as it promises to "work in harmony with your skin." I thought these claims were quite confident and was looking forward to trying the product out for myself.
The Pure & Natural Cleansing Lotion is very easy to dispense from its bottle, thanks to its lovely texture; it is quite thin and has an attractive, glossy sheen. I find that I can easily dispense a generously-sized 'blob' onto a cotton wool ball, but you could use your fingertips if you prefer. Whilst applying the lotion over my face, I find that it doesn't drip or make a mess during the application process, but I do find that its texture is quite thin, allowing it to be spread easily over the skin. I like the feeling of the lotion on my skin as it doesn't feel overly 'cold' or at all harsh, which suits my sensitive skin type down to the ground.
Additionally, I like how the lotion can be quickly 'wiped' over my face with the use of some cotton wool, and as this takes a mere moment, the product feels wonderfully convenient, with a pleasant 'fuss-free' approach to skincare which admittedly suits me down to the ground as I have limited stamina - and time! - to deal with such matters due to suffering with poor health. I do like the quick-and-easy feel of the product and have found that it has slotted into my normal skincare routine quite nicely.
There is quite a strong aroma present from the Lotion during the application process, and whilst this is rather pleasant, it did strike me as being quite strong. The aroma is faintly herbal, but with a sort of 'soapy' element to it that is reminiscent of an average body lotion product. Whilst not unpleasant or anything, I did think the lotion's aroma was verging on being rather too perfumed for my own tastes. Thankfully, I have found that the scent doesn't linger too long on the skin once the lotion has been removed; if it had, I think it would have felt rather too intrusive for my liking.
The only real niggle I have to mention at this point is the fact that the Pure & Natural Cleansing Lotion has a rather 'glossy' texture to it, and whilst this undoubtedly allows the product to smoothen and spread over the skin easily, it feels as though it is verging on being slightly greasy. This means that I feel my skin is rather shined and polished after I have used the product, and although I can't feel any lingering residue lurking behind, the appearance of my face shows the tell-tale signs of having used a product that is slightly too 'rich' for my own sensitive skin type. This matter will no doubt vary from consumer to consumer, but for my own sensitive, T-zone skin type, I find that the Lotion adds shine, which I can't say I particularly like. For this reason, the product is only suitable for me to use at night-time, as I wouldn't like to apply make-up to my face after using it. For this reason, I am deducting one star from the product rating score, to reflect my disappointment at the product's unsuitability for my own skin type, in addition to it not being as versatile as other Cleansing Lotion products in my collection.
On the plus side, I find the Lotion works wonderfully at removing all traces of residue and make-up, with it leaving my skin thoroughly cleansed and rather spotless. I've used it to remove eye make-up without suffering any sensitivity to the delicate eye area, and whilst this worked quite well, I found that some traces of mascara were left behind, so I prefer now to remove my eye make-up separately with a moist cleansing wipe, then follow up by cleansing my face with the Nivea Lotion. The combination of these products works very well, and I'm pleased at how the Lotion effortlessly removes residue and grime from my skin too; even on the days I haven't worn a full face of make-up, I am able to obtain a lovely refreshed, cleansed feeling from the use of the product.
I haven't experienced any acceleration to the dryness that affects my cheeks and forehead, and in actual fact I feel the product has a 'moisturising feel' to it that my dry skin probably welcomes... it's just a shame that this aspect of the product is rather too rich for my troublesome skin type that causes a slight imbalance where greasiness is concerned. I do feel that this is down to my own skin type, however, and I am pleased that my sensitive skin has not been affected in the slightest; if anything, it is left feeling rather more nourished than when other products are used, and on this basis I do recommend the product as being suitable for those consumers who suffer with sensitive skin issues, as I do.
Taking everything into account, I can't say that I would go out of my way to hunt out the product and buy it again. I am more than happy to use it up, but there are many other Cleansing Lotion products in my collection that feel much more suited to my T-zone skin, that has issues with dryness, shine and sensitivity.
I tend to do my food shopping online, usually with Tesco's in the school holidays. Supermarkets with young children isn't usually a good mix, normally involves whinging and whining so online is easier for me. I can browse the offers with a nice cup of tea and take as long as I like! This cleansing lotion was recently on offer so I thought I would give it a try. I wear make up most days and I always take my make up off before I go to bed, I prefer using a cleanser with cotton wool.
== Packaging ==
The packaging has been updated since the file photo above. It is a slimmer shaped bottle, still made from white plastic. The Nivea logo in a dark blue circle with the Nivea logo in white. The pure and natural cleansing lotion is still in lower case lettering, in blue and green. There is an image of leaves on the front in the centre. It says it is suitable for all skin types and it contains bio argan oil and bio aloe vera. The bottle has a flip top lid.
== Ingredients ==
Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol,Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Citric Acid, Alcohol Denat., Trisodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Parfum
== How to use and my thoughts ==
I tend to squirt a small amount of the cleansing lotion onto a cotton wool pad and gently wipes across my face. I tend to use a separate pad for my eyes. The make up comes off easily. My skin feels really clean and soft after using this. The lotion comes out quite quickly, it is a white colour and is lightly fragranced. The smell reminds me slightly of pantene shampoo. This smell does fade and it doesn't linger on my skin for very long.
It is very gently on my eyes too, sometimes I find that my eyes can itch and feel sore after using make up remover but had no problems with this. I was pleased with how effective it was at removing a couple of coats of black waterproof mascara and eye liner, it didn't leave me with clumpy eyelashes afterwards unlike others I have tried!
It is sold as being a more natural product as it contains no parabens, silicones, colourants or mineral oils. However there does still seem to be a large number of ingredients that I can't identify.
== Price and Availability ==
This is available in most supermarkets and shops like Boots and Superdrug. I bought this when it was on offer and it cost £2. At the moment in Tesco it is £3.29.
== Overall Summary ==
I would recommend this cleanser. I find it easy to use and removed my make up well. I probably wouldn't buy it at £3.29 though, I would shop around and try to buy it on offer again.
Thanks for reading.
I saw this product in superdrug recently for a bargain price of £1.35, and seeing 'pure and natural' on the label decided to give it a try. It's part of a new range from Nivea, and is a cleanser and make-up remover. The product boasts no parabens, silicons, colourants or mineral oils.
Unlike a lot of cleansers this one has glycerin as a main ingredient rather than a mineral oil. In that respect it's a bit like the Simple cleanser, but I'd say this one has more of a runny texture, and, unlike Simple, it is perfumed.
The scent (which I think is rose or geranium) is pleasant but it is quite noticeable, so that might be worth bearing in mind if you tend not to go for face creams with a strong perfume.
I think it's going to be retailing at around the £3 or £4 mark for a 200ml bottle. I'd say if you're ok using products with perfume and oils in it's a good cleanser. For me personally I will be looking out for one which has less fragrance.